Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Shippers, carriers, manufacturers – everyone in the business of shipping Dangerous Goods needs to stay up to date on what’s going on in the industry.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
While many factors influence customer loyalty, a well-run returns process has proven to drive repeat orders and improve consumer satisfaction. Paul Galpin of P2P Mailing outlines three points companies should consider when designing their reverse logistics.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
Digital transformation cannot be considered in a silo; it needs to be approached from a holistic perspective. Data has to be linked to processes and action to be meaningful.
Readers share how to manage and minimize the headaches and complications of reverse logistics.
How AP automation, AI, and machine learning can transform logistics departments
Record retail sales, including a growing share of online purchases (see chart), mean that more returns than ever are flooding warehouses. U.S. holiday retail sales were up 8.5% compared to 2020, says data from Mastercard, and 66% of consumers will likely return at least one gift. At 18%, the e-commerce return rate is almost twice as high as retail returns overall.
With increased e-commerce adoption, returns are set to grow exponentially in 2022 and beyond, says a recent report from Incisiv, and retailers' digital experience plays a big part in both reducing returns and making the return experience seamless.
Inbound Logistics readers encapsulate the state of the supply chain in 2021.
In any field—but particularly male-dominated industries—it is important for managers and supervisors to challenge and encourage their young female workers. This is certainly the case in the logistics and e-commerce sector of which I am a part, both fast-growing and exciting fields that offer young women many opportunities.
While C-level executives manage their business with social distancing, the protocols aren't ideal for productivity, finds a survey by consulting firm West Monroe. More than half say they primarily work remotely to avoid social distancing.
The pandemic has reached an unprecedented level of uncertainty in supply chains. Leaders share the most significant way COVID-19 has changed the supply chain.
The three M’s are key areas to explore and break down to realize the full potential of your company and help you to get the biggest, fastest savings in your supply chain, today.
Cost savings has been the number-one priority for heads of procurement and finance across industries. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that this must be achieved through lean, just-in-time processes and a focus on limited inventory.
To maximize your decision to act, adapt a solution to the company’s processes or adapt the company’s processes to the solution.
Rather than wait for the next man-caused disruption or pandemic, smart business managers are extracting knowledge from a forensic investigation of their operations based on COVID-19 stress and kicking bad practices to the curb.
Fulfillment centers have adapted throughout COVID-19, supplying workers with masks, suspending in-person meetings, and enhancing their cleaning protocols. Suppliers will need to remember the lessons learned, even beyond the pandemic.
Supply chain management may have changed forever as COVID-19 brings heightened awareness to its fragility. With careful planning, shippers can minimize risks related to the pandemic.
From establishing secondary suppliers to setting up alternative routes, here’s a look at how Plan B strategies can keep you up and running even during extreme weather events.
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.
Industry professionals share whether they think the supply chain management function will be obsolete in the next 10 years.
The hot supply chain words or phrases for the coming year and the concepts behind them.
Five top tips to achieving supply chain career success
This story looks at the logistics of managing good through the reverse logistics and liquidation process. The goal is to recover as much value as possible from returned or unsold goods, and to keep product out of landfills.
In the downtime between storms, companies can take crucial steps to help prevent supply chain disruption.
Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) can be integrated into almost any industrial business. The key to implementing this concept is to identify areas where sustainable practices can be applied to an existing supply chain.
As any successful business owner will tell you, SCM is an extremely crucial part of operations. It establishes strong communication and relationships with suppliers, helping to avoid shipment delays and minimize logistical errors.
Despite growing concerns, many retailers see free and flexible return policies as an essential part of staying competitive.
Two trends have been nudging US inflation higher: a growing economy and a tight labor market. Add in tariffs, high transportation costs, and rising prices for many commodities, and the United States is poised for a long-term period of double-digit inflation.
To maximize productivity, efficiency, and profit, Chief Supply Chain Officers should strive for visibility into the supply chain and confidence that it could handle any type of disruption.
New technologies, consumer demands, and the rise of the mobile workforce are shifting the business landscape quickly, and specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are more valuable than ever. Use these tips to plan and attract the industry’s future leaders.
Opportunities that will make a difference in reverse logistics programs, and establishing goals for returns programs.
With the proper planning and systems in place, a recall can be managed effectively to mitigate financial and legal risk, as well as prevent irreparable brand damage.
ProTrans created a tracking map or heat map where all in transit loads belonging to the customer can be viewed on the tracking map.
Surveying 237 suppliers around the globe, the report uncovers insight on the most urgent trends, opportunities, and challenges facing suppliers today.
Supply chain management is often viewed as solely a statistical endeavor, but soft skills are often required in maintaining buyer and supplier relationships, according to new research from Penn State.
Once you understand where the complexities lie in your supply chain, you can get to the source of your problem and streamline issues to help your organization.
Network optimization studies help simplify supply chain operations and provide continual year-over-year savings.
Yard management systems (YMS) can boost driver efficiency, cut detention costs, and bring visibility to this link in the supply chain.
Leaders are exploring supply chain efficiencies with tools that enable stability, cost reduction, supply chain agility, product innovation, speed and visibility.
Readers pick the song/movie/TV show title that best describes their job.
The supply chain is creating more jobs than it can fill. Here's why companies should use technology to change people's perceptions of the field.
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the supply chain. Here's how to protect this invaluable asset and address the driver shortage.
Utilizing technology is key to the future of business and IoT has increased the connectivity of all areas of business.
Finding the right candidate for your business is a challenge that requires broad advertising, rigorous interviews, and ultimately some give and take. Here are five hacks for outstanding recruiting in supply chain management.
In the life science and pharmaceutical area, an inefficient supply chain can cause serious problems. Here are the benefits in adopting innovative approaches to the pharmaceuticals supply chain.
The e-commerce race is only heating up. Here's what small to mid-size retailers should do to stay in the game.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter, simpler supply chain management. Read about the three technologies making the most impact.
Trump Administration makes infrastructure a priority; top locations and methods for cargo theft, 2017 State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
The subscription box industry launched by beauty products curator Birchbox in 2010 has expanded to include services for a remarkably wide range of consumer interests. A behind-the-scenes peek at this new e-commerce model reveals a highly complicated business that relies heavily on logistics pros managing everything from inventory to kitting to delivery and returns.
A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.
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.
As the economic rollercoaster trends up quickly, best logistics practices will give your enterprise vitality to scale up quickly without disrupting.
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.
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.
This story looks at some of the major challenges and practices found in construction logistics, illustrated with stories from experts who work in this field.
Cruise ship provisions must support a small town at sea for a week or more. Supplies are loaded on a docked vessel in four hours or less; there’s no second chance for deliveries that arrive after the ship has sailed.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
Companies that have reverse logistics processes and systems in place to capture all the value possible can beat competitors coming and going.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Kowalski Sausage implements a new in-house routing and dispatching system to improve how the piggies get to market.
Even when the economy isn’t booming, the supply chain offers numerous opportunities for shippers to increase efficiency, save money and enhance revenues. This story looks at some of the bright spots in transportation, technology, global trade and outsourcing.
The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
South Korean ocean liner Hanjin Shipping files for bankruptcy protection in a dozen countries; Few respondents to a GT Nexus survey say they have a chief supply chain officer on hand who would be equipped to deal with supply chain disruptions; Maersk splits its transportation and oil businesses
As professionals who understand the entire process of manufacturing, shipping, and marketing products, and who recognize that suppliers can be closely aligned with the company’s goals and objectives, chief procurement officers help define a company’s competitive advantage.
To cost-effectively leverage an omni-channel strategy, it is vital to proactively plan for returns and align your operations accordingly.
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.
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.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
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.
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.
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.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
A handy reading guide summarizing supply chain books and their key takeaways.
Enhancing supply chains with real-time visibility gives shippers the insight and details needed to operate quickly, accurately, and more effectively than ever before.
Texts, tweets, and posts are changing the ways in which the supply chain operates. Large suppliers and warehousing companies should use social media to better communicate with consumers and maximize productivity.
The reverse logistics hazmat rule became effective immediately upon publication on March 31, 2016, making it critical that retail store owners and distribution managers get up to speed quickly. Here's how.
Readers weigh in on what hobbies make them better at supply chain and logistics management.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
The 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer identifies top 10 risks for global companies.
Supply chain professionals face increasing complexity. In order to succeed, they must prepare for data security concerns, identify preferred team member attributes, and develop a strong collective financial acumen.
Supply chain sustainability, while good for the environment, can also be good for the bottom line if incorporated into a company’s supply chain strategy.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.
Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.
Customer returns are inevitable, and without a clear understanding and plan for managing returns, DIM weight expenses can easily challenge budgets and profitability.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
The potential legislation of COR-related laws is expected to have a profound effect on all areas of the supply chain, requiring changes that will ultimately come at an increased cost.
Companies can support sustainability throughout their supply chains with these approaches.
Lin Ding, procurement manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, manages a team with a shared focus on procurement, supplier management, and contract management.
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
As the need for the transportation of items with potentially sensitive data increases, companies must assess the data risks and work with an ITAD provider to deliver a secure chain of custody process flow.
Inbound Logistics editor Felecia Stratton discovers that change management is not only a supply chain challenge.
Reassessing your reverse logistics plan for customer returns and excess inventory is a must in today’s retail environment. Look beyond traditional methods and approach this obsolete merchandise as an opportunity (versus a headache) to positively impact your business margin.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
After 30 site visits and two logistics industry conferences, Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo wonders what the future of supply chain and logistics holds.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.
Today, millennial and Generation Y candidates who have a supply chain degree or education can immediately fill a gap that previously took a senior person. But that's only part of the solution.
Applying Berra-isms to logistics management yields valuable insights. Remembering the beloved Yankees legend Yogi Berra with fondness and celebrating his memorable words of wisdom.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
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.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
When applying Lean principles to procurement and purchasing processes, non-traditional sources of waste can be identified, which benefits the entire supply chain.
Sustainability and cost savings are driving shippers to reduce packaging waste.
Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.
With $20 million in plant products left for dead each year, Bell Nursery had to nourish and grow some better inventory management practices.
When downtime impacts a company’s line, outsourcing technology infrastructure to a third party might help.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
Terri Anderson, production warehouse management systems analyst at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, configures, enhances, and tests the company's WMS by the book.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
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.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
Before sourcing globally, it’s important to know the risks.
Minimizing employee downtime with ergonomic initiatives and equipment can have a big impact on the bottom line.
Collaboration is key to having a productive relationship between the supply chain and marketing departments.
These four tips can help you make sure your specialized shipment arrives safely and on time.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Yokohama senior director Jeremy Kahrs reveals the strategy behind the tire maker’s new distribution center and headquarters.
Successful companies are concerned about supply chain security. Here’s how to prevent supply chain threats from negatively impacting your company’s bottom line and reputation.
All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
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.
When BaubleBar saw the untapped potential of the international market, they tapped an parcel shipping partner to help them succeed.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
Kelvin Miller, an equipment and mobility readiness spare parts allocation supervisor with the military contractor DynCorp International, manages inventory and gets it ready to deploy when the time comes.
Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
Lori Harper, vice president, supply chain management at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), is a natural leader who figures out solutions to unexpected challenges.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
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
When setting future supply chain budgets, companies must take into account not only the increased cost of industrial real estate, but also longer lead times for new space in many markets.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
Choosing the right pallet unlocks myriad benefits from improved process efficiency to cost savings and sustainability.
When Sleepy's customers got tired of short notice and missed deliveries, the specialty mattress retailer brought in a technology partner and dreamed up a solution that put those problems to bed.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
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.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
Taking steps to adapt to ACE regulations ahead of final deadlines will save businesses much time, money, and hassle.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
Enabling a holistic, integrated approach to managing global supplier risks allows companies to minimize risks, protect brand integrity, and reduce supply chain costs.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
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 .
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
Companies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
Port of Beirut plan for transshipment expansion irks truckers; New treaty greenlights Ghent–Terneuzen Canal lock upgrade; China-Europe rail development continues with UTi and Changjiu partnership; Global suppliers still laggard when it comes to environmental mitigation; Hong Kong looks to ease industrial real estate regs to create more warehouse capacity.
Globalization has a dramatic impact on strategic sourcing, logistics excellence, and supply chain management. Here’s how your company can become a preferred employer in today’s global age.
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
Shifting global dynamics and internal business process changes are compelling manufacturers and retailers to challenge the status quo and reinvent their supply chains.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
United States and Canada are investing $7 billion in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system; Changing political relations between the United States and Cuba could signal new trade opportunities; UK faces a truck driver shortage among younger people; Panama approves new port development
By paying close attention to detail, shippers can avoid the following simple mistakes.
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
A route planning systems can drastically reduce the time it takes to plan your transportation schedule. Other benefits include lower mileage and fuel usage, decreased carbon emissions, and increased customer service.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Texas places three locations among ATRI’s top-10 congested roadways; Truck size and weight debate is a divisive topic for the transportation and logistics industry; Truck driver shortage raises new concerns and costs for shippers and carriers; Electronics supply chain poses new challenges; Demand planning is still a pain point for shippers
United States gives Mexican truck drivers the green light for cross-border moves; Uber pilots cargo service in Hong Kong; Latin American rail freight market ripe for investment; Panama Canal Authority restructures its toll system; Turkey and Iran toil over truck fees; Global airfreight market set for steady growth; Lithuania railroad faces antitrust inquiry over competitive switching practices
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.
How a logistics data refinery can improve supply chain visibility and analytics.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Before entering the international trade arena, shippers must understand the stakes involved in regulatory compliance.
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
Managing supply chain risk means recognizing that things won’t always go according to plan, and having the right infrastructure in place to succeed even through the unexpected.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
With its subscription-based clothing rental model, Gwynnie Bee is tailoring the rules of e-commerce to make fashion fulfillment a perfect fit.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
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.
Vendor Managed Inventory is shaking off its old-school image and regaining popularity thanks to improved technology, robust communication, tighter demand signal linkage, and a new openness to collaboration that has turbo-charged enterprise benefits.
We hit the road this past fall to get an up close view, around the bend, of where the railroad industry is tracking in 2015 and beyond.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Big data is a big deal, but what is it? Inbound Logistics asks four industry experts to file their report on big data and its benefits.
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
Inbound Logistics asked these experts to weigh in on the dimensional weight pricing changes that UPS and FedEx implemented on January 1, 2015.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
Inclement weather and capacity problems giving your supply chain the winter woes? Chill out! Here are some good reads to keep you up to date on supply chain, logistics, and transportation best practices.
To expand its footprint in the luxury accessories market, Royce Leather indulged in a solution that connects it to new customers and streamlines fulfillment. That’s how Royce rolls.
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
Increases in public and private aircraft demand have aerospace supply chain stakeholders changing the way they get things done.
Carriers need to be ready to keep freight moving no matter what gets in the way.
Managers must carefully consider all factors of their operation before selecting a new bar-coding system.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
A good reverse logistics program saves retailers money, makes customers happy, and serves as a competitive advantage.
Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.
A successful supply chain team needs just the right mix of talent, skills, and personalities, not to mention a clear mission, the freedom to pursue it, and the structure to succeed.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
The best way shippers and consignees can accommodate speed and reliability is to practice demand-driven logistics.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Kevin Hickey, Vice President, North American Customer Service for Maersk Line outlines the benefits of performance metrics, and the impact they have on carrier relationships and ongoing improvements.
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.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
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.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Manage reverse logistics to reduce costs and recover investment on damaged and expired products, and inventory returns.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Incoterms simplify international purchase-sales contracts. Here are tips for applying them correctly.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
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.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Reverse logistics solutions can improve the bottom line, and reduce potential regulatory liabilities.
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.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' 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.
New supply chain and logistics books help logistics professionals thaw out their skills after a brutal winter.
Companies must not only mitigate supply chain risk, but also understand the logistics of global recall management.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
TOTO’s sustainability commitment covers its entire supply chain; Congestion on U.S. roadways costs the trucking industry $9.2 billion, 141 million hours of lost productivity; US tabbed “rising star,” ranks second to China for manufacturing competitiveness; Supply chain strategy and business strategy integration is key to cost reduction and customer service; Amazon explores last-mile delivery network
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
Liquidating overstocks and returned goods allows manufacturers and retailers to recover the items’ value.
Logistics managers support inbound supply chains by informing company leaders about the effect of vendor non-compliance.
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
NRF’s Big Show unveils trends in the retail industry; Local couriers provide a solution to capacity constraints and empower same-day delivery; Ocean carrier industry beset by imbalances; Global RFID market primed for robust growth; Shippers plan for supply chain exceptions
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
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.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
2014 may be a year of uncertainty, but inbound logistics best practices can help improve supply chain operations, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton shares highlights from the January 2014 issue.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Geodis Wilson helps integrated design technology company Dana Innovations expand its international supply chain.
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Positioning product packaging downstream in the supply chain offers food manufacturers varied selling opportunities.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Regulatory compliance is top supply chain challenge for healthcare executives; Ohio’s transportation funding plan pays dividends with bridge repair program; GM saves $40 million a year by co-locating stamping and assembly facilities; Collaboration is the key to sustained procurement savings; U.S. domestic intermodal surpasses international as growth driver.
Managing reverse logistics with a Lean outlook can not only improve profitability, but also add value for customers.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
Reverse logistics presents an opportunity to streamline processes, reduce expenses, and increase asset recovery values.
With a global perspective, mobile device shippers can access additional markets to maximize recaptured device value.
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
Sharpen your skills with these books covering supply chain and logistics topics.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
Plan for seasonal peaks by securing efficient labor, sufficient warehouse space, and reliable carriers.
The transportation and logistics sector is in the midst of some of its biggest changes since deregulation, and 2013 will play a pivotal role in discerning which companies will rise to the top, writes Chad Eichelberger of Access America Transport.
Whether you want to casually brush up on your supply chain management techniques or drastically reorganize your purchasing processes, you’ll find the knowledge you need in the pages of these supply chain resources.
In a business world defined and dictated by change, supply chain management balances challenges and competitive advantage. Companies large and small are leveraging transportation and logistics best practices to act as great equalizers.
Adopting demand-driven logistics can increase visibility, drive supply chain efficiency, and offset any market advantage your competitors might have.
Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires planning and communication, writes Peter Wharton of IBM.
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.
Shifting production and consumption patterns push inter-regional trade; Ford tinkers with polymers, finds hidden green; Motorola Mobility flexes its supply chain with outsourcing approach; American consumer electronics companies more transparent than Asian competitors; Smaller Florida ports bullish on Panama Canal-triggered growth potential; Retail supply chain sophistication makes overstock sales obsolete; Sustainability and CSR rank low in procurement priorities; Retailers fail to appreciate the true power of mobility
By providing end-to-end visibility, demand driven logistics practices deliver competitive advantage and solve supply chain challenges for businesses of all sizes, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Supply chain management makes a difference by empowering companies to do more with less, and project a stronger competitive force, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
In a true collaborative relationship between purchasing and logistics, order and routing pattern planning comprises a single, optimized decision process that yields measurable results, writes Bill Michalski of ArrowStream.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton sees the supply chain industry's true colors firsthand.
Shippers can create a "control tower" view within their own supply chains—a common platform for aggregating, cleansing, and communicating real-time data.
Many companies turn to third-party logistics (3PL) providers to help manage returns processing. Selecting the right reverse logistics provider can help retain customers and save money.
To successfully manage export compliance, companies must fully understand export regulations and filing requirements, advises Scott Byrnes, Amber Road.
As senior supply chain manager at blood management devices manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Emily Ross monitors the pulse of the company’s transportation and warehousing services sourcing.
Greyhound partners with One Network to enhance parcel delivery business. Truck driver turnover increases,Urban Outfitters equips Nevada e-fulfillment center with state-of-the-art materials handling system. Shippers turn to spot market to find capacity and compare carrier rates. MSC Beatrice debut in Asia-U.S. trade signals new wave of larger containerships.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain managers should work closely with compliance professionals and corporate tax specialists when making decisions about related-party transactions, writes J. Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road.
Lean concepts such as 5S, Visual Workplace, and Kanban help reduce motion waste to create safer, more efficient workplaces.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
By managing supply chain interdependencies and adopting a full view of service and cost, supply chain executives can amplify their organizational scope and heighten their financial contribution to attain the C-designation they deserve, writes Terry Harris, Chicago Consulting.
As retailers look to grow their business, the challenge of keeping up with the market becomes exponentially greater—especially as new channels emerge, writes Editor Felecia Stratton. Supply chain management can help create balance between supply and demand.
Protective reusable dunnage can take the place of single- or limited-use corrugated or wood filler to move pallets and products securely in an environmentally conscious manner, writes Paul Fitzgerald of Paylode Cargo Protection Systems.
New international supply chain optimization tools are capable of considering all appropriate shipment flows, modes, routes, and cargo to come up with an ideal workable plan – as often as needed and anytime things change.
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.
New publications on supply chain and logistics topics such as warehousing, sustainability, and procurement help logistics professionals stay sharp. Here are some recent books on supply chain topics of interest.
Co-locating reverse and forward logistics functions for consumer electronics instead of using a centralized returns model reduces transportation miles, touches, and facility overhead while increasing turn times.
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.
Maintaining a nationwide network of reverse logistics facilities and skilled team of supply chain field analysts allows shippers to reduce transportation and handling costs and support sustainability efforts, writes Jeff Pepperworth, Inmar.
Land O’Lakes focuses on workplace culture to improve supply chain yield; Fuel consumption major concern for management,less so for drivers; Gartner poses four supply chain predictions for 2016
Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency
With proper care and nurturing, you can create a supply chain that performs beautifully – even in the midst of today’s ever-changing business environment, writes Wendy Buxton, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions.
Capturing and analyzing transportation spend data is the key to outstanding supply chain management, writes Steven Shoemaker, RateLinx.
Software solutions can help shippers maximize value recovery from inbound shipments of returned material, writes Tamara Dwyer of TAKE Solutions.
U.S. businesses operating in China face a number of challenges. Angela Yang of Penske Logistics Asia offers advice on supporting your business’ China operations.
Incoterms are an internationally accepted set of standard commercial terms used between buyers and sellers. J. Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road helps shippers understand these rules.
People are a vital component of marketing - the fifth P - supporting products and companies with advanced logistics and supply chain management skills, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.
In strategic supply chain analysis, multiple groups of decision makers may have conflicting interests, since there can be an impact across departments and business units. Aaron Baker of Damco USA offers two global supply chain strategy examples that illustrate the decision makers and decision variables needed to ensure the chosen solution is optimal for the business.
Companies require a logistics technology platform and an integrated set of services that can adapt to the pressures of a changing market, writes Glenn Riggs of Odyssey Logistics & Technology.
Supply chain trends for 2012; update on transportation issues in California, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota; reverse logistics helps retailers generate customer goodwill and create demand; airport warehousing demand soars; FAA regulations limit pilot flight time; Coca-Cola extends its environmental stewardship; Trucking industry responds to Hours-of-Service legislation
With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory.
Shippers can protect their supply chains against rising fuel costs by optimizing distribution networks, creating a flexible infrastructure, and managing shipping practices.
Organizations all along the healthcare supply chain are taking a dose of smarter procurement and logistics practices to cure high costs and treat ailments in other areas of the business.
The variety of cargoes that fly in and out of Alaska—ranging from time-sensitive medical supplies and oil field equipment to perishable seafood—means companies must identify specific shipment needs and align them with asset and service requirements.
Unpredictable consumer habits, the economic downturn, and limited ocean carrier capacity have transformed the traditional peak shipping season. Now shippers are preparing for a new reality: peak season variability.
Ellen Fontaine, VASCOR Ltd, offers advice for boosting supply chain efficiency.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Reverse logistics has become an area of high priority for companies looking to reduce costs, add efficiencies, and improve the customer experience, writes Steve Sensing, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
A combination of factors such as increased competition and global security threats have increased the pressure on companies to improve logistics efficiencies. Page Siplon, executive director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, addresses these factors and offers strategies for handling them.
If your business plans include shipping to areas where civil unrest or natural disasters have occurred, be flexible and make strong connections, advises Larry Wenrich, Pilot Freight Services.
Vehicle glass manufacturer Safelite increased distribution efficiency, enhanced customer service, and lowered costs by transforming its supply chain.
Steve Ford, CFO of TradeCard, outlines strategies for enlisting your chief financial officer’s support for supply chain initiatives.
Restaurant chains squeeze costs out of the supply chain; TMW Systems acquires Appian Logistics; CPG companies pushed to adopt extended producer responsibility programs
These elements of good supply chain management must come together to achieve exceptional execution, according to John Williford of Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions.
Innovative supply chain management delivers financial benefits to your bottom line.
Man-made disruptions and natural disasters have a radiating effect on global supply chains. Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses ways of coping.
Companies can benchmark their way to crossdocking success by following these five steps recommended by Andre Thornton, President and CEO, ASW Global LLC.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton reflects on the magazine's January 2011 coverage of supply chain gains.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Sustainability efforts can help companies grow more efficient supply chains.
Strategic transportation management puts shippers on the road to increased fuel economy and improved asset utilization.
To roll out a supply chain overhaul, truck and engine manufacturer Navistar chose third-party logistics provider Menlo as its strategic partner. Ed Melching, director, Global Logistics, describes the project.
A look at supply chain stimuli that have left their mark on logistics over the past decade; cautious pessimism pervades NITL Conference; companies improve supply chain operations, signaling economic optimism among manufacturers; longtime cotton merchandiser Dunavant switches focus to providing logistics services; Ernst & Young reports growing demand for supplier sustainability efforts; Automotive Industry Action Group issues new communication guidelines to help ocean shippers prevent waste and errors
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.
U.S. Department of Transportation pursues ban on cell phone use while driving; Proposed air cargo screening legislation enhances security measures; U.S. retailers place increased emphasis on supply chain management
Nathan Pieri of Management Dynamics provides tips for reducing logistics costs through improved supply chain management.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Transaction and shipment exceptions are common, so businesses must be able to account for these variables by enabling a proactive supply chain.
David Bennett of Schneider Logistics addresses how shippers, ocean carriers, and trucking companies are struggling with responsibility for providing chassis for cargo container units at ports; Boeing appoints new VP to handle 787 Dreamliner delays; companies restructure outsourced technology contracts.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
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.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
U.S. transportation spending lags, according to Transportation Performance Indexes; International air cargo traffic increases; Ocean volumes rise; Large corporations band together to help smaller suppliers sell goods and services to global companies.
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.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery
Recent books shed light on various aspects of supply chain, logistics, and transportation management.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Global supply chain visibility and detail can only be achieved by modern electronic data transmissions that are already available and can reduce the costs of international cargo movement.
To move your business along the road to supply chain improvement, take a journey down these 10 paths to innovation.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
A lean manufacturing value chain sometimes carries the risk of falling behind demand, as John Deere discovered, but the alternative can be worse, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Tim Richards of States Logistics Services offers advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites to enhance your supply chain.
A logistician's resilience is valuable when opportunities are ripe, but it's invaluable when problems persist, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly's supply chain travelogue details a year spent visiting logistics and transportation sites and businesses around the country.
Companies that combine the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with the supply chain wisdom of managing costs and stamping out inefficiencies are developing reverse supply chains that help the Earth, the customer, and the bottom line.
Industry experts explain the source of some common misperceptions regarding supply chain and logistics lexicon.
Smart companies are using the recession to address supply chain inefficiencies so they will be ready for the economic rebound, writes Kurt Cavano of TradeCard.
Profile of Megan Davidson, chief people officer, Crowley
This past year presented extreme challenges for the supply chain. By providing the industry's leading supply chain solutions for more than 50 years, Hub Group supported its customers by leveraging experience in strategic planning across the supply chain, tailored solutions, dependable capacity, and advanced visibility.
Connections 2022 is your expert resource for networking, gathering insights and helping your business be more successful. This industry-leading, supply chain-focused event will help you take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2022.
Readers offer insight on the difference between supply chain traceability and transparency. Guess which one you can have without the other?
Experts provide advice on changes companies can make to reboot their supply chains for the COVID era.
Profile of Daniel Politowicz, logistics and transportation manager with Tubelite Inc
Supply chain disruptions increased 88% year over year in 2021, says data released by risk management platform Resilinc, with disruptions related to supply shortages increasing 452%, the largest increase across all event types.
Using supply chain finance to successfully manage cash flows enables companies to cut debt and boost profitability.
Four tips to improve reverse logistics process.
By taking the right steps, you can position your company for success despite the many challenges. Watch these four trends in 2022, each of which offers opportunities for greater productivity and efficiency.
With the pandemic still taking hold, it’s more important than ever that businesses maintain a consistent flow of goods. To ensure supply chain agility and avoid further disruption, many companies are adopting processes to help manage new labeling and supply chain complexities.
A supply chain resilience stress test is a key first step in assessing risk. A comprehensive stress test assesses resilience across these five factors.
Taylored Services' unique approach allows the company to develop independent processes designed to drive the success of customers through increased operational transparency and strategy.
As many companies close their doors and others struggle to stay afloat, process improvement has become more important than ever to save money and attain greater efficiency.
Supply chain leaders discuss whether they expect a resurgence in reshoring to the United States.
Using reverse logistics strategies, shippers can recoup maximum value on a product when the first sale doesn't work out.
"Inbound logistics" doesn't sound odd now. But in 1980, it was counterculture. Today, many call this approach supply chain management or the demand-driven enterprise. No matter what you call it, the benefits and value are clear.
The effectiveness of a transition, from switching 3PLs to moving facilities, depends on how well the change is managed. It is essential to have a documented project plan and a dedicated project manager with experience across multiple disciplines.
The ultimate list of tips for charging up your supply chain to full power in 2021 and beyond.
Modernizing the ecosystems while keeping up the ongoing business operations is the reality of every business. The current ecosystem, future solution expectations, and resource models are the drivers that determine the program's pace.
From manual processes that eat up capital and waste time to a general lack of collaboration between suppliers and retailers, blind spots persist in today's supply chains. All of these issues need to be addressed to make supply chains as resilient and financially sustainable as possible.
Blockchain delivers the visibility, provenance, and data accuracy to allow for contractual flexibility and facilitate frictionless transactions, which are key as global logistics goes touchless.
After COVID-19 disrupted Chinese-made supplies of personal protective equipment, reliance on Chinese suppliers was portrayed as a weakness. It's time for companies with suppliers in China to evaluate whether to reshore or nearshore parts of their supply chains. Here are four key points to consider.
Global disruption has failed to halt shippers' digitization: 52% of companies say they will increase their spending on digital transformation, and those concerned with economic disruption are 20% more likely to invest. However, these numbers aren't consistent across all industry verticals.
Before COVID-19 struck, supply chains were praised for their just-in-time capabilities. Now entirely new levels of supply chain resilience are needed, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2020 report.
Supply chain disruptions may be a reality the world will continue to contend with. How can shippers weather the COVID-19 storm and maintain a semblance of business continuity during periods of such uncertainty? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, shipping organizations must take more control of their own destinies. These key business strategies will help shippers secure their supply chain resiliency well into the future.
The professionals behind special logistics projects need to attend to details, focus on the big picture and always prepare for problems.
Profile of Mark Wiese, who works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as manager of the deep space logistics of the Gateway program.
Matt Tiedens, director of logistics solutions with Ruan Transportation Management Systems, discusses how to manage the RFP process and attract the best results.
As the coronavirus continues to disrupt global supply chains, Gartner developed three scenarios to help chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) prepare for recovery and make preemptive decisions to set up their organizations for success.
While it’s easy to pass off returns as primarily an e-commerce or retail issue, the fact is it’s a challenge all distributors face.
You've failed at logistics. So says David Segal in his recent article entitled "What Happened to the Great American Logistics Machine?" in The New York Times. So what happened to the Great American Logistics Machine?
Good Question: We asked and you answered—this is the most unexpected supply chain advice our readers have ever received.
Supply chain leaders share the latest innovations, solutions, e-commerce strategies, and IT operations
While the speed with which the supply chain was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic put supply chain weaknesses on display, it has also shined a light on where we need to strengthen our capabilities to mitigate future disruptions. Here are some areas the supply chain must address moving forward:
These 10 tips for clear and effective supply chain leadership can help set your company's culture and motivate employees to work together toward a common goal.
Looking at what you could have done differently to be better prepared for the supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19? Companies that have fared the best to date did the following 6 things well in advance of the pandemic.
It's more important than ever for transportation and logistics companies to have an effective mobility strategy in place. Shippers can adjust their existing protocols with COVID-19-related policies by implementing these technologies and practices.
As the supply chain faces factory closures and limited access to employees and logistics to move goods amid the COVID-19 outbreak, leaders can help ease disruption by focusing on their workforce, products, and costs, according to Gartner.
With the demand for fuel changing so quickly, how can organizations manage their fuel supply chain in the wake of a crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak?
Lean accounting coupled with a lean supply chain can ensure everyone is rowing in the same direction to reach the maximum, long-range goals and benefits of Lean thinking.
This is how manufacturers and retailers can map dependencies and minimize risk when facing supply chain disruptions like the new coronavirus pandemic.
Building high-performing alliances between supply chain and commercial teams is a key driver to success.
Here are the top three ways data analytics and AI can transform your supply chain.
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.
Logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimize logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels. Gartner Inc. identifies the following five actions to help you optimize costs from within your organization.
That's right, if you work in the supply chain management field, and have a decade or so until you retire, it's time to dust off your resume and consider other career paths. That's according to a Harvard Business Review article. Let's do an autopsy.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
These logistics challenges will define the remainder of 2019. Here's how shippers can determine the best approach to overcome them.
Regardless of the method a shipper or consignee chooses to take, consolidation is an easy way to get quick wins for your supply chain.
Why supply chain managers need to stop using the word backhaul and simply refer to them as loads.
Readers reveal the parts of the supply chain that should gain more notice.
If a transportation route, supplier, customer, or other essential supply chain partner is located in an area at high risk for hurricanes, then your business could risk a major disruption.
Kingston Technology’s HyperX division partnered with Logility to improve its supply chain visibility and demand, inventory and replenishment planning practices.
Growth presents some new and sometimes unique challenges to overcome, regardless of your industry. Here’s how to optimize your supply chain during a growth period.
Better manage your yard operations with this comprehensive guide. We showcase the providers and systems leading the market.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Successfully tapping into Alaska’s growth depends on the perseverance, innovation, efficiency, and resources of logistics providers whose experience has withstood the test of time and travel in this most extraordinary state.
The latest news and trends impacting the steel supply chain
This article profiles Bernice Cannon, supply chain manager with Nouryon Pulp and Performance Chemicals, LLC, a global leader in specialty chemicals and formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
10 tips to help shippers become a “shipper of choice” in today’s logistics marketplace.
One of the biggest issues that will quickly come to the forefront in 2019 is cybersecurity for the supply chain.
Readers weigh in on whether the USPS should go private.
Logistics and supply chain jobs, by the numbers.
SMC³, the transportation industry’s leading authority for LTL data, technology and supply chain education, is developing the industry’s only LTL certification program.
A profile of Jennifer Daniel, head of global logistics for Redbubble, an online marketplace that connects independent artists of graphic design, fine art, or photography with customers.
Economic performance is the top-ranking corporate sustainability priority for the majority of organizations, reveals a global survey of supply chain decision makers. When directly asked whether profitability or sustainability is more important, however, 60 percent give equal priority to these objectives, with another 25 percent leaning towards sustainability.
It is helpful to understand consumer behavior when crafting efficient supply chains. Ford's 7th annual Trends Report, which analyzes consumer behavior based on interviews with more than 13,000 people across 14 countries, provides some insight.
The current emphasis on supply chain performance is not going to go away once the back-and-forth sparring of tariffs and retributions have been resolved. Supply chain management will continue to play an important role in obtaining raw resources in a timely, efficient manner. A non-interrupted flow of materials is a necessity to meet customer expectations and remain competitive.
When first engaging in a partnership, shippers and their logistics providers identify a desired outcome and work collaboratively to deliver on those promises. In order to achieve the desired ROI and deliver on the promises made during the sales process, both parties need daily activities to align with that objective.
A profile of Denise Kopko, vice president of operations—commercial, supply chain and logistics, with Veolia North America, an environmental services company focused on designing and providing water, waste and energy management solutions for commercial, municipal and industrial customers.
3PLs and tech providers can empower ethical supply chains, winter warehouse tips, what is most important to carriers when working with shippers, Fleet Advantage 2018 benchmarking survey reveals fleet operators pulse about rising fuel and maintenance and electric trucks, female high school students, findings from 2019 Third-Party Logistics Study, Forrester forecasts that companies will spend $434.9 billion to run IoT solutions by 2023, startup aims to make robots safe around factory workers, conditions ripe for multistory warehouses, automated material handling equipment market to exhibit significant growth during 2018–2024
Leadership profile of Chris Cassidy, president of global healthcare logistics strategy, UPS.
There’s a lot of interest in the industry right now regarding advanced technologies like blockchain and AI and the benefits they could bring to logistics operations – and with good reason. But, for all the promise these appear to hold, there are proven enhancement-focused tools already available – in particular, scorecards – that supply chain managers should take full advantage right now to ensure optimized performance across all supply chain functions.
An M&A creates an opportunity to derive significant supply chain value. It requires logistics managers to establish partnerships and develop organizational processes that increase operational excellence. Here are 6 supply chain optimization strategies for success.
Here’s how to navigate disruptions in the supply chain and turn them into new opportunities.
These can't-events dive into the latest innovations and top-of-mind challenges facing supply chain professionals. Come for the insightful perspectives and stay for the thought-provoking discussions.
The current U.S. administration is not averse to disruption, and risk professionals in the supply chain and logistics sector need to be prepared to manage political and regulatory unknowns. Here's how.
Supply chain collaboration (SCC) is vital for companies to make critical decisions quickly and outpace the competition. But, are the key concepts of collaboration a current reality or a myth? This article breaks them down.
The inaugural 2018 CSCMP/Penske Young Professionals Survey sheds light on what young professionals are looking for in a career. Understanding their motivators is key to solving the supply chain talent gap.
Supply chain managers face many types of risk on a daily basis—cargo theft, natural disasters, long lead times, and unpredictable demand. But none is currently at an inflection point quite like debt.
It’s worthwhile to consider the push/pull boundaries already in place at your company and where they should be to best serve your customers–and shareholders–in the future.
IL Editor Felecia Stratton was lucky to get an annual glimpse into the future of the logistics workforce—and can say with confidence that we’ll be just fine.
Profile of Tim O’Brien, senior director, supply chain, with Purchasing Power, a specialty e-commerce retailer that provides goods and services to customers who make payments through payroll deductions
Profile of Yone Dewberry, chief supply chain officer, Land O’Lakes
With a pull instead of a push replenishment strategy, golf ball maker Acushnet increased supply chain efficiency.
Most companies rely on static models of the supply chain and wait until a problem occurs. Try predictive planning instead, an AI-based approach designed to avoid surprises in delivery performance and last-minute orders.
Here’s a list of books that will help keep your logistics and supply chain skills sharp.
What do supply chain professionals consider their top three priorities in 2017? According to a recent APQC survey, it’s a mix of the old and the new.
Pharmaceutical companies face many challenges. To operate more efficiently manufacturers are turning to labeling to provide an edge in the face of these challenges.
The cosmetics industry’s supply chain challenges include an above average number of SKUs, color changes linked to seasons and seasonal collections, products and ingredients requiring a temperature-controlled environment, multiple retail channels, and product trends influenced by celebrities and other taste-makers.
This feature provides examines the supply chain challenges arising from some recent trends in the fashion industry, and looks at how brand owners and retailers are meeting those challenges.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
Capable third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help you manage rising logistics costs because they have highly developed processes and critical infrastructures in place, writes Brad Constantini, Comprehensive Logistics.
When bad things happen, the first people we think of as being essential are doctors...and nurses, firefighters, or other types of first responders. And yet, the list is not complete. Consider the capabilities and assets that logistics professionals bring to the table, especially during times like hurricane season.
Hub Group’s customer-focused approach led by dedicated, problem-solving freight engineers provides exactly what shippers need when faced with even the most challenging conditions.
From recent mergers and acquisitions to the largest heavy-duty electric truck deployment to date, here’s what’s new and notable in the supply chain.
Global ports lost more than one-third of their expected capacity to ship containers in 2021, causing economic trouble for some smaller developing nations, among others, finds research commissioned by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF). The study, which was conducted by MDS Transmodal, identifies the extent of capacity restriction in 2021 that resulted from scheduled port calls being skipped by shipping lines.
Investing time and money in making products available is more important today than ever before, thanks to the ripple effects of COVID-19. Capacity constraints and delivery agents have been upended, and product availability is at risk. Rising digital trends and changing consumer behavior and spending habits have also led to an urgency to respond to market conditions quickly.
From its humble origins to its status today as the largest privately held LTL carrier in Canada, Polaris has embraced a customer-centric approach, working tirelessly to build loyalty and deliver exceptional customer experiences.
Your 3PL should be a catalyst for producing unmatched retail logistics performance levels and total supply chain optimization. Here are 10 tips for choosing the right partner.
Holman Logistics provided its client with Extraordinary Service resulting in seamless execution for a warehouse move done in record time.
Companies can minimize disruption by implementing specific tools and best practices that will enable clearing logistical, transportation, and technological hurdles. Those include modernizing your business’ supply chain management processes—adopting artificial intelligence, for instance—enhancing visibility within the logistics network, applying analytics, and expanding your carrier networks.
Not only do advanced analytics reduce the supply of materials needed for a factory, but also help to find alternative vendors for materials that are in short supply. Here's how industry 4.0 technologies can ease the burden on the global supply chain.
Strengthening and improving a transportation program helps companies proactively manage a large cost service center with a best-in-class strategy.
With consumer demand growing at a faster rate than many retailers can keep up with, it is imperative companies find a way to meet expectations and overcome the following challenges.
Both physical and online retailers who maintain their own supply chain channels need to recognize their ability to control inventory levels by manipulating price.
Fundamentally, managing supply risk is all about having access to the right insights at the right time. These 7 questions can help you gain them.
From smart devices that support supply chain visibility to bar seals that secure shipping containers, these products keep your cargo safe.
As more companies involved in supply chain adopt technology out of necessity, it is hard to see them ever turning back. Technology continues to be viewed as beneficial, driving the industry to evolve and flourish.
Instead of relying on fine-tuning forecasting models, CPGs would be far better equipped to manage supply chain disruptions by embracing operational agility. Here's how.
Automation and intelligence will be key tools in developing supply chain resilience. Companies can start by implementing these three key enablers.
Jessica Tyler learned in her early career as a teacher that the best way to help people reach their potential is to have a relationship with them, which shaped her open-book leadership style as president of cargo at American Airlines.
When we started Inbound Logistics in 1981, the latest technology was using fax machines to distribute routing guides to vendors. Forty years later, we've advanced to using technology in a pivotal year, empowering the demand-driven enterprise.
Supply chains are undergoing unprecedented restructuring driven by competition, demand shifts, and trade wars—circumstances further accelerated by COVID-19. Here are five ways to support the digital transformation of logistics by connecting deskless workers:
It's time to look beyond the usual IT enhancements and optimize the supply chain with smart energy management, which offers a triple threat: saving money, adding new revenue streams, and reducing impact on the environment.
Control tower capabilities help companies make better supply chain decisions across all industries. Any business that experiences supply chain disruption and wants fast and accurate resolutions to benefit all parties stands to benefit, says Lori Harner of E2open.
Wallaroo Hat Company co-founder Stephanie Carter applies her entrepreneurial spirit to tackling outsourcing, tariffs, and pandemic challenges, and to pursuing new ventures, such as a nonprofit that assists women and girls in Cameroon.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in October 2020.
COVID-19 radically changed the workplace and how supply chains operate. Shippers that scale their technical infrastructure, put the customer first, and improve the remote working environment will thrive.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in August 2020.
Although shippers should be prepared to see varying results compared to their original 2020 goals, a recovery in consumer demand is not too far away.
While there aren’t many quick fixes when it comes to mitigating global disruption, leaders can use solutions that directly address the biggest weaknesses in the supply chain that were highlighted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak: demand, labor, and energy.
An uptick of 24% more companies are asking their suppliers to report environmental data in 2020 through nonprofit CDP Global, with a 34% surge of growth in North America. Companies then use the data to inform procurement decisions and supplier engagement strategies.
Organizations that have incorporated scenario planning into their process may be better prepared to cope with disruption and uncertainty. For those who have not advanced their planning capabilities, weathering the next disruption may not be as easy.
Shippers around the globe pivoted their business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—these are the innovative pivots that impressed supply chain leaders the most.
Practical suggestions for making supply chains more environmentally sustainable.
Profile of Lyndsi Lee, vice president of supply chain with hardware and home improvement wholesaler True Value, who drives end-to-end supply chain optimization, develop integrated planning and logistics strategies, and build best-in-class sourcing programs.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed holes in traditional linear methods of supply chain reporting, especially when shipments involve multi-tiered transportation models. To make real-time decisions, shippers need reliable, real-time intelligence, such as Mobile IoT.
With the daunting task of navigating the rapidly changing global trade landscape, where should shippers begin? Actionable global trade data is your lifeline for supply chain resilience. Global trade intelligence solutions can help businesses swiftly find alternative suppliers in a concise three-step process: Identify potential sources, analyze costs, and vet potential trading partners.
Don’t delay. Create an agile, real-time approach. Have an effective communication strategy, one that includes internal users, vendors, and carrier partners. This will have a critical impact on your success.
Shippers can take these five operations-focused actions to build resilience and pave the way for success as they shift into the "operate" phase of the COVID-19 crisis—not only to efficiently operate in this new business environment, but also to prepare for the next phases of the crisis.
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.
Logistics leaders meet or exceed their end-to-end supply chain goals with the help of logistics outsourcing, such as third-party logistics providers.
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.
This story examines three big paradigm shifts that are likely to occur in supply chains in the coming years: technologies to promote greater transformation efficiency; supply chains optimized for sustainability; and the digitized supply chain.
Fearing the flood of post-holiday returns? An optimized reverse logistics strategy may be the answer.
Competition has never been tougher to obtain supply chain talent, forcing companies to rethink recruitment strategies. Here are some best practices for companies to integrate into supply chain talent recruitment.
In today's increasingly omnichannel marketplace, good visibility is vital throughout the supply chain. Here's how to maintain optimal visibility at 10 key touchpoints.
Many industries use supply chain analytics to drive insight, make better business decisions and verify or disprove existing models or theories.
Ashley Tyrner sources fresh organic and natural produce, forms partnerships with farmers, works with shipping companies, and designs produce boxes that customers receive.
A quick rundown of notable events, from sealed deals to green initiatives, in the supply chain
As the supply chain exercises more influence over business outcomes, its managers are rising to top leadership positions. Supply chain pros with sights set on a corner office would do well to expand their skill sets and seek job experiences that prepare them for complexity.
Strategic technology trends have the potential to drive significant disruption and deliver significant opportunity. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must evaluate these trends to identify opportunities, counter threats, and create competitive advantage
From Point A to Point Z, the supply chain provides fertile ground for persistent myths. Whether they concern job qualifications or day-to-day business practices, they merit some serious scrutiny.
For sellers looking for a new logistics provider, knowing what to look for in a 3PL or ISP — and what to avoid — is difficult, especially for businesses that are trying to make their way in the e-commerce economy.
Packaging is a significant element of the supply chain. Optimizing packaging strategy and processes can significantly impact your ability to maintain a smooth and efficient supply chain.
Regardless of the type of pallet—wood, plastic, composite, or metal—shippers are looking for some essential characteristics to move their goods safely and efficiently.
Sectors such as food and beverage, industrial, and cold storage emphasize using data and metrics to improve efficiency, and loading dock control systems such as Serco Digital Master Control Panels can play a crucial role in that pursuit.
Today’s Tier 1 TMSs can help you get work done faster, cut the need for calls and emails, reduce the number of screens and clicks, and increase your profitability.
The latest news and trends impacting the beauty products supply chain
Readers reveal the first action they would take to address the supply chain talent gap.
Four recent independent Artificial Intelligence (AI) advances indicate that self-aware supply chains, or what some are calling cognitive supply chains, may be closer than we think.
To address today’s logistics talent gap, we need to rethink how we rethink the pipeline for talent in our own companies.
Track & trace data allows for the shipping process to move smoothly and expectedly and provides opportunities for remedies when things don’t go smoothly.
The longer the trade tensions between the United States and other countries persist, the more the U.S. agricultural industry needs to rally around containerized soybean shipping to overseas markets.
New supply chain services and solutions
Profile of Victor Finnegan, president and CEO, American Expediting
Women in logistics need support from their companies to succeed in their careers.
We asked faculty at four academic supply chain management programs to describe elements of a curriculum to prepare students for the supply chain challenges found in businesses today.
DHL Express has launched DHL Medical Express Service (WMX) between Brazil and the United States for pharmaceutical and clinical research sector shippers.
Industry professionals share their best supply chain tips.
The four trends that will have the greatest impact on operations in North America in the coming year, according to DHL Supply Chain.
How the growing millennial market will transform the supply chain sector.
Companies have struggled for many years to manage the growing complexities of their supply chains and go-to-market packaging content. Labeling has become more complicated, and Artwork Management has been challenged to meet an increasing number of demands on a global basis.
Symphony RetailAI, and CPG manufacturers, announced the findings of a benchmark report. The fourth annual study, conducted by Retail Systems Research (RSR) and sponsored by Symphony RetailAI, shows enhanced efficiencies from previous years, but clear room for improvement in fulfillment strategies, demand forecasting, and inventory accuracy and visibility.
A retailer or manufacturer who has a clear monitoring program in place will have peace of mind going through this holiday season. When everyone in the supply chain knows exactly what is going to happen if products are damaged, then the groups can work better together to ensure products arrive safely and consumers are happy.
With so much at stake this holiday shipping season, retailer suppliers and 3PL partners must have a plan to deal with the inevitable disasters and near disasters.
Up to 30 percent of e-commerce orders shipped to customers wind up coming back. Here's how smart retailers box up their reverse logistics strategies.
Home Depot will spend $1.2 billion to overhaul its supply chain to offer faster delivery for consumers and businesses. Walker Sands' 2018 Future of Retail report offers the home improvement retailer some advice:
The recent massive recall of romaine lettuce teaches some lessons that will be helpful to anyone facing a future recall.
Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly demanding, and matching supply to demand is crucial for any successful supply chain.
Consolidating three independent operating companies into one at Smithfield Foods is triggering significant changes in the three organizations’ supply chains. Reducing complexity and improving visibility are not only making supply chain processes more efficient, they’re also saving money and helping the corporation achieve its sustainability goals.
The aftermath of the overhaul of U.S. customs admissibility program – Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) – has created a heavier administrative burden on importers, not a lighter one. Find out how it misses the mark in this key area.
Supply chain professionals need more accurate and effective cost information to help their decision-making.
Although serial numbers were initially created to track production, they are an invaluable tool for reverse logistics. Here’s how to get the most out of serial numbers.
There is a great opportunity for growth in many business sectors, and the role of supply chain excellence is fundamentally important in that economic environment.
For the supply chain and warehousing sector, the burgeoning millennial workforce means an increased need for providing more sophisticated and functional mobile solutions.
Achieving end-to-end real-time visibility across the supply chain can’t be an aspirational goal any more, it’s becoming a requirement to stay competitive and deliver the level of service customers want today.
While the idea of tracking inventory in transit isn’t new, expanding cellular networks, improved battery technology, and advances in cloud computing are enabling low-cost, long-lasting, globally connected trackers that make real-time supply chain visibility possible. Peek into the future.
Crane Worldwide Logistics helps its client, a sporting goods manufacturer, develop the automated and physical logistics infrastructure required to seamlessly distribute its products to e-commerce, retail, and wholesale customers.
These key elements can significantly improve your foodservice supply chain, and ensure your brand is in the best position for success.
Gelnius’ new technology platform has the ability to save money based on customers achieving reduced transportation cost and better management of administration overhead, as well as cost savings linked to visibility of all freight transactions on a single platform.
Slotting – determining the locations of your SKUs in your warehouse – used to be an easy concept. But in the new world of warehousing focusing exclusively to a large degree on e-commerce sales, this is no longer simple.
When a paper-based order management system slowed a baseball bat manufacturer’s growth, the company digitized for out-of-the-park growth.
This story looks at several ways in which companies are applying Internet of Things (IoT) technology to supply chain management.
Back in 2014, I wrote a column extolling the benefits of a lean and agile supply chain, also known as a hybrid strategy. Depending on your product or service, your supply chain may tilt more one way or the other, or it might be segmented but still exhibit characteristics of both. For example, if you sell commodities, you would focus more on efficiency. If you were in fashion, you’d tend to be more responsive.
Investment in logistics technology—$26 billion in the past seven years—is white hot right now. Here’s a small sampling of the types of solutions that venture capitalists are financing.
The optimal way to understand the intricacies of today's supply chain environment is to participate in an educationally focused transportation conference.
The age of the digital supply chain is here. And yet, even with technology investments on the upswing, not every company is moving along the digital path at the same pace. Are you up to speed?
Minimizing costs and even making a profit in reverse logistics is critical to an e-commerce company’s health. Here are some ways to do that.
New supply chain services and solutions
AI is quickly gaining ground in supply chain management, and we’re seeing it applied to demand forecasting to overcome many obstacles.
There are a multitude of resources available to help even the busiest logistics professionals hone their skillsets.
2018 has been marked by tariffs, trade deals, and technological advancements. Here are the highlights.
No matter how skilled or credentialed, today’s supply chain managers have a lot to learn–and a lot of ways to do so. With the marketplace growing more complex, continuing education professionals are introducing new programs and revising old standbys.
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
This article defines strategic sourcing and how to implement it.
Workforce and career development are on the national radar and many companies are stepping up with financial, time and expertise commitments to accomplish the goals of developing the U.S. workforce for tomorrow.
SMC³ will discuss the implications of the rising reliance on reverse logistics during our upcoming educational conference, Connections 2018, held June 25-27 at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
Every two years, the Olympics bring together some of the best athletes in the world. But in between the games, supply chain professionals, logistics experts, and manufacturers work to bring the event itself together.
Maturing systems, implementation expertise, and newly enacted tax incentives bode well for significant leaps in supply chain efficiency. Here’s why 2018 will be the year for technology ROI.
Cloud technologies support innovative supply chain solutions that deliver the right goods to the right place at the right time—as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Here’s why supply chain managers should look to the cloud now.
Retailers turn to artificial intelligence to boost customer service.
Readers share the logistics mementos and paraphernalia they would preserve in a time capsule for people to open in the year 2067.
As professional logisticians and supply chain managers, we are in a unique position to assist military service members transition into jobs in the supply chain sector. Here's why it's critical to help them and how to do it.
Implementing a drop shipping solution comes with its share of challenges for a 3PL provider, as these types of orders differ from a standard parcel shipment. Here’s what to consider.
Readers share how they keep their smaller retail businesses competitive against massive-commerce companies.
From recent mergers and acquisitions to the largest heavy-duty electric truck deployment to date, here’s what’s new and notable in the supply chain.
Despite its criticality, most companies are very poor at supply chain planning. Here’s a recipe for dealing with complexity and deploying a set of world-class supply chain planning capabilities.
Cloud-based deployments can remove IT obstacles and accelerate the launch of supply chain initiatives. However, are the advantages of cloud deployments for supply chain solutions real and worthwhile?
Whether online or in-store, customers expect an immediate and frictionless shopping experience, thanks to Amazon. To compete, you must level the playing field with experiences that keep customers coming back to your branded e-commerce site.
New supply chain services and solutions