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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.

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

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

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 1 - Scott Case

Posted by Chain.io on Nov 9, 2018 7:57:00 AM

Presenting episode 1 of our new podcast, Profiles by Chain.io.  On each episode, we'll interview individuals from the Chain.io partner ecosystem focusing on the human stories of our extended supply chain family.

For our inaugural guest, we have Scott Case, the founder and chief storyteller at Position Global. Scott has been in transportation his whole life, literally. His father worked for a major Japanese freight forwarder before Scott was born, and Scott grew up in customs brokerage and freight forwarding. After graduating from Northwestern University, Scott earned his customs broker's license and as handled air and ocean import and export for his entire life. He served on the NCBFA Board of Directors for Chicago and a number of their committees focusing on air freight, carrier relationships, and freight forwarding.

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Topics: logistics, marketing, supply chain

Supply Chain Data: Living In Two Worlds

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 11:05:52 AM

Originally published September 10, 2018

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in two worlds.

In one world, I go to conferences. I hear about how digitization is going to change everything. Forwarders are being disrupted (and destroyed). Shipments move step by step along a blockchain absent the slightest human intervention. Traceability is perfect. AI predicts and resolves every disruption before it happens.

In the other world, I visit our customers. A Fortune 10 company can’t pay invoices without correlating three PDFs with a printed spreadsheet. A major retailer can’t agree on what constitutes a purchase order number across six divisions. A global freight forwarder emails arrival notices to their own overseas offices.

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Topics: logistics, supply chain

Marketing Differentiation In A Saturated Space

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:55:35 AM

Originally published June 29, 2018

This is a great marketing article on product messaging.

I think it misses one dynamic though. It misses the situation where everybody already has bought a solution. The market isn’t traditionally "hot" since it’s saturated and wins mean displacing an incumbent. You’re competing to bring a better solution. You’re back to the differentiation approach.

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Topics: logistics, marketing

Does Your Gas Smell?

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:53:17 AM
Originally published March 12, 2018 

Do you have a gas leak?

Natural gas doesn’t smell.

Since it’s dangerous, we add a stink to it using a chemical called mercaptan. It smells like rotten eggs. We all know that smell. We’ve been trained since childhood to react to it. Rotten eggs smell = danger. Now imagine a world where we added smells to everything:

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Topics: logistics, supply chain