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
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.
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
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
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.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
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.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
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
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
Proper safety measures can reduce costs, injuries, and down time caused by forklift impacts.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Choosing the right pallet unlocks myriad benefits from improved process efficiency to cost savings and sustainability.
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.
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.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
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.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
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.
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.
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.
Managers must carefully consider all factors of their operation before selecting a new bar-coding system.
As the Panama Canal expansion nears completion, several trends and trade dynamics will determine the impact on U.S. shippers and consignees.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
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.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
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.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
DB Schenker tests silent brake blocks; India changes policy for e-commerce foreign investment; Canada opens Customs Self Assessment preferences to U.S. shippers; Global steamship lines raise rates; European ports struggle with congestion and larger ships
New forklift-based technologies can positively impact safety goals in your facility.
Innovation in forklift design has reduced overall warehouse and DC footprints and increased throughput.
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.
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
New lift trucks feature device mounts, rugged tablets, digital controls, hydrogen fuel cells and auto guided navigation.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
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
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
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.
Advancements in lift truck technology give distribution center and warehouse managers flexibility in using their forklift fleets.
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.
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.
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.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
U.S. transportation spending lags, according to Transportation Performance Indexes; International air cargo traffic increases; Ocean volumes rise; Large corporations band together to help smaller suppliers sell goods and services to global companies.
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
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
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
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
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
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.
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.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
When setting future supply chain budgets, companies must take into account not only the increased cost of industrial real estate, but also longer lead times for new space in many markets.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
When Sleepy's customers got tired of short notice and missed deliveries, the specialty mattress retailer brought in a technology partner and dreamed up a solution that put those problems to bed.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Lori Harper, vice president, supply chain management at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), is a natural leader who figures out solutions to unexpected challenges.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
Today’s supply chain environment is more complex than ever, and it is important for business partners to work together across the value chain with the intent to maximize the benefit to their customers .
When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Taking steps to adapt to ACE regulations ahead of final deadlines will save businesses much time, money, and hassle.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
Enabling a holistic, integrated approach to managing global supplier risks allows companies to minimize risks, protect brand integrity, and reduce supply chain costs.
Shifting global dynamics and internal business process changes are compelling manufacturers and retailers to challenge the status quo and reinvent their supply chains.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Port of Beirut plan for transshipment expansion irks truckers; New treaty greenlights Ghent–Terneuzen Canal lock upgrade; China-Europe rail development continues with UTi and Changjiu partnership; Global suppliers still laggard when it comes to environmental mitigation; Hong Kong looks to ease industrial real estate regs to create more warehouse capacity.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
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.
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.
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.
Companies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
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.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
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.
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.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
How a logistics data refinery can improve supply chain visibility and analytics.
Managing supply chain risk means recognizing that things won’t always go according to plan, and having the right infrastructure in place to succeed even through the unexpected.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
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.
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
Inbound Logistics asked these experts to weigh in on the dimensional weight pricing changes that UPS and FedEx implemented on January 1, 2015.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
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.
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.
Shippers, carriers, manufacturers – everyone in the business of shipping Dangerous Goods needs to stay up to date on what’s going on in the industry.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
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.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
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.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
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.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth
Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.
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.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
The best way shippers and consignees can accommodate speed and reliability is to practice demand-driven logistics.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
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.
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.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Kevin Hickey, Vice President, North American Customer Service for Maersk Line outlines the benefits of performance metrics, and the impact they have on carrier relationships and ongoing improvements.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Incoterms simplify international purchase-sales contracts. Here are tips for applying them correctly.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
New supply chain and logistics books help logistics professionals thaw out their skills after a brutal winter.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
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.
Employers want new hires who combine diverse, real-world experience with academic achievement.
Colleges are adding logistics and supply chain education programs to support the next generation of professionals.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
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
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.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
Logistics managers support inbound supply chains by informing company leaders about the effect of vendor non-compliance.
Pallets are a vital piece of warehouse equipment for storing and moving products.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
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.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
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.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
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
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Take your supply chain career to the next level with a certification or certificate program.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
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.
Catch up with four supply chain professionals previously featured in Inbound Logistics' Reader Profile.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
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.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton shares highlights from the January 2014 issue.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
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
2014 may be a year of uncertainty, but inbound logistics best practices can help improve supply chain operations, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
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.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
Infrastructure remains India's greatest supply chain challenge; Canadian e-commerce market is catching up to speed; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM form P3 Alliance
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.
The right pick-to-light system can help increase productivity, improve accuracy, and increase picking speeds.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Equipped with industry training, new logistics professionals need their more experienced peers’ communication and interpersonal skills.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
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
Planning for peak returns season can minimize processing costs and maximize recovery values of returned inventory.
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.
Chris Carlson, VP of Batteries Plus Bulbs, gets a jolt out of optimizing warehouse labor and inventory flow.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
Alana Miedrich, inventory and logistics assistant at Kids Wish Network, Holiday, Fla., manages inventory to fulfill dreams.
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
Hu Huang of Kichler Lighting stays current on trade laws and keeps import/export activities transparent.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
Innovation in the lift truck market is creating new options for companies seeking to improve warehouse efficiency.
Sharpen your skills with these books covering supply chain and logistics topics.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Companies in the logistics sector are stepping up to hire U.S. military veterans with aggressive recruiting and training programs.
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.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Matthew Wood, freight program and supply chain manager at Mayo Clinic, treats the company’s freight spend aches and pains.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
Investing in port infrastructure allows long-term job creation so the U.S. can lead in international trade and commerce.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
Dino Lanno, senior VP of supply chain at Safelite AutoGlass, steered the company through a supply chain redesign.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership.
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.
Decisions about buying pallets or leasing pallets require shippers to think strategically to acquire the best option for their operation.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
Directing motor carriers to more fuel-efficient decisions drives Jason Mathers, senior manager, corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
Plan for seasonal peaks by securing efficient labor, sufficient warehouse space, and reliable carriers.
As director of logistics at electrical wiring equipment manufacturer Leviton, Brian Morgan drives transportation efficiencies to meet complex customer requirements.
Online logistics education programs train students for supply chain jobs through webcasts and discussion forums, while short on-campus residencies help students network with peers and professors.
A sample of supply chain, logistics, and transportation degrees and certification programs offered partially or entirely online.
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.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
Educational resources – including online learning and accelerated MBA programs – abound for people working in or pursuing supply chain jobs, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As senior vice president, supply chain, at sustainable home goods company Bambeco, Sander Eth sows the supply chain with environmental principles.
The transportation and logistics sector is in the midst of some of its biggest changes since deregulation, and 2013 will play a pivotal role in discerning which companies will rise to the top, writes Chad Eichelberger of Access America Transport.
Whether you want to casually brush up on your supply chain management techniques or drastically reorganize your purchasing processes, you’ll find the knowledge you need in the pages of these supply chain resources.
Adopting demand-driven logistics can increase visibility, drive supply chain efficiency, and offset any market advantage your competitors might have.
The materials handling landscape is shifting to accommodate traditional brick-and-mortar and Internet retailers’ changing needs.
Visit with three supply chain professionals who were featured in the Reader Profile column in 2007-2009, and find out what they’re up to these days.
Logistics professionals seeking to become supply chain executives can gain insight from the perspectives of four logistics experts, who share their knowledge about the skills and experience needed to climb the logistics career ladder.
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.
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires planning and communication, writes Peter Wharton of IBM.
As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.
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.
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
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.
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 Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
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.
Victor Hougan is set to soar in his new logistics position with aerospace supplier Primus International.
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.
With an eye toward the looming logistics labor shortage, some companies are working studiously to attract millennials.
Shippers can create a "control tower" view within their own supply chains—a common platform for aggregating, cleansing, and communicating real-time data.
For Michael Smyers, associate director, logistics, at chemical and transportation fuel products manufacturer Amyris in Emeryville, Calif., the formula for a successful career relies on continuing education.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference features supply chain best practices and logistics trends such as predictive analysis, partnerships, green initiatives, and career paths for logistics professionals.
Savvy distribution and supply chain managers should be looking at sortation and its related disciplines as a means of addressing problems and achieving savings, writes Jay Moris of Invata Intralogistics.
Lean concepts such as 5S, Visual Workplace, and Kanban help reduce motion waste to create safer, more efficient workplaces.
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 successfully manage export compliance, companies must fully understand export regulations and filing requirements, advises Scott Byrnes, Amber Road.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
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.
The complexity of ocean freight contracts requires shippers to negotiate carefully with carriers so both parties can find beneficial terms.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain managers should work closely with compliance professionals and corporate tax specialists when making decisions about related-party transactions, writes J. Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road.
While many factors influence customer loyalty, a well-run returns process has proven to drive repeat orders and improve consumer satisfaction. Paul Galpin of P2P Mailing outlines three points companies should consider when designing their reverse logistics.
Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.
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.
Sherry Askew, transportation manager at Revlon Consumer Products, the well-known maker of beauty and personal care items, negotiates freight rates that keep the company’s bottom line looking good.
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
Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.
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.
New publications on supply chain and logistics topics such as warehousing, sustainability, and procurement help logistics professionals stay sharp. Here are some recent books on supply chain topics of interest.
By incorporating containerization into downstream transportation and upstream supply chain workflows, companies can improve asset utilization, use fewer trucks, drive fewer miles, reduce fuel costs, and enhance distribution center operations, writes Fabrizio Brasca, JDA Software.
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.
New international supply chain optimization tools are capable of considering all appropriate shipment flows, modes, routes, and cargo to come up with an ideal workable plan – as often as needed and anytime things change.
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Catalent upgraded its Philadelphia packaging center’s high-bay warehouse with an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) served by three aisle-changing stacker cranes developed by LTW Intralogistics.
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.
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.
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can be an efficient materials handling option for warehouses and distribution centers, but they are not right for every facility. Norm Saenz, senior vice president and principal, TranSystems Corporation, offers advice on deciding if AS/RS is right for your facility.
Less-than-containerload (LCL) services are expanding to meet shippers’ need for a cost-effective approach to smaller ocean freight volumes.
Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.
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
The traits of an exceptional soldier are also the traits of exceptional logistics professionals.
With production already at capacity and limited room for expansion, visual technologies manufacturer Christie installed two Shuttle Vertical Lift Module (VLM) storage and retrieval systems from Kardex Remstar – recovering 70 percent floor space, doubling capacity, and cutting labor requirements in half.
Capturing and analyzing transportation spend data is the key to outstanding supply chain management, writes Steven Shoemaker, RateLinx.
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.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
As director of logistics and facilities at Indianapolis Fruit Company, Michael Gilbert enhanced the company’s refrigerated truck fleet with computers that provide navigation, tracking, and driver performance reporting.
Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency
With proper care and nurturing, you can create a supply chain that performs beautifully – even in the midst of today’s ever-changing business environment, writes Wendy Buxton, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions.
John Snider, vice president of retail logistics at Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, manages the company’s warehousing, and inbound and outbound transportation. Teamwork and communication play a major role in his management strategy.
Ocean shippers can take steps to help ensure containers are delivered on time, writes Lars Kloch, managing director, USA, SBS Worldwide.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
The demands of volatile markets and structural changes taking place in the ocean freight sector make strong shipper/carrier partnerships beneficial to both parties.
Kazimir Kostrubala manages military resources as squadron operations officer and installation deployment officer with the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 19th Airlift, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Ark.
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.
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.
Leading supply chain and logistics professors provide insights about the state of supply chain education and employers' expectations for new hires.
Don Riley, executive vice president of supply chain and technology at Denver, Colo.-based building materials supplier ProBuild Holdings, faces recessionary challenges by building the right organizational model and relationships – from suppliers to customers – to support the company today and into the future.
Recently retired from a 40-year career with less-than-truckload carrier ABF, former president and CEO Wes Kemp shares his insights on the transportation industry, trucking regulation, and the importance of logistics and supply chain education.
John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.
Thanks to e-commerce, many distribution centers are now fulfilling a greater number of smaller orders – rendering conventional materials handling automation systems somewhat outdated. Is flexible automation the next frontier?
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.
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.
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
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
Thanks to a fleet of new forklifts, Interstate Warehousing is growing upwards rather than outwards. The Crown RM 6000 lift truck is helping it expand capacity and eliminate wasted space.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.
Jill Hesselroth, vice president, global supply chain at Nortech Systems, analyzes the company’s supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and leads the implementation of those improvements.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Shippers can protect their supply chains against rising fuel costs by optimizing distribution networks, creating a flexible infrastructure, and managing shipping practices.
Top-performing supply chains focus on attracting and retaining talent — both technical ability and leadership. Here’s how to find and nurture true supply chain competency.
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.
Ryan Gellert, vice president, supply chain management, at mountain sports products company Black Diamond Equipment handles global demand planning, sales and operations planning, global procurement, logistics, and in-house customer service. He views helping launch a new division in Asia as a pinnacle of his career.
The variety of cargoes that fly in and out of Alaska—ranging from time-sensitive medical supplies and oil field equipment to perishable seafood—means companies must identify specific shipment needs and align them with asset and service requirements.
Shippers can ensure ocean cargo security by taking steps such as using C-TPAT checklists, performing random container inspections, applying security seals, shipping through secured ports, conducting security training, and following U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
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.
Katie Reuland, director of operations at bedding manufacturer Down Etc., rests easy knowing she has optimized the company’s container shipments.
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.
Supply chain professionals get a lift as more companies grow to appreciate the strategic value of a well-run logistics operation.
Ellen Fontaine, VASCOR Ltd, offers advice for boosting supply chain efficiency.
Angela Duesterhaus, logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies in North Kansas City, Mo., talks about her recent projects and describes how a disappointment in a previous job taught her a valuable lesson.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
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.
David Fisher, director of global logistics at Johns Manville in Denver, promotes collaboration through the organization's supply chain departments worldwide and designates preferred carriers to promote strong partner relationships.
Ron Harris, chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, talks about some of the people and experiences that helped to shape him as a logistics professional.
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.
Vehicle glass manufacturer Safelite increased distribution efficiency, enhanced customer service, and lowered costs by transforming its supply chain.
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.
Advanced logistics and supply chain education brings rewards such as greater job satisfaction, the potential for promotion, and a salary uptick.
Jennifer Burkhardt, transportation manager of the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, takes charge of all movements into and out of the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites.
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.
Restaurant chains squeeze costs out of the supply chain; TMW Systems acquires Appian Logistics; CPG companies pushed to adopt extended producer responsibility programs
Mobile-robotic systems are easy to design and install, with overall lower installation and operational costs than traditional warehouse automation systems, says Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems.
Peter Hartman of Retrotech offers strategies for optimizing product flow through warehouse automation to achieve better order fulfillment performance.
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.
RFID technologies allow computers, objects, and individuals to interact in new ways, supplying logistics providers and materials handlers with predictable and actionable data to enhance their service offerings and operations, explains Ravi Pappu of ThingMagic.
David Ayers, lead business analyst, warehouse management, for tool manufacturer Lenox, rolls out SAP enterprise resource planning systems at sites worldwide.
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.
Innovative supply chain management delivers financial benefits to your bottom line.
Mark Malambri, CEVA Logistics, offers tips to help shippers reduce costs and increase efficiencies when purchasing ocean freight services.
Cheryl Harrity, corporate director of supply chain for food product producer MGP Ingredients Inc., whets her appetite for improving sales and operations planning.
Man-made disruptions and natural disasters have a radiating effect on global supply chains. Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses ways of coping.
As vice president of supply chain at KPPS, Brian Hatfield oversees the network that brings the company's hair care products to salons across North America.
Saara Chung, customer logistics manager at Campbell Soup Company, helps customers improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and boost their businesses.
Inbound Logistics' editorial helps you realize new opportunities as you grow your career.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Roadability Rule has shifted responsibility for obtaining and maintaining chassis to shippers and drayage companies.
Companies can benchmark their way to crossdocking success by following these five steps recommended by Andre Thornton, President and CEO, ASW Global LLC.
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.
Pursuing continuing education — through an abundance of choices that includes classroom work, certification, or online courses — helps logistics professionals enhance their job performance and get ahead.
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
Eric Cohen, vice president of logistics for Waxie Sanitary Supply, puts his military experience to work to help the company reduce costs, improve service and manage human resources.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Sustainability efforts can help companies grow more efficient supply chains.
Strategic transportation management puts shippers on the road to increased fuel economy and improved asset utilization.
Warehouse automation allows distribution centers to take a hands-off approach.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
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.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton reflects on the magazine's January 2011 coverage of supply chain gains.
Optimizing materials handling equipment and processes in the warehouse impacts the entire supply chain.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Joe Perillo, director of supply chain, logistics, and lean enterprise for PTR Baler and Compactor, leads through influence.
As yet another sign that the U.S. economy is emerging from the downturn, the logistics job market is picking up, with a steady increase in hiring since last year.
Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.
U.S. Department of Transportation pursues ban on cell phone use while driving; Proposed air cargo screening legislation enhances security measures; U.S. retailers place increased emphasis on supply chain management
Nathan Pieri of Management Dynamics provides tips for reducing logistics costs through improved supply chain management.
As vice president of supply chain at WireCo WorldGroup, Todd Stewart looks for cost reductions while improving service and delivery to customers.
For shipping and receiving, there are three types of pallet programs: single-use or one-way, extended-use or buy/sell, and leasing or rental. Hillary Femal of IFCO Systems describes the uses and benefits of each type.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Transaction and shipment exceptions are common, so businesses must be able to account for these variables by enabling a proactive supply chain.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
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.
Distribution Manager Randall Plost boosted pick rates and forged carrier relationships to improve service at valve and pipe connector manufacturer Victaulic.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
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.
Mexico Taxes U.S. Imports, Audi's carbon friendly cars and carbon friendly transportation, Australia labors over transportation expansion, UPS opens health care logistics hubs in Singapore and China, U.S. football imports from China
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Collaboration and communication help Inbound Logistics Manager Kevin Miles manage more than $100 million in transportation spend for grocery chain owner Ahold USA.
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
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.
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
To move your business along the road to supply chain improvement, take a journey down these 10 paths to innovation.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
Recent books shed light on various aspects of supply chain, logistics, and transportation management.
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 mentor's advice and attention can make a world of difference to professionals trying to rise to the top of the logistics field. Here's how three companies in the industry help their employees scale new heights.
Investing in automated storage and retrieval systems and WMS helps warehouses grow greener and reap financial benefits.
As director of logistics and operations at USA Cycling, Gregory Cross gives new meaning to the term "cycle counting."
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
Alison Dennis, director of sustainability at fast food company Burgerville, promotes sourcing from nearby suppliers.
Investigate online learning, a convenient path to acquiring supply chain know-how.
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.
Can you really model best practices from the military? After all, they invented the acronym SNAFU. But companies are finding veterans' experience and skills help promote ship-shape supply chains.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
Ten years as an Army sustainment officer provided Major Jason Bullard a view of the military supply chain from just about every angle.
William Cossey Jr. moved military vehicles during the first Gulf War; civilian life finds him back in the supply chain hot seat.
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
Florida's Talent Supply Chain association aims to boost Florida's economy by encouraging and expanding workforce development, training, and job retention across the state, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Evolving to meet changing industry needs, logistics and supply chain education helps students hone their skills, gain a broader perspective, and bring bottom-line benefits to employers.
As director of logistics at Regal Wine Company, Kathy Zepaltas consolidated her company's logistics operations and transitioned from an insufficient warehouse to an ultra-efficient 650,000-square-foot DC.
Tim Richards of States Logistics Services offers advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites to enhance your supply chain.
Scott Kingsley, logistics manager at The Food Source International, believes good communication is key to strong relationships with service providers, suppliers, and customers.
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.
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
A logistician's resilience is valuable when opportunities are ripe, but it's invaluable when problems persist, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly's supply chain travelogue details a year spent visiting logistics and transportation sites and businesses around the country.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits New Jersey's Port Elizabeth, one of the East Coast's busiest intermodal ports.
Shippers use overseas consolidation, strategic loading tactics, and container sharing to cast off ocean transportation's financial burden.
Industry experts explain the source of some common misperceptions regarding supply chain and logistics lexicon.