Logistics service providers reveal how they treat their customers like VIPs.
Consolidating three independent operating companies into one at Smithfield Foods is triggering significant changes in the three organizations’ supply chains. Reducing complexity and improving visibility are not only making supply chain processes more efficient, they’re also saving money and helping the corporation achieve its sustainability goals.
The nation’s ports are testing technologies and investing in infrastructure improvements to adapt to a world where the ultimate consumer increasingly embraces Amazon-like expectations.
Logistics professionals called on to execute an outside-the-box project need to think across dimensions and time zones while planning for every eventuality.
As e-commerce continues to grow, footwear brands and retailers benefit from continually increasing sales. The challenge for e-tailers is to be profitable while dealing with fickle consumer tastes and product seasonality, a high return rate and large number of SKUs, and packaging that’s larger and bulkier than its parent category, apparel.
This feature examines the impact of both upcoming and current disruptions on the automotive industry and looks at how automakers and their partners are adjusting to the changes.
Shippers can take several steps to rein in airfreight costs. These include checking that it’s truly necessary, combining air with other modes of transportation, incorporating air into their ongoing logistics planning, and developing strong relationships with freight forwarders.
Each year, the Inbound Logistics Readers’ Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey gives shippers the chance to give a shout-out to providers that have taken on so much of their load. Here are the best of the best.
Blockchain is the topic of the moment in supply chain. But what can it really do for supply chains today, and where can it take us tomorrow?
The United States and its northern neighbor remain trading partners with staying power.
Ensuring summer foods make it to consumers fresh and intact ain't no picnic.
With driver shortage and capacity issues affecting trucking, once wary shippers are taking a different view of rail intermodal.
Should you offshore, nearshore, or reshore? It helps to understand how each model impacts the supply chain before you ante up.
Do you sometimes feel like cushioning your facilities and workers with bubble wrap to keep them safe? Here are five ways to pop that problem.
It’s a boon year for third-party logistics providers offering innovative, flexible, and reliable solutions to meet shipper demands. Presented alphabetically, these are the 100 3PLs Inbound Logistics editors chose as the best of the best. Search the 3PL Decision Support Tool for an even deeper dive.
Faced with rapidly-accelerating demand for its products, skin care company Rodan + Fields, an e-commerce merchant, chooses a distribution solution that includes a new location and automation.
Independent footwear chain Browns Shoes reduced order lead time and more quickly filled e-commerce orders with an order management system.
Due to the sensitive nature of the products Allied exports, the distributor turned to automation to stay on top of increasingly complex and rapidly changing international trade policies, regulations, sanctions, and restricted party lists, which in some cases change overnight.
How John Burke, CEO of Armada reached his position and guides his company.
Jack Buffington, supply chain leader with MillerCoors and professor at the University of Denver, manages a complex beer supply chain.
There is so much effort and capital being directed at wanting to make trucks driverless, but if you don't need the driver, why do you need the truck?
Clearly, increased trucking costs are the new normal. Also as clear is the other dynamic, which is emphasized a little less these days but all the more important to offset cost increases in other areas: Use your logistics partner strategically and offset rising transport costs.
Led by a new crop of innovative executives, modern Class 1 railroads, along with real estate professionals, are responding to new logistics demands and spearheading substantial rail-oriented industrial development projects across the nation.
IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain Technology
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advice for a successful IoT implementation.
The recent massive recall of romaine lettuce teaches some lessons that will be helpful to anyone facing a future recall.
Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education Advice
Supply chain managers can maximize their value by upgrading their competencies and business acumen.
The Lean Supply Chain
While many challenges arise from an omnichannel retail strategy, supply chain professionals must rise to the occasion and stay ahead of these changes.
Trade Compliance Strategist
What shippers can do to understand the proposed tariffs on imports from China.
Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain Analysis
Here are the main factors impacting the current freight market and strategies for driving overall cost savings during this historic time.
Cargo theft continues to be a challenge to shippers, totaling an estimated $145 million in losses each year in North America. Use these tips to keep your cargo safe.
Internal audits are the cornerstone of your compliance program. Monitoring your performance, and that of your customs broker, is the only way to determine if the policies and procedures you’ve put in place are effective.
There are value points in managing information gathered from a strong TMS system that can also provide a solid pre-audit program to double check accuracy of bills before payment.
For shippers, importing to and exporting from Mexico can present a unique set of challenges. One of the toughest challenges that cross-border shippers in today’s market face is securing high quality capacity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Here are five tips for refocusing your approach to solution design with an end-to-end mindset.
Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly demanding, and matching supply to demand is crucial for any successful supply chain.
While technology is helpful in executing specific tasks, it cannot alone replace quality human interaction. Shippers should make sure their 3PL provider is working with them in an efficient, friendly, and attentive manner.
Warehouses should use these techniques to maintain service level agreements—the guaranteed turnaround time for an order to go out—during peak demand periods.
Humanitarian supply chains have an opportunity to employ best practices in performance management to make their donor dollars go far further than they do today. If you lead a humanitarian supply chain, what can you do?
Transplace’s technology and expertise helps Brenntag streamline operations and realize greater visibility.
Hollingsworth assisted a leading automotive manufacturer with an unexpected surge with strategic negotiations and savvy adjustments to inventory management.
When an electronics store was faced with consistent freight forwarding damage claims they turned to Seko Logistics for a solution.
Pharmaceuticals typically require special attention and handling throughout the supply chain. Consider the following attributes in a potential transportation provider.
When a customer needed help with an inefficient consolidation process, Celadon Logistics created a solution.
We are evolving to the point where we can share information between members of the supply chain, automate processes such as ordering, quotation and route optimization, and collaboratively work together to manage the exceptions.
Use this advice to navigate the process of selecting and deploying a TMS solution in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional solutions.
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