Week of February 15th, 2021
Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance
Although 2021 is already in full swing, organizations still continue to examine the supply chain and logistics trends that will impact their business moving forward. And for many, the focus revolves around the increasingly important role of technology.
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 bi-weekly report linking the latest technology news to dangerous goods compliance.
Let’s examine the recent supply chain technology and industry news.
- Top 10 Predictions for Supply Chains in 2021: Moving forward, organizations who adopt analytic automation will stand out from the competition and experience true digital transformation.
- Hazmat Shippers Need ‘Master Data,’ But Most Don’t Have It: Supply chain management is becoming increasingly data-driven, but data accuracy, completeness and reliability remain challenges.
- Cloud Tools Help Retailers Cope with New Buying Patterns as Pandemic Impacts Linger: Companies accelerate digital transformation plans to support e-commerce, mobile apps, store fulfillment, curbside pickup.
- Top 10 Digital Ecosystem Trends in Supply Chain and Logistics: Over the next five to 10 years, the effects of COVID-19, new customer expectations and other disruptions will usher in a wave of digital transformation. Here are 10 supply chain and logistics trends fueled by digital ecosystems.
- IoT and AI: Transforming Transport Management: Businesses are swiftly implementing AI and IoT to streamline operations and optimize data. How will AI and IoT transform transportation management, and what does this mean for your business and clients?
- Third-Party Logistics: More Critical Than Ever: With the rise of e-commerce around the globe, innovative capabilities for last-mile delivery, reverse logistics and warehousing will be increasingly important. This makes finding the right 3PL providers more essential than ever.
- How a 3PL Makes eCommerce Returns Less Painful: Many online sellers find eCommerce returns management difficult to handle. Rather than retooling distribution to integrate better reverse logistics capabilities, many e-tailers have turned to 3PLs to manage returns on their behalf.
- New Online Dashboard From C.H. Robinson Helps Shippers Navigate Global Logistics Issues: A new dashboard from C.H. Robinson provides shippers with a one-stop-shop, of sorts, in the form of market trends, capacity, and pricing across all regions and modes.
Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance
Two common themes found in many of the articles examining 2021 supply chain and logistics trends and predictions are digital transformation and the critical role of data. Unfortunately, these are two areas that continue to be real challenges for dangerous goods (DG) companies.
In a recent SupplyChainBrain article, Labelmaster’s Pia Jala notes that 28% of DG professionals are still doing everything manually. While another SupplyChainBrain article from Mario Sagastume highlights that 45% of DG pros said that data collection is “sporadic, inconsistent or not done at all” within their organizations.
This lack of complete and reliable data can be due to several factors: reliance on manual processes, multiple hand-offs across the supply chain, disparate data and systems, fragmented assembly and delivery and more. But no matter the reason, not having important information is especially difficult when shipping DG, which is increasingly complicated due to ever-changing regulations that can vary by country, transportation mode, item type and more.
Because a product’s components, makeup, dimensions and origins impact every process required for safe and compliant DG shipping – including packaging, labeling, documentation, permits and transport of goods – DG companies (and their supply chain partners) need access to data. And DG pros know it, as 88% said “accurate and complete DG shipment data” is important to the future of their organization.
As we look forward to 2021 (and beyond), access to complete and accurate master data will be critical to streamlining compliant hazmat transport – and unlocking efficiencies across supply chains.
Have questions about dangerous goods transport? Call the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline at 1.800.621.5808.
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