It’s the eternal cycle of the supply chain—items are ordered, shipped, delivered and often returned. Efficiency is critical to organizational success, and customer satisfaction is king. In today’s world of Omni-channel retailing and delivery, however, the cycle has begun to evolve. As a recent Supply chain 24/7 post noted, “Like… Read more
It’s hard to believe that a little over two weeks ago, our whole team was still in a flurry of activity preparing for the chaos at IFDA. We were thrilled at how many people stopped by our booth and expressed enthusiasm for our new, cloud-based, mobile food distribution software, Perform®… Read more
We describe our Airclic Perform products as cloud supply chain management software, but we rarely talk about what the “cloud” part means and the advantage it provides to our customers. We opt instead to talk about the bottom-line business benefits such as automating and streamlining formerly paper-based processes, and providing… Read more
Next week, Airclic is off to IFDA to meet with partners, clients and industry leaders and discuss the latest changes and products in the exciting, and rapidly evolving food distribution supply chain. At this year’s event, the Airclic team will be showcasing our cloud-based, mobile food distribution software, Perform® for… Read more
All the hype about Internet of Things (IoT) implies that it’s new, but in supply chain and logistics, it’s not. The term was coined 15 years ago when RFID started being adopted in supply chain management and logistics. It’s been well-chronicled, however, that high costs and software issues have largely… Read more
It’s been well-documented that Amazon.com and its years of shopping, shipping and delivery innovations have forever changed the way that consumers shop – and what they expect to get out of their shopping experience. As consumers have come to commonly expect easy availability of goods, the ability to purchase just… Read more
A couple of months ago, we kicked off a quarterly series of blog posts, through which we share the industry statistics and data that we curate on a daily basis and share through our social media channels. The response to our first such post was fantastic, so we hope you’ll… Read more
For many retailers, last year’s holiday season was one for the record books. Not because of higher sales, but because 2013 was truly the year that kicked off the rise of one and two-day delivery options. It is true that there were some pretty major hiccups along the way. We… Read more
In this week’s blog entry, we’re shining the spotlight on an interview that our CEO, Mike Lee, recently had with Aaron Huff of Commercial Carrier Journal. Mike talked to Aaron about route optimization and delivery software and how today’s cloud-based technology is helping companies better meet the needs of their… Read more
Today, we’re kicking off a new blog series called “3 Questions…”, for which I interview our subject matter experts on key topics and issues that are most important to our customers. In this installment, I connected with Pol Sweeney, Airclic’s CTO, on reverse logistics and how this process – generally… Read more
One of the largest barriers to effectively maximizing your mobile supply chain software investment is ensuring your employees adopt the solution. When employees don’t understand or embrace a new technology, productivity can decrease – when the original objective for the project was to spur productivity and cost savings. To ensure… Read more
A long-haul driver does a lot more than make deliveries while on the road. Today’s drivers must proactively communicate shifting ETA windows and adhere to customer-specific workflows to ensure that goods are delivered on time and as promised. Additionally, they also are tasked with DOT-compliant vehicle inspection and reporting, layover… Read more
Regardless of their personal feelings on climate change and the environment, there’s one thing that most companies can agree on saving, and that’s money. Perhaps more than any other vertical in the world, the food distribution industry relies upon efficient, accurate, timely deliveries. Deliveries of fresh produce and meat, for… Read more
If you follow Airclic on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, you know our primary goal is to make these channels curated sources of industry news and insight that we think our customers, partners, prospects and employees will find most pertinent. (Shameless plug: If you’re not following us on any of these… Read more
Key Trends in the Wholesale/Retail Supply Chain Whether it is shipments of food, office supplies or auto parts, getting an order from origin to destination efficiently and in perfect condition is the ultimate goal of every wholesale or retail distributor. As the number of competing companies in the market continues… Read more
The number of U.K. shoppers using click and collect, the means of e-commerce fulfillment whereby the customer goes to a store to collect his or her item vs. getting it delivered to a home or office, is poised to more than double by 2017. Currently, 35 percent of online shoppers… Read more
One of the biggest supply chain logistics headaches retailers face is the shipping and processing of returns. Supply chains are planned in advance to go outbound—flowing from a central repository to an end point. When products are shipped, they typically flow from one or two large facilities that manage hundreds… Read more
As was once again illustrated by the CSCMP in this week’s State of Logistics Report, the truck driver shortage is arguably the number one concern of trucking company executives. Turnover remains at untenable levels, pointing to the need for executives to think long and hard about innovative recruitment and retention… Read more
According to the American Trucking Association, trucks haul roughly 87 percent of the products companies and consumers depend on. Today’s truck drivers are both figuratively and literally driving customer satisfaction for companies from the mom and pop store on the corner, to the biggest Fortune-ranked retailers in the world. Yet… Read more
In our blog post on routing last week, we focused on how routes should be examined and plans should be put in place to improve operational efficiencies, in turn reducing costs. Today, we will focus on how route management software can be used to achieve these goals in the supply… Read more
A few weeks ago, an ATRI report found the trucking and logistics industry took a hit of more than $9.2 billion in congestion-related losses in 2013. Congestion delays totaled more than 141 million hours of lost productivity – the equivalent of more than 51,000 truck drivers sitting idle for a… Read more
It’s May and retailers are preparing for the holiday season. No, they are not yet stocking the shelves with decorations, although that seems to happen earlier every year. They are busy fine-tuning their logistics operations, because if the last holiday season taught us anything, it’s that consumers’ expectations for the… Read more
Last week, Airclic headed to Birmingham’s NEC to showcase its technology at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 – the primary sourcing and selling opportunity for the entire UK road freight transport and logistics industry, unrivalled in size, product range and visitor attendance. With over 18,000 attendees in 2013, this year… Read more
We live in a world where faster is better, and imperfections quickly lead to rejections. In the supply chain, the speed and effectiveness with which we are able to transport items from point A to Point B can have a significant impact on the bottom line. Cross docking is commonly… Read more
In a weeks’ time, on 29th April – 1st May, Birmingham’s NEC will host this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show – the primary sourcing and selling opportunity for the UK’s road freight transport and logistics industry. We are sharing the stand with our tracking and telematics partner Isotrak. Together, we will… Read more
Today wraps up my three-part blog post series that explores some of the hardest problems facing food distribution companies and how they can address them to be well positioned for the future. Two weeks, ago I covered how the time of delivery has to be accurate and early ETA=DOA. Last… Read more
Last week, I kicked off a three-part blog post series that explores some of the fundamental challenges in food distribution that need to be addressed in order to be prepared for the future and inevitable change that comes along with it. My first post last week discussed how the time… Read more
The food service distribution industry is enormous: it takes 2,500 companies operating thousands of warehouses and massive transportation fleets to power the foodservice distributorship in the United States, a $200 billion market. Distributors that deliver to restaurants, healthcare and hospitality facilities, government operations and educational institutions operate in a challenging… Read more
If you read through recent supply chain headlines over the last 90 days, you may think that drones taking flight to deliver packages in thirty minutes, anticipatory shipping sending products to fulfillment centers near customers deemed most likely to purchase them and same-day delivery being rolled out by Google to… Read more
When it comes to getting goods from the loading dock to the customer, the last mile of the supply chain is where most companies lose visibility of their outbound distribution. I speak with our customers frequently, and the way they translate the value we provide them is: automating the last… Read more
One of the largest barriers to effectively maximizing your mobile tracking software investment is ensuring your employees adopt the solution. When employees don’t understand or embrace a new technology, productivity can decrease – when the original objective for the project was to spur productivity and cost savings.
I have been having some very intriguing conversations lately with potential customers about packaged mobile solutions and cloud-based products. It has made me realize that many providers are calling themselves “cloud-based” and “packaged” when in reality, they are not.
In the retail space, when a shipment is lost, misplaced or damaged, it is not only detrimental to the company’s reputation, it is costly. The cost of a lost or damaged shipment usually falls on the 3PL making the delivery. When it comes to high-end retail items that are handcrafted… Read more
Last year, we began hosting our Mobile Supply Chain Best Practices Speaker Series. We traveled to Chicago and Atlanta to host a forum for industry leaders to come and learn the benefits of mobile supply chain software from key industry influencers and Airclic customers.
We’re always enhancing the features and functionality of our products to meet the demands of the industries we serve. Our team can deploy these product updates quickly and, because it’s cloud-based software, customers can access the new innovative features and functionality without interruption.
I wanted to share an interesting report that was recently released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation and KPMG LLP, which surveyed 247 retail executives from various sectors.
It’s always a great feeling to be recognized by your peers and, this week, I was named as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive‘s 2012 Provider Pros to Know. It is a great honor to be recognized in this way.
Our calendar is chock full of great industry events for 2012 and this month is no exception!
If you read this blog regularly then you’re familiar with our belief that efficient and flawless supply chain operations rely on the company’s ability to automate effectively.
Next week, Airclic is heading to Orlando for the 2012 FMI/GMA Supply Chain Conference. We will be showcasing our Food Perform product throughout the conference, as well as participating in sessions with leaders throughout the food industry.
Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were filled with joy, family and laughter. This holiday season, Airclic was proud to once again, support the Air Charity Network, an amazing organization that arranges flights for people in need of medical care, as well as flights for military families and disaster… Read more
Happy New Year! It’s a great time to be making resolutions in both your personal and professional life. We went ahead and identified a few resolutions to consider for your business operations this year:
Great news! Food Logistics Magazine has selected Airclic for inclusion in the 2011 FL100 Listing, which highlights software and technology providers that allow grocery and foodservice distributors and manufacturers to realize their business goals.
Last week, we kicked off our Mobile Supply Chain Best Practices Speaker Series in Rosemont, IL, and Atlanta, GA. The event provided a forum for our customers, partners and prospects to discuss the value mobile supply chain software.
The Airclic team will be hitting the road to host the Mobile Supply Chain Best Practices Speaker Series in New Jersey, Chicago and Atlanta – and we hope you can join us!
Competition across the 3pl logistics industry is stiff, and the need to gain an advantage over competitors is a legitimate concern to nearly every business. One of the most effective ways for businesses to stay ahead of the pack is to automate its supply chain and logistics operations, recognizing that… Read more
One of the biggest breakthroughs in mobile software is the evolution of Software as a Service (SaaS), or “Cloud” technology. Cloud or SaaS-based technologies offer a host of advantages for many businesses, but why should it matter to you? For companies with supply chain software and logistics operations, here is… Read more
As the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) begins to take effect, the FDA has announced the implementation of two new pilot projects that will enhance the agency’s and industry’s ability to trace products responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks.
We recently sat down with one of our leading delivery services customers, Corporate Courier, to discuss how its business has improved since implementing Airclic’s advanced mobile solutions – and the results were tremendous.
Transportation and distribution companies are constantly looking to equip their drivers with the tools they need to do their job more efficiently. Mobile technologies offer a wide variety of tools to increase productivity and with SaaS-based offerings, cost is no longer a barrier to unlocking improved performance.
As we look at the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, it is important to make sure that your business is prepared for the upcoming storm season as well as other unforeseen disasters. Transportation and distribution providers for automotive and pharmaceutical companies, as well as large retailers have the most at stake… Read more
With all of the success stories we hear from our customers at Airclic, we thought now is the perfect time to share them with some prominent members of the logistics community. Next week, the Airclic team will be attending the Barcoding Executive Forum: Accelerating the Supply Chain with Barcoding and… Read more
The emergence of tablet devices in the market has given organizations the ability to arm their mobile employees with a more robust, advanced computing device to improve productivity and efficiencies.
When 3PLs go mobile, they often ask things like: How do we ensure employee adoption? How do we set up a seamless integration to our systems? How do we monetize and measure the return on the investment?
The promise of products to transform productivity and efficiencies in mobile supply chain and logistics operations is directly tied to the features of the device used in the field.
One of the most attractive attributes of our SaaS Perform® products is their flexibility. Not only because they run on any device, but because we can enhance the features and functionality without downtime or additional costs to our customers. This is exactly what we’ve done with Courier Perform®.
This week, we will be exhibiting with industry-leading 3PLs and supply chain elite at the eyefortransport 3PL Summit in Atlanta. The event, which kicks off June 21, serves as a forum for industry leaders to share insight and discuss the current state of the 3PL industry. Each day is full… Read more
The price of fuel is skyrocketing. A gallon of regular gasoline is expected to average $3.66 for all of 2012, according to the Energy Information Association, up from $3.63 this year and $2.78 a gallon in 2010. With no decrease in sight, 3PL’s are searching for new ways to operate… Read more
Here is an all too common conversation we’re having with our customers: Airclic: “So, what kind of results are you seeing since your mobile investment?” Customer: “We’re definitely seeing improved efficiencies and productivity since our mobile deployment.” Airclic: “Great – how are you measuring this? Can you quantify your return?”… Read more
This week, the U Connect Conference LIVE will bring together industry leaders to collaborate and share information on how to effectively identify, capture and share information across their supply chains.
Today, we’re very excited to announce the addition of Daniel Corwin and Matthew Foroughi to our executive leadership team. This team is the backbone of our organization – driving innovation and fueling our ability to expand our presence in key industries. The additions of Daniel and Matthew are extremely beneficial… Read more
Today we announced the latest version of Clinical Perform®, our SaaS-based mobile software product designed for the diagnostic laboratory industry, to further advance productivity and efficiencies. Clinical Perform delivers 360-degree insight into the chain of custody between patients, clinics and labs. Like all of our mobile products, it also dramatically… Read more
According to the research team at InStat, business spending in Cloud Computing and Managed Hosting is set to surpass $13 billion in 2014. Specifically, SaaS spending will surge (try saying that one five times fast) 112% between 2010 and 2014. This is across all industries – not just the highly… Read more
As the U.S. food industry embarks on the largest safety overhaul in nearly 80 years, many operators are probably left wondering just how they are going to meet the FDAs strict new standards.
Today we launched the mobileSCM Portal™, which provides enterprises with a comprehensive view of their entire supply chain operations, helping to improve revenue flow, employee performance and customer service.
We’re all smiles at Airclic this week. We were recently named Intermec’s 2010 Independent Software Vendor Innovator of the Year – and we are extremely honored. The award recognizes a North American Intermec partner that has demonstrated continuous growth and penetration in emerging markets through the development of innovative supply… Read more
The year is in full swing … If you made it out to CES this year you would have likely been overwhelmed by the number of new Android tablets hitting the shelves this year and next. Interestingly, that same enthusiasm does not yet exist in the rugged device market.
Today we launched our first product of 2011 – Fresh Perform®. This product is going to revolutionize how food service businesses manage their inventory and track their products.
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