Virtual Warehousing: Definition, Uses, and Benefits

Virtual Warehousing: Definition, Uses, and Benefits

In today’s competitive business landscape, organizations continually seek innovative ways to optimize their supply chain and inventory management. This need serves customers’ expectations, enabling technologies to take over most business operations. Virtual warehouse has not been left behind in this transformation. For instance, in e-commerce businesses, a virtual warehouse is a concept that can make […]

Post Panamax Ships: Design, Evolution, and Future

Post Panamax Ships: Design, Evolution, and Future

Container shipping plays a pivotal role in the ever-evolving global trade landscape, with ships of various sizes and capacities serving distinct purposes in the supply chain. One class of vessels that has significantly transformed maritime transportation is the Post-Panamax ships.  These ships, surpassing the size constraints of the Panama Canal, are instrumental in cargo transportation […]

Feeder Ship: History, Design, and Sizes

Feeder Ship: History, Design, and Sizes

In the ever-evolving world of global trade, the efficient transportation of goods is paramount. Key players in this logistics dance are feeder ships – versatile vessels designed to bridge the gap between large containerships and smaller regional ports.  As we delve into these maritime workhorses, we will uncover their history, design, purpose, and critical role […]

Operations Management vs. Production Management: Differences, Tools, and Uses

Operations Management vs. Production Management: Differences, Tools, and Uses

As the gears of industry turn, two types of management keep the machine well-oiled: operations management and production management.  Operations management refers to the administration of business activities that lead to the production of goods and services. In contrast, production management is a subset of operations management that focuses on the production process of goods.  […]

Gross Weight vs. Dry Weight: Definitions, Acronyms, and Factors that Affect Towing Capacity

Gross Weight vs. Dry Weight: Definitions, Acronyms, and Factors that Affect Towing Capacity

Understanding the difference between gross and dry weight can be confusing, especially when it involves vehicle towing capacity. Did you know that these weights differ greatly and affect how much load your vehicle can legally carry?  This article clarifies the differences by defining key terms, explaining common industry acronyms, and discussing factors influencing towing capabilities.   […]

Public Warehouse: Definition, Benefits, and Features

Public Warehouse: Definition, Benefits, and Features

A public warehouse, often recognized as a third-party company location, serves diverse businesses with flexible storage and distribution needs. Its vast enclosed space is rented out to small and medium-sized enterprises for storing and managing their inventory efficiently. With no need to lock capital investment into property or bear associated taxes, a public warehouse emerges […]

Delivering Last-Inch Logistics

Delivering Last-Inch Logistics

Nailing down the final inches of a delivery can be complex. Fortunately, a variety of solutions show promise to help shippers navigate that crucial leg.

Port Development Accelerates

Port Development Accelerates

Across the United States and much of the world, ports are preparing for a changing future. These leading U.S. ports are upgrading their infrastructure and expanding their cargo handling capabilities.

Balancing Exception Management and Customer Satisfaction

Balancing Exception Management and Customer Satisfaction

For ecommerce fulfillment, exceptional customer service is not just about getting orders right but how you handle exceptions when things go awry. It’s critical to have systems to navigate shipment exception challenges and create customer experiences that foster loyalty.

Florida: Channeling Global Success

Florida: Channeling Global Success

Long a premier logistics location, Florida has set its sights on growing its already enviable place in the global economy. The state’s logistics assets, including deep-water seaports like Port Everglades, lead the way.

Perishable Cargo: Meaning, Examples, and Regulations

Perishable Cargo: Meaning, Examples, and Regulations

Navigating the complexities of transporting perishable cargo can be daunting. Did you know that these goods encompass a vast range of products, from dairy, frozen food and other meat products to live plants and seafood? This article unravels the meaning, examples, and regulations surrounding perishable cargo transportation. What is Perishable Cargo? Perishable items refer to […]

Cold Storage Warehouse: Definition, How It Works, and Key Features

Cold Storage Warehouse: Definition, How It Works, and Key Features

As supply chains evolve to accommodate growing consumer demand and more diverse temperature sensitive products, the importance of specialized storage solutions has become increasingly apparent.  One such solution, critical for numerous industries, is the cold storage warehouse. This article delves into the world of cold storage warehousing, outlining what it entails, its significance, its unique […]

Enterprise Resource Planning: Definition, Benefits, and Challenges

Enterprise Resource Planning: Definition, Benefits, and Challenges

Struggling with managing your business operations efficiently? You’re not alone – about 25% of organizations implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to increase their efficiency. This article will guide you through the myriad facets of ERP, its benefits, vulnerabilities, applications, ERP meaning, and much more. It will also show you how to define ERP and highlight […]

Backorder: Meaning, Causes, and How to Limit Them

Backorder: Meaning, Causes, and How to Limit Them

Understanding what backorders mean, their causes, and how to limit them is essential for businesses and logistics professionals. As supply chain disruptions become more common in today’s global economy, managing backorders effectively can make or break a company’s success.  In this article, we explore the ins and outs of back-ordered items to equip businesses with […]

10 Best Paying Trucking Companies

10 Best Paying Trucking Companies

Are you a truck driver looking to work for one of the country’s great trucking companies? Below is a list of the top paying trucking companies, as ranked by TruckDriversSalary.com. GP Transco and Riverside Transport stand out not just for their competitive pay but also for their reputation as being a best trucking company to […]

Top 20 AI Applications  in the  Supply Chain

Top 20 AI Applications in the Supply Chain

Artificial intelligence can help with everyday supply chain tasks—say filling out customs paperwork—as well as guide supply chain planning and decision-making, enabling demand-driven responsiveness.

Back-to-School Report Card

Back-to-School Report Card

With increased demand for electronics boosting consumer spending, retailers are gearing up for a packed back-to-school shopping season. So far the 2023 cycle is earning high marks:

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

MSC now calls at Port Everglades, instead of Miami, on its Santana service, which connects Southeast Asia to the United States. The service now includes the following on its rotation: Haiphong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Rodman, Caucedo, Port Everglades, Charleston, Baltimore, New York, Boston, and Singapore.

Putting  3PLs  to the  Text

Putting 3PLs to the Text

There’s no such thing as TMI when third-party logistics providers work diligently with shippers to help them navigate macro changes and to provide accountability, transparency, efficiency, and streamlined supply chain operations. It’s 3PLs FTW.

Top 100 3PLs

Top 100 3PLs

When you need logistics, supply chain, and transportation solutions fast, these top 3PL companies and lead logistics providers deliver.

VERTICAL FOCUS: Baby Supplies

VERTICAL FOCUS: Baby Supplies

Changing the Diaper Market Despite supply chain disruptions, raw material shortages, and inflation, innovation is thriving in the baby diaper market and new brands continue to be born. Although the United States is a mature market for diapers, a Euromonitor report still predicts modest growth for baby diapers over the next five years, driven by […]

A New Mission: Military Vets Enlist in Logistics

A New Mission: Military Vets Enlist in Logistics

Military veterans are reporting for duty in today’s supply chain workforce. Companies are tapping into this well-trained and disciplined group of employees to help ease driver shortages and translate their hard-earned skills into fulfilling positions in transportation and logistics.

U.S. Ports: Pivot and Improve

U.S. Ports: Pivot and Improve

U.S. ports have weathered storms that forced slow steaming of supply chains across the globe. Through it all, the ports stand as studies of American resilience and innovation, serving as powerful lighthouses to the world.

Supply Chains Are Social Networks

Supply Chains Are Social Networks

Technology dominates today’s economy. But, while many of today’s new business skills require technical knowhow, it is social skills, ironically, that may be key for future human employment.

Labor Pains Persist

Labor Pains Persist

As rising interest rates, poor economic conditions, and a talent shortage continue, optimism among manufacturing industry leaders remains low, according to a Sikich Industry Pulse: Manufacturing and Distribution report.

Aircraft Shortage: The Plane Truth

Aircraft Shortage: The Plane Truth

Expected aircraft engine shortages will have a substantial impact on the global supply chain’s cargo capacity and more. Fewer available aircrafts, combined with growing demand for air cargo services, could lead to a surge in freight rates, significantly affecting businesses reliant on air for time-sensitive or high-value goods.

5 Trends to Watch As We Sail Into Peak Season

5 Trends to Watch As We Sail Into Peak Season

As shippers approach what is historically retail peak season, understanding the evolving ocean market will be critical to maintaining a resilient supply chain for the long term. Here are five key trends to watch as the ocean market evolves.

“The Great Reset”

“The Great Reset”

The State of Logistics Report, produced annually for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals by global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, delivers a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector and its role in overall supply chains.

The Risks of SMB Nearshoring

The Risks of SMB Nearshoring

Small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) are embracing nearshoring to help address supplier challenges such as unreliable delivery time frames and inconsistent product quality. But switching to nearby suppliers is easier said than done.

3PLs and AI –  A Historical Combination

3PLs and AI – A Historical Combination

I am not much for predictions, but here’s one you can bank on: When artificial intelligence (AI) is truly applied to logistics operations, that combination will be a defining moment like few that have come before.

GOOD QUESTION: Who Would Be Your Lifeline During a Logistics Crisis? Why?

GOOD QUESTION: Who Would Be Your Lifeline During a Logistics Crisis? Why?

Dwight D. Eisenhower. I make use of the Eisenhower Matrix (pictured). I would want to have heard from the man himself. Planning, preparing, and executing a moment in history like the Normandy invasion puts any logistics crisis in perspective. Do everything in your power to prepare. And at a certain point you need to have confidence in that preparation—and your people—to get on with the task at hand.

–Richard Kohn
Director, Global Logistics & Optimization
SeaCube Containers

Powering Up a Better Supply Chain

Powering Up a Better Supply Chain

At Aggreko, the focus is to ensure that business is always on by delivering power, cooling, and heating equipment and services anywhere they’re needed so businesses can grow and communities can thrive. The company operates in high-stakes environments to deliver emergency solutions to customers including utilities, municipalities, petrochemical companies, refineries, and manufacturing firms.

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

M & A •  Hellmann Worldwide Logistics acquired PKZ Group, its long-standing air and sea freight partner in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, establishing its own Slovakian national company. •  Advantive, a software provider for specialty manufacturing and distribution businesses, made two recent acquisitions: VeraCore, an SaaS order and warehouse management software provider for fulfillment companies and […]

Cream of the Crops

Cream of the Crops

With several hundred locations in more than 70 countries, management at Bayer Crop Science needed greater visibility and access to the information that could help it make fact-based logistics decisions, boost asset utilization, and enhance on-time delivery.

Managing the Return Trip

Managing the Return Trip

Glance around any airport and it immediately becomes apparent that travel is back in full swing. Chalk it up to pent-up demand but people are either hauling out long-stored luggage or buying new bags and setting off on much delayed journeys. The time was ripe for Samsonite—the world’s best-known and largest travel luggage company—to innovate and enhance their customer experience.

Satisfying a Craving for Productivity

Satisfying a Craving for Productivity

To boost productivity and streamline operations, Morton Food Service, an independent distributor of food and beverage products based in Windsor, Ontario, began working with VAI, an independent mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) software developer.

Embracing the System

Embracing the System

Ramesh Murthy is executive vice president and chief supply chain officer with Bob’s Discount Furniture, a rapidly growing omnichannel furniture retailer, with 164 stores across 24 states.

Boosting Supply Chain Visibility

Boosting Supply Chain Visibility

Supply chain visibility enables companies to respond quickly to changes in customer demands, optimize production and distribution, deliver a superior customer experience, and gain a competitive edge. Here’s how to achieve it.

Ecommerce Plug and Play

Ecommerce Plug and Play

Allan Marshall figured his days as a CEO were complete. He’d founded several successful logistics firms, including Segmentz, which eventually became XPO Logistics. Satisfied with all he had accomplished, Marshall then spent about 15 years providing seed capital for promising startups.

Autonomous at Last?

Autonomous at Last?

One of the most difficult and expensive areas of the supply chain is last-mile and home delivery. It can also be the most memorable and important aspect of the customer’s buying experience. So, it’s no surprise that last-mile delivery of goods is a key application for driverless technologies.

Reducing the Impact of Global Events

Reducing the Impact of Global Events

The global supply chain became even more connected in 2022. The U.S. Commerce Department reported record exports to 73 countries last year, and record imports from 90 nations. But the supply chain remained highly fragile and became a bigger responsibility to manage.

What to Consider Before You Shift

What to Consider Before You Shift

One trend driving the growth in manufacturing jobs has been reshoring–the practice of bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Reshoring activities were estimated to create more than 225,000 jobs in 2022, according to a Reshoring Initiative report.

Could Ocean Be the Best Solution?

Could Ocean Be the Best Solution?

Since COVID, businesses worldwide have had to contend with increased demand, limited storage capacities, and the need for fast, reliable transportation of goods. Many businesses have focused on ocean transport as a potential solution to their shipping issues.

Strategies to Overcome Cross-Border Obstacles

Strategies to Overcome Cross-Border Obstacles

Brands selling internationally know that their cross-border strategies must accommodate changes in import taxes, localized prices, or governmental sanctions. What many may not initially consider is the complexities of country restrictions, and the possibility that certain products can be deemed a threat and held up in the customs process.

The Future of Work is Already Here

The Future of Work is Already Here

Some supply chain employees may feel wary about job security with advancements in automation and technology. The truth is technology isn’t the enemy; it’s a necessity.

Asset Management is Everyone’s Job

Asset Management is Everyone’s Job

When it comes to keeping the supply chain as efficient as possible, asset management is a vital priority that mustn’t be overlooked. Keeping careful track not only of goods, but of the shipping containers and platforms needed to transport these goods, should be everyone’s responsibility.

Greening the Last Mile

Greening the Last Mile

Last-mile delivery—the end stage of delivery from a pickup point or sortation center to a package’s final destination—is the most expensive aspect of the supply chain, from high fuel costs and address location to labor and first delivery failure. It also has the highest environmental impact of any other part of the supply chain.

3 Ways Predictive Analytics Improves Fulfillment

3 Ways Predictive Analytics Improves Fulfillment

Organizations need the technical tools to provide operational insights that lead to smarter decisions about automating inventory management, warehousing, and distribution processes. With improved operational visibility, businesses can strengthen their order fulfillment and supply chain processes while keeping pace with customer expectations.

Thinking Inside the Box Truck

Thinking Inside the Box Truck

While most people are at least somewhat familiar with box trucks, these little workhorses don’t get enough credit. Also known as straight trucks or bobtails, they are usually 26 feet long and can carry up to 10,000 pounds of freight. They can also come in small (12 ft.) and medium size (14-18 ft.) configurations.

Market Swing: Prepare Now or Lose Later

Market Swing: Prepare Now or Lose Later

Market indicators are pointing to a stronger second half of the year—in carriers’ favor—signaling to prudent shippers that the time is now to reevaluate both short- and long-term plans.

Process Manufacturing vs Discrete Manufacturing: Definitions and Differences

Process Manufacturing vs Discrete Manufacturing: Definitions and Differences

Manufacturing is the large-scale process of converting raw materials into finished products, utilizing factors of production, including human labor and machinery. Depending on the product requirements, you can use various manufacturing processes to get the desired output.  Discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing are the most common production methods. In this article, we explore the two […]

Vertical Integration: Definition, Examples, and Advantages

Vertical Integration: Definition, Examples, and Advantages

Companies can choose many business strategies to meet their supply chain and logistics needs. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages. The best method depends on a company’s specific needs, goals, and circumstances. Vertically integrated corporations, like those in the booming field of vertical aerospace, are giants with a grip on multiple stages of their production […]

Supply Chain Visibility: What It Is, Importance, and Types

Supply Chain Visibility: What It Is, Importance, and Types

Supply chain visibility is a process that provides customers with information regarding a product or service they ordered. By informing customers of the timeframe and details about a specific product they ordered from a business, the corporation can monitor orders, increase its daily operation efficiency, and avoid customer dissatisfaction. Without supply chain visibility, individuals would […]

What is a Courier Service: Meaning, Benefits, and Functions

What is a Courier Service: Meaning, Benefits, and Functions

When you need customizable and speedy pickup and delivery services to keep your supply chain flowing, you might consider the post office. Unfortunately, the post office charges high rates for anything faster than the norm, and its services are limited. The solution exists with couriers.  In the past, courier services were limited to local pickup […]

Container Freight Station: Definition, Purpose, and Benefits

Container Freight Station: Definition, Purpose, and Benefits

In the past, items from the smaller shipments would be loaded and sorted during onboarding. But today, Container Freight Station (CFS) has changed the transportation system for smaller and larger shipments. In this article, we’ll highlight the meaning of a CFS, its purpose, and its benefits. What Is a Container Freight Station? A CFS is […]

Delivered Duty Paid: Meaning, Importance, and Process

Delivered Duty Paid: Meaning, Importance, and Process

The international shipping process is made up of multiple methods, including order placement and fulfillment, shipment, export, import, order notification, and delivery or return. Incoterms are rules that govern the shipment of goods between countries. This allows people to ship and receive items worldwide while still meeting local and federal shipment requirements. Buyers and sellers […]

Bullwhip Effect: Example, Causes, and Impact on Supply Chain

Bullwhip Effect: Example, Causes, and Impact on Supply Chain

The supply chain ensures that raw materials, parts, and finished products are delivered to customers promptly and efficiently. However, the supply chain is a complex system that various major factors, such as changes in demand, production delays, or supply chain disruptions, can easily disrupt.  The bullwhip effect is one of supply chain management’s most significant […]

Expedited Shipping: Meaning, Pros, and Options

Expedited Shipping: Meaning, Pros, and Options

In today’s fast-paced e-commerce landscape, expedited shipping is increasingly important. Customers’ desire for quick, reliable delivery of their purchases has led businesses to seek out faster, more efficient shipping options. This article delves into the meaning, benefits, and options for expedited shipping, helping businesses to comprehend its potential impact on their operations. What Does Expedited […]

Smart Warehouse: Definition, Benefits, and Challenges

Smart Warehouse: Definition, Benefits, and Challenges

A smart warehouse represents the next stage of evolution in warehouse management, where cutting-edge technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), automated storage and retrieval systems, and autonomous mobile robots come together. A smart warehouse system enhances traditional warehousing processes by automating tasks, streamlining operations, and providing critical data to ensure […]

Value Chain vs. Supply Chain: Key Similarities and Differences

Value Chain vs. Supply Chain: Key Similarities and Differences

In business management, understanding the concepts of value chain and supply chain, as well as their similarities and differences, is crucial for optimizing operations and achieving a competitive advantage. Both these terms are often used interchangeably, but they represent distinct aspects of operational management. We’ll explore why organizations must focus on value chain analysis and […]

Freight Broker vs. Freight Forwarder: Definition, Benefits, and Differences

Freight Broker vs. Freight Forwarder: Definition, Benefits, and Differences

There are many options and terms to know when it comes to shipping international and domestic freight. You may come across two standard terms: “freight broker” and “freight forwarder.” Though both facilitate and optimize shipping, there are critical differences between the two services in the freight industry. A freight broker acts as a middleman between […]

Order Processing: Meaning, Importance, and Steps

Order Processing: Meaning, Importance, and Steps

The number of consumers who order products and services online has been steadily increasing in recent years. This increase has led to rapid growth in orders processed by the different parties involved, from businesses to delivery companies.  Order processing is essential in any business’ marketing and distribution strategy to save money on production costs and […]

What Is Dunnage? Definition, Uses, and Types

What Is Dunnage? Definition, Uses, and Types

Dunnage is a type of material used to fill empty spaces on ships, trucks, and other vehicles. Dunnage trucking helps to prevent shifting and damage during transport. Common materials used for dunnage include wood, metal, and plastic.  This article will look at the definition of dunnage, its uses, and the available types. It will also […]

Freight In vs Freight Out: Definitions and Examples

Freight In vs Freight Out: Definitions and Examples

Freight costs are a part of expenses for companies involved in shipping goods and transporting products to customers. You must understand the difference between freight in vs freight out, regardless of whether you work for a shipping company, a freight company, or any other business that functions similarly. This article will provide an in-depth look […]

11 Types of Warehouses: A Complete Guide to Their Uses

11 Types of Warehouses: A Complete Guide to Their Uses

Warehouses are essential to the supply chain and logistics industry. They provide storage facilities for a company’s upstream and downstream supply chain inventory until it is distributed to its final destination. These storage facilities ensure the smooth flow of goods through the supply chain from the manufacturer to the customer. However, not all warehouses are […]

Lessons Learned from the 1997 UPS Strike and Their Relevance Today

Lessons Learned from the 1997 UPS Strike and Their Relevance Today

THEN: In August 1997, the UPS strike that not many thought would happen, did. Not only did it surprise many companies – but worse was its impact: It exposed companies’ reliance on a single carrier for their livelihood.  At the time, UPS dominated the ground network and had roughly 75% of the U.S. parcel market. […]

Artificial Intelligence in Fleet Management: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using AI Resources in Fleet Operations

Artificial Intelligence in Fleet Management: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using AI Resources in Fleet Operations

Today’s highly sophisticated and evolving artificial intelligence (AI)-driven tools and resources, including ones that leverage natural language processing like ChatGPT and Google’s new AI product Bard, are creating many new opportunities for organizations. However, the actual impact AI will have on transportation fleets in the areas of improved equipment asset management strategies, and operations such […]

Process Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Industries

Process Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Industries

Manufacturing is the process of creating a finished product from raw materials or ingredients. This action is accomplished by using machinery, human labor, and other tools, with some manufacturing requiring chemical processes. There are various methods of manufacturing systems linked with producing final goods. Process is one of the main manufacturing methods. In this article, […]

Commercial Invoice: Definition and Terms

Commercial Invoice: Definition and Terms

A commercial invoice is a customs-required document for any internationally sold shipment of goods. As a document, a commercial invoice plays an important role in facilitating the processing of products and owed taxes or duties. The following summary covers all you need to know about a commercial invoice and its role in international trade. What […]