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Crane Worldwide Logistics Welcomes Second CEO in Company History

Crane Worldwide Logistics Welcomes Second CEO in Company History

Crane Worldwide Logistics CEO Keith Winters enters his first month with the company, effective immediately following former CEO John Magee’s stepping down after 11 years with the global supply chain solutions provider. Mr. Magee served as the only CEO to-date for Crane Logistics prior to Mr. Winters’ appointment.

“I want to thank Jim Crane for the opportunity to build and lead Crane Worldwide. It has been an honor to work with so many exceptional people the past 11 years.”  says predecessor John Magee.

“Keith is also one of our founders, who has played an integral role in launching the company. With him moving into the CEO position, I am confident our clients will experience no impact to their day to day service needs.”

Mr. Winters is the second CEO in the company’s history and boasts over 20 years of experience in strategic leadership as a Crane family member. Winters served eight years as the Chief Operating Officer for Crane Worldwide in addition to serving two years as the CEO for Crane Capital Group affiliate, Davaco.

“Crane Worldwide has built our success as a result of our talented people and our unwavering commitment to client service. I am excited that our CEO successor has come internally as Keith exemplifies all of the great values we have built this company on,” stated Chairman Jim Crane.

“I am grateful for everything John Magee has accomplished in the role and personally thank him for his commitment as one of our company founders. I am confident the transition will be smooth  – our leadership team is solid, and we are looking forward to the future.”

“Crane Worldwide is a best in class global supply chain and logistics organization. I am honored to lead our team of over 1,800 employees into the next chapter of our growth and I look forward to working alongside our clients to continue to drive innovation within this industry.”
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Cold Chain Logistics Survey Reveals Biopharma Trends

Global temperature-controlled packaging provider Peli BioThermal shared three key insights revealed in the latest survey conducted on opinion leaders within the biopharmaceutical industry. The company’s 2019 Biopharma Cold Chain Logistics Survey took a granular look at current trends, technologies, and operations among cold chain industry players and exactly how much these trends are impacting the supply chain.

Among the most surprising trends uncovered in the survey confirmed cold-chain excursions are more common than one might assume. A total of 41 percent of survey respondents reported having multiple temperature-controlled excursions exceeding four degrees. More than half of respondents confirmed shipping internationally, adding pressure to the increasing demand for transportation optionality and flexibility within climactic zones.

Additionally, increasing quality demands made the list. As cold chain logistics increase among shippers, risk increases as well. With close to half (44.6 percent) of companies revealing multiple excursions per year, temperature and location tracking is high on the list of concerns to ensure high volumes are handled accurately.

Source: Peli BioThermal

“As strong growth continues across the global pharmaceutical industry, the sub-category of temperature-controlled products is surging ahead — growing at twice the rate of the industry overall,” said David Williams, President of Peli BioThermal. “Our survey reveals what matters most to key biopharma leaders — and what it means for the future — as the industry deals with the rapid growth and complexity of temperature-controlled logistics.” 

Source: Peli BioThermal

Among the most common modes of transportation include air and ground with the option for sea and rail due to experience an increase among shippers, according to the survey.

Reusable containers garnered 79 percent respondent approval, adding that although pricier they are worth the investment and worth it over single-use containers. A total of 37.6 percent confirmed the implementation of reusable containers, with 25 percent currently vetting options.

The final piece of the results came from nearly 70 percent of respondents focusing on total cost of ownership (TCO) optimization as important. This consideration would primarily offset market pressures such as competition  and margin, but proactive measures in defining TCO have not gathered momentum just yet. Only 10 percent of respondents confirmed exploring basic packaging costs and rates. 

To read the full 2019 Biopharma Cold Chain Logistics Survey report, visit www.pelicanbiothermal.com/survey.

Asendia to Utilize Tigers Logistics for Oceania Launch

As expansion takes shape for Asendia, Tigers will maintain local logistics for the soon-to-be launched Asendia Oceania subsidiary throughout Australia. The international shipping and distribution company released information this week confirming Tigers is the provider of choice and will utilize its robust warehousing network to support efforts in B2C and omnichannel fulfillment.

“E-commerce fulfillment and international cross-border products continue to be a major focus for Tigers across the Asia-Pacific region, and builds on our cooperation across the USA into Europe, Russia, and Asia,” said Andrew Jillings, Chief Executive Officer, Tigers.

“Partnering with Asendia as it launches Asendia Oceania across Australia and New Zealand is an exciting moment that reflects Tigers’ ongoing global growth, and our support for the logistics and supply chain industry as it evolves through digitization and e-commerce.”

The companies announced the collaborative efforts will ultimately support increasing demand within the B2C cross-border e-commerce market, while focusing on strategies in supply chain optimizations in the near future. The Oceania launch is representative of Asendia’s global expansion plan and how the company will meet demand while offering fresh digital, logistics, and delivery services.

“The launch of Asendia Oceania is an exciting new milestone for Asendia in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Lionel Berthe, Head of Asia-Pacific, Asendia.

“It’s another sign of our commitment to growth in the region, and partnering with a global logistics player with strong capacities and experience in Australia such as Tigers is a key differentiator for cross border end-to-end services.“

Global Trade Magazine Opens Nominations for the 7th Annual “Americas 50 Leading 3PLs”

Global Trade Magazine has officially kicked-off its seventh annual “America’s Top 50 Leading 3PLs” nominations process, with the 2019 list scheduled to go live in the September/October issue. This year will feature the most competitive movers and shakers transforming domestic and international logistics by raising the bar higher while exceeding client expectations and maintaining an exemplary company profile and reputation.

Companies leading initiatives in specific industries will have the opportunity to showcase their expertise among a variety of categories including E-commerce/Omni-Channel, Temperature-Controlled, Innovation, Hazmat, Retail, and much more. Following last year’s focus on “needs-based” categories, the 2019 feature will spotlight specialty industries with the highest demand.

“It’s a measure of the quickly growing/changing/evolving global marketplace that arguably the most critical industry serving it, Third Party Logistic Providers (3PLs), continues to grow, change and evolve at a dizzying pace,” explained former senior editor Steve Lowery in the issue’s introduction.

“That evolution has been chronicled over the years in this, our annual Top 3PL issue, as we have written about such things as an increasing emphasis and reliance on technology, the constant march toward transparency and, most recently, the increasing pace of acquisitions and consolidations.”

Global Trade Magazine will determine the final 50 nominations based on industry reputation, outstanding operational excellence, game-changing initiatives, disruptive technology, and unmatched levels of innovation. This list not only showcases leading players, but also serves as a comprehensive list for manufacturers seeking new partnerships and opportunities.

“It is easy to say that one must move faster, deliver services quicker, be more innovative and have an organizational agility to flex with the world, but it takes something quite different to lead the cultural transformation that is required to make these goals a reality,” said Rich Bolte, CEO of BDP.

“Leadership will have to change as well. Leaders will be measured by their ability to innovate and create potential disruptions. The old paradigm of measuring only performance and execution has changed.”

Nominations are currently open and will be accepted through August 15 at 5 p.m. CST.

To see a complete list of recipients, please visit www.globaltrademag.com and view the current issue.         

Uncertainty in Today’s Air Market: What it Means for You

Reoccurring annual events, like the holiday season, typically bring predictability to air shipping. But lately, out of the ordinary events have disrupted the seasonality we typically expect. The best way to deal with the ever-changing peaks and valleys in air capacity throughout the year is to know both the historical patterns and potential air market disruptors.

The cyclical nature of air freight

Air freight service predictably follows the law of supply and demand. When shipping volumes spike, space on airlines becomes harder to secure and prices go up. And the opposite is true, too. If shipping volumes diminish, space on airlines becomes readily available and the prices go down.

As you might expect, the holiday peak season is one of the busiest shipping periods of the year around the world—including for air. But there are other seasonal surges to be aware of as well. The graphic below visually represents the seasonality of the air market in years’ past.

New disruptors to the air freight market

We’re just over halfway through 2019, and already it’s quite a different market than we’ve seen in the past. Several disruptors are causing a great deal of uncertainty.

Tariffs on Chinese goods

The ongoing trade war is one of the biggest disruptors to air shipping this year. Earlier tariff changes did not make a huge impact on air shipping. But demand for air freight shifted significantly when enough shippers preemptively repositioned inventory prior to the June 1, 2019, deadline. On May 31, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the deadline would be extended to June 15, 2019.

Ecommerce and high-tech goods

With the growth of ecommerce and high-tech products flooding our markets, air freight is quickly becoming the go-to mode of transportation for many shippers—any time of year. Combined with the promise of two-day shipping, it’s often the only way to meet customer demands.

Adjust your air freight strategy based on the market

With air freight volumes lower than we’ve seen since the 2008 recession, now may be the ideal time to update your air freight shipping strategy.

Choosing air freight can be a strategic way to lower inventory levels in the United States. Finding a balance between inventory costs without sacrificing customer delivery expectations often requires expertise. The air experts at C.H. Robinson are available in offices around the globe to help manage your air freight and ensure any problems are resolved in real-time.

You may even consider that if air freight rates dip low enough, you could make up the difference (at least in part) of the added tariffs on Chinese goods.

The air freight market is a complex ecosystem that will likely remain uncertain for some time. While this uncertainty lasts, you may want to switch to a quarterly planning strategy to avoid a long-term commitment when you don’t know what’s coming.

What’s going to happen?

While inventories in the United States remain high, it’s likely that air shipping volumes will remain low. The best way to insulate your company and your relationships from today’s air market is to stay flexible. Adapt quickly to ensure you can take advantage of soft markets while still buying appropriately during peak seasons.

Beyond the Books: 5 Business Schools Preparing Students for Career Success

It’s no secret logistics and supply chain management-focused education is gaining traction each year among students. In fact, Data USA reports that in 2016, nearly 7,669 degrees were awarded in Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management. The report, which projects that number will be growing by 15.2 percent, also confirmed that a whopping 10.9 million people make up the current workforce and will continue growing by 3.53 percent.


Earning a robust education is essential, but a bigger question remains on the minds of leaders in the industry: How are students being prepared to enter the workforce and more importantly, which business schools are integrating talent acquisition and recruiting strategies within these focused programs?

Among the most debated and challenging topics discussed among today’s supply chain leaders is talent acquisition and retention It goes without saying this challenge is not industry biased. Global Trade compared and took a deeper look at the nation’s competing business schools that not only prepare students for the big world of logistics, but how to navigate it for career success. While some programs tackle the issue at a larger scale, others take a niche-like approach, focusing on a specific demographic for a bigger impact on a global level.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business NeXxus Program

Talent acquisition is more recently experiencing a new trend in the talent pool: female representation. Women continue to make their marks in the supply chain and logistics industries, with more assuming leadership positions than ever before. Such companies as DSC Logistics, Lynn Co. Supply Chain Solutions and Dachser Logistics are among major industry players with females leading initiatives and representing diversity in the workforce. Dachser, for example, recently reported that females make up 56 percent of their total workforce.

The NeXxus Program at the Haslam College of Business places the female student population at the top of its list with a focused networking pool that fosters diversity and opportunity both in the school and workforce. NeXxus focuses on five key areas specifically for developing its female students: Networking, Mentoring, Confidence Building,  Community Development and Talent Attraction. The program combines the elements of workshops, guest speakers, social events and meetings to support development. Additionally, the annual NeXxus Summit aims to educate female high school students on company opportunities through networking with leading industry professionals.

Rutgers Business School’s Supply Chain Education Partnership Program

The Supply Chain Education Partnership Program at Rutgers reiterates the importance of educating young, prospective talent at an early age. The program, which was specifically designed with high school students in mind, ties in real-world experiences to spotlight how the industry impacts almost every aspect of the business world. Fostering the idea of “nurturing talent in our own backyard,” the week-long program challenges students to develop innovative solutions and strategic planning.

Students—who are addressed by professors and industry leaders speaking on global  procurement, logistics, transportation, planning and fulfillment and more—are encouraged to demonstrate strategic thinking via team exercises that require them to apply fresh knowledge of the industry to solve. The program also includes an entire day dedicated to exploring a company on site. Career management specialists are also prepared to educate prospective Rutgers students on what it takes in the real world to stand out.

Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Goodman IMPRESS program

Established in 1919, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a competitive and unique program that separates itself through polishing students for career excellence and developing essential soft skills. The Goodman IMPRESS program aims to align student’s skills with what leading companies consider to be the most competitive, including agility, resilience and confidence. Through this approach, students are prepared to engage in the competitive market while understanding the generational impact on a variety of industries.


Students are challenged to participate in activities throughout the program to earn points that will eventually be visible to prospective employers. This points system consists of leadership workshops, roundtables with visiting speakers, bonding exercises, competitions, community engagement and certifications. A cumulative IMPRESS score is placed next to the student GPA on student resumes, adding more value to the student when competing for jobs.

University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business Logistics Student Onboarding Program

Known for its world-class faculty, UNT paves the way for student success beyond the books through its Logistics Student Onboarding Program at the request of Logistics Center Board of Directors members. The program is going on its sixth year addressing topics ranging from dressing for success and communication skills to generation gaps and analyses presentations. Companies like GIX Logistics bring their top leaders in to engage students through in-depth sessions focusing on company culture, interview tips, negotiating job offers and more.

Students are incentivized with a Logistics Onboarding certificate upon completing attendance to four sessions, adding more value and knowledge to their resumes. Mentoring is also provided for both formal and informal career-focused decisions to ensure students have a clear understanding of how to determine the most successful career path.

Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program

Female representation takes the spotlight once again through the Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program. Aiming to prepare and introduce female undergraduates to leading roles within the supply-chain sector, the program is part scholarship, part experiential engagement exercise as students receive top-notch mentoring from leading executives while bridging the gap of gender diversity at the C-suite level.

By addressing the gender differences at the executive level, the Pathways Program contributes to the overall talent gap. This unique strategy takes the issue of talent recruitment on a larger scale through equipping the female student population to take their career to the next level without limitations.

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Smart Logistics: Catalysts Changing the Logistics Sector

The logistics industry is watching closely as United States and China negotiate to resolve their trade war amidst the threat of higher tariffs starting March 1. At stake is $635 billion in annual trade – China exports $505 billion and imports $130 billion with the US[i]. These negotiations have repercussions for the global economy well beyond the US and China. Many industries engage vast trade networks that span myriad countries leaving few markets or nations exempt from these talks. For the US alone, which imports $2.3 trillion and exports $1.5 trillion annually[ii], its entire trade regime is now in play.

Countries are not alone in broiling trade disputes. This month XPO issued a profit warning citing the expected loss of $600M[iii], or 3.5%, of revenue from an unnamed customer. Amazon, widely believed to be XPO’s unidentified customer, is expanding its own logistics capacity. The expansion of e-commerce has been a boon for the logistics industry and bane for traditional retailers. Now as Amazon develops its own distribution capability, logistics providers and retailers alike are threatened. 

Global Logistics – an Industry in Transition

Ecommerce has been a key growth driver for the global logistics industry, which is expected to grow 7.5% annually from $8.1 trillion in 2015 to $15.5 trillion in 2023[iv]. The logistics of delivering directly to consumers is far more intensive than distributing in bulk to big box retailers. Long haul full truckload remains the largest market segment in logistics with a 70% share, yet less than truckload, parcel and intermodal – which together comprise 15% share of the logistics market – are fastest growing. 

The politics of logistics extends beyond trade disputes. US freight employs over three million truck drivers. As the graph below indicates, trucking is the largest employer in 29 of 50 states across the US. The American Trucking Association estimates a need for an additional 900,000 truckers[v] over the next ten years to keep up with demand. The industry already faces a shortage of over 50,000 drivers[vi]amidst the need to replace an aging workforce: 57% of US truckers are over 45 years old and 37% are over 55[vii]. Given the backlash over Amazon’s recent pullback of a second headquarters in New York City for 25,000 jobs[viii], one might imagine the political stakes involved with four million truck drivers across the US in the coming decade. 

Logistics – a Magnet for Venture Capital Investment

Venture capital has poured into the logistics sector in recent years. In 2018, global venture investment in logistics reached nearly $14 billion, more than the three previous years combined. Funding for supply chain, logistics and shipping businesses continues to grow in 2019. In February alone, investors have committed over $5 billion to the logistics sector. Major financings include a $1 billion investment in Flexport for intermodal logistics, $940 million in Nuro for its self-driving delivery vans, $700 million in Rivian for electric delivery vehicles, $400 million in DoorDash for local food delivery, and $300 million in Hong Kong-based Lalamove for last mile delivery. 

Five catalysts are driving innovation and investment in the logistics sector:

Ecommerce: Online retail continues to cannibalize physical retail. Ecommerce in the US reached 9.8% of total US retail in 2018, nearly triple the share of retail ten years earlier[ix]. Ecommerce is growing even faster in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Traditional retailers are embracing omnichannel marketing as ecommerce extends to more retailing categories. The physical landscape will change dramatically in the decade as ecommerce players build more warehousing capacity replacing stores due to overcapacity in the traditional retail sector.

Crowdsourcing: Much as Uber, Lyft and Didi among others have disrupted the taxi industry through crowdsourced drivers, the gig economy is infiltrating the logistics sector enabling new services. Consumers are the biggest beneficiary through the rise of the concierge economy. Crowdsourcing has lowered delivery costs making home deliveries available for a broader range of items. Food delivery has received most funding with the rise of Uber Eats globally, Doordash and Postmates in the US, Just Eat and Deliveroo in Europe, Swiggy in India, and Meituan in China.  

Intelligent Automation: The securities brokerage industry has gone digital in the past two decades. The logistics brokerage industry still runs on phone calls and fax machines with limited price transparency and inefficiencies borne by limited supply chain visibility. Digital brokerage is now coming to the logistics sector through the confluence of sensors, cloud and intelligent automation. ELD and camera technology now monitor drivers reducing wait times, reducing accident risk, and helping to adjudicate cases when accidents occur. Venture backed companies that have raised $100 million or more in the US alone include Convoy, Flexport, Nauto, Next Trucking and Transfix, amongst others.

Electric Vehicles: The prospect of replacing diesel trucks is as welcome as replacing gas vehicles in the consumer sector. Tesla is now tackling the challenges of transporting large trucking payloads. Others are as well including the recently funded Rivian Automotive and Thor Trucks.

Autonomous Technology: End-to-end autonomous trucking may still be decades away yet the use of autonomous technology in logistics is already live in the warehouse with pilots underway for first and last mile as well as interstate long-haul deliveries. Autonomous delivery startups announced over $1.5 billion in February alone, including Endeavor Robotics, Ike and Nuro in the US and AutoAI, Mogu Zhixing and TuSimple in China. 

Logistics is a vast sector ripe for innovation across the supply chain.  Entrepreneurs and investors have flocked to logistics seeking to disrupt an industry representing over 5% of the US economy. While investment in logistics has increased substantially, funding has focused on major sectors. We believe many opportunities remain for further innovation across the supply chain as new technologies such as robotics, autonomous vehicles and machine learning develop for the logistics sector.    


[i] Stifel analyst report

[ii] Stifel analyst report

[iii] https://www.thestreet.com/investing/xpo-plummets-on-earnings-miss-and-warning-about-2019-14868169

[iv] https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-logistics-market-to-reach-us155-trillion-by-2023-research-report-published-by-transparency-market-research-597595561.html

[v] May 2018 Techcrunch article

[vi] May 2018 Techcrunch article

[vii] Stifel analyst report

[viii] https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/opinion/amazon-new-york.html

[ix] https://ycharts.com/indicators/ecommerce_sales_as_percent_retail_sales


Locus Announces $22 million in Series B Funding Secured

AI-backed supply chain and logistics solutions company, Locus announced
Falcon Edge Capital, Tiger Global Management, Exfinity Venture Partners and Blume Ventures contributed to $22 million in funding towards enhancements of AI-focused solutions and expansion of teams in North America and Southeast Asia.

“Locus provides autonomous supply chain optimization, thus minimizing the dependency on human intelligence, built by an incredible team of PhDs and Engineers,” said Locus CEO Nishith Rastogi said. “Product applications include clubbing of forward and reverse logistics in a single route plan, schedule and on-demand dispatch planning, and automatic escalation management.

“Locus is on an unprecedented path to automate every possible decision in the supply chain. The funding will act as a boost to our global expansion efforts as we amplify our team size specifically in North America and continue to build our IP.”

Locus has established itself as a premier provider of AI-backed logistics and supply chain solutions in India following successful customer roll-outs. Additionally, one of the region’s largest e-grocers employs Locus to meet
99.5% SLA adherence for more than 10 million customers. Among its solutions portfolio, customers can find route optimization, real-time order tracking, insights and analytics, dynamic sales journey plans, and automated shipment sorting. 

“We believe the trillion-dollar global logistics market is ripe for disruption via technological change, particularly AI and machine learning-driven solutions,” said Navroz D. Udwadia, Co-Founder, Falcon Edge Capital. “We are excited to lead a Series B round in Locus, a company that deploys AI/ML/deep tech to drive route optimization outcomes in global logistics markets.”

“With Hindustan Unilever, Blue Dart and other prolific anchor customers, the team has demonstrated the ability to build and deliver cutting-edge technology and algorithmic-driven outcomes that provide attributable ROI to the enterprise at scale. We are excited to help Locus expand its breadth and depth of product and sales reach, moving from route optimization to a full-stack SaaS offering to the enterprise around its logistics needs.”

Source: Locus


Dachser Logistics Reports Significant Growth for 2018

Proactive and strategic planning efforts proved extremely beneficial for global logistics provider, Dachser. The company released a detailed report highlighting a 5.5 percent growth in consolidated net revenue in addition to growth in overall employees, shipment numbers, tonnage, and more.

“By 2018, it was clear that logistics had to focus on the discipline of scarce resources management,” explains Bernhard Simon, CEO Dachser SE. “Against this backdrop, it is important to handle growth with purpose and manage it such that we maintain a healthy balance between quality, processes, and costs. Only sustainable growth will benefit our employees and customers.”

“All four regional business units helped substantially strengthen the network. The network effects in the export business ensure that the EL business units continue to grow and mutually drive each other’s growth,” says Simon.

The company maintained growth momentum despite environmental uncertainties as seen with the 2019 tariffs. Additionally, the company added that it invested EUR 126 million in logistics facilities, IT systems, and technical equipment in 2018.

“We had a strong fourth quarter as a result of companies planning their shipments ahead of the scheduled Q1 2019 tariffs,” said Guido Gries, Managing Director, Dachser Americas. “Also the opening of the Detroit office in 2018 as well as the addition of offices in Minneapolis and Baltimore the years prior contributed to this growth.”

Dachser will continue leveraging its growth momentum for future success by investing efforts in forward-thinking technology, completing the roll-out of its TMS, and continuing supporting clients in automotive and pharmaceutical initiatives.

“All key markets globally are well represented in our network, which is a strength that is needed to support growth. The more our entire network grows, the more value it presents to our customers. We plan to grow our network in the Americas region by 12-14% this year.”

Ocean Logistics 2019: Digitization Continues to Lead Trends

Ocean logistics in 2019 are demanding advanced, comprehensive and reliable information to cohesively support logistics needs, especially in an era when technology solutions are becoming the standard to successful operations. The continuation of digitization is a trend that industry players are not only prepared for this year but eagerly anticipating and implementing with each new solution that presents itself. Digitization continues to make its mark in the logistics and supply chain management sectors as a whole, but when it comes to ocean logistics specifically, the stakes are higher, and the solutions require careful consideration before a hasty implementation occurs.

Recently, Avantida announced Maersk’s implementation offering Container Triangulation for the Canadian and U.S. platforms, enabling communication between dispatchers and planners almost instantly. The automated process will take place on Avantida’s platform, providing an opportunity for the company to penetrate the market regions.

“Both shipping lines and transporters continue to look for agile, cost-saving tools that can optimize their planning, and our platform has a proven track record of improving efficiency,” said Luc De Clerck, CEO, Avantida. “The platform has changed the way shipping lines in Europe are doing business, and after our launch in Mexico, it was a natural next step to introduce Avantida to the United States and Canada.”

Leading companies, such as global shipping lines leader Maersk, continue to make strides to eliminate manual processes and replace them with seamless management systems that remove time-consuming and error-prone tasks, specifically with administration. Consider implementing strategies that support refreshed approaches to operations.