Backward Integration: Definition, Implementation Process, and Competitive Advantages

In a competitive business world where efficiency and dominance are paramount, backward integration emerges as a strategic linchpin for companies aiming to fortify their market position. This method involves businesses taking command of their supply chain, particularly by securing the production of raw materials. This strategic move elevates profit margins and solidifies a competitive edge […]

The Secrets Behind Today’s Leading Supply Chain Companies

The Secrets Behind Today’s Leading Supply Chain Companies

In today’s globalized world, supply chains are the unseen arteries pumping lifeblood into every industry. But behind the seamless delivery of everything from your afternoon candy bar to the latest iPhone lies complex supply chain strategies that incorporate innovation, efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at four of the best supply chains operating today.

What Is a Fulfillment Center? Everything You Need to Know 

What Is a Fulfillment Center? Everything You Need to Know 

In today’s fast-paced world of e-commerce, smooth and efficient order processing is a critical component for businesses to thrive. Fulfillment centers play an essential role in ensuring that online retailers deliver their products to customers promptly and accurately without putting too much burden on the business owners. But what exactly is a fulfillment center? How […]

2024 Winter Reading Guide

2024 Winter Reading Guide

Feeling lost in logistics? Fear not! Inbound Logistics has curated a bookshelf of the best supply chain management books, from beginner-friendly guides to advanced strategy tomes. Dive into data-driven insights, uncover industry secrets, and learn to navigate today’s ever-evolving business environment.

Refrigerated Trucks: History, Benefits and Types

Refrigerated Trucks: History, Benefits and Types

Refrigerated trucks, also called reefers, crucial for transporting perishable items under controlled temperatures, are the backbone of delivering fresh food and vital medications. Remarkably, these reefers transport 70% of the food we consume, with around 500,000 units actively maintaining the cold chain across the United States. In this blog, we will discuss the history, benefits, […]

Types of Freight Trains: Definition and Use of Modern Rail Cars

Types of Freight Trains: Definition and Use of Modern Rail Cars

Freight trains have been the backbone of modern industries for centuries, ensuring the seamless movement of commodities from one place to another.  As the transportation landscape evolved, so did the types of freight trains, with rail freight transport growing increasingly sophisticated to handle diverse cargo needs. If you’ve ever wondered about the intricacies of these […]

Communicating With Empathy

Communicating With Empathy

Supply chain management (SCM) has often been perceived through operational metrics, systems, and efficiencies. The unsung hero of this intricate web, however, is communication with empathy. This skill transcends merely conveying information and dives deep into understanding, validating, and addressing the emotions and needs of everyone involved.

Are You Prepared for New Regulations?

Are You Prepared for New Regulations?

Those of us who hoped we’d quickly get back on track after the notoriously shaky supply chains of 2020 and 2021 have been left wanting. A confluence of factors has come together to create further disruption across global supply chains, with some poised to only get worse.

Powering Up a Better Supply Chain

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.

Warehousing Process: Steps And Role In Fulfillment Efficacy

Warehousing Process: Steps And Role In Fulfillment Efficacy

Warehousing is essential in today’s fast-paced supply chain, key to efficient order fulfillment and customer satisfaction. This article delves into the warehousing process, examining each step, from receiving goods to distribution, and how they collectively enhance supply chain efficiency. Discover these processes’ crucial roles in boosting your business’s fulfillment success. Primary Warehouse Process Steps: How […]

Are You Ready to Navigate 2024?

Are You Ready to Navigate 2024?

Let’s put last year’s pain and friction points out of our minds and stage for growth this year. We asked our readers what skills we should tune up and emphasize to drive value and maximize growth in 2024. Keep your cool. “Circumstances can turn on a dime and require not only quick, but also clear […]

Warehouse vs. Inventory: Their Roles And Differences

Warehouse vs. Inventory: Their Roles And Differences

Understanding the crucial differences between warehouses and inventory is essential for operational excellence in supply chain logistics. This article explores the roles and connections between warehouse capacities and inventory management in enhancing overall supply chain efficiency. The Role Of A Warehouse A warehouse is a storage facility that efficiently stores and protects goods until they […]

Musco & AFS Logistics: Oiling the Wheels of Change

Musco & AFS Logistics: Oiling the Wheels of Change

About five years ago, when Michael Lin joined Musco Family Olive Co. as senior director of supply chain, he “walked into a tight-running operation,” he says. At the same time, Lin sought to bring greater discipline and automation to many of the company’s logistics and supply chain processes. To work toward these goals, Lin enlisted the help of AFS Logistics, a third-party logistics provider.

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

Origify from Bosch lets manufacturers give sneakers and other high-value products a digital fingerprint as early as the production or packaging phase. The authentication solution photographs each product and converts the image into a binary and non-manipulable data record of a few kilobytes, which is stored in a cloud.

Sustain the Chain With Technology

Sustain the Chain With Technology

Today, more than ever, it is important that we build sustainable supply chains that positively impact business, society, and the planet. To meet customer expectations and be truly sustainable, organizations must ensure responsible business practices internally and across the entire value chain.

8 Steps to Cracking the Traceability Code

8 Steps to Cracking the Traceability Code

As supply chain disruptions and competition increases at a global scale, supply chain visibility has become vital for business success. Lack of visibility along the supply chain not only poses a risk to the seamless flow of goods but also raises concerns about product quality and overall productivity. With only 13% of manufacturers having full visibility into their supply chain network, it’s important to manage this challenge.

The Future of Freight: What to Expect

The Future of Freight: What to Expect

The next few years will bring further disruptions to a freight model that the industry spent decades optimizing. In 2024 and beyond, new consumer demands, technological advancements, and broader changes like nearshoring will present new opportunities for logistics leaders from first to final mile.

What Is 3PL? Meaning, Benefits, and Challenges

What Is 3PL? Meaning, Benefits, and Challenges

In today’s fast-paced business world, efficient supply chain management is critical to success. That’s where third-party logistics (3PL) comes into play. This blog post will explain what 3PL means, the benefits of partnering with a 3PL provider, and the potential challenges that may arise from outsourcing your logistics operations. What Is 3PL? Third-party logistics, or […]

Jessica Yurgaitis: In the Right Place at the Right Time

Jessica Yurgaitis: In the Right Place at the Right Time

Jessica Yurgaitis is chief executive officer with Industrial Supply Company, which distributes maintenance, repair, operational, and production (MROP) supplies to the construction, manufacturing, mining, government, and industrial markets from eight locations
in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Hybrid Fulfillment: Definition and Types

Hybrid Fulfillment: Definition and Types

In the ever-changing world of logistics and order fulfillment, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to efficiently meet their customers’ needs. Well, here’s a game-changer for you: Hybrid Fulfillment. This approach allows you to combine and integrate different fulfillment methods, unleashing a world of possibilities for optimizing your fulfillment process. Defining Hybrid Fulfillment and Business […]

Inbound vs Outbound Logistics: Processes, Comparisons, and Optimization

Inbound vs Outbound Logistics: Processes, Comparisons, and Optimization

Both inbound and outbound logistics play important roles in the processes, comparisons, and optimization of supply chain management that businesses must understand to achieve maximum efficiency. These two types of logistics are essential for the smooth functioning of an organization’s operations. This blog post will provide a thorough overview of inbound and outbound logistics, their […]

Dark Data Illuminates the Supply Chain

Dark Data Illuminates the Supply Chain

In the sprawling cosmos of logistics and transportation, there’s a vast, uncharted territory: dark data. This term refers to the untapped, unprocessed information that fleets, freight systems, and supply chains generate but never use. Think of it as the digital equivalent of dark matter in the universe—invisible, yet its potential gravity can pull industries into a new era of enlightenment.

Delivery Workers Are Your Biggest Asset

Delivery Workers Are Your Biggest Asset

In the fast-paced world of logistics, where every minute counts and customer satisfaction is paramount, your workers are undeniably your biggest asset. As the frontline ambassadors of your brand, they navigate through the intricacies of mid- and last-mile deliveries and create lasting relationships that can impact your company’s business.

How Moid Alwy Keeps the Wheels Turning

How Moid Alwy Keeps the Wheels Turning

After nearly 20 years in supply chain roles at Target, Moid Alwy welcomed a new set of challenges in 2022, when he became executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at American Tire Distributors (ATD). “The areas that added complexity at Target have to do with the breadth of the assortment,” Alwy says. “We […]

5 Top Contract Management Strategies

5 Top Contract Management Strategies

The pandemic brought a surge in suppliers invoking force majeure clauses in their contracts. Force majeure removes liability for unforeseeable and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and prevent participants from fulfilling obligations. Buyers, as well as suppliers, understood that the extreme circumstances surrounding the pandemic warranted it.

Dynamic Freight Pricing Done Right

Dynamic Freight Pricing Done Right

Modern shippers rely exceedingly on transportation management system (TMS) solutions for several reasons. Staying competitive while curtailing distribution cost tops the list. Supply chains are also more complex, and the need for TMS and efficient freight pricing solutions is being felt more than ever.

5 Ways to Mitigate SaaS App Risk

5 Ways to Mitigate SaaS App Risk

The popularity of SaaS apps has skyrocketed, with users having tens of thousands of options from both reputable companies and private developers. Many of these apps, however, contain vulnerabilities or suffer from complex misconfigurations, turning them into a potential Achilles heel for supply chain attacks.

Forward Integration: Strategies, Advantages, And Risks

Forward Integration: Strategies, Advantages, And Risks

Forward integration is a key strategy for businesses to strengthen their market position and control over their supply chain. This approach involves companies taking charge of distribution or supply activities further down the value chain.  This article examines the various strategies, benefits, and risks of forward integration, offering insights for businesses to effectively implement this […]

Craving a Sweet 3PL Partnership

Craving a Sweet 3PL Partnership

Thanks to its 3PL partnership with Evans Distribution Systems, Bon Bon Bon workers can fill orders more quickly than was possible previously. One reason is Evans’ technology, which offers a step-by-step guide for processing orders.

The 6 Advantages of Warehousing

The 6 Advantages of Warehousing

Warehousing plays a crucial role in modern business operations, offering numerous benefits and contributing significantly to the success of an organization. This article explores the six advantages of warehousing.

Consolidated Warehouse: What It Is, Process, and Benefits

Consolidated Warehouse: What It Is, Process, and Benefits

In today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving world of logistics, understanding warehouse consolidation is crucial for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain and reduce costs. A consolidated warehouse plays a critical role in streamlining operations by gathering small shipments from various sources, organizing them efficiently, and ensuring timely deliveries. So what exactly is a consolidated warehouse, and […]

Private Warehouse: Benefits, Challenges, and Who Should Use Them

Private Warehouse: Benefits, Challenges, and Who Should Use Them

In today’s competitive business landscape, efficient warehouse management is crucial for success. As companies look to optimize their logistics operations, many are considering private and public warehousing as a viable solution. We’ll explore the ins and outs of private warehouses, delving into their benefits and challenges and determining which businesses stand to gain the most […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

For your planning pleasure, this handy calendar highlights holidays, potential promotions, seasonal swings, and logistics appreciation days for the coming year.

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

The MULTILIFT Ultima 28Z from Hiab, part of Cargotec, is a heavy-duty hooklift designed to help companies complete demanding materials handling tasks with fewer hauls. The hooklift provides a low loading angle for handling fragile goods and navigating height-limited environments.

How to Find and Retain Skilled Workers

How to Find and Retain Skilled Workers

As demand for faster order fulfillment grows, attracting and retaining top logistics talent becomes increasingly essential. Despite the talent shortage, there are strategies you can employ to secure skilled workers and ensure a thriving workforce for the future.

VERTICAL FOCUS: Luxury/High-Value Products

VERTICAL FOCUS: Luxury/High-Value Products

The world’s most expensive fountain pen, Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi, was sold for $8 million at an auction in Shanghai in 2010. The pen includes 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. It has 16 clips above the small button on the cap and a golden nib for durability. Only one exists in the entire world.

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

DHL Express, Kalitta Air, and Kalitta Motorsports united efforts in the “Race to End Hunger,” an initiative that provides hunger relief for families in need. After completing six racing events, the program raised the money to provide one million meals.

20 Leading Global Trade Management Systems Providers in 2023

20 Leading Global Trade Management Systems Providers in 2023

Global trade management systems (GTMS) are some of the best tools that commerce businesses can use. Regardless of the industry, they’re valuable in assisting with international trade.  There are dozens of GTMS available, but not all of them are leaders in the industry. Below you’ll find 20 leading global trade management systems providers.  What Are […]

On-Demand Warehouse: Definition, Examples, and Uses

On-Demand Warehouse: Definition, Examples, and Uses

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, on-demand warehousing has emerged as a game-changer in supply chain management and logistics solutions. This innovative approach allows businesses to access warehouse space and fulfillment services when they need them, offering increased flexibility and cost-effectiveness. On-demand warehouses are particularly beneficial for eCommerce companies or those with fluctuating inventory needs. […]

Net Weight vs. Tare Weight vs. Gross Weight: A Comprehensive Guide

Net Weight vs. Tare Weight vs. Gross Weight: A Comprehensive Guide

Net weight, tare weight, and gross weight are key terms in the shipping industry. They affect the cost and safety of global trade and transport. Anyone involved in shipping should know the difference between net weight vs gross weight vs tare weight. The Importance of Shipping Weights Shipping weights are indispensable in logistics. They influence […]

3PL Provides a Natural Solution

3PL Provides a Natural Solution

Consumer demand for more natural and environmentally friendly cleaning products fueled the growth of Branch Basics, a direct-to-consumer company. The pandemic caused sales to increase exponentially and the e-tailer also realized a growth in subscription sales. Branch Basics needed an experienced third-party logistics provider to help manage distribution, fulfillment and transportation.

Certificate of Compliance vs. Certificate of Analysis: Their Key Differences

Certificate of Compliance vs. Certificate of Analysis: Their Key Differences

Navigating the intricacies of product safety and quality assurance, one often encounters critical terminologies like Certificate of Compliance and Certificate of Analysis. These essential documents play pivotal roles in affirming product quality, safety, and compliance to established standards.  While they bear semblances, their applications, and implications are distinct, aligning with specific regulatory landscapes and industry […]

Bill of Materials (BOM): Definition, Impact, and Components

Bill of Materials (BOM): Definition, Impact, and Components

The Bill of Materials (BOM) is a cornerstone document critical to creating any tangible product in the intricate web of modern manufacturing and product development. It is a comprehensive list that catalogs all the components, raw materials, and assemblies needed to construct a finished product. Its accuracy and detail reflect directly on the production process’s […]

Hybrid Supply Chain: Definition, Strategies, and Advantages

Hybrid Supply Chain: Definition, Strategies, and Advantages

In an era where the pace of change is relentless, the concept of a hybrid supply chain has emerged as a beacon of adaptability and resilience in the business world.  The COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in traditional supply chains, leading to an increased interest in hybrid models.  According to a survey conducted by McKinsey & […]

The 6 Types of Transportation in Logistics

The 6 Types of Transportation in Logistics

In today’s globalized world, understanding the types of transportation in logistics is paramount.  With the upsurge in international trade and industries flourishing worldwide, efficiently moving cargo has never been more essential. Knowing how to transport goods across diverse transportation routes cost-effectively and efficiently is crucial for any business.  The choices made within the logistics industry […]

Automakers Shift to Smart Supply Chains

Automakers Shift to Smart Supply Chains

Although the pandemic may be over, auto suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are still grappling with supply chain issues such as concern over net-zero promises, the growing EV market, geopolitical conflicts, evolving trade agreements, natural disasters, and high interest rates deterring shoppers.

Supply Chain Monitoring: What It Is, Why It Matters

Supply Chain Monitoring: What It Is, Why It Matters

Supply chain oversight is an indispensable element in the corporate environment for successful functioning. This blog post explores the supply chain monitoring concept to provide valuable insights and help you understand its importance. We will explore supply chain monitoring and how it can benefit businesses. Additionally, we will discuss some common challenges organizations face when […]

10 Tips for Improving Warehouse Operations

10 Tips for Improving Warehouse Operations

Improving warehouse operations is crucial to ensure orders get out on time and in full. Optimization and resource scheduling technology can help to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and guarantee customer satisfaction.

Leadership Playbook  for Supply Chain Managers

Leadership Playbook for Supply Chain Managers

Industry leaders and mainstays share leadership tactics—from venturing out of comfort zones to embracing missteps—that allow supply chain managers to inspire others, build cohesive teams, and tackle logistics challenges.

Demand Planning vs. Supply Planning: Key Differences and Value

Demand Planning vs. Supply Planning: Key Differences and Value

Demand planning vs. supply planning remains a cornerstone debate in the logistics sector. Both concepts are integral to supply chain management, determining many businesses’ efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and overall success. Recent studies indicate that organizations that effectively balance demand planning and supply planning see up to a 15% increase in forecast accuracy and a 35% reduction […]

Inventory Management: Definition, Types, and Examples

Inventory Management: Definition, Types, and Examples

Effective inventory management is the unsung hero of successful business operations, whether in the bustling retail world or in systematic manufacturing processes.  It’s a critical component that can dictate a company’s ability to meet customer demand, manage cash flow, and maintain a competitive edge.  According to a report by the National Retail Federation, the retail […]

COVID Hangover, Port Funding and More News

COVID Hangover, Port Funding and More News

U.S. Ports: Let’s Have Some Funds The U.S. Department of Transportation selected 41 projects to receive $653 million in grant funding under the Port Infrastructure Development Program, part of approximately $17 billion included in a 2021 infrastructure spending bill for ports and waterways. The program was designed to improve U.S. port capacity and efficiency and, in turn, help […]

Myth-busting AI in the Supply Chain

Myth-busting AI in the Supply Chain

Over the past decade, supply chains have undergone a substantial digital transformation. One of the most significant factors driving this change has been the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies. As these technologies have become more prominent, however, so too have misconceptions about their impact on supply chain and logistics operations.