Articles | January 2018

Feature Stories

Case Studies

Casebook

Outsourcing Distribution: Good For What Ales You 

Partnering with a third-party logistics company enabled to Velour Imports to sell regional products on a global scale.

I.T. Toolkit

Fashion Icon Designs Supply Chain Solution

With its distribution center approaching capacity, Michael Kors had several options to consider, including one that would expand the existing facility. The fashion company turned to supply chain software company LLamasoft for help evaluating possible solutions. The collaboration also led to Michael Kors developing a core supply chain decision-making capability as well as systems it could use for other purposes.

LeaderSHIP

The Son Also Rises

Profile of Ryan Wall, president and CEO of FHI (Freight Handlers, Inc.) in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Reader Profile

Steve Ahern: Supply Chain Strategist

Profile of Steve Ahern, manager of supply chain operational design with BASF, a leading chemical company

Commentary

Perry Belcastro

3PL Line: Third-Party Logistics PerspectivesPerry Belcastro

5 Ways Your 3PL Can Help Meet E-commerce Challenges

A 3PL could offer benefits worth exploring to help you accommodate e-commerce growth.

Randy Swart

Carriers Corner: Air, Ocean, Rail, Road TopicsRandy Swart

Slowing Down the Driver Shortage

Companies need to develop successful tactics and strategies in the recruitment and retention of drivers in order to remain competitive.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Status Quo? No.

Status quo will not be the norm in 2018 as major and minor changes are brewing in business operations.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

Status Grow? Yes.

There is a great opportunity for growth in many business sectors, and the role of supply chain excellence is fundamentally important in that economic environment.

Michele Brown

EcoDevMichele Brown

Welcome to the Neo-Panamax Era: Big Ships, Big Opportunities

The widening of the Panama Canal ushers in an era of big ships and big opportunities. Companies with a New Jersey location are well-positioned to capitalize on this exciting new era.

Jonathan Tran

Good QuestionKatrina Arabe

What’s the Supply Chain Buzzword for 2018? 

Readers reveal the term that will loom large in 2018.

Mac McGary

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyMac McGary

Blockchain Technology: Good in a Supply Chain Crisis

With the massive scope of supply chain, the benefits that blockchain could provide are well worth exploring, particularly in times of crisis.

Dr. Ron Lembke

Reverse LogisticsDr. Ron Lembke

Seamless Returns Start With Serial Numbers 

Although serial numbers were initially created to track production, they are an invaluable tool for reverse logistics. Here’s how to get the most out of serial numbers.

Jim Wetekamp

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesJim Wetekamp

How to Prepare for the Unexpected

High-performing supply chain organizations are differentiated on how well they respond to the unexpected.

Paul Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul Myerson

Peak Season Planning: A Year-Round Venture

This year, you may want to start your holiday planning earlier with a more structured methodology. Here’s why.

Shreyas Bhat

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisShreyas Bhat

Four Ways to Optimize Your Supply Chain

These primary techniques help achieve supply chain optimization.

How-To

Ten Tips

Improving Supply Chain Network Strategies

Today’s world of disruptors and changing consumer behaviors drive companies to continuously revisit their network strategies. Use these tips to create a demand-driven supply chain.

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