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LOGISTICS VIEWPOINTS: BREXIT’S IMPACT ON CROSS-BORDER SHIPPING

With or without an agreement, by the end of October, Brexit will have a major impact on cross-border shipping. To ensure a smooth transition and provide a seamless customer experience in line with expectations, businesses need to plan ahead by better understanding the precise nature and extent of the impending changes. In a recent article for Logistics Viewpoints, Logistyx Technologies President and Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming shares some of the inevitable adjustments, challenges and potential implications that Brexit will have on cross-border shipping… More…


Checklist: selecting a multi-carrier shipping solution

The ability to quickly adapt to customer demands, open new markets or switch service providers is vital in today’s economy, and this also applies to parcel shipping – an area of growing importance across all industries in the e-commerce era. To address all three needs, manufacturers should consider a TMS for parcel solution. These systems give enterprises the ability to tap into a wide array of parcel carriers and services, increasing flexibility and greatly reducing shipping costs and the need for IT resources… More…


Logistics in the manufacturing industry: the shift from efficiency to customer experience

Business purchases are rapidly moving from offline to e-commerce. But is logistics keeping pace? Discover why the efficiency of your logistics operations is now secondary to the online experience of your customers. As a consumer, I can order a laptop today and have it delivered tomorrow night, right between dinner and my visit to the gym. From the moment I order I receive constant Track & Trace updates, so I know exactly when to expect my parcel… More…


8 reasons why modern manufacturing companies can’t go without a TMS for parcel

Manufacturers are re-configuring the IT-infrastructure of their supply chains to give them the flexibility they need to create a better end-to-end customer experience, and many are implementing a Transportation Management System (TMS) for Parcel. Discover the eight reasons modern manufacturers can’t go without this multi-carrier shipping solution. In a recent white paper, we examined the seven logistics trends that will change the manufacturing industry in 2020, and the common thread across all seven is the increased complexity and volatility… More…


3 Signs You’ve Outgrown your Shipping Practices

One of the biggest challenges in an organization’s growth is when it becomes evident your shipping environment is no longer working… and yet you’re unsure of what to do next. After all, the processes you’ve painstakingly cobbled together over the years, piece by piece, has brought you to where you are today. It’s Worked Fine So Far… Your veteran team members are at ease with the shipping environment you’ve built together… More…


4 Benefits of Integrating your TMS for Parcel Shipping System with your Enterprise Solutions

Modern organizations often rely on multiple specialized systems, each acting as the single source of truth for that aspect of the business. There may be a financial system of record, such as SAP. There could be an inventory system of record, like Oracle. And for the lucky ones (!) there might be a parcel shipping system of record, like Logistyx TME. However, while each of these solutions introduces myriad benefits into an organization, the truth is that they can also create silos of their own… More…


5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Parcel Forum 2019

Parcel Forum is moseying on over to Dallas – at the Gaylord Texan, to be exact. And while we believe there are countless reasons why you should saddle up and attend, we’ve picked five of our favorites.

1. Hear from the Experts
This year’s line-up of speakers are proven leaders, strategists, and practitioners in parcel shipping, and whether their expertise is in omnichannel, e-commerce, returns, and/or more, they know what you need to know. Attend the presentations, network at all of the events, and sign up for the tours. You’ll get a solid tutorial on tried-and-true best practices and unique insight into new innovations that will change how the world ships parcels… More…


How to Measure With Meaning: Identify Parcel Performance Indicators

As parcel shipping evolves, so too are the metrics and indicators we use to measure its performance.  A job well done is no longer defined as simply moving products from point A to point B.  It’s also about delivering on time and under budget.  And as the industry continues to shift, the future of how we manage parcel shipping will demand more data – which means you’ll need to identify and track more parcel performance indicators… More…


Disruptor Daily Speaks with David Hogg on the State of AI in Supply Chain Management

Smooth and efficient supply chain solutions are key to increasing profitability and enhancing customer experience; more companies are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help achieve this. Globalized ecommerce and higher expectations for speedy shipping means greater opportunity for unpredictability in the supply chain. To gain a competitive edge, it’s essential to adopt AI capabilities as part of supply chain strategies to keep pace and quickly respond to unanticipated changes… More…


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The Power of Transportation Management in E-Commerce Parcel Shipping

Companies racing to leverage e-commerce opportunities may suddenly find themselves shipping internationally – and at high volumes.  To do so successfully means simultaneously: Juggling multiple carriers and services, quickly synthesizing shipping data from disparate sources, managing increasingly complex cross-border documentation, and monitoring parcel delivery events worldwide… More…


What is a Transportation Management System for Parcel Shipping and Why is it Important?

Scaling parcel shipping, whether you’re a retailer, a manufacturer, or a 3PL, has traditionally been an intimidating challenge. Companies contract with one or two domestic carriers, and logistics teams manually enter orders into on-premise carrier workstations to produce carrier-compliant labels and documentation. This means as parcel volumes scale and demand for same-day and next-day delivery surges, companies are left with little ability to rate shop… More…


Logistyx in Multichannel Merchant: As Omnichannel Retailing Grows, Merchants Move Closer to Customers

Omnichannel customers may account for only a small portion of retailers’ patrons, but they represent a hefty portion of sales by ordering more often than others. To better accommodate these omnichannel customers’ preferences, many retailers have begun to adapt their fulfillment processes by providing more convenient physical locations and pickup sites, 3D print & ship capabilities, manufacturer direct shipping… More…


How a TMS for Parcel Shipping Helps Grow your Business

Consumer demands push parcel shipping volumes to new heights every year. It’s a global phenomenon, and as a result, both retailers and manufacturers are re-prioritizing the role of parcel shipping in the organization. But good intentions alone won’t get the job done.  To understand the implications of parcel shipping on the supply chain, shippers need to re-think distribution strategies and consider the myriad challenges scaling shipping volumes, expanding marketplaces… More…


When to Choose a TMS for Parcel Shipping

Every manufacturer, retailer, and 3PL has its own unique capacity for logistics tech investments. In fact, many companies still get by with phone call track-n-trace, paper carrier contracts, and Excel sheets. Whatever works, right?  But according to Gartner, by 2020, same-day delivery will drive up logistics costs as a percentage of revenue by 50%, which means we think an investment that solves the many pain points of shipping (and has an impressive ROI)… More…


Perception is Everything: Free Shipping Doesn’t Have to Drain Profits

Offering free shipping does not have to cost a fortune when embedded into the initial listing price. In fact, this approach can be an effective way to increase sales without spending any extra at all. When customers see “free shipping,” they become more inclined to buy. To win over these customers without breaking the bank, sellers can embed shipping costs into listing prices and take simple steps to minimize those costs… More…


Webinar from Logistyx: Creating the ROI for Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping Solutions

To be successful in today’s business environment, shippers need to meet customer demand for an enhanced delivery experience, including fast and free shipping as well as unlimited returns. Transparency and communication with real-time delivery tracking and notification options are also key factors for making customers satisfied with the delivery experience.  Translation: Every product your company ships, opportunity follows.  One way to capitalize on this opportunity… More…


3 Reasons to Attend OTM SIG Next Month

With events such as Oracle Modern Business Experience, Promat and Gartner behind us, there’s no time like the present to attend a user group.  And if you’re an OTM user, OTM SIG is THE destination of choice. Why, you might ask?  Because OTM SIG, taking place August 4-7, brings OTM/GTM users, Oracle representatives, Oracle software partners and other industry parties together to connect and share. OTM users and prospects will gain valuable insight into current features… More…


Manufacturing Moves Closer to The Customer: 3-D Print and Ship Strategies on The Rise

From dealing with anxious customers and opportunistic middlemen to managing rising inventory and shipping costs, the challenges of after-sales maintenance and repair can mount quickly.  However, as Logistyx President and Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming points out in a recent issue of Manufacturing Today, some manufacturers are beginning to discover the combination of 3D printing with sophisticated parcel shipping management can help… More…


Logistics Viewpoints Features Ken Fleming on How to Calculate the ROI of a Parcel TMS

Interest in adding a TMS for parcel shipping continues to rise among shippers as e-commerce volumes increase, omnichannel delivery strategies become a priority and consumer expectations for same-day and next-day delivery persist.  But while a parcel TMS can help shippers cost-effectively manage rapid increases in parcel volumes, it’s important to note it also helps shippers provide excellent customer service… More…


D2C Distribution Model Creates New Challenges for CPG Manufacturers

The explosive growth of e-commerce provides greater opportunities for manufacturers to sell more to consumers and increase profitability. However, the pivot to online, direct-to-consumer (D2C) distribution can be especially challenging for consumer-packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, who have traditionally followed a more linear, manufacturer-to-retail-store supply chain model. These manufacturers are often limited by sales channel partnerships with retail stores… More…


Internet Retailing Features Ken Fleming on New Ways to Unlock Savings

Net landed cost of goods (NLCOG), the total cost associated with getting goods into customers’ hands, consists of cost of distribution (CoD) and cost of manufacturing (CoM).  Squeezed for efficiency over the last few decades, manufacturing costs now offer little opportunity to drive further savings.  Costs of distribution, on the other hand, present a new and often unexplored territory for manufacturers and retailers to… More…


Carrier Services Expand to Help Shippers Compete with Amazon

As Amazon unveils new delivery and pickup options, e-commerce companies, retailers and manufacturers selling directly to consumers must contend with rising customer expectations as Amazon sets that bar still higher. Fortunately, carriers are going to great lengths to improve the efficiency of the last mile, the most expensive part of the fulfillment process, and shippers can take advantage of these new carrier offerings to provide… More…


The Unique Parcel Shipping Needs of B2B Customers

The needs and expectations of business e-commerce customers differ from those of consumers. Companies, for example, don’t always prefer a shipment to arrive in two days, but they do need it to arrive on-time and in the quality and quantity promised. Forrester predicted that by 2019 the B2B e-commerce market would be worth twice that of the B2C market. With investment rising fast, a TMS for parcel shipping can help B2B e-commerce organizations scale… More…


Ken Fleming Shares Solutions for Combating Budget-Breaking Carrier Rates In Total Retail

In part one of a two-part article series for Total Retail, Logistyx Technologies President and Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming shared insights into how retailers can control carrier rates for parcel shipping by using the right tools to achieve cost savings. In the second part of the series, Fleming goes on to discuss how carriers have been able to raise rates due to the challenges around the growing popularity of e-commerce… More…


Ken Fleming Shares Insights for Controlling Parcel Shipping Costs in Total Retail

Logistyx Technologies President and Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming recently offered key insights around the importance of giving careful consideration to the most profitable ways to ship parcels. As e-commerce and the need for expedited parcel shipping continues to grow, retailers, manufacturers and other companies need the right tools to look beyond a carrier’s base rate to successfully navigate the complex and crowded field … More…


The Transformation Underway in Parcel Shipping

According to a recent report by Accenture, the parcel shipping industry is projected to grow 9% annually to more than $343 billion globally by 2020.  Not surprisingly, Accenture’s research shows that as a result of these projections, firms around the world are scaling up to meet future consumer demand – expanding capacity and modernizing networks.  In the wake of these findings, Ken Fleming, President and CSO of Logistyx Technologies, was interviewed by Bob Bowman of SupplyChainBrain on how parcel shipping is changing and what the future… More…


Make the Case for a Transportation Management System for Parcel Shipping

David Hogg, VP Business Development of Logistyx Technologies, recently shared his thoughts with Logistics Management explaining why implementing a Transportation Management System (TMS) for parcel shipping is a key ingredient in manufacturers’ and retailers’ omnichannel distribution formula. As David explains, the fastest-growing shipment segment due to increases in multichannel retail, e-commerce in B2B, and same-day delivery… More…


Top 3 Reasons to Attend the Logistics Management Webinar: How to Solve the Unique Challenges of Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping

In partnership with Logistics Management, the next webinar in our series will take place on June 20, discussing the differences between a TMS for freight and a TMS for parcel shipping, and how you can leverage both to land an integrated transportation strategy worldwide. Our webinar will focus on the considerations that should go into the development of a transportation strategy, drawing from use cases that include modern day transportation challenges… More…


We’re Getting Ready to “Think Big” at JDA ICON 2019

Logistyx is excited to head back to JDA ICON, a three-day extravaganza centered on experience building and the convergence of technology and innovation.  Dubbed the “Intelligent Supply Chain Conference,” JDA Icon is an unmissable event in the supply chain calendar, and we’ve got something extra special up our sleeve this year.  Take a look: First, we’ll be debuting TME 3.0, our new Transportation Management System (TMS) for parcel shipping.  Configured as either a SaaS or multi-tenant… More…


How to Beat Amazon with Parcel Shipping Business Intelligence

How can shippers and e-commerce companies compete with Amazon and Alibaba when it comes to high-performance fulfillment? The truth is, it’s difficult for most companies embarking on an e-commerce and/or omnichannel strategy to provide the benefits Amazon and Alibaba have made “standard,” such as fast, cost-effective delivery. However, thoughtful companies that put the right transportation management for parcel technology in place will be able to access… More…


How to Tell the Difference Between B2C and B2B Omnichannel Parcel Shipping: Or is there One?

David Hogg, VP Business Development of Logistyx Technologies, recently contributed a guest commentary to Internet Retailing explaining why successful omnichannel fulfillment is the key ingredient for retailers and manufacturers looking to deliver on their customer promise. As David explains, “digital” in the 21st century is really a proxy for online, mobile and robotics. It has been increasingly pervasive, with online/mobile delivering easy order capture and robotics… More…


How to Control Parcel Shipping Costs with Business Intelligence

Mike Eisner, Logistyx Vice President, Business Intelligence, recently contributed a guest commentary to Logistics Viewpoints, in which Eisner outlines how manufacturers and retailers can leverage business intelligence to meet consumer expectations for fast delivery, increase revenue per shipment and collaborate better with key partners in the extended supply chain. Eisner summarizes that globally, we are nearing one in four human online purchasers, and Amazon commands 14%… More…


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How a TMS for Parcel Shipping Helps You Scale

Let’s face it: the work of a transportation team is never done.  New products… new markets… new distribution channels… just because it isn’t Cyber Monday doesn’t mean your order volumes aren’t increasing – as are the number of carrier services necessary to meet the delivery demands of consumers.  You know you’re spending too much time manually booking transport on disjointed shipping stations and you’ve even run the numbers on increasing staff… More…


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How Promat is Bringing “The Wow” in 2019

Looking to “find the wow” this spring?  Look no further than ProMat – the premier destination for supply chain teams looking to discover the latest manufacturing, distribution, parcel shipping and supply chain equipment and software.  ProMat attendees always walk away with cutting-edge strategies and solutions, regardless of industry, function or position, and an added bonus: the event takes place in our own backyard!  So grab that Cubs (Sox?) jersey… More…


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Logistyx Doubles Down on its FedEx Diamond Tier Status

Of the estimated 120 million skiers across the world, only a handful have the expertise to successfully descend a Double Diamond, which, for good reasons, less experienced skiers tend to avoid. Though it didn’t require us to navigate around an ice wall or make a near-vertical drop off a horizontal collection of rocks, Logistyx Technologies recently scored a rare Double Diamond victory of our own. As we announced about a month ago, Logistyx was honored by FedEx… More…


Why “Digital” and “Logistics” are a Perfect Pairing

Logistyx President & Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming was recently quoted in a Logistics Viewpoints article by Steve Banker, in which Banker outlines how manufacturers, retailers and 3PLs have embarked on a digital transformation journey – beginning with the implementation of multi-carrier shipping software and driving toward better collaboration with key partners in an extended supply chain.  For example, organizations using the right multi-carrier shipping software…  More…


Why Your TMS for Parcel Shipping Needs a Control Tower

Today, the consumer experience has many touchpoints from discovery to delight, and to become a true Direct to Consumer (DTC) brand, manufacturers must own responsibility for each one.  Introduce friction at any moment in the end-to-end consumer buyer experience… and risk losing consumer loyalty. Despite the criticality of providing a seamless buying experience, recent research highlights the many “hiccups” that occur from click to consume…   More…


Five Sessions We Can’t Wait to Attend at RILA’s LINK 2019 (The Retail Supply Chain Conference)

LINK2019 is one of Logistyx’s most anticipated events this year.  Yes, a tiny reason why is the promise of Bakery Plus’s Fruity Pebbles-topped donut to satisfy our sweet tooth, but the larger reason why is that supply chain and logistics teams leave with strategies, tools and insights on how to deliver (pun intended!) parcels on time, in full and at the lowest possible cost.  And since it’s our job to support supply chain and logistics teams with state-of-the-art Transportation Management tools…  More…


4 Signs You Need a Transportation Management System for Parcel Shipping

The results are in: Amazon shipped five billion Prime items in 2018.  Five billion!  And that’s just one e-commerce retailer.  Add to this figure the thousands of manufacturers, omnichannel retailers and 3PLs who all ship parcels, and the number of packages in transit across the world at any given moment is staggering. Transportation teams worldwide face a unique challenge.  Multi-carrier shipping is complicated, and organizations often describe…   More…


And No Signs of Stopping! Built in Chicago Highlights Logistyx Technologies Growth Rate

Logistyx CEO Geoffrey Finlay shared his insights into Logistyx’s recent and rapid rate of growth in the U.S. and hinted to where the organization will head in 2019.  States Finlay in a recent article featured in Built in Chicago, “We more than doubled our headcount at Rolling Meadows and will probably triple it by the end of the first quarter… The reason why this was done in such a compressed time frame was because of increased lead generation. It was really pure customer demand.”   More…


4 Must-Have Features for Transportation Management Software (TMS) for Parcel Shipping

These days, manufacturers and retailers are seeking easy ways to manage multiple carriers, reduce shipping costs and improve On-Time Delivery (OTD) percentages.  But in 2019, selecting a Transportation Management System (TMS) can be complicated.  The marketplace is crowded with various TMS vendors, all of whom promise – and most of whom deliver – significant efficiency gains.  With such a loud din of competing voices from solution providers…  More…


How Mobile Warehouse Technology Can Give New Power to an Old Marketing Tool: Catalogs

Logistyx V.P. of Marketing Communications Lisa Henthorn recently shared her thoughts on why catalogs continue to hold their rightful place in the advertising mix, and how thoughtful retailers can build an uninterrupted omnichannel experience by incorporating catalog marketing into their fulfillment strategy. According to Henthorn in a recent article on Multichannel Merchant, “Retailers are already experts on how to use intelligent…  More…


2019 Outlook for Parcel Shipping: Consumers Will Continue to Expect Fast, Reliable Delivery

It’s that time of year again.  “Best of,” “top 10,” and “roundup” lists highlighting the previous year’s biggest and most memorable moments are making headlines everywhere… and the parcel delivery industry is no exception.  It too has its fair share of these end-of-the-year lists, and for 2018, a frequently cited trend on said lists is the increasing emphasis consumers place on fast, reliable delivery when making a purchase decision…  More…


How a Transportation Management System for Parcel Shipping Combats Distribution Costs

Net landed cost of goods, the total cost associated with getting goods into customers’ hands, consists of cost of distribution (CoD) and cost of manufacturing (CoM). For years, manufacturers and brands have worked to reduce CoM as the means to reducing their net landed cost of goods to compete and succeed in increasingly competitive marketplaces. However, this strategy is reaching its limits, and therefore companies are increasingly turning to…  More…


Four Ways a Transportation Management System for Parcel Shipping Eliminates Hidden Shipping Costs

A Transportation Management System is a great cost reduction tool, preempting common problems that result in hidden freight costs.  Following are four ways this technology can yield dramatic cost savings. When is the last time you checked your freight bill to analyze up-charges related to incorrect shipping addresses? Address correction surcharges from the carrier can quickly add up. One expert… More…