New eManifest rules went into effect November 7th for freight forwarders shipping into Canada. Freight forwarders managing inbound shipments must now submit electronic house bills of lading prior to arrival so the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) can analyze the data and assess whether the shipment poses a risk from a security, safety, health, or economic standpoint.
Jeffrey Berichon, Senior Vice President of product management at Descartes, describes how, for retailers, the benefits of modern pool distribution extend beyond faster and lower-cost store replenishment in this guest post for Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
Pool’s benefits extend beyond faster and lower-cost store replenishment; it’s now a unique model where retailers share a common distribution network of logistics services providers that use common technology to manage the flow of goods from DCs or suppliers to a store’s back room. With decreasing margins and the need to move goods quickly, pool delivers the higher speed of parcel at the lower cost of LTL.
Caleres Inc., the global footwear company whose brands include such major names as Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl’s and Sam Edelman, has replaced their private fleet with pool distribution for store fulfillment, using Descartes’ BearWare solution.
“Descartes Perform for Food has enabled us to better manage our resources and, most importantly, our people’s time,” said Federico Masias, director of supply chain systems at US Foods. “Efficiency and accuracy are two of the qualities our customers expect from US Foods, every delivery, every day. This technology has enabled us to uphold these qualities more strongly than ever before.”
For specialty retailers like Famous Footwear, pool distribution enables more parcel-like control of freight shipped in LTL volumes where individual cartons go from the truck directly onto the sales floor rather than a storage area, allowing for very rapid replenishment.
Descartes' Ken Wood: Effective logistics management is crucial to coordinate the complex process that is a construction project. In response to rapidly evolving logistics demands, contractors and suppliers are turning to mobile technology to increase operational efficiencies while better serving their customers. Read more to see how they are achieving success through efficient construction logistics management.
Descartes' Jeffrey Berichon describes pool distribution as specialty retail's "secret weapon" leveraging numerous retailers and pool operators to substantially lower distribution costs and increase delivery frequency.
Opportunities for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) in the retail industry are skyrocketing and with automated, integrated order fulfillment technologies leveling the playing field, retailers of all sizes can not only get in the omnichannel game, but hit it out of the park.
To stay relevant and ensure last mile profitability, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers alike must adopt an omnichannel strategy that delivers a consistent customer experience across all devices and touchpoints. As online shopping continues to accelerate, omnichannel strategies that prioritize agility, responsiveness and cross-channel visibility will be paramount for growth and technology can help ensure a seamless customer experience — from shopping to delivery to returns — regardless of channel.
As US Foods continued to grow its customer base—expanding to more than 60 distribution centers and 25,000 associates nationwide—it needed to improve upon the ways its operations were run. That's when they chose Descartes. Descartes Perform for Food enabled US Foods to make the distribution portion of its business highly accurate and significantly more efficient, while cutting costs by eliminating paper and manual processing.
Descartes' Eric Geerts, Director, Product Management, EU Customs, Ports & Ocean Shipment Services, provides an update on the SOLAS regulation now that enforcement is in full affect and analyzes some common concerns in this article on EBN Online.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive offers a look at 3 hot topics in holiday home delivery in an online exclusive by Descartes’ Chris Jones. As retailers brace for the impending tidal wave of consumer demand and its impact on home delivery operations, Jones takes a closer look at how omnichannel delivery strategies, free vs. paid delivery and dynamic vs. static booking can play a vital role in retail success during high-volume holiday periods.
Ideal Supply, a wholesale distributor of electrical supplies, auto parts, and industrial products, has adopted Descartes Route Planner On-demand, a comprehensive, cloud-based delivery route planning, execution, and mobile solution. The company was one of the first in its market segment to transition to a technology-enabled route planning system with mobile capabilities more than one decade ago when mobile adoption was more of a dream than a reality.
Steve Banker explores the topic of air cargo competitiveness and examines the reasons behind poor adoption of eAWB by freight forwarders. Descartes is mentioned as offering an eAWB solution that makes it less onerous for forwarders to submit digital airway bill information while providing some value-added capabilities to enhance the benefits of eAWB for forwarders.
Daniel P. Bearth, Senior Features Writer, explores the challenges that operators of corporate-owned truck fleets face to keep up with a growing number of regulations while also dealing with legal and business issues that go well beyond the traditional realm of equipment maintenance and driver management in this article in Transport Topics. Descartes is mentioned as a solution for managing compliance by digitizing and automating drivers’ hours-of-service logs using a cloud-based telematics system.
Ben Ames at DC Velocity gets the scoop on why Swiss chocolate wholesaler Barry Callebaut chose Descartes' cloud-based TMS solution to manage ocean shipments, carriers, lanes, and leadtimes across their global supply chain.
As a result of their pivotal role in the marketplace, freight fowarders and logistics service providers are uniquely positioned to view the "big picture" scenarios that address the best methods to move goods as well as data, and leading companies are demonstrating that moving information better--repurposing data, improving accessibility, enhancing visibility and supporting the latest data standards--means moving freight better.