Articles | January 2020

Feature Stories

Case Studies


Formulating a Predictive Flow

Chemical company BASF Corp. improves real-time visibility of its transportation operations and moves towards predictive supply chain activities with Transplace and Descartes’ MacroPoint solutions.


How Zulily Optimizes its Supply Chain on Cost, Not Speed

Zulily’s 72-hour shopping events rely on a point-of-ship supply chain model running on homegrown warehouse management software.

I.T. Toolkit

From Sea to Supermarket: Tracking the Catch of the Day

Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP® Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table.


Conviction, Clarity, Compassion

A leadershp profile of Robert Sappio, CEO, SeaCube Container Leasing.

Reader Profile

Taking a Dip Into Supply Chain Management

Frank Armetta, global vice president of supply chain with Sabra Dipping Company, discusses the hummus company's warehouse transformation, how he leads his team, and insight into his career journey.


Online ExclusiveBarry Kukkuk, CTO, NETSTOCK

Are You Ready to Join the Circular Supply Chain?

Companies and consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and shifting from a traditional linear supply chain to a circular one. By reducing the demand for manufactured products, we can reduce the toxicity and volume of waste that end up in landfills.

Kyle Krug

3PL Line: Third-Party Logistics PerspectivesKyle Krug

What to Look For in a 3PL

A business looking to outsource part or all of its logistics to a 3PL should consider a variety of factors to identify a logistics provider that is part tactical service provider and part strategic business partner.

Christoph Seitz

Carriers Corner: Air, Ocean, Rail, Road TopicsChristoph Seitz

Transporting Cars: RoRo or Containers

Using containerization in place of the traditional roll-on roll-off, or Ro-Ro, transport style has many advantages to the driver, the automotive supplier and the consumer.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

Ten Minutes From Now—Do You Have a Plan?

Inbound Logistics editor Felecia Stratton checks in with readers and reviews the practical information in the January 2020 issue that shippers can put to use right away.

Michelle Comerford

EcoDevMichelle Comerford

Inland Ports: An Efficient Alternative

For many U.S. manufacturers and distributors scouting new locations, inland ports are emerging as a commercially viable solution.

Bernhard Simon

Global LogisticsBernhard Simon

Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?

Take a look at the facts surrounding the New Silk Road, which has the potential to act as a high-speed internet connection for transporting goods.

Good QuestionKatrina Arabe

Good Question: Will the Supply Chain Management Function Be Obsolete in 10 Years? Why or Why Not?

Industry professionals share whether they think the supply chain management function will be obsolete in the next 10 years.

Graham Deane

Green Landscape: Supply Chain SustainabilityGraham Deane

Saving Green While Going Green

Climate change is influencing how consumers decide to purchase products and choose partnerships. How can supply chain leaders incorporate green practices while maintaining profit margins?

Jay Fraze

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyJay Fraze

The Secret Behind the Best Supply Chain Transformations

Here are the top three ways data analytics and AI can transform your supply chain.

Ohad Axelrod

Logistics ManagementOhad Axelrod

Tips for Shipping Across the Mexico Border

A checklist of five critical questions to ask before booking your next cross-border load.

Tray Anderson

Reverse LogisticsTray Anderson

Mitigating the Flood of Post-Holiday Returns

Fearing the flood of post-holiday returns? An optimized reverse logistics strategy may be the answer.

Michael Meeks

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesMichael Meeks

Stop, Thief! Five Ways to Protect Your Supply Chain

Your company can be exposed to unpredictable theft at any time, which can negatively impact your revenues and your reputation. Here are some simple tips to help protect your shipments, customers, and industry stature.

Tony Sinton

Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceTony Sinton

Preparing for the New World of Work

The supply chain workplace of today faces significant disruption and begs the question: What should businesses be doing to embrace these changes?

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Supply Chain AI: This Time It’s for Real

While Artificial Intelligence is not a new concept, what has changed is the power of computing, cloud-based service options and the applicability of AI to supply chain and logistics.

Jeff Simpson

Trade Compliance StrategistJeff Simpson

Incoterms 2020: Embracing the Rules

When used correctly, Incoterms identifies the responsibilities sellers and buyers have in international transactions between countries.

Oren Zaslansky

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisOren Zaslansky

Navigating Amazon's Move into Freight

Amazon's launching of a full-service freight brokerage has a number of implications for supply chain professionals—some obvious and some not so clear.


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