Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Google and Barnes & Noble partner to provide same-day book delivery; Shippers prioritize day-to-day problem-solving over contingency planning; APICS and SCC merge; Transplace identifies four areas key to preferred shipper status
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Faced with challenges such as a capacity shortage and lack of qualified drivers, companies that ship product by truck are learning that working collaboratively with carriers can benefit both parties.
Managing supply chain risk means recognizing that things won’t always go according to plan, and having the right infrastructure in place to succeed even through the unexpected.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
Before entering the international trade arena, shippers must understand the stakes involved in regulatory compliance.
Carriers need to be ready to keep freight moving no matter what gets in the way.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Treat truck drivers respectfully to build a good reputation with carriers and ensure load coverage.
Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Properly prepare shipments and test packaging to prevent product damage and returns.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
Companies must not only mitigate supply chain risk, but also understand the logistics of global recall management.
Supply chain contingency planning can help automotive manufacturers protect their operations.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
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Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
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A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Mixing truckload, less-than-truckload, and rail options allows shippers to create efficient intermodal solutions.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
C-TPAT certification lets businesses support national security and improve their own supply chain operations.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Supply chain management experience is vital to corporate risk management planning, write Carlos Alvarenga of Accenture.
Transportation management systems (TMS) provide the ability to accurately predict shipping costs and manage shipment execution. A comprehensive TMS solution can also manage inbound shipments, serve as an RFP analysis tool, or facilitate real-time spot market quoting for appropriate modes, says Kerry Loudenback of TransportGistics Inc.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
The ability to minimize supply chain risk and prevent disruptions depends on strong supplier relationships and well-developed contingency plans, says Chris Cameron of Elemica.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
To avoid overpaying for transportation, shippers should audit freight bills to ensure the correct National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is applied to their less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, says Chuck Fattore of RR Donnelley Logistics.
Using an advanced logistics simulation tool to analyze system performance and lifecycle cost can help logisticians negotiate better performance-based logistics contracts, writes Justin Woulfe of WPI Services.
When negotiating logistics service provider contracts, shippers should ensure they are clear on payment terms and special conditions.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
Leveraging IT, reconsidering warehouse processes, and conducting periodic network optimization projects are just three of many strategies that enable shippers to not only trim costs, but ensure that transportation spending supports overall business goals.
A well-oiled trading partner network allows one-to-many and many-to-many partners to collaborate and communicate using a single source of truth garnered from real-time information, writes Christopher P. Mazza of IAS.
As manufacturers strive to strike the perfect balance between parts delivered and parts consumed in production, technology innovations allow logistics providers to ensure companies receive only the parts they need when they need them, writes John Paugh of Carter Logistics.
Shippers must develop clear and effective request for pricing (RFP) processes to secure the best less-than-truckload service. Danny Slaton of SMC3 offers tips for developing better RFPs.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
Lorcan Sheehan of ModusLink discusses some of the lessons businesses have learned that help mitigate supply chain risk during the peak season.
A global trade management (GTM) solution can automate the process of comparing total landed costs, providing shippers with full visibility into all associated costs and regulations.
Planning for exceptions can help shippers prevent supply chain disruptions in the wake of a natural disaster.
Successfully moving freight into challenging areas requires an abundance of preparation and due diligence, test runs, and contingency plans to make sure moves happen without a hitch.
The value of third-party logistics (3PL) provider partnerships grows infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings.
When supply chain disruptions arise, shippers need to react quickly—without incurring undue costs—to keep production in line with demand.
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.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Brian Hancock, president, North America for Martin-Brower, discusses the unique supply chain and distribution operations supporting the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.
Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
Multinational corporations are gambling on the Latin American market's growth potential. But meeting the region's supply chain challenges requires an understanding of local markets, strategic planning, and strong partnerships.
Electronics manufacturer Siemens switches from air freight to over-the-road transport for cross-border shipments from Mexico to the United States and Canada, cutting 35 percent from its transportation costs thanks to CFI Logistica.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
Supply chain disruptions become more manageable when shippers have supply chain technology that provides shipment visibility, writes Henry Hicks, Progress Software.
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.
Shippers can avoid load board scams by taking the time to research the companies with which they do business, writes Jeff Vielhaber, TTS.
Managing risk in the supply chain requires that shippers address issues such as product safety, environmental concerns, labor management, and social responsibility.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
Well-defined business practices, thorough contracts, physical security, and active planning, help mitigate supply chain risk.
Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.
Plumbing fixture manufacturer TOTO Global Group’s U.S. division tapped third-party logistics provider Transplace to benchmark its truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal freight spend.
Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer of supply chain solutions provider INSIGHT offers tips for protecting against supply chain disruption.
Curt Shewchuck, chief security officer, Con-way Freight discusses how the carrier's security protocols helped avert a terrorist threat.
Leading wholesalers understand the limitation of planning transportation in a silo, writes Manhattan Associates’ Mike Mulqueen.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Carrier-supplied data can provide valuable insight for writing contracts, but shippers who want to pave the way to strong business relationships must dig deeper.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
Barry Tarnef, senior loss control specialist for Chubb Marine Underwriters, outlines strategies for reducing risk when shipping large machinery.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
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.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Most logistics outsourcers today use an RFQ to select their 3PLs. But that model is outdated and ineffective. A handful of forward-thinking shippers and logistics providers are instead embracing a collaborative outsourcing method, with powerful results.
The new world of supply chain management requires that carriers and shippers both understand and respect the economics of the industry.
As you enter into new global business relationships, you can protect yourself from unnecessary penalties by knowing your customer.
Effectively managing your freight forwarders helps improve supply chain compliance.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Danny Halim of JDA Software offers strategies for minimizing risk in the global supply chain.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
Increased regulation in the form of CSA 2010 affects not only truckers, but also freight brokers providing insurance, according to Mike Williams, chief operating officer, Sunteck Transport Group.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
Shippers shouldn't assume all on-time performance is created equal. Make sure every dollar you spend counts by choosing carriers who provide honest, accurate metrics, and foster innovation to improve your business.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
Faced with transportation interruptions caused by the April 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, European express carriers TNT and DHL activated contingency plans; LCD television manufacturers control spending by bringing production in-house; Inventory-in-sales ratios rise across the supply chain; Wholesaler Arrow Electronics acquires reverse logistics companies; Google helps consumers match demand to in-store supply
LeanLogistics' Chris Timmer explains how collaborating with trading partners, aided by an on-demand transportation management system, helps increase supply chain efficiencies.
Sharing key information with all parties can lead to decreased waste, increased orders, and new business, writes J. Kenneth Hazen, CTSI-Global.
Robert L. Sobel of Cook, Hall, and Hyde outlines how shippers can benefit from trade disruption insurance.
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
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.
To optimize transportation management into the supply chain, it's critical to integrate transportation management best practices, process management and people across the entire supply chain, writes Geoff Comrie of Transite Technology.
C. Daniel Negron of TT Club offers guidance for making sure your supply chain is properly insured.