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  • Opportunity Knocks: The Case for Logistics Organizations and Sustainable Leadership
    Sustainability is a driver for organizational growth and profitability. That statement may have seemed dichotomous at one point, but it's possible to thrive as a business while creating positive social and environmental impact. They aren't competing goals. In fact, an organized, authentic, and mission-driven approach to sustainability can improve an organization's balance sheet, day-to-day operations, ongoing consumer demand, and future longevity. In this Hot Topic, presented by Gebrüder Weiss, learn how logistics organizations are in a unique position to embrace a leadership role in sustainability.
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  • The Evolution of the Transportation Broker through AI/ML/RPA
    In this Hot Topic written by Jeff Lantz, Co-Founder of Prosponsive Logistics, learn how the brokerage evolution has resulted in a hi-tech broker/3PL model that collects data to drive efficiencies and automate manual tasks along the way.
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  • The First Mile in a Time of Continuous Disruption
    In this Hot Topic written by Graham Parker, CEO of Gravity Supply Chain Solutions, learn the importance of building an outward-facing, order focused supply chain - something that is no longer a “nice to have” but now a necessity for any business to stay competitive and relevant.
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  • How drayage has evolved due to the pandemic
    The coronavirus pandemic both created new problems and highlighted existing issues across the supply chain. This has been especially evident at the ports. Unrelenting port congestion — coupled with equipment shortages — has made importing goods an irritating headache at best and an expensive nightmare at worst. Navigating today’s supply chain woes is not impossible, but it does require a new approach. Companies that have historically treated drayage and other inland transportation services as an afterthought will need to shift this mindset in order to survive in the current maritime environment.
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  • How Contingency Labor Services Help Warehouses Struggling
    It’s not news anymore that warehousing and logistics operations are struggling to attract, hire, and retain associates. It was a difficult task pre-COVID that’s become next to impossible in some regions of the country where multiple facilities are located in close proximity to each other. To help these warehousing operations catch up—and catch their breath—there is a solution: contingency labor services. This approach deploys teams of experienced associates and managers who help stabilize an operation by supporting rapid growth temporary needs, or seasonal volume. Engaging a contingency team, such as those provided by FHI, to augment an existing workforce allows an operation’s management to refocus and address other issues.
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