The Future Of Logistics, Drones, Robots and More

A new era of logistics is coming. With more advanced technology and additional tech companies breaking into the shipping and logistics sector, we wanted to get a view of what these companies think about the future. From driverless trucks to your personal delivery bot, here are some world-changing innovations on the horizon.

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INDIANAPOLIS–Langham Logistics, an Indianapolis leader in freight transportation management, announced a new addition to their sales team, Joshua Smarrella. Josh will be taking on the role as an Account Executive to grow and support new and existing customer accounts. Continue reading…

The Logistics of Black Friday/Cyber Monday

As a retail company, distribution of goods, and keeping up with orders, especially on holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, should be your only goal. On the heaviest shipping days of the year, your logistic partners must help you establish and maintain a competitive edge. Delivering not only the goods, and products, but delivering profits for your company.

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Hanjin Bankruptcy Update

On Friday, September 2, 2016, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co., filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. just days after filing for receivership in South Korea. Hanjin Shipping’s creditors withdrew support after deeming a funding plan drafted by the parent company, Hanjin Group, was inadequate.
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The Logistics of E-Commerce

Over the last decade, E-commerce has gone through an explosion in popularity thanks to the internet’s vast potential to connect people, places, and things. It’s being seen as a pillar of our economy that is growing faster than anybody expected. Sales for E-commerce are projected to reach $550 billion by the end of this year, an 80% increase from 2010.

What does this mean for logistics companies and retailers alike?

As this market continues to grow with no signs of slowing down, the effects will be felt across the board. Retailers will need to expand their distribution networks, relying on their use of 3PL partners. These new agreements will reach beyond just leveraging logistics companies more, but will also drive the need for fulfillment centers closer to the products ultimate destination.

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Zika’s affect on logistics

As the Zika virus spreads, how will it affect the future of logistics?

Zika has recently emerged as a significant challenge, not only for the general population of the United States but also for logistics. China has placed the United States on a list of countries with restrictions requiring companies to take extra precautions to ensure that shipments are mosquito-free. This is in hopes of preventing the spread of the Zika virus. China previously instituted these import rules in March and had just added the United States. The move is expected to delay exports as companies figure out how to comply with the new regulations.

The Chinese government stated that shipments arriving from affected countries would be rejected if all anti-mosquito treatment protocols and proper certifications were not provided. If rejected, Chinese port authorities could require containers to submit to quarantine and undergo anti-mosquito treatments, resulting in additional costs and delays.

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Fulfilling the Fulfillment Promise

With the continued rise of e-commerce, consumers are getting used to being able to buy whatever they want whenever they want and receiving those goods promptly, often within a day or two. This trend isn’t slowing down. If anything, the demand for faster and more reliable shipping is going only to increase as more transactions happen online.

This increased demand creates challenges for not only retailers but also logistics companies. Developing and managing a multi-channel fulfillment system is no easy feat. The need to effectively and efficiently manage your fulfillment process shouldn’t only be a priority for logistics businesses, in the future, but one you pay attention to today. Continue reading…

SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY: How We’re Making an Impact (and saving too!)

We don’t necessarily believe in global warming, but we do believe in being green. Along with the altruistic reasons to save the environment for our grandchildren, there are good business reasons for being green. With so many products and services to choose from in logistics or any of our businesses, it makes sense to find increased opportunities to differentiate ourselves from the competition. Going green is a great way to stand out. The following are some simple steps Langham Logistics has taken that you and your company can take today to save money and decrease negative impacts on the environment.

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Millennials in the Supply Chain Workforce

Recent statistics from the United States Department of Labor say that workforces are comprised of between 25 to 50 percent Millennials. This generation now makes up the largest percentage of workers in the U.S. labor force, surpassing the Baby Boomers in 2014 and the Gen Xers in 2015.

These proportions are likely to rise as millennial-specific work environments, and job functions continue to prosper. With older millennials approaching their mid-30’s, there will be a shift in management teams and leadership roles, with more millennials filling these positions in the next few years. Continue reading…