Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
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.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
MPO’s cloud platform for order and logistics management allowed an agricultural spare parts distributor to streamline fulfillment, obtain full order visibility, and reduce shipping costs for customers.
Multinational food distribution company Sysco Corporation, based in Houston, launched several new grocery sector-focused initiatives in response to reduced customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Relationship contracts can benefit distribution in many different industry sectors—these five steps can help you put one into action.
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.
Building high-performing alliances between supply chain and commercial teams is a key driver to success.
The clearer your RFP, the easier it will be for 3PLs to understand your requirements and provide you with the information you need to make an informed selection.
Organic farmers face the same challenges as conventional farmers, as well as few more: the risks of contamination or commingling, as well as fraudulent competition. They’re addressing these challenges with technology and shifts in their supply chains.
Ashley Tyrner sources fresh organic and natural produce, forms partnerships with farmers, works with shipping companies, and designs produce boxes that customers receive.
Red Classic created a complex regional transportation solution to optimize Coca-Cola Consolidated’s distribution network following a multi-year expansion effort.
To combat foreign foodborne illnesses, the U.S. government recently introduced regulations to hold importers accountable for what is brought into the United States and sold to American consumers: The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Here, we examine the FSVP and what U.S.-based importers need to know to consistently and effectively ensure compliance.
Before deploying a carrier management strategy, shippers must have a deep understanding of their supply chain, capacity challenges, and customer requirements.
With the help of Evans Distribution, this furniture maker developed an efficient, successful, real-time supply chain.
Distribution centers used for short-term storage and cross-docking are changing to accommodate the growth in online ordering and rising expectation for rapid delivery.
The New NAFTA winners and losers; shippers need larger customs bonds; Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in fiscal year 2018; South Korea trade growth remains positive in Q4 2018; the EU countries importing the most coffee; Feelunique partners with SEKO Logistics for cross-border growth into China; first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains
Getting a distribution center in shape for a high-volume holiday or seasonal period requires advance planning to make sure all systems work, the facility is properly staffed, and temporary workers are properly trained. Inbound Logistics asked the experts for their holiday preparation advice; they provided these seven commandments that will light the way.
Distributors continue to play a valuable role within many supply chains. At the same time, changing business models, and especially the rise of e-commerce, are prompting many to enhance the services they offer.
Transparency, honest communication, and a commitment to forming a true partnership with shared goals and values are keys to successful supply chain collaboration between shippers and their third-party logistics providers.
Dow Building Solutions gained faster, more reliable distribution to customers at a reduced cost with help from KANE.
Coffee has been a popular drink for centuries, yet its supply chain faces ongoing and emerging challenges, including fragmented production, commodity market instability, and climate change.
The logistics provider will help designers find ways to strengthen their global reach.
These key elements can significantly improve your foodservice supply chain, and ensure your brand is in the best position for success.
E-commerce grocery delivery is seeing massive growth, and is expected to continue to shake up the traditional grocery industry as online grocery sales are forecasted to account for as much as 20% of all grocery sales by 2025.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Cath Kidston partnered with SEKO to expand the company’s inbound business from Asia to the UK and its distribution centers in Hong Kong and Shanghai supplying its international franchises.
Profile of Jonathan Parks, VP, global logistics and distribution, with Rent-A-Center
Healthful food — organic, vegan, non-GMO, local, sustainably or humanely raised, and allergen free, or any other variety — has captured attention and seen growing demand. Satisfying that demand, however, poses unique supply chain challenges.
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.
As product demand continues to rise, companies in all industries are partnering with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ensure their products are delivered to customers on time and cost effectively.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
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.
The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers need to ensure safe handling procedures are in place to protect the food they handle.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
Distribution centers (DCs) play a key role in the overall success of each peak season, as supply chain professionals must meet the surge in consumer demand and fulfill orders efficiently. Here are 10 ways to help you identify and fill seasonal needs of distribution centers.
Implementing material handling automation within a distribution center requires an experienced systems integration, which acts as a matchmaker to ensure the software communicates fully and freely with the facility’s equipment.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
Profile of Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics
Rise of e-commerce changing logistics real estate landscape; Companies who don’t sell globally may be sacrificing profits; Many smaller fleets non-compliant with upcoming ELD mandate
It is never too late to improve your safety operations. The changes you make today will reduce your liability exposure for an accident that happens tomorrow.
The winter of 2013-14 disrupted the intermodal shipping industry in North America, causing service problems and impeding growth. However, intermodal now offers a number of attractive advantages for shippers, particularly as rail operations pour resources into their intermodal efforts to strengthen service and compete with trucking. Sites that specialize in intermodal utilize innovations to streamline the process and apply new resources to make for an increasingly efficient and effective distribution process.
The challenge for shippers considering a new logistics provider is understanding how to evaluate the overall potential of the relationship. Use these key items to ensure success.
The benefits of a multi-tenant software platform are immense. Chris Johnson of LeanLogistics outlines the four areas of value with multi-tenant technology.
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
When a company initiates a nearshoring program, it is critical to have a partnership with a transportation and logistics company that understands the dynamics of logistics in that country.
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
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.
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.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
A company’s ability to efficiently execute a supply chain strategy in today’s environment can be enhanced by logistics outsourcing with a strategic partner.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
When evaluating your needs for a transportation management system it’s important to look beyond technology and consider who will manage planning and execution. Use this advice to determine if a managed service provider will deliver greater value than developing an in-house team.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Kuebix TMS and Managed Services take Weis Markets’ supply chain to the next level of excellence.
Wholesale distributor Ideal Supply re-routed its delivery network through the cloud with the help of logistics technology provider Descartes.
Dave Christensen, vice president, supply chain with Glazer’s, Inc., oversees demand planning, replenishment, logistics, and master data management.
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Direct-to-consumer selling is where the omni-channel strategy becomes truly powerful.
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
There's no derailing hub-and-spoke networks. Find out why their adoption is arguably as significant an event in shipping efficiency as containerization itself.
The cornerstone of collaborative logistics is timely visibility. Data about orders, inventory, transportation, and spend need to all funnel into a common denominator big data repository and be readily accessible.
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
Taking steps to become a shipper of choice delivers benefits across the supply chain, and will help sustain and grow your bottom line.
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
Procurement professionals should cultivate and maintain good supplier relationships to ensure profitability.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
Some expert advice to help shippers and carriers navigate the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one step closer to ratification; harnessing the power of supply chain collaboration; FMC approves new regulations for OTIs; SAP releases inaugural Retail Index
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology has a multitude of benefits that can have a significant impact on reducing and eliminating waste in the extended supply chain.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
As e-commerce continues to surge, the case for automation is now too compelling to ignore. One good way to start can be to automate parcel sorting at local and regional distribution centers.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
EM Cosmetics brings its products to the global market through the use of international shipping and package consolidator MyUS.com.
After 30 site visits and two logistics industry conferences, Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo wonders what the future of supply chain and logistics holds.
Active participation in a professional association helps advance career growth and offers continuous learning.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Warehouse operations no longer allow for “business as usual” practices. New initiatives and strategic investments in capital improvements will lead to greater returns in productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Investing in the latest materials handling equipment, WMS technology, and physical building improvements will result in a fully integrated distribution center.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
E-commerce and omni-channel retailing have a major impact on supply chain and logistics needs, and customers have to make sure their supply chain is equipped to offer maximum flexibility.
Port of Hamburg unveils new traffic light system; CEVA Logistics TireCity in Italy demonstrates interest in sector-specific supply chain collaboration; China debuts longest freight rail route in the world; TPP agreement raises concerns about traceability in the seafood supply chain; Africa capital investment heats up; New G6 Alliance rotation features Polish port; Indian 3PL uses containers as mobile logistics classrooms; Intel eyes Asia for IoT ecosystem.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Judi Griffin, director of logistics at Burkhart Dental, is responsible for three distribution centers, purchasing and customer service teams, and inbound and outbound freight costs.
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
Today’s supply chain environment is more complex than ever, and it is important for business partners to work together across the value chain with the intent to maximize the benefit to their customers .
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
Even before the final rulemaking of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is published and enforced, food shippers should take a proactive approach to make sure supply chains are compliant.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Treat truck drivers respectfully to build a good reputation with carriers and ensure load coverage.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Google and Barnes & Noble partner to provide same-day book delivery; Shippers prioritize day-to-day problem-solving over contingency planning; APICS and SCC merge; Transplace identifies four areas key to preferred shipper status
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
New Jersey’s salty tale misplaces blame on the Jones Act; UPS unveils new hazmat shipping protocol; Automakers collaborate to map the auto supply chain
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Mixing truckload, less-than-truckload, and rail options allows shippers to create efficient intermodal solutions.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Fast food chain In-N-Out upgrades a new distribution center for improved loading dock safety and efficiency.
Establishing an efficient distribution center network require careful planning and frequent updates.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
Online retailers seeking new sites for DCs and warehouses need the transportation infrastructure to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments – plus a capable workforce, affordable utilities, and business incentives to help them get the most from their investment.
Using an advanced logistics simulation tool to analyze system performance and lifecycle cost can help logisticians negotiate better performance-based logistics contracts, writes Justin Woulfe of WPI Services.
When negotiating logistics service provider contracts, shippers should ensure they are clear on payment terms and special conditions.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
A well-oiled trading partner network allows one-to-many and many-to-many partners to collaborate and communicate using a single source of truth garnered from real-time information, writes Christopher P. Mazza of IAS.
As manufacturers strive to strike the perfect balance between parts delivered and parts consumed in production, technology innovations allow logistics providers to ensure companies receive only the parts they need when they need them, writes John Paugh of Carter Logistics.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
Food company Bob Evans entrusted Millard Refrigerated Services with its warehousing and distribution operations. The two businesses worked together to expand both their supply chain capabilities.
The value of third-party logistics (3PL) provider partnerships grows infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings.
Facing increasing food safety and quality standards and soaring commodity prices, the restaurant industry turns to supply chain management to manage super-sized challenges.
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.
Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
Grocery store chain United Supermarkets achieved its sustainability goals by certifying chain of custody within a tight-knit supplier network and integrating responsible practices into daily business operations.
The harsh economy is driving an increased need for top-notch supply chain management in the foodservice industry. Here, a look at how some restaurants are feeding their hunger for smart logistics strategies.
Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.
Prompted by new FDA regulations, shippers examine food transportation and distribution safety procedures.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
Most logistics outsourcers today use an RFQ to select their 3PLs. But that model is outdated and ineffective. A handful of forward-thinking shippers and logistics providers are instead embracing a collaborative outsourcing method, with powerful results.
The new world of supply chain management requires that carriers and shippers both understand and respect the economics of the industry.
Effectively managing your freight forwarders helps improve supply chain compliance.
A growing consumer interest in locally grown food is changing the way many food companies source products. Food quality and safety concerns, transportation costs, and local economic development efforts are compelling restaurants, groceries, and wholesalers to engage smaller producers and localize their supply chains.
Avoid costly delays when shipping perishables with these tips from Crowley Maritime Corporation's Nelly Yunta and Kip Douglas
When Boise Paper wanted to consolidate five Northeast region facilities into just one, it turned to Nexus Distribution for customer service excellence built on a sound implementation process.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Faced with challenges such as a capacity shortage and lack of qualified drivers, companies that ship product by truck are learning that working collaboratively with carriers can benefit both parties.
Shippers shouldn't assume all on-time performance is created equal. Make sure every dollar you spend counts by choosing carriers who provide honest, accurate metrics, and foster innovation to improve your business.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
LeanLogistics' Chris Timmer explains how collaborating with trading partners, aided by an on-demand transportation management system, helps increase supply chain efficiencies.
Sharing key information with all parties can lead to decreased waste, increased orders, and new business, writes J. Kenneth Hazen, CTSI-Global.
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits Bellavance Beverage Company, a Nashua, N.H. beer distributor.
With exacting specifications and transportation challenges heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, shippers are turning to these partners to move chemicals safely and optimize supply chains.
Molson Coors Beverage Company relies on Echo Global Logistics to simplify its transportation management processes.
MagicLogic Optimization’s BlackBox significantly improved cartonization for True Manufacturing. The solution automatically determined the optimal size and fill material needed for each box, optimizing the manufacturer’s fulfillment processes.
With their temperature-controlled mugs in high demand on a global scale, manufacturer Ember turned to SEKO Logistics to handle an influx of orders and help establish a supply chain.
FMCG retailers need to be aware of four key areas as they build their future omnichannel supply chains, finds RSR Research's Supply Chain Management 2018 report.
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.
When consumers are ravenous for a trendy food or beverage, whether an unexpected, one-time jump or a seasonal occurrence, supply chain professionals can meet demand and boost sales by leveraging analytics to more accurately forecast demand shifts and working closely with business partners to expand capacity.
DHL provides Mio with more control over inbound orders from eight countries to reduce detention and demurrage costs while improving intake planning for distribution centers.
Investing in data management can help your DC run smoother. However, you shouldn’t quit once you’ve rearranged a few aisles. Take your learnings from fulfillment and use them to encourage greater data investment in all aspects of your operation.
Tire manufacturer Michelin is a shipper with a massive global footprint and complex demands. With headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin operates 121 production facilities in 17 countries; those facilities produced approximately 190 million tires in 2017. With a presence in 170 countries, distributing products across the globe is a challenging and sophisticated operation.
Readers share what you should look for to find an optimal logistics partner.
A 3PL partner that is aligned on purpose, value, strategy, and culture can provide far more value than what is seen in a transportation budget variance report.
At the heart of St. Louis’ strategy to advance as a global trade hub is a focus on collaboration to strengthen and promote the region’s already robust freight network.
In an effort to stay ahead of industry trends, Ocean Spray jumped at the chance to partner with Uber Freight for more efficient transportation.
Best Buy made its list and checked it twice, and it's ready to take on the holiday season with a new and improved supply chain.
Walmart is taking a new approach to their Angus beef supply chain.
Dock appointment scheduling solutions enable shippers, carriers and consignees to avoid decreases in annual earnings and improve driver safety.
Modernizing your distribution business isn’t just about adopting the latest and greatest technology. From seamless scalability to cost-efficiency to tax benefits, the right solutions can pave the way to significant results.
Grocers are working to satisfy consumers’ growing demand for rapid delivery of everything from apples to watermelon. To accomplish this, they’re educating personal shoppers, developing new technologies to handle the last mile of delivery, rethinking their distribution networks and inventory planning, and partnering with technology companies.
A Q&A with Scott Cornell, transportation business lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, on how to avoid theft during the holiday season.
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A DHL distributed a poll to U.S. e-commerce businesses, reveals major challenges, priorities and more for e-comm businesses this Cyber Monday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016. Even though SQF compliance isn’t federally mandated, the repercussions of failure to comply can be felt throughout the supply chain.
When Jel Sert needed to improve on the half-pallets it was using to deliver product displays for in-store promotions, CHEP developed a better solution.
Globalization and technological advancements in refrigerated transportation systems and equipment are driving increased demand for temperature-controlled food across the globe.
Complying with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act has been a top priority for manufacturers and their 3PLs. Yet, more than one year later, one in five outside truckers arrive at our facility, often unknowingly, in violation of FSMA standards. Here’s how we can all get on the same page.
Here are five steps to consider when implementing the Internet of Things across the cold chain.
Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are optimistic about the perceived impact of the Trump administration’s plans for trade deregulation on their businesses, according to new research commissioned by business software provider Exact.
E-commerce has forever changed the way people shop. Now businesses of all sizes must reassess their supply chains to go direct to the consumer with faster-than-fast delivery and free shipping.
Selecting the best metrics at your company’s distribution centers requires the right tools, careful study, and constant collaboration.
When a paper-based order management system slowed a baseball bat manufacturer’s growth, the company digitized for out-of-the-park growth.
UPS and Sealed Air’s new center will help solve e-commerce retailers’ packaging and shipping challenges.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
The chemical distribution industry poses a unique challenge for warehouses and carriers due to the wide range of goods that fall under strict regulatory requirements for handling, storage, and shipping. Finding a 3PL partner who can meet these expectations is critical and often requires considerable research and evaluation.
Accepting credit cards can be a major differentiator for businesses, enabling customers to pay however is most convenient for them. To balance this need with the necessity of maintaining margins, consider credit card surcharging.
Leadership profile of Juliann Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex
Take a look at notable good works, green projects, acquisitions, and more from February 2020.
We asked and you answered—these are the supply chain terms and phrases that you think people often confuse.
Supply chain professionals working in small and mid-sized businesses often operate with little margin for error. Taking calculated, thoughtful risks can pay off.
Take a look at the top ten Inbound Logistics articles that got readers buzzing in 2019.
What do you do when trucking capacity shifts? Keep your spend in check and your partnerships tight.
The world’s leading provider of receipt and innovative label solutions turned to GlobalTranz to create visibility, enhance communications, and fully merge acquired businesses.
New facilities in Indianapolis and Reno enable 3PL MD Logistics to support faster time to market for its life sciences and pharmaceutical customers.
Profile of Michael Wasson, chief operations officer with Tosca, a leading provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions for retailers and suppliers that are focused on the perishable food supply chain.
Kingston Technology’s HyperX division partnered with Logility to improve its supply chain visibility and demand, inventory and replenishment planning practices.
Milestone’s Mobile Warehousing & Storage (MW&S) solution enables a manufacturer to create an efficient distribution process with timely deliveries as drivers did not have to wait for each other and transfer loads between trailers.
Leadership profile of Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America.
Pool distribution is one strategy that’s getting a second wind in the face of intensifying e-commerce pressure and the changing face of America’s malls.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
News and trends impacting the food and beverage supply chain.
Nestlé, the world's largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK.
Faced with rapidly-accelerating demand for its products, skin care company Rodan + Fields, an e-commerce merchant, chooses a distribution solution that includes a new location and automation.
When an electronics store was faced with consistent freight forwarding damage claims they turned to Seko Logistics for a solution.
Transplace helped a frozen pizza business expand its transportation network to increase operational efficiency and maximize financial savings.
When an industrial manufacturer needed to reduce supply chain costs they teamed up with Crane Worldwide Logistics for an innovative solution.
Even after adding a third production shift to its foundry, Lodge Manufacturing Company couldn’t manufacture enough cast-iron cookware to fill orders. To meet demand, the family-owned business in southern Tennessee invested $85 million in a second foundry, a modern 212,000-square-foot distribution center, and the company’s first warehouse management system, mobe3 from EVS.
A 3PL's cold call leads to a cool technology solution that streamlines processes and minimizes service disruptions
Advance ship notices (ASNs) can boost the retail supply chain’s ability to deliver what the consumer wants with speed and accuracy.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Church’s chicken was in the market to lower packaging material costs so they partnered with a food packaging specialist for a more cost effective solution.
As more and more consumers order delivered meals from restaurants or through pre-packaged meal kits, foodservice companies will need to focus on quality and safety as much as they do speed and cost-efficiency.
Build-a-bowl restaurants are proliferating. But supply chain professionals have their work cut out for them because the concept creates new challenges.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Florida's state-of-the-art seaports and airports, and strong highway and rail networks, have helped establish a strong and growing logistics sector.
Profile on Paul Nugent, director of logistics for Kitchen and Bath Americas with Kohler Co.
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.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
Get moving with these actionable tips to jolt your warehousing, transportation, and logistics operations.
How the TMS should evolve to increase end-to-end transparency and centralize your supply chain’s data.
A profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
When the time arrives to consider investing in additional space, many distribution centers, retailers and businesses dependent on warehouses face a dilemma: should the organization move to a new facility, build an addition, or try to retrofit an older warehouse? And, in the case of a retrofit or addition, what can be done to make an aging or existing warehouse space more suitable?
Metrolina Greenhouses integrates ERP and customized, industry-specific tools to improve order, shipping and billing management.
Ritrama, an Italian multinational self-adhesive materials producer, chose Ferretto Group's technological solutions for its new automated warehouse located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Here are some warehouse operations moves—some small steps, some not—companies can do to boost their bottom lines and improve customer satisfaction, including layout and organization, docking, picking and receiving, fulfillment, and packaging.
Vendor-managed inventory partnerships strive to improve efficiency by allowing suppliers to maintain the inventory of their products at the stores and other locations operated by their partners in the supply chain. VMI relies on a tight-knit collaboration between supplier and buyer to improve product availability while decreasing excess inventory.
The Global Food Safety Initiative is working to improve food safety across the globe through GFSI-recognized certification programs and its platform for collaboration, and by reducing redundant audits and developing food safety capacity around the world.
Transplace established an LTL consolidation program to increase load capacity and reduce freight costs for a Canadian hardware wholesaler.
This case study tells how Weatherford Farms increased efficiency in its delivery network by switching from manual routing to an automated routing system.
While the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 set the guidelines and rulemaking for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) in process, there are still gaps in compliance. Here's how to address them.
From bananas to grapes and cherries, get the flavor of the fruit supply chain with these fun facts.
Profile of Yone Dewberry, chief supply chain officer, Land O’Lakes
Unyson helped a customer simultaneously increase service for time-sensitive shipments while decreasing costs.
Even after adding a third production shift to its foundry, Lodge Manufacturing Company couldn’t manufacture enough cast-iron cookware to fill orders. To meet demand, the family-owned business in southern Tennessee invested $85 million in a second foundry, a modern 212,000-square-foot distribution center, and the company’s first warehouse management system, mobe3 from EVS.
This story looks at some of the trends and challenges associated with e-commerce today, and strategies for dealing with those challenges, through the eyes of one small retailer, one medium-sized and one large.