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Welcome to Chain.io's blog, where we share tips and tricks on logistics, supply chain, and systems integration.  Subscribe below to keep up to date.

Mercado selects Chain.io to expand its integration capabilities

Posted by Chain.io on Mar 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM

 

Mercado, a SaaS supply chain platform helping importers to connect with their global trading partners, has announced the selection of Chain.io as their preferred integration partner. The addition of Chain.io's leading integration technology to the platform will enable customers to extract data from their existing systems, manage their supply chain orchestration, and exchange data between all parties through the Mercado web portal.

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Topics: supply chain, partners

Profiles by Chain.io Episode 5 - Mark Ketcham

Posted by Chain.io on Mar 5, 2019 8:01:00 AM

Our guest this week is Mark Ketcham. Mark is a sales and marketing professional with nearly 20 years of executive management experience, growing multinational companies in the engineering, software and technology industries.

Presently the Vice President of the Americas for global freight-forwarding software supplier, Riege Software International, Mark is spearheading the company’s expansion to North America and directing all sales, operations and new business development for the entire territory.

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Topics: logistics, podcast

Profiles by Chain.io Episode 4 - John O'Halloran

Posted by Chain.io on Jan 14, 2019 9:19:10 AM

Welcome to Episode 4 of Profiles, a podcast centered around supply chain conversations hosted by Brian Glick, founder and CEO of Chain.io. 

Our guest this week is John O’Halloran, President of the Fine Arts and Security Group at Masterpiece International Ltd. John brings an interesting twist to the supply chain industry through his experiences moving multimillion dollar, and sometimes priceless fine art.

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Topics: logistics, podcast

Aligning Our Website With Our Principles

Posted by Brian Glick on Jan 2, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Accessibility is one of our core principles at Chain.io.

We define accessibility as...

We aim to make our products accessible to our clients with a minimum level of effort. Where we have a choice between a big word and a small one, we use the small one. If we can spend extra time reducing a process from two steps to one, we will. If a one-page contract will suffice, we will deliver it. Our products and services solve real problems for our clients, and they shine on their own. We do not need to use jargon and complexity to make them seem more impressive. 

One of the areas where we've identified an opportunity to be more accessible is with our web site. We're excited to start off 2019 with a fresh and more accessible site for our prospective clients and partners.

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2018 Logistics Tech Recap (and 2019 preview)  - Part 3

Posted by Brian Glick on Dec 6, 2018 10:20:00 AM

 

This is part 2 in a three part series covering the hot topics in logistics tech for 2018 and a preview of 2019.  Check out part one and part two.

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Topics: logistics, IT, supply chain

2018 Logistics Tech Recap (and 2019 preview)  - Part 2

Posted by Brian Glick on Dec 4, 2018 8:11:00 AM

 

This is part 2 in a three part series covering the hot topics in logistics tech for 2018 and a preview of 2019.  Check out part one here.

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Topics: logistics, IT, supply chain

We’re All Human

Posted by Brian Glick on Dec 3, 2018 9:46:00 AM

(Thanks to Sarah from Let’s Talk Supply Chain for prompting this post.)

In the supply chain industry, we love numbers. We’re completely enamored with them. Statistics, metrics, KPIs… we can’t get enough. We fill our conference slides with data, graphs, and percentage improvements.

When it comes to the human side of our business, we’re a lot less likely to talk. It’s a rare conference that has any time set aside to talk about employee engagement. Rarer still are C-Level executives talking on stages about stress management or the emotional toll of leadership. We don’t acknowledge that burnout is a real thing at all levels of this business.

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Profiles by Chain.io Episode 3 - Bryan Eichenberg

Posted by Chain.io on Dec 3, 2018 8:56:02 AM

Welcome to Episode 3 of Profiles, a podcast centered around supply chain conversations hosted by Brian Glick, founder and CEO of Chain.io.

Our guest this week is Bryan Eichenberg of FreightSnap. FreightSnap is a really interesting company that has developed a modern cost effective device for measuring freight, all the way from individual cartons to full sized pallets and irregular shaped products. These devices and apps are all cloud connected and they make freight operations way more efficient with a really fast ROI. As part of the Chain.io network, we can connect FreightSnap's devices directly to your TMS or ERP for a seamless dimensioning experience. One of the things that we found really interesting in this conversation is how Bryan and his family found themselves in the logistics business. So many of us come up directly through operations and it's great to have a fresh outside perspective on the industry.

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Topics: logistics, podcast

2018 Logistics Tech Recap (AND 2019 PREVIEW) - PART 1

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 30, 2018 11:57:00 AM

2018 was a banner year for logistics technology. Whether we were wrangling with the buzz around blockchain, figuring out how we're going to leverage the power of AI, or marveling at the influx of money into tech, everyone in the industry could feel the increased momentum.

I personally haven't seen this much excitement since the first wave of web portals launched almost two decades ago. Like the heady times of the dot-com boom, there are a lo

t of great things being built, and they're surrounded by a lot of meaningless noise.

Here's a list of some of the biggest trends and technologies in the space with some highly subjective commentary on each one.

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Topics: blockchain, logistics, supply chain

Profiles by Chain.io Episode 2 - Catherine Cooper

Posted by Chain.io on Nov 29, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Welcome to Episode 2 of Profiles, a podcast centered around supply chain conversations hosted by Brian Glick, founder and CEO of Chain.io.

Our guest this week is Catherine Cooper. Educated as an engineer, Catherine has dedicated her career to the logistics industry with the last 18 years in top leadership positions (CIO of a $1 Billion global logistics service provider and president of two successful consulting firms). She founded World Connections in 2006 where she works with senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and global logistics service providers who partner with Catherine to develop innovative solutions at the intersection of technology and people. Recent clients include QVC, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Gap Inc.

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Topics: supply chain, podcast