Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
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.
As intermodal grows, so do its challenges. Increasing cargo volumes create bottlenecks and congestion; while the capacity shortage has everyone scrambling. How are shippers and service providers coping? This article helps solve the dilemma.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
Intermodal allows shippers to cut transportation costs without sacrificing service.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
Intermodal solutions can have significant returns, but there are challenges to consider.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
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
Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
David Bennett of Schneider Logistics addresses how shippers, ocean carriers, and trucking companies are struggling with responsibility for providing chassis for cargo container units at ports; Boeing appoints new VP to handle 787 Dreamliner delays; companies restructure outsourced technology contracts.
U.S. transportation spending lags, according to Transportation Performance Indexes; International air cargo traffic increases; Ocean volumes rise; Large corporations band together to help smaller suppliers sell goods and services to global companies.
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
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Regional shortline railroads introduce intermodal shippers to marine rail solutions; Highway report ranks state highway systems; UPS exec offers insight on supply chain trends for 2010; FedEx Freight partners with Vision Industries to test a hybrid heavy-duty tractor; Clorox address hazardous materials concerns; Import cargo volumes rise at retail container ports
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
A successful supply chain team needs just the right mix of talent, skills, and personalities, not to mention a clear mission, the freedom to pursue it, and the structure to succeed.
United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth
Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.
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.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
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.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
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.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
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
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
U.S. industry looks to Europe for materials handling and omnichannel innovation; Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport pilots new remote scanning program; Ocean carriers struggle with schedule reliability; WTO projects an uptick in global trade for 2014; Falling freight rates help Brazilian sugar exporters seize market share.
When selecting manufacturing and distribution sites, companies should ensure rail/intermodal accessibility.
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
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Geodis Wilson helps integrated design technology company Dana Innovations expand its international supply chain.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Regulatory compliance is top supply chain challenge for healthcare executives; Ohio’s transportation funding plan pays dividends with bridge repair program; GM saves $40 million a year by co-locating stamping and assembly facilities; Collaboration is the key to sustained procurement savings; U.S. domestic intermodal surpasses international as growth driver.
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
At the annual RailTrends conference, industry experts shared insight on trends, opportunities, and challenges facing North American railroads.
Expedited services transport cargo by air, sea, or ground to meet shippers’ demands for consistent, on-time delivery with short lead times.
As senior supply chain manager at blood management devices manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Emily Ross monitors the pulse of the company’s transportation and warehousing services sourcing.
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.
Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.
Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
Incoterms are an internationally accepted set of standard commercial terms used between buyers and sellers. J. Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road helps shippers understand these rules.
Carriers, port authorities, and other service providers are working to keep intermodal going strong. Here’s a look at some of the newest developments in intermodal transportation around North America.
Railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, leading to new intermodal services that prompt more shippers – and motor carriers – to adopt multimodal approaches.
Capable third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help you manage rising logistics costs because they have highly developed processes and critical infrastructures in place, writes Brad Constantini, Comprehensive Logistics.
When looking for environmental sustainability solutions, which ground transport mode -- truck or rail -- is greener?
Intermodal connections help shippers move product quickly and efficiently. Get on track with some locations, utilities, and service providers that are helping intermodal grow.
Strategic transportation management puts shippers on the road to increased fuel economy and improved asset utilization.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.
U.S. Department of Transportation pursues ban on cell phone use while driving; Proposed air cargo screening legislation enhances security measures; U.S. retailers place increased emphasis on supply chain management
When expediting shipments, visibility, communication, and customer service get into gear.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
The emergence of refrigerated container units provides more cost-effective rail and intermodal shipping for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Russia developing a super-heavy cargo plane; Suppliers cannot meet Northern Europe's demand for wind power equipment; United Arab Emirates top re-exporter of rice; Outsourcing grows in Brazil; FedEx Express expands expedited offerings in China; Luxembourg-based 3PL introduces new multimodal hanging garment container to Australian apparel industry.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Will rail reregulation untie captive shippers but tie up rail productivity?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
A&R Logistics' Morris, Ill., dry bulk intermodal facility specializes in hauling plastics. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours the operation.
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.
Carriers need to be ready to keep freight moving no matter what gets in the way.
Managers must carefully consider all factors of their operation before selecting a new bar-coding system.
As the Panama Canal expansion nears completion, several trends and trade dynamics will determine the impact on U.S. shippers and consignees.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
The best way shippers and consignees can accommodate speed and reliability is to practice demand-driven logistics.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
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.
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.
Kevin Hickey, Vice President, North American Customer Service for Maersk Line outlines the benefits of performance metrics, and the impact they have on carrier relationships and ongoing improvements.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
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.
Treat truck drivers respectfully to build a good reputation with carriers and ensure load coverage.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Fleet managers increasingly rely on electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to manage fleet data.
Federal legislators have taken notice of the issues relating to motor carrier due diligence caused largely by CSA.
Google and Barnes & Noble partner to provide same-day book delivery; Shippers prioritize day-to-day problem-solving over contingency planning; APICS and SCC merge; Transplace identifies four areas key to preferred shipper status
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.
Incoterms simplify international purchase-sales contracts. Here are tips for applying them correctly.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
New supply chain and logistics books help logistics professionals thaw out their skills after a brutal winter.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
3PL websites should offer tools that offer shippers information they need, and make working with carriers easier.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
New federal emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks may prompt fleet operators to invest in new equipment.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
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.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
A strong corporate culture boosts productivity, improves service, and reduces workplace injuries and employee turnover.
Logistics managers support inbound supply chains by informing company leaders about the effect of vendor non-compliance.
Auto aftermarket shippers use supplier ship direct programs and high-velocity DCs to meet demand.
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
U.S. government aims to create single-window, paper-less Customs process; Deutsche Post predicts positive growth for global express business; China looks to develop more logistics centers upstream on the Yangtze River; Canada-Mexico trade imbalance tops NAFTA summit; Mexican railroads object to proposed reform bill
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
New Jersey’s salty tale misplaces blame on the Jones Act; UPS unveils new hazmat shipping protocol; Automakers collaborate to map the auto supply chain
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
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
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.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
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.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
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.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
2014 may be a year of uncertainty, but inbound logistics best practices can help improve supply chain operations, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton shares highlights from the January 2014 issue.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Global dry-bulk commodity trade reveals rate growth, steadying inflation in China; Preparations for 2022 World Cup trigger DC explosion in Qatar; Supplier risk analysis will become more complex as companies expand into new global markets; Pakistani protests force U.S. military drawdown to consider $1 billion airfreight alternative; Asia truck bans taking toll on logistics industry; Africa’s piracy problem shifting to continent’s west coast; Trans-Pacific Partnership pact stalls, 2014 ratification expected; China’s Nicaraguan Canal stirs intrigue; Tesco acquires stake in “Asia’s Amazon”
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
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
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
Positioning product packaging downstream in the supply chain offers food manufacturers varied selling opportunities.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Energy companies have responded to the escalating cost of doing business by looking for savings in the indirect material supply chain. As a result, many are struggling to optimize maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) functions.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.
Mixing truckload, less-than-truckload, and rail options allows shippers to create efficient intermodal solutions.
Shippers must adapt to accommodate federal Hours-of-Service rules affecting the time truck drivers can be on the road.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Planning for peak returns season can minimize processing costs and maximize recovery values of returned inventory.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Railroads are investing in new safety processes, technology and policies to ensure cargo security and prevent accidents.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Integrated transportation solutions allow shippers to optimize modes, and meet capacity and service requirements.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
Partnering with diversified and specialized truckers can help shippers who are struggling to find freight capacity.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
New Hours-of-Service regulations impact trucking companies, driver, and shippers; Restaurant chain Chipotle struggles to maintain supplier standards in the face of growing demand; U.S. Postal Service changes Priority Mail line-up to grow package business
Shippers must take steps to supplement inadequate government reviews of motor carrier safety.
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Exporter Anderson Hay & Grain saved on transport costs by installing trailer side skirts that boost fuel efficiency.
Sharpen your skills with these books covering supply chain and logistics topics.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Intermodal shipping offers benefits such as reduced transportation costs, reduced carbon emissions, and safety.
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.
U.S. furniture manufacturers rely on specialized furniture carriers and white-glove delivery companies.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
When choosing an airfreight forwarder, consider transport and tech capabilities, service records, and professionalism.
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
A logistics and supply chain market research survey reveal trends and insights about the third-party logistics sector.
Natural gas fuel can help the trucking industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if gas leaks are minimized.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
For chemical logistics providers, safety on the truck and in the warehouse is of paramount importance.
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
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
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.
Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership.
Maximizing truck utilization, managing Hours of Service regulations, and finding enough drivers pose major challenges for trucking companies, says Scott Vanselous of TMW Systems.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
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.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
Plan for seasonal peaks by securing efficient labor, sufficient warehouse space, and reliable carriers.
North American railroads benefit from crude oil demand as pipeline debate lingers; E-commerce growth places new demands on DC development; American Automobile Association weighs in on truck weight restrictions; Mid-sized consumer packaged goods companies struggle with retailer demands; BNSF announces plans to pilot natural gas-powered locomotives; Air freight industry struggles amid sluggish global economy
Using an advanced logistics simulation tool to analyze system performance and lifecycle cost can help logisticians negotiate better performance-based logistics contracts, writes Justin Woulfe of WPI Services.
The new wave of less than containerload (LCL) ocean services combines well-established networks, improved reporting, more certain delivery times, and end-to-end pricing.
The transportation and logistics sector is in the midst of some of its biggest changes since deregulation, and 2013 will play a pivotal role in discerning which companies will rise to the top, writes Chad Eichelberger of Access America Transport.
Whether you want to casually brush up on your supply chain management techniques or drastically reorganize your purchasing processes, you’ll find the knowledge you need in the pages of these supply chain resources.
Shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers use electronic loadboards to communicate opportunities, whether it's freight to be shipped or trucks to be filled.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
In a business world defined and dictated by change, supply chain management balances challenges and competitive advantage. Companies large and small are leveraging transportation and logistics best practices to act as great equalizers.
Adopting demand-driven logistics can increase visibility, drive supply chain efficiency, and offset any market advantage your competitors might have.
To preserve working capital and promote flexibility, many companies choose to leverage the capabilities of a third-party-logistics (3PL) provider for carrier spend, facility occupancy, and more, writes John Wagner Jr. of Wagner Logistics.
Shippers want 3PL partners that not only responsively evolve service networks and capabilities to flex with the market, but also can anticipate and be ready to meet future service requirements, writes Ray Greer of BNSF Logistics.
Shifting production and consumption patterns push inter-regional trade; Ford tinkers with polymers, finds hidden green; Motorola Mobility flexes its supply chain with outsourcing approach; American consumer electronics companies more transparent than Asian competitors; Smaller Florida ports bullish on Panama Canal-triggered growth potential; Retail supply chain sophistication makes overstock sales obsolete; Sustainability and CSR rank low in procurement priorities; Retailers fail to appreciate the true power of mobility
Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires planning and communication, writes Peter Wharton of IBM.
A well-oiled trading partner network allows one-to-many and many-to-many partners to collaborate and communicate using a single source of truth garnered from real-time information, writes Christopher P. Mazza of IAS.
By providing end-to-end visibility, demand driven logistics practices deliver competitive advantage and solve supply chain challenges for businesses of all sizes, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Supply chain management makes a difference by empowering companies to do more with less, and project a stronger competitive force, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As manufacturers strive to strike the perfect balance between parts delivered and parts consumed in production, technology innovations allow logistics providers to ensure companies receive only the parts they need when they need them, writes John Paugh of Carter Logistics.
In a true collaborative relationship between purchasing and logistics, order and routing pattern planning comprises a single, optimized decision process that yields measurable results, writes Bill Michalski of ArrowStream.
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.
As Panama Canal expansion nears completion, global shippers gain a viable alternative for shipping ocean cargo from Asia to U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast ports.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton sees the supply chain industry's true colors firsthand.
By implementing collaborative and flexible logistics practices and remaining agile, managing air freight today can be a win-win process for both shipper and forwarder, writes Horst von Kanel of Damco USA.
Whether a company is looking to reduce driver turnover costs or vet a business partner to make sure it has the necessary resources to deliver acceptable customer service, maintaining a dedicated recruitment and retention strategy communicates a strong message both internally and within the extended value chain.
The value of third-party logistics (3PL) provider partnerships grows infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings.
Shippers can create a "control tower" view within their own supply chains—a common platform for aggregating, cleansing, and communicating real-time data.
By identifying the value-adds that brand and retail shippers want, logistics providers can position their offerings to bring millions in benefits to their customers and make the relationship stick, writes Greg White of Blue Ridge.
Inbound raw materials and components and outbound shipments that are centrally crossdocked, then line-hauled to final destination, support Lean manufacturing and ensure just-in-time inventory, writes David J. DiSanto of DiSanto & Associates.
Greyhound partners with One Network to enhance parcel delivery business. Truck driver turnover increases,Urban Outfitters equips Nevada e-fulfillment center with state-of-the-art materials handling system. Shippers turn to spot market to find capacity and compare carrier rates. MSC Beatrice debut in Asia-U.S. trade signals new wave of larger containerships.
The complexity of ocean freight contracts requires shippers to negotiate carefully with carriers so both parties can find beneficial terms.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Inbound Logistics' annual Ocean Carrier Guide outlines where ocean carriers are investing capital, and how they are enhancing fleets, services, solutions, and coverage areas to better meet ocean shipping demands.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain managers should work closely with compliance professionals and corporate tax specialists when making decisions about related-party transactions, writes J. Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road.
While many factors influence customer loyalty, a well-run returns process has proven to drive repeat orders and improve consumer satisfaction. Paul Galpin of P2P Mailing outlines three points companies should consider when designing their reverse logistics.
Lean concepts such as 5S, Visual Workplace, and Kanban help reduce motion waste to create safer, more efficient workplaces.
To successfully manage export compliance, companies must fully understand export regulations and filing requirements, advises Scott Byrnes, Amber Road.
Supply chain partners are taking cues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and making concerted efforts to share and apply security best practices throughout their organizations and supply chain operations, says Howard Finkel of COSCO Container Lines Americas.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
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.
Midwest drought draws attention to BNSF Logistics’ “ag in a box" solution; Nussbaum takes driver safety performance to a new level with Driver Excelerator; Alaska considers the possibility of freight-floating blimps; Railcar data points to cooling economic trends; P&G and EPA partner to develop supply chain sustainability assessment tools
Some new trucking regulations – and proposed changes to rules and legislation – have a major affect on motor carriers. Here’s a look at these changes, and how they could affect shippers.
When it needs equipment and consistent service, Dawn Food Products turns to RWI Transportation as one of its core carriers to deliver.
Mobile trucking communications technology signals new productivity gains for truckers, and helps improve truck driver safety.
Having a financing partner that specializes in the transportation industry is important for trucking companies because it will understand their capital needs, collateral values, and financing alternatives, says Nick Weaver, Regions Bank.
When capacity becomes tight, maintaining relationships with asset-based carriers gives shippers the peace of mind of knowing their supply chain and service will remain seamless and fluid, says Terrence M. Gilbert, CEO, New Century Transportation.
Unless the trucking sector adds drivers and equipment, shortages will continue, says Bo Bates, The Evans Network of Companies.
Inbound Logistics' annual trucking issue assesses the challenges and opportunities that await the trucking industry during this period of rapid change, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
The results of our trucking industry research report include in-depth analysis of the trends, challenges, and regulations that affect both shippers, truck drivers, and trucking companies.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
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.
Southwest Airlines introduces cargo tracking device; Supply chains are challenged by product recalls; Reliability is key to ocean shipping success; Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica merger puts rail shippers and economy back on track; Integrated services key to outsourcing success
Recent pronouncements by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signal the agency’s retreat from its statutory and historical oversight of carrier safety in favor of placing more due diligence responsibilities on shippers and brokers.
Traffic congestion and infrastructure limitations can complicate shipment deliveries in major cities. Carriers such as DHL and UPS use network engineering, communication tools, and contingency planning to ensure they meet customer needs.
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Less-than-containerload (LCL) services are expanding to meet shippers’ need for a cost-effective approach to smaller ocean freight volumes.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
New publications on supply chain and logistics topics such as warehousing, sustainability, and procurement help logistics professionals stay sharp. Here are some recent books on supply chain topics of interest.
By incorporating containerization into downstream transportation and upstream supply chain workflows, companies can improve asset utilization, use fewer trucks, drive fewer miles, reduce fuel costs, and enhance distribution center operations, writes Fabrizio Brasca, JDA Software.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can inspire shipper confidence by using technology tools to control loads and properly insuring their loads.
New international supply chain optimization tools are capable of considering all appropriate shipment flows, modes, routes, and cargo to come up with an ideal workable plan – as often as needed and anytime things change.
Inbound Logistics' readers voted on the third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that give them the best service and deliver outstanding results. Here is the list of top-rated 3PLs.
The airfreight industry is depending on the new efficiencies promised by new freighters, e-commerce, and updated air traffic control systems to offset economic uncertainties and increasing regulatory requirements.
Land O’Lakes focuses on workplace culture to improve supply chain yield; Fuel consumption major concern for management,less so for drivers; Gartner poses four supply chain predictions for 2016
Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency
With proper care and nurturing, you can create a supply chain that performs beautifully – even in the midst of today’s ever-changing business environment, writes Wendy Buxton, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions.
Capturing and analyzing transportation spend data is the key to outstanding supply chain management, writes Steven Shoemaker, RateLinx.
Trucking load boards have evolved from bulletin boards in truck stops to sophisticated social networking-style tools on handheld computers. Charles Myers of uShip.com outlines the benefits of the evolved load board.
Demand for less-than-containerload (LCL) services is rising among global importer and exporters whose business models rely on cost, inventory control, and supply chain visibility. Greg Scott of CEVA Logistics discusses how the oil and gas, retail, and automotive industries are using LCL services to their advantage.
Intermodal rail facilities located around the United States allow shippers to save transportation costs and move goods efficiently. Transportation infrastructure, a skilled workforce, logistics service providers, and affordable utilities support the manufacturing and distribution facilities located in these intermodal hubs.
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.
Ocean shippers can take steps to help ensure containers are delivered on time, writes Lars Kloch, managing director, USA, SBS Worldwide.
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
U.S. businesses operating in China face a number of challenges. Angela Yang of Penske Logistics Asia offers advice on supporting your business’ China operations.
Ralph Lauren’s transport operations team lacked the ability to dynamically route international air freight according to real-time best service and cost options, and it showed in inflated shipping costs. When a market search found no suitable transportation management system (TMS) for international air freight, the company decided to create its own, with help from solutions provider Acuitive Solutions.
The demands of volatile markets and structural changes taking place in the ocean freight sector make strong shipper/carrier partnerships beneficial to both parties.
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.
People are a vital component of marketing - the fifth P - supporting products and companies with advanced logistics and supply chain management skills, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
BNSF invests in rail infrastructure improvements; Logistics outsourcing reflects economic pressures; Cargo theft rises, but value of stolen goods drops; Port of Indiana- Burns Harbor sees atypical winter vessel traffic thanks to warm weather; Women in logistics climb the corporate ladder
Supply chain trends for 2012; update on transportation issues in California, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota; reverse logistics helps retailers generate customer goodwill and create demand; airport warehousing demand soars; FAA regulations limit pilot flight time; Coca-Cola extends its environmental stewardship; Trucking industry responds to Hours-of-Service legislation
Shippers can avoid load board scams by taking the time to research the companies with which they do business, writes Jeff Vielhaber, TTS.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
Driver turnover takes a significant hit to motor carriers’ bottom lines, undermines safety performance and customer service, and exacerbates the capacity shortage. Trent Dye of Paramount Freight Systems explains why focusing on retaining drivers makes more sense than trying to recruit new ones.
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.
Nussbaum Trucking and Wabash National collaborated with appliance maker Electrolux to create the X-duty trailer, which combines the protection and security of a dry van with the strength of a heavy-duty flatbed trailer, allowing Electrolux to use the same trucks for its inbound raw material and outbound finished goods shipments.
Trucking companies around the world are looking to boost fuel economy by improving driver behavior, and they are using on-board technology to monitor and control what goes on behind the wheel.
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
A group of determined leaders, engineers, and industrialists helped drive the westward expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.
As more manufacturers establish plants in Mexico, and as Mexican railroads improve their infrastructure and services, demand for rail transportation within the country and across the border with the U.S. continues to rise.
In strategic supply chain analysis, multiple groups of decision makers may have conflicting interests, since there can be an impact across departments and business units. Aaron Baker of Damco USA offers two global supply chain strategy examples that illustrate the decision makers and decision variables needed to ensure the chosen solution is optimal for the business.
Companies require a logistics technology platform and an integrated set of services that can adapt to the pressures of a changing market, writes Glenn Riggs of Odyssey Logistics & Technology.
On-demand content delivered via cloud-based tools such as CarrierConnect XL help shippers connect with less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers, writes Danny Slaton of SMC3.
C.H. Robinson and Menlo Logistics Worldwide streamline managed TMS services; Ohio, Wisconsin, and California transportation legislation; GE opens renewable energy DC; Order fulfillment process grows in complexity
Shippers can protect their supply chains against rising fuel costs by optimizing distribution networks, creating a flexible infrastructure, and managing shipping practices.
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.
Organizations all along the healthcare supply chain are taking a dose of smarter procurement and logistics practices to cure high costs and treat ailments in other areas of the business.
The variety of cargoes that fly in and out of Alaska—ranging from time-sensitive medical supplies and oil field equipment to perishable seafood—means companies must identify specific shipment needs and align them with asset and service requirements.
Shippers can ensure ocean cargo security by taking steps such as using C-TPAT checklists, performing random container inspections, applying security seals, shipping through secured ports, conducting security training, and following U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
Unpredictable consumer habits, the economic downturn, and limited ocean carrier capacity have transformed the traditional peak shipping season. Now shippers are preparing for a new reality: peak season variability.
Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.
Paul Hammes of Union Pacific outlines how rail industry infrastructure investments provide capacity and reliable service to the agriculture industry.
ChemLogix’s Stephen Hamilton explains why limited truck capacity and fuel costs make intermodal an attractive transportation alternative.
Intermodal shipping reduces transport costs by rationalizing long-haul bulk moves between road, barge, rail, and occasionally air, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Best-in-class service parts excellence relies on integration; Truckers are wary about new equipment investments; CSA rules confuse truckers; Amazon invests in new products and warehouses; AAR and Amtrak relations derail
Inbound Logistics spoke to CEOs at five leading motor carriers and logistics service providers about the issues driving change for their companies and the industry.
Inbound Logistics' annual motor carrier survey provides an in-depth look at the trucking sector, addressing growth areas and obstacles such as CSA, hours of service rules, capacity and driver shortages, fuel surcharges, and freight brokerage.
Curt Shewchuck, chief security officer, Con-way Freight discusses how the carrier's security protocols helped avert a terrorist threat.
There is more to India’s supply chain scene than its shortcomings. APL Logistics’ David Frentzel shares insights from a recent tour of his company’s Indian facilities and meetings with shippers.
No longer hauling just fresh produce and other groceries, today’s truck and trailer refrigeration systems also keep other high-value loads at ideal temperatures and humidity levels so they arrive safely at their final destinations, writes Thermo King’s Tom Kampf.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Motor freight carriers employ a variety of strategies to keep cargo secure in transit, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Ellen Fontaine, VASCOR Ltd, offers advice for boosting supply chain efficiency.
Cargo theft is a greater concern than terrorism; University of Tennessee creates advisory board of shipper supply chain executives; Trucks to dominate tonnage and revenue over the next decade; State DOTs get lean and green; Inland ports grow in importance; Best Buy consolidates its brick and mortar presence
A combination of factors such as increased competition and global security threats have increased the pressure on companies to improve logistics efficiencies. Page Siplon, executive director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, addresses these factors and offers strategies for handling them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Containerization reshaped ocean shipping, spurring further innovations such as bigger ships, giant cranes, suburban ports, and intermodal transportation. Future trends will include challenges including how to accommodate ever-larger ships, how to guarantee a chassis supply for shippers and how the dynamics of fuel costs, vessel size, and sailing schedules will impact container rates.
Vehicle glass manufacturer Safelite increased distribution efficiency, enhanced customer service, and lowered costs by transforming its supply chain.
Just when a shipper needs help most, in steps a partner with super powers. These three case studies show how third-party logistics providers can swoop in to solve problems for shippers.
Inbound Logistics' annual 3PL market research report reveals how the dynamic duo of shippers and 3PLs are responding to changing forces in the outsourcing industry.
Shippers that use only the transactional solutions offered by their 3PL partners are missing the opportunity to benefit from advanced logistics solutions and expertise they helped pay to initiate, implement, and build-out, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Responding to our annual Readers' Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey, Inbound Logistics readers voted on the best third-party logistics providers and related the ways in which they count on their 3PLs.
Editor Felecia Stratton describes the highlights of the July 2011 issue, which documents the many ways 3PLs of all shapes and sizes are moving the outsourcing needle in different directions.
3PLs, like shippers, come in many shapes and sizes. The "not-too-big and not-too-small" size of Tier II 3PLs makes them just right for many shippers.
John Rodeheffer of Zipline Logistics outlines how to find a 3PL that delivers "Golden Rule" customer service: who treat others as they want to be treated, with honest and transparent communication.
Steve Ford, CFO of TradeCard, outlines strategies for enlisting your chief financial officer’s support for supply chain initiatives.
Restaurant chains squeeze costs out of the supply chain; TMW Systems acquires Appian Logistics; CPG companies pushed to adopt extended producer responsibility programs
As U.S. railroads and agricultural businesses embark on a new era of relevance, they are encountering new opportuniteis working together, and old grievances working apart.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
Scott Aubuchon of UPS offers tips to help shippers make the most of their air cargo shipments.
As You Sow asks P&G and General Mills to recycle post-consumer waste; PepsiCo and Coca-Cola make bottles out of plants; Air cargo industry raises concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s 100-percent screening mandate; Truckers report increasing volumes and rates; TMS market shows signs of rebound; CN invests in new intermodal equipment, new customers; Amazon vacates S.C. DC over sales tax
These elements of good supply chain management must come together to achieve exceptional execution, according to John Williford of Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions.
CSA 2010 guidelines can benefit shippers by increasing carrier attention to driver safety, writes David Strand, Wholesale Truck & Finance.
Equipping shipments with container security devices (CSDs) can help expedite inspections, decrease insurance premiums, and minimize supply chain disruptions. Jim Giermanski of Powers Global Holdings outlines the benefits of CSDs.
Innovative supply chain management delivers financial benefits to your bottom line.
Mark Malambri, CEVA Logistics, offers tips to help shippers reduce costs and increase efficiencies when purchasing ocean freight services.
Man-made disruptions and natural disasters have a radiating effect on global supply chains. Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses ways of coping.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
Intermodal transportation stitches together Alaska's 663,268 square miles of rugged terrain, presenting challenges and opportunities for intrepid shippers.
Choose a global air transportation services provider that both you and your customers can trust to deliver time-sensitive inventory on schedule.
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.
Most logistics outsourcers today use an RFQ to select their 3PLs. But that model is outdated and ineffective. A handful of forward-thinking shippers and logistics providers are instead embracing a collaborative outsourcing method, with powerful results.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Roadability Rule has shifted responsibility for obtaining and maintaining chassis to shippers and drayage companies.
Companies can benchmark their way to crossdocking success by following these five steps recommended by Andre Thornton, President and CEO, ASW Global LLC.
Although a driver shortage is imminent, many supply chain professionals have yet to grasp how it will affect capacity. Here's a guide.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Jerry Levy of Specialized Transportation Inc. explains how to get the best service from white-glove logistics providers.
Sustainability efforts can help companies grow more efficient supply chains.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton reflects on the magazine's January 2011 coverage of supply chain gains.
To roll out a supply chain overhaul, truck and engine manufacturer Navistar chose third-party logistics provider Menlo as its strategic partner. Ed Melching, director, Global Logistics, describes the project.
Logistics service providers are eligible for a range of certifications, such as C-TPAT, SmartWay, FAST, and IATA. But what they must do to qualify, and why should these certifications matter to shippers?
Third-party logistics provider mergers can disrupt shippers' supply chain performance. Brad Constantini of Comprehensive Logistics Inc. suggests strategies for preventing these problems.
Ford revamped its service parts network, processes, and technologies to boost efficiency and set the stage for global service parts logistics management.
4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.
A look at supply chain stimuli that have left their mark on logistics over the past decade; cautious pessimism pervades NITL Conference; companies improve supply chain operations, signaling economic optimism among manufacturers; longtime cotton merchandiser Dunavant switches focus to providing logistics services; Ernst & Young reports growing demand for supplier sustainability efforts; Automotive Industry Action Group issues new communication guidelines to help ocean shippers prevent waste and errors
The new world of supply chain management requires that carriers and shippers both understand and respect the economics of the industry.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Handling oversized cargo requires a special touch. Here's how to find a project logistics provider with the know-how to get the job done right.
Dubai makes progress on its first aerotropolis, Starbucks partners with China to set up its first coffee bean farm, Canadian National accelerates auto imports, United Kingdom and France work to counter terrorism, Marks & Spencer accelerates supply chain improvement plan
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.
Transaction and shipment exceptions are common, so businesses must be able to account for these variables by enabling a proactive supply chain.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
Nathan Pieri of Management Dynamics provides tips for reducing logistics costs through improved supply chain management.
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.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
Weather the driver shortage by keeping detention low and utilization high, practicing good communication, staying flexible in scheduling, and taking advantage of dedicated drivers and equipment.
Our annual motor carrier survey provides an in-depth look at the trucking sector, addressing growth areas and obstacles.
Shippers shouldn't assume all on-time performance is created equal. Make sure every dollar you spend counts by choosing carriers who provide honest, accurate metrics, and foster innovation to improve your business.
Increased regulation in the form of CSA 2010 affects not only truckers, but also freight brokers providing insurance, according to Mike Williams, chief operating officer, Sunteck Transport Group.
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
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
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.
Ike Ortiz-Luis of DGX-Dependable Global Express explains how to navigate oversized cargo's specialized needs, from transportation requirements to project financing.
Fully implementing cross-border trucking policy benefits both the United States and Mexico, writes Kyle Burns of Free Trade Alliance.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
Recent books shed light on various aspects of supply chain, logistics, and transportation management.
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.
A new wave of demand for value-added services requires more capabilities of retail vendors and their logistics providers.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Inbound Logistics readers select the top third-party logistics (3PL) providers.
Global supply chain visibility and detail can only be achieved by modern electronic data transmissions that are already available and can reduce the costs of international cargo movement.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
To move your business along the road to supply chain improvement, take a journey down these 10 paths to innovation.
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
A lean manufacturing value chain sometimes carries the risk of falling behind demand, as John Deere discovered, but the alternative can be worse, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.
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.
A small town in New York supports the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad (LA&L); Procter and Gamble plans an online outlet.
Shippers use overseas consolidation, strategic loading tactics, and container sharing to cast off ocean transportation's financial burden.
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.
Tim Richards of States Logistics Services offers advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites to enhance your supply chain.
Industry experts explain the source of some common misperceptions regarding supply chain and logistics lexicon.
A logistician's resilience is valuable when opportunities are ripe, but it's invaluable when problems persist, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly's supply chain travelogue details a year spent visiting logistics and transportation sites and businesses around the country.
Smart companies are using the recession to address supply chain inefficiencies so they will be ready for the economic rebound, writes Kurt Cavano of TradeCard.
BNSF Railway's Belen, N.M., rail yard serves as a regional maintenance and fueling facility for trains up to 10,000 feet long. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly offers a behind-the-scenes look.
The Transportation Security Administration's air cargo screening requirements create challenges for airports and shippers, writes Robert F. Caton of AMB Logistics.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits New Jersey's Port Elizabeth, one of the East Coast's busiest intermodal ports.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours North Carolina's Piedmont Triad, home to a new FedEx hub and growing Aerotropolis.