Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
By partnering with Hub Group, a major dairy and food ingredient company is finding the right capacity at the right time while using supply chain data to be more time- and cost-efficient.
Profile of Daniel Politowicz, logistics and transportation manager with Tubelite Inc
In the face of an array of supply chain pain points, shippers can employ tech-based tools designed to tackle recurring challenges and create a more efficient and effective operation.
Deploying the RateLinx supplier portal and TMS, water solutions company Pentair gained transparency, visibility, and control over its entire freight spend.
As logistics challenges become more complex and technology advances, ongoing education, innovation, and research on the part of logistics and supply chain firms has become a competitive imperative.
Logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimize logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels. Gartner Inc. identifies the following five actions to help you optimize costs from within your organization.
The optimal way to understand the intricacies of today's supply chain environment is to participate in an educationally focused transportation conference.
For those involved in the management of freight movement, selecting the best Transportation Management System or TMS is a crucial decision. Here are 10 tips on evaluating a TMS for your firm.
Deploying a transportation management system (TMS) can be time-consuming. Here's how to save time and money.
Profile of Megan Smith, CEO of Symbia Logistics
A reader profile of Ethan Frisch, co-founder and co-owner of Burlap & Barrel, a comprehensive, single origin spice company.
Shippers and intermediaries of all sizes can benefit greatly from the increased functionality and simplified processes offered by a TMS.
Some leading vendors in the TMS market.
How to overcome the challenge of data management—integrating multiple data sources in a transportation management system (TMS)
Integrated WMS and TMS solutions increase visibility and communication and optimize the movement of goods.
Here’s how a transportation management system will completely transform the efficiency of your supply chain.
Young professionals find happiness in supply chain careers.
Readers share the business books that have shaped their way of thinking and helped them succeed in the world of supply chain.
Jump Start 2018 provides shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and other supply chain professionals with indispensable insights about trends and challenges in the wider logistics arena.
Here’s how trends in U.S./Mexico cross-border operations are shaping today’s supply chain.
Lengthy, months-long selection processes are a thing of the past. For roughly two-thirds of shippers, the focus is on improved efficiencies, execution, and visibility. For these companies, a modern TMS can be live and saving money within weeks or even days.
Profile of Manny Calandrino, president and chief operating officer, Consolidated Fastfrate
Profile of Tom Ciepichal, vice president, operational excellence and supply chain, with Dover Energy, a segment of Dover Corporation
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services
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.
A look at six key competencies that university-based programs foster in students to prepare them for careers in supply chain management.
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.
Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.
Today’s logistics and supply chain management students are practical idealists, people who want successful careers that draw on their knowledge, skills and talents while allowing them to make the world — and the workplace — a better place.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Profile of Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services in Woodbury, Minn.
Are you thinking about pursuing a certificate or certification in the supply management profession to enhance your knowledge and improve your career possibilities? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Faculty members from some of the nation’s leading logistics and supply chain education programs share their thoughts about how higher education is preparing tomorrow’s professionals for the challenges ahead.
Take your logistics and supply chain career to the next level by understanding how your skills can impact an organization, networking with other industry professionals, and continuing to develop critical skills.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
Some recent experiences provide hope that smart, dedicated and hardworking young professionals will fill the logistics talent gap.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
Profile of Rogerio Branco, senior vice president, supply chain management, with Eaton.
Profile of Doug Waggoner, CEO and chairman, Echo Global Logistics
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Retirees from the transportation business find a second career through agent programs with companies such as Bulk Connection.
Profile of John Costanzo, president, Purolator International
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.
The supply management sector is becoming increasingly more strategic, requiring its professionals to develop new competencies while they are in the midst of busy careers. Here's how e-learning helps supply chain professionals stay competitive.
For many shippers, choosing the right transportation consultant can become a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating process. Here are five keys to finding the optimal partner.
Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.
Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able
Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management
A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
Profile of Kendra Austin, Director, Supplier Diversity, Express Scripts
When it comes to attracting millennial job candidates, the supply management sector has a decided advantage, but how can companies retain them? Here are three actions ISM’s ML Peck recommends.
The accomplishments of the 2015 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars demonstrate that the future of the supply chain management profession is in good hands.
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
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.
Jim Lambo, director of supplier management and procurement at Insitu, manages procurement and suppliers for all goods and services.
Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, studies people for a living. Join her team at DSC Logistics, and she'll soon discover what makes you tick.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
Richard Foley, logistics manager at SDI Technologies, controls and helps reduce chargebacks from customers.
To excel in a supply chain management career, students and employees need broad knowledge and skillsets that extend across the entire supply chain function.
Readers weigh in on how to address the truck driver shortage.
Profile of Michael Fries, senior business intelligence logistics analyst at U.S. Foods, drills into data to find opportunities to make or save money in the company’s logistics operations.
Profile of Kristy Knichel, president and CEO of Knichel Logistics
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology
The key to promoting career opportunities in the supply chain is education, both in traditional and not-so-traditional ways.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
Take these steps to help accelerate your logistics career.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) can provide analytics that enable companies to more accurately predict ship arrival times.
Logistics companies are going above and beyond to ensure our nation’s heroes find opportunities to transfer their skills from the military to long-term, successful careers.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
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.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Colleges are adding logistics and supply chain education programs to support the next generation of professionals.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Employers want new hires who combine diverse, real-world experience with academic achievement.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Take your supply chain career to the next level with a certification or certificate program.
Catch up with four supply chain professionals previously featured in Inbound Logistics' Reader Profile.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Equipped with industry training, new logistics professionals need their more experienced peers’ communication and interpersonal skills.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
Chris Carlson, VP of Batteries Plus Bulbs, gets a jolt out of optimizing warehouse labor and inventory flow.
Alana Miedrich, inventory and logistics assistant at Kids Wish Network, Holiday, Fla., manages inventory to fulfill dreams.
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
Hu Huang of Kichler Lighting stays current on trade laws and keeps import/export activities transparent.
Matthew Wood, freight program and supply chain manager at Mayo Clinic, treats the company’s freight spend aches and pains.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
Companies in the logistics sector are stepping up to hire U.S. military veterans with aggressive recruiting and training programs.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Dino Lanno, senior VP of supply chain at Safelite AutoGlass, steered the company through a supply chain redesign.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
Transportation management systems (TMS) provide the ability to accurately predict shipping costs and manage shipment execution. A comprehensive TMS solution can also manage inbound shipments, serve as an RFP analysis tool, or facilitate real-time spot market quoting for appropriate modes, says Kerry Loudenback of TransportGistics Inc.
Directing motor carriers to more fuel-efficient decisions drives Jason Mathers, senior manager, corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Transloading shipments allows shippers to reduce touches and costs, and create greater flexibility to respond to changing demand in global shipments.
To avoid overpaying for transportation, shippers should audit freight bills to ensure the correct National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is applied to their less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, says Chuck Fattore of RR Donnelley Logistics.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
As director of logistics at electrical wiring equipment manufacturer Leviton, Brian Morgan drives transportation efficiencies to meet complex customer requirements.
Online logistics education programs train students for supply chain jobs through webcasts and discussion forums, while short on-campus residencies help students network with peers and professors.
A sample of supply chain, logistics, and transportation degrees and certification programs offered partially or entirely online.
Educational resources – including online learning and accelerated MBA programs – abound for people working in or pursuing supply chain jobs, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As senior vice president, supply chain, at sustainable home goods company Bambeco, Sander Eth sows the supply chain with environmental principles.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
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.
Leveraging IT, reconsidering warehouse processes, and conducting periodic network optimization projects are just three of many strategies that enable shippers to not only trim costs, but ensure that transportation spending supports overall business goals.
Visit with three supply chain professionals who were featured in the Reader Profile column in 2007-2009, and find out what they’re up to these days.
Logistics professionals seeking to become supply chain executives can gain insight from the perspectives of four logistics experts, who share their knowledge about the skills and experience needed to climb the logistics career ladder.
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
Shippers must develop clear and effective request for pricing (RFP) processes to secure the best less-than-truckload service. Danny Slaton of SMC3 offers tips for developing better RFPs.
Victor Hougan is set to soar in his new logistics position with aerospace supplier Primus International.
With an eye toward the looming logistics labor shortage, some companies are working studiously to attract millennials.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
For Michael Smyers, associate director, logistics, at chemical and transportation fuel products manufacturer Amyris in Emeryville, Calif., the formula for a successful career relies on continuing education.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference features supply chain best practices and logistics trends such as predictive analysis, partnerships, green initiatives, and career paths for logistics professionals.
A global trade management (GTM) solution can automate the process of comparing total landed costs, providing shippers with full visibility into all associated costs and regulations.
By managing supply chain interdependencies and adopting a full view of service and cost, supply chain executives can amplify their organizational scope and heighten their financial contribution to attain the C-designation they deserve, writes Terry Harris, Chicago Consulting.
Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Sherry Askew, transportation manager at Revlon Consumer Products, the well-known maker of beauty and personal care items, negotiates freight rates that keep the company’s bottom line looking good.
Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.
The traits of an exceptional soldier are also the traits of exceptional logistics professionals.
As director of logistics and facilities at Indianapolis Fruit Company, Michael Gilbert enhanced the company’s refrigerated truck fleet with computers that provide navigation, tracking, and driver performance reporting.
John Snider, vice president of retail logistics at Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, manages the company’s warehousing, and inbound and outbound transportation. Teamwork and communication play a major role in his management strategy.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
Electronics manufacturer Siemens switches from air freight to over-the-road transport for cross-border shipments from Mexico to the United States and Canada, cutting 35 percent from its transportation costs thanks to CFI Logistica.
Kazimir Kostrubala manages military resources as squadron operations officer and installation deployment officer with the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 19th Airlift, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Ark.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
Leading supply chain and logistics professors provide insights about the state of supply chain education and employers' expectations for new hires.
Don Riley, executive vice president of supply chain and technology at Denver, Colo.-based building materials supplier ProBuild Holdings, faces recessionary challenges by building the right organizational model and relationships – from suppliers to customers – to support the company today and into the future.
Recently retired from a 40-year career with less-than-truckload carrier ABF, former president and CEO Wes Kemp shares his insights on the transportation industry, trucking regulation, and the importance of logistics and supply chain education.
John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
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.
With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory.
Jill Hesselroth, vice president, global supply chain at Nortech Systems, analyzes the company’s supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and leads the implementation of those improvements.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Top-performing supply chains focus on attracting and retaining talent — both technical ability and leadership. Here’s how to find and nurture true supply chain competency.
Ryan Gellert, vice president, supply chain management, at mountain sports products company Black Diamond Equipment handles global demand planning, sales and operations planning, global procurement, logistics, and in-house customer service. He views helping launch a new division in Asia as a pinnacle of his career.
Plumbing fixture manufacturer TOTO Global Group’s U.S. division tapped third-party logistics provider Transplace to benchmark its truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal freight spend.
Katie Reuland, director of operations at bedding manufacturer Down Etc., rests easy knowing she has optimized the company’s container shipments.
Companies that limit their use of EDI to fundamental transactions, such as purchase orders and invoices, are missing an opportunity to strengthen their customer service and overall competitiveness, writes Chad Collins, HighJump Software.
Supply chain professionals get a lift as more companies grow to appreciate the strategic value of a well-run logistics operation.
Angela Duesterhaus, logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies in North Kansas City, Mo., talks about her recent projects and describes how a disappointment in a previous job taught her a valuable lesson.
Leading wholesalers understand the limitation of planning transportation in a silo, writes Manhattan Associates’ Mike Mulqueen.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
David Fisher, director of global logistics at Johns Manville in Denver, promotes collaboration through the organization's supply chain departments worldwide and designates preferred carriers to promote strong partner relationships.
Ron Harris, chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, talks about some of the people and experiences that helped to shape him as a logistics professional.
Carrier-supplied data can provide valuable insight for writing contracts, but shippers who want to pave the way to strong business relationships must dig deeper.
Jennifer Burkhardt, transportation manager of the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, takes charge of all movements into and out of the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites.
Advanced logistics and supply chain education brings rewards such as greater job satisfaction, the potential for promotion, and a salary uptick.
David Ayers, lead business analyst, warehouse management, for tool manufacturer Lenox, rolls out SAP enterprise resource planning systems at sites worldwide.
Companies in last-mile logistics need to make the most of their data assets to power real-time exchange between data in core systems to the diverse systems of customers and partners. Ensenda’s Rob Howard explains how trading partners can streamline their data exchange.
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.
Cheryl Harrity, corporate director of supply chain for food product producer MGP Ingredients Inc., whets her appetite for improving sales and operations planning.
The amount of effort top-tier shippers put into carrier management directly affects the results they achieve in controlling parcel transportation costs, writes Harold Friedman of Data2Logistics.
EDI can reduce labor costs, cut data-entry error, and ties you to your customers and vendors, cementing your place in the supply chain.
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.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
As vice president of supply chain at KPPS, Brian Hatfield oversees the network that brings the company's hair care products to salons across North America.
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Pursuing continuing education — through an abundance of choices that includes classroom work, certification, or online courses — helps logistics professionals enhance their job performance and get ahead.
Saara Chung, customer logistics manager at Campbell Soup Company, helps customers improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and boost their businesses.
Inbound Logistics' editorial helps you realize new opportunities as you grow your career.
Eric Cohen, vice president of logistics for Waxie Sanitary Supply, puts his military experience to work to help the company reduce costs, improve service and manage human resources.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Joe Perillo, director of supply chain, logistics, and lean enterprise for PTR Baler and Compactor, leads through influence.
As yet another sign that the U.S. economy is emerging from the downturn, the logistics job market is picking up, with a steady increase in hiring since last year.
As vice president of supply chain at WireCo WorldGroup, Todd Stewart looks for cost reductions while improving service and delivery to customers.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
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.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Distribution Manager Randall Plost boosted pick rates and forged carrier relationships to improve service at valve and pipe connector manufacturer Victaulic.
Faced with challenges such as a capacity shortage and lack of qualified drivers, companies that ship product by truck are learning that working collaboratively with carriers can benefit both parties.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Collaboration and communication help Inbound Logistics Manager Kevin Miles manage more than $100 million in transportation spend for grocery chain owner Ahold USA.
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
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.
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
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.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
A mentor's advice and attention can make a world of difference to professionals trying to rise to the top of the logistics field. Here's how three companies in the industry help their employees scale new heights.
As director of logistics and operations at USA Cycling, Gregory Cross gives new meaning to the term "cycle counting."
Investigate online learning, a convenient path to acquiring supply chain know-how.
Can you really model best practices from the military? After all, they invented the acronym SNAFU. But companies are finding veterans' experience and skills help promote ship-shape supply chains.
Alison Dennis, director of sustainability at fast food company Burgerville, promotes sourcing from nearby suppliers.
Ten years as an Army sustainment officer provided Major Jason Bullard a view of the military supply chain from just about every angle.
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
William Cossey Jr. moved military vehicles during the first Gulf War; civilian life finds him back in the supply chain hot seat.
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
Florida's Talent Supply Chain association aims to boost Florida's economy by encouraging and expanding workforce development, training, and job retention across the state, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Evolving to meet changing industry needs, logistics and supply chain education helps students hone their skills, gain a broader perspective, and bring bottom-line benefits to employers.
As director of logistics at Regal Wine Company, Kathy Zepaltas consolidated her company's logistics operations and transitioned from an insufficient warehouse to an ultra-efficient 650,000-square-foot DC.
To optimize transportation management into the supply chain, it's critical to integrate transportation management best practices, process management and people across the entire supply chain, writes Geoff Comrie of Transite Technology.
Scott Kingsley, logistics manager at The Food Source International, believes good communication is key to strong relationships with service providers, suppliers, and customers.
Co-loading truckload and less-than-truckload shipments can reduce transportation costs, lead times, and shipment damage.
Using multiple vendors can leave you vulnerable to higher transportation spend, undependable delivery, and compromised customer relationships. Here’s how to find the right consolidator for your business.
In today’s complex global supply chain, it never has been more difficult and vital to understand where you are spending your transportation dollars. Spend management visibility can help you see where every freight dollar goes, allowing you to identify opportunities for new savings.
Whether you ship an envelope or an aircraft engine, Fortigo's system works in harmony with your carrier network to optimize its routing. Fortigo users quickly, easily, and confidently arrange and expedite shipments using their entire carrier network.
Here are five key factors that contribute to improving and optimizing truck driver retention rates.
As the business world evolves, so do the skills companies seek in graduates of supply chain programs. Today’s supply chain leaders need to understand technology, analytics, operations, and strategy, as well as resilience and risk management.
Given the sheer number of options available, it is critical to determine the best Transportation Management System (TMS) for your operation based on its unique needs to maximize potential before making a decision.
Transportation management has become increasingly complex and challenging. To help Inbound Logistics asked the experts to share their best advice.
Parcel via TMS is becoming a real game-changer. Teams can rate shop, execute, track and trace, audit and pay all within one platform regardless of the mode, leg, or partner they’re dealing with.
Strengthening and improving a transportation program helps companies proactively manage a large cost service center with a best-in-class strategy.
Lowest cost is not always the best, as poor quality can cost you much more. Corporate supply chain managers need to understand which levers to pull so they can get the best value for every transportation dollar spent.
Leading professors provide a map for navigating the labyrinth of post-pandemic supply chain education.
The next frontier in supply chain visibility entails leveraging powerful analytical tools and algorithms to create maximum efficiency on the ground, and help shippers adapt to a constantly changing shipping environment.
Allowing transparent, flawless communication between its transportation management system and its clients’ account payable systems, AR Traffic Consultants helps increase efficiency and lower freight costs.
Supply chain education has transformed with the pandemic, and there’s no looking back. These new programs focus on digitization, diversity and inclusion, and omnichannel strategies.
More supply chain jobs are readily available in the economy than there are people to fill them. A great way to take the next step in attracting supply chain talent lies within crafting a notable job title.
COVID-19 upended supply chains, increased costs, and tightened capacity, leaving shippers struggling to deliver high-quality service. Shared truckload could be the answer.
Shippers want the right cargo in the right place at the right time. That takes planning, collaboration, and technology. Here are the metrics they monitor and how they do it.
Implementing these best practices can help companies reduce the impact to transportation operations and save costs during business disruptions.
Inbound Logistics offers this annual guide of some top TMS providers and solutions that can put you on the right road toward improved transportation management and performance, regardless of the business conditions. Take a look at our 2020 TMS Buyer's Guide.
Third-party logistics providers are future-proofing supply chains, using a toolbox filled with business insights, predictive capabilities, and other new solution sets.
Bid management software can collect responses automatically within seconds of the carrier submitting them which allows you to focus on strategic initiatives with the time saved.
Competition has never been tougher to obtain supply chain talent, forcing companies to rethink recruitment strategies. Here are some best practices for companies to integrate into supply chain talent recruitment.
The world’s leading provider of receipt and innovative label solutions turned to GlobalTranz to create visibility, enhance communications, and fully merge acquired businesses.
Transportation is evolving rapidly, thanks to supply chain technology powered by data and analytics. Digitization is driving big changes that can help meet the pace of change.
At the semi-yearly Connections and Jump Start SMC³ logistics education conference, industry stakeholders can learn from their peers about the latest advancements in logistics technology solutions, staying ahead of trends and preparing themselves for challenges ahead.
By utilizing nVision Global’s Impact TMS, a shipper saved more than €34,000,000 by avoiding expedited freight costs. The company improved transportation planning, optimization capabilities, workflow management, and exception handling.
The variety of transportation management systems available can make it difficult for shippers to target the solution that is the best fit for their organization. Experts say companies should strive to identify the features that will support their unique operation rather than falling into the trap of chasing options that will not provide a useful impact. The process for selecting a TMS should be marked by disciplined decision-making and a focus on the business case.
Shippers experienced a range of supply chain challenges in 2018, according to results from Averitt Express' fourth annual State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is located on the shore of Lake Superior where a major international transportation hub serves world markets using all five modes of transportation. But it isn’t just the location that makes the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s undergraduate Transportation and Logistics Management (T&L) program unique.
A direct, automated EDI connection between its ERP system and retail partners gives eyebobs 20/20 visibility to its omnichannel orders.
There are a multitude of resources available to help even the busiest logistics professionals hone their skillsets.
No matter how skilled or credentialed, today’s supply chain managers have a lot to learn–and a lot of ways to do so. With the marketplace growing more complex, continuing education professionals are introducing new programs and revising old standbys.
A profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
Inefficiencies at the dock can cause long lines of trucks outside a warehouse, congestion on access roads, delayed deliveries and long driver wait times, all with the potential of accruing steep detention fees. European logistics managers deal with these inefficiencies—resulting from space constraints and too few docks for trucks—on a regular basis.
Managing transportation has become increasingly challenging as customers grow more demanding and the driver shortage constrains capacity. Consider these three innovations, which can deliver short-term return on investment:
Readers share the leadership insights that have had the biggest impact on them.
James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, discusses his leadership philosophy.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Online supply chain education is flourishing, with options ranging from one-off courses to certification programs to master’s degrees. The best option for any individual depends on career goals.
American Trucking Associations opened the application window for its premier industry leadership initiative, LEAD ATA. The program is searching for diverse trucking industry leaders looking to grow their careers and meet other ambitious trucking professionals.
Inbound Logistics – in association with our partners at APICS – proudly announces its fifth annual $2,500 undergraduate scholarship.
Organizations looking to optimize supply chain and logistics functions should be on the lookout – there will be shifting demand for supply chain and logistics talent within the next decade. Here’s how to prepare.
Transportation leaders are now positioned to influence business outcomes, but they need to debunk six common myths to help their C-level executives understand truckload freight and get executive buy-in.
Shippers using data intelligence can often insulate themselves from transportation management challenges and at the same time, reduce logistics costs. Here’s how to prepare for a volatile 2022.
Supply chain digital transformation efforts have to come first in order to mitigate disruption and better prepare for the near term. Here are three areas that will undergo the most dramatic transformations in the coming months.
How do you know you’re paying the right price for the right level of service? The right business intelligence drives sound strategies, says Ken Adamo, chief of analytics at DAT Freight & Analytics.
Syfan Logistics changed shipment pickup, verification, and receiving procedures for its truck drivers to ensure their safety, protecting their health and that of the community.
In order to make 2020 better than years past, shippers must make this New Year’s resolution: Get the data right before the product leaves the dock.
Bid management software can collect responses automatically within seconds of the carrier submitting them which allows you to focus on strategic initiatives with the time saved.
Readers take on the misconceptions that persist about the supply chain and what it takes to be efficient.
Practical steps that shippers can take to improve their success in securing capacity.
Switzerland digs into an ambitious initiative: a vast underground network of tunnels transporting cargo.
As freight payment processor IPS Worldwide heads to bankruptcy court, shippers are reminded how important it is to be diligent when choosing a freight bill processor.
Even the mighty Walmart is not immune from the challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified drivers.
Character is one of the central attributes of a great leader and one of the hardest leadership characteristics to develop.
Supply chain managers can maximize their value by upgrading their competencies and business acumen.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, advanced analytics is the key to gaining access to hidden insights about your business that can drive growth and improve performance.
As next-gen supply chain professionals set their career goals, mentoring by seasoned professionals can help them up their game.
SMC³ will discuss the implications of the rising reliance on reverse logistics during our upcoming educational conference, Connections 2018, held June 25-27 at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
A statewide, coordinated workforce development effort in Indiana has built a robust talent pipeline. Here’s how the state engages and prepares the next generation of logistics workers.
Profile of Denis Reilly, president and CEO of Kenco Logistics
Manufacturer of drywall and joint compound USG partnered with Transplace and was able to reduce the delivery time of its product from 6 weeks to 48 hours to Mexico—leading to double-digit sales growth.
All fleets will have to adopt electronic logging devices (ELDs) starting Dec. 18, 2017. The result will be a tightening of capacity for shippers. Here’s how to prepare.
Choosing the third-party logistics partner (3PL) that has the resources and expertise to handle every fulfillment challenge will help suppliers adapt to ever-evolving market conditions and complex customer requirements.
Profile on Joe Bobko, vice president of transportation with Boxed Wholesale, an online wholesale shopping club.
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.
Companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions do, according to DHL’s latest research report on ground transportation logistics.
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 client looked to PLS Logistics for a way to drive real-time visibility, performance and cost savings to allow each of its 200+ office locations to operate effectively.
Third-party logistics providers rise to the challenge, rolling in IT capabilities to become indispensable supply chain partners.
Google is getting into the last-mile game with the launch of two new solutions to help fleet operators improve delivery success and optimize fleet performance through an integrated suite of mapping, routing, and analytics capabilities—Cloud Fleet Routing API from Google Cloud and Last Mile Fleet Solution from Google Maps Platform.
New technologies, consumer demands, and the rise of the mobile workforce are shifting the business landscape quickly, and specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are more valuable than ever. Use these tips to plan and attract the industry’s future leaders.
Transparency, honest communication, and a commitment to forming a true partnership with shared goals and values are keys to successful supply chain collaboration between shippers and their third-party logistics providers.
Mobile weighing technologies meet the emerging “need for speed” trend by providing a means of weighment at the point of loading and unloading. They do this while at the same time immediately communicating a wealth of specific business and logistical data, eliminating inefficient traffic patterns, and improving safety by reducing traffic congestion.
No hype here. These three technological innovations are already enhancing effectiveness, lowering operational costs, and increasing customer satisfaction in supply chain management.