Articles | January 2017

Feature Stories

Case Studies


How Ariens Weathers Seasonal Demand

Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.

DC Solutions

Hardware Upgrade Unwraps DC Improvements

Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers deployed Janam’s mobile computers and transformed its distribution center operations. From improving efficiency and productivity, find out how the handheld devices boosted inventory control and customer satisfaction for the wholesale distributor.

I.T. Toolkit

Routing Software Separates Losers from Weiners

Kowalski Sausage implements a new in-house routing and dispatching system to improve how the piggies get to market.


Russ Smyth: Geared Up for Growth

Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.

Reader Profile

Aaron Leach: A Bird’s Eye View of the Supply Chain

Aaron Leach is senior director of supply chain with Wayne Farms, LLC, in Oakwood, Ga. He has held this position since 2013. Wayne Farms is the sixth largest vertically integrated producer and processor of poultry in the United States.


Bob Daymon

3PL Line: Third-Party Logistics PerspectivesBob Daymon

Going for Brokers

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

Anthony Berritto

Carriers Corner: Air, Ocean, Rail, Road TopicsAnthony Berritto

The Slow, Steady Decline Of the Owner-Operator Model

Today, we face the slow extinction of independent owner-operators. These self-reliant business owners are now dealing with a myriad of regulations that will soon make the owner-operator model impractical, and its survival improbable.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Wild Ride?

Will the coming political change reverse slow economic growth many had anticipated for the next 4 years? Many think so.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

Hold On Tight!

As the economic rollercoaster trends up quickly, best logistics practices will give your enterprise vitality to scale up quickly without disrupting.

Tarek Sultan

Online ExclusiveEcoDevTarek Sultan

Why Global Trade Needs a Rebrand

Visibility into the supply chain is clearer than ever, dramatically cutting the time from order to production and shipment. To bring the same transparency and efficiency to global trade, we need common sense changes. Find out how shippers can benefit.

Todd Miller

E_CommerceTodd Miller

Solving the E-Commerce Puzzle

To overcome the challenges that e-commerce presents to the supply chain, shippers need to succeed at omni-channel fulfillment. From leveraging brick-and-mortar stores to deploying an order management system, here’s how they can compete in an e-commerce world.

Chris Cotter

Fine Print: Supply Chain Legal IssuesChris Cotter

When to File Loss and Damage Claims: Know Your Rights

Shippers need to understand the claims process and law since the legal principles are unique to the shipping industry.

Good Question

GOOD QUESTION | What’s your supply chain resolution for 2017?

Readers reveal the issues that could disrupt the supply chain…as well as their sleep.

Glenn Jones

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyGlenn Jones

How to Find Value in Big Data

Use this advice to get the most out of your big data.

Howard Rosenberg

Reverse LogisticsHoward Rosenberg

Rethinking Reverse Logistics for Online Apparel Returns

As physical shopping bags are being replaced by virtual ones, it’s important for retailers to update their policies and logistics strategies to align with consumer behavior and expectations.

Jessica Dankert

Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceJessica Dankert

Tackling Retail Logistics: Build Your Team First

The flexible supply chain of the future is full of opportunities and challenges. With the right team and talent on your side, you’ll be well positioned for success. Here’s how to get the right people.

Shruti Agrawal

Online ExclusiveSupply Chain PerspectivesShruti Agrawal

Reduce Supply Chain Costs with Consolidated Procurement Strategies

Consolidated procurement offers cost benefits as well as improved efficiency throughout the supply chain. Find out how you can implement this approach and realize its advantages.

Paul A. Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Using Network Optimization Technology To Enable Your Lean Supply Chain

From a Lean and agile supply chain perspective,an optimally designed supply chain can significantly improve margins,support expansion into new markets,enhance the customer experience,and reduce operating costs.

Amar Shah, Danielle Moushon, and Sunil Agarwal

Online ExclusiveViewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisAmar Shah, Danielle Moushon, and Sunil Agarwal

Optimizing the Product Portfolio

The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.

Sven Thiesen

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisSven Thiesen

Evaluate Partners Before You Sign the Contract

Suppliers have to be lean, fast, and innovative to meet their clients’ needs. To ensure they’re capable of being exactly that, OEMs need to bring in expertise across the whole business to ensure they get a strategic supply chain partner.


Ten Tips

Leveraging Your Routing Guide

A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.


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