Looking ahead to 2021

Thinking back on the past year, there’s no disputing that the pandemic was the single most disruptive supply chain challenge we’ve seen in quite some time. At SMC³, our mission is to serve the entire industry. Providing support to every member of the supply chain is more important now than ever. Each of us at SMC³ is looking forward to the coming year.

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SMC³ conference to feature panel on supply chain cybersecurity

At the Jump Start 2021 virtual supply chain conference, logistics leaders will discuss everything from government regulations and transportation trends to the economy. Even though this year’s conference is 100-percent remote, organizers have worked tirelessly to bring engaging speakers and thrilling, of-the-moment topics to the Jump Start “stage.” One of those topics, which seems to be a perennial issue, is cybersecurity.

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LTL Digitization: Make the Most of Existing Technologies

Communication is a crucial underpinning to any supply chain, but all companies must speak the same language throughout the shipment lifecycle. Whether companies are using EDI or API protocols, when they need to connect but have disparate messaging systems, a technology provider has to transform the available data into a uniform, consumable format. This can be a complex and complicated process requiring technical expertise and experience.

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New Executive Council Establishing Less-Than-Truckload Digitalization Standards

Last week, a leading group of transportation executives and thought leaders have announced that they have brought together more than 20 organizations to support and evolve the LTL industry. The Digital LTL Council brings together carriers, logistics service providers, shippers and technology providers with the sole focus of developing a set of uniform standards that support the scalable automation and digitalization of LTL shipments.

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SMC³ Quick Takes continues supply chain education with NMFTA thought leader

Supply chain education is one of the core goals of SMC³. Since virtual education is the name of the game these days, SMC³ is now providing a weekly bit of bite-sized supply chain education. “Quick Takes” is at the midpoint of its initial run of episodes. This week, Joel Ringer, chairman of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s commodity classifications standards board, stops by to explain LTL classification.

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