Application program interfaces are essential for supply chains to function digitally, and there is an increase in third-party APIs than can improve speed and functionality, Jett McCandless writes. He argues that the easier, more cost-effective route is to use third-party APIs rather than building in-house variants.
Linde and Praxair say they will finalize their merger agreement by May, which would leave three companies controlling 85% of the global industrial gas market.
Automation will continue to transform how individual tasks are done and whether humans still perform them, but less than 5% of occupations at this time can be fully automated, according to a McKinsey report. Just because something can be automated doesn't mean employers will ignore other considerations, such as cost, the report says.
Distributors can ease the transition to cloud-based enterprise resource planning platforms by ensuring that what they're buying can be configured for distribution's particular needs, Mike Kean writes. A long-term approach to partnerships and functionality is also important.
The supply-chain manager's central focus is no longer on efficiency but on guaranteeing a positive end-customer experience, Michael Gravier writes. He explains why customers' needs and expectations have become the focal point of operations.
Leaders of the trucking and rail industries will work together to push the Trump administration to limit transportation regulators on their ability to write new rules. The groups hope to reverse some safety initiatives from the Obama administration that they say are costly and of little value.
Steve Saxon writes how container lines have folded and reformed into new alliances, creating challenges for shippers. Shippers, he notes, continue to be unsatisfied with the service they receive from container lines, especially resulting from the more complicated supply chains.
Tech Data resellers will now have access to offerings from DataXoom, including its 4G and LTE networks, end customer support and billing services.
Requests for proposals aren't relevant when choosing a proper transportation-management system and can actually interfere with the process, J.P. Wiggins writes. Understanding how each TMS works and why traditional RFPs lacks the necessary detail is crucial to finding the proper system that drives down costs while meeting customer demand.
Ken Chrisman of Sealed Air Product Care highlights five trends he says will affect fulfillment and shipping through 2020, including automation and the re-examination of warehouse space.
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