Week of August 26, 2019
Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance
When selecting logistics solutions, companies must consider how they will impact every part of the supply chain. This is especially true for dangerous goods shippers.
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.
- Five Ways to Use Robotics in the Warehouse: The potential benefits of robotics and automation in the warehouse must be balanced with concern about potential logistical hurdles.
- Beat the Odds: How to Conquer Common AI Challenges: Some of the keys to success with an AI implementation may seem basic, but they really can make a difference.
- Supply Chain Visibility Boosts Consumer Trust and Even Sales: Investing in supply chain transparency can be costly, but companies making the investment earn points with consumers, and even higher sales from socially conscious or skeptical buyers.
- Uber Freight’s New Web Portal Moves Management from App to Desktop: Uber Freight has released a new web portal that will allow fleet dispatchers to assign, book and manage loads using a desktop rather than a smartphone.
- U.S. Tech Start-up RPA Set to Disrupt Logistics with AI Bots: A U.S. start-up is bringing ‘robotic process automation’ (RPA) to the logistics arena to speed up repetitive processes and customer interaction to free employees for other tasks.
- 5 Tips for Choosing a Logistics Provider: Market changes and global volatility can create a sense of uncertainty, elevating the importance of working with a logistics solutions provider with the know-how and agility to intelligently respond to the ever-changing landscape.
- The Rise of Machine Learning: Supply chain technology vendors are increasingly incorporating machine learning into their applications, helping their solutions more accurately understand and react to changing conditions.
- Descartes Acquires BestTransport for $11.2M: Descartes Systems Group has acquired BestTransport.com, a cloud-based TMS provider focused on flatbed-intensive manufacturers and distributors.
Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance
Global market changes and volatility have elevated the importance of selecting the right logistics solutions for your organization. In a recent article from the American Journal of Transportation, Vincent Touya, managing director of Dachser USA, states, “Choosing the right logistics provider allows customers to focus on their core business, while feeling confident that their transport needs are being addressed properly.”
In the article, Touya outlines five tips for choosing a logistics provider:
- Strong reputation and knowledge of the customer’s industry
- Logistics management from start to finish
- Worldwide presence
- Security and technology
- Cover all modes of transport
When discussing security and technology, Touya recognizes the impact dangerous goods (DG) management can have on the supply chain and the importance of select partners that can support your DG shipping needs. He states, “When choosing a logistics provider, an important issue for consideration is the security of goods, that is, how the logistics provider will ensure the safe delivery of a shipment from the moment it leaves the facility to the final destination. This is especially important for handling of dangerous goods.”
He adds, “Next to that, transparency and integration of IT systems for transport and warehouse management is vital. Ideally, the IT service provider operates with unified global core systems enabling the seamless flow of information.”
When choosing a provider to support any part of your operations, it’s important to select one with industry expertise and the right technology and capabilities, including DG management and compliance. Whether it’s directly partnering with a company that provides DG shipping software (and can be integrated into other systems) or selecting a logistics provider with solutions that provide complete DG functionality, DG management should be a key consideration when selecting a logistics solution in order to successfully navigate today’s complex, changing supply chain landscape.
Does your organization properly consider DG management capabilities when selecting a logistics provider?
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.