Sure, speed matters, but delivery predictability and its communication may well be even more important for the world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot, which consistently ranks among the top five U.S. importers.

That view was among a broad spectrum of thoughts shared by supply chain leaders at Jump Start 2017, presented Jan. 23-25 in Atlanta by SMC3.

The conference also featured commentary from authorities in rail, trucking, port and third-party logistics sectors, as well as economists, transportation management system providers and even a roboticist.

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