The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
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.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Inland ports provide shippers with new global trade strategies and relief from capacity issues facing North America’s deepwater container ports.
Freight rail has become an integral part of many global supply chains, driving the need for complete visibility across modes and giving rise to a new suite of technologies. Shippers who know how to make effective use of these technologies gain an advantage.
As the demand for supply chain efficiency and speed rises, companies are investing in intermodal rail infrastructure and repairs throughout the United States.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
By offering air, barge, ocean carrier, rail, and trucking services, logistics providers are minimizing the risks involved with transporting goods to, from, and within Alaska.
There's no derailing hub-and-spoke networks. Find out why their adoption is arguably as significant an event in shipping efficiency as containerization itself.
The use of intermodal transportation by shippers continues to grow. Here’s how shippers use intermodal to cut costs and mitigate risk.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.
Rail rates are one area in which shippers, through proper management, can yield cost savings and minimize typical rail rate increases. A shipper needs to understand which lanes are competitive versus non-competitive.
As new networks such as 5G are rolled out, satellite is set to play a key role in filling the gaps in communications capabilities in rail networks and building more resilient supply chains.
The government needs to be looking not at rail freight price controls, but at ways to make the rail industry even more competitive, says Charles Sauer at the Market Institute.
The integration between 6 River Systems collaborative mobile robots called Chucks, Packsize, and JD Edwards’ ERP systems doubled Legend Valves’ pick rates and increased its order management and shipping accuracy.
Is the supply chain ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccines? The supporting technology exists and the resources are in place, but now that the vaccine is available, it's up to the logisticians to connect those dots from end to end.
A profile of Tonya Jackson, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Lexmark, a creator of imaging solutions and technologies.
Distributors face liquidity shortages brought on by the pandemic. Pressed between both struggling ends of the supply chain, they can only negotiate so far. What are they to do? The answer may lie in their receivables.
Take a look at the latest order picking solutions taking distribution and fulfillment to the next level.
With great adversity comes great creativity—that’s how Annette Danek-Akey, EVP of supply chain at Penguin Random House, helped quickly convert a new facility into a picking and shipping point to meet the fluctuating demand for books.
Ecentria deploys inVia Robotics’ Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) system to automate order fulfillment in its Aurora, Illinois, distribution center.
When their client pivoted to make a low-cost, readily available bed to quickly serve those on the front lines, SEKO Logistics rapidly set up distribution operations to meet urgent demand.
MPO’s cloud platform for order and logistics management allowed an agricultural spare parts distributor to streamline fulfillment, obtain full order visibility, and reduce shipping costs for customers.
Questionable demurrage policies and charges and the move toward Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), are making freight rail a less desirable option.
Red Classic created a complex regional transportation solution to optimize Coca-Cola Consolidated’s distribution network following a multi-year expansion effort.
TT Club and BSI have issued the second edition of their report on global cargo theft, the first to cover a full year. The report analyzes cargo theft by modality, theft type (modus operandi), commodities targeted, and the value of losses across the major regions of the world (see chart above).
Distribution centers used for short-term storage and cross-docking are changing to accommodate the growth in online ordering and rising expectation for rapid delivery.
Norfolk Southern Corporation plans to move its headquarters from Virginia to Fulton County, Atlanta, joining other transportation heavyweights such as Delta Air Lines and UPS in leveraging Atlanta's major transportation hub. NS is investing $575 million in the move, which it says will create 850 new jobs.
An interview with Donald Broughton about freight flow and the economy; report details how private investment could improve nation’s aging infrastructure; research finds almost two-thirds of transport organizations are pursuing Industrial IoT to improve environmental footprint; new report finds 75 percent of manufacturing workers don’t harbor concern for their job security amid the rise of new technologies; Port of Baltimore welcomes the largest containership ever to visit Maryland; TECSYS offers five ways to start cutting supply chain costs
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
By letting market forces dictate rates and improving service, we can achieve freight rail competition.
FedEx and UPS form an unlikely alliance.
Getting a distribution center in shape for a high-volume holiday or seasonal period requires advance planning to make sure all systems work, the facility is properly staffed, and temporary workers are properly trained. Inbound Logistics asked the experts for their holiday preparation advice; they provided these seven commandments that will light the way.
Distributors continue to play a valuable role within many supply chains. At the same time, changing business models, and especially the rise of e-commerce, are prompting many to enhance the services they offer.
Dow Building Solutions gained faster, more reliable distribution to customers at a reduced cost with help from KANE.
Supply chain infrastructure is rebuilding itself, below the surface where only logisticians can see it.
The Trump administration plans on expanding transportation infrastructure while reforming traffic control and cutting the Department of Transportation’s budget by nearly 13 percent.
A new report details the challenges and opportunities around infrastructure reform in America.
Shippers will discuss the changing market environment and feature key transportation executives.
Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular times for cargo theft. In contrast to non-holiday weekends, Memorial Day weekend has seen a 40% higher rate in theft. Use these tips to your protect cargo.
The raised bridge allows the world's ultra-large, environmentally friendly container vessels to pass beneath the span, gaining access to the Ports of Newark, Elizabeth, and Staten Island.
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues an Infrastructure Report Card that thoroughly analyzes and grades U.S. infrastructure in the form of a school report card.
Freight railroads frustrated by lack of federal funding to bolster private initiatives; trucking industry posts fifth straight month of driver employment growth after a three month year-on-year decline; Warehouse Management System market to garner $3.112 million globally by 2022, supply chain professionals point to cyber security and changing trade regulations as top concerns in 2017.
Cath Kidston partnered with SEKO to expand the company’s inbound business from Asia to the UK and its distribution centers in Hong Kong and Shanghai supplying its international franchises.
Profile of Jonathan Parks, VP, global logistics and distribution, with Rent-A-Center
Trump Administration makes infrastructure a priority; top locations and methods for cargo theft, 2017 State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
Aaron Leach is senior director of supply chain with Wayne Farms, LLC, in Oakwood, Ga. He has held this position since 2013. Wayne Farms is the sixth largest vertically integrated producer and processor of poultry in the United States.
Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers deployed Janam’s mobile computers and transformed its distribution center operations. From improving efficiency and productivity, find out how the handheld devices boosted inventory control and customer satisfaction for the wholesale distributor.
The overall complexity of running the supply chain will drop as the product portfolio becomes more streamlined. Here's how to do just that.
Distribution centers (DCs) play a key role in the overall success of each peak season, as supply chain professionals must meet the surge in consumer demand and fulfill orders efficiently. Here are 10 ways to help you identify and fill seasonal needs of distribution centers.
Supply chain professionals are concerned: Would the new president implement the protectionist measures he campaigned on, or were those statements made primarily to appeal to an audience? Here are four supply chain predictions.
Implementing material handling automation within a distribution center requires an experienced systems integration, which acts as a matchmaker to ensure the software communicates fully and freely with the facility’s equipment.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Rise of e-commerce changing logistics real estate landscape; Companies who don’t sell globally may be sacrificing profits; Many smaller fleets non-compliant with upcoming ELD mandate
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
Presidential nominee stances on transportation infrastructure; New truck standards aim to reduce U.S. carbon emissions; Staffing Agencies and Colleges Work to Make Certain the Supply Chain Stays Supplied
The September 2016 Intermodal EXPO provides the setting for a thoughtful discussion on the ocean shipping sector: its prospects and how it impacts the intermodal industry.
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
U.S./Mexico Unified Cargo Processing removes border wait times; CRBC struggles to win local support in Kenya; PwC releases Q2 Transportation and Logistics M&A report
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
When logistics professionals are tasked with a special project, no matter how enormous, no matter how infeasible, they’re expected to go the distance.
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) created and implemented a new way of taking and filling orders for its annual cookie drive. Here’s how it made sure cookie sales didn’t crumble.
Nikola Motor Company announces electric class-8 semi truck; FASTLANE grants aim to improve nation’s infrastructure; In spite of rate-driven financial gains for carriers, utilization drop is evident in most recent transportation industry analysis
Dave Christensen, vice president, supply chain with Glazer’s, Inc., oversees demand planning, replenishment, logistics, and master data management.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
The St. Louis region offers an ideal transportation infrastructure to move goods, skilled labor to meet the peaks and valleys of industrial demand, and the availability of highly qualified IT personnel to manage staff and facilities.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
A predicted freight slowdown stalls driver wage increases for 2016; President Obama proposes oil tax to fund infrastructure; Logistics trends of 2016
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
Commercial drone programs delayed while FAA establishes deadlines; five challenges facing the pharmaceuticals supply chain; getting the Surface Transportation Board back on track; Retailer investments in e-commerce and supply chain will dominate in 2016
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
This story follows the progress of an intermodal container during its three-day, round the clock trip from the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to a distribution center in Dallas.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology has a multitude of benefits that can have a significant impact on reducing and eliminating waste in the extended supply chain.
Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel released its report this month and made a number of recommendations to improve the flow of rail operations in the Chicago area.
As e-commerce continues to surge, the case for automation is now too compelling to ignore. One good way to start can be to automate parcel sorting at local and regional distribution centers.
The Port of Lewiston, Port of Clarkston, and Port of Whitman County—also known as the Pioneer Ports—are positioned to offer reduced shipping costs to companies purchasing goods from Pacific Rim suppliers.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Missouri is attracting the attention of nationwide shippers looking for a strategic Midwest location. Read more to find out what makes the state such a great host.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
As the deadline for PTC implementation looms, Class II and Class III railroads will likely find that the Class Is demand their participation in both PTC capital implementation costs and ongoing maintenance costs.
Warehouse operations no longer allow for “business as usual” practices. New initiatives and strategic investments in capital improvements will lead to greater returns in productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Investing in the latest materials handling equipment, WMS technology, and physical building improvements will result in a fully integrated distribution center.
Temporary bills and lack of investment threaten the future of U.S. roads, bridges, tunnel, and rail infrastructure.
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.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
Having a Master Plan in place at your port makes operations more efficient, and makes the port more attractive to prospective partners.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technologies will revolutionize transportation by making our road system safer, more efficient, and less dependent upon the human element for effective decision-making.
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.
Tired of being forced off the track, Class I Railroads are taking a stand in court over track-sharing privileges with Amtrak.
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.
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.
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.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
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
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.
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.
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?
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth
Reciprocal switching debate casts a cloud over railroad industry collaboration; Procurement execution gap costs U.S. businesses $1.5 billion per year; Holiday consumers plan to shop sooner to avoid last-minute parcel problems; Trucking costs continue to soar as driver shortage worsens; Amazon Supreme Court case will set a precedent for how companies secure facilities and compensate workers.
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Intermodal solutions can have significant returns, but there are challenges to consider.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
As intermodal grows, so do its challenges. Increasing cargo volumes create bottlenecks and congestion; while the capacity shortage has everyone scrambling. How are shippers and service providers coping? This article helps solve the dilemma.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
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.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
DB Schenker tests silent brake blocks; India changes policy for e-commerce foreign investment; Canada opens Customs Self Assessment preferences to U.S. shippers; Global steamship lines raise rates; European ports struggle with congestion and larger ships
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
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.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
When selecting manufacturing and distribution sites, companies should ensure rail/intermodal accessibility.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
U.S. government aims to create single-window, paper-less Customs process; Deutsche Post predicts positive growth for global express business; China looks to develop more logistics centers upstream on the Yangtze River; Canada-Mexico trade imbalance tops NAFTA summit; Mexican railroads object to proposed reform bill
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Hunter Harrison documents the culture change that has contributed to Canadian Pacific’s rail renaissance; Global companies more concerned about climate risk than emissions reductions; Deadline for new ISO17712:2013 high-security seal standards is fast approaching; Lack of collaboration between supply chain and finance hurts the bottom line
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
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
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.
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
Intermodal allows shippers to cut transportation costs without sacrificing service.
Railroads are investing in new safety processes, technology and policies to ensure cargo security and prevent accidents.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
Establishing an efficient distribution center network require careful planning and frequent updates.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act steps up surety bond requirements for freight brokers.
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.
Investing in port infrastructure allows long-term job creation so the U.S. can lead in international trade and commerce.
U.S. industry confronts a failing transportation system and looming capacity crunch. New legislation may help.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
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.
Logistics providers operating in Alaska brave rough terrain and extreme weather conditions to serve the state’s residents and industries, which include seafood, oil and gas, and timber.
The United States lags behind other nations in transportation policy and infrastructure funding, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
North American railroads benefit from crude oil demand as pipeline debate lingers; E-commerce growth places new demands on DC development; American Automobile Association weighs in on truck weight restrictions; Mid-sized consumer packaged goods companies struggle with retailer demands; BNSF announces plans to pilot natural gas-powered locomotives; Air freight industry struggles amid sluggish global economy
Online retailers seeking new sites for DCs and warehouses need the transportation infrastructure to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments – plus a capable workforce, affordable utilities, and business incentives to help them get the most from their investment.
Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
At the annual RailTrends conference, industry experts shared insight on trends, opportunities, and challenges facing North American railroads.
The Panama Canal expansion, to be completed in 2015, will impact global commerce and affect trade patterns to the U.S. East Coast. Ports such as PortMiami are preparing themselves to accept the new class of mega cargo ships, says Bill Johnson of PortMiami.
Food company Bob Evans entrusted Millard Refrigerated Services with its warehousing and distribution operations. The two businesses worked together to expand both their supply chain capabilities.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
Midwest drought draws attention to BNSF Logistics’ “ag in a box" solution; Nussbaum takes driver safety performance to a new level with Driver Excelerator; Alaska considers the possibility of freight-floating blimps; Railcar data points to cooling economic trends; P&G and EPA partner to develop supply chain sustainability assessment tools
Brian Hancock, president, North America for Martin-Brower, discusses the unique supply chain and distribution operations supporting the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Looking out to 2015, anticipation is swirling about the Panama Canal's expansion and impact on U.S. trade. Among southeastern ports and shippers, that wave of anticipation has already made landfall.
Increasing demand for U.S. goods in Canada represents a positive sign for the economies of both countries. But keeping cross-border shipments moving requires building smart and savvy logistics partnerships.
Many state governments support transportation and logistics infrastructure development and legislation that facilitate business retention, investment, and expansion. Economic development efforts in Virginia, Iowa, Idaho, Utah, and Wisconsin demonstrate a variety of approaches to supporting in-state businesses.
Shipping products to and within Alaska poses challenges and presents opportunities for transportation service providers such as Carlile Transportation Systems, Lynden Logistics, and Alaska Air Cargo.
BNSF invests in rail infrastructure improvements; Logistics outsourcing reflects economic pressures; Cargo theft rises, but value of stolen goods drops; Port of Indiana- Burns Harbor sees atypical winter vessel traffic thanks to warm weather; Women in logistics climb the corporate ladder
Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
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.
The Department of Transportation's third set of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants provides funding for a range of projects.
A group of determined leaders, engineers, and industrialists helped drive the westward expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
As more manufacturers establish plants in Mexico, and as Mexican railroads improve their infrastructure and services, demand for rail transportation within the country and across the border with the U.S. continues to rise.
Railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, leading to new intermodal services that prompt more shippers – and motor carriers – to adopt multimodal approaches.
Paul Hammes of Union Pacific outlines how rail industry infrastructure investments provide capacity and reliable service to the agriculture industry.
Carriers, port authorities, and other service providers are working to keep intermodal going strong. Here’s a look at some of the newest developments in intermodal transportation around North America.
Gil Carmichael, founding chairman of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, explains how the United States can create new economic vitality by producing a safe, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly multimodal transportation policy in which rail once again plays a dominant role.
When looking for environmental sustainability solutions, which ground transport mode -- truck or rail -- is greener?
As U.S. railroads and agricultural businesses embark on a new era of relevance, they are encountering new opportuniteis working together, and old grievances working apart.
Intermodal connections help shippers move product quickly and efficiently. Get on track with some locations, utilities, and service providers that are helping intermodal grow.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
Amazon closes Texas distribution facility over sales tax dispute; Robert Guenther of United Fresh Produce Association comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; U.S. General Services Administration rolls out green guidelines for government suppliers; Crossdocking use is on the rise
Christopher Chung, CEO of the Missouri Partnership, describes how Missouri's efficient use of state resources results in efficient transportation that does not compromise safety or customer satisfaction.
Intermodal transportation stitches together Alaska's 663,268 square miles of rugged terrain, presenting challenges and opportunities for intrepid shippers.
Where you locate a logistics facility can greatly influence how well your supply chain runs.
Driving across the United States presents insights into the nation’s manufacturing, energy, transportation, and sustainability developments.
Does lingering uncertainty about economic conditions, freight demands, and funding sources pose a threat to industrial real estate development and transportation infrastructure projects?
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
When Boise Paper wanted to consolidate five Northeast region facilities into just one, it turned to Nexus Distribution for customer service excellence built on a sound implementation process.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's second round of stimulus funding for infrastructure development exposes a widening gap between U.S. roads, rails, and bridges and government special interests.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
The emergence of refrigerated container units provides more cost-effective rail and intermodal shipping for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
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.
The latest round of Department of Transportation TIGER grants continues the spending bias for passenger and other non-freight initiatives.
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.
Will rail reregulation untie captive shippers but tie up rail productivity?
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.
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
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
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.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
Spanning the U.S. heartland and reaching into Canada and Mexico, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance corridor links North America’s vital agricultural and industrial communities.
Nonprofit organization MedShare distributes recovered medical supplies to the places of greatest need.
A steady stream of goods passing north and south across the U.S.-Canada border stitches the two nations tightly together, complicated by factors such as customs regulations, security protocols, data exchange, and infrastructure projects.
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
Global shoe retailer ALDO implements a high-stepping, end-to-end inventory and distribution system.
Logistics leaders can make a difference when they actively collaborate with the government on regulatory issues, workforce training, and infrastructure development, writes John A. Evans, Evans Distribution 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.
A small town in New York supports the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad (LA&L); Procter and Gamble plans an online outlet.
BNSF Railway's Belen, N.M., rail yard serves as a regional maintenance and fueling facility for trains up to 10,000 feet long. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly offers a behind-the-scenes look.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours North Carolina's Piedmont Triad, home to a new FedEx hub and growing Aerotropolis.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits Bellavance Beverage Company, a Nashua, N.H. beer distributor.
A&R Logistics' Morris, Ill., dry bulk intermodal facility specializes in hauling plastics. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours the operation.
Public-private partnerships fund transportation projects and make infrastructure improvement a priority.
Regional shortline railroads introduce intermodal shippers to marine rail solutions; Highway report ranks state highway systems; UPS exec offers insight on supply chain trends for 2010; FedEx Freight partners with Vision Industries to test a hybrid heavy-duty tractor; Clorox address hazardous materials concerns; Import cargo volumes rise at retail container ports
Here are four ways to create a logistics-friendly business climate that is a win-win for municipalities and developers alike.
Echo’s proprietary technology enables M. Holland to meet national business needs with a more strategic routing process.
From line haul to the last mile distribution center, from intake to proof-of-delivery processes, SEKO Logistics streamlined workflows for a fast fashion giant.
From superheroes to strategists, here are the fictional figures and real-life people that IL readers would put in charge of global vaccine logistics and distribution.
In her previous role managing supplier relationships at Starbucks, Sylvia Wilks learned what good customer service really looks like. Now that she supplies customers at TireHub, she knows how to meet their expectations and build the national tire distributor’s customer-centric culture.
These three winning projects exemplify ID Logistics' mission to continually drive process improvements and boost service levels.
When used smartly, rail and intermodal can give your supply chain a lift today and down the road. These guidelines will help you get the most out of intermodal, even in a challenging market.
GE recently launched its in-house SmartHQ Solutions suite. The SmartHQ Distribution module uses big data and smart warehouse technology to track real-time traffic, reduce product handling, and improve on-time delivery.
To prepare for the return of crowded streets in urban areas, cities and shippers explore alternative vehicles, apps, pricing solutions, and distribution centers to address last-mile gridlock.
Kansas City, which offers an appealing central location and established "inland port," provides a blueprint for distribution hotspots.
As e-commerce demand grew, retailers went from using small, existing distribution centers to opening entire fulfillment centers to combining omnichannel facilities. Paul A. Myerson discusses the advantages.
As businesses slowly recover following COVID-19 fulfillment and distribution centers can't simply flip a switch and return to normal operations. Reopening will require a rigorous methodology backed by data and analytics, and creative thinking about how to leverage existing technology in the workplace.
With exacting specifications and transportation challenges heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, shippers are turning to these partners to move chemicals safely and optimize supply chains.
Take a look at the facts surrounding the New Silk Road, which has the potential to act as a high-speed internet connection for transporting goods.
This story offers strategies for making intermodal transportation efficient and cost-effective.
DHL provides Mio with more control over inbound orders from eight countries to reduce detention and demurrage costs while improving intake planning for distribution centers.
Investing in data management can help your DC run smoother. However, you shouldn’t quit once you’ve rearranged a few aisles. Take your learnings from fulfillment and use them to encourage greater data investment in all aspects of your operation.
Best Buy made its list and checked it twice, and it's ready to take on the holiday season with a new and improved supply chain.
Dock appointment scheduling solutions enable shippers, carriers and consignees to avoid decreases in annual earnings and improve driver safety.
Modernizing your distribution business isn’t just about adopting the latest and greatest technology. From seamless scalability to cost-efficiency to tax benefits, the right solutions can pave the way to significant results.
A Q&A with Scott Cornell, transportation business lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, on how to avoid theft during the holiday season.
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
A DHL distributed a poll to U.S. e-commerce businesses, reveals major challenges, priorities and more for e-comm businesses this Cyber Monday.
This story provides an update on the state of intermodal shipping in the United States today, with a look at some new services, new facilities, and infrastructure improvement projects.
Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are optimistic about the perceived impact of the Trump administration’s plans for trade deregulation on their businesses, according to new research commissioned by business software provider Exact.
As the historic Erie Canal celebrates its 200th anniversary, it’s also enjoying another milestone: commercial traffic volume that’s five times higher than in recent years.
E-commerce has forever changed the way people shop. Now businesses of all sizes must reassess their supply chains to go direct to the consumer with faster-than-fast delivery and free shipping.
Selecting the best metrics at your company’s distribution centers requires the right tools, careful study, and constant collaboration.
When a paper-based order management system slowed a baseball bat manufacturer’s growth, the company digitized for out-of-the-park growth.
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues an Infrastructure Report Card that thoroughly analyzes and grades U.S. infrastructure in the form of a school report card.
Warehouse management systems are coveted now more than ever as consumer behaviors continue to shift. This short list of leading solutions can help your business stay agile to meet surging fulfillment demands.
Here are four ways to create a logistics-friendly business climate that is a win-win for municipalities and developers alike.
Warehouse and DC managers are following the lead of their e-commerce peers and looking at ways to streamline their receiving and warehouse processes. One of the smartest places to start is also one of the simplest—barcode label printing.
Intermodal has endured as a low-cost, efficient and eco-friendly shipping option through changing conditions and evolving preferences over the years. Some standouts in intermodal help the market grow and thrive.
How the COVID-19 pandemic changed demand in five product categories, the challenges those changes created for e-commerce fulfillment, and the strategies that merchants and their service providers deployed to meet the need.
The last mile will have to accommodate the reliable distribution of the billions of vaccines that providers will manufacture and ship in 2021. Here are the obstacles facing the supply chain.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
How will digital technologies and automated solutions help your supply chain succeed in this new, post-pandemic reality? For starters, they increase resilience in the face of disruption and support your workforce.
The acquisition triples Taylored’s footprint in key areas, totaling more than 4.1 million square feet of distribution space.
Timely deliveries are critical for Tacony, a manufacturer and distributor of sewing and floor care products. Learn how the family-owned company cut costs, streamlined transportation, and boosted service levels by collaborating with Sunset Transportation.
Additional port and intermodal automation is needed to prevent our global supply chain from future natural, and man-made interruptions.
Consumers are planning to do their holiday shopping mostly from home and earlier this year, presenting big challenges for distribution centers.
Looking to streamline load building, True Manufacturing turned to MagicLogic Optimization and integrated Cube-IQ, a software solution that optimizes load planning. The result was reduced work hours and increased efficiency.
TA Services' transportation management solutions helped MRC Global, a distributor of pipe, infrastructure products, and valves and fittings, improve visibility and enhance service levels.
The chemical distribution industry poses a unique challenge for warehouses and carriers due to the wide range of goods that fall under strict regulatory requirements for handling, storage, and shipping. Finding a 3PL partner who can meet these expectations is critical and often requires considerable research and evaluation.
Accepting credit cards can be a major differentiator for businesses, enabling customers to pay however is most convenient for them. To balance this need with the necessity of maintaining margins, consider credit card surcharging.
Logistics providers in Alaska are on top of the world, literally and figuratively. They are a special breed prepared for every challenge the Last Frontier poses.
Take a look at notable good works, green projects, acquisitions, and more from February 2020.
We asked and you answered—these are the supply chain terms and phrases that you think people often confuse.
New facilities in Indianapolis and Reno enable 3PL MD Logistics to support faster time to market for its life sciences and pharmaceutical customers.
Aurora Plastics automates resin off-loading process and avoids costly inventory and quality management errors with RFID reader hardware from Janam Technologies and customized software applications from Quest Integrated Solutions.
Pool distribution is one strategy that’s getting a second wind in the face of intensifying e-commerce pressure and the changing face of America’s malls.
Faced with rapidly-accelerating demand for its products, skin care company Rodan + Fields, an e-commerce merchant, chooses a distribution solution that includes a new location and automation.
Warehouses who use this philosophy to create disciplined, rigorous strategies were able to achieve superior results.
The nation's top-performing, most cost-effective highways can be found in North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and South Carolina, according to the latest edition of the Reason Foundation Annual Highway Report.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain
Crumbling U.S. transportation infrastructure gets worse every year, and failure to address it soon will leave us in the midst of a crisis we can’t dig out of. There’s no more time to sit on our hands; it’s up to the U.S. government and the private sector to act before we reach a point of no return.
The Red Wing Shoe Company gets customers to share how their boots are serving them—and the supply chain—well.
Globalization and technological advancements in refrigerated transportation systems and equipment are driving increased demand for temperature-controlled food across the globe.
Florida's state-of-the-art seaports and airports, and strong highway and rail networks, have helped establish a strong and growing logistics sector.
Profile on Paul Nugent, director of logistics for Kitchen and Bath Americas with Kohler Co.
South Carolina Ports Authority had its strongest April container volumes on record, with 189,315 twenty foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled last month. In addition to being the strongest April in SCPA history, last month’s volumes were the second-highest ever handled by the Port.
Get moving with these actionable tips to jolt your warehousing, transportation, and logistics operations.
A profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
When the time arrives to consider investing in additional space, many distribution centers, retailers and businesses dependent on warehouses face a dilemma: should the organization move to a new facility, build an addition, or try to retrofit an older warehouse? And, in the case of a retrofit or addition, what can be done to make an aging or existing warehouse space more suitable?
Led by a new crop of innovative executives, modern Class 1 railroads, along with real estate professionals, are responding to new logistics demands and spearheading substantial rail-oriented industrial development projects across the nation.
Here are some warehouse operations moves—some small steps, some not—companies can do to boost their bottom lines and improve customer satisfaction, including layout and organization, docking, picking and receiving, fulfillment, and packaging.
Unyson helped a customer simultaneously increase service for time-sensitive shipments while decreasing costs.
This story provides an update on the state of intermodal transportation in the U.S., including the conditions driving shippers to make greater use of intermodal, moves the railroads are making to improve service, and the factors that help to determine whether a shipment should go intermodal or over the road.
Even after adding a third production shift to its foundry, Lodge Manufacturing Company couldn’t manufacture enough cast-iron cookware to fill orders. To meet demand, the family-owned business in southern Tennessee invested $85 million in a second foundry, a modern 212,000-square-foot distribution center, and the company’s first warehouse management system, mobe3 from EVS.
A mix of experienced logistics service providers, resilient infrastructure, flexible transportation options, and a seasoned workforce combine to make Alaska a land of promise for companies doing business with the state.
This story looks at some of the trends and challenges associated with e-commerce today, and strategies for dealing with those challenges, through the eyes of one small retailer, one medium-sized and one large.