Articles | January 2016

Feature Stories

Case Studies

Casebook

Lean Management: Ready, Set, Grow

Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.

DC Solutions

Coming in Out of the Cold

When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.

I.T. Toolkit

WMS Gives the Gift of Visibility

SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.

LeaderSHIP

Steering with a Clear Vision and Open Mind

Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology

Reader Profile

Al Morris: Perfect for the Part

Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.

Commentary

Steve Leavitt

3PL LineSteve Leavitt

How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace

With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

The Supply Chain of the Future?

Young and veteran supply chain professionals alike must acclimate, absorb, and apply fast-approaching technological developments or risk being part of the past.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

The Supply Chain of the Past

Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.

Candace Sider

Online ExclusiveEcoDevCandace Sider

Get Ready for Trade Developments

Major developments in global trade will affect nearly every business that imports or exports. Here's what shippers should do to stay competitive in 2016.

Henry Kardonski

EcoDevHenry Kardonski

Panama’s SEA Change Boosts Access to Global Markets

Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.

Chris Cotter

Fine PrintChris Cotter

Driver Coercion Rule: What Shippers And Carriers Need to Know

As a new driver coercion rule goes into effect, the need for communication with drivers is greater than ever.

Good Question

Who’s more important—your customers or your employees?

Inbound Logistics weigh in on whether their customers or their employees are more important to their supply chain business

Mark Morley

Green LandscapeMark Morley

Greening Your Supply Chain With B2B Automation

Replacing manual, paper-based processes with fully automated systems that use electronic B2B transactions in place of paper documents is one major step toward a greener supply chain.

Fred Guelen

Online ExclusiveIT MattersFred Guelen

The Future Is Now: Strategic Technology Thinking for Shipping and Logistics Facility Managers

Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.

Richard Newbold

IT MattersRichard Newbold

Five Driving Forces Behind Driverless Trucks

The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the road haulage industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than people think.

Dave Silva

Reverse LogisticsDave Silva

Shedding Light on DIM Weight Returns

Customer returns are inevitable, and without a clear understanding and plan for managing returns, DIM weight expenses can easily challenge budgets and profitability.

Raymond G. Monteith

Online ExclusiveRisks and RewardsRaymond G. Monteith

Is Your Business Prepared for the Worst?

So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.

Steve Wood

Risks and RewardsSteve Wood

Serialization: It's the Real Thing

To help combat counterfeiting, the premium beverage industry is taking advantage of serial numbers on product packages to uniquely identify each product for increased connectivity throughout packaging operations and the supply chain.

Shay Scott

Smart MovesShay Scott

Eight Ways to Find and Retain Qualified Supply Chain Talent

The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.

Jim Barnes

ViewpointJim Barnes

Building Strong Supplier Relationships: Procurement Takes the Lead

Procurement professionals should cultivate and maintain good supplier relationships to ensure profitability.

How-To

Ten Tips

Becoming a Shipper of Choice

Taking steps to become a shipper of choice delivers benefits across the supply chain, and will help sustain and grow your bottom line.

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