Inbound Logistics | October 2022


If you could invent one tool to help you do your job better, what would it be? Translate This GPS-ENABLED PAPER. Incorporate a GPS locator with a shipment’s packing slip. The question I routinely get is,

“Where is my shipment?” While some carriers excel at this, some struggle. With this invention, I would have the answer to everyone’s question. –Brian Gaffney

The ultimate translator defining our words. It would be a form of closed captioning, defining the meaning of the words people use to communicate with. The notion of establishing meaning up front and speaking the same language allows for faster communication and less rework over misunderstandings.

Supply Chain Specialist Natural Fiber Welding

–Matt Reddington Vice President, Operations, Procure Analytics

A DANGEROUS GOODS (DG) COMPLIANCE APP that connects with your transportation management system, warehouse management system, and enterprise resource planning system to validate your DG shipments against current regulations, reducing manual intervention and rejected shipments. The app also would help ensure your DG shipments are packaged, marked, and transported compliantly from any of your shipping warehouses. –Mario Sagastume VP, Software & Customer Success Labelmaster A SOCIAL NETWORK FOR SUPPLY CHAINS. Except it’s only somewhat social and includes a marketplace to collaborate around the exchange of goods and services. The idea here would be that companies can build partnerships, drive key cross- organization workflows, and share/ host feedback to build credibility.

A device that is able to decipher every document , email, and conversation about freight, transportation, and supply chain and pull out the most relevant information depending on who is using the device. Shippers, receivers, manufacturers, customers, dock workers, and drivers wouldn’t need to waste time scouring over pages hunting for their information; it would be easily found and perfectly organized. –Whit Smith Director of Operations, TA Services A widely accepted universal logistics language. There is some standardization, but that which is not standardized still adds length, time, and complexity to the process and dialogue. A language is a tool. If one could be “written” that bridged the elements that are international standards with those that still differ, then significant time, money, and resources would be saved. –Richard Kohn Director, Marketing & Business Planning, SeaCube Containers

enable multilevel quantitative analysis to explore the effects of forward and backward disruption propagation, moderated by network structure, network status, and node-level vulnerability.

how our solutions could help them address these challenges. However, it would be awesome if we could have a 12-month head start over such challenges arising in the first instance. –Tony Harris

–Sanjay Sharma CEO, Roambee

SVP and Head of Marketing and Solutions, SAP Business Network

–Peter Rifken Principal Solutions Consultant, Quickbase

A TOOL THAT EXAMINES HOW SUPPLY CHAIN OUTAGES PROPAGATE by simulating different scenarios considering past and current demand, disruption risk, material flow, and more. Specifically, the tool could

ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT CAPACITY SYSTEMS. Every year, 29 billion empty truck miles are recorded in the United States. Artificial intelligence (AI) allows us to create systems that alert the network of

A CRYSTAL BALL. As solution providers, we talk a lot with the community about the challenges facing logistics ecosystems and supply chains, and we collect feedback on

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