Articles | September 2012

Feature Stories

Case Studies

I.T. Toolkit

Managing Mobile Devices By Remote Control

Far-flung warehouses in remote western Canada created mobile device upgrade issues for wholesaler Federated Co-operatives Limited, but remote support solutions from Wavelink provided instant access and facilitated an upgrade to Psion Omnii handheld computers.

Reader Profile

Amy Polt: Safety First

Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.

Commentary

Bobby Harris

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage in Transportation and Logistics

Social media outlets help transport and logistics companies connect with trading partners and clients, but must be used strategically, writes Bobby Harris, BlueGrace Logistics.

Marty R. Ready

Online ExclusiveCarriers CornerMarty R. Ready

Trucking as a Driver to Economic Recovery

A well-trained truck driver workforce yields dependable service that will have shippers flocking to use carriers who constantly deliver, writes Marty R. Ready, Saia.

Thomas Clark

Carriers CornerThomas Clark

Better Efficiency Begins at the Loading Dock

By working together to align the processes by which shippers tender freight and carriers receive it, supply chain partners can achieve greater efficiency at the loading dock while improving safety, quality, performance, and margins for all stakeholders.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

Cutting Through the Noise

Inbound Logistics' annual trucking issue assesses the challenges and opportunities that await the trucking industry during this period of rapid change, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.

Mike Skinner

Online ExclusiveIT MattersMike Skinner

Mobile TMS Applications Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Mobile applications give carriers and shipper instant access to transportation management system (TMS) data, resulting in improved supply chain visibility, write Mike Skinner of VistaLogix Global.

Mike Morel

Online ExclusiveIT MattersMike Morel

Improving Logistics and Distribution Processes at International Subsidiaries

By automating distribution and logistics processes of subsidiaries via an integrated business system using a two-tier enterprise resource planning (ERP) model, a large company can increase the distribution and logistics operational performance at these subsidiaries, improve customer order delivery metrics, and gain an ability to compete in the local markets more effectively and efficiently, writes Mike Morel, SAP.

Christine Wheeler

IT MattersChristine Wheeler

Wireless Workstations Unplug Savings

Choosing the right mobile powered workstations for your warehouse or distribution center will energize your workforce, and deliver improved accuracy and efficiency, writes Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems.

Dean Vella

Online ExclusiveSmart MovesDean Vella

Supply Chain Management: A Needed and Growing Opportunity

The right mix of skills, industry knowledge, and certifications can help launch a promising career in supply chain management, writes Dean Vella, University of San Francisco and Bisk Education.

Buck Black

Online ExclusiveViewpointBuck Black

Helping Truck Drivers Address Job Stress

Providing an avenue to address truck driver problems helps increase productivity and improve driver retention, writes therapist Buck Black of TruckerTherapy.com.

J. Scot Sharland

ViewpointJ. Scot Sharland

Logistics Providers Steer Auto Industry on Road to Recovery

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.

Terry Harris

Online ExclusiveViewpointTerry Harris

How Supply Chain Executives Can Earn a Place in the C-Suite

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.

How-To

Ten Tips

Controlling Transportation Insurance Costs

Reduce your transportation insurance premiums by investing in loss prevention measures, partnering with reputable logistics providers, and keeping your insurer informed about your operations, says Barry Tarnef of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

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