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The ROI of Automating Trade Compliance

Offered by: Amber Road

While many organizations see trade compliance as a cost of doing business, companies that automate their trade compliance program can realize productivity savings of up to 90 percent. Amber Road’s whitepaper, The ROI of Automating Trade Compliance, examines how automating compliance processes can yield a notable return on investment, while also addressing the key challenges compliance professionals face on a daily basis.

Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution: 5 Critical Areas to Evaluate

Offered by: Weber Logistics

You know the perils of food logistics. Let your guard down, and a truckload of perishables turns into an unsellable mess. Or you get stuck with racks full of canned goods nearing their sell-by date. The right 3PL can help you avoid those pitfalls, while cutting your costs and keeping you compliant with relevant government regulations. How do you know which 3PL to trust with your food shipments? Here are five essential questions every food shipper should ask. Download the paper.

Developing a Roadmap Toward Global Vehicle Platform and Supply Chain Harmonization

Offered by: UTi Worldwide

The 2008 global recession fundamentally changed the way automotive OEMs design, source, build, and sell vehicles. Accelerating consumer demand for new models and the adoption of global platform strategies requires greater collaboration among OEM partners deeper in the supply chain. Download UTi Worldwide’s whitepaper now.

Five Warning Signs of an Inefficient Fleet — and How to Avoid Them

Offered by: TMW Systems

A fleet operation is inefficient whenever vehicle capacity goes unused, when vehicles put on more miles than necessary, and when drivers sit at the wheel instead of serving customer needs because of poor scheduling and inefficient routes. If you know what to look for, there are five warning signs of fleet inefficiency that can also point to cost savings and productivity opportunities.

Reduce LTL Costs with Collaborative Freight Strategies

Offered by: Kane is Able

For smaller shippers, there are alternatives to the higher cost and unpredictable schedules of LTL carriers. A new KANE whitepaper, LTL Secrets Revealed, explores some of these collaborative freight strategies, including pool distribution and retail consolidation. It also shares some secrets that LTL carriers don’t want you to know, such as how legacy costs inflate their rates and how shipments can take longer than you’d expect. Read this KANE whitepaper.

C-TPAT Membership: Is It Right For You?

Offered by: Weber Logistics

More and more importers are joining the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)—a voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. But is it right for you? This Weber Logistics Insight explains the origins of C-TPAT and the benefits to shippers of becoming C-TPAT compliant, including reducing inspections on inbound cargo and avoiding related delays. Read this Weber Logistics Insight.

Out with the Old—In with the New! Managing Inbound Freight Fuels Greater Efficiencies

Offered by: enVista

Need to reduce transportation costs? Inbound transportation is an area rich with opportunity. In this whitepaper from enVista, you will learn how Transportation Management Systems have evolved to better address expanding inbound requirements, and ways to reduce your transportation spend.

The Management Guide to Integrating Routing Software with Your Business Process Workflow

Offered by: TMW Systems

Effective routing software gives you tools to do more than just create routes; it helps you analyze and improve the way you do business. Routing software can also help lower costs while improving service to your customers. Make sure you choose a solution that has both the tools and the technical support to help you optimize the operation of your fleet of vehicles.

Three Common Global Supply Chain Issues that Affect Your Bottom Line

Offered by: Amber Road

As organizations reap the benefits of going global, many are still making due with manual, outdated processes and technologies. Download Amber Road’s eBook, “Three Common Global Supply Chain Issues that Affect Your Bottom Line,” to learn areas where you might be losing money without the right global processes in place, and uncover strategies to prevent this loss.

The Five “Must-Have” Attributes of the Modern Smart Warehouse

Offered by: 3PL Central

The era of the Smart Warehouse is upon us. To learn what your warehouse should be doing to make itself “Smarter” in today’s ever-changing world, download 3PL Central’s new whitepaper “The Five Must-Have Attributes of the Modern Smart Warehouse” today.

Holistic Supply Chain Management: A Focused Approach to Supply Chain Management through the Lens of Working Capital Management

Offered by: GT Nexus

There's been a renewal of interest in the past few years around optimizing working capital in the supply chain, and cloud technology makes it easier. Visibility on a cloud-based platform and having standardized, electronic documentation over the network gives managers the tools they need to free up as much cash as possible in the supply chain.

Supply Chain Security: Preventing Cargo Theft

Offered by: Ryder

Today’s economy is driven by a global supply chain. Goods are moved around the world 24/7 — packaged and transported by air, rail, sea or truck. As the supply chain grows more complex, so does the ability to secure them. One of the biggest challenges affecting businesses today is cargo theft, and the resulting potential disruption of the supply chain. Learn some best practices in security that will help your company combat the risks and dangers of cargo theft. Download the whitepaper now.

Five Warning Signs of an Inefficient Fleet — and How to Avoid Them

Offered by: TMW Systems

A fleet operation is inefficient whenever vehicle capacity goes unused, when vehicles put on more miles than necessary and when drivers sit at the wheel instead of serving customer needs because of poor scheduling and inefficient routes. If you know what to look for, there are five warning signs of fleet inefficiency that can also point to cost savings and productivity opportunities.

Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain

Offered by: Amber Road

U.S. corporations import nearly $2 trillion worth of products from more than 150 countries, and that number is expected to triple by 2015. Companies involved in imports need to consider how they will automate global operations and manage complex government regulations. Download Amber Road’s whitepaper, Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain, to find out how your company can implement a global trade management framework to automate your import operations.

Incorporating Quality Management in a Logistics Environment

Offered by: Saddle Creek

The concepts of total quality management and continuous improvement have been around for decades, but only recently have been successfully applied in logistics environments. Today, many companies are finding that they can strengthen their businesses by making total quality management (TQM) part of their logistics operations. Learn how a commitment to TQM can provide value for companies and their customers.

Navigating the New Normal

Offered by: Kronos

The stats don’t lie. Increasing labor challenges are affecting your supply chain. So what is your strategy? In the interactive PDF, Navigating the New Normal, you’ll find the strategic answers to help you uncover additional labor capacity, drive down operational costs, and be more responsive to increased customer demands on service levels and profit margins. No matter where your organization fits along the supply chain, gaining more visibility into your workforce is the ideal place to start. Download this eBook so you’ll be prepared for whatever obstacles this ‘New Normal’ throws your way.

Trust & Verify - Best Practices: Financial Due Diligence and the Outsourcing of Freight Bill Audit and Payment

Offered by: CTSI-Global

There are billions of dollars circulated globally for the movement of goods. Transportation costs can be higher than any other expense. It is critical that companies carefully choose their freight payment provider. Performing due diligence on the vendor’s financials not only protects the company’s funds, but also reassures they’ll not lose money and be indebted to any carrier. This whitepaper highlights a number of steps that can be taken to ensure a successful relationship, and protect and minimize the financial risk to the outsourcer.

Growing Your 3PL by Supporting Multi-Channel Warehousing

Offered by: 3PL Central

The fast-growing trend toward multi-channel distribution could provide your 3PL with one of its largest growth opportunities in years. To learn what your 3PL must do to prosper in this new environment, watch 3PL Central’s webinar, Growing Your 3PL by Supporting Multi-Channel Warehousing, today.

Freight Term Optimization: Reduce Costs & Increase Margins by Managing the Right Freight

Offered by: enVista

We all know that moving freight the right way reduces transportation cost, but often overlooked is the value of moving the right freight – Freight Term Optimization. In this whitepaper from enVista, you’ll learn about the financial benefits of Freight Term Optimization, get tips for negotiating with your customers and suppliers, and learn how to capture the savings of your optimized freight.

Globally Local: The New Face of Right-Shoring

Offered by: Exel

There is a revolution in today’s supply chain as global corporations find more risk than reward in manufacturing thousands of miles away from customers. As a result, companies are shifting toward globally local supply chain operations or “right-shoring.” In this whitepaper, Exel explores right-shoring, highlighting what it means for supply chain operations across geographies and industries.

Mobile Barcode Scanning For Today’s 3PLs – From Nice-to-Have To Necessity

Offered by: 3PL Central

Ready to learn how mobile barcode scanning can help your 3PL slash its costs, increase its accuracy – and attract whole new legions of fans? Then download 3PL Central’s latest free whitepaper, Mobile Barcode Scanning For Today’s 3PLs – From Nice-to-Have To Necessity, today!

Gaining a Competitive Advantage: The Need for Global Management of Mission-Critical Service Parts

Offered by: Choice Logistics

As corporate budgets shrink, spending on high-tech equipment decreases, challenging high-tech manufacturers and service providers with greater demands on repair and maintenance. A reliable supply chain is essential for parts availability to meet aggressive service level agreements (SLAs), especially for mission-critical systems. Learn why organizations are enlisting outside experts to establish a comprehensive service parts logistics strategy, encompassing a global IT platform, real-time visibility and flexible scalability.

Don’t Just Report on Vendor Non-Compliance, Minimize It

Offered by: enVista

Improved vendor management offers several important implications to your business, including: improved customer service, minimized lost sales and significantly increased profits. In this whitepaper from enVista, you’ll learn how to develop strategic vendor management programs to achieve significant cost savings and ways to effectively mitigate vendor non-compliance activity before it happens.

Camera-Based AutoID Systems Boost Profits Through Smarter Distribution

Offered by: Vitronic

More distribution channels, shorter delivery times, and growing product portfolios add pressure to all parts of the supply chain. Distribution centers need better visibility to meet today’s challenges. Learn how camera-based auto-ID systems are better than laser barcode scanners for both manual and automated sorting and picking operations, offering better accuracy, greater capability and better return on investment.

Managing Inbound Freight Fuels Greater Efficiencies

Offered by: EnVista

Need to reduce transportation costs? Inbound transportation is an area rich with opportunity. In this whitepaper, you will learn how Transportation Management Systems have evolved to better address expanding inbound requirements and ways to reduce your transportation spend.

2012 Temperature-Controlled Transportation Report

Offered by: RWI Transportation

This study, based on a survey of North American shippers, examines the top challenges faced in temperature-controlled transportation. It provides interesting insights and information about best practices, common challenges, and emerging trends in today's temperature-controlled market. The report is provided by RWI Transportation, an asset-based logistics company offering temperature-controlled transportation. RWI manages in excess of 100,000 shipments annually, including both temperature-controlled and dry freight.

Diversified Transportation Service Providers—Accelerating Performance

Offered by: TMW Systems

Transportation service providers today are increasingly multi-faceted businesses. 3PLs run fleets to assure capacity, private fleets offer the same security for shippers, and for-hire carriers offer logistics services, dedicated carriage and intermodal operations. A comprehensive TMS (transportation management system) technology platform from TMW Systems can uniquely support all the business and functional diversity of these mission-critical providers.

Meeting the Challenges of Global Retailing

Offered by: Amber Road

Retailers are facing unprecedented challenges as they respond to rapid shifts in consumer behavior and economic forces. Amber Road’s latest eBook, Meeting the Challenges of Global Retailing, examines three distinct challenges faced by today’s retailers and how a global trade management system can help them succeed.

Chemical Industry Barcode Labeling: Demands, Risks and Implications

Offered by: Loftware

Chemical industry executives must rise to the challenge of supply chain issues in an evolving global economy and seize competitive opportunities by meeting them quickly. Companies must optimize their ERP, SCM or WMS systems to achieve profitability, which includes the product’s label. The correct information on a label provides a company a competitive foothold in the global marketplace with:

  • Customer responsiveness
  • Business continuity
  • Regulatory/compliance
  • Brand and product security
  • Supply chain efficiency

 

Evaluating Your Inbound Supply Chain

Offered by: GENCO ATC

How is your supply chain performing? The inability to do the necessary supply chain analysis can have consequences, both financially and operationally. Smart companies follow a repeatable, consistent approach that determines whether a change can be implemented, and identifies the associated risks. Download Evaluating Your Inbound Supply Chain to discover our process for evaluating supply chains.

Five Steps to a High-Performance Supply Chain

Offered by: GT Nexus

Traditional ERP systems are no longer enough to make the cut in this complex global manufacturing arena. To extend the functionality of their legacy software, companies are plugging into a cloud-based supply chain network — one that connects partners, shows a complete supply chain picture through better visibility and data quality, and allows for a new level of collaboration and efficiency. Five Steps to a High-Performance Supply Chain is a guide to reaching new levels of agility by enhancing ERP software with collaborative cloud technology.

Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain

Offered by: Amber Road

By integrating a supply chain visibility solution with your import compliance program, you will have the tools needed to collect, organize, and report the key data elements to ensure optimal supply chain performance, and comply with regulations. Amber Road’s whitepaper, Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain, uncovers steps to:

  • Drive performance
  • Reduce costs
  • Simplify your import supply chain

 

Freight Term Optimization: Reduce Costs and Increase Margins by Managing the Right Freight

Offered by: enVista

Moving freight the right way clearly reduces transportation cost, but often overlooked is the value of moving the right freight. In this enVista whitepaper, you will learn about minimizing inbound costs and maximizing outbound margins through Freight Term Optimization, get tips on negotiating margins with customers and suppliers, and find out how to capture savings of your optimized freight.

Strategies to Reduce Logistics Costs in the CPG Supply Chain

Offered by: Kane Is Able

How is your CPG company responding to the pressure to minimize operational costs? With incremental improvements to existing distribution processes? Or are you exploring logistics strategies that alter current processes and the way you work with retail customers? A mix of both is optimal, with new strategies offering the best potential for breakthrough gains and cost savings. A new whitepaper from Kane Is Able suggests five strategies for CPG manufacturers to consider. Some new, some tried and true.

Top Business Drivers for Integrated Logistics Outsourcing

Offered by: Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Today, more and more companies are asking their logistics partners to provide services beyond transportation and warehousing. They're discovering that tapping a single provider for a variety of value-added services can help them control costs, accommodate business fluctuations, and streamline operations. Saddle Creek Logistics Services’ new research-based report examines the broader role that 3PLs are being asked to play in today’s marketplace.

Retailers’ Supply Chains Can Thrive with a Product Lifecycle Logistics Approach

Offered by: GENCO ATC

Increasingly, vendors don’t want store returns back, and are placing the burden on retailers. This trend is changing the way retailers manage the back end of their supply chains. Product Lifecycle Logistics is an approach that treats product movement as one continuous inventory stream designed to reduce supply chain costs an average of 10 to 20 percent.

Integrating Routing Software With Your Business Process Workflow

Offered by: TMW Systems

Why are you really looking at routing software? Are you trying to reduce costs, cut the time it takes to create routes, or give better service to your customers? Are you growing and need help to handle the increased volume? Before you begin to look for a solution, make sure you have your business goals defined and agreement on them within your organization. TMW Systems has a solution that will help you integrate routing software into your workflow.

A Model for Value Chain Transformation

Offered by: Amber Road

Featuring Gartner Research, this complimentary newsletter from Amber Road, A Model for Value Chain Transformation, can help you assess where your company falls within Gartner's Global Trade Management Maturity Model. Learn what steps you can take to drive value at each stage of maturity, and bridge from one stage to the next.

SaaS WMS — The Perfect Fit For Today’s 3PL

Offered by: 3PL Central

Reliable, flexible, and capable of providing the return on investment today's competitive marketplace demands, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are the perfect solution for 3PLs looking to grow. To learn more about how SaaS WMS can help your business, download our free whitepaper SaaS WMS: The Perfect Fit For Today’s 3PL.

Rethinking Parcel-intensive Inbound Supply Chains to Improve Visibility, Increase Control and Cut Costs By as Much as 20 Percent

Offered by: Ryder

Many companies suffer the high cost of premium air service when unable to pre-authorize such shipments. This is especially true of businesses that ship many light parts or work with suppliers who fail to comply with routing instructions. Depending on the number of packages expedited, and the volume of shipments, inbound parcel shipping represents a rich opportunity to reduce costs. Learn how to save money by integrating a solution that delivers network visibility, parcel shipment optimization, an expedited workflow, and Web-based integration of parcel networks and carriers.

Advanced Communications Technology in a Rugged Tablet

Offered by: DRS Technologies

Mobile computing has evolved from a specialty to a requirement for productive, task-oriented, and customer-focused employees. Rugged tablets like the ARMOR™ X10gx from DRS Technologies have changed how and where employees work, increasing their ability to connect and share information with colleagues and customers, and delivering the communications mobility needed to put the right person in the right place with the right information.

Three Common Supply Chain Issues That Affect Your Bottom Line

Offered by: Amber Road

Amber Road’s expert eBook, Three Common Supply Chain Issues that Affect Your Bottom Line, discusses areas in the supply chain where companies may be losing money, and uncovers strategies to prevent this loss. Key takeaways include:

  • How to reduce expedited shipments with better planning and supply chain visibility
  • How to avoid detention and demurrage fines
  • How to communicate efficiently with trading partners
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Inbound Transportation Management and Control: Low Hanging Fruit and How to Grab It

Offered by: TransportGistics, Inc.

When it comes to managing your transportation program, the overriding theme must be control, yet many organizations have not applied the same efforts to inbound transportation management as they have to outbound management, making it a great opportunity for efficiency and cost savings. This whitepaper will identify and discuss the most important, perhaps simplest of steps necessary, to improve Inbound Transportation Management, as well as the opportunities that this improvement will yield.

Product Lifecycle Logistics in the Consumer Product Goods Industry

Offered by: GENCO ATC

Consumer packaged goods manufacturers look for efficiencies in every nook and cranny of their supply chains. Still, millions of dollars in potential savings remain elusive. Discover how Product Lifecycle Logistics breaks through barriers and exposes the unattainable savings delivered through supply chain efficiency.

Growing Your 3PL by Supporting Multi-Channel Warehousing

Offered by: 3PL Central

The fast-growing trend toward multi-channel distribution could provide your 3PL with one of its largest growth opportunities in years. To learn what your 3PL must do to prosper in this new environment, download 3PL Central’s latest whitepaper, Growing Your 3PL by Supporting Multi-Channel Warehousing, today.

Visibility in the Import Supply Chain: Getting a Clear View into Competitive Advantage

Offered by: GT Nexus

This whitepaper describes how leading importers are reaping the benefits of end-to-end global supply chain visibility and control. Using concrete examples from the field, this document focuses on specific areas of the importer operation, and shows how a clear view of the end-to-end supply chain can deliver unprecedented value to the bottom line.

Border Hassles That Can Put the Canadian Market Out of Reach: What Your Business Should Know

Offered by: Purolator International, Inc.

This whitepaper discusses regulatory and logistical hurdles U.S. businesses must be aware of when shipping across the U.S./Canadian border. These challenges must be understood and addressed as part of the cross-border experience. Transporting goods into Canada is a complicated process. Regulations and protocols are constantly changing and U.S. businesses must entrust their Canadian-bound shipments to a qualified logistics provider that ensures shipments are afforded every trade enhancement, priority clearance review, and duty/ tax reduction to which they are entitled.

Grocery Retailers and Food Manufacturers Collaborate to Save Up to 22%

Offered by: Ryder

Beyond the grocery aisle, a complex and often costly and inefficient supply chain interconnects food manufacturers and grocery retailers. To meet consumer demands, grocery retailers are sourcing from a wider base of manufacturers and placing more orders. And, because they have limited warehouse space, they are requiring more frequent replenishment. Food manufacturers face pressure to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and compete smarter. Trends and challenges like these are driving a new focus on collaboration among consumer-packaged goods trading partners. This whitepaper explores how a collaborative mixing and consolidation program delivers improved supply chain efficiency, predictability, and costs savings.

Adopting a Values-Driven Corporate Culture to Create Resiliency

Offered by: LEGACY Supply Chain Services

The present economy has served as a reminder that there are no guarantees in business. Many companies are finding themselves struggling to stay afloat, and many are sinking. In better economic days, a company could survive with a moderate profit margin achieved through dedicated attention to its bottom line. Focusing on values increases performance levels, improves service, reduces employee variability, and supports sustainability.

Logistics Flow Control: Gaining Command of the Inbound Supply Chain

Offered by: Descartes

Retailers want their goods to seamlessly flow through their distribution network. To meet retailers' inbound supply chain needs, Descartes created Logistics Flow Control, a comprehensive, cloud-based, multi-party solution that spans the entire process to collaboratively bring together all of the parties to simultaneously manage commercial, logistics and customs inbound processes.

The ABCs of EDI - A Comprehensive Guide for 3PL Warehouses

Offered by: 3PL Central

Your 3PL’s ability to support EDI can often be the difference between winning a new customer – or losing an existing account. To ensure your warehouse management system (WMS) is up to the challenge, download 3PL Central’s must-have whitepaper, The ABCs of EDI today.

Retaining Your 3PL Clients - The Three Keys to Retaining Clients Over the Long Term

Offered by: 3PL Central

Long-term customers are the lifeblood of your 3PL business. Keeping them loyal, therefore, is paramount to the success of your operation. Filled with tips, real-world tactics, and strategies for success, 3PL Central’s latest whitepaper, Retaining Your 3PL Clients - The Three Keys to Retaining Clients Over the Long Term, was created to help you keep your customers for years to come. Download today!

The Perfect Labor Management Storm – Steering Clear of Driver Hazards, Cost Damage, and Areas of Poor Visibility

Offered by: Kronos

Growing pressures including driver shortages, HOS regulations, and increasing competition are causing capacity shortages and escalating costs, cutting into already razor-thin profit margins. While some issues, such as weak economic recovery and rising fuel prices, are out of your control, labor is not. Discover how labor management solutions can help you optimize your labor resources by uncovering hidden capacity, consistently enforcing attendance and safety policies, improving hiring efficiency, and controlling costs to boost profit margins. Download this whitepaper today!

Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain

Offered by: Amber Road

New Global Trade Management (GTM) technologies are increasingly important to automate global operations across procurement, logistics, and trade compliance business processes. Download this whitepaper, Key Strategies for Automating the Import Supply Chain, to discover steps to drive performance, reduce costs and simplify your import supply chain.

VIDEO! Crate & Barrel—Why Speed to Deploy eCommerce Solution Matters

Offered by: Kiva Systems

Crate and Barrel was able to exceed customer expectations during peak season by rolling out their Kiva Systems solution in six months, opposed to more traditional automation that would have taken 12 to 18 months to implement. The speed to deploy material handling, add capacity, and change operations is critical for long-term success. Watch how Crate & Barrel did it!

3PL Warehouse Guide: 7 Essentials for Supporting eCommerce Fulfillment

Offered by: 3PL Central

Holiday eCommerce sales are booming! In fact, this year’s totals are expected to rise 16.8% to $46.7 billion. Few expect next year to be any different. To make sure your 3PL gets its share of this fast-growing market segment, download 3PL Central’s free whitepaper, 7 Essentials for Supporting eCommerce Fulfillment. Filled with operational tips and best practices, this whitepaper contains everything your 3PL needs to ensure it can handle the complex eCommerce fulfillment process flawlessly. Download here!

Aberdeen Group: Supply Chain Visibility Excellence—Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency

Offered by: Amber Road

This new report from Aberdeen Group focuses on gaining visibility into critical elements across the end-to-end logistics network for improving cost and service. Additionally, it takes a look at how best-in-class companies are streamlining their supply chains.

Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters

Offered by: Kiva Systems

Create a distribution powerhouse with Kiva Systems! The speed to deploy material handling, add capacity, and change operations is critical for long-term success. Fast system deployment can be the difference between kicking the competition out of the water and limiting your growth. Read about Kiva Systems’ way to rapid deployment, then make the right automation decision for your business!

Improving Customer and Driver Satisfaction with Mobile Technology

Offered by: Panasonic Solutions Company

Labatt Food Service is a San Antonio, Texas-based distributor of food and food-related products to restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The company is widely recognized in the food service distribution industry as an innovative, customer-focused and high-energy leader. In 2008, Labatt decided to use technology to improve driver satisfaction and delivery efficiency. After exhaustive research, the company selected the Panasonic Toughbook® U1 running on the AT&T mobile broadband network as their solution. Since adopting the solution, Labatt has seen process efficiency improvements and a reduction in fuel consumption. And, driver turnover has been cut in half.

Lean Guiding Principles for the Supply Chain—Principle 5: Continuous Improvement

Offered by: Ryder

Ryder’s Lean Guiding Principles are the foundation for operational excellence in all its customers’ warehouses. Principle 5 is Continuous Improvement: small incremental, ongoing changes that combine to deliver significant gains in quality and efficiency. The stream of continuous improvements creates a powerful and constant force, promoting high performance throughout a facility and producing tremendous employee pride. Learn more here.

Aberdeen Group Report: Globalization — Linking Supply Chain Transformation to the Profit and Loss Statement

Offered by: Management Dynamics

This report from the Aberdeen Group looks at how 56 companies with active C-level involvement are approaching the global expansion of their supply chains relative to their peers. It is intended to serve as a decision framework for supply chain transformations that yield positive net contribution to the company's bottom line.

GTM Best Practices Survey: Balancing the Growth of Global Trade and Regulations

Offered by: Kewill

This informative report is based on responses from 800-plus logistics and export professionals in an industry survey on the state of global trade management. The report also provides industry benchmark data on the preparation time and error rates for export documentation, denied party screening, and license determination. Focus areas of report:

  • How shippers need to prepare for Export Control Reform
  • How shippers can prepare for these changes
  • Ways to mitigate compliance risk
  • Automated Export System filings

 

Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters

Offered by: KIVA Systems

Ask yourself this: what would your opportunity costs be if your distribution operations could not accommodate changes in volumes, product assortments, or delivery timelines? The speed to deploy material handling, add capacity, and change operations is critical for long-term success. Fast system deployment can be the difference between kicking the competition out of the water and limiting your growth. Read this whitepaper to learn how to create a distribution powerhouse.

Lean Guiding Principles for the Supply Chain - Principle 4: Short Lead Time

Offered by: Ryder

Ryder's Lean Guiding Principles are the foundation for operational excellence in all its customers’ warehouses. Principle 4 is Short Lead Time: improving quality and profitability with a steady flow of inventory arriving exactly when it's needed. Implementing short lead time ensures that a facility can meet increases in customer demand without having to ramp up resources. This results in significant savings, ultimately strengthening the company's bottom line.
Learn more here.

10+2 Vital Facts about the Importer Security Filing

Offered by: Management Dynamics

This eBook covers 12 vital facts that importers must be aware of to successfully comply with the ISF regulations, aka 10+2, including answers to many frequently asked questions.

Going Global: Building a Sustainable Logistics Model in the Age of Globalization

Offered by: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Globalization has created boundless opportunities for both large and small companies around the world and has also ushered in a more competitive business environment. This C.H. Robinson whitepaper reviews the essential areas of expertise that a company must master in transportation and logistics in order to capitalize on these opportunities. Topics include:

  • Understanding globalization and the changing world.
  • Global transportation essentials.
  • Why global business requires a global TMS.

 

Parcel Shipping/LTL Freight: Industry Survey Findings & 10 Best Practice Recommendations

Offered by: Kewill

Kewill’s latest whitepaper features results from the 5th annual survey on the state of the parcel shipping and LTL markets. The results are based on responses from more than 800 logistics professionals, almost three-quarters of whom have global responsibility in their jobs. The report also provides 10 Recommendations for Shipping Best Practices. Focus areas of the report include:

  • Economic environment and its effect on shipping operations.
  • Carrier and service selection.
  • Mode optimization.
  • Optimization planning tools.

 

Secondary Market Sales

Offered by: GENCO ATC

To protect retail sales of new product, some retailers and manufacturers do not aggressively resell returns and other distressed inventory in the secondary market. But new brand protection strategies can reduce or eliminate brand protection risks while maximizing recovery value on store returns, excess inventory, closeouts, irregulars, and seasonal items.

Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters

Offered by: Kiva Systems

Ask yourself this: what would your opportunity costs be if your distribution operations could not accommodate changes in volumes, product assortments, or delivery timelines? The speed to deploy material handling, add capacity, and change operations is critical for long-term success. Fast system deployment can be the difference between kicking the competition out of the water and limiting your growth. Read this whitepaper to learn how to create a distribution powerhouse.

5 Lean Guiding Principles for the Supply Chain - Principle 3: Standardization

Offered by: Ryder

Ryder's Lean Guiding Principles are the foundation for operational excellence in all its customers' warehouses. Principle 3 is Standardization: ensuring all work follows established, well-tested procedures. With processes designed to make work flow correctly, employees have the instructions and tools they need to meet customer expectations

Leveraging Free Trade Agreements to Achieve the Next Level of Savings from Global Sourcing

Offered by: Management Dynamics

Companies are now leveraging free trade agreements to reduce landed costs — specifically duties — to achieve the next level of low-cost country sourcing. This whitepaper addresses key findings from an industry survey of companies' FTA usage, and delivers best practices for building a portfolio of trade agreement programs to reduce the cost of purchased parts in your supply network.

Effectively Manage CSA 2010 Safety & Compliance

Offered by: Kronos

The Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) initiative aims to further improve highway safety. CSA tracks the safety records of all individual drivers across multiple employers and holds carriers and drivers responsible for safety and performance. This paper discusses how workforce management can help you meet CSA requirements by improving the enforcement of HOS requirements and management of safety policies, incidents and driver certifications.

Warehouse Transparency: A Competitive Advantage For 3PL Warehouse Owners and Their Customers

Offered by: 3PL Central

The era of transparency has arrived, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities for 3PL warehouses to strengthen their customer relationships, achieve new levels of efficiency, and reach new heights of customer satisfaction and profitability. To learn more, download 3PL Central's whitepaper Warehouse Transparency: A Competitive Advantage for 3PL Warehouse Operators and Their Customers. Written by industry experts, it identifies the features your 3PL WMS will need to prosper in this new age of heightened customer expectations.

Winning the Expired Products Battle

Offered by: GENCO ATC

Between $3 billion and $5 billion is lost each year to unsaleables. The explosion in expired products has led some retailers to establish stringent requirements for guarantees of remaining shelf life at the time of delivery to retailers and wholesalers. Discover the formula-driven approach that is successfully being used by a manufacturer with its trading partners.

5 Lean Guiding Principles for the Supply Chain Principle 1: People Involvement

Offered by: Ryder

Ryder's Lean Guiding Principles are the foundation for operational excellence in all its customers' warehouses. The most important of the Lean Guiding Principles is People Involvement: engaging every employee to root out waste, eliminate problems, and make improvements. Nothing happens in a company without people to drive it forward. Learn more by downloading this free whitepaper.

Rethinking Your Reslotting Strategy

Offered by: Optricity

This whitepaper focuses on the elements that go into achieving a solid reslotting strategy. Slot maintenance performed in sync with distribution center dynamics helps achieve optimal slotting. Leveraging opportunities such as product volume and mix changes, seasonal demands, and promotions allows for reslotting that increases picking efficiency. Identifying inflection points and reslotting at the appropriate time using underutilized labor at standard rates minimizes costs and improves payback cycles. Once a company determines its slotting strategy and establishes business rules, it can employ slotting technology to achieve a reslotting strategy that minimizes costs and optimizes efficiency. Find out more by downloading this free whitepaper.

Real-World Network Optimization

Offered by: Kuehne + Nagel

Logistics network optimization can yield significant systems-wide warehousing, transportation, and inventory savings. But many companies mistakenly conduct optimization studies that are almost exclusively data-driven. Download this whitepaper to discover a better solution: a six-step approach that weighs the strategic and practical, in conjunction with data analysis, to deliver optimal results.

Supply Chain Visibility Excellence: Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency

Offered by: Management Dynamics

The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead times, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics. This report focuses on gaining visibility into critical elements across the end-to-end logistics network to improve cost and service.

Optimizing Strategies for 3PL Warehouse Operators

Offered by: 3PL Central

Harnessed properly, the data produced by your 3PL warehouse management software can have an enormous impact on your strategic planning, your ability to service customers — and your bottom line. Written by industry experts, 3PL Central's whitepaper, Optimizing Strategies for 3PL Warehouse Operators, will show you how to segment that data in the three most mission-critical categories of attributes. Download this whitepaper for information that could well change the way you look at your data — and warehouse management software — from this day forward.

Supply Chain Security: Preventing Cargo Theft

Offered by: Ryder

Today's economy is driven by a global supply chain. Goods are moved around the world 24/7 — packaged and transported by air, rail, sea, or truck. As the supply chain grows more complex, so does the ability to secure them. One of the biggest challenges affecting businesses today is cargo theft, and the resulting potential disruption of the supply chain. Learn some best practices in security that will help your company combat the risks and dangers of cargo theft.

Product Lifecycle Logistics Can Reduce Supply Chain Costs an Average of 10%-20%

Offered by: GENCO ATC

A product begins its life with maximum profit potential during the manufacturing process. But as that product moves through an increasingly complex global supply chain, excess time and handling costs erode its profit. Product Lifecycle Logistics is a game-changing approach to treating the supply chain as a continuous whole and, in the process, lowering supply chain costs an average of 10 to 20 percent.

Inventory in Motion: A Direct Alternative to Global Fulfillment

Offered by: UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Logistics visionaries have talked for years about eliminating or at least reducing the role of inventory in modern supply chains. What is appealing in this vision is the reduction in logistics costs and the fulfillment cycle. Learn how a direct-to-store or distribution bypass approach to global fulfillment can lead to a leaner supply chain by downloading this free whitepaper today.