Articles | August 2016

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Case Studies

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Optimum Dental Extracts Transportation Cost Savings

A lack of route optimization software led to out-of-control logistics costs for Optimum Dental Studio, so the company turned to Maxoptra to optimize routing to serve dental offices and their patients.


Cross-Border Champion

Profile of John Costanzo, president, Purolator International

Reader Profile

Peter Schuele: Injecting Life Into Supply Chains

Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Working at People Speed

Instantaneous, insatiable customer need runs the risk of forcing people out of the equation. But some logistics challenges can only be met by people working at ‘people speed.’

Good Question

GOOD QUESTION | Has supply chain impatience gotten out of hand?

Readers weigh in on the August question: Has supply chain impatience gotten out of hand?

Steve Simmerman

Online ExclusiveIT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologySteve Simmerman

Is Your Warehouse Ready for Black Friday? Start Preparing This Summer

Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.

Todd Ericksrud

Online ExclusiveIT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyTodd Ericksrud

Make Port Dray Street-turns Mainstream to Reduce Supply Chain Costs

When shippers pair an import transport move with an export transport move inland, without returning empty to the port, they get a matchback or street-turn. Optimizing these street-turns can improve supply chains.

Cyrus Hadavi PhD

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyCyrus Hadavi PhD

Self-Improving Supply Chains Have Arrived

Supply chain planning systems can greatly benefit from combining artificial intelligence techniques so they become more intelligent, dynamic, and user-friendly.

Moe Glenner

Online ExclusiveIT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyMoe Glenner

How to Succeed With a Supply Chain Technological Rollout

When considering, procuring, and implementing new logistics/supply chain technology, here are three steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.

Melanie Nuce

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesMelanie Nuce

Black Swan Events: Planning for Supply Chain Resiliency

A standards-based supply chain can provide an organization with the speed and accuracy required when it’s needed most—helping to manage risk during normal operations and at times of crisis.

ML Peck

Online ExclusiveSmart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceML Peck

E-Learning Boosts Supply Chain Management Expertise

The supply management sector is becoming increasingly more strategic, requiring its professionals to develop new competencies while they are in the midst of busy careers. Here's how e-learning helps supply chain professionals stay competitive.

Lamar Johnson

Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceLamar Johnson

How to Attract the Best Supply Chain Talent

Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.

Chuck Hieronymi

Online ExclusiveSupply Chain PerspectivesChuck Hieronymi

Optimizing Freight Rail Supply Chain Visibility

Freight rail has become an integral part of many global supply chains, driving the need for complete visibility across modes and giving rise to a new suite of technologies. Shippers who know how to make effective use of these technologies gain an advantage.

Matt Engle

Online ExclusiveSupply Chain PerspectivesMatt Engle

Using Tunnel Scanning to Meet
E-commerce Challenges

Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.


Ten Tips

Prepping Your DC for Peak Season

Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.


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