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Northwest Iowa: Connectivity Beyond Expectations

At the core of America’s heartland, Northwest Iowa delivers easy access to major markets, a first-class transportation infrastructure, a welcoming business environment, and outstanding workforce development programs.

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Cleared For Takeoff

Security and customs requirements impose major constraints on airfreight shipments. Two new programs aim to remove some of the obstacles.

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Air Cargo Perspectives 2009

Leading air cargo companies share their perceptions on important trends shaping the trajectory of today’s global supply chain.

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Smart Strategy: South Of The Border

Companies that source and manufacture products in Mexico gain opportunities to cut transportation costs, hold less inventory, and provide faster service to customers. But to reap logistics benefits in Mexico, you have to know your way around.

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Energizing Your Warehouse New Strategies For Greater Efficiency

In a tough economy, the universal battle cry is, “Do more with less!” We’re all looking for new ways to squeeze a few more dollars, or a few more hours, from our operations while also delighting customers with ever-better service. In many cases, we’re trying to achieve those goals while saving energy and reducing our […]

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Good Things Come From Green Packages

Why are companies sticking with green packaging initiatives in the midst of an economic recession? Because reusing materials, reducing waste, and improving transportation efficiency is not only good for the planet, it’s good for business.

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Arkansas: A Natural Wonder

Arkansas has long been known for its geographic diversity and scenic beauty. Now it’s a burgeoning Natural Wonder when it comes to transportation, logistics, and trade.

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IT Perspectives 2009: Exclusive IL Research

Logistics information technology is many things to different companies. It is an investment, a risk, a market neutralizer, and often a competitive differentiator. Technology can micromanage the mundane with extraordinary savings; or it can tackle the extraordinary with mundane consistency. Even as companies tame wanton spending, table strategic endeavors, and closely measure return on investments, […]

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Coming (Back) to America

A decade ago, garment manufacturing in the United States was practically dead as apparel companies flocked to low-cost countries. But then came the economic downturn, and the realization that the time merchandise spends traveling in a container is time not spent on store shelves. Suddenly, America is the new global hot spot.

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Lock, Stock, and Barrel: How Secure is Your Cargo?

When it comes to protecting shipments from theft, businesses have an arsenal of tools at their disposal. From high-tech tracking and monitoring to basic intrusion prevention, these devices and technologies, combined with common-sense security practices, can help thwart cargo thieves.

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Why Comply?

Understanding the latest CBP programs and requirements involves homework and headaches. So…

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Rediscovering The Classics, Volume I: Prologue

Logistics fundamentals are oft cited but more often overlooked or misread. Mastering these basics builds a foundation for supply chain sophistication. So grab your slippers, pull up a chair, and stoke the fire—get comfortable. Join us as we retire to Inbound Logistics’ library of logistics best practices and dust off some classics.

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Rediscovering The Classics, Volume II: Committing to Core Carriers

Romancing lowboys and spread-axle hotshots might not sound appealing, but developing Unconditional relationships with core carriers REAPS long-term advantages. Core carrier programs capitalize on matching a ratio of trucking partners to shipment volumes, based on pre-determined service and pricing coefficients. When the trucking market is squeezed, businesses use these partnerships to find capacity; when demand […]

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Rediscovering The Classics, Volume IV: Inbound Routing Guides

All the supply chain’s a stage so why not command top billing? When businesses actively enforce inbound routing guides and dictate shipment instructions, efficiencies fall into place and economies run wild. Ensuring vendors comply with your transportation requirements is as simple as putting instructions in writing. That’s why a routing guide is an essential tool […]

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Rediscovering The Classics, Volume V: Transloading

In today’s lengthening supply chain, a mode alone is a road less traveled. Businesses shift gearS and mix transportation options to account for fluctuations in capacity and freight costs. When shipments switch track, transloads take center stage. The growing importance of intermodalism in the United States raises the stakes for efficiently managing transportation at key […]

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