U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
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
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
New federal emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks may prompt fleet operators to invest in new equipment.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
Employers want new hires who combine diverse, real-world experience with academic achievement.
Colleges are adding logistics and supply chain education programs to support the next generation of professionals.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
TOTO’s sustainability commitment covers its entire supply chain; Congestion on U.S. roadways costs the trucking industry $9.2 billion, 141 million hours of lost productivity; US tabbed “rising star,” ranks second to China for manufacturing competitiveness; Supply chain strategy and business strategy integration is key to cost reduction and customer service; Amazon explores last-mile delivery network
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Hunter Harrison documents the culture change that has contributed to Canadian Pacific’s rail renaissance; Global companies more concerned about climate risk than emissions reductions; Deadline for new ISO17712:2013 high-security seal standards is fast approaching; Lack of collaboration between supply chain and finance hurts the bottom line
Take your supply chain career to the next level with a certification or certificate program.
Catch up with four supply chain professionals previously featured in Inbound Logistics' Reader Profile.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
Equipped with industry training, new logistics professionals need their more experienced peers’ communication and interpersonal skills.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
Aviation climate emissions agreement signals major progress; Latin American economic growth expected to accelerate despite hinterland connectivity issues; IMO’s container weight verification amendment irks some shipper advocates; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship; Spain and Portugal seek rail freight harmonies
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
Chris Carlson, VP of Batteries Plus Bulbs, gets a jolt out of optimizing warehouse labor and inventory flow.
Alana Miedrich, inventory and logistics assistant at Kids Wish Network, Holiday, Fla., manages inventory to fulfill dreams.
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
Hu Huang of Kichler Lighting stays current on trade laws and keeps import/export activities transparent.
Trends could transform logistics operations, particularly in emerging markets, creating more sustainable supply chains.
Companies in the logistics sector are stepping up to hire U.S. military veterans with aggressive recruiting and training programs.
Matthew Wood, freight program and supply chain manager at Mayo Clinic, treats the company’s freight spend aches and pains.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
Natural gas fuel can help the trucking industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if gas leaks are minimized.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Dino Lanno, senior VP of supply chain at Safelite AutoGlass, steered the company through a supply chain redesign.
Demand-driven logistics practices are a perfect focal point to integrate green strategies with Lean methodologies.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
Inbound Logistics' 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) highlights sustainability leaders in the logistics and transportation sector.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
By switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar cut both carbon emissions and costs.
While it promises supply chain sustainability gains, using compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel requires multi-step capital and operating considerations, writes Casey Whelan of U.S. Energy Services.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
As director of logistics at electrical wiring equipment manufacturer Leviton, Brian Morgan drives transportation efficiencies to meet complex customer requirements.
A sample of supply chain, logistics, and transportation degrees and certification programs offered partially or entirely online.
Benetton follows apparel trend and detoxes supply chain; Apple CEO Tim Cook proves demand forecasting is best left to experts; Wisconsin public-private partnerships invest in rail; Amazon and Texas settle sales tax dispute, move forward; The Alaskan Brewing Company uses spent grain as new energy source.
Online logistics education programs train students for supply chain jobs through webcasts and discussion forums, while short on-campus residencies help students network with peers and professors.
Educational resources – including online learning and accelerated MBA programs – abound for people working in or pursuing supply chain jobs, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As senior vice president, supply chain, at sustainable home goods company Bambeco, Sander Eth sows the supply chain with environmental principles.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
An average distribution center generates or handles anywhere from 100 to 1,000 tons of solid waste each year that could be reduced, reused, or recycled. Emily P. Davis of Exel/DHL Supply Chain Americas outlines five keys for helping waste management and other sustainability programs succeed.
Visit with three supply chain professionals who were featured in the Reader Profile column in 2007-2009, and find out what they’re up to these days.
Logistics professionals seeking to become supply chain executives can gain insight from the perspectives of four logistics experts, who share their knowledge about the skills and experience needed to climb the logistics career ladder.
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
Victor Hougan is set to soar in his new logistics position with aerospace supplier Primus International.
With an eye toward the looming logistics labor shortage, some companies are working studiously to attract millennials.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference features supply chain best practices and logistics trends such as predictive analysis, partnerships, green initiatives, and career paths for logistics professionals.
By collaboratively engaging with their supplier networks, companies can mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and improve supplier relationships while achieving greater efficiency and cost reductions, writes Gary Hanifan of Accenture.
Many companies are considering ways to improve fleet fuel efficiency and establish sustainability standards they can measure, then improve upon.
For Michael Smyers, associate director, logistics, at chemical and transportation fuel products manufacturer Amyris in Emeryville, Calif., the formula for a successful career relies on continuing education.
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.
Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.
Sherry Askew, transportation manager at Revlon Consumer Products, the well-known maker of beauty and personal care items, negotiates freight rates that keep the company’s bottom line looking good.
Protective reusable dunnage can take the place of single- or limited-use corrugated or wood filler to move pallets and products securely in an environmentally conscious manner, writes Paul Fitzgerald of Paylode Cargo Protection Systems.
Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.
Product lifecycle assessment (LCA) can reveal opportunities to cut costs, gain efficiencies, and improve sustainability and carbon footprint, writes Sara Pax, Bluehorse Associates.
Fueled by cost reductions and efficiency gains, supply chain sustainability initiatives retain their heat.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles have gained visibility as leading-edge companies are transitioning to fleets that use this alternative fuel source, writes Cliff Otto, Saddle Creek.
The traits of an exceptional soldier are also the traits of exceptional logistics professionals.
As director of logistics and facilities at Indianapolis Fruit Company, Michael Gilbert enhanced the company’s refrigerated truck fleet with computers that provide navigation, tracking, and driver performance reporting.
John Snider, vice president of retail logistics at Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, manages the company’s warehousing, and inbound and outbound transportation. Teamwork and communication play a major role in his management strategy.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
Many shippers are looking to replace fossil-fuel based packaging materials with something more sustainable. But they must do their homework to find the best – and greenest – fit.
Achieving LEED certification begins with choosing energy-efficient lighting, using space to promote energy savings, and building with sustainable and recycled materials. Thomas Taylor of Vertegy offers more tips for getting your building LEED certified.
Kazimir Kostrubala manages military resources as squadron operations officer and installation deployment officer with the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 19th Airlift, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Ark.
Risk management top priority for consumer companies; North Carolina Global Logistics Center brings together four community colleges in Piedmont Triad; Nissan develops green ship to transport electric cars; Defense Logistics Agency explores use of DNA technology to combat counterfeit parts; Deutsche Post DHL looks into the future of the global supply chain
Leading supply chain and logistics professors provide insights about the state of supply chain education and employers' expectations for new hires.
Don Riley, executive vice president of supply chain and technology at Denver, Colo.-based building materials supplier ProBuild Holdings, faces recessionary challenges by building the right organizational model and relationships – from suppliers to customers – to support the company today and into the future.
Recently retired from a 40-year career with less-than-truckload carrier ABF, former president and CEO Wes Kemp shares his insights on the transportation industry, trucking regulation, and the importance of logistics and supply chain education.
While some organizations and industries may have operations that naturally lend themselves to sustainability efforts, all companies should be empowered to review their shipping and supply chain operations through the lens of sustainability.
With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory.
John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
Optimizing packaging, streamlining transportation, and maximizing space usage are among the ways businesses can boost their supply chain sustainability, writes Alan Amling of UPS.
Jill Hesselroth, vice president, global supply chain at Nortech Systems, analyzes the company’s supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and leads the implementation of those improvements.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Top-performing supply chains focus on attracting and retaining talent — both technical ability and leadership. Here’s how to find and nurture true supply chain competency.
Ryan Gellert, vice president, supply chain management, at mountain sports products company Black Diamond Equipment handles global demand planning, sales and operations planning, global procurement, logistics, and in-house customer service. He views helping launch a new division in Asia as a pinnacle of his career.
Supply chain professionals get a lift as more companies grow to appreciate the strategic value of a well-run logistics operation.
Katie Reuland, director of operations at bedding manufacturer Down Etc., rests easy knowing she has optimized the company’s container shipments.
Angela Duesterhaus, logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies in North Kansas City, Mo., talks about her recent projects and describes how a disappointment in a previous job taught her a valuable lesson.
David Fisher, director of global logistics at Johns Manville in Denver, promotes collaboration through the organization's supply chain departments worldwide and designates preferred carriers to promote strong partner relationships.
Ron Harris, chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, talks about some of the people and experiences that helped to shape him as a logistics professional.
Shipping and logistics professionals facing stricter emissions regulations and rising diesel prices will have an opportunity to take control of their fleets and realize the fuel and cost savings selective catalytic reduction brings, writes Chad Dombroski of Yara North America.
Green reverse logistics strategies to reuse, refurbish, and recycle products and raw materials not only benefit the environment, but also save money and increase profits.
Advanced logistics and supply chain education brings rewards such as greater job satisfaction, the potential for promotion, and a salary uptick.
When looking for environmental sustainability solutions, which ground transport mode -- truck or rail -- is greener?
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton questions whether the green consumer phenomenon is a fad – and what it means for supply chain and logistics sustainability initiatives.
Jennifer Burkhardt, transportation manager of the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, takes charge of all movements into and out of the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites.
David Ayers, lead business analyst, warehouse management, for tool manufacturer Lenox, rolls out SAP enterprise resource planning systems at sites worldwide.
Cheryl Harrity, corporate director of supply chain for food product producer MGP Ingredients Inc., whets her appetite for improving sales and operations planning.
As vice president of supply chain at KPPS, Brian Hatfield oversees the network that brings the company's hair care products to salons across North America.
The wind power industry blows gusts of opportunity for project sites, equipment manufacturers, and specialty transportation providers.
Pursuing continuing education — through an abundance of choices that includes classroom work, certification, or online courses — helps logistics professionals enhance their job performance and get ahead.
Saara Chung, customer logistics manager at Campbell Soup Company, helps customers improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and boost their businesses.
Inbound Logistics' editorial helps you realize new opportunities as you grow your career.
Businesses worldwide need to take collective and collaborative responsibility for making supply chain sustainability a reality.
Eric Cohen, vice president of logistics for Waxie Sanitary Supply, puts his military experience to work to help the company reduce costs, improve service and manage human resources.
Sustainability efforts can help companies grow more efficient supply chains.
Industrial property developers are cultivating greener distribution facilities and nurturing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards compliance. The bounty? A harvest of benefits for their tenants.
Joe Perillo, director of supply chain, logistics, and lean enterprise for PTR Baler and Compactor, leads through influence.
As yet another sign that the U.S. economy is emerging from the downturn, the logistics job market is picking up, with a steady increase in hiring since last year.
As vice president of supply chain at WireCo WorldGroup, Todd Stewart looks for cost reductions while improving service and delivery to customers.
For shipping and receiving, there are three types of pallet programs: single-use or one-way, extended-use or buy/sell, and leasing or rental. Hillary Femal of IFCO Systems describes the uses and benefits of each type.
Heineken implements inland barge distribution in Europe; CMA CGM, MSC, and Maersk Line partner to fight piracy; PepsiCo UK and Ireland help farm suppliers cut carbon emissions and water usage; New Dubai Logistics Corridor facilitates UAE trade; Japanese economy shows signs of rebound; Taiwan launches project to improve logistics performance.
Distribution Manager Randall Plost boosted pick rates and forged carrier relationships to improve service at valve and pipe connector manufacturer Victaulic.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Mexico Taxes U.S. Imports, Audi's carbon friendly cars and carbon friendly transportation, Australia labors over transportation expansion, UPS opens health care logistics hubs in Singapore and China, U.S. football imports from China
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
Is there a war on trucking? CSA 2010, cap and trade, and Hours of Service changes are challenging the ability of truckers to operate profitably in America, says Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Collaboration and communication help Inbound Logistics Manager Kevin Miles manage more than $100 million in transportation spend for grocery chain owner Ahold USA.
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
Serious challenges balance the benefits of embracing sustainability efforts, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Government, industry, and consumers are creating new standards for supply chain sustainability excellence.
A mentor's advice and attention can make a world of difference to professionals trying to rise to the top of the logistics field. Here's how three companies in the industry help their employees scale new heights.
Investing in automated storage and retrieval systems and WMS helps warehouses grow greener and reap financial benefits.
As director of logistics and operations at USA Cycling, Gregory Cross gives new meaning to the term "cycle counting."
Patagonia and Walmart grow green together; 3PLs make sustainability a priority
Investigate online learning, a convenient path to acquiring supply chain know-how.
Can you really model best practices from the military? After all, they invented the acronym SNAFU. But companies are finding veterans' experience and skills help promote ship-shape supply chains.
Alison Dennis, director of sustainability at fast food company Burgerville, promotes sourcing from nearby suppliers.
Ten years as an Army sustainment officer provided Major Jason Bullard a view of the military supply chain from just about every angle.
Fuel-optimized forklifts? Check. Energy-efficient light bulbs? Check. Here's your cheat-sheet for warehouse sustainability efforts, courtesy of Rajiv Saxena of APL Logistics.
Green packaging strategies can reduce cargo emissions, conserve resources, cut transport costs, and enhance your brand's reputation; Bill Armstrong of Sealed Air Corporation and Arnold Barlow of UPS explain how to apply them.
William Cossey Jr. moved military vehicles during the first Gulf War; civilian life finds him back in the supply chain hot seat.
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
Florida's Talent Supply Chain association aims to boost Florida's economy by encouraging and expanding workforce development, training, and job retention across the state, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Evolving to meet changing industry needs, logistics and supply chain education helps students hone their skills, gain a broader perspective, and bring bottom-line benefits to employers.
As director of logistics at Regal Wine Company, Kathy Zepaltas consolidated her company's logistics operations and transitioned from an insufficient warehouse to an ultra-efficient 650,000-square-foot DC.
Companies that combine the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with the supply chain wisdom of managing costs and stamping out inefficiencies are developing reverse supply chains that help the Earth, the customer, and the bottom line.