Articles | July 2016

Feature Stories

Case Studies


Making Scents of Demand Planning

Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.


Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go Digital and Milk E-Commerce Innovation

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) created and implemented a new way of taking and filling orders for its annual cookie drive. Here’s how it made sure cookie sales didn’t crumble.

I.T. Toolkit

Delivery App Perks Up Coffee Sales

A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.


Build a Great Team and Get Out of Their Way

Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able

Reader Profile

Diandra Hayban: Keeping New York City Prepared

Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management


Jamie Overley

3PL Line: Third-Party Logistics PerspectivesJamie Overley

How to Stand Out From the Crowd

To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Still Pushing Your Customers Around?

Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

6 Cool Things I Learned Editing This Issue

Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.

Rich Thompson

EcoDevRich Thompson

Panama Canal Expansion: Four Keys to Unlocking its Potential

The Panama Canal expansion is finally complete. How will the increased capacity of this global maritime crossroads play out in your shipping and logistics strategy?

Good Question

GOOD QUESTION | How would you describe your job to a five-year-old?

Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.

Jerry Levy (pictured) and Gary Barker

Green Landscape: Supply Chain SustainabilityJerry Levy (pictured) and Gary Barker

How to Be Fashionably Green

Going green is in style for retailers. Here’s how adopting a multi-faceted sustainability strategy can lower costs as well as boost brand loyalty.

Michael Elmgreen

Online ExclusiveIT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyMichael Elmgreen

B2B Commerce Technology Improves Fulfillment Times and Supply Management

With demand for speed and convenience at an all-time high, companies must streamline and speed up order fulfillment. Technology that allows sales reps and customers to rapidly write orders and submit them almost instantaneously for fulfillment is a major competitive advantage.

John Bermudez

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyJohn Bermudez

Supply Chain Execs Shift Focus From Sustenance to Survival

If they haven’t already, supply chain executives need to immediately deploy more flexible and agile supply chain management solutions that encompass an enterprise resource planning system.

Isaac Mathew

Reverse LogisticsIsaac Mathew

Dialing In to the Secondhand Smartphone Market

Success in the secondhand phone market requires the ability to spot and adapt quickly to market trends. The right supply chain partners can help maximize earnings and navigate the uncertain terrain ahead.

Wes Baker

Online ExclusiveRisks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesWes Baker

Warehouse Fires Can Cripple Your Business. Preventing Them Just Got Easier.

As warehouse heights have increased with the help of new materials handling technology, so have the risks. Here's one way to meet fire codes as well as cut sprinkler costs.

Ken Harris

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesKen Harris

Who Are You Doing Business With?

Denied party screening is of critical importance in shipping and international trade, and essential for minimizing business risk today.

Abe Eshkenazi

Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceAbe Eshkenazi

Prepare Today for the Workforce of Tomorrow

A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.

Gary Barraco

Supply Chain SecurityGary Barraco

How Secure Is Your Air and Ocean Cargo?

Keeping cargo secure requires visibility and the automation technology to enable this view into your shipments. Additionally, immediate access to rapidly changing requirements for import and export activities plays a key role in light of new security concerns.

Paul A. Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Does Your Supply Chain Need an Alignment?

If your company’s supply chain isn’t aligned with your overall business competitive strategy, then performance may fall short of expectations, with higher costs, poor execution, and reduced revenue and profits.

Julie Gibbs

Trade Compliance StrategistJulie Gibbs

10 Steps for a Win-Win Shipper-Forwarder Partnership

Outsourcing trade compliance activities does not mean outsourcing trade compliance responsibilities. Here’s how to work with your forwarder to create a ‘win-win’ partnership where compliance is the top goal.

Bruce Salter

Online ExclusiveViewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisBruce Salter

Five Keys to Selecting the Right Transportation Consultant

For many shippers, choosing the right transportation consultant can become a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating process. Here are five keys to finding the optimal partner.

Aaron Baker

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisAaron Baker

Physics of a Customer-Centric Supply Chain

The supply chain strategy shift, from business cost efficiency to customer purchase location flexibility, is similar to the Copernican Revolution. Here’s how supply chain managers can increase product velocity using a customer-centric business model.


Ten Tips

Using Social Media to Empower Your Supply Chain

Social media benefits the supply chain industry in many ways. Companies enhance communication with customers, generate demand, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk, increase productivity, and gain marketplace intelligence through social channels.


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