Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
ElectriCities of North Carolina works with companies closely to make sure they weigh electrical service and costs when planning to expand a site or relocate to a new one. Utilities such as ElectriCities must explore the unique circumstances of each company to help them meet their electrical needs in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible.
Companies searching for the just the right spot to locate their manufacturing plants, warehouses, and other facilities rank energy high on the list of their priorities. This article explore the sites that rise to the top of the list.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
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.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
For site selection teams, the St. Louis area’s logistics advantages make it ideal for storing and moving product.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Discover the logistics advantages of the Buffalo Niagara region; Joplin, Missouri; Southern California; and Nebraska.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
Here are seven logistics hot spots that attract logistics site selectors looking for a superb location for long-term business efficiency and economic success.
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
Throughout the United States, a variety of cities and areas are arising as major logistics hubs and go to sites for distribution centers.
On the water and in the air, by road and by rail, the Sunshine State stands out as a logistics superstar. But stick around awhile – it’s also a great place to live, work, and to keep your products safe for the long haul.
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
The St. Louis region offers an ideal transportation infrastructure to move goods, skilled labor to meet the peaks and valleys of industrial demand, and the availability of highly qualified IT personnel to manage staff and facilities.
As the demand for supply chain efficiency and speed rises, companies are investing in intermodal rail infrastructure and repairs throughout the United States.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
By offering air, barge, ocean carrier, rail, and trucking services, logistics providers are minimizing the risks involved with transporting goods to, from, and within Alaska.
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
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.
Tremendous logistical advantages—combined with a central geographic location, highly skilled workforce, and business-friendly environment—make Georgia an ideal site for new manufacturing and distribution facilities.
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
Site selection and expansion is a science. This article discusses what industry leaders are doing to ensure new sites and expansions improve their supply chains, resulting in long-term growth and success, and how logistics professionals should respond in 2016 and beyond.
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
The Port of Lewiston, Port of Clarkston, and Port of Whitman County—also known as the Pioneer Ports—are positioned to offer reduced shipping costs to companies purchasing goods from Pacific Rim suppliers.
The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
Missouri is attracting the attention of nationwide shippers looking for a strategic Midwest location. Read more to find out what makes the state such a great host.
Leasing new property is an important part of expanding or streamlining operations. Here’s what you need to know to negotiate a suitable rent price.
Warehouse operations no longer allow for “business as usual” practices. New initiatives and strategic investments in capital improvements will lead to greater returns in productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Investing in the latest materials handling equipment, WMS technology, and physical building improvements will result in a fully integrated distribution center.
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.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
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.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Companies seek to put down roots in regions that nurture the entrepreneurial spirit.
Supply chain considerations such as fuel costs, niche products, and sustainability drive many site selection decisions.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
When selecting manufacturing and distribution sites, companies should ensure rail/intermodal accessibility.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
The Southeastern U.S. is a logistics hotspot thanks to increased trade with Latin America and auto manufacturing growth in the region.
Locating a manufacturing or distribution facility requires weighing a number of key site selection factors.
A leader in U.S logistics, Nebraska is extending its reach worldwide through its outstanding transportation access.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
Locating manufacturing and distribution operations in Georgia gives businesses a logistics advantage, thanks to the state’s prime geographic location, transportation infrastructure, highly trained workforce, and business incentives.
Online retailers seeking new sites for DCs and warehouses need the transportation infrastructure to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments – plus a capable workforce, affordable utilities, and business incentives to help them get the most from their investment.
For new businesses or those seeking to grow trade relationships, St. Louis represents a gateway to Asian markets, writes Tim Nowak of the World Trade Center St. Louis.
Kentucky is building America’s future with its technological savvy, good jobs, hard work, and a government focused on making the most of the state’s logistics assets.
An outstanding variety of transportation options helps make Memphis an ideal location for logistics operations.
Site selection for U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities requires considering geographical placement, transportation infrastructure, utilities costs, and labor resources.
Nebraska offers numerous advantages to businesses that operate manufacturing and distribution facilities in the state, including affordable and competent labor, attractive and available land, reliable and low-cost utilities, and accessible and economically competitive transportation.
For many businesses selecting sites for new distribution centers and warehouses, ensuring adequate and affordable energy to power the facility is a challenge. Smart companies enlist the help of local resources to explore the cost of utilities in municipalities they are considering for new locations.
Missouri’s location at the Crossroads of America has been one of the state’s greatest assets, their integrated transportation system maximizes its geographic and natural resources, creating economic advantages for the state and working as a conduit between rural and urban areas.
San Antonio is growing rapidly as an increasing number of U.S. and international business recognizes the inherent advantages of its location and infrastructure.
A central location, well-developed transportation infrastructure, emerging trade connections with Asia and South America, and unified vision for economic development have made the bi-state metropolitan area around St. Louis a global intermodal crossroads.
Nebraska’s central location, dedicated workforce, and affordable industrial power combine to create an ideal site for logistics operations.
Energy resources often spell the difference between an adequate location and a great one. Energy utilities may therefore serve as a valuable partners in the site selection process.
Christopher Chung, CEO of the Missouri Partnership, describes how Missouri's efficient use of state resources results in efficient transportation that does not compromise safety or customer satisfaction.
Boasting proximity to major U.S. markets and a wealth of transportation resources, the Palmetto State leads the Southeast in serving the nation's distribution needs.
Does lingering uncertainty about economic conditions, freight demands, and funding sources pose a threat to industrial real estate development and transportation infrastructure projects?
Where you locate a logistics facility can greatly influence how well your supply chain runs.
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.
Jeremy Woods of Summit Realty Group explains how an orchestrated strategy to integrate supply chain, energy use, and real estate costs can help save money.
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.
Spanning the U.S. heartland and reaching into Canada and Mexico, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance corridor links North America’s vital agricultural and industrial communities.
A flourishing transportation and logistics sector keeps Georgia on the business community's mind.
Centrally located and boasting a highly trained workforce and low industrial power rates, Nebraska offers an ideal site for logistics operations.
The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.
Distribution centers (DCs) play a key role in the overall success of each peak season, as supply chain professionals must meet the surge in consumer demand and fulfill orders efficiently. Here are 10 ways to help you identify and fill seasonal needs of distribution centers.
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.
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.
Implementing material handling automation within a distribution center requires an experienced systems integration, which acts as a matchmaker to ensure the software communicates fully and freely with the facility’s equipment.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
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.
The winter of 2013-14 disrupted the intermodal shipping industry in North America, causing service problems and impeding growth. However, intermodal now offers a number of attractive advantages for shippers, particularly as rail operations pour resources into their intermodal efforts to strengthen service and compete with trucking. Sites that specialize in intermodal utilize innovations to streamline the process and apply new resources to make for an increasingly efficient and effective distribution process.
Warehouse owners, operators, and facility managers can reap operational savings by looking up: at warehouse lighting. Switching to LED solutions cuts more than costs.
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
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.
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
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
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.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
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.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
As warehouse heights have increased with the help of new materials handling technology, so have the risks. Here's one way to meet fire codes as well as cut sprinkler costs.
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.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
A sweating warehouse floor slab is not easily eliminated. Here's how DC occupants and building owners can address this perplexing problem.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
Before selecting a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), you have to know what drives your company to select features that target your specific needs. Use this advice to select the right WMS.
Dave Christensen, vice president, supply chain with Glazer’s, Inc., oversees demand planning, replenishment, logistics, and master data management.
Here are three immediate steps shippers can take to build more robust operations in their warehouses, helping them both deal with dimensional weight pricing and grow more efficient overall.
Using pallet collars in the warehouse can increase how efficiently your goods are stored, shipped, and delivered.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
There's no derailing hub-and-spoke networks. Find out why their adoption is arguably as significant an event in shipping efficiency as containerization itself.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
The use of intermodal transportation by shippers continues to grow. Here’s how shippers use intermodal to cut costs and mitigate risk.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
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.
SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
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.
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.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
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.
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.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
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.
E-commerce and omni-channel retailing have a major impact on supply chain and logistics needs, and customers have to make sure their supply chain is equipped to offer maximum flexibility.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
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.
Having a Master Plan in place at your port makes operations more efficient, and makes the port more attractive to prospective partners.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
When setting future supply chain budgets, companies must take into account not only the increased cost of industrial real estate, but also longer lead times for new space in many markets.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
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.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
With its subscription-based clothing rental model, Gwynnie Bee is tailoring the rules of e-commerce to make fashion fulfillment a perfect fit.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
U.S. companies trading with Latin America face opportunities and challenges, but logistics service providers can help.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
Asia’s rapid growth presents challenges of its own, especially in the area of supply chain management.
Pallets are a vital piece of warehouse equipment for storing and moving products.
An improving economy and e-commerce growth spur demand for warehouse space.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
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
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
The right pick-to-light system can help increase productivity, improve accuracy, and increase picking speeds.
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
Successful order fulfillment begins with strategic and tactical planning well in advance of the holiday season.
Warehouses and DC networks adapt to changing supply chain trends; U.S. FTZ activity continues to grow; Trendset malfeasance raises red flag for shippers.
Establishing an efficient distribution center network require careful planning and frequent updates.
The Ports-to-Plains Corridor represents a vital trade conduit for North America’s energy and agriculture heartland.
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.
To optimize warehouse operations, integrate solutions like warehouse management systems and warehouse control systems.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
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.
Prologis Pulaski DC breaks ground, breaks new barriers in sustainable development; Voice technology finds traction in the supply chain; Healthcare industry stands to gain by adopting retail supply chain best practices; Freight spot market swings with seasonal demand; Midwest floods present new challenges for inland waterway shippers
Logistics providers operating in Alaska brave rough terrain and extreme weather conditions to serve the state’s residents and industries, which include seafood, oil and gas, and timber.
Growth in overseas manufacturing spurred a boom in transportation of goods to and from developing nations. New emerging markets require shippers to reconsider their global operations.
Parties storing goods in warehouses need to be alert to liens on their goods, writes Ron Leibman of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti LLP. To avoid unpleasant surprises, both parties to a warehousing agreement must understand their rights and the documents that cover their transactions.
A warehouse control system that integrates voice-directed picking technology, a high-speed sortation system, and scanning technology streamlined party goods supplier Oriental Trading Company’s picking, packing, and shipping operations.
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.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
Choosing the right location for your distribution center can give your business significant edge. Here’s how the pros decide where to go.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)
Food company Bob Evans entrusted Millard Refrigerated Services with its warehousing and distribution operations. The two businesses worked together to expand both their supply chain capabilities.
Superior access to markets, the availability of serviced land, massive warehousing and logistics parks, cost-effective business environments and a highly skilled labor force combine, unprecedented regional growth, and the ability and foresight to meet future market needs make Calgary a global transportation hub and Western Canada's undisputed distribution center and inland port.
By working together to align the processes by which shippers tender freight and carriers receive it, supply chain partners can achieve greater efficiency at the loading dock while improving safety, quality, performance, and margins for all stakeholders.
Brian Hancock, president, North America for Martin-Brower, discusses the unique supply chain and distribution operations supporting the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Looking out to 2015, anticipation is swirling about the Panama Canal's expansion and impact on U.S. trade. Among southeastern ports and shippers, that wave of anticipation has already made landfall.
Increasing demand for U.S. goods in Canada represents a positive sign for the economies of both countries. But keeping cross-border shipments moving requires building smart and savvy logistics partnerships.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
Warehouses are one component within a much larger distribution ecosystem, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
Many state governments support transportation and logistics infrastructure development and legislation that facilitate business retention, investment, and expansion. Economic development efforts in Virginia, Iowa, Idaho, Utah, and Wisconsin demonstrate a variety of approaches to supporting in-state businesses.
A consultant, integrator, and wholesaler share some warehouse wisdom.
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.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Intermodal rail facilities located around the United States allow shippers to save transportation costs and move goods efficiently. Transportation infrastructure, a skilled workforce, logistics service providers, and affordable utilities support the manufacturing and distribution facilities located in these intermodal hubs.
Shifting supply and demand trends focus attention on the U.S. Southeast; Retailers turn to social media to increase real-time communication; U.S. retailers explore e-commerce opportunities offshore; Supply chain collaboration improves performance metrics; Ranking the world’s most ethical supply chains
Shipping products to and within Alaska poses challenges and presents opportunities for transportation service providers such as Carlile Transportation Systems, Lynden Logistics, and Alaska Air Cargo.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
The wind power industry continues to grow, expand, and excel domestically—and equipment manufacturers and specialty transportation providers are growing with it.
South Carolina’s logistics advantages include central East Coast location, transportation infrastructure, capable supply chain service providers, a skilled workforce, and a business-friendly economic climate.
Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland shares his perspective on West Point, Georgia’s manufacturing revival spurred by the opening of the town’s Kia Motors plant.
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.
Demand for industrial real estate near U.S. seaports is outpacing demand for industrial sites in general. Whether it actively buys and develops land or simply improves its own facilities to draw more interest, port authorities are crucial partners in regional economic development initiatives.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
In the wake of a destructive tornado, the Joplin, Missouri, community banded together to provide healthcare services and begin rebuilding, writes Rob O'Brian, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
More efficient operations are the key to warehouse productivity – and, in turn, more satisfied customers, according to Kenco’s Jason Minghini.
When selecting locations for logistics hubs, regional factors such as population density and facility costs determine where and how businesses store and distribute inventory.
Healthy warehouses use strategies such as one-on-one training, layout optimization, materials handling equipment, adjustable partitions, performance measurement tools, wrist-mounted bar-code scanners, and energy-efficient lighting.
Warehouse operations visibility means knowing the real-time location of your materials handling vehicles, drivers, and inventory so operations can be optimized for maximum productivity, says Phil Van Wormer of Sky-Trax.
Intermodal connections help shippers move product quickly and efficiently. Get on track with some locations, utilities, and service providers that are helping intermodal grow.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
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
Household moves as a leading indicator of regional growth. Inbound transportation dynamics among manufacturers, distributors and retailers are changing. President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address elicits response from a range of industry groups
Panama City, Fla., is primed for economic prosperity, thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and a local aerospace and defense research and development facility.
Supply chain leaders and economic development experts provide insight on what's new in security, infrastructure, and manufacturing in Mexico.
Conexus Indiana, a statewide forum for key logistics and manufacturing companies, helps logistics operations grow in Indiana and attracts new businesses and high-paying jobs to the state.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
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.
Optimizing materials handling equipment and processes in the warehouse impacts the entire supply chain.
Industrial property developers are cultivating greener distribution facilities and nurturing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards compliance. The bounty? A harvest of benefits for their tenants.
When Boise Paper wanted to consolidate five Northeast region facilities into just one, it turned to Nexus Distribution for customer service excellence built on a sound implementation process.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Charlie Jacobs of APL Logistics explains the cost savings and efficiency benefits of implementing lean practices, as demonstrated by three warehousing case studies.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Russia developing a super-heavy cargo plane; Suppliers cannot meet Northern Europe's demand for wind power equipment; United Arab Emirates top re-exporter of rice; Outsourcing grows in Brazil; FedEx Express expands expedited offerings in China; Luxembourg-based 3PL introduces new multimodal hanging garment container to Australian apparel industry.
Using colors, shapes, numbers, and mnemonics in warehouse signage can help reduce training and picking errors, while improving service.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
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.
Boost your cross-docking operation's throughput for more efficient one-stop shipment, with these tips from Nelson Bettencourt of CEVA Logistics.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
Ferber Warehousing's 650 clients benefit from the firm's innovative total business distribution software solution, Conveyor.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
For a fictional company looking to expand its franchise nationally, DC network optimization is a measure of real success.
A booming aerospace sector south of the border offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers.
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
Logistics leaders can make a difference when they actively collaborate with the government on regulatory issues, workforce training, and infrastructure development, writes John A. Evans, Evans Distribution Systems.
Fuel-optimized forklifts? Check. Energy-efficient light bulbs? Check. Here's your cheat-sheet for warehouse sustainability efforts, courtesy of Rajiv Saxena of APL Logistics.
Rapid change follows rapid growth in the wind power industry. Here's how logistics providers are working to go any way the wind blows.
A proposed arctic port could make America's Last Frontier a new freight gateway; Weighing the importance of demand management; Uptick in e-commerce benefits expedited transport services; Conflicting opinions on proposed transport-related legislation.
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits Bellavance Beverage Company, a Nashua, N.H. beer distributor.
Public-private partnerships fund transportation projects and make infrastructure improvement a priority.
Synchronous innovation networks are regional centers of excellence funded by a combination of public and private resources. Robert W. Jennings of Captar Group explains how they benefit entrepreneurs.
Managers should identify and focus on the most useful warehouse metrics to gather, report, and apply, writes Eric Allais of PathGuide Technologies.
Smart companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the distribution center into a competitive weapon, writes Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems Inc.
Acquiring a warehouse and implementing a warehouse management system from Cambar Solutions helped The School Box earn top grades for its distribution operation.