Here are some of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that companies can use to improve supply chain visibility, cut transportation costs, and improve parcel shipping service.
Eric R. Byer
By letting market forces dictate rates and improving service, we can achieve freight rail competition.
The advent of autonomous vehicles is nothing short of a revolution. For the logistics world, it could mean a near end to human-caused accidents and could single-handedly eliminate the driver shortage problem.
Customers expect immediate access to goods and services, and convenient delivery options. In short, it’s an on-demand economy. Companies must adapt and start optimizing their supply chains to stay competitive. Here’s how.
Utilizing technology is key to the future of business and IoT has increased the connectivity of all areas of business.
The e-commerce race is only heating up. Here's what small to mid-size retailers should do to stay in the game.
Tip the scales toward greater efficiency in your warehouse by investing in industrial weighing equipment. Start by weighing the following options.
Suppliers have to be lean, fast, and innovative to meet their clients’ needs. To ensure they’re capable of being exactly that, OEMs need to bring in expertise across the whole business to ensure they get a strategic supply chain partner.
Amar Shah, Danielle Moushon, and Sunil Agarwal
The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
Supply chain professionals are concerned: Would the new president implement the protectionist measures he campaigned on, or were those statements made primarily to appeal to an audience? Here are four supply chain predictions.
Retailers need to come together in support of the trade agreement that will ultimately improve the industry for all. Here are three reasons why they should stand behind the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Warehouse owners, operators, and facility managers can reap operational savings by looking up: at warehouse lighting. Switching to LED solutions cuts more than costs.
Neal Walters, Matthew Getz, and Mike Piccarreta
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
Shippers will be feeling the ripple effects of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy for weeks or months to come. Here's how looking at a past disruption can inform strategies for this current backlog.
The business of importing and exporting with the United States reaches a milestone at the end of 2016 when the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is fully implemented. To make its rollout seamless, FedEx developed a contingency approach that can be useful to other organizations as they adapt to this new era in trade.
For many shippers, choosing the right transportation consultant can become a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating process. Here are five keys to finding the optimal partner.
The supply chain strategy shift, from business cost efficiency to customer purchase location flexibility, is similar to the Copernican Revolution. Here’s how supply chain managers can increase product velocity using a customer-centric business model.
An instant selling and ordering procedure could be a differentiator for industrial companies looking to boost their customers' industrial buying experience.
A sweating warehouse floor slab is not easily eliminated. Here's how DC occupants and building owners can address this perplexing problem.
On May 1, 2016, North American companies that trade with the EU and those with operations in the EU witnessed the beginning of the largest change to European customs procedures in the past 20 years. Find out more about the Union Customs Code (UCC).
Texts, tweets, and posts are changing the ways in which the supply chain operates. Large suppliers and warehousing companies should use social media to better communicate with consumers and maximize productivity.
Here are three immediate steps shippers can take to build more robust operations in their warehouses, helping them both deal with dimensional weight pricing and grow more efficient overall.
Using pallet collars in the warehouse can increase how efficiently your goods are stored, shipped, and delivered.
Bill Johnson, Ph.D.
There's no derailing hub-and-spoke networks. Find out why their adoption is arguably as significant an event in shipping efficiency as containerization itself.
As major airlines implement the eAWB single-process approach in March 2016, industry-wide involvement in the program is encouraged for all participants as paperless air cargo supply chain operations lower costs, increase data accuracy, and improve the customer experience.
Sheik M. Ayube
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
Procurement professionals should cultivate and maintain good supplier relationships to ensure profitability.
By focusing on the frontline workforce—the biggest component to delivering the perfect order—companies can uncover hidden costs, maximize performance, and manage compliance risk.
The holiday season is well underway, increasing the pressure on companies to address transportation problems and change the outcome before they turn into costly errors.
As the need for the transportation of items with potentially sensitive data increases, companies must assess the data risks and work with an ITAD provider to deliver a secure chain of custody process flow.
If done right, an effective S&OP process can help you make faster and more profitable decisions, enhancing margins both internally and across the supply chain.
Gary C. Smith
Excess inventory is a common problem that contains its own best solution: product philanthropy. Donating unwanted products to charity requires minimal time and labor, yet generates solid returns.
Applying Berra-isms to logistics management yields valuable insights. Remembering the beloved Yankees legend Yogi Berra with fondness and celebrating his memorable words of wisdom.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
Karmen Gilbert and Jason Malmassari
Collaboration is key to having a productive relationship between the supply chain and marketing departments.
Natacha J. Yacinthe
Having a Master Plan in place at your port makes operations more efficient, and makes the port more attractive to prospective partners.
Online shopping has vastly changed the competitive nature of the retail market.
Proper safety measures can reduce costs, injuries, and down time caused by forklift impacts.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
Taking steps to adapt to ACE regulations ahead of final deadlines will save businesses much time, money, and hassle.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
By paying close attention to detail, shippers can avoid the following simple mistakes.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
Before entering the international trade arena, shippers must understand the stakes involved in regulatory compliance.
Increases in public and private aircraft demand have aerospace supply chain stakeholders changing the way they get things done.
Carriers need to be ready to keep freight moving no matter what gets in the way.
Managers must carefully consider all factors of their operation before selecting a new bar-coding system.
A good reverse logistics program saves retailers money, makes customers happy, and serves as a competitive advantage.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
New technologies simplify hazmat transport regulations to help shippers avoid costly fines and suspended operations.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Federal legislators have taken notice of the issues relating to motor carrier due diligence caused largely by CSA.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
Dr. Matthew Waller
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Dan Grimm, Dawn Jones
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
New forklift-based technologies can positively impact safety goals in your facility.
Bill Pfleger, Richard Schieler
Innovation in forklift design has reduced overall warehouse and DC footprints and increased throughput.
Companies must not only mitigate supply chain risk, but also understand the logistics of global recall management.
Supply chain considerations such as fuel costs, niche products, and sustainability drive many site selection decisions.
Changes to trade regulations require importers and exporters to prepare through new licensing and software updates.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
New lift trucks feature device mounts, rugged tablets, digital controls, hydrogen fuel cells and auto guided navigation.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Shippers must take steps to supplement inadequate government reviews of motor carrier safety.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement could help increase trade and create jobs.
Investing in port infrastructure allows long-term job creation so the U.S. can lead in international trade and commerce.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Supply chain management experience is vital to corporate risk management planning, write Carlos Alvarenga of Accenture.
As e-invoicing and procure-to-pay networks have evolved into broad-based business networks, advancements now enable professionals to finally connect all the dots in the supply chain, writes Shan Haq of Transcepta.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
Rebuilding the U.S. economy through trade requires enabling domestic manufacturers to regain home markets, writes Alan Tonelson of the U.S. Business and Industry Council.
Parties storing goods in warehouses need to be alert to liens on their goods, writes Ron Leibman of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti LLP. To avoid unpleasant surprises, both parties to a warehousing agreement must understand their rights and the documents that cover their transactions.
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
Retailers and shippers need to find ways to meet consumers’ changing demand for home delivery services, while maintaining adequate margins and finding new avenues for continued growth, writes Foster Finley of AlixPartners.
Jeffrey B. Graves
Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)
Warehouses, third-party logistics providers, and other supply chain businesses are making an effort to manage their collective public image in the face of union disputes and other issues. Joel Anderson, president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), explains how IWLA’s Public Policy Center seeks to help them achieve their goals.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Savvy distribution and supply chain managers should be looking at sortation and its related disciplines as a means of addressing problems and achieving savings, writes Jay Moris of Invata Intralogistics.
Michael E. Burke
Logistics professionals and companies should adopt and continuously update a risk-based export compliance program to minimize facilitation risk, writes Michael E. Burke of Arnall Golden Gregor.
David J. DiSanto
Inbound raw materials and components and outbound shipments that are centrally crossdocked, then line-hauled to final destination, support Lean manufacturing and ensure just-in-time inventory, writes David J. DiSanto of DiSanto & Associates.
While many factors influence customer loyalty, a well-run returns process has proven to drive repeat orders and improve consumer satisfaction. Paul Galpin of P2P Mailing outlines three points companies should consider when designing their reverse logistics.
George F. Brown, Jr.
Logistics providers can become valued partners to both U.S. customers and Chinese suppliers, linking them together with the full power of fast-learner economics, writes George F. Brown Jr., Blue Canyon Partners.
By managing supply chain interdependencies and adopting a full view of service and cost, supply chain executives can amplify their organizational scope and heighten their financial contribution to attain the C-designation they deserve, writes Terry Harris, Chicago Consulting.
J. Scot Sharland
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
Providing an avenue to address truck driver problems helps increase productivity and improve driver retention, writes therapist Buck Black of TruckerTherapy.com.
Recent pronouncements by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signal the agency’s retreat from its statutory and historical oversight of carrier safety in favor of placing more due diligence responsibilities on shippers and brokers.
Ports must take a proactive role in managing the supply chain so it runs as efficiently as possible, writes Kevin Doherty of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
Trucking load boards have evolved from bulletin boards in truck stops to sophisticated social networking-style tools on handheld computers. Charles Myers of uShip.com outlines the benefits of the evolved load board.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
Slotting is the concept of using data analysis to assign every part a location based on its specific attributes. Determining the best type of storage equipment, stock quantity, and location for each stock keeping unit (SKU) yields more efficient picking operations, writes Christian Rueckerl.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Shippers should consider the advantages of placing their supply chain needs in the hands of a single freight forwarder or multiple agents, writes Julian Keeling, Consolidators International Inc.
ChemLogix’s Stephen Hamilton explains why limited truck capacity and fuel costs make intermodal an attractive transportation alternative.
No longer hauling just fresh produce and other groceries, today’s truck and trailer refrigeration systems also keep other high-value loads at ideal temperatures and humidity levels so they arrive safely at their final destinations, writes Thermo King’s Tom Kampf.
A combination of factors such as increased competition and global security threats have increased the pressure on companies to improve logistics efficiencies. Page Siplon, executive director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, addresses these factors and offers strategies for handling them.
Gil Carmichael, founding chairman of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, explains how the United States can create new economic vitality by producing a safe, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly multimodal transportation policy in which rail once again plays a dominant role.
CSA 2010 guidelines can benefit shippers by increasing carrier attention to driver safety, writes David Strand, Wholesale Truck & Finance.
The amount of effort top-tier shippers put into carrier management directly affects the results they achieve in controlling parcel transportation costs, writes Harold Friedman of Data2Logistics.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Although a driver shortage is imminent, many supply chain professionals have yet to grasp how it will affect capacity. Here's a guide.
Dan Steere of GreenRoad offers tips for encouraging truck driver safety.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Dr. Jim Giermanski
Global supply chain visibility and detail can only be achieved by modern electronic data transmissions that are already available and can reduce the costs of international cargo movement.
Kevin Lehrer & Jonathan Allen
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
Robert L. Sobel
Robert L. Sobel of Cook, Hall, and Hyde outlines how shippers can benefit from trade disruption insurance.
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.
Smart companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the distribution center into a competitive weapon, writes Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems Inc.
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John J. Tracy
Thomas L. Finkbiner
Gregory Mathy, Sundar Swaminathan
Carrie Ericson, Leron Baum
Paul D. Loftus
Steven C. Beda
John Reece, Lee Norman
Stephen G. Martin
J. Kenneth Hazen
Michael A. Papile
Daniel D. Smith
Dr. Morris A. Cohen
J. Michael Smith
Lee Clair, Steven Fox
R. Barry Palmer
Jane Biddle, William T. Walker
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Charles G. Raymond
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Fred N. Horning, John McCann
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