Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
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.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
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
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Incoterms simplify international purchase-sales contracts. Here are tips for applying them correctly.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
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
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
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.
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.
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.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
As intermodal grows, so do its challenges. Increasing cargo volumes create bottlenecks and congestion; while the capacity shortage has everyone scrambling. How are shippers and service providers coping? This article helps solve the dilemma.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
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
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
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
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
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.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
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
Contingency suppliers, sourcing differentiation, special incentives, and a host of other strategies generate improvements in supply chains that reach around the world.
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.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
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
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
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.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
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.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
As the Panama Canal expansion nears completion, several trends and trade dynamics will determine the impact on U.S. shippers and consignees.
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.
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.
North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
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.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
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.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
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.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Importers and exporters should update operations to ensure they are ready for the Automated Commercial Environment.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
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
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Midmarket companies can benefit from using automation to create a strategic export compliance program.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
Changes to trade regulations require importers and exporters to prepare through new licensing and software updates.
Properly handling imported goods requires due diligence and continual effort.
When selecting manufacturing and distribution sites, companies should ensure rail/intermodal accessibility.
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.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
NRF’s Big Show unveils trends in the retail industry; Local couriers provide a solution to capacity constraints and empower same-day delivery; Ocean carrier industry beset by imbalances; Global RFID market primed for robust growth; Shippers plan for supply chain exceptions
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
New Jersey’s salty tale misplaces blame on the Jones Act; UPS unveils new hazmat shipping protocol; Automakers collaborate to map the auto supply chain
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.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
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
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
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.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
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.
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
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
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.
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
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
Intermodal allows shippers to cut transportation costs without sacrificing service.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
Inbound Logistics recently joined Flanders Investment & Trade on a tour of Belgium’s ports and distribution facilities.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
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.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
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.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
Rebuilding the U.S. economy through trade requires enabling domestic manufacturers to regain home markets, writes Alan Tonelson of the U.S. Business and Industry Council.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
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.
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 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.
The complexity of ocean freight contracts requires shippers to negotiate carefully with carriers so both parties can find beneficial terms.
Inbound Logistics' annual Ocean Carrier Guide outlines where ocean carriers are investing capital, and how they are enhancing fleets, services, solutions, and coverage areas to better meet ocean shipping demands.
To successfully manage export compliance, companies must fully understand export regulations and filing requirements, advises Scott Byrnes, Amber Road.
Supply chain partners are taking cues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and making concerted efforts to share and apply security best practices throughout their organizations and supply chain operations, says Howard Finkel of COSCO Container Lines Americas.
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.
Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.
Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
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.
Intermodal rail facilities located around the United States allow shippers to save transportation costs and move goods efficiently. Transportation infrastructure, a skilled workforce, logistics service providers, and affordable utilities support the manufacturing and distribution facilities located in these intermodal hubs.
Foreign trade zones (FTZs) are an essential tool for the growing business of third-party logistics. The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones’ Daniel Griswold outlines the benefits shippers can gain from using FTZs.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
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.
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.
Carriers, port authorities, and other service providers are working to keep intermodal going strong. Here’s a look at some of the newest developments in intermodal transportation around North America.
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.
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.
Intermodal connections help shippers move product quickly and efficiently. Get on track with some locations, utilities, and service providers that are helping intermodal grow.
If you don't file accurate import data with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you put your company at risk for penalties and fines, warns Kevin Shoemaker, director, global solutions for Integration Point Inc.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.
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
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Heineken implements inland barge distribution in Europe; CMA CGM, MSC, and Maersk Line partner to fight piracy; PepsiCo UK and Ireland help farm suppliers cut carbon emissions and water usage; New Dubai Logistics Corridor facilitates UAE trade; Japanese economy shows signs of rebound; Taiwan launches project to improve logistics performance.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
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.
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.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
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.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
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.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits New Jersey's Port Elizabeth, one of the East Coast's busiest intermodal ports.
Regional shortline railroads introduce intermodal shippers to marine rail solutions; Highway report ranks state highway systems; UPS exec offers insight on supply chain trends for 2010; FedEx Freight partners with Vision Industries to test a hybrid heavy-duty tractor; Clorox address hazardous materials concerns; Import cargo volumes rise at retail container ports
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
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
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
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 role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
Lauren Corbett, program assistant, acquisitions and logistics at International Relief and Development, secures donated supplies, and makes sure they get to people in need.
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.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
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.
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.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
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.
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.
Inbound Logistics asked these experts to weigh in on the dimensional weight pricing changes that UPS and FedEx implemented on January 1, 2015.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
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.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
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.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
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.
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.
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.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
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.
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
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
Logistics and transportation companies are finding the flaw in the BYOD movement.
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.
The best way shippers and consignees can accommodate speed and reliability is to practice demand-driven logistics.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Cargo theft in the United States results in billions of lost dollars. Taking proper precautions can help minimize theft and secure the supply chain.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
An accurate assessment of real-time ground conditions allows dispatch and operations centers to proactively identify problems and adjust routes, thereby improving efficiencies and keeping drivers safe.
Reciprocal switching debate casts a cloud over railroad industry collaboration; Procurement execution gap costs U.S. businesses $1.5 billion per year; Holiday consumers plan to shop sooner to avoid last-minute parcel problems; Trucking costs continue to soar as driver shortage worsens; Amazon Supreme Court case will set a precedent for how companies secure facilities and compensate workers.
Even before the final rulemaking of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is published and enforced, food shippers should take a proactive approach to make sure supply chains are compliant.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
Intermodal solutions can have significant returns, but there are challenges to consider.
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.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
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.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
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.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
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.
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.
Establish internal controls, audits, and system checks to accurately manage the import process.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Managing loss and damage claims can be challenging for shippers. Claims processing providers can facilitate and educate.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
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
Supply chain considerations such as fuel costs, niche products, and sustainability drive many site selection decisions.
Companies seek to put down roots in regions that nurture the entrepreneurial spirit.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
Asia’s rapid growth presents challenges of its own, especially in the area of supply chain management.
An improving economy and e-commerce growth spur demand for warehouse space.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
For site selection teams, the St. Louis area’s logistics advantages make it ideal for storing and moving product.
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
Logistics managers support inbound supply chains by informing company leaders about the effect of vendor non-compliance.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
Auto aftermarket shippers use supplier ship direct programs and high-velocity DCs to meet demand.
A strong corporate culture boosts productivity, improves service, and reduces workplace injuries and employee turnover.
Pallets are a vital piece of warehouse equipment for storing and moving products.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
Freight payment services allow shippers to pay all their freight transactions and get full visibility into the process.
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
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.
Global logistics trends offer opportunities, but also drive the need for better global supply chain control.
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
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.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
2014 may be a year of uncertainty, but inbound logistics best practices can help improve supply chain operations, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton shares highlights from the January 2014 issue.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
Positioning product packaging downstream in the supply chain offers food manufacturers varied selling opportunities.
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.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
The right pick-to-light system can help increase productivity, improve accuracy, and increase picking speeds.
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.
Mixing truckload, less-than-truckload, and rail options allows shippers to create efficient intermodal solutions.
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.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.
The Southeastern U.S. is a logistics hotspot thanks to increased trade with Latin America and auto manufacturing growth in the region.
Planning for peak returns season can minimize processing costs and maximize recovery values of returned inventory.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
Successful order fulfillment begins with strategic and tactical planning well in advance of the holiday season.
Locating a manufacturing or distribution facility requires weighing a number of key site selection factors.
Warehouses and DC networks adapt to changing supply chain trends; U.S. FTZ activity continues to grow; Trendset malfeasance raises red flag for shippers.
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;
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
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.
A leader in U.S logistics, Nebraska is extending its reach worldwide through its outstanding transportation access.
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
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
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.
The Ports-to-Plains Corridor represents a vital trade conduit for North America’s energy and agriculture heartland.
With a global perspective, mobile device shippers can access additional markets to maximize recaptured device value.
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
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
When choosing a drayage provider, look for on-time delivery history, shipment data availability, and specializations.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement could help increase trade and create jobs.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can consolidate freight from multiple companies shipping to the same destination.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Intermodal shipping offers benefits such as reduced transportation costs, reduced carbon emissions, and safety.
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.
Investing in port infrastructure allows long-term job creation so the U.S. can lead in international trade and commerce.
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.
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
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.
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
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
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.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
To optimize warehouse operations, integrate solutions like warehouse management systems and warehouse control systems.
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.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Hong Kong strike threatens port’s reputation, shakes up competition; DUBAL turns to SAP for inbound control; NAFTA cross-border trade grows for second consecutive year amid recurring safety concerns; Texas pushes for heavier produce trucks from Mexico
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
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.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
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.
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.
Managing freight spend and payments challenges many shippers because rules and regulations vary by geography. Supply chain professionals benefit most from a global solution built for freight spend, says Rick Erickson of Syncada.
Companies shipping high-tech electronics face unique challenges requiring specialized best practices.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
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
Locating manufacturing and distribution operations in Georgia gives businesses a logistics advantage, thanks to the state’s prime geographic location, transportation infrastructure, highly trained workforce, and business incentives.
Stephanie Miles of Amber Road offers advice on how shippers can manage the growing complexity of international supply chains and their associated increasing transportation costs.
By reviewing shipment history, carrier assignments, and freight invoices, a benchmark study will accurately reveal your company’s transportation costs, writes Mike Challman, VP of North American Operations, ChemLogix.
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
Online retailers seeking new sites for DCs and warehouses need the transportation infrastructure to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments – plus a capable workforce, affordable utilities, and business incentives to help them get the most from their investment.
Parties storing goods in warehouses need to be alert to liens on their goods, writes Ron Leibman of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti LLP. To avoid unpleasant surprises, both parties to a warehousing agreement must understand their rights and the documents that cover their transactions.
Using an advanced logistics simulation tool to analyze system performance and lifecycle cost can help logisticians negotiate better performance-based logistics contracts, writes Justin Woulfe of WPI Services.
The new wave of less than containerload (LCL) ocean services combines well-established networks, improved reporting, more certain delivery times, and end-to-end pricing.
The success of U.S. agriculture depends on a functional transportation and logistics network that combines efficiencies and economies across all modes.
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.
Understanding transportation liability is not just for lawyers any more. Shippers need to pay closer attention to contract language and the details of shipper and carrier insurance policies.
To ensure cargo security in the global supply chain, understanding the challenges, studying best practices, and putting a comprehensive plan in place are critical components.
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.
A warehouse control system that integrates voice-directed picking technology, a high-speed sortation system, and scanning technology streamlined party goods supplier Oriental Trading Company’s picking, packing, and shipping operations.
For new businesses or those seeking to grow trade relationships, St. Louis represents a gateway to Asian markets, writes Tim Nowak of the World Trade Center St. Louis.
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.
Choosing the right location for your distribution center can give your business significant edge. Here’s how the pros decide where to go.
At the annual RailTrends conference, industry experts shared insight on trends, opportunities, and challenges facing North American railroads.
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
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.
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.
Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)
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.
The Panama Canal expansion, to be completed in 2015, will impact global commerce and affect trade patterns to the U.S. East Coast. Ports such as PortMiami are preparing themselves to accept the new class of mega cargo ships, says Bill Johnson of PortMiami.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton sees the supply chain industry's true colors firsthand.
As Panama Canal expansion nears completion, global shippers gain a viable alternative for shipping ocean cargo from Asia to U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast ports.
Kentucky is building America’s future with its technological savvy, good jobs, hard work, and a government focused on making the most of the state’s logistics assets.
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.
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.
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.
An outstanding variety of transportation options helps make Memphis an ideal location for logistics operations.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
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.
Site selection for U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities requires considering geographical placement, transportation infrastructure, utilities costs, and labor resources.
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.
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.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
Nebraska offers numerous advantages to businesses that operate manufacturing and distribution facilities in the state, including affordable and competent labor, attractive and available land, reliable and low-cost utilities, and accessible and economically competitive transportation.
By working together to align the processes by which shippers tender freight and carriers receive it, supply chain partners can achieve greater efficiency at the loading dock while improving safety, quality, performance, and margins for all stakeholders.
Reduce your transportation insurance premiums by investing in loss prevention measures, partnering with reputable logistics providers, and keeping your insurer informed about your operations, says Barry Tarnef of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
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.
Southwest Airlines introduces cargo tracking device; Supply chains are challenged by product recalls; Reliability is key to ocean shipping success; Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica merger puts rail shippers and economy back on track; Integrated services key to outsourcing success
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.
For many businesses selecting sites for new distribution centers and warehouses, ensuring adequate and affordable energy to power the facility is a challenge. Smart companies enlist the help of local resources to explore the cost of utilities in municipalities they are considering for new locations.
Looking out to 2015, anticipation is swirling about the Panama Canal's expansion and impact on U.S. trade. Among southeastern ports and shippers, that wave of anticipation has already made landfall.
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.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
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.
Ports must take a proactive role in managing the supply chain so it runs as efficiently as possible, writes Kevin Doherty of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
Less-than-containerload (LCL) services are expanding to meet shippers’ need for a cost-effective approach to smaller ocean freight volumes.
By incorporating containerization into downstream transportation and upstream supply chain workflows, companies can improve asset utilization, use fewer trucks, drive fewer miles, reduce fuel costs, and enhance distribution center operations, writes Fabrizio Brasca, JDA Software.
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.
Missouri’s location at the Crossroads of America has been one of the state’s greatest assets, their integrated transportation system maximizes its geographic and natural resources, creating economic advantages for the state and working as a conduit between rural and urban areas.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can inspire shipper confidence by using technology tools to control loads and properly insuring their loads.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
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.
Demand for less-than-containerload (LCL) services is rising among global importer and exporters whose business models rely on cost, inventory control, and supply chain visibility. Greg Scott of CEVA Logistics discusses how the oil and gas, retail, and automotive industries are using LCL services to their advantage.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
A consultant, integrator, and wholesaler share some warehouse wisdom.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Warehouses are one component within a much larger distribution ecosystem, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
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
San Antonio is growing rapidly as an increasing number of U.S. and international business recognizes the inherent advantages of its location and infrastructure.
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
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
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.
Ocean shippers can take steps to help ensure containers are delivered on time, writes Lars Kloch, managing director, USA, SBS Worldwide.
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.
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.
South Carolina’s logistics advantages include central East Coast location, transportation infrastructure, capable supply chain service providers, a skilled workforce, and a business-friendly economic climate.
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.
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.
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.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
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.
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.
Demand for industrial real estate near U.S. seaports is outpacing demand for industrial sites in general. Whether it actively buys and develops land or simply improves its own facilities to draw more interest, port authorities are crucial partners in regional economic development initiatives.
In strategic supply chain analysis, multiple groups of decision makers may have conflicting interests, since there can be an impact across departments and business units. Aaron Baker of Damco USA offers two global supply chain strategy examples that illustrate the decision makers and decision variables needed to ensure the chosen solution is optimal for the business.
Companies require a logistics technology platform and an integrated set of services that can adapt to the pressures of a changing market, writes Glenn Riggs of Odyssey Logistics & Technology.
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
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
By helping tire importer TBC Corporation convert its inbound transportation to free-on-board (FOB) terms and control freight costs, American Global Logistics rolled out a supply chain transformation.
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.
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.
Shifting global trade dynamics and emerging export markets with explosive growth potential present U.S. growers and other industries with new challenges—as well as opportunities to create more efficient solutions.
Shippers can ensure ocean cargo security by taking steps such as using C-TPAT checklists, performing random container inspections, applying security seals, shipping through secured ports, conducting security training, and following U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
Unpredictable consumer habits, the economic downturn, and limited ocean carrier capacity have transformed the traditional peak shipping season. Now shippers are preparing for a new reality: peak season variability.
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.
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.
Urbanization creates need for logistics innovation; Ford expands supplier carbon emissions reporting program; Global 3PLs are growing by region; The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway remains a vital contributor to the U.S. economy; Manufacturers embrace supply chain management with mixed results; Trucking revenue is on the rise.
More efficient operations are the key to warehouse productivity – and, in turn, more satisfied customers, according to Kenco’s Jason Minghini.
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.
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.
ChemLogix’s Stephen Hamilton explains why limited truck capacity and fuel costs make intermodal an attractive transportation alternative.
Discover the logistics advantages of the Buffalo Niagara region; Joplin, Missouri; Southern California; and Nebraska.
A central location, well-developed transportation infrastructure, emerging trade connections with Asia and South America, and unified vision for economic development have made the bi-state metropolitan area around St. Louis a global intermodal crossroads.
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Port of LA; Florida Inland Port signs MOU with Jacksonville Port Authority; Parcel shippers primed for change; Proposed FTZ rules changes threaten U.S. manufacturing.
Railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, leading to new intermodal services that prompt more shippers – and motor carriers – to adopt multimodal approaches.
Intermodal shipping reduces transport costs by rationalizing long-haul bulk moves between road, barge, rail, and occasionally air, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Specialized carriers can help shippers cut transportation and fuel costs when moving heavy equipment, writes David Lowry, Bennett Motor Express.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Nebraska’s central location, dedicated workforce, and affordable industrial power combine to create an ideal site for logistics operations.
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
Outsourcing drayage services to a 3PL can gain shippers significant savings, writes Chris Cline of Corporate Traffic.
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.
Energy resources often spell the difference between an adequate location and a great one. Energy utilities may therefore serve as a valuable partners in the site selection process.
Computer carrying case manufacturer Targus gets a handle on duty drawback with global trade management software.
New global supply chain challenges present growth opportunities for logistics professionals, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When selecting locations for logistics hubs, regional factors such as population density and facility costs determine where and how businesses store and distribute inventory.
Containerization reshaped ocean shipping, spurring further innovations such as bigger ships, giant cranes, suburban ports, and intermodal transportation. Future trends will include challenges including how to accommodate ever-larger ships, how to guarantee a chassis supply for shippers and how the dynamics of fuel costs, vessel size, and sailing schedules will impact container rates.
Levi’s expands supplier terms of engagement; Global expediters target cross-border e-commerce; Michelin and College of Charleston develop transportation and logistics program; Transportation and logistics M&A on the rise; I Georgia seeks federal transportation center appropriation; 2011 State of Logistics Report; Manhattan Associates' Momentum conference roundup
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.
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.
Most ports today compete globally with one another and reflect tremendous productivity gains in ocean transport achieved in recent decades. Simon Kaye of Jaguar Freight offers tips on choosing a port with electronic and data processing sophistication.
Healthy warehouses use strategies such as one-on-one training, layout optimization, materials handling equipment, adjustable partitions, performance measurement tools, wrist-mounted bar-code scanners, and energy-efficient lighting.
Warehouse operations visibility means knowing the real-time location of your materials handling vehicles, drivers, and inventory so operations can be optimized for maximum productivity, says Phil Van Wormer of Sky-Trax.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
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.
Equipping shipments with container security devices (CSDs) can help expedite inspections, decrease insurance premiums, and minimize supply chain disruptions. Jim Giermanski of Powers Global Holdings outlines the benefits of CSDs.
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.
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
Mark Malambri, CEVA Logistics, offers tips to help shippers reduce costs and increase efficiencies when purchasing ocean freight services.
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
Christopher Chung, CEO of the Missouri Partnership, describes how Missouri's efficient use of state resources results in efficient transportation that does not compromise safety or customer satisfaction.
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.
Boasting proximity to major U.S. markets and a wealth of transportation resources, the Palmetto State leads the Southeast in serving the nation's distribution needs.
Intermodal transportation stitches together Alaska's 663,268 square miles of rugged terrain, presenting challenges and opportunities for intrepid shippers.
Man-made disruptions and natural disasters have a radiating effect on global supply chains. Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses ways of coping.
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.
Household moves as a leading indicator of regional growth. Inbound transportation dynamics among manufacturers, distributors and retailers are changing. President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address elicits response from a range of industry groups
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Roadability Rule has shifted responsibility for obtaining and maintaining chassis to shippers and drayage companies.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton reflects on the magazine's January 2011 coverage of supply chain gains.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
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.
Optimizing materials handling equipment and processes in the warehouse impacts the entire supply chain.
4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.
Industrial property developers are cultivating greener distribution facilities and nurturing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards compliance. The bounty? A harvest of benefits for their tenants.
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?
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.
Where you locate a logistics facility can greatly influence how well your supply chain runs.
Ford revamped its service parts network, processes, and technologies to boost efficiency and set the stage for global service parts logistics management.
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.
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
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.
Does lingering uncertainty about economic conditions, freight demands, and funding sources pose a threat to industrial real estate development and transportation infrastructure projects?
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
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.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Charlie Jacobs of APL Logistics explains the cost savings and efficiency benefits of implementing lean practices, as demonstrated by three warehousing case studies.
Jeremy Woods of Summit Realty Group explains how an orchestrated strategy to integrate supply chain, energy use, and real estate costs can help save money.
Transaction and shipment exceptions are common, so businesses must be able to account for these variables by enabling a proactive supply chain.
The emergence of refrigerated container units provides more cost-effective rail and intermodal shipping for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.
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.
Will rail reregulation untie captive shippers but tie up rail productivity?
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
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.
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.
Using colors, shapes, numbers, and mnemonics in warehouse signage can help reduce training and picking errors, while improving service.
Spanning the U.S. heartland and reaching into Canada and Mexico, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance corridor links North America’s vital agricultural and industrial communities.
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
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.
Boost your cross-docking operation's throughput for more efficient one-stop shipment, with these tips from Nelson Bettencourt of CEVA Logistics.
Ike Ortiz-Luis of DGX-Dependable Global Express explains how to navigate oversized cargo's specialized needs, from transportation requirements to project financing.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
To move your business along the road to supply chain improvement, take a journey down these 10 paths to innovation.
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
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.
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.
Ferber Warehousing's 650 clients benefit from the firm's innovative total business distribution software solution, Conveyor.
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
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
For a fictional company looking to expand its franchise nationally, DC network optimization is a measure of real success.
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.
A flourishing transportation and logistics sector keeps Georgia on the business community's mind.
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.
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
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.
Centrally located and boasting a highly trained workforce and low industrial power rates, Nebraska offers an ideal site for logistics operations.
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
Fuel-optimized forklifts? Check. Energy-efficient light bulbs? Check. Here's your cheat-sheet for warehouse sustainability efforts, courtesy of Rajiv Saxena of APL Logistics.
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.
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.
Smart companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the distribution center into a competitive weapon, writes Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems Inc.
Industry experts explain the source of some common misperceptions regarding supply chain and logistics lexicon.
A logistician's resilience is valuable when opportunities are ripe, but it's invaluable when problems persist, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
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
Acquiring a warehouse and implementing a warehouse management system from Cambar Solutions helped The School Box earn top grades for its distribution operation.
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly's supply chain travelogue details a year spent visiting logistics and transportation sites and businesses around the country.
Smart companies are using the recession to address supply chain inefficiencies so they will be ready for the economic rebound, writes Kurt Cavano of TradeCard.
A&R Logistics' Morris, Ill., dry bulk intermodal facility specializes in hauling plastics. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours the operation.
Those who suggest U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Importer Security Filing regulation, known as 10+2, adversely affects supply chain velocity shoud consider the alternative, writes Sam Polakoff of TBB Global Logistics.
Tim Richards of States Logistics Services offers advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites to enhance your supply chain.
Shippers use overseas consolidation, strategic loading tactics, and container sharing to cast off ocean transportation's financial burden.
Managers should identify and focus on the most useful warehouse metrics to gather, report, and apply, writes Eric Allais of PathGuide Technologies.
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.