Week of April 15, 2019
Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance
Moving goods across the supply chain can be complex, especially when transporting dangerous goods. Technology is key to helping companies more effectively manage their shipping processes.
To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business and the movement of dangerous goods throughout the supply chain, Labelmaster has launched “Supply Chain Moves,” a weekly report linking the latest technology news to dangerous goods compliance.
Let’s examine the recent supply chain technology and industry news.
- AI-driven Platforms will Move Business Applications Beyond the ERP Era: Application development and delivery leaders need a new strategy for business applications that is based on modern, open, smart and flexible SaaS platforms.
- Three Technology Trends Enabling Digital Transformation of The Supply Chain: There are a few exciting technologies that could completely revolutionize the food supply chain.
- Investment in Supply Chain Technology and Automation to Rise 95%: MHI Annual Industry Report predicts a dramatic increase in investment in supply chain technologies in 2019 as the labor market continues to tighten.
- Boost Your Analytics, Machine Learning with Alternative Data: Adding external data sources to your analytics and machine learning initiatives can provide new dimensions of insights.
- Walmart Announces a New Addition to its Workforce: Thousands of Robots: Walmart brings on board thousands of robots in nearly 5,000 of its stores.
- ProMat 2019 – Large Investments on Display: ProMat 2019 featured innovations in robotics, automation systems and warehousing software.
- Everything You Need to Know About the Logistics of Bulk Chemical Transportation: To ensure bulk chemical transportation is done in a manner that is safe and meets regulations, it’s important to understand the process.
- What are the Roles of 3PL and 4PL in Supply Chain Management?: 3PL providers have long been part of warehouse and transportation operations, but 4PLs are also in the mix. How can they improve your supply chain together?
- Retailers, Logistics Firms Expand Final-Mile Delivery to Meet Rising E-Commerce Expectations: Retailers and transportation providers are embracing a blend of final-mile delivery strategies to keep pace with rapidly shifting online shopping habits.
- Ascend TMS and Trucker Tools Roll Out Integration Capabilities Offering: Ascend TMS is integrating Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity platform to enable brokers, 3PLs and shippers to see available truck capacity in real time.
Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance
Transporting goods is complex. This is especially true for chemicals and other dangerous goods, which have a number of factors to take into consideration. Transport Resource’s Abby Drexler examined these factors in her article “Everything You Need to Know About the Logistics of Bulk Chemical Transportation,” stating, “From using the proper tanks during transport, ensuring truck drivers have the necessary training and permits, and having a full knowledge of HAZMAT rules so that chemicals are properly classified as hazardous before transport, the logistics of bulk chemical transportation involves many different aspects.”
Her article nicely illustrates the complexity (and potential challenges) found throughout the transport process. It also demonstrates why companies shipping chemicals (and other dangerous goods) need to have the appropriate processes and resources in place.
This includes technology solutions. such as a transportation management systems (TMS) to automate carrier and route selection or using dangerous goods shipping software to automate the creation of documentation, obtain special permits and ensure compliance with the latest regulations, technology can help shippers better manage every step of this complex process.
It’s important for dangerous goods shippers, especially when you consider the negative impact of noncompliance can have on your organization, including shipment delays as well as fines. Drexler noted due to the regulations for transporting chemicals in the U.S., “Violations regarding packaging, labeling, employee training, and operational procedures can lead to severe penalties. Since these penalties are considered federal offenses, criminal penalties can be levied against violators, and can range from fines of $75,000 or more, jail, or prison sentences, or a combination of these penalties.”
Are you taking the necessary steps to effectively manage your shipping operations or are you putting your organization at risk?
Labelmaster’s Dangerous Goods Information System (DGIS) is the leading SaaS solution to help companies more efficiently and accurately manage their Dangerous Goods shipments. DGIS validates your Dangerous Goods shipment data against the latest regulations, ensuring a more efficient supply chain and reducing friction found in Dangerous Goods shipments. DGIS is a certified partner/validation solution with ERP, transportation and warehouse management systems.