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Fast Forwarding

Globalization and security concerns are thrusting the air cargo industry into full throttle. From their unique perspective as both service provider and shipper, airfreight forwarders air their views about the growing challenges facing global businesses.

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Extreme Outsourcing: Tales from the 3PL Wild Side

When mere execution is not enough to accomplish extraordinary logistics challenges, companies turn to a special breed of 3PLs to deliver extreme results. What makes them special? Stellar leadership, plenty of resources, effective communications, precise project management, a deeply committed team, a passion for achieving a common goal, and sometimes the ability to function well on little sleep. Welcome to extreme outsourcing.

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Rethinking Reverse Logistics

Companies have become more aware of the benefits of managing reverse logistics. But now it’s time to decide between merely managing returns more effectively and rethinking reverse logistics’ role as a supply chain strategy.

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From Factory to Foxhole: The Battle for Logistics Efficiency

Military and business logistics managers share some challenges—tracking, moving, and storing inventory while maintaining visibility—but the differences are dramatic. For the military, the goal is survival, not profitability. The competition is an enemy force. And the customer is a warfighter on the move in hostile territory.

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Supplier Logistics in the Driver’s Seat

Increasing complexity in the automotive supply chain has created a host of global logistics challenges that have auto suppliers operating in overdrive. How are they steering their supply chains in the right direction? By finding creative ways to keep inventories lean, improve velocity, and cut costs to meet manufacturer demands.

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Going for (Not So) Broke: The True Cost of RFID

The cost of RFID implementation has been over-hyped and exaggerated. Early cost predictions had vendors seeing green, but in reality, an RFID implementation need not bust your whole technology budget. Find out the true costs of taking the RFID plunge.

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East Side Story: Ocean’s New Direction

The triple-whammy of high container growth, tight capacity, and rising fuel costs crashing in on ocean transport to West Coast ports has shippers flooding the East Coast in search of a more effective solution. Though they face challenges of their own, East Coast ports and carriers are making a strong push to tap into Asian-origin cargo volume.

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Logistics at the C-Level. Are We There Yet?

Logistics and supply chain management continue to grow in stature within the corporate world. But merely gaining visibility in the boardroom doesn’t make logistics and supply chain equal players at the senior executive table.

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Making Career Building Connections

Katy Keane had not been in the logistics industry very long when she found herself knee deep in what she calls an “ERP remediation” at food manufacturer Borden Foods. The company had just gone live with a full Enterprise Resource Planning system and service levels were tanking. “We couldn’t ship products and customers were threatening […]

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Survival of the Retro-Fittest

Improving processes and upgrading material handling systems in your warehouses and distribution facilities is not only a solid recovery strategy but also good business.

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Setting Your Sites

Identifying and evaluating new sites is not about finding the cheapest place; it’s about locating where you can serve customers most effectively, manage inbound flows and inventory most efficiently, and keep costs competitive. Ready for some site seeing? Read on.

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Transportation Transformed!

How seven companies of all shapes, industries, and sizes, transformed their transportation and logistics operations through the use of technology.

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Managing Inside and Outside the Box

Increasingly, businesses rely on technology to improve efficiency, accelerate flows, reduce costs, and create more effective communication among all channel partners involved in distribution. From integrated WMS and TMS solutions to web-based systems, technology has helped turned the four walls inside-out.

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When the Customer is King

Customer relationship management (CRM) helps companies maximize the value of every customer interaction and drive superior corporate performance. And the value of CRM grows considerably when it is tightly integrated with supply chain functionality. A “customer is king” approach is replacing the factory-based push supply chains of the 20th century.

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Small Companies Take on the World

These days it seems if you’re not global, you’re missing all the action. Small- to mid-sized companies without the resources of mega brands face an uphill battle. Or do they? Here’s how under­sized companies use savvy supply chain strategies to stand out and com­pete with the big boys in the global marketplace.

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Protecting Your Cargo: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Each year cargo theft takes a major toll on companies that transport goods, with estimated losses totalling more than $15 billion annually—and rising. Advanced technologies and anti-theft devices now on the market help companies maintain the integrity of freight in transit. Here’s a look at the products that can protect your cargo.

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Switzerland Banks on Logistics

With a dense transportation infrastructure, financial stability, and a favorable corporate tax structure, Switzerland is quickly becoming a stepping-stone for global businesses targeting new markets.

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Pushing Your Career to a Higher Degree

Whether you’re looking to broaden your professional education, gain expertise in a particular area, or land a management position, advanced education in logistics and supply chain management is quickly becoming a must for industry professionals. Here is a closer look at how the right degree program can fast-track your logistics career.

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Higher Learning

In today’s fast-paced, demand-driven, global business environment, an advanced logistics/supply chain management degree can be your ticket to the top of the profession. Choosing a program that best meets your specific needs—and bumps you up the corporate ladder—is imperative.

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