Logistics Insights Podcast

Logistics Insights Podcast

The Logistics Insights podcast from Softeon addresses the key distribution topics of the day in just 3 mins - delivering a perspective on distribution management and technology you simply will not find anywhere else.

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September 22, 2023 3 mins

Getting WMS team members on the same page in terms of terminology is a key part of a successful Warehouse Management System project. The WMS Glossary of Terms can help, defining more than 90 terms and acronyms, as an on-line resource or downloadable pdf. Great handout for term members at start of a project. 

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Less well-known than the WMS Magic Quadrant, the Gartner Critical Capabilities report ranks WMS vendors purely on functionality across nine attributes, weighted by different levels of warehouse complexity. It is an important companion piece to the MQ to understand the WMS market, as we explain in this podcast.

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In the second of our two podcasts featuring highlights of Mark Fralick’s interview with Bob Trebilcock of Modern Materials Handling magazine, Fralick suggests a new way to think about how Warehouse Execution Systems might orchestrate order fulfillment to balance work across the distribution center.

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Highlights from a recent Modern Materials Handling magazine podcast featuring editor Bob Trebilcock and Mark Fralick, Chief Technology Officer at Softeon. “Interfacing is easy. Integration is hard,” when it comes to warehouse automation, Fralick says. Trebilcock wants to know why.

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We conclude our look at this important but little understood type of supply chain software.

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Distributed Order Management or DOM is a powerful and unique tool to optimize order sourcing across an extended network. It is most well known in Omnichannel retail applications, but there are a number of use cases in B2B as well. Learn more in this informative podcast. 

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After a somewhat slow start, some lessons learned from dozens of Cloud WMS deployments.

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Annual study finds US Logistics Costs as Percent of GDP soared to record level last year.

 

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Washington latest to pass legislation, targeting Amazon but impacting many other companies.

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Softeon’s WMS Glossary of Terms provides a great resource for vendor selection and implementation team members.

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Gartner recently released its annual Magic Quadrant report on Warehouse Management Systems. In addition to the vendor rankings, we’re always interested in the WMS market analysis Garter provides in the report.

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Real estate firm CBRE is out with its latest report, packed with interesting data points.

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April 21, 2023 3 mins

Task Management is one of the most essential capabilities of an advanced Warehouse Management System, but not well Understood

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Various data points indicate a real slow down in e-commerce growth. Will there be a pullback in investments for hardware and software in support of e-fulfillment automation?

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February 24, 2023 3 mins

Many companies are considering or deploying mobile robots in distribution. A key question: should you rely on the robot company’s software to manage the robots’ activities? Or would a platform that supports multiple robot types and vendors be the better choice? We explore this issue in this week's episode.

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In this week's episode, we have part 2 of our review of the State of Distribution Technologies Report. Based on a survey of 187 logistics managers, this study provides interesting and valuable insight to readers.

The report by Softeon is available here: https://www.softeon.com/new-report-state-technologies-distribution-2022

 

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In this week's episode, we review the highlights of a new research report from Softeon on how users view various distribution center technologies. The report by Softeon is available here: https://www.softeon.com/new-report-state-technologies-distribution-2022

 

 

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November 11, 2022 3 mins

In this week's episode of Logistics Insights, we review highlights of the 27th annual "3PL Study" from Dr. John Langley and team, released at the recent CSCMP Edge conference in Nashville.

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In this week’s episode, we advise on not losing critical time early in a WMS project.

An often unrecognized key to Warehouse Management System implementation success is ensuring valuable days aren’t lost early in a project.

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In this week's episode, we take a look Gartner's seven categories of mobile robots for distribution and manufacturing, or what Gartner calls "Smart Intralogistics Robots."

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