Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
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
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Global dry-bulk commodity trade reveals rate growth, steadying inflation in China; Preparations for 2022 World Cup trigger DC explosion in Qatar; Supplier risk analysis will become more complex as companies expand into new global markets; Pakistani protests force U.S. military drawdown to consider $1 billion airfreight alternative; Asia truck bans taking toll on logistics industry; Africa’s piracy problem shifting to continent’s west coast; Trans-Pacific Partnership pact stalls, 2014 ratification expected; China’s Nicaraguan Canal stirs intrigue; Tesco acquires stake in “Asia’s Amazon”
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Global trade management software offers greater shipment visibility and control, eases the pain of border-crossing compliance, and streamlines financial transactions—all from your browser.
Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
The development of new technologies for planning, managing, tracking, and securing shipments never ends, and with new digital options always just around the corner, organizations of all sizes need to stay informed on the latest advances. Pablo Ciano of DHL Express identifies four key business areas where technology makes all the difference.
Logistics providers can become valued partners to both U.S. customers and Chinese suppliers, linking them together with the full power of fast-learner economics, writes George F. Brown Jr., Blue Canyon Partners.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Retailers who succeed at integrating their inventory intelligence can cut costs, accelerate turns, and build revenue by driving high-fidelity information back into the supply chain, aligning it with shopper demand, write Tyco Retail Solutions’ Karen Bomber and Jim Caudill.
Asia today is not just about manufacturing; it's also emerging as a consumer powerhouse. To seize the opportunity, manufacturers and retailers alike are rewiring their global supply chain strategies.
Dubai makes progress on its first aerotropolis, Starbucks partners with China to set up its first coffee bean farm, Canadian National accelerates auto imports, United Kingdom and France work to counter terrorism, Marks & Spencer accelerates supply chain improvement plan
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Mexico Taxes U.S. Imports, Audi's carbon friendly cars and carbon friendly transportation, Australia labors over transportation expansion, UPS opens health care logistics hubs in Singapore and China, U.S. football imports from China
UK duties hit air freight; Prince Rupert's improved performance, Garuda Indonesia rebuilds long-haul international network, Vietnam experiences trade success, US and Switzerland Eye Open Skies pact, New Canadian coalition explores opportunities to build a replacement rail tunnel under the Detroit River; German organizations join forces to support "Cargo Needs the Night" initiative; UPS Lauds US-South Korea free trade agreement, Caterpillar constructs foothold in Brazil, China looks to consolidate air cargo carriers
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.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Developing a business system based on operational analytics requires a focus on decision-making and a clear plan.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
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.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
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.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Successful software projects require thoughtful planning, the right partners, and flexibility.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Leveraging data analysis and technology integration can generate powerful insights to transform today’s supply chains.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
Mobile technology offers flexible, affordable solutions for supply chain operations.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Infrastructure remains India's greatest supply chain challenge; Canadian e-commerce market is catching up to speed; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM form P3 Alliance
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Companies must identify and eliminate overspending on supply chain IT solutions to free up capital for new projects.
Cloud-based predictive analytics increasingly available to more companies of all sizes; RFID market set for robust growth by 2020; supply chain risk mitigation should be priority for all companies; key trends driving change for enterprises and government in 2014
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Aviation climate emissions agreement signals major progress; Latin American economic growth expected to accelerate despite hinterland connectivity issues; IMO’s container weight verification amendment irks some shipper advocates; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship; Spain and Portugal seek rail freight harmonies
Automating office functions, shipment tracking, and data exchange can help companies cut costs and improve customer service.
Inbound Logistics recently joined Flanders Investment & Trade on a tour of Belgium’s ports and distribution facilities.
Sub-Saharan Africa targets the United States for growth; Afghanistan task force transports supplies along the world’s most dangerous highways; China seeks to ease foreign investment regulations; I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse impacts Canadian cross-border retail consumption; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; Tokyo, London, and Singapore top list of most expensive industrial real estate markets;
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
UPS expansion in China targets middle class; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Marine Harvest taps Infor solutions to move away from a decentralized supply chain
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
Foreign Trade Zones allow companies to defer paying customs duties, fees, and taxes on items imported into the U.S.
Increasing product traceability requirements are making bar codes an essential part of many supply chains.
Delivering temperature-sensitive flu vaccines to Laos required climate-controlled transport and impeccable timing.
With a global perspective, mobile device shippers can access additional markets to maximize recaptured device value.
Global perceptions of United States are favorable while China’s star continues to rise; India’s logistics sector set to reach $200 billion by 2020; Mexico allocates $100 billion toward infrastructure improvements; World Duty Free Group locates logistics hub in Singapore; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship
GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement could help increase trade and create jobs.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
Companies can use the visibility big data provides to improve supply chain processes and meet organizational goals.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
State of Logistics report documents sluggish growth; State legislative myopia and oversight threaten private sector competitiveness; UT pinpoints 10 supply chain trends; U.S. port competition heats up
Brazil shipper turns to sea shipping amid truck theft concerns; Global trade key to SMB success; FedEx makes strategic acquisition in Africa; Amazon faces labor unrest in Germany and legal constraints in France; China plans canal through Nicaragua; CN critical of Canada’s Fair Rail Freight Service Act
A business-to-employee communications model improves employee productivity through mobile technology and applications.
Transportation and logistics investment is the cornerstone to economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa.
As consumers embrace bargain hunting, off-price apparel retailers reinvent their supply chains to meet demand.
Southeast Asian countries attract transportation and logistics investment; McDonald’s UK debuts Quality Scouts program in wake of horsemeat scandal; Amazon’s German workers strike over pay; Mexico has beef with U.S. country of origin labeling rules; Australia to review regulatory structures to ensure greater trade efficiency and economic competitiveness; India partners with University of Southern California for supply chain program.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Beer distributor Crescent Crown’s new appointment scheduling system gives it control over when trucks arrive at its DC.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Hong Kong strike threatens port’s reputation, shakes up competition; DUBAL turns to SAP for inbound control; NAFTA cross-border trade grows for second consecutive year amid recurring safety concerns; Texas pushes for heavier produce trucks from Mexico
Business intelligence tools support supply chain management by helping logistics professionals derive meaning from the data collected by logistics technology solutions.
Managing freight spend and payments challenges many shippers because rules and regulations vary by geography. Supply chain professionals benefit most from a global solution built for freight spend, says Rick Erickson of Syncada.
Maximizing truck utilization, managing Hours of Service regulations, and finding enough drivers pose major challenges for trucking companies, says Scott Vanselous of TMW Systems.
Best practices for transportation management dictate that shippers contact all their carriers and ask for accurate rates per mile for multiple lanes before performing an optimization, says Nick Carretta of Ultra Logistics
Transportation management systems (TMS) have evolved to serve shipper needs, but few options exist for mid-size shippers. New offerings for this market balance ease of use, rapid implementation, and big return on investment, says Mitch Weseley of 3Gtms.
Gathering transport spend data during the freight payment process, then marrying it with transportation management system data, arms shippers with valuable information for monitoring transportation key performance indicators (KPIs), says Shannon Vaillancourt of RateLinx.
Global customs agencies and trade regulations require shippers to obtain and communicate more shipment data. Technology tools help shippers manage and exchange shipment information, says Tracey Leonard of Choice Logistics.
A wealth of natural resources, growing labor force, and proximity to established and emerging consumer markets in Europe and Asia make Africa an attractive target for foreign exploration. The pace of development will depend on the cessation of social unrest, government collaboration, and continued investment in transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Mobile communications tools track supply chain data such as shipment status, warehouse worker performance, truck location, and driver safety.
Logistics technology provides global supply chain managers with tools that help improve logistics operations. This market research survey and list of leading supply chain technology companies directs logistics professionals to the top software tools for their sector.
Import compliance programs facilitate restricted parties screening, recordkeeping, monitoring, review, and audit processes. A quality import compliance solution by a reputable logistics technology provider can help, says Jim Preuninger of Amber Road.
Today's IT trends -- big data, cloud computing, integration, and visibility -- let business logistics managers harness technology in countless ways to find greater efficiency and economy.
E-commerce presents retailers with challenges and opportunities; Food regulation top of mind for 3PLs and shippers; Daktronics’ lean machine keeps production at home; Nike partners with Bluesign Technologies to facilitate sustainable sourcing program among supply chain partners.
Russia to invest in Far East rail network; London Gateway container port provides competition for Port of Felixstowe,Asia and Europe cited as most important markets for global shipping; Nestlé,Sainsbury’s,and The Co-operative Group pledge to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions; Ford considers sea-shipping in India to circumvent road network problems; Transportation capacity and weather threaten Brazil’s record soybean harvest
Sporting goods manufacturers and retailers must manage seasonal peaks to avoid stockouts and meet online customers’ demand for prompt delivery. Supply chain technology helps provide visibility and track items during product recalls.
Auto industry fuels Indian economy; Canada faces truck driver shortage; In wake of horse meat scandal, Tesco pledges transparency to customers; South Africa delays carbon tax scheme
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
With the right investments in technology, 3PLs can make their business more attractive to current and potential clients by offering additional value-added services, superior inventory control, and overall cost reduction, writes Chuck Fuerst of HighJump Software.
Automated traceability technology allows companies to locate products anywhere in the supply chain, minimizing the impact of product recalls, writes Tom Kozenski of JDA Software.
Shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers use electronic loadboards to communicate opportunities, whether it's freight to be shipped or trucks to be filled.
Companies choosing between voice-directed and pick-to-light technology often find that the right choice is a combination of both.
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
Innovative technologies are helping companies improve visibility into their supply chains and gain better control over inventory, service, and cost.
Russia’s retail renaissance depends on transportation and logistics development; Kazakhstan emerging as logistics hub along Eurasian land bridge; Canada’s transportation and distribution industry remains lone bright spot; Indian Railways raises rates to improve infrastructure; CMA CGM buys stake in Port of Long Beach terminal; Tesco pilots longer reefer trailers; Aeronautical industry finds new path to unionize across supply chain; Global forwarding associations merge; China’s e-commerce crunch puts squeeze on real estate market; Fujifilm expands into South America; Chinese fruit consumption enhances trade connections with Thailand; Middle East awaits transport and logistics boom as new markets emerge
Yard and dock management systems use real-time and physical data to assist facilities in efficiently managing operations such as loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination, and turn time management, writes Eric Breen of 4SIGHT.
The cloud-based Real Time Value Network enables trading partners to plan, execute, monitor, and synchronize in real time all of the business processes and events that take place throughout their extended supply chains, says Greg Brady of One Network Enterprises.
DHL invests in India’s under-developed retail supply chain; China ramps up rail construction to counteract global trade sluggishness; European Union pilot program tests efficacy of using bicycles to deliver urban shipments; AP Moller-Maersk turns attention away from shipping
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.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
Advances in consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets are driving a new generation of rugged mobility innovation for logistics and supply chain applications, writes Tim Eusterman of Intermec Technologies.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Business Intelligence within the supply chain improves internal efficiencies and accountability while saving time and eliminating costs with metrics-driven decision-making and change management, writes Steve Dowse, International Asset Systems.
Velocity is more important than price for some consumers, perhaps giving some retailers another component to consider as they compete, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
U.S.-China consider joint logistics partnership to facilitate humanitarian aid and counter-piracy efforts; Canadian trucking companies call on government to invest in transportation infrastructure
Modernizing information technology infrastructure helps companies save money and provide better value for their customers, writes Steve Biondi of Micro Focus.
With store replenishment lagging behind sales growth, potato chip maker Golden Flake deployed a mobile inventory-tracking solution from AT&T to provide stock visibility.
Strong forecasting, careful vendor management, solid partnerships with carriers and optimized use of labor and equipment all help retailers manage the year-end holiday rush.
Shippers and business logistics professionals can easily use bar codes rather than ink stamps to ensure fresh food items are delivered to customers, writes Mark Croxton of Aldata.
By identifying the value-adds that brand and retail shippers want, logistics providers can position their offerings to bring millions in benefits to their customers and make the relationship stick, writes Greg White of Blue Ridge.
Cloud-based supply chain networks allow for real-time data sharing among companies, but rely on high-quality data for effectiveness, writes Greg Kefer of GT Nexus.
Predictive analytics provides large volumes of data to help logistics managers match demand to supply, making predictive analytics a competitive weapon in demand-driven supply chains.
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.
Transload facilities find great benefits from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that deploy quickly, and easily integrate with existing systems to provide seamless inventory and operations management, and network transport coordination, says Erv Bluemner of RMI.
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
An open business planning platform allows business planners, partners, and others to build simple apps that enhance their master Sales & Operations Planning system to adapt their S&OP process for unique – and changing – needs, writes Nari Viswanathan, Steelwedge Software.
Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.
Mobile trucking communications technology signals new productivity gains for truckers, and helps improve truck driver safety.
Far-flung warehouses in remote western Canada created mobile device upgrade issues for wholesaler Federated Co-operatives Limited, but remote support solutions from Wavelink provided instant access and facilitated an upgrade to Psion Omnii handheld computers.
To move ahead of competitors, it is critical that organizations collaborate using electronic, real-time information sharing, merged from multiple partners in a single actionable environment, says John Reichert of TECSYS Inc.
Once cost-prohibitive to all but the largest enterprises, warehouse management systems (WMS) are now available to small and mid-sized companies, offering benefits such as improved inventory accuracy and labor savings, says Ralph Hess, N’Ware Technologies.
Choosing the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business requires a firm understanding of its needs and processes, says Kevin Reader of Invata Intralogistics.
Choosing the right mobile powered workstations for your warehouse or distribution center will energize your workforce, and deliver improved accuracy and efficiency, writes Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems.
Brazil approves transportation spending; Germany’s infrastructure shows signs of cracks; China and North Korea develop shared economic zones; Royal Mail and Amazon facilitate local parcel delivery and pickup; Panama promotes imports and re-exports of apparel and fashion products; Southeast Asia poses greatest supply chain risk
Mobile applications give carriers and shipper instant access to transportation management system (TMS) data, resulting in improved supply chain visibility, write Mike Skinner of VistaLogix Global.
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.
Global recession spreads; Olympic organizers blame bad forecasts for supply shortages; United States and Canada fight over port security; Global forwarders squeezed by falling volumes and higher freight rates; Japan’s pharm industry confronts supply chain challenges; Jamaica awaits Panama Canal surge
To better define analytics and develop better analytics strategies, consider the three different types of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive. IBM’s Michael Watson explains each type.
Faced with workflow inefficiencies, paper distributor and converter Roosevelt Paper implemented an automated data collection system from solutions provider Intermec that transformed its shipping and storage operations.
Latin America charts path to growth; After Port of Lázaro Cárdenas experiment, H-E-B returns to Long Beach; Canadian government rail review forces CN to reconnect with shippers; U.S. Customs and Border Protection extends C-TPAT into Latin America; Arab development depends on intra-regional trade; Siemens says U.S-EU trade pact would be beacon for global trade collaboration.
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.
Information technology tools provide actionable data for supply chain improvements, cost efficiencies, on-time performance, and customer satisfaction, says Gary Neeves, Regal Logistics.
For both third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and retailers, investing in a technology partner that supports customization and flexibility at a moderate cost is a strategy for long-term adaptability and growth, says Chandra Allred of PSCTrac.
Door manufacturer The WHITING Group replaced siloed systems with integrated ERP, ushering in transparency and real-time decision-making across its multiple divisions.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Global air freight growth shows signs of improvement; Taiwan industries confront slackening demand; United States and Singapore sign supply chain security agreement.
Supply chain visibility is a valuable result of trading partner collaboration, writes Bobby Kaemmer, Cadre Technologies. On-demand and cloud-based solutions can help supply chain partners share data.
Yard management systems (YMS) help prioritize shipment arrivals, identify trailer contents, reduce the time needed to allocate vehicles to loads, and avoid unnecessary vehicle movements.
London prepares for Olympic logistics challenge; METRO GROUP creates new logistics division to coordinate supply chain strategies; South Africa fruit growers turn to T&L for aid; Germany’s labor market reforms paying dividends; China steers investment toward transportation infrastructure; Brazil taxes automotive industry
Trucking load boards have evolved from bulletin boards in truck stops to sophisticated social networking-style tools on handheld computers. Charles Myers of uShip.com outlines the benefits of the evolved load board.
By highlighting the differences between an organization’s performance and a comparative reference standard, benchmarks can identify improvement opportunities and identify activities required to achieve superior performance.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
Logistics technology is a source of competitive advantage, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Software solutions can help shippers maximize value recovery from inbound shipments of returned material, writes Tamara Dwyer of TAKE Solutions.
Many ERP vendors have added full-blown supply chain management functionality to their solution suites. Here’s a look at some of their offerings, and at two large companies that are reaping the benefits.
Inbound Logistics' annual logistics technology market research report delivers exclusive insights on logistics technology trends, and reveals this year's best-in-class vendors.
New logistics technology makes supply chain data accessible around the clock, says Tom Heine, Aljex Software.
Supply chain executives must think differently about their logistics processes, and implement multi-party technology that gives them and their logistics partners greater control of the supply chain, says Chris Jones of Descartes.
Global logistics technology enables companies to successfully manage all modes of transportation under a common umbrella while providing complete visibility, says Chris Johnson, LeanLogistics.
Having better supply chain visibility improves a business’s ability to sense and react to change faster and more efficiently, says Scott Fenwick of Manhattan Associates.
Using actionable data provided by key performance indicators (KPIs), businesses can automate shipping decisions and identify areas for improvement, writes Steven Shoemaker of Ratelinx.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
A well-implemented enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help manufactures remain agile in the ever-changing, volatile economy, with its decreased spending, increased competition, and changing regulations, says Erik Kaas of Sage.
Transportation network modeling isn’t necessary for operations, but it’s an invaluable tool for strategic supply chain decision-making and risk mitigation, writes TMW Systems' Mike Kositzky.
Collaborative trade communities enable supply chains to react more quickly to strategy changes that are needed to keep the corporation competitive as it reacts market shifts, says Bryn Heimbeck, Trade Tech Inc.
Strategic and practical use of the right supply chain technologies enables sharp pricing competitiveness, creates better customer experiences, reduces expenses, and raises productivity, says Les Hamashima, Transite Technology.
UPS’s acquisition of TNT Express shakes up global package delivery industry; Global steamship lines reduce capacity five percent; French supermarket Franprix replenishes Paris stores by river transport; Morocco aims to become North African distribution hub; Indian logistics parks emerge as demand grows.
New Zealand port tries to strike labor balance; a collaborative storage and distribution contract facilitates consolidated shipments in England; the Netherlands gains foreign direct investment; Amazon launches comparison shopping site Junglee.com in India; European rail freight integration gains interest; Walmart increases its investment in Chinese holding company Yihaodian.
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.
As multinational companies in the United States and around the world are increasingly influenced by changes in the international economy, global distribution networks must be fluid enough to accommodate unpredictability.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
IBM helps Shandong Commercial Group monitor food safety in China; Brazilian meatpacker JBS cuts costs by streamlining supply chain; University of Sheffield develops supply chain environmental analysis tool (SCEnAT) to help manufacturers cut carbon emissions; EU opens trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia; Panalpina creates three regional operating divisions to better meet customer demand
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
New e-commerce sites like Groupon and LivingSocial can bring huge sales volume in a very short period of time by reaching a targeted audience with appealing offers. Tod Yazdi of TAGGlogistics explains how shippers can work with fulfillment partners to make the most of this new opportunity.
Logistics can now be aligned with supply chain and manufacturing through solutions that create daily transportation need forecasts by lane/mode/carrier. Robert F. Byrne of Terra Technology outlines the benefits.
Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that addresses flexibility, scalability, and upgrade and maintenance costs can help provide a smooth solution implementation. David F. Ross of APICS, The Association for Operations Management, offers his advice on selecting the right ERP system.
Ocean carrier consolidation continues; Cargo theft in Brazil is a growing problem; England looks to support beer supply chain; United States and Canada ease cross-border barriers; Africa touts transportation integration as means for economic development; India softens foreign investment rules to stimulate retail growth; Europe’s downturn impacts Asia; Ocean industry considers container weight regulations; China’s 3PL market set to explode; Global companies confront corporate social responsibility
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
Ice cream distributor Berliner scoops up savings with an automated direct store delivery solution that helps drivers manage customer information collected along their routes.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
Using International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) in transportation contracts give shippers more control over transport and delivery terms. Simon Kaye, CEO of Jaguar Freight Services, explains how importers can use Incoterms Group F for better shipment control.
Japanese steamship lines consider merger; Russia becomes a center of excellence for project logistics; Indonesia’s transport infrastructure is lacking
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
Lufthansa Cargo reacts to Frankfurt Airport night flight ban; The International Air Cargo Association calls for review of emissions trading scheme; Thailand floods lead to global parts shortage; U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program starts up; Japan considers Trans-Pacific Partnership, United States too.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology helps transportation and logistics organizations gain visibility into their global supply chains and boost return on investment (ROI), writes Ralph Lieberthal, Motorola Solutions.
Air cargo security requires aggressive international mandate and top-down focus on identity verification and data analysis, writes Steve Vinsik of Unisys Corporation.
Logistics technology helps turbo-charged expedited carriers move freight for shippers with an extreme need for speed. Con-way Truckload, FedEx Custom Critical, Old Dominion Freight Line, Schneider National, and UPS share their perspectives.
BMW uses Eurasian land bridge to move parts; Geodis deploys hybrid refrigerated truck in Lille; Canadian trucking industry and economy sees economic recovery; Shipping industry calls on the United Nations to fight piracy.
Switzerland foreign direct investment soars; Asian inflation threatens continuing growth; Port of Kingston and CMA CGM Group sign MOU; UK government claims Irish truckers are operating illegal cabotage; The Port of Hartlepool challenges UK government to clarify renewable energy policies
Tom Heine, CEO, Aljex Software Inc., explains how application programming interfaces (APIs) enrich software users’ experience by connecting them to Web tools.
There is more to India’s supply chain scene than its shortcomings. APL Logistics’ David Frentzel shares insights from a recent tour of his company’s Indian facilities and meetings with shippers.
Shifting perspectives on supply chain management, coupled with the realities of total landed cost, are driving manufacturers to weigh the benefits of flinging production operations in China back to the United States.
New global supply chain challenges present growth opportunities for logistics professionals, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
China debuts longest sea-bridge in the world; Indian 3PLs are ready to grow; Double-stacked trains are changing Indian transportation landscape; Canadian freight rates are rising; Logistics service are expected to grow in Western Europe; China is cashing in on U.S. inflation
Viewing order management as an opportunity to add value ensures that 3PLs act as a partner that adds real revenue-side value, and not just another vendor, writes Clyde Mount, 3PL Worldwide.
Hellmann uses logistics as an economic barometer; Heinz consolidates global distribution; North Korea and China grow trade partnership; TVS Logistics’ executives continue education at University of Michigan; Chinese women consuming more luxury items; Japan Airlines and American Airlines agreement makes Hawaii a potential cargo hub; Budapest Airport's BUD Cargo City gives Eastern Europe logistics a boost.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
Transportation procurement provides the greatest opportunity to create efficiency in the the Logistics Management Lifecycle, says Martin Hubert, Freightgate.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
Since the events of September 11, the public and private sectors have committed themselves to developing new supply chain security technologies.
Tomato canner Red Gold achieves 99-percent inventory accuracy with QuikTrac data collection software from Integrated Barcoding Systems.
Most ports today compete globally with one another and reflect tremendous productivity gains in ocean transport achieved in recent decades. Simon Kaye of Jaguar Freight offers tips on choosing a port with electronic and data processing sophistication.
In the midst of organizational change, furniture retailer Design Within Reach upgrades its demand forecasting and replenishment system to better control inventory.
High-speed rail benefits Siemens and Deutsch Bahn; European DCs blend imagination and innovation; London lobbies for nighttime deliveries during Summer Olympics; Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways create Air China Cargo joint venture; Mexico accepts ATA Carnets; Colombia, Panama, and South Korea free trade agreements receive mixed support from U.S. growers; Suez Canal trade on the rise.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo examines a trend in moving manufacturing from China back to the United States.
Ireland focuses on Dublin Port, Shannon Airport, and IAWA; APL scans Japan cargo for radiation; European Union (EU) includes ocean shipping with carbon emissions; Polluting China invests in renewable energy sources; French wine makers choose plastic bottles over glass; United States, Mexico, Canada grow NAFTA trade.
Equipping shipments with container security devices (CSDs) can help expedite inspections, decrease insurance premiums, and minimize supply chain disruptions. Jim Giermanski of Powers Global Holdings outlines the benefits of CSDs.
RFID technologies allow computers, objects, and individuals to interact in new ways, supplying logistics providers and materials handlers with predictable and actionable data to enhance their service offerings and operations, explains Ravi Pappu of ThingMagic.
Globally interconnected supply chains face challenges such as natural disasters and currency fluctuations, but benefit from the latest logistics technology.
Global supply chains respond to Japan earthquake and tsunami; global retailers seek better demand forecasts to align sales promotions; manufacturers face pressures to make green purchasing decisions; LCV opponents say heavier trucks will take freight away from rail
IATA addresses impact of Japan earthquake and tsunami on global air cargo industry; Volga-Dnepr air charter business booms; Nike logistics center targets Chinese consumption; Mexico and United States agree to cross-border plan; United Kingdom sets sights on Indian rail infrastructure development
Cloud-based multi-tenant supply chain technology solutions help companies achieve better execution, visibility, cost savings, and collaboration with trading partners across the supply chain.
Rick Pontin, CEO of Airclic, explains how to improve inventory management through better visibility.
To be operationally flexible, freight forwarders need one “go-to" resource for information about what is in the shipment pipeline as well as quick access to customer and shipment data.
As volumes increase and deadlines get shorter, it’s imperative that logistics software systems have out-of-the-box communication with other companies using the same system, and easy setup of communications with companies using other systems.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
China explores Colombia dry canal to rival Panama, Egyptian revolution raises Suez concern, Mongolia’s presence grows with Move On Logistics, United States and Netherlands investments are pure Dutch, UAE to accept ATA Carnets, Athens and COSCO create intermodal link, Mexico e-commerce grows
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
To successfully manage multi-brand and multi-channel selling, retailers need to optimize customer order fulfillment across all brands and channels, writes Jim Bengier of Sterling Commerce.
Airlines expand in Asia and Latin America; Switzerland and China launch free trade agreement negotiations; China’s Alibaba Group creates a nationwide warehouse chain; Honda requires global suppliers to follow its Green Purchasing Guidelines. International Air Transport Association; IATA; airline expansion; Air China; Singapore Airlines; Cathay Pacific; 2011 World Economic Forum; Switzerland; China; free trade agreement; Alibaba Group; distribution network; warehouse expansion; Honda; Japan; suppliers; greenhouse gas; sustainability
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Contingency suppliers, sourcing differentiation, special incentives, and a host of other strategies generate improvements in supply chains that reach around the world.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Danny Halim of JDA Software offers strategies for minimizing risk in the global supply chain.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) technology and infrastructure is adapting to help businesses more quickly and accurately share information within the corporation and across the supply chain.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
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.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
Polymer and fibers manufacturer INVISTA turned to a new inventory planning tool to meet recessionary challenges.
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.
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Global airlines unite; CEVA streamlines Triumph Motorcycle's logistics; South African 3PL Barloworld debuts green trailers; DHL Global Forwarding takes over Mercedes distribution; NYK steers China's auto boom.
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.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
Supply chain strategies built around software-as-a-service (SaaS) or Cloud computing eliminate many headaches that often come with supply chain investments. They eliminate the need for presence overseas, cut the time spent integrating systems across internal departments, and greatly reduce the time spent integrating with hundreds of partners and suppliers.
It is interesting to witness the changes that have occurred in transportation purchasing. For one, the annual bid mentality is gone. With access and visibility to posting boards, SaaS transportation networks, and optimization technologies, transportation procurement has evolved to the point where it is truly a continuous management function.
Manual data inputs. Multiple data sources. Data latency. Point-to-point interfaces. These are just a few key obstacles to achieving supply chain visibility. But, there are solutions available that deliver visibility and intelligence as a service with process, security, and environmental monitoring.
Third-party logistics providers that use advanced planning tools to model complex routing operations and streamline the bid process have a significant advantage in both demonstrating results and helping clients cut costs. When they cut modeling time to a fraction of what it was, and utilize new tools, 3PLs can uncover opportunities and quickly implement changes that provide benefit for their clients.
Globally sourced, private label products allow merchants to maximize margins while maintaining price points, ensuring a good return on investment. But sourcing product globally is complex. By focusing on visibility, intelligence and collaboration, retailers, brand owners and wholesalers who globally source private label products can ensure a successful return on investment.
Sometimes it's easier than you think to find hidden profits in your warehouse or transportation operations. Many successful companies are doing more with less by simply optimizing their slotting practices, pick paths, truckloads and delivery routes.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Panama Canal sets great expectations; Deutsche Bahn expands in the Middle East; European air charters take off; Europe's "10+2" poses questions; Latin America infrastructure lags; Halifax Port Authority opens Gateway partnership; Cutting the cost of Japanese air transport
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Learn five strategies for keeping your Far East concerns running smoothly.
Singapore investors plan an eco-industrial park; Holland's GreenRail project serves rail needs of flower shippers; Kuhne Logistics University opens in Hamburg; Brightpoint and Research in Motion bring BlackBerry service to Indonesia; American Society of Transportation and Logistics launches Singapore Shippers Academy; Nippon Cargo targets Japanese pharmaceuticals market
Zebra Technologies' David Phillips explains how eliminating excess work-in-process waste improves your supply chain.
Faced with transportation interruptions caused by the April 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, European express carriers TNT and DHL activated contingency plans; LCD television manufacturers control spending by bringing production in-house; Inventory-in-sales ratios rise across the supply chain; Wholesaler Arrow Electronics acquires reverse logistics companies; Google helps consumers match demand to in-store supply
Inbound Logistics' April 2010 issue presents a fully integrated editorial lineup that embraces different perspectives of the logistics technology space.
Growing companies harness a variety of IT solutions to help them maintain outstanding performance.
Port of Auckland, New Zealand, debuts seaport rail link; DB Schenker signs on to provide transport for Australia's Gorgon gas project; South Korea pursues free trade agreements; Liberia explores port privatization; BRIC countries expand logistics market; CN plans new logistics park northeast of Calgary
Jason Howton, TAKE Supply Chain, outlines strategies for achieving best-in-class crossdocking performance.
LeanLogistics' Chris Timmer explains how collaborating with trading partners, aided by an on-demand transportation management system, helps increase supply chain efficiencies.
Technology-enabled global trade management offers significant benefits for improving supply chain efficiency and increasing profitability, writes Don Mabry of ClearTrack Information Network.
Jim Caudill of Xterprise recommends strategies for matching retail demand to supply, enhancing enterprise scalability, and increasing supply chain efficiencies through sustainability initiatives.
Sharing key information with all parties can lead to decreased waste, increased orders, and new business, writes J. Kenneth Hazen, CTSI-Global.
Rich Wilson of CombineNet Inc. explains the value of strong shipper-carrier relationships.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Fleet optimization software helps you maximize driver, vehicle, and fleet productivity while delivering superior customer service, writes Steve Brown, Intergis LLC.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
As different countries implement both security and trade-led initiatives around the world, it is critical to improve global regulatory knowledge and visibility, writes Tom Barnes of Integration Point Inc.
A global trade management system can help support foreign trade zone operations, whether distributing from or manufacturing within the zone, writes Wayne Slossberg of QuestaWeb Inc.
Technology providers identify the transportation and logistics challenges facing shippers; Johnson & Johnson upgrades its quality assurance and supply chain systems
U.S. companies exploring uncharted markets to expand their global presence might consider taking a second pass through Europe for a fresh perspective on transportation best practices.
Mazda signs CEVA Logistics to manage spare parts distribution in Italy; The World Economic Forum's Logistics & Transport Industry Group releases carbon emissions guidelines; Damco locates new office Djibouti; European businesses form inland port initiative; Lufthansa Cargo and Austrian Airlines agree to coordinate cargo flows; South Africa's poor infrastructure drive high transport costs; Asian air freight traffic soars; Ryder expands in Asia
Proper management and execution are key to a successful RFID implementation project for shipment tracking, according to Scott Thomas of Intel.
Importers and exporters must make sure the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's new 10+2 equation adds up. Here's the formula for successful compliance with the Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulation.
The Middle East's express, freight forwarding, and logistics sectors are expected to weather a global depression and experience considerable growth; December 2009 was a good month for global trade; DHL ceases operations of domestic parcel service in United Kingdom; Air France struggles to break even.
New study touts the Netherlands' cargo distribution excellence; Hong Kong plans major infrastructure projects; Werner Enterprises launches Australian subsidiary; Japan and United States agree to terms on airline rules; Heavy-vehicle manufacturing executives address industry concerns; DB Schenker Rail increases ownership in Italian rail freight operator; Jeddah Islamic Port completes new container facility; Index ranks countries' economic freedom; Report analyzes trade logistics in the global economy
Asia Pacific companies can implement sophisticated supply chain management solutions quickly and effectively via cloud computing, creating visibility to generate logistics business intelligence data.
Cloud computing offers democracy to logistics and transportation providers, putting small and mid-sized providers on the same playing field as large global companies.