Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
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.
Reciprocal switching debate casts a cloud over railroad industry collaboration; Procurement execution gap costs U.S. businesses $1.5 billion per year; Holiday consumers plan to shop sooner to avoid last-minute parcel problems; Trucking costs continue to soar as driver shortage worsens; Amazon Supreme Court case will set a precedent for how companies secure facilities and compensate workers.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
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.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
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.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
Reverse logistics solutions can improve the bottom line, and reduce potential regulatory liabilities.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
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
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Retailers can identify and eliminate waste from their retail strategy, merchandise management, and store operations.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
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
NRF’s Big Show unveils trends in the retail industry; Local couriers provide a solution to capacity constraints and empower same-day delivery; Ocean carrier industry beset by imbalances; Global RFID market primed for robust growth; Shippers plan for supply chain exceptions
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
As consumers embrace bargain hunting, off-price apparel retailers reinvent their supply chains to meet demand.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
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.
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.
E-commerce presents retailers with challenges and opportunities; Food regulation top of mind for 3PLs and shippers; Daktronics’ lean machine keeps production at home; Nike partners with Bluesign Technologies to facilitate sustainable sourcing program among supply chain partners.
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.
Sporting goods manufacturers and retailers must manage seasonal peaks to avoid stockouts and meet online customers’ demand for prompt delivery. Supply chain technology helps provide visibility and track items during product recalls.
Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
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.
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.
Velocity is more important than price for some consumers, perhaps giving some retailers another component to consider as they compete, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
Strong forecasting, careful vendor management, solid partnerships with carriers and optimized use of labor and equipment all help retailers manage the year-end holiday rush.
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.
Shippers and business logistics professionals can easily use bar codes rather than ink stamps to ensure fresh food items are delivered to customers, writes Mark Croxton of Aldata.
As retailers look to grow their business, the challenge of keeping up with the market becomes exponentially greater—especially as new channels emerge, writes Editor Felecia Stratton. Supply chain management can help create balance between supply and demand.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
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.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
New e-commerce sites like Groupon and LivingSocial can bring huge sales volume in a very short period of time by reaching a targeted audience with appealing offers. Tod Yazdi of TAGGlogistics explains how shippers can work with fulfillment partners to make the most of this new opportunity.
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.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer 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.
Retailers who succeed at integrating their inventory intelligence can cut costs, accelerate turns, and build revenue by driving high-fidelity information back into the supply chain, aligning it with shopper demand, write Tyco Retail Solutions’ Karen Bomber and Jim Caudill.
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.
Viewing order management as an opportunity to add value ensures that 3PLs act as a partner that adds real revenue-side value, and not just another vendor, writes Clyde Mount, 3PL Worldwide.
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.
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.
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
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.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
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.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
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.
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
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.