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4 Types of Pallets and Their Uses

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Understanding and selecting the correct type of pallet—considering factors like load capacity, compatibility with goods and handling equipment, cost-effectiveness, and compliance with international standards—is vital for optimizing operational efficiency and ensuring safe, compliant transport of goods. 

Supplier Relationship Management: What It Is, Importance, and Challenges

Supplier relationship management (SRM) is vital for modern business practices. Effective supplier relationship management strategies enhance supplier management, prevent supply chain disruption, and foster strategic alliances.

What Grade Would You Give Brands on Reverse Logistics Operations?

I would give a range of grades from A to F for how brands are handling reverse logistics. There is still a lot of variation in this area—from consumer spending to B2B direct spend. A stellar reverse logistics program can lower the bar to buy. It’s so much easier to make a purchase decision when you know you can send the product back if needed, with no hassle. This is an area for improvement.

–Doug DeLuca
Product Marketing Manager
SAP Business Network, SAP

Tips for Closing the Visibility Gap

With modern supply chains being so intricate and involving numerous stakeholders, maintaining full visibility is becoming increasingly challenging. However, many businesses operate with fragmented and legacy systems where data lives in different silos and across different platforms. This lack of integration makes it difficult to track and monitor the entire supply chain in real time.

Taking a Shine to Lab-Grown Diamonds

Marketed as an eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds and offering more transparency, lab-grown diamonds are disrupting gemstone supply chains. Here’s some clarity:

Readying the Supply Chain Workforce

Educators reveal how they’re preparing future supply chain management professionals for growing complexity and advancing technology.

2024 Top 100 3PLs

When you need scalable and flexible logistics, supply chain and transportation solutions, everyone knows these companies deliver. In alphabetical order, here are the 100 third-party logistics providers deemed the best of the best by Inbound Logistics editors.

Holman Logistics Uses Artificial Intelligence to Increase Forklift Safety

Holman partners with OneTrack to bring AI solutions to the issue of forklift accidents.

Securing an Unmatched, Fully Streamlined Solution

A private equity firm engaged Hub Group to evaluate its supply chain network and improve operational efficiencies for one of its prominent CPG companies. Hub Group delivered an end-to-end solution.

Powering Up a Better Supply Chain

Aggreko ensures business is always on by delivering energy anywhere it’s needed so that businesses can grow and communities can thrive. The power company found an ideal partner in RedStone Logistics.

Micro Warehousing: Definition, Trends, and Benefits

Micro warehousing presents both advantages and challenges. Its benefits include faster delivery, reduced shipping costs, and improved customer satisfaction. However, it also involves higher operational costs and increased complexity in inventory management.

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Consumers Want More Action on Sustainability

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The 2022 Retail and Sustainability Survey from global business applications firm CGS illustrates the demand for sustainability, even at the cost of losing expedited shipping times.

What’s the biggest supply chain silo?

Readers shine a light on the most significant information lapses and data gaps in the supply chain, from transportation siloes to the lack of visibility into suppliers.

Higher Transport Rates on the Horizon

Fuel surcharges, market forces, and easing truckload growth rates are driving up parcel and LTL rates, says Cowen/AFS’s 2022 Freight Index.

What pandemic-era adjustment will have the greatest supply chain impact?

The acceleration of digital twins. The ability to digitally model a company’s manufacturing and distribution network will allow it to quickly assess the impact of large and small disruptions and take appropriate actions. —Allen Jacques Industry Thought Leader Kinaxis The use of data analytics to help suppliers really understand consumer behavior. Suppliers decided to eliminate […]

NOTED: The Supply Chain In Brief

The latest mergers & acquisitions, logistics contracts, sustainability initiatives, humanitarian logistics efforts and more. Good Works The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, donated $1 million to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation’s Commercial Truck Driving Program. The donation funds driver training programs and helps ensure more drivers are in the pipeline to fill trucking […]

Supply Chain Helps Meet ESG Goals

As corporations become increasingly focused on ESG initiatives, their supply chain and logistics partners respond with tools and services designed to help them grow sustainability and other goals.

2022 75 Green Supply Chain Partners

Inbound Logistics editors select 75 companies going above and beyond to prioritize green initiatives and help global supply chains become more sustainable. These companies are dedicated to developing and implementing best practices that leave a positive footprint on the world.

Chemical Logistics: Critical Challenges Drive Creativity

Chemical shippers and their partners keep critical shipments moving safely and efficiently—refining their strategies and getting creative despite considerable challenges. Here’s how leading providers formulate solutions for the chemical industry.

Vertical Focus: Footwear

China SC Woes Have Footwear Industry Tied In Knots The impact on the supply chain from lockdowns in China was a major themefor footwear retailers in the first half of 2022. Largely reporting lower-than-expected earnings, many major footwear brands pointed a finger at the lockdowns to explain their disappointing performance levels. Strict and extended COVID-19 […]

To Efficiently Unload Trucks, You First Need to Dance: A Winning Collaboration Between DHL Supply Chain and Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics has established a reputation as one of the most innovative and advanced robotics companies in the world. Much of this reputation has grown through the many videos of its dancing robots. And, while the videos are fun, they also serve a very real purpose in spurring innovation and advancing robotic technology. The videos, […]

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4 Types of Pallets and Their Uses

Learn More

Understanding and selecting the correct type of pallet—considering factors like load capacity, compatibility with goods and handling equipment, cost-effectiveness, and compliance with international standards—is vital for optimizing operational efficiency and ensuring safe, compliant transport of goods. 

Supplier Relationship Management: What It Is, Importance, and Challenges

Supplier relationship management (SRM) is vital for modern business practices. Effective supplier relationship management strategies enhance supplier management, prevent supply chain disruption, and foster strategic alliances.

Micro Warehousing: Definition, Trends, and Benefits

Micro warehousing presents both advantages and challenges. Its benefits include faster delivery, reduced shipping costs, and improved customer satisfaction. However, it also involves higher operational costs and increased complexity in inventory management.

Logistics vs. Transportation: Their Key Differences

Understanding logistics vs transportation is crucial for anyone involved in supply chain management and commercial shipping. These terms, while often used interchangeably, have distinct meanings and roles. Logistics involves the planning and coordination of transportation and distribution services, managing the supply chain, and ensuring efficient transportation of goods. Transportation, on the other hand, focuses on […]

FCL: Meaning, Importance, and Key Characteristics

Understanding FCL meaning and its significance in commercial shipping and logistics is essential for businesses engaged in international trade. By opting for FCL, businesses can enjoy cost savings, reduced handling, and greater control over their shipments. 

Container Chassis: What It Is, Types, and Role in Shipping Operations

Efficient cargo transportation is very important in commercial shipping and logistics. The container chassis, which is essential in transporting containerized goods, is at the heart of this process.  In this guide, we will discuss container chassis, offering a comprehensive overview of their significance and usage in commercial shipping. Understanding Container Chassis Container chassis are specialized […]

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