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
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
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.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
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.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Let’s dive into seven of the most common warehouse challenges and explore potential solutions to help make your warehouse operations more efficient.
The rent-over-own consumer mentality is creating a share economy, with end users interested in only spending what’s needed, rather than investing in a depreciating product. Manufacturers – especially those with dealer networks – need to consider a shift in thinking that reflects the shift their customers are making.
Brian C. Neuwirth of UNEX Manufacturing reveals how to boost warehouse productivity with improved order picking processes, better organization, and greater efficiencies in order to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.
Staffing is key to a warehouse’s ability to grow and manage a large and sometimes multi-state workforce. Here’s how to perform your due diligence on your staffing providers to ensure that you are minimizing your exposure to potential issues.
As the needs of buyers become more unpredictable and complex, and as they begin to demand more frequent product launches and extreme personalization, manufacturers are struggling to keep up, let alone profitably. It’s time for manufacturers to begin creating the ecosystem they’ll need to dominate their markets.
Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are optimistic about the perceived impact of the Trump administration’s plans for trade deregulation on their businesses, according to new research commissioned by business software provider Exact.
Now more than ever healthcare supply chains are key differentiators for best-in-class manufacturers.
Warehouse risks and vulnerabilities are increasingly complex, and many policies simply aren’t keeping up with today’s sophisticated new systems and regulations.
What do new buying trends mean for those providing logistics solutions to you, especially if your logistics partners are not market monsters?
The U.S.-Canada cross-border trade relationship remains robust in an evolving regulatory environment.
Technology from Crown Equipment helps a fine foods supplier optimize its order-picking process.
John Costanzo of Purolator International discusses the latest trade trends between the United States and Canada.
Contrary to public perception, U.S. manufacturing and logistics industries experienced dramatic growth over the past generation, says a new report from Ball State University.
Slotting – determining the locations of your SKUs in your warehouse – used to be an easy concept. But in the new world of warehousing focusing exclusively to a large degree on e-commerce sales, this is no longer simple.
The deal comes at a critical time for the Silicon Valley-based electric car company, as it prepares for Model 3 production and readies to face one of the largest growth phases in the company’s history.
Here are six ways to stay on top of the demands of split case picking in the face of the eCommerce revolution.
Selecting the best metrics at your company’s distribution centers requires the right tools, careful study, and constant collaboration.
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the supply chain. Here's how to protect this invaluable asset and address the driver shortage.
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.
Classic Distributing increases pick rates by 22% with the Jungheinrich® low-level order picker.
E-commerce impacts not only consumer supply chains, but business to business supply chains as well.
While the rewards of global operations are substantial, so are the risks. Compliance failures delay shipments, disrupt operations, and negatively impact your bottom line. These five tips will help you mitigate risk.
Tip the scales toward greater efficiency in your warehouse by investing in industrial weighing equipment. Start by weighing the following options.
Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
How powersports manufacturer Monster Moto worked with UPS to redesign its supply chain as it moved its product assembly from China to the U.S.
Thirty years ago, third-party logistics providers offered mainly rudimentary logistics and warehousing services. Today, however, many 3PLs offer complex solutions that help companies achieve strategic goals.
Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.
Visibility into the supply chain is clearer than ever, dramatically cutting the time from order to production and shipment. To bring the same transparency and efficiency to global trade, we need common sense changes. Find out how shippers can benefit.
High taxes and complex regulations create new choices for manufacturers: Nearshore? Offshore? Sue and settle? No matter what they decide, their supply chains will be impacted.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
DHL survey gives insight into international trade; Trade growth expected between Canada and United States; Hanjin Shipping shuts down operations in Europe
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
The Canadian eManifest improves security by receiving cargo and conveyance information before a shipment arrives at the border. Here's what companies involved in U.S.–Canada highway transport should know about the regulation to improve efficiency, boost productivity, and increase compliance rates.
Warehouse owners, operators, and facility managers can reap operational savings by looking up: at warehouse lighting. Switching to LED solutions cuts more than costs.
The business of importing and exporting with the United States reaches a milestone at the end of 2016 when the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is fully implemented. To make its rollout seamless, FedEx developed a contingency approach that can be useful to other organizations as they adapt to this new era in trade.
As U.S. firms continue to reshore, new supply chain opportunities are arising for both shippers and providers. Manufacturers and their logistics service providers should understand the reshoring trend and the resources that are available to assist them with both the reshoring decision and process.
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
India-based textile manufacturer accused of providing fraudulent products; Iran seeks to strengthen trade relationships in Latin America; British manufacturers get small boost in wake of Brexit referendum
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.
Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
With demand for speed and convenience at an all-time high, companies must streamline and speed up order fulfillment. Technology that allows sales reps and customers to rapidly write orders and submit them almost instantaneously for fulfillment is a major competitive advantage.
U.S.-Canada cross-border trade continues to be a mutually beneficial partnership between nations with a long history of friendship.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
Keeping cargo secure requires visibility and the automation technology to enable this view into your shipments. Additionally, immediate access to rapidly changing requirements for import and export activities plays a key role in light of new security concerns.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
As warehouse heights have increased with the help of new materials handling technology, so have the risks. Here's one way to meet fire codes as well as cut sprinkler costs.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
An instant selling and ordering procedure could be a differentiator for industrial companies looking to boost their customers' industrial buying experience.
A sweating warehouse floor slab is not easily eliminated. Here's how DC occupants and building owners can address this perplexing problem.
On May 1, 2016, North American companies that trade with the EU and those with operations in the EU witnessed the beginning of the largest change to European customs procedures in the past 20 years. Find out more about the Union Customs Code (UCC).
Before selecting a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), you have to know what drives your company to select features that target your specific needs. Use this advice to select the right WMS.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Many companies falsely claim preferential duty treatment under NAFTA. This article outlines the right way to do it.
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
Here are three immediate steps shippers can take to build more robust operations in their warehouses, helping them both deal with dimensional weight pricing and grow more efficient overall.
Using pallet collars in the warehouse can increase how efficiently your goods are stored, shipped, and delivered.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
While a U.S. manufacturing revitalization is happening in some sectors, the chances of a wholesale national shift occurring are more rhetoric than reality in the current market.
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.
SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
By focusing on the frontline workforce—the biggest component to delivering the perfect order—companies can uncover hidden costs, maximize performance, and manage compliance risk.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
Warehouse operations no longer allow for “business as usual” practices. New initiatives and strategic investments in capital improvements will lead to greater returns in productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Investing in the latest materials handling equipment, WMS technology, and physical building improvements will result in a fully integrated distribution center.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
When selling products across the northern border, these three tips can help.
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
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.
Globalization has a dramatic impact on strategic sourcing, logistics excellence, and supply chain management. Here’s how your company can become a preferred employer in today’s global age.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
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.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
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 modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
Establish training and mentoring programs to ensure employees have the knowledge they need.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
DB Schenker tests silent brake blocks; India changes policy for e-commerce foreign investment; Canada opens Customs Self Assessment preferences to U.S. shippers; Global steamship lines raise rates; European ports struggle with congestion and larger ships
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
New forklift-based technologies can positively impact safety goals in your facility.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
An improving economy and e-commerce growth spur demand for warehouse space.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
Pallets are a vital piece of warehouse equipment for storing and moving products.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Importers and exporters can achieve cost savings by using a foreign trade zone.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
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.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Successful continuous improvement initiatives require focusing on achievable goals.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
Infrastructure remains India's greatest supply chain challenge; Canadian e-commerce market is catching up to speed; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM form P3 Alliance
The right pick-to-light system can help increase productivity, improve accuracy, and increase picking speeds.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Shippers must adapt to accommodate federal Hours-of-Service rules affecting the time truck drivers can be on the road.
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Successful order fulfillment begins with strategic and tactical planning well in advance of the holiday season.
Warehouses and DC networks adapt to changing supply chain trends; U.S. FTZ activity continues to grow; Trendset malfeasance raises red flag for shippers.
Transporting goods between the U.S. and Canada requires thorough knowledge of customs compliance.
Building strong teams can facilitate Lean initiatives in warehouses and supply chain operations.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
Complex border crossings lead U.S. shippers to rely on third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ease trade with Canada.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
To optimize warehouse operations, integrate solutions like warehouse management systems and warehouse control systems.
U.S. manufacturing renaissance reflects a supply chain shift not a seismic one; Food supply chain adapts to growing ethnic diversity and changing consumer tastes; 3PL relationship key to competitive advantage; Shippers face tough operating environment; Midwest floods present new challenges for inland waterway shippers; ATA debuts new program to groom a new generation of trucking leaders
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
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.
Hong Kong strike threatens port’s reputation, shakes up competition; DUBAL turns to SAP for inbound control; NAFTA cross-border trade grows for second consecutive year amid recurring safety concerns; Texas pushes for heavier produce trucks from Mexico
By switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar cut both carbon emissions and costs.
Parties storing goods in warehouses need to be alert to liens on their goods, writes Ron Leibman of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti LLP. To avoid unpleasant surprises, both parties to a warehousing agreement must understand their rights and the documents that cover their transactions.
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.
Streamlining border regulations more critical to GDP growth than eliminating tariffs; McDonald's Australian business introduces iOS app that tracks food sources; Internet usage disparity in China raises concerns; Indonesia to export cargo ships from China in the face of rising logistics costs; Aussie wool growers target Vietnam for expansion; U.S., Mexico align border security initiatives.
A warehouse control system that integrates voice-directed picking technology, a high-speed sortation system, and scanning technology streamlined party goods supplier Oriental Trading Company’s picking, packing, and shipping operations.
Solid workforce training, appropriate metrics, and well-designed incentive programs give companies an advantage in building their supply chain labor pool.
The emergence of integrated third-party logistics (3PL) solutions, expanded and improved intermodal service offerings, and creative collaborations to optimize transport resources has prompted many companies to expand operations in Mexico.
Production logistics can increase an operation’s efficiencies and save companies money by creating the right blend of technology, equipment, and disciplined processes to ensure materials get where the are needed to keep production flowing, writes Tom Stricker of HK Logistics.
Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
By working together to align the processes by which shippers tender freight and carriers receive it, supply chain partners can achieve greater efficiency at the loading dock while improving safety, quality, performance, and margins for all stakeholders.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturers face special supply chain challenges such as temperature control, security, chain of custody, and regulatory compliance, but successful strategies help deal with these issues.
For large North American companies operating in multi-national markets, moving products around the globe is a complicated endeavor, writes Roy Coburn of Livingston International.
Increasing demand for U.S. goods in Canada represents a positive sign for the economies of both countries. But keeping cross-border shipments moving requires building smart and savvy logistics partnerships.
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.
Warehouses are one component within a much larger distribution ecosystem, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
A consultant, integrator, and wholesaler share some warehouse wisdom.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
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.
Foreign trade zones (FTZs) are an essential tool for the growing business of third-party logistics. The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones’ Daniel Griswold outlines the benefits shippers can gain from using FTZs.
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
More efficient operations are the key to warehouse productivity – and, in turn, more satisfied customers, according to Kenco’s Jason Minghini.
Shifting perspectives on supply chain management, coupled with the realities of total landed cost, are driving manufacturers to weigh the benefits of flinging production operations in China back to the United States.
If your business plans include shipping to areas where civil unrest or natural disasters have occurred, be flexible and make strong connections, advises Larry Wenrich, Pilot Freight Services.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
For many manufacturers and logistics professionals, preparation and opportunity are meeting right now at the U.S.-Canadian border, as North American companies on both sides of the boundary reexamine, redefine, and realign their global supply chain strategies.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo examines a trend in moving manufacturing from China back to the United States.
Healthy warehouses use strategies such as one-on-one training, layout optimization, materials handling equipment, adjustable partitions, performance measurement tools, wrist-mounted bar-code scanners, and energy-efficient lighting.
Warehouse operations visibility means knowing the real-time location of your materials handling vehicles, drivers, and inventory so operations can be optimized for maximum productivity, says Phil Van Wormer of Sky-Trax.
If you don't file accurate import data with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you put your company at risk for penalties and fines, warns Kevin Shoemaker, director, global solutions for Integration Point Inc.
Troy Ryley and Jose Minarro, managing directors for Transplace Mexico, offer tips for shipping freight cross-border and within Mexico.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
Optimizing materials handling equipment and processes in the warehouse impacts the entire supply chain.
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.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Charlie Jacobs of APL Logistics explains the cost savings and efficiency benefits of implementing lean practices, as demonstrated by three warehousing case studies.
Jeremy Woods of Summit Realty Group explains how an orchestrated strategy to integrate supply chain, energy use, and real estate costs can help save money.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
Using colors, shapes, numbers, and mnemonics in warehouse signage can help reduce training and picking errors, while improving service.
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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.
Boost your cross-docking operation's throughput for more efficient one-stop shipment, with these tips from Nelson Bettencourt of CEVA Logistics.
Fully implementing cross-border trucking policy benefits both the United States and Mexico, writes Kyle Burns of Free Trade Alliance.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
A steady stream of goods passing north and south across the U.S.-Canada border stitches the two nations tightly together, complicated by factors such as customs regulations, security protocols, data exchange, and infrastructure projects.
Ferber Warehousing's 650 clients benefit from the firm's innovative total business distribution software solution, Conveyor.
For a fictional company looking to expand its franchise nationally, DC network optimization is a measure of real success.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
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.
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.
Managers should identify and focus on the most useful warehouse metrics to gather, report, and apply, writes Eric Allais of PathGuide Technologies.
Smart companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the distribution center into a competitive weapon, writes Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems Inc.
Acquiring a warehouse and implementing a warehouse management system from Cambar Solutions helped The School Box earn top grades for its distribution operation.
For an update on customs, infrastructure, and manufacturing, IL went straight to the supply chain leaders and economic development experts who make Mexico their business.
Every holiday season, warehouses expand their workforces two times or more to handle peak retail demand that can make or break the entire year. Here’s how augmented reality can help.
Try these packaging moves, says APL Logistics Supply Chain Solutions Head Rajiv Saxena, to help offset higher parcel costs further up the supply chain.
A new report details the economic impact of a warehouse workhorse: the powered industrial truck or forklift.
Manufacturer of drywall and joint compound USG partnered with Transplace and was able to reduce the delivery time of its product from 6 weeks to 48 hours to Mexico—leading to double-digit sales growth.
Each year, importers pay millions of dollars in Customs duties unnecessarily because they don't take advantage of the First Sale rule. Improve your bottom line by exploring First Sale.
The right WMS solution can streamline order fulfillment, increase inventory accuracy, enhance the performance of your people, and maximize equipment utilization. Use these tips to help select a WMS.
To better serve customers and remain globally competitive, warehousing and logistics providers are continuing to evaluate robotics solutions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016. Even though SQF compliance isn’t federally mandated, the repercussions of failure to comply can be felt throughout the supply chain.
New IDC research provides manufacturers the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers expected to impact future IT investments; new report on fashion industry outlines a human-centered supply chain; in a workforce being transformed by the rise of the gig economy and the restructuring of industries, what attitudes and behaviors do procurement professionals need to sprint up the career ladder
Many shippers rely on the Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) in which the supplier alerts you of pending deliveries. You may see a product name, a PO#, and select dates, but the ASN does not contain the details that receiving or warehouse management needs. There is a better way.
Here’s how trends in U.S./Mexico cross-border operations are shaping today’s supply chain.
Working with a supplier in Mexico offers tremendous benefits to SMBs that are looking to boost profitability while maintaining high-quality standards for their products.
Supply chain infrastructure is rebuilding itself, below the surface where only logisticians can see it.
These companies have the most likeable CEOs in the transportation and warehousing industry, according to a new report from Owler.
Forklift accidents have a devastating effect on warehouses – and they happen more often than you think. Use these five keys to prevent forklift accidents and promote warehouse safety.
President Trump hasn't been shy about his desire to put America on more equal trade footing with China, but business leaders have traditionally fought against efforts to force the trade rival into an agreement that's more equitable for both sides. Dissent is growing, however, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in China's (AmChamChina) 2017 Business Climate Survey.
Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility.
Warehouse management systems provide organizations with a boost to their operations and help them keep up with the growing demands of their customers and partners. Still, implementing a WMS is a complex process that requires extensive planning, study and patience. Experts point to a number of key factors to consider when shopping for a system for your organization.
Think of wearable technology as consumer facing? Think again. Wearables one-up handheld devices and have real supply chain implications.
Retailers and manufacturers can unlock significant competitive advantage by leveraging consumer insights to make category decisions and create localized merchandising assortments.
Getting a distribution center in shape for a high-volume holiday or seasonal period requires advance planning to make sure all systems work, the facility is properly staffed, and temporary workers are properly trained. Inbound Logistics asked the experts for their holiday preparation advice; they provided these seven commandments that will light the way.