Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors must comply with two sets of regulations affecting chemical shipments. Here's how to stay compliant, efficient, and safe.
Manufacturers are going back to the drawing board to rethink their temperature-controlled supply chains.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Inbound Logistics talks to carriers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers about sure-fire ways to save money on LTL shipments and serves up a list of 18 tips that will help shippers of all types and sizes.
When logistics professionals are tasked with a special project, no matter how enormous, no matter how infeasible, they’re expected to go the distance.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.
Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide explains the most important aspects in good vendor management and how manufacturers can deal with increasing regulations and security concerns.
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
Commercial drone programs delayed while FAA establishes deadlines; five challenges facing the pharmaceuticals supply chain; getting the Surface Transportation Board back on track; Retailer investments in e-commerce and supply chain will dominate in 2016
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
An on-board video solution helps fleet managers review driver performance and improve fleet safety.
Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
These four tips can help you make sure your specialized shipment arrives safely and on time.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
When it comes to transporting the oversized, the awkward, the exotic, and the endangered, the secret to success is planning, planning, and more planning.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
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.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
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.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
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.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
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.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
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.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
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.
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.
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.
The door to an automated brokerage process opens up when a broker strengthens relationships with carriers and customers.
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Presidential nominee stances on transportation infrastructure; New truck standards aim to reduce U.S. carbon emissions; Staffing Agencies and Colleges Work to Make Certain the Supply Chain Stays Supplied
Retirees from the transportation business find a second career through agent programs with companies such as Bulk Connection.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive trucking market research report explores industry challenges and trends.
As consumers expect increasingly shorter delivery windows, last-mile proximity isn’t just nice to have, it’s a must-have. Will O’Shea of XPO Logistics’ offers these tips to leverage the last mile into a competitive differentiator.
The September 2016 Intermodal EXPO provides the setting for a thoughtful discussion on the ocean shipping sector: its prospects and how it impacts the intermodal industry.
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
U.S./Mexico Unified Cargo Processing removes border wait times; CRBC struggles to win local support in Kenya; PwC releases Q2 Transportation and Logistics M&A report
Customer retention in today’s competitive marketplace is important. Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide offers the keys to customer retention.
Complying with big-box retailer requirements isn’t always easy, but it pays off in the result of a cohesive 3PL team, satisfied employees and continued business.
This story provides a look at what it takes, logistically speaking, to stage various kinds of live entertainment events.
For many shippers, choosing the right transportation consultant can become a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating process. Here are five keys to finding the optimal partner.
U.S.-Canada cross-border trade continues to be a mutually beneficial partnership between nations with a long history of friendship.
The Panama Canal expansion is finally complete. How will the increased capacity of this global maritime crossroads play out in your shipping and logistics strategy?
Here are the key facts you need to know about the new Safety of Life at Sea regulation.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
Keeping cargo secure requires visibility and the automation technology to enable this view into your shipments. Additionally, immediate access to rapidly changing requirements for import and export activities plays a key role in light of new security concerns.
Competitive agility and adaptability help shippers win the multi- and omni-channel race to the customer.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
Technology can make the difference between profit and loss in a low-margin environment. As margins squeeze ever tighter, staying current with technology can make the ultimate difference ultimate success or failure.
As entities responsible for brokering appropriate carrier rates, ensuring accurate quantities of orders and guaranteeing high quality of products, third-party logistics providers are extensions of companies’ brands.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.
Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.
Searching for capacity is sometimes a tough job, but there is always somebody driving where you need to go.
Healthcare organizations are transforming how they source supplies and connect with manufacturers and service providers to meet emerging patient demands, address healthcare legislation, support an overall focus on improving patient care, and lower healthcare costs.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
Freight location and status updates, along with advanced predictive analytics capabilities, are making load tracking a valuable tool for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and carriers
A handy reading guide summarizing supply chain books and their key takeaways.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
Brexit shakes up global supply chain; Amazon invests $3 billion in India; Hyperloop targets Russia as site for science fiction-like transit tube; Australian truckies want better working conditions; Despite the best-laid plans by multinational companies to establish trade compliance, there’s a costly risk gap between knowing and doing that may lead to fines and incarceration.
A successful procurement project or event is all about the right preparation.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
Using an import express less-than-container service, particularly from China, offers cost savings and faster transit times over traditional consolidated LCL services.
This story examines the secrets behind a successful shipper-3PL relationship, as seen through the eyes of four pairs of successful business partners.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
These ports have utilized various initiatives to ensure the ultimate impact of sustainability outweighs its costs.
As the chemical industry continues to grow, shippers and their service partners work hard to keep product moving, trouble-free.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Profile of Angela Eliacostas, founder and CEO of AGT Global Logistics
Nikola Motor Company announces electric class-8 semi truck; FASTLANE grants aim to improve nation’s infrastructure; In spite of rate-driven financial gains for carriers, utilization drop is evident in most recent transportation industry analysis
As the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals become more prevalent, the logistics industry will reap the benefits of increased, streamlined trade.
When inclement weather affects visibility or traction, commercial drivers must reduce speed and cease operations when those conditions become sufficiently dangerous.
As the demand for supply chain efficiency and speed rises, companies are investing in intermodal rail infrastructure and repairs throughout the United States.
Profile of John Fay, CEO of the electronic supply chain platform, INTTRA.
The St. Louis region offers an ideal transportation infrastructure to move goods, skilled labor to meet the peaks and valleys of industrial demand, and the availability of highly qualified IT personnel to manage staff and facilities.
Savings from a TMS deployment can be significant. Here are the benefits of an incremental approach to acquisition.
By offering air, barge, ocean carrier, rail, and trucking services, logistics providers are minimizing the risks involved with transporting goods to, from, and within Alaska.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
New technology enables new advances in supply chain security. What will security look like in 2025?
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Chinese investors look to U.S. for economic growth; air cargo industry struggles
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.
This article provides simple but important actions a motor carrier can take to put itself in a position to avoid a jury verdict potentially based on an improper standard or misleading evidence.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
The use of intermodal transportation by shippers continues to grow. Here’s how shippers use intermodal to cut costs and mitigate risk.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
A predicted freight slowdown stalls driver wage increases for 2016; President Obama proposes oil tax to fund infrastructure; Logistics trends of 2016
Use these tips to ensure your global shipments are contracted with a cost-effective and reliable provider.
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
As major airlines implement the eAWB single-process approach in March 2016, industry-wide involvement in the program is encouraged for all participants as paperless air cargo supply chain operations lower costs, increase data accuracy, and improve the customer experience.
Now is the right time to improve your supply chain’s stability, scalability and resiliency. Transportation providers are seeking collaboration with shippers as their networks have also experienced significant change.
Military outsourcing is good in concept but often problematic in practice for several reasons discussed in this article. Contracting for services year after year in support of multi-front contingency operations and train and assist missions, all with no clear end-dates in site, has the potential to be harmful to the “profession of arms” (a vocation comprised of experts certified in the ethical application of combat power, serving under civilian authority, entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interests of the American people) and cost more than anticipated. This article will discuss why military outsourcing is currently problematic and explore why the military outsources mission-essential services. A comparison of similar outsourcing incentives associated with both military and manufacturing industrial complexes is discussed, along with some advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing with these sectors. The article concludes with a prediction as to what the primary outsourcing drivers will be for future military and manufacturing outsourcing decisions.
Inbound Logistics predicts the top U.S. ports for business in 2016, based on volumes, efforts to improve infrastructure, and innovation.
Readers weigh in on how to address the truck driver shortage.
Managing your transportation budget is key to operate Lean and find ways to shed excess cost. Use these tips help lower shipping costs.
The 2016 Global Infrastructure Report from CG/LA Infrastructure details 100 infrastructure projects in 71 countries across 10 different sectors; Emerging markets take on increasing importance for the supply chain.
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
Asking the right questions as you begin the evaluation and purchase process is a step in the right direction to help get your fleet mobile ready.
So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.
Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.
What happens when a containership reaches a U.S. port? Inbound Logistics tagged along with French steamship line CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest ocean freight carrier, to find out.
This story follows the progress of an intermodal container during its three-day, round the clock trip from the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to a distribution center in Dallas.
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the road haulage industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than people think.
As a new driver coercion rule goes into effect, the need for communication with drivers is greater than ever.
Some expert advice to help shippers and carriers navigate the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Logistics has evolved into a strategic business concern, driving enterprises to seek third-party logistics (3PL) providers with multi-modal capabilities for complete end-to-end integration.
To help combat counterfeiting, the premium beverage industry is taking advantage of serial numbers on product packages to uniquely identify each product for increased connectivity throughout packaging operations and the supply chain.
As cyber crime and data breaches continue to climb, supply chain information is increasingly at risk. Here are ways to assess your vulnerability and keep supply chain data safe from hackers.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Minimizing transportation costs through data analysis can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line
This story follows a sleeper team for YRC freight as the two drivers make a run of approximately 22 hours from the Chicago area to Denver.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively.
Taking steps to become a shipper of choice delivers benefits across the supply chain, and will help sustain and grow your bottom line.
In today’s global, highly competitive market, the old rules of transportation no longer apply if you want to remain profitable and competitive.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
It is important to be vigilant about new regulations and interpretations that effect the industry and impacts business.
The potential legislation of COR-related laws is expected to have a profound effect on all areas of the supply chain, requiring changes that will ultimately come at an increased cost.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one step closer to ratification; harnessing the power of supply chain collaboration; FMC approves new regulations for OTIs; SAP releases inaugural Retail Index
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
For quickly measuring freight at the point of pick-up, for reclassifying pallets, and for low-volume operations, mobile dimensioning is a low-cost game-changer.
Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, discusses the talent gap, entrepreneurship, the importance of keeping employees happy, and more.
When it comes to ASAP, quick-thinking shippers redefine what's possible.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
Refugees cause price hike for European Union shippers; East-West shippers see sharp decline in contract rates; technology innovations to transform competitive landscape in global freight forwarding market; home delivery in the United Kingdom
Keep these trends in mind when selecting an air logistics supplier to find the best solution to suits your needs
Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel released its report this month and made a number of recommendations to improve the flow of rail operations in the Chicago area.
Inbound Logistics dredges up data on the leading U.S. container hubs.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
Freight audit and payment companies help shippers find the hidden cash in their supply chains by eliminating overbilling, and paying invoices accurately and quickly.
Temporary bills and lack of investment threaten the future of U.S. roads, bridges, tunnel, and rail infrastructure.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
As the deadline for PTC implementation looms, Class II and Class III railroads will likely find that the Class Is demand their participation in both PTC capital implementation costs and ongoing maintenance costs.
When every dollar counts, along with every mile, shippers need to know which carriers are keeping them on a course to profitability. That’s why carrier metrics are so important.
Inbound Logistics exclusive trucking market research report delivers shipper and motor carrier insights into trucking challenges and trends.
Sustainability and cost savings are driving shippers to reduce packaging waste.
No matter how thoroughly safety training requirements are followed, there are still likely to be gaps in your company’s loading dock safety efforts. Use these tips to better shape safety training plans.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
The right 3PL partner can help to even the playing field between SMBs and their larger big box competitors.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
The third-party logistics (3PL) segment evolved from shippers driving the process based on their needs, to collaboratively working together to create new solutions and change business operations.
Minimizing employee downtime with ergonomic initiatives and equipment can have a big impact on the bottom line.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
If you are driving through Nevada and see a truck driver reading a book…don’t freak out.
Yokohama senior director Jeremy Kahrs reveals the strategy behind the tire maker’s new distribution center and headquarters.
Successful companies are concerned about supply chain security. Here’s how to prevent supply chain threats from negatively impacting your company’s bottom line and reputation.
All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.
Getting your company’s green initiatives off the ground isn’t always easy, but these five tips will help your program grow.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Today's cloud-based inspection systems improve productivity by simplifying the traditional inspection method and compiling important data to be accessed at any time and anyplace.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.
When selling products across the northern border, these three tips can help.
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technologies will revolutionize transportation by making our road system safer, more efficient, and less dependent upon the human element for effective decision-making.
Kelvin Miller, an equipment and mobility readiness spare parts allocation supervisor with the military contractor DynCorp International, manages inventory and gets it ready to deploy when the time comes.
Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
Tired of being forced off the track, Class I Railroads are taking a stand in court over track-sharing privileges with Amtrak.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
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.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
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.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
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.
Lauren Corbett, program assistant, acquisitions and logistics at International Relief and Development, secures donated supplies, and makes sure they get to people in need.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
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.
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
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.
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.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
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.
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.
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
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.
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.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
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.
Cargo theft in the United States results in billions of lost dollars. Taking proper precautions can help minimize theft and secure the supply chain.
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.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
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.
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.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
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.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
3PL websites should offer tools that offer shippers information they need, and make working with carriers easier.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Managing loss and damage claims can be challenging for shippers. Claims processing providers can facilitate and educate.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
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
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
A strong corporate culture boosts productivity, improves service, and reduces workplace injuries and employee turnover.
Auto aftermarket shippers use supplier ship direct programs and high-velocity DCs to meet demand.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Freight payment services allow shippers to pay all their freight transactions and get full visibility into the process.
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.
Technology tools help hazardous materials shippers manage hazmat compliance and maintain efficient shipping operations.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
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.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Hunter Harrison documents the culture change that has contributed to Canadian Pacific’s rail renaissance; Global companies more concerned about climate risk than emissions reductions; Deadline for new ISO17712:2013 high-security seal standards is fast approaching; Lack of collaboration between supply chain and finance hurts the bottom line
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
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.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Global dry-bulk commodity trade reveals rate growth, steadying inflation in China; Preparations for 2022 World Cup trigger DC explosion in Qatar; Supplier risk analysis will become more complex as companies expand into new global markets; Pakistani protests force U.S. military drawdown to consider $1 billion airfreight alternative; Asia truck bans taking toll on logistics industry; Africa’s piracy problem shifting to continent’s west coast; Trans-Pacific Partnership pact stalls, 2014 ratification expected; China’s Nicaraguan Canal stirs intrigue; Tesco acquires stake in “Asia’s Amazon”
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.
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Railroads are investing in new safety processes, technology and policies to ensure cargo security and prevent accidents.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
Delivering temperature-sensitive flu vaccines to Laos required climate-controlled transport and impeccable timing.
When choosing a drayage provider, look for on-time delivery history, shipment data availability, and specializations.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can consolidate freight from multiple companies shipping to the same destination.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.
U.S. furniture manufacturers rely on specialized furniture carriers and white-glove delivery companies.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
C-TPAT certification lets businesses support national security and improve their own supply chain operations.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
A logistics and supply chain market research survey reveal trends and insights about the third-party logistics sector.
For chemical logistics providers, safety on the truck and in the warehouse is of paramount importance.
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
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.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
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.
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.
Sporting goods manufacturers and retailers must manage seasonal peaks to avoid stockouts and meet online customers’ demand for prompt delivery. Supply chain technology helps provide visibility and track items during product recalls.
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 success of U.S. agriculture depends on a functional transportation and logistics network that combines efficiencies and economies across all modes.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturers face special supply chain challenges such as temperature control, security, chain of custody, and regulatory compliance, but successful strategies help deal with these issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) unites global manufacturers, carriers, insurers, and service providers to reduce the risks of criminal activity against high-value cargo in the transportation supply chain, writes Lisa Greenleaf of TUV Rheinland of North America.
The growth of global trade and sourcing creates more security vulnerabilities within the supply chain. Aggressive thieves with sophisticated techniques have spurred innovation in shipment processes, technology, and regulatory measures.
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
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.
A look at the logistics challenges faced by companies shipping alcoholic beverages, and some practices for dealing with those challenges.
In an exclusive interview with Inbound Logistics, Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, chief supply chain officer, chief procurement officer, corporate facilities and real estate for McAfee Inc., shares his view of supply chain management, security, and the U.S. business climate.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
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
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.
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.
Air cargo security requires aggressive international mandate and top-down focus on identity verification and data analysis, writes Steve Vinsik of Unisys Corporation.
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.
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.
Motor freight carriers employ a variety of strategies to keep cargo secure in transit, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Outsourcing drayage services to a 3PL can gain shippers significant savings, writes Chris Cline of Corporate Traffic.
Specialized carriers can help shippers cut transportation and fuel costs when moving heavy equipment, writes David Lowry, Bennett Motor Express.
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.
Global shippers must be well-prepared to ensure the safety of international cargo shipments, writes Bill Anderson of Ryder System Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the events of September 11, the public and private sectors have committed themselves to developing new supply chain security technologies.
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
Just when a shipper needs help most, in steps a partner with super powers. These three case studies show how third-party logistics providers can swoop in to solve problems for shippers.
Inbound Logistics' annual 3PL market research report reveals how the dynamic duo of shippers and 3PLs are responding to changing forces in the outsourcing industry.
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.
As You Sow asks P&G and General Mills to recycle post-consumer waste; PepsiCo and Coca-Cola make bottles out of plants; Air cargo industry raises concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s 100-percent screening mandate; Truckers report increasing volumes and rates; TMS market shows signs of rebound; CN invests in new intermodal equipment, new customers; Amazon vacates S.C. DC over sales tax
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.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
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.
Troy Ryley and Jose Minarro, managing directors for Transplace Mexico, offer tips for shipping freight cross-border and within Mexico.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
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.
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.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Third-party logistics provider mergers can disrupt shippers' supply chain performance. Brad Constantini of Comprehensive Logistics Inc. suggests strategies for preventing these problems.
4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
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.
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
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
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
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.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
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.
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
Increased regulation in the form of CSA 2010 affects not only truckers, but also freight brokers providing insurance, according to Mike Williams, chief operating officer, Sunteck Transport Group.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Ike Ortiz-Luis of DGX-Dependable Global Express explains how to navigate oversized cargo's specialized needs, from transportation requirements to project financing.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
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.
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.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
A steady stream of goods passing north and south across the U.S.-Canada border stitches the two nations tightly together, complicated by factors such as customs regulations, security protocols, data exchange, and infrastructure projects.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
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
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.
The Transportation Security Administration's air cargo screening requirements create challenges for airports and shippers, writes Robert F. Caton of AMB Logistics.
A&R Logistics' Morris, Ill., dry bulk intermodal facility specializes in hauling plastics. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours the operation.
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.