Articles | February 2017

Feature Stories

Case Studies


Caldwell Hospital Gets a Lean Bill of Health

A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.

Good Question

GOOD QUESTION | Who would be on your Mount Rushmore of transportation and logistics visionaries?

IL readers reimagine Mount Rushmore with transportation and logistics visionaries.


Sound Strategy, Talented Team

Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Reader Profile

Jonathan Parks: Planning is Key, to Say the Leased

Profile of Jonathan Parks, VP, global logistics and distribution, with Rent-A-Center


Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Flight of Fancy (Revisited)

Amazon’s patent to parachute packages sends Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo on a trip down memory lane to an article he wrote 14 years ago predicting such an event.

Glenn Johnson

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyGlenn Johnson

7 Ways to Digitally Transform Your Supply Chain

Data integration across systems can help optimize the supply chain and enable organizations to provide their customers with the best possible service from order to delivery.

Peter Liston

Risks and Rewards: Risk Management StrategiesPeter Liston

5 Steps to Reduce Supply Chain Risks When Going Global

While the rewards of global operations are substantial, so are the risks. Compliance failures delay shipments, disrupt operations, and negatively impact your bottom line. These five tips will help you mitigate risk.

Tom Gimbel

Smart Moves: Supply Chain Careers & Education AdviceTom Gimbel

Share This, Post That. How to Get Millennials on Your Team

Millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the supply chain workforce by 2025. To appeal to this generation, companies should follow these five steps during the interview process.

Steven Prince

Online ExclusiveSupply Chain PerspectivesSteven Prince

6 Simple Metrics for Tracking and Improving Carrier Performance

By paying attention to these six metrics, over‐the‐road shippers can make informed decisions to get their desired mix of cost, coverage, and performance from their carriers.

Kyle Martin

Online ExclusiveSupply Chain PerspectivesKyle Martin

Supply Chain in the Cloud: How Tech Is Reshaping Logistics

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.

Kevin Hill

Online ExclusiveViewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisKevin Hill

Weighing Solutions for All Facets of Warehouse Operations

Tip the scales toward greater efficiency in your warehouse by investing in industrial weighing equipment. Start by weighing the following options.


Ten Tips

Choosing a Yard Management System

A YMS can provide significant benefits to your operation. Use these pointers to help select the right YMS.

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