Articles | October 2015

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Case Studies

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The Beauty of Global Logistics

EM Cosmetics brings its products to the global market through the use of international shipping and package consolidator MyUS.com.

LeaderSHIP

An Acquiring Mind

Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.

Reader Profile

Tim Thoma Brings It In

Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.

Commentary

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Timely Timeline Reminder 

After 30 site visits and two logistics industry conferences, Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo wonders what the future of supply chain and logistics holds.

Doug Mattoon

Online ExclusiveEcoDevDoug Mattoon

Pioneer Ports Drive Economic Development in the Inland Northwest

The Port of Lewiston, Port of Clarkston, and Port of Whitman County—also known as the Pioneer Ports—are positioned to offer reduced shipping costs to companies purchasing goods from Pacific Rim suppliers.

Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesDr. Jeff Karrenbauer

Three Steps to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk…Now

Waiting until next week, next month, or next year to address your company’s supply chain vulnerability is a serious mistake, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Use these tips to prepare for potential supply chain disruptions.

Ryan Repich

Online ExclusiveSmart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceRyan Repich

Building Bench Strength With Supply Chain Graduates

Today, millennial and Generation Y candidates who have a supply chain degree or education can immediately fill a gap that previously took a senior person. But that's only part of the solution.

Paul A. Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Measuring to Manage or Barely Managing to Measure

It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.

Anthony Vitiello

Online ExclusiveViewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisAnthony Vitiello

If Yogi Berra Were a Logistics and Supply Chain Manager

Applying Berra-isms to logistics management yields valuable insights. Remembering the beloved Yankees legend Yogi Berra with fondness and celebrating his memorable words of wisdom.

Gary C. Smith

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisGary C. Smith

Product Philanthropy: An Efficient Way to Move Unwanted Inventory

Excess inventory is a common problem that contains its own best solution: product philanthropy. Donating unwanted products to charity requires minimal time and labor, yet generates solid returns.

Brett Gopal

Online ExclusiveViewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisBrett Gopal

The Do's and Don'ts of Sales and Operations Planning

If done right, an effective S&OP process can help you make faster and more profitable decisions, enhancing margins both internally and across the supply chain.

How-To

Ten Tips

Analyzing Lift Truck Fleet Data 

Good data assists fleet managers in budgeting short- and long-term costs, determining correct fleet size, and evaluating whether to lease or buy new equipment. Use these tips to get the most out lift truck fleet data.

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