Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
For any United States-based company interested in expanding its retail logistics operations outside of the country, Asia Pacific may be the most ideal location.
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.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
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
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
More accurate forecasts enable better planning, lower inventory and manufacturing costs, and improved service levels.
With heavy competition from Amazon in both retail and supply chain logistics, retailers that don’t begin making changes and investments in omni-channel in 2017 will see serious repercussions by 2020. For starters, they must invest in distributed order management and enterprise wide inventory visibility.
These developments are helping the transportation industry to continually evolve.
Retailers need to come together in support of the trade agreement that will ultimately improve the industry for all. Here are three reasons why they should stand behind the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Supply chain applications stumble when the product data they’re using is inaccurate. Here's how to make sure data is consistent and comes from well-crafted and executed processes.
India-based textile manufacturer accused of providing fraudulent products; Iran seeks to strengthen trade relationships in Latin America; British manufacturers get small boost in wake of Brexit referendum
Brands who never anticipated going global are finding that they all of a sudden are, thanks to the progression of e-commerce and increasing customer expectations.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
Companies are beginning to understand that they need to develop a labeling strategy to meet all of the challenges of today’s global supply chain. Here's how to implement an enterprise labeling approach.
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
While a U.S. manufacturing revitalization is happening in some sectors, the chances of a wholesale national shift occurring are more rhetoric than reality in the current market.
Shippers unprepared for supply chain disruptions; China wants pirate hunting base in Horn of Africa; bringing cargo into Kenya; India ramps up transportation infrastructure development; air cargo carriers seek to cut costs without sacrificing growth; Amazon invests in India; China’s greenest supply chains; international shrimp supply chain linked to human trafficking and slavery; World Trade Organization rules to abolish agricultural subsidies; Mexico and U.S. sign liberalized air transport deal; global manufacturers shift production to Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
EM Cosmetics brings its products to the global market through the use of international shipping and package consolidator MyUS.com.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
E-commerce and omni-channel retailing have a major impact on supply chain and logistics needs, and customers have to make sure their supply chain is equipped to offer maximum flexibility.
With $20 million in plant products left for dead each year, Bell Nursery had to nourish and grow some better inventory management practices.
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.
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
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.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
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.
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.
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.
Shifting global dynamics and internal business process changes are compelling manufacturers and retailers to challenge the status quo and reinvent their supply chains.
Companies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.
Retailers need new technologies and capabilities to operate in a new omni-channel world.
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.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Avoid common inventory issues: inaccurate inventory counts, costly end-of-year write-offs, and lost inventory.
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
U.S. government aims to create single-window, paper-less Customs process; Deutsche Post predicts positive growth for global express business; China looks to develop more logistics centers upstream on the Yangtze River; Canada-Mexico trade imbalance tops NAFTA summit; Mexican railroads object to proposed reform bill
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
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.
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”
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Global trade management software offers greater shipment visibility and control, eases the pain of border-crossing compliance, and streamlines financial transactions—all from your browser.
Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
The development of new technologies for planning, managing, tracking, and securing shipments never ends, and with new digital options always just around the corner, organizations of all sizes need to stay informed on the latest advances. Pablo Ciano of DHL Express identifies four key business areas where technology makes all the difference.
Logistics providers can become valued partners to both U.S. customers and Chinese suppliers, linking them together with the full power of fast-learner economics, writes George F. Brown Jr., Blue Canyon Partners.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Retailers who succeed at integrating their inventory intelligence can cut costs, accelerate turns, and build revenue by driving high-fidelity information back into the supply chain, aligning it with shopper demand, write Tyco Retail Solutions’ Karen Bomber and Jim Caudill.
Asia today is not just about manufacturing; it's also emerging as a consumer powerhouse. To seize the opportunity, manufacturers and retailers alike are rewiring their global supply chain strategies.
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
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
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
UK duties hit air freight; Prince Rupert's improved performance, Garuda Indonesia rebuilds long-haul international network, Vietnam experiences trade success, US and Switzerland Eye Open Skies pact, New Canadian coalition explores opportunities to build a replacement rail tunnel under the Detroit River; German organizations join forces to support "Cargo Needs the Night" initiative; UPS Lauds US-South Korea free trade agreement, Caterpillar constructs foothold in Brazil, China looks to consolidate air cargo carriers
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.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
Visibility into the supply chain is clearer than ever, dramatically cutting the time from order to production and shipment. To bring the same transparency and efficiency to global trade, we need common sense changes. Find out how shippers can benefit.
Korea Line Acquires Hanjin Asia-to-U.S. business; President-Elect Trump follows through on campaign promises to kill trade deals; London Heathrow gets third runway.
A look at the metrics that shippers and their service providers use to evaluate the quality of customer service.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
From item-level inventory data and GPS to condition monitoring and signals from social media, new data sources are augmenting available supply chain data. Find out how to extract value from this influx of information.
Supply chain professionals are concerned: Would the new president implement the protectionist measures he campaigned on, or were those statements made primarily to appeal to an audience? Here are four supply chain predictions.
How will blockchain technology impact the future of the supply chain?
Damaged holiday packages negatively impact brands; Robot cargo pilots successfully tested; Not having procurement department negatively affects bottom line
DHL survey gives insight into international trade; Trade growth expected between Canada and United States; Hanjin Shipping shuts down operations in Europe
The emergence of e-commerce as part of a company’s omni-channel marketing program requires not only an agile, lean supply chain but also a strategy to get there.
The expansion of the Panama Canal promises significant changes in trade patterns and increased global trade. Here are three ways companies can leverage this opportunity.
Here's why the Panama Canal expansion is set to spur a realignment in which eastern ports take on a new and larger role in the continental supply chain.
Having all supply chain players connected to an intelligent cargo system maximizes the use of port infrastructure and keeps everyone informed on the “where is my cargo?” question. Accessing and sharing information on cargo through new technologies will not only smooth flows but it will also secure them.
To cost-effectively leverage an omni-channel strategy, it is vital to proactively plan for returns and align your operations accordingly.
As a first-time TMS buyer, educate yourself on what a modern TMS can do – and come to the table with high expectations.
Effectively mitigate demurrage and detention fees by taking an integrated approach to logistics, contract management, and supply chain visibility using a global trade management system.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
Profile of Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Rise of e-commerce changing logistics real estate landscape; Companies who don’t sell globally may be sacrificing profits; Many smaller fleets non-compliant with upcoming ELD mandate
South Korean ocean liner Hanjin Shipping files for bankruptcy protection in a dozen countries; Few respondents to a GT Nexus survey say they have a chief supply chain officer on hand who would be equipped to deal with supply chain disruptions; Maersk splits its transportation and oil businesses
Deploying a cloud-based shipment execution system can promote a healthier ecosystem within the company, reduce costs, and pay big dividends via customer satisfaction.
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
Shippers will be feeling the ripple effects of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy for weeks or months to come. Here's how looking at a past disruption can inform strategies for this current backlog.
The business of importing and exporting with the United States reaches a milestone at the end of 2016 when the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is fully implemented. To make its rollout seamless, FedEx developed a contingency approach that can be useful to other organizations as they adapt to this new era in trade.
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.
When considering, procuring, and implementing new logistics/supply chain technology, here are three steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.
This story looks at some recent trends affecting retail supply chains, including demand for speed and flexibility, ongoing emphasis on omnichannel marketing, and globalization.
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
Instantaneous, insatiable customer need runs the risk of forcing people out of the equation. But some logistics challenges can only be met by people working at ‘people speed.’
Readers weigh in on the August question: Has supply chain impatience gotten out of hand?
Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
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
It’s all about flexibility and speed in today’s changing retail and e-commerce markets.
When shippers pair an import transport move with an export transport move inland, without returning empty to the port, they get a matchback or street-turn. Optimizing these street-turns can improve supply chains.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) created and implemented a new way of taking and filling orders for its annual cookie drive. Here’s how it made sure cookie sales didn’t crumble.
Going green is in style for retailers. Here’s how adopting a multi-faceted sustainability strategy can lower costs as well as boost brand loyalty.
Denied party screening is of critical importance in shipping and international trade, and essential for minimizing business risk today.
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?
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
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.
Importers need to know what they’re doing to ensure goods proceed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as smoothly as possible, including understanding the relevant regulations and ensuring such information as the product descriptions and classifications are complete.
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.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
The Panama Canal expansion, completed on June 26, 2016, will have an ever-widening impact on cargo flow across North America. Here's how the culmination of this decade-long expansion project will rewrite the rules of shipping.
Enhancing supply chains with real-time visibility gives shippers the insight and details needed to operate quickly, accurately, and more effectively than ever before.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) implemented the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirement to verify container weight as a condition to load marine cargo into a ship. It recently issued a memo on how to enforce the requirement for three months after July 1, 2016 when it will go into effect. How should shippers interpret this update?
Profile of Angela Eliacostas, founder and CEO of AGT Global Logistics
Annual report ranks fashion brands by supply chain transparency; Britain’s potential exit from the EU may have unpredictable supply chain impacts
Increased funding, bigger ideas, and changing mindsets are setting the stage for the explosive growth of enterprise technology in the logistics sector.
Profile of John Fay, CEO of the electronic supply chain platform, INTTRA.
Japan earthquakes impact global supply chain; despite economic slowdown, Africa still offers trade opportunities; climate change affects global supply chains
Many companies falsely claim preferential duty treatment under NAFTA. This article outlines the right way to do it.
Even though the rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment has had a bevy of delays, quicker and easier data access will benefit government agencies and the trading industry.
The reverse logistics hazmat rule became effective immediately upon publication on March 31, 2016, making it critical that retail store owners and distribution managers get up to speed quickly. Here's how.
Direct-to-consumer selling is where the omni-channel strategy becomes truly powerful.
Disruption is coming to the freight and logistics industry. By seeing and understanding the full spectrum of operations, transport-oriented firms can survive and succeed in a dramatically changed environment.
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.
Chinese investors look to U.S. for economic growth; air cargo industry struggles
The Trade Promotion Act (TPA) allows U.S. companies to expand into markets that would normally be out of reach due to trade barriers. It forges the path toward competitive opportunities and overall success in global markets for U.S. shippers.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
The uncertainty in today’s global economies has a huge impact on how supply chain professionals manage global supply chains.
Use these tips to ensure your global shipments are contracted with a cost-effective and reliable provider.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions are evolving to meet the new demands of today’s global shippers and consumers.
Evolving technologies such as data warehousing, in-memory architecture, and data visualization are helping unlock fleet insights.
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.
A solid foundation of supply chain experience and education is just the beginning. Supply chain practitioners need to periodically update their knowledge as well. Here’s how companies are getting with the program— customizing curriculums and encouraging employees to enroll in executive education programs.
Inbound Logistics predicts the top U.S. ports for business in 2016, based on volumes, efforts to improve infrastructure, and innovation.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
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.
Companies are shipping ever-increasing volumes of small parcels as e-commerce grows. Read about the strategies that shippers and providers are using to offset the higher cost of small parcel delivery.
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.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
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.
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
Companies should reevaluate its compliance processes to look at previous set plans and get programs ready for upcoming developments.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
Customer returns are inevitable, and without a clear understanding and plan for managing returns, DIM weight expenses can easily challenge budgets and profitability.
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.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
Major developments in global trade will affect nearly every business that imports or exports. Here's what shippers should do to stay competitive in 2016.
The holiday season is well underway, increasing the pressure on companies to address transportation problems and change the outcome before they turn into costly errors.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology has a multitude of benefits that can have a significant impact on reducing and eliminating waste in the extended supply chain.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
The true measure of customer service is what team members, carriers, and supply chain partners do when something goes wrong.
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
Given the importance of free trade, it is important to know the positive effects of free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.
Timeliness is top of mind during the holiday season. Here's how analytics can help shippers meet delivery spikes and prepare their supply chains.
As e-commerce continues to surge, the case for automation is now too compelling to ignore. One good way to start can be to automate parcel sorting at local and regional distribution centers.
Reassessing your reverse logistics plan for customer returns and excess inventory is a must in today’s retail environment. Look beyond traditional methods and approach this obsolete merchandise as an opportunity (versus a headache) to positively impact your business margin.
A system developed by The Smart Cube pulls and aggregates information from all Elizabeth Arden’s contract manufacturers, providing a consolidated, accurate view of data across the company’s supply chain. The cosmetics giant now can see, in real time, the purchases its network of manufacturers makes on its behalf.
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
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
Excess inventory is a common problem that contains its own best solution: product philanthropy. Donating unwanted products to charity requires minimal time and labor, yet generates solid returns.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service gives industrial buyers a preview of how IoT may impact procurement; Private label sourcing faces new headwinds; Cloud Logistics debuts the latest twist in TMS deployments; CMA CGM launches first smart connected container ship; Automotive parts buyers are leveraging omni-channel options
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.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
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.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
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.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) can provide analytics that enable companies to more accurately predict ship arrival times.
When downtime impacts a company’s line, outsourcing technology infrastructure to a third party might help.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
Terri Anderson, production warehouse management systems analyst at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, configures, enhances, and tests the company's WMS by the book.
Port of Hamburg unveils new traffic light system; CEVA Logistics TireCity in Italy demonstrates interest in sector-specific supply chain collaboration; China debuts longest freight rail route in the world; TPP agreement raises concerns about traceability in the seafood supply chain; Africa capital investment heats up; New G6 Alliance rotation features Polish port; Indian 3PL uses containers as mobile logistics classrooms; Intel eyes Asia for IoT ecosystem.
When BaubleBar saw the untapped potential of the international market, they tapped an parcel shipping partner to help them succeed.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
To deliver more information to the fans, the NFL turned to a logistics technology provider for help.
Before sourcing globally, it’s important to know the risks.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
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.
Online shopping has vastly changed the competitive nature of the retail market.
To grow and evolve, shippers of all sizes need the high-quality data provided by modern technologies.
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.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
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.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
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.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Enabling a holistic, integrated approach to managing global supplier risks allows companies to minimize risks, protect brand integrity, and reduce supply chain costs.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
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 .
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.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
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.
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
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
Lauren Corbett, program assistant, acquisitions and logistics at International Relief and Development, secures donated supplies, and makes sure they get to people in need.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
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.
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.
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.
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
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.
United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth
A good reverse logistics program saves retailers money, makes customers happy, and serves as a competitive advantage.
Crossdocking reduces inventory costs and improves delivery times by eliminating intermediate warehousing activity.
Geodis Wilson helps Alfa Laval deliver complex cargo to global destinations.
As e-commerce and ominchannel raise expectations, and consumers become more impatient, supply chain practitioners turn to technology to help them perform.
After struggling with outdated software that could not keep pace with increased sales, EAM-Mosca found a solution to streamline shipments.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Five key questions to ask a software vendor to make sure they are the right fit for your operation.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
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.
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.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
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.
Yard management systems provide visibility into yard operations. Here is advice for choosing the right YMS provider and solution to meet your unique needs.
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.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
New technologies simplify hazmat transport regulations to help shippers avoid costly fines and suspended operations.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Software-as-a-Service transportation management systems offer many advantages over enterprise software.
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.
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.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Fleet managers increasingly rely on electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to manage fleet data.
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
Before choosing enterprise solutions, companies should conduct intensive requirements research.
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.
Reverse logistics solutions can improve the bottom line, and reduce potential regulatory liabilities.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
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.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
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.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
An integrated warehouse management system improves data flow, efficiency, and accuracy, reducing operational costs.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
Before adding an ERP system, enlist a cross-functional team, assess operational needs, and revise business processes.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Turkey and China working on major transport infrastructure projects; Eurotunnel reduces freight rates to increase rail traffic; Port Metro Vancouver debuts GPS truck tracking program; French protectionism threatens foreign investment; First standardized emissions calculation methodology comes to Australia; Obama Administration weighs changes to Russia’s preferential trade status
Retailers can identify and eliminate waste from their retail strategy, merchandise management, and store operations.
Pepsi Logistics Company Inc. automates the creation and delivery of carrier and shipper invoices.
Technology trends are transforming the logistics sector, improving safety, efficiency, and competitiveness.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
A transportation management system with fleet management tools facilitates transportation planning for private fleets.
Properly handling imported goods requires due diligence and continual effort.
TOTO’s sustainability commitment covers its entire supply chain; Congestion on U.S. roadways costs the trucking industry $9.2 billion, 141 million hours of lost productivity; US tabbed “rising star,” ranks second to China for manufacturing competitiveness; Supply chain strategy and business strategy integration is key to cost reduction and customer service; Amazon explores last-mile delivery network
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.
Asia’s rapid growth presents challenges of its own, especially in the area of supply chain management.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Equip employees with the most efficient tools, such as computers, software, and Internet service, to boost productivity.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
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.
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
Top 100 Logistics IT Providers can equip you with the tools to meet your company's unique supply chain challenges.
Mobile technologies are helping secure and more effectively manage the supply chain.
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Global logistics trends offer opportunities, but also drive the need for better global supply chain control.
Before choosing a bar-code scanning system, consider your facility’s needs and current bar-code technology.
Dutch and Belgian ports collaborate on new cross-border port information system; EU looks to lift tariffs on 96 percent of goods as part of proposed U.S. free trade agreement; Greek government focuses on port development to help spur economic recovery; Africa presents fertile growth opportunities for SMEs.
Importers and exporters can achieve cost savings by using a foreign trade zone.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Developing a business system based on operational analytics requires a focus on decision-making and a clear plan.
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.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
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.
Leveraging data analysis and technology integration can generate powerful insights to transform today’s supply chains.
Successful software projects require thoughtful planning, the right partners, and flexibility.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
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.
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
Mobile technology offers flexible, affordable solutions for supply chain operations.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Infrastructure remains India's greatest supply chain challenge; Canadian e-commerce market is catching up to speed; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM form P3 Alliance
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Companies must identify and eliminate overspending on supply chain IT solutions to free up capital for new projects.
Cloud-based predictive analytics increasingly available to more companies of all sizes; RFID market set for robust growth by 2020; supply chain risk mitigation should be priority for all companies; key trends driving change for enterprises and government in 2014
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
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
Automating office functions, shipment tracking, and data exchange can help companies cut costs and improve customer service.
Inbound Logistics recently joined Flanders Investment & Trade on a tour of Belgium’s ports and distribution facilities.
Sub-Saharan Africa targets the United States for growth; Afghanistan task force transports supplies along the world’s most dangerous highways; China seeks to ease foreign investment regulations; I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse impacts Canadian cross-border retail consumption; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; Tokyo, London, and Singapore top list of most expensive industrial real estate markets;
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
UPS expansion in China targets middle class; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Marine Harvest taps Infor solutions to move away from a decentralized supply chain
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
Cloud computing offers democracy to logistics and transportation providers, putting small and mid-sized providers on the same playing field as large global companies.
Foreign Trade Zones allow companies to defer paying customs duties, fees, and taxes on items imported into the U.S.
Increasing product traceability requirements are making bar codes an essential part of many supply chains.
Delivering temperature-sensitive flu vaccines to Laos required climate-controlled transport and impeccable timing.
With a global perspective, mobile device shippers can access additional markets to maximize recaptured device value.
Global perceptions of United States are favorable while China’s star continues to rise; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; World Duty Free Group locates logistics hub in Singapore; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship
GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement could help increase trade and create jobs.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
Companies can use the visibility big data provides to improve supply chain processes and meet organizational goals.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Brazil shipper turns to sea shipping amid truck theft concerns; Global trade key to SMB success; FedEx makes strategic acquisition in Africa; Amazon faces labor unrest in Germany and legal constraints in France; China plans canal through Nicaragua; CN critical of Canada’s Fair Rail Freight Service Act
A business-to-employee communications model improves employee productivity through mobile technology and applications.
Transportation and logistics investment is the cornerstone to economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa.
As consumers embrace bargain hunting, off-price apparel retailers reinvent their supply chains to meet demand.
State of Logistics report documents sluggish growth; State legislative myopia and oversight threaten private sector competitiveness; UT pinpoints 10 supply chain trends; U.S. port competition heats up
Southeast Asian countries attract transportation and logistics investment; McDonald’s UK debuts Quality Scouts program in wake of horsemeat scandal; Amazon’s German workers strike over pay; Mexico has beef with U.S. country of origin labeling rules; Australia to review regulatory structures to ensure greater trade efficiency and economic competitiveness; India partners with University of Southern California for supply chain program.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Beer distributor Crescent Crown’s new appointment scheduling system gives it control over when trucks arrive at its DC.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Hong Kong strike threatens port’s reputation, shakes up competition; DUBAL turns to SAP for inbound control; NAFTA cross-border trade grows for second consecutive year amid recurring safety concerns; Texas pushes for heavier produce trucks from Mexico
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Business intelligence tools support supply chain management by helping logistics professionals derive meaning from the data collected by logistics technology solutions.
A wealth of natural resources, growing labor force, and proximity to established and emerging consumer markets in Europe and Asia make Africa an attractive target for foreign exploration. The pace of development will depend on the cessation of social unrest, government collaboration, and continued investment in transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Mobile communications tools track supply chain data such as shipment status, warehouse worker performance, truck location, and driver safety.
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.
Maximizing truck utilization, managing Hours of Service regulations, and finding enough drivers pose major challenges for trucking companies, says Scott Vanselous of TMW Systems.
Best practices for transportation management dictate that shippers contact all their carriers and ask for accurate rates per mile for multiple lanes before performing an optimization, says Nick Carretta of Ultra Logistics
Transportation management systems (TMS) have evolved to serve shipper needs, but few options exist for mid-size shippers. New offerings for this market balance ease of use, rapid implementation, and big return on investment, says Mitch Weseley of 3Gtms.
Gathering transport spend data during the freight payment process, then marrying it with transportation management system data, arms shippers with valuable information for monitoring transportation key performance indicators (KPIs), says Shannon Vaillancourt of RateLinx.
Global customs agencies and trade regulations require shippers to obtain and communicate more shipment data. Technology tools help shippers manage and exchange shipment information, says Tracey Leonard of Choice Logistics.
Logistics technology provides global supply chain managers with tools that help improve logistics operations. This market research survey and list of leading supply chain technology companies directs logistics professionals to the top software tools for their sector.
Import compliance programs facilitate restricted parties screening, recordkeeping, monitoring, review, and audit processes. A quality import compliance solution by a reputable logistics technology provider can help, says Jim Preuninger of Amber Road.
Today's IT trends -- big data, cloud computing, integration, and visibility -- let business logistics managers harness technology in countless ways to find greater efficiency and economy.
E-commerce presents retailers with challenges and opportunities; Food regulation top of mind for 3PLs and shippers; Daktronics’ lean machine keeps production at home; Nike partners with Bluesign Technologies to facilitate sustainable sourcing program among supply chain partners.
Russia to invest in Far East rail network; London Gateway container port provides competition for Port of Felixstowe,Asia and Europe cited as most important markets for global shipping; Nestlé,Sainsbury’s,and The Co-operative Group pledge to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions; Ford considers sea-shipping in India to circumvent road network problems; Transportation capacity and weather threaten Brazil’s record soybean harvest
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.
Auto industry fuels Indian economy; Canada faces truck driver shortage; In wake of horse meat scandal, Tesco pledges transparency to customers; South Africa delays carbon tax scheme
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
With the right investments in technology, 3PLs can make their business more attractive to current and potential clients by offering additional value-added services, superior inventory control, and overall cost reduction, writes Chuck Fuerst of HighJump Software.
Automated traceability technology allows companies to locate products anywhere in the supply chain, minimizing the impact of product recalls, writes Tom Kozenski of JDA Software.
Shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers use electronic loadboards to communicate opportunities, whether it's freight to be shipped or trucks to be filled.
Companies choosing between voice-directed and pick-to-light technology often find that the right choice is a combination of both.
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
Innovative technologies are helping companies improve visibility into their supply chains and gain better control over inventory, service, and cost.
Russia’s retail renaissance depends on transportation and logistics development; Kazakhstan emerging as logistics hub along Eurasian land bridge; Canada’s transportation and distribution industry remains lone bright spot; Indian Railways raises rates to improve infrastructure; CMA CGM buys stake in Port of Long Beach terminal; Tesco pilots longer reefer trailers; Aeronautical industry finds new path to unionize across supply chain; Global forwarding associations merge; China’s e-commerce crunch puts squeeze on real estate market; Fujifilm expands into South America; Chinese fruit consumption enhances trade connections with Thailand; Middle East awaits transport and logistics boom as new markets emerge
Yard and dock management systems use real-time and physical data to assist facilities in efficiently managing operations such as loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination, and turn time management, writes Eric Breen of 4SIGHT.
The cloud-based Real Time Value Network enables trading partners to plan, execute, monitor, and synchronize in real time all of the business processes and events that take place throughout their extended supply chains, says Greg Brady of One Network Enterprises.
DHL invests in India’s under-developed retail supply chain; China ramps up rail construction to counteract global trade sluggishness; European Union pilot program tests efficacy of using bicycles to deliver urban shipments; AP Moller-Maersk turns attention away from shipping
In a true collaborative relationship between purchasing and logistics, order and routing pattern planning comprises a single, optimized decision process that yields measurable results, writes Bill Michalski of ArrowStream.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
Advances in consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets are driving a new generation of rugged mobility innovation for logistics and supply chain applications, writes Tim Eusterman of Intermec Technologies.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Business Intelligence within the supply chain improves internal efficiencies and accountability while saving time and eliminating costs with metrics-driven decision-making and change management, writes Steve Dowse, International Asset Systems.
Strong forecasting, careful vendor management, solid partnerships with carriers and optimized use of labor and equipment all help retailers manage the year-end holiday rush.
Velocity is more important than price for some consumers, perhaps giving some retailers another component to consider as they compete, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
U.S.-China consider joint logistics partnership to facilitate humanitarian aid and counter-piracy efforts; Canadian trucking companies call on government to invest in transportation infrastructure
Modernizing information technology infrastructure helps companies save money and provide better value for their customers, writes Steve Biondi of Micro Focus.
With store replenishment lagging behind sales growth, potato chip maker Golden Flake deployed a mobile inventory-tracking solution from AT&T to provide stock visibility.
Shippers and business logistics professionals can easily use bar codes rather than ink stamps to ensure fresh food items are delivered to customers, writes Mark Croxton of Aldata.
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.
Cloud-based supply chain networks allow for real-time data sharing among companies, but rely on high-quality data for effectiveness, writes Greg Kefer of GT Nexus.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
Predictive analytics provides large volumes of data to help logistics managers match demand to supply, making predictive analytics a competitive weapon in demand-driven supply chains.
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.
Transload facilities find great benefits from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that deploy quickly, and easily integrate with existing systems to provide seamless inventory and operations management, and network transport coordination, says Erv Bluemner of RMI.
An open business planning platform allows business planners, partners, and others to build simple apps that enhance their master Sales & Operations Planning system to adapt their S&OP process for unique – and changing – needs, writes Nari Viswanathan, Steelwedge Software.
Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.
Mobile trucking communications technology signals new productivity gains for truckers, and helps improve truck driver safety.
Far-flung warehouses in remote western Canada created mobile device upgrade issues for wholesaler Federated Co-operatives Limited, but remote support solutions from Wavelink provided instant access and facilitated an upgrade to Psion Omnii handheld computers.
Once cost-prohibitive to all but the largest enterprises, warehouse management systems (WMS) are now available to small and mid-sized companies, offering benefits such as improved inventory accuracy and labor savings, says Ralph Hess, N’Ware Technologies.
Choosing the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business requires a firm understanding of its needs and processes, says Kevin Reader of Invata Intralogistics.
Choosing the right mobile powered workstations for your warehouse or distribution center will energize your workforce, and deliver improved accuracy and efficiency, writes Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems.
To move ahead of competitors, it is critical that organizations collaborate using electronic, real-time information sharing, merged from multiple partners in a single actionable environment, says John Reichert of TECSYS Inc.
Brazil approves transportation spending; Germany’s infrastructure shows signs of cracks; China and North Korea develop shared economic zones; Royal Mail and Amazon facilitate local parcel delivery and pickup; Panama promotes imports and re-exports of apparel and fashion products; Southeast Asia poses greatest supply chain risk
Mobile applications give carriers and shipper instant access to transportation management system (TMS) data, resulting in improved supply chain visibility, write Mike Skinner of VistaLogix Global.
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.
Global recession spreads; Olympic organizers blame bad forecasts for supply shortages; United States and Canada fight over port security; Global forwarders squeezed by falling volumes and higher freight rates; Japan’s pharm industry confronts supply chain challenges; Jamaica awaits Panama Canal surge
To better define analytics and develop better analytics strategies, consider the three different types of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive. IBM’s Michael Watson explains each type.
Faced with workflow inefficiencies, paper distributor and converter Roosevelt Paper implemented an automated data collection system from solutions provider Intermec that transformed its shipping and storage operations.
Latin America charts path to growth; After Port of Lázaro Cárdenas experiment, H-E-B returns to Long Beach; Canadian government rail review forces CN to reconnect with shippers; U.S. Customs and Border Protection extends C-TPAT into Latin America; Arab development depends on intra-regional trade; Siemens says U.S-EU trade pact would be beacon for global trade collaboration.
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.
Information technology tools provide actionable data for supply chain improvements, cost efficiencies, on-time performance, and customer satisfaction, says Gary Neeves, Regal Logistics.
For both third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and retailers, investing in a technology partner that supports customization and flexibility at a moderate cost is a strategy for long-term adaptability and growth, says Chandra Allred of PSCTrac.
Door manufacturer The WHITING Group replaced siloed systems with integrated ERP, ushering in transparency and real-time decision-making across its multiple divisions.
Global air freight growth shows signs of improvement; Taiwan industries confront slackening demand; United States and Singapore sign supply chain security agreement.
Supply chain visibility is a valuable result of trading partner collaboration, writes Bobby Kaemmer, Cadre Technologies. On-demand and cloud-based solutions can help supply chain partners share data.
Yard management systems (YMS) help prioritize shipment arrivals, identify trailer contents, reduce the time needed to allocate vehicles to loads, and avoid unnecessary vehicle movements.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
London prepares for Olympic logistics challenge; METRO GROUP creates new logistics division to coordinate supply chain strategies; South Africa fruit growers turn to T&L for aid; Germany’s labor market reforms paying dividends; China steers investment toward transportation infrastructure; Brazil taxes automotive industry
Trucking load boards have evolved from bulletin boards in truck stops to sophisticated social networking-style tools on handheld computers. Charles Myers of uShip.com outlines the benefits of the evolved load board.
By highlighting the differences between an organization’s performance and a comparative reference standard, benchmarks can identify improvement opportunities and identify activities required to achieve superior performance.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
UPS’s acquisition of TNT Express shakes up global package delivery industry; Global steamship lines reduce capacity five percent; French supermarket Franprix replenishes Paris stores by river transport; Morocco aims to become North African distribution hub; Indian logistics parks emerge as demand grows.
Global logistics technology enables companies to successfully manage all modes of transportation under a common umbrella while providing complete visibility, says Chris Johnson, LeanLogistics.
Having better supply chain visibility improves a business’s ability to sense and react to change faster and more efficiently, says Scott Fenwick of Manhattan Associates.
Logistics technology is a source of competitive advantage, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Using actionable data provided by key performance indicators (KPIs), businesses can automate shipping decisions and identify areas for improvement, writes Steven Shoemaker of Ratelinx.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
Software solutions can help shippers maximize value recovery from inbound shipments of returned material, writes Tamara Dwyer of TAKE Solutions.
A well-implemented enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help manufactures remain agile in the ever-changing, volatile economy, with its decreased spending, increased competition, and changing regulations, says Erik Kaas of Sage.
Many ERP vendors have added full-blown supply chain management functionality to their solution suites. Here’s a look at some of their offerings, and at two large companies that are reaping the benefits.
Transportation network modeling isn’t necessary for operations, but it’s an invaluable tool for strategic supply chain decision-making and risk mitigation, writes TMW Systems' Mike Kositzky.
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Collaborative trade communities enable supply chains to react more quickly to strategy changes that are needed to keep the corporation competitive as it reacts market shifts, says Bryn Heimbeck, Trade Tech Inc.
New logistics technology makes supply chain data accessible around the clock, says Tom Heine, Aljex Software.
Strategic and practical use of the right supply chain technologies enables sharp pricing competitiveness, creates better customer experiences, reduces expenses, and raises productivity, says Les Hamashima, Transite Technology.
Supply chain executives must think differently about their logistics processes, and implement multi-party technology that gives them and their logistics partners greater control of the supply chain, says Chris Jones of Descartes.
As multinational companies in the United States and around the world are increasingly influenced by changes in the international economy, global distribution networks must be fluid enough to accommodate unpredictability.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
New Zealand port tries to strike labor balance; a collaborative storage and distribution contract facilitates consolidated shipments in England; the Netherlands gains foreign direct investment; Amazon launches comparison shopping site Junglee.com in India; European rail freight integration gains interest; Walmart increases its investment in Chinese holding company Yihaodian.
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.
IBM helps Shandong Commercial Group monitor food safety in China; Brazilian meatpacker JBS cuts costs by streamlining supply chain; University of Sheffield develops supply chain environmental analysis tool (SCEnAT) to help manufacturers cut carbon emissions; EU opens trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia; Panalpina creates three regional operating divisions to better meet customer demand
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
New e-commerce sites like Groupon and LivingSocial can bring huge sales volume in a very short period of time by reaching a targeted audience with appealing offers. Tod Yazdi of TAGGlogistics explains how shippers can work with fulfillment partners to make the most of this new opportunity.
Logistics can now be aligned with supply chain and manufacturing through solutions that create daily transportation need forecasts by lane/mode/carrier. Robert F. Byrne of Terra Technology outlines the benefits.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
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.
Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that addresses flexibility, scalability, and upgrade and maintenance costs can help provide a smooth solution implementation. David F. Ross of APICS, The Association for Operations Management, offers his advice on selecting the right ERP system.
Ocean carrier consolidation continues; Cargo theft in Brazil is a growing problem; England looks to support beer supply chain; United States and Canada ease cross-border barriers; Africa touts transportation integration as means for economic development; India softens foreign investment rules to stimulate retail growth; Europe’s downturn impacts Asia; Ocean industry considers container weight regulations; China’s 3PL market set to explode; Global companies confront corporate social responsibility
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
Ice cream distributor Berliner scoops up savings with an automated direct store delivery solution that helps drivers manage customer information collected along their routes.
Japanese steamship lines consider merger; Russia becomes a center of excellence for project logistics; Indonesia’s transport infrastructure is lacking
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
Lufthansa Cargo reacts to Frankfurt Airport night flight ban; The International Air Cargo Association calls for review of emissions trading scheme; Thailand floods lead to global parts shortage; U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program starts up; Japan considers Trans-Pacific Partnership, United States too.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology helps transportation and logistics organizations gain visibility into their global supply chains and boost return on investment (ROI), writes Ralph Lieberthal, Motorola Solutions.
Air cargo security requires aggressive international mandate and top-down focus on identity verification and data analysis, writes Steve Vinsik of Unisys Corporation.
Logistics technology helps turbo-charged expedited carriers move freight for shippers with an extreme need for speed. Con-way Truckload, FedEx Custom Critical, Old Dominion Freight Line, Schneider National, and UPS share their perspectives.
BMW uses Eurasian land bridge to move parts; Geodis deploys hybrid refrigerated truck in Lille; Canadian trucking industry and economy sees economic recovery; Shipping industry calls on the United Nations to fight piracy.
Tom Heine, CEO, Aljex Software Inc., explains how application programming interfaces (APIs) enrich software users’ experience by connecting them to Web tools.
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.
Switzerland foreign direct investment soars; Asian inflation threatens continuing growth; Port of Kingston and CMA CGM Group sign MOU; UK government claims Irish truckers are operating illegal cabotage; The Port of Hartlepool challenges UK government to clarify renewable energy policies
Shifting perspectives on supply chain management, coupled with the realities of total landed cost, are driving manufacturers to weigh the benefits of flinging production operations in China back to the United States.
New global supply chain challenges present growth opportunities for logistics professionals, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
China debuts longest sea-bridge in the world; Indian 3PLs are ready to grow; Double-stacked trains are changing Indian transportation landscape; Canadian freight rates are rising; Logistics service are expected to grow in Western Europe; China is cashing in on U.S. inflation
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.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
Since the events of September 11, the public and private sectors have committed themselves to developing new supply chain security technologies.
Tomato canner Red Gold achieves 99-percent inventory accuracy with QuikTrac data collection software from Integrated Barcoding Systems.
Hellmann uses logistics as an economic barometer; Heinz consolidates global distribution; North Korea and China grow trade partnership; TVS Logistics’ executives continue education at University of Michigan; Chinese women consuming more luxury items; Japan Airlines and American Airlines agreement makes Hawaii a potential cargo hub; Budapest Airport's BUD Cargo City gives Eastern Europe logistics a boost.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
Transportation procurement provides the greatest opportunity to create efficiency in the the Logistics Management Lifecycle, says Martin Hubert, Freightgate.
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.
In the midst of organizational change, furniture retailer Design Within Reach upgrades its demand forecasting and replenishment system to better control inventory.
High-speed rail benefits Siemens and Deutsch Bahn; European DCs blend imagination and innovation; London lobbies for nighttime deliveries during Summer Olympics; Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways create Air China Cargo joint venture; Mexico accepts ATA Carnets; Colombia, Panama, and South Korea free trade agreements receive mixed support from U.S. growers; Suez Canal trade on the rise.
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.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo examines a trend in moving manufacturing from China back to the United States.
Ireland focuses on Dublin Port, Shannon Airport, and IAWA; APL scans Japan cargo for radiation; European Union (EU) includes ocean shipping with carbon emissions; Polluting China invests in renewable energy sources; French wine makers choose plastic bottles over glass; United States, Mexico, Canada grow NAFTA trade.
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.
Cloud-based multi-tenant supply chain technology solutions help companies achieve better execution, visibility, cost savings, and collaboration with trading partners across the supply chain.
Rick Pontin, CEO of Airclic, explains how to improve inventory management through better visibility.
To be operationally flexible, freight forwarders need one “go-to" resource for information about what is in the shipment pipeline as well as quick access to customer and shipment data.
As volumes increase and deadlines get shorter, it’s imperative that logistics software systems have out-of-the-box communication with other companies using the same system, and easy setup of communications with companies using other systems.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
Globally interconnected supply chains face challenges such as natural disasters and currency fluctuations, but benefit from the latest logistics technology.
Global supply chains respond to Japan earthquake and tsunami; global retailers seek better demand forecasts to align sales promotions; manufacturers face pressures to make green purchasing decisions; LCV opponents say heavier trucks will take freight away from rail
IATA addresses impact of Japan earthquake and tsunami on global air cargo industry; Volga-Dnepr air charter business booms; Nike logistics center targets Chinese consumption; Mexico and United States agree to cross-border plan; United Kingdom sets sights on Indian rail infrastructure development
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
China explores Colombia dry canal to rival Panama, Egyptian revolution raises Suez concern, Mongolia’s presence grows with Move On Logistics, United States and Netherlands investments are pure Dutch, UAE to accept ATA Carnets, Athens and COSCO create intermodal link, Mexico e-commerce grows
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
To successfully manage multi-brand and multi-channel selling, retailers need to optimize customer order fulfillment across all brands and channels, writes Jim Bengier of Sterling Commerce.
Airlines expand in Asia and Latin America; Switzerland and China launch free trade agreement negotiations; China’s Alibaba Group creates a nationwide warehouse chain; Honda requires global suppliers to follow its Green Purchasing Guidelines. International Air Transport Association; IATA; airline expansion; Air China; Singapore Airlines; Cathay Pacific; 2011 World Economic Forum; Switzerland; China; free trade agreement; Alibaba Group; distribution network; warehouse expansion; Honda; Japan; suppliers; greenhouse gas; sustainability
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Contingency suppliers, sourcing differentiation, special incentives, and a host of other strategies generate improvements in supply chains that reach around the world.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
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.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Danny Halim of JDA Software offers strategies for minimizing risk in the global supply chain.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) technology and infrastructure is adapting to help businesses more quickly and accurately share information within the corporation and across the supply chain.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
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.
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.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Polymer and fibers manufacturer INVISTA turned to a new inventory planning tool to meet recessionary challenges.
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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.
Global airlines unite; CEVA streamlines Triumph Motorcycle's logistics; South African 3PL Barloworld debuts green trailers; DHL Global Forwarding takes over Mercedes distribution; NYK steers China's auto boom.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
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.
It is interesting to witness the changes that have occurred in transportation purchasing. For one, the annual bid mentality is gone. With access and visibility to posting boards, SaaS transportation networks, and optimization technologies, transportation procurement has evolved to the point where it is truly a continuous management function.
Manual data inputs. Multiple data sources. Data latency. Point-to-point interfaces. These are just a few key obstacles to achieving supply chain visibility. But, there are solutions available that deliver visibility and intelligence as a service with process, security, and environmental monitoring.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Third-party logistics providers that use advanced planning tools to model complex routing operations and streamline the bid process have a significant advantage in both demonstrating results and helping clients cut costs. When they cut modeling time to a fraction of what it was, and utilize new tools, 3PLs can uncover opportunities and quickly implement changes that provide benefit for their clients.
Globally sourced, private label products allow merchants to maximize margins while maintaining price points, ensuring a good return on investment. But sourcing product globally is complex. By focusing on visibility, intelligence and collaboration, retailers, brand owners and wholesalers who globally source private label products can ensure a successful return on investment.
Sometimes it's easier than you think to find hidden profits in your warehouse or transportation operations. Many successful companies are doing more with less by simply optimizing their slotting practices, pick paths, truckloads and delivery routes.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
Supply chain strategies built around software-as-a-service (SaaS) or Cloud computing eliminate many headaches that often come with supply chain investments. They eliminate the need for presence overseas, cut the time spent integrating systems across internal departments, and greatly reduce the time spent integrating with hundreds of partners and suppliers.
Panama Canal sets great expectations; Deutsche Bahn expands in the Middle East; European air charters take off; Europe's "10+2" poses questions; Latin America infrastructure lags; Halifax Port Authority opens Gateway partnership; Cutting the cost of Japanese air transport
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
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Singapore investors plan an eco-industrial park; Holland's GreenRail project serves rail needs of flower shippers; Kuhne Logistics University opens in Hamburg; Brightpoint and Research in Motion bring BlackBerry service to Indonesia; American Society of Transportation and Logistics launches Singapore Shippers Academy; Nippon Cargo targets Japanese pharmaceuticals market
Zebra Technologies' David Phillips explains how eliminating excess work-in-process waste improves your supply chain.
Faced with transportation interruptions caused by the April 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, European express carriers TNT and DHL activated contingency plans; LCD television manufacturers control spending by bringing production in-house; Inventory-in-sales ratios rise across the supply chain; Wholesaler Arrow Electronics acquires reverse logistics companies; Google helps consumers match demand to in-store supply
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Rich Wilson of CombineNet Inc. explains the value of strong shipper-carrier relationships.
Growing companies harness a variety of IT solutions to help them maintain outstanding performance.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Port of Auckland, New Zealand, debuts seaport rail link; DB Schenker signs on to provide transport for Australia's Gorgon gas project; South Korea pursues free trade agreements; Liberia explores port privatization; BRIC countries expand logistics market; CN plans new logistics park northeast of Calgary
Fleet optimization software helps you maximize driver, vehicle, and fleet productivity while delivering superior customer service, writes Steve Brown, Intergis LLC.
Jason Howton, TAKE Supply Chain, outlines strategies for achieving best-in-class crossdocking performance.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
LeanLogistics' Chris Timmer explains how collaborating with trading partners, aided by an on-demand transportation management system, helps increase supply chain efficiencies.
As different countries implement both security and trade-led initiatives around the world, it is critical to improve global regulatory knowledge and visibility, writes Tom Barnes of Integration Point Inc.
Technology-enabled global trade management offers significant benefits for improving supply chain efficiency and increasing profitability, writes Don Mabry of ClearTrack Information Network.
A global trade management system can help support foreign trade zone operations, whether distributing from or manufacturing within the zone, writes Wayne Slossberg of QuestaWeb Inc.
Jim Caudill of Xterprise recommends strategies for matching retail demand to supply, enhancing enterprise scalability, and increasing supply chain efficiencies through sustainability initiatives.
Technology providers identify the transportation and logistics challenges facing shippers; Johnson & Johnson upgrades its quality assurance and supply chain systems
Sharing key information with all parties can lead to decreased waste, increased orders, and new business, writes J. Kenneth Hazen, CTSI-Global.
Mazda signs CEVA Logistics to manage spare parts distribution in Italy; The World Economic Forum's Logistics & Transport Industry Group releases carbon emissions guidelines; Damco locates new office Djibouti; European businesses form inland port initiative; Lufthansa Cargo and Austrian Airlines agree to coordinate cargo flows; South Africa's poor infrastructure drive high transport costs; Asian air freight traffic soars; Ryder expands in Asia
U.S. companies exploring uncharted markets to expand their global presence might consider taking a second pass through Europe for a fresh perspective on transportation best practices.
Proper management and execution are key to a successful RFID implementation project for shipment tracking, according to Scott Thomas of Intel.
Importers and exporters must make sure the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's new 10+2 equation adds up. Here's the formula for successful compliance with the Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulation.
The Middle East's express, freight forwarding, and logistics sectors are expected to weather a global depression and experience considerable growth; December 2009 was a good month for global trade; DHL ceases operations of domestic parcel service in United Kingdom; Air France struggles to break even.
New study touts the Netherlands' cargo distribution excellence; Hong Kong plans major infrastructure projects; Werner Enterprises launches Australian subsidiary; Japan and United States agree to terms on airline rules; Heavy-vehicle manufacturing executives address industry concerns; DB Schenker Rail increases ownership in Italian rail freight operator; Jeddah Islamic Port completes new container facility; Index ranks countries' economic freedom; Report analyzes trade logistics in the global economy
Asia Pacific companies can implement sophisticated supply chain management solutions quickly and effectively via cloud computing, creating visibility to generate logistics business intelligence data.