A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.
Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
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.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
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
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
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.
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.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
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.
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
Chinese investors look to U.S. for economic growth; air cargo industry struggles
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
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.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
E-commerce and omni-channel retailing have a major impact on supply chain and logistics needs, and customers have to make sure their supply chain is equipped to offer maximum flexibility.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
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.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Enabling a holistic, integrated approach to managing global supplier risks allows companies to minimize risks, protect brand integrity, and reduce supply chain costs.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
Today’s supply chain environment is more complex than ever, and it is important for business partners to work together across the value chain with the intent to maximize the benefit to their customers .
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
Companies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.
Shifting global dynamics and internal business process changes are compelling manufacturers and retailers to challenge the status quo and reinvent their supply chains.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Port of Beirut plan for transshipment expansion irks truckers; New treaty greenlights Ghent–Terneuzen Canal lock upgrade; China-Europe rail development continues with UTi and Changjiu partnership; Global suppliers still laggard when it comes to environmental mitigation; Hong Kong looks to ease industrial real estate regs to create more warehouse capacity.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
United States and Canada are investing $7 billion in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system; Changing political relations between the United States and Cuba could signal new trade opportunities; UK faces a truck driver shortage among younger people; Panama approves new port development
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
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.
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.
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.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
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.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
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.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
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.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
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.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
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.
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.
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.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
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.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
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.
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.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
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.
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”
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.
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
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
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
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.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
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.
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.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
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
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.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
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.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
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.
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
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.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
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.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
Readers weigh in on what hobbies make them better at supply chain and logistics management.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.
By offering air, barge, ocean carrier, rail, and trucking services, logistics providers are minimizing the risks involved with transporting goods to, from, and within Alaska.
The Trade Promotion Act (TPA) allows U.S. companies to expand into markets that would normally be out of reach due to trade barriers. It forges the path toward competitive opportunities and overall success in global markets for U.S. shippers.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
Companies are beginning to understand that they need to develop a labeling strategy to meet all of the challenges of today’s global supply chain. Here's how to implement an enterprise labeling approach.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions are evolving to meet the new demands of today’s global shippers and consumers.
The uncertainty in today’s global economies has a huge impact on how supply chain professionals manage global supply chains.
The 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer identifies top 10 risks for global companies.
Use these tips to ensure your global shipments are contracted with a cost-effective and reliable provider.
Supply chain professionals face increasing complexity. In order to succeed, they must prepare for data security concerns, identify preferred team member attributes, and develop a strong collective financial acumen.
As major airlines implement the eAWB single-process approach in March 2016, industry-wide involvement in the program is encouraged for all participants as paperless air cargo supply chain operations lower costs, increase data accuracy, and improve the customer experience.
Inbound Logistics predicts the top U.S. ports for business in 2016, based on volumes, efforts to improve infrastructure, and innovation.
The 2016 Global Infrastructure Report from CG/LA Infrastructure details 100 infrastructure projects in 71 countries across 10 different sectors; Emerging markets take on increasing importance for the supply chain.
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
A solid foundation of supply chain experience and education is just the beginning. Supply chain practitioners need to periodically update their knowledge as well. Here’s how companies are getting with the program— customizing curriculums and encouraging employees to enroll in executive education programs.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
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.
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Companies should reevaluate its compliance processes to look at previous set plans and get programs ready for upcoming developments.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
Shippers unprepared for supply chain disruptions; China wants pirate hunting base in Horn of Africa; bringing cargo into Kenya; India ramps up transportation infrastructure development; air cargo carriers seek to cut costs without sacrificing growth; Amazon invests in India; China’s greenest supply chains; international shrimp supply chain linked to human trafficking and slavery; World Trade Organization rules to abolish agricultural subsidies; Mexico and U.S. sign liberalized air transport deal; global manufacturers shift production to Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
Logistics has evolved into a strategic business concern, driving enterprises to seek third-party logistics (3PL) providers with multi-modal capabilities for complete end-to-end integration.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
Major developments in global trade will affect nearly every business that imports or exports. Here's what shippers should do to stay competitive in 2016.
The potential legislation of COR-related laws is expected to have a profound effect on all areas of the supply chain, requiring changes that will ultimately come at an increased cost.
Companies can support sustainability throughout their supply chains with these approaches.
Lin Ding, procurement manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, manages a team with a shared focus on procurement, supplier management, and contract management.
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Given the importance of free trade, it is important to know the positive effects of free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, discusses the talent gap, entrepreneurship, the importance of keeping employees happy, and more.
Inbound Logistics editor Felecia Stratton discovers that change management is not only a supply chain challenge.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
Refugees cause price hike for European Union shippers; East-West shippers see sharp decline in contract rates; technology innovations to transform competitive landscape in global freight forwarding market; home delivery in the United Kingdom
For any United States-based company interested in expanding its retail logistics operations outside of the country, Asia Pacific may be the most ideal location.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.
It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
EM Cosmetics brings its products to the global market through the use of international shipping and package consolidator MyUS.com.
After 30 site visits and two logistics industry conferences, Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo wonders what the future of supply chain and logistics holds.
Today, millennial and Generation Y candidates who have a supply chain degree or education can immediately fill a gap that previously took a senior person. But that's only part of the solution.
Applying Berra-isms to logistics management yields valuable insights. Remembering the beloved Yankees legend Yogi Berra with fondness and celebrating his memorable words of wisdom.
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.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Freight audit and payment companies help shippers find the hidden cash in their supply chains by eliminating overbilling, and paying invoices accurately and quickly.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
Sustainability and cost savings are driving shippers to reduce packaging waste.
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.
With $20 million in plant products left for dead each year, Bell Nursery had to nourish and grow some better inventory management practices.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
When applying Lean principles to procurement and purchasing processes, non-traditional sources of waste can be identified, which benefits the entire supply chain.
No matter how thoroughly safety training requirements are followed, there are still likely to be gaps in your company’s loading dock safety efforts. Use these tips to better shape safety training plans.
When downtime impacts a company’s line, outsourcing technology infrastructure to a third party might help.
The third-party logistics (3PL) segment evolved from shippers driving the process based on their needs, to collaboratively working together to create new solutions and change business operations.
Before sourcing globally, it’s important to know the risks.
When it comes to transporting the oversized, the awkward, the exotic, and the endangered, the secret to success is planning, planning, and more planning.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
The right 3PL partner can help to even the playing field between SMBs and their larger big box competitors.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Minimizing employee downtime with ergonomic initiatives and equipment can have a big impact on the bottom line.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Terri Anderson, production warehouse management systems analyst at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, configures, enhances, and tests the company's WMS by the book.
Collaboration is key to having a productive relationship between the supply chain and marketing departments.
These four tips can help you make sure your specialized shipment arrives safely and on time.
When BaubleBar saw the untapped potential of the international market, they tapped an parcel shipping partner to help them succeed.
Yokohama senior director Jeremy Kahrs reveals the strategy behind the tire maker’s new distribution center and headquarters.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
Successful companies are concerned about supply chain security. Here’s how to prevent supply chain threats from negatively impacting your company’s bottom line and reputation.
Port of Hamburg unveils new traffic light system; CEVA Logistics TireCity in Italy demonstrates interest in sector-specific supply chain collaboration; China debuts longest freight rail route in the world; TPP agreement raises concerns about traceability in the seafood supply chain; Africa capital investment heats up; New G6 Alliance rotation features Polish port; Indian 3PL uses containers as mobile logistics classrooms; Intel eyes Asia for IoT ecosystem.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
When selling products across the northern border, these three tips can help.
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.
Kelvin Miller, an equipment and mobility readiness spare parts allocation supervisor with the military contractor DynCorp International, manages inventory and gets it ready to deploy when the time comes.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
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.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Lori Harper, vice president, supply chain management at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), is a natural leader who figures out solutions to unexpected challenges.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
When setting future supply chain budgets, companies must take into account not only the increased cost of industrial real estate, but also longer lead times for new space in many markets.
Choosing the right pallet unlocks myriad benefits from improved process efficiency to cost savings and sustainability.
When Sleepy's customers got tired of short notice and missed deliveries, the specialty mattress retailer brought in a technology partner and dreamed up a solution that put those problems to bed.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Taking steps to adapt to ACE regulations ahead of final deadlines will save businesses much time, money, and hassle.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
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.
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
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.
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
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.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
Lauren Corbett, program assistant, acquisitions and logistics at International Relief and Development, secures donated supplies, and makes sure they get to people in need.
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.
By paying close attention to detail, shippers can avoid the following simple mistakes.
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
How a logistics data refinery can improve supply chain visibility and analytics.
Managing supply chain risk means recognizing that things won’t always go according to plan, and having the right infrastructure in place to succeed even through the unexpected.
Inbound Logistics asked these experts to weigh in on the dimensional weight pricing changes that UPS and FedEx implemented on January 1, 2015.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
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.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
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.
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
Vendor Managed Inventory is shaking off its old-school image and regaining popularity thanks to improved technology, robust communication, tighter demand signal linkage, and a new openness to collaboration that has turbo-charged enterprise benefits.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
Shippers, carriers, manufacturers – everyone in the business of shipping Dangerous Goods needs to stay up to date on what’s going on in the industry.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
Inclement weather and capacity problems giving your supply chain the winter woes? Chill out! Here are some good reads to keep you up to date on supply chain, logistics, and transportation best practices.
We hit the road this past fall to get an up close view, around the bend, of where the railroad industry is tracking in 2015 and beyond.
A route planning systems can drastically reduce the time it takes to plan your transportation schedule. Other benefits include lower mileage and fuel usage, decreased carbon emissions, and increased customer service.
To expand its footprint in the luxury accessories market, Royce Leather indulged in a solution that connects it to new customers and streamlines fulfillment. That’s how Royce rolls.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Texas places three locations among ATRI’s top-10 congested roadways; Truck size and weight debate is a divisive topic for the transportation and logistics industry; Truck driver shortage raises new concerns and costs for shippers and carriers; Electronics supply chain poses new challenges; Demand planning is still a pain point for shippers
Before entering the international trade arena, shippers must understand the stakes involved in regulatory compliance.
With its subscription-based clothing rental model, Gwynnie Bee is tailoring the rules of e-commerce to make fashion fulfillment a perfect fit.
Big data is a big deal, but what is it? Inbound Logistics asks four industry experts to file their report on big data and its benefits.
United States gives Mexican truck drivers the green light for cross-border moves; Uber pilots cargo service in Hong Kong; Latin American rail freight market ripe for investment; Panama Canal Authority restructures its toll system; Turkey and Iran toil over truck fees; Global airfreight market set for steady growth; Lithuania railroad faces antitrust inquiry over competitive switching practices
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Increases in public and private aircraft demand have aerospace supply chain stakeholders changing the way they get things done.
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.
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.
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
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.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
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.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
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.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
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.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
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.
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
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.
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
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
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.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
New supply chain and logistics books help logistics professionals thaw out their skills after a brutal winter.
3PL websites should offer tools that offer shippers information they need, and make working with carriers easier.
CeMAT 2014 showcases the latest materials handling innovations; Alibaba buys stake in Singapore Post; Paris looks to reduce city speed limits; Canadian rail industry begins phasing out DOT-111 tankers amid crude-by-rail boom; EU and China sign Customs agreement; Chinese food imports continue to grow; Nigeria looks to resurrect defunct national steamship line; Latin America is the world’s fastest growing market for software; Maersk Line voice support for Nicaragua Canal proposal.
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.
Turkey and China working on major transport infrastructure projects; Eurotunnel reduces freight rates to increase rail traffic; Port Metro Vancouver debuts GPS truck tracking program; French protectionism threatens foreign investment; First standardized emissions calculation methodology comes to Australia; Obama Administration weighs changes to Russia’s preferential trade status
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.
Properly handling imported goods requires due diligence and continual effort.
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
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.
Asia’s rapid growth presents challenges of its own, especially in the area of supply chain management.
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.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
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.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
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
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
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
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
Global logistics trends offer opportunities, but also drive the need for better global supply chain control.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Dutch and Belgian ports collaborate on new cross-border port information system; EU looks to lift tariffs on 96 percent of goods as part of proposed U.S. free trade agreement; Greek government focuses on port development to help spur economic recovery; Africa presents fertile growth opportunities for SMEs.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Importers and exporters can achieve cost savings by using a foreign trade zone.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
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.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Positioning product packaging downstream in the supply chain offers food manufacturers varied selling opportunities.
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
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
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.
Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
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.
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.
Inbound Logistics recently joined Flanders Investment & Trade on a tour of Belgium’s ports and distribution facilities.
Sub-Saharan Africa targets the United States for growth; Afghanistan task force transports supplies along the world’s most dangerous highways; China seeks to ease foreign investment regulations; I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse impacts Canadian cross-border retail consumption; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; Tokyo, London, and Singapore top list of most expensive industrial real estate markets;
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
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.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
UPS expansion in China targets middle class; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Marine Harvest taps Infor solutions to move away from a decentralized supply chain
Foreign Trade Zones allow companies to defer paying customs duties, fees, and taxes on items imported into the U.S.
Delivering temperature-sensitive flu vaccines to Laos required climate-controlled transport and impeccable timing.
With a global perspective, mobile device shippers can access additional markets to maximize recaptured device value.
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
Global perceptions of United States are favorable while China’s star continues to rise; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; World Duty Free Group locates logistics hub in Singapore; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship
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.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement could help increase trade and create jobs.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Sharpen your skills with these books covering supply chain and logistics topics.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
Transportation and logistics investment is the cornerstone to economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa.
A logistics and supply chain market research survey reveal trends and insights about the third-party logistics sector.
When choosing an airfreight forwarder, consider transport and tech capabilities, service records, and professionalism.
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.
State of Logistics report documents sluggish growth; State legislative myopia and oversight threaten private sector competitiveness; UT pinpoints 10 supply chain trends; U.S. port competition heats up
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Brazil shipper turns to sea shipping amid truck theft concerns; Global trade key to SMB success; FedEx makes strategic acquisition in Africa; Amazon faces labor unrest in Germany and legal constraints in France; China plans canal through Nicaragua; CN critical of Canada’s Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
Southeast Asian countries attract transportation and logistics investment; McDonald’s UK debuts Quality Scouts program in wake of horsemeat scandal; Amazon’s German workers strike over pay; Mexico has beef with U.S. country of origin labeling rules; Australia to review regulatory structures to ensure greater trade efficiency and economic competitiveness; India partners with University of Southern California for supply chain program.
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.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
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
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
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.
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.
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.
Transportation management systems (TMS) provide the ability to accurately predict shipping costs and manage shipment execution. A comprehensive TMS solution can also manage inbound shipments, serve as an RFP analysis tool, or facilitate real-time spot market quoting for appropriate modes, says Kerry Loudenback of TransportGistics Inc.
A wealth of natural resources, growing labor force, and proximity to established and emerging consumer markets in Europe and Asia make Africa an attractive target for foreign exploration. The pace of development will depend on the cessation of social unrest, government collaboration, and continued investment in transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
Russia to invest in Far East rail network; London Gateway container port provides competition for Port of Felixstowe,Asia and Europe cited as most important markets for global shipping; Nestlé,Sainsbury’s,and The Co-operative Group pledge to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions; Ford considers sea-shipping in India to circumvent road network problems; Transportation capacity and weather threaten Brazil’s record soybean harvest
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
To avoid overpaying for transportation, shippers should audit freight bills to ensure the correct National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is applied to their less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, says Chuck Fattore of RR Donnelley Logistics.
Global trade management software offers greater shipment visibility and control, eases the pain of border-crossing compliance, and streamlines financial transactions—all from your browser.
Plan for seasonal peaks by securing efficient labor, sufficient warehouse space, and reliable carriers.
Auto industry fuels Indian economy; Canada faces truck driver shortage; In wake of horse meat scandal, Tesco pledges transparency to customers; South Africa delays carbon tax scheme
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 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.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
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.
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.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
Leveraging IT, reconsidering warehouse processes, and conducting periodic network optimization projects are just three of many strategies that enable shippers to not only trim costs, but ensure that transportation spending supports overall business goals.
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.
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
Russia’s retail renaissance depends on transportation and logistics development; Kazakhstan emerging as logistics hub along Eurasian land bridge; Canada’s transportation and distribution industry remains lone bright spot; Indian Railways raises rates to improve infrastructure; CMA CGM buys stake in Port of Long Beach terminal; Tesco pilots longer reefer trailers; Aeronautical industry finds new path to unionize across supply chain; Global forwarding associations merge; China’s e-commerce crunch puts squeeze on real estate market; Fujifilm expands into South America; Chinese fruit consumption enhances trade connections with Thailand; Middle East awaits transport and logistics boom as new markets emerge
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.
DHL invests in India’s under-developed retail supply chain; China ramps up rail construction to counteract global trade sluggishness; European Union pilot program tests efficacy of using bicycles to deliver urban shipments; AP Moller-Maersk turns attention away from shipping
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.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton sees the supply chain industry's true colors firsthand.
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.
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.
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.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
U.S.-China consider joint logistics partnership to facilitate humanitarian aid and counter-piracy efforts; Canadian trucking companies call on government to invest in transportation infrastructure
The development of new technologies for planning, managing, tracking, and securing shipments never ends, and with new digital options always just around the corner, organizations of all sizes need to stay informed on the latest advances. Pablo Ciano of DHL Express identifies four key business areas where technology makes all the difference.
Expedited services transport cargo by air, sea, or ground to meet shippers’ demands for consistent, on-time delivery with short lead times.
A global trade management (GTM) solution can automate the process of comparing total landed costs, providing shippers with full visibility into all associated costs and regulations.
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.
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 managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
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.
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.
Logistics providers can become valued partners to both U.S. customers and Chinese suppliers, linking them together with the full power of fast-learner economics, writes George F. Brown Jr., Blue Canyon Partners.
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.
Brazil approves transportation spending; Germany’s infrastructure shows signs of cracks; China and North Korea develop shared economic zones; Royal Mail and Amazon facilitate local parcel delivery and pickup; Panama promotes imports and re-exports of apparel and fashion products; Southeast Asia poses greatest supply chain risk
As retailers look to grow their business, the challenge of keeping up with the market becomes exponentially greater—especially as new channels emerge, writes Editor Felecia Stratton. Supply chain management can help create balance between supply and demand.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Global recession spreads; Olympic organizers blame bad forecasts for supply shortages; United States and Canada fight over port security; Global forwarders squeezed by falling volumes and higher freight rates; Japan’s pharm industry confronts supply chain challenges; Jamaica awaits Panama Canal surge
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can inspire shipper confidence by using technology tools to control loads and properly insuring their loads.
Latin America charts path to growth; After Port of Lázaro Cárdenas experiment, H-E-B returns to Long Beach; Canadian government rail review forces CN to reconnect with shippers; U.S. Customs and Border Protection extends C-TPAT into Latin America; Arab development depends on intra-regional trade; Siemens says U.S-EU trade pact would be beacon for global trade collaboration.
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.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
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.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
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
Global air freight growth shows signs of improvement; Taiwan industries confront slackening demand; United States and Singapore sign supply chain security agreement.
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.
London prepares for Olympic logistics challenge; METRO GROUP creates new logistics division to coordinate supply chain strategies; South Africa fruit growers turn to T&L for aid; Germany’s labor market reforms paying dividends; China steers investment toward transportation infrastructure; Brazil taxes automotive industry
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.
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
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.
UPS’s acquisition of TNT Express shakes up global package delivery industry; Global steamship lines reduce capacity five percent; French supermarket Franprix replenishes Paris stores by river transport; Morocco aims to become North African distribution hub; Indian logistics parks emerge as demand grows.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand port tries to strike labor balance; a collaborative storage and distribution contract facilitates consolidated shipments in England; the Netherlands gains foreign direct investment; Amazon launches comparison shopping site Junglee.com in India; European rail freight integration gains interest; Walmart increases its investment in Chinese holding company Yihaodian.
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.
As multinational companies in the United States and around the world are increasingly influenced by changes in the international economy, global distribution networks must be fluid enough to accommodate unpredictability.
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.
IBM helps Shandong Commercial Group monitor food safety in China; Brazilian meatpacker JBS cuts costs by streamlining supply chain; University of Sheffield develops supply chain environmental analysis tool (SCEnAT) to help manufacturers cut carbon emissions; EU opens trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia; Panalpina creates three regional operating divisions to better meet customer demand
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.
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.
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
Ocean carrier consolidation continues; Cargo theft in Brazil is a growing problem; England looks to support beer supply chain; United States and Canada ease cross-border barriers; Africa touts transportation integration as means for economic development; India softens foreign investment rules to stimulate retail growth; Europe’s downturn impacts Asia; Ocean industry considers container weight regulations; China’s 3PL market set to explode; Global companies confront corporate social responsibility
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
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.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.
Using International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) in transportation contracts give shippers more control over transport and delivery terms. Simon Kaye, CEO of Jaguar Freight Services, explains how importers can use Incoterms Group F for better shipment control.
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.
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
Japanese steamship lines consider merger; Russia becomes a center of excellence for project logistics; Indonesia’s transport infrastructure is lacking
Shippers can protect their supply chains against rising fuel costs by optimizing distribution networks, creating a flexible infrastructure, and managing shipping practices.
Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.
Plumbing fixture manufacturer TOTO Global Group’s U.S. division tapped third-party logistics provider Transplace to benchmark its truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal freight spend.
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.
Lufthansa Cargo reacts to Frankfurt Airport night flight ban; The International Air Cargo Association calls for review of emissions trading scheme; Thailand floods lead to global parts shortage; U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program starts up; Japan considers Trans-Pacific Partnership, United States too.
Shippers should consider the advantages of placing their supply chain needs in the hands of a single freight forwarder or multiple agents, writes Julian Keeling, Consolidators International Inc.
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.
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.
BMW uses Eurasian land bridge to move parts; Geodis deploys hybrid refrigerated truck in Lille; Canadian trucking industry and economy sees economic recovery; Shipping industry calls on the United Nations to fight piracy.
Ellen Fontaine, VASCOR Ltd, offers advice for boosting supply chain efficiency.
Switzerland foreign direct investment soars; Asian inflation threatens continuing growth; Port of Kingston and CMA CGM Group sign MOU; UK government claims Irish truckers are operating illegal cabotage; The Port of Hartlepool challenges UK government to clarify renewable energy policies
Leading wholesalers understand the limitation of planning transportation in a silo, writes Manhattan Associates’ Mike Mulqueen.
New global supply chain challenges present growth opportunities for logistics professionals, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
China debuts longest sea-bridge in the world; Indian 3PLs are ready to grow; Double-stacked trains are changing Indian transportation landscape; Canadian freight rates are rising; Logistics service are expected to grow in Western Europe; China is cashing in on U.S. inflation
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.
Hellmann uses logistics as an economic barometer; Heinz consolidates global distribution; North Korea and China grow trade partnership; TVS Logistics’ executives continue education at University of Michigan; Chinese women consuming more luxury items; Japan Airlines and American Airlines agreement makes Hawaii a potential cargo hub; Budapest Airport's BUD Cargo City gives Eastern Europe logistics a boost.
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
High-speed rail benefits Siemens and Deutsch Bahn; European DCs blend imagination and innovation; London lobbies for nighttime deliveries during Summer Olympics; Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways create Air China Cargo joint venture; Mexico accepts ATA Carnets; Colombia, Panama, and South Korea free trade agreements receive mixed support from U.S. growers; Suez Canal trade on the rise.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
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
Ireland focuses on Dublin Port, Shannon Airport, and IAWA; APL scans Japan cargo for radiation; European Union (EU) includes ocean shipping with carbon emissions; Polluting China invests in renewable energy sources; French wine makers choose plastic bottles over glass; United States, Mexico, Canada grow NAFTA trade.
These elements of good supply chain management must come together to achieve exceptional execution, according to John Williford of Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
IATA addresses impact of Japan earthquake and tsunami on global air cargo industry; Volga-Dnepr air charter business booms; Nike logistics center targets Chinese consumption; Mexico and United States agree to cross-border plan; United Kingdom sets sights on Indian rail infrastructure development
The amount of effort top-tier shippers put into carrier management directly affects the results they achieve in controlling parcel transportation costs, writes Harold Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
Global supply chains respond to Japan earthquake and tsunami; global retailers seek better demand forecasts to align sales promotions; manufacturers face pressures to make green purchasing decisions; LCV opponents say heavier trucks will take freight away from rail
Innovative supply chain management delivers financial benefits to your bottom line.
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Asia today is not just about manufacturing; it's also emerging as a consumer powerhouse. To seize the opportunity, manufacturers and retailers alike are rewiring their global supply chain strategies.
Choose a global air transportation services provider that both you and your customers can trust to deliver time-sensitive inventory on schedule.
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.
China explores Colombia dry canal to rival Panama, Egyptian revolution raises Suez concern, Mongolia’s presence grows with Move On Logistics, United States and Netherlands investments are pure Dutch, UAE to accept ATA Carnets, Athens and COSCO create intermodal link, Mexico e-commerce grows
Companies can benchmark their way to crossdocking success by following these five steps recommended by Andre Thornton, President and CEO, ASW Global LLC.
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.
Airlines expand in Asia and Latin America; Switzerland and China launch free trade agreement negotiations; China’s Alibaba Group creates a nationwide warehouse chain; Honda requires global suppliers to follow its Green Purchasing Guidelines. International Air Transport Association; IATA; airline expansion; Air China; Singapore Airlines; Cathay Pacific; 2011 World Economic Forum; Switzerland; China; free trade agreement; Alibaba Group; distribution network; warehouse expansion; Honda; Japan; suppliers; greenhouse gas; sustainability
Effectively managing your freight forwarders helps improve supply chain compliance.
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.
Third-party logistics provider mergers can disrupt shippers' supply chain performance. Brad Constantini of Comprehensive Logistics Inc. suggests strategies for preventing these problems.
4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.
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?
Contingency suppliers, sourcing differentiation, special incentives, and a host of other strategies generate improvements in supply chains that reach around the world.
Ford revamped its service parts network, processes, and technologies to boost efficiency and set the stage for global service parts logistics management.
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.
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.
Strategic transportation management puts shippers on the road to increased fuel economy and improved asset utilization.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton reflects on the magazine's January 2011 coverage of supply chain gains.
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
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.
Danny Halim of JDA Software offers strategies for minimizing risk in the global 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.
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.
When expediting shipments, visibility, communication, and customer service get into gear.
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.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Transaction and shipment exceptions are common, so businesses must be able to account for these variables by enabling a proactive supply chain.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
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.
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.
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
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
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
Global airlines unite; CEVA streamlines Triumph Motorcycle's logistics; South African 3PL Barloworld debuts green trailers; DHL Global Forwarding takes over Mercedes distribution; NYK steers China's auto boom.
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.
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.
A new wave of demand for value-added services requires more capabilities of retail vendors and their logistics providers.
Inbound Logistics readers select the top third-party logistics (3PL) providers.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
UK duties hit air freight; Prince Rupert's improved performance, Garuda Indonesia rebuilds long-haul international network, Vietnam experiences trade success, US and Switzerland Eye Open Skies pact, New Canadian coalition explores opportunities to build a replacement rail tunnel under the Detroit River; German organizations join forces to support "Cargo Needs the Night" initiative; UPS Lauds US-South Korea free trade agreement, Caterpillar constructs foothold in Brazil, China looks to consolidate air cargo carriers
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.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
Panama Canal sets great expectations; Deutsche Bahn expands in the Middle East; European air charters take off; Europe's "10+2" poses questions; Latin America infrastructure lags; Halifax Port Authority opens Gateway partnership; Cutting the cost of Japanese air transport
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.
Singapore investors plan an eco-industrial park; Holland's GreenRail project serves rail needs of flower shippers; Kuhne Logistics University opens in Hamburg; Brightpoint and Research in Motion bring BlackBerry service to Indonesia; American Society of Transportation and Logistics launches Singapore Shippers Academy; Nippon Cargo targets Japanese pharmaceuticals market
Faced with transportation interruptions caused by the April 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, European express carriers TNT and DHL activated contingency plans; LCD television manufacturers control spending by bringing production in-house; Inventory-in-sales ratios rise across the supply chain; Wholesaler Arrow Electronics acquires reverse logistics companies; Google helps consumers match demand to in-store supply
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
Port of Auckland, New Zealand, debuts seaport rail link; DB Schenker signs on to provide transport for Australia's Gorgon gas project; South Korea pursues free trade agreements; Liberia explores port privatization; BRIC countries expand logistics market; CN plans new logistics park northeast of Calgary
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
U.S. companies exploring uncharted markets to expand their global presence might consider taking a second pass through Europe for a fresh perspective on transportation best practices.
Mazda signs CEVA Logistics to manage spare parts distribution in Italy; The World Economic Forum's Logistics & Transport Industry Group releases carbon emissions guidelines; Damco locates new office Djibouti; European businesses form inland port initiative; Lufthansa Cargo and Austrian Airlines agree to coordinate cargo flows; South Africa's poor infrastructure drive high transport costs; Asian air freight traffic soars; Ryder expands in Asia
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.
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.
Importers and exporters must make sure the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's new 10+2 equation adds up. Here's the formula for successful compliance with the Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulation.
The Middle East's express, freight forwarding, and logistics sectors are expected to weather a global depression and experience considerable growth; December 2009 was a good month for global trade; DHL ceases operations of domestic parcel service in United Kingdom; Air France struggles to break even.
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.
Industry experts explain the source of some common misperceptions regarding supply chain and logistics lexicon.
New study touts the Netherlands' cargo distribution excellence; Hong Kong plans major infrastructure projects; Werner Enterprises launches Australian subsidiary; Japan and United States agree to terms on airline rules; Heavy-vehicle manufacturing executives address industry concerns; DB Schenker Rail increases ownership in Italian rail freight operator; Jeddah Islamic Port completes new container facility; Index ranks countries' economic freedom; Report analyzes trade logistics in the global economy
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.
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.
Tim Richards of States Logistics Services offers advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites to enhance your supply chain.
To optimize transportation management into the supply chain, it's critical to integrate transportation management best practices, process management and people across the entire supply chain, writes Geoff Comrie of Transite Technology.
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.
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 tours North Carolina's Piedmont Triad, home to a new FedEx hub and growing Aerotropolis.