3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
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.
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
With $20 million in plant products left for dead each year, Bell Nursery had to nourish and grow some better inventory management practices.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
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.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
When Sleepy's customers got tired of short notice and missed deliveries, the specialty mattress retailer brought in a technology partner and dreamed up a solution that put those problems to bed.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Many transportation and logistics professionals hear outsourcing and think offshoring, but there is a big difference.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
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
To expand its footprint in the luxury accessories market, Royce Leather indulged in a solution that connects it to new customers and streamlines fulfillment. That’s how Royce rolls.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
The supply chain is creating more jobs than it can fill. Here's why companies should use technology to change people's perceptions of the field.
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the supply chain. Here's how to protect this invaluable asset and address the driver shortage.
E-commerce impacts not only consumer supply chains, but business to business supply chains as well.
Digitization is no longer an option. It is a competitive necessity.
The e-commerce race is only heating up. Here's what small to mid-size retailers should do to stay in the game.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
Find the right solutions, carriers and partners to drive efficiency in your supply chain operations and enable your enterprise to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs of the coming year.
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.
Even when the economy isn’t booming, the supply chain offers numerous opportunities for shippers to increase efficiency, save money and enhance revenues. This story looks at some of the bright spots in transportation, technology, global trade and outsourcing.
These developments are helping the transportation industry to continually evolve.
India-based textile manufacturer accused of providing fraudulent products; Iran seeks to strengthen trade relationships in Latin America; British manufacturers get small boost in wake of Brexit referendum
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability.
A handy reading guide summarizing supply chain books and their key takeaways.
Savings from a TMS deployment can be significant. Here are the benefits of an incremental approach to acquisition.
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.
Asking the right questions as you begin the evaluation and purchase process is a step in the right direction to help get your fleet mobile ready.
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Forward-thinking shipping and logistics facility management (FM) professionals turn to next-generation FM software to efficiently manage their facilities.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one step closer to ratification; harnessing the power of supply chain collaboration; FMC approves new regulations for OTIs; SAP releases inaugural Retail Index
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service gives industrial buyers a preview of how IoT may impact procurement; Private label sourcing faces new headwinds; Cloud Logistics debuts the latest twist in TMS deployments; CMA CGM launches first smart connected container ship; Automotive parts buyers are leveraging omni-channel options
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
E-commerce and omni-channel retailing have a major impact on supply chain and logistics needs, and customers have to make sure their supply chain is equipped to offer maximum flexibility.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
Terri Anderson, production warehouse management systems analyst at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, configures, enhances, and tests the company's WMS by the book.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
The Internet of Things is bringing major changes to the way companies plan and execute supply chain activities as sensors, communications systems, and analytics solutions all become cheaper, faster, and more capable.
As technology brings supply chain data into focus, the ability to access and interpret business information moves from nice-to-have to must-have.
Yokohama senior director Jeremy Kahrs reveals the strategy behind the tire maker’s new distribution center and headquarters.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
When BaubleBar saw the untapped potential of the international market, they tapped an parcel shipping partner to help them succeed.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
Trans Pacific Partnership nears resolution; Indonesia logistics industry fights new capital requirement regulation; China and Pakistan pave way for new trade corridor; Global ocean container trade shows signs of growth despite enduring supply-demand imbalance; European railroads partner around procurement; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Shippers making simple, but meaningful changes can go a long way with helping carriers attract and retain drivers.
These five steps will ensure carriers can provide capacity when you need it most.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
Larger container ships pose new risks and liabilities... Peel Group invests in oil and gas business while European interests dry up... Scientists raise concerns about Nicaragua canal environmental impact.
Fleet management platforms represent the evolution of location information.
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.
In the face of increasing capacity issues, carriers prefer to work with shippers that will support their business needs
Predictive modeling and big data help develop efficient shipping solutions to lower shippers’ freight spend and overall supply chain costs.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
A yard management system allows greater visibility with key yard information at a glance, and reporting metrics to improve the operation and save money.
To break the cycle of needless, duplicative logistics costs, many competitors are choosing to work in tandem.
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
To increase fulfillment efficiency and order picking accuracy, eBay Enterprise gives its warehouse a voice.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
New software helps warehouse operators keep up with the real-time demands of omni-channel fulfillment.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
The United States Postal Services has revised domestic mail regulations for shipping lithium batteries. Here’s what shippers need to know.
Online and mobile commerce has shifted consumer behavior, as well as how products flow through the supply chain to the end user.
Product Lifecycle Management software produces metrics that can help business make sure they are using ethical vendors.
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.
A route planning systems can drastically reduce the time it takes to plan your transportation schedule. Other benefits include lower mileage and fuel usage, decreased carbon emissions, and increased customer service.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
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
Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now.
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
From first mile to last mile and every mile in between, truck drivers are the lifeblood of your supply chain. Meet some of these dedicated professionals.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
Vendor Managed Inventory is shaking off its old-school image and regaining popularity thanks to improved technology, robust communication, tighter demand signal linkage, and a new openness to collaboration that has turbo-charged enterprise benefits.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
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.
Inclement weather and capacity problems giving your supply chain the winter woes? Chill out! Here are some good reads to keep you up to date on supply chain, logistics, and transportation best practices.
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.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
When a natural disaster hits, consumers rely on home improvement stores for the products they need to repair or rebuild.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Utilizing technology is key to the future of business and IoT has increased the connectivity of all areas of business.
Finding the right candidate for your business is a challenge that requires broad advertising, rigorous interviews, and ultimately some give and take. Here are five hacks for outstanding recruiting in supply chain management.
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.
Use this advice to ensure your mid-market supply chain is supported at the level it deserves.
Profile of Manny Calandrino, president and chief operating officer, Consolidated Fastfrate
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.
Organizations are looking to technology to help manage the complexities of the transport operation and to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive markets they operate in.
Leading logistics providers are driving change – rather than responding to it – by leveraging modern TMS solutions.
Get the most out of a transportation management system by ensuring it provides the following functions.
Deploying applications quickly and affordably, and ensuring those systems perform as promised, will be a key to success in tomorrow’s freight and logistics sector.
3PL warehouses are not only in demand, but in a position of strength. This provides 3PL operators a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice.
Predictive analytics utilizes various statistical techniques and models that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future.
As consumers demand a greater personal experience and more sophisticated product, the digital revolution will prove a competitive advantage to those who embrace it.
In the life science and pharmaceutical area, an inefficient supply chain can cause serious problems. Here are the benefits in adopting innovative approaches to the pharmaceuticals supply chain.
From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter, simpler supply chain management. Read about the three technologies making the most impact.
Trump Administration makes infrastructure a priority; top locations and methods for cargo theft, 2017 State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
Mexican border wall becomes issue in trade negotiations, e-commerce companies making headway in logistics services marketplace, Agility Emerging Markets Index shows bleak future for free trade.
Data integration across systems can help optimize the supply chain and enable organizations to provide their customers with the best possible service from order to delivery.
Most companies have insurance to protect their property and equipment, their vehicles, and their operations from disruptions due to natural disasters and other events. For companies with extensive supply chains, cargo insurance can be an important addition to this list.
The subscription box industry launched by beauty products curator Birchbox in 2010 has expanded to include services for a remarkably wide range of consumer interests. A behind-the-scenes peek at this new e-commerce model reveals a highly complicated business that relies heavily on logistics pros managing everything from inventory to kitting to delivery and returns.
A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.
Omni-channel retail supply chains are forging new paths to profitability. Here's what they look like.
As the economic rollercoaster trends up quickly, best logistics practices will give your enterprise vitality to scale up quickly without disrupting.
A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.
A closer look at Amazon’s trucking app, Trump’s infrastructure plan may bring much-needed funding, Maersk acquisition of Hamburg Süd faces regulatory hurdles, Congress repeals portion of 34-hour restart requirements, States making progress on FAST Act projects, Foxconn targets U.S. expansion, Self-driving truck makes first successful delivery, Amazon Go cuts check-out lines out of retail process, manufacturers prep for Made in America push, UPS tests artificial intelligence customer service program; Ocean Alliance receives FMC approval
Future of globalization uncertain in current political landscape, Carlos Slim says Trump presidency could be good for Mexico, IATA promotes advancement of air cargo standards, India seeks to expand air cargo infrastructure, 10 supply chain predictions for the future of manufacturing.
Business to consumer demand is set to outpace supply in the marketplace. Those who can solve that problem will be the big winners in the next phase of supply chain management.
Freight transportation is your biggest logistics expense, so it’s likely that you’re under constant pressure to drive down these costs. Use these tips to cut costs.
As more companies replace legacy technology systems with more sophisticated platforms, the benefits of cloud-based collaboration will increase exponentially.
Another year is upon us and with it comes a new opportunity to do things differently; to do things better. After all, if you are not evolving, you are dying.
To overcome the challenges that e-commerce presents to the supply chain, shippers need to succeed at omni-channel fulfillment. From leveraging brick-and-mortar stores to deploying an order management system, here’s how they can compete in an e-commerce world.
Today, we face the slow extinction of independent owner-operators. These self-reliant business owners are now dealing with a myriad of regulations that will soon make the owner-operator model impractical, and its survival improbable.
As physical shopping bags are being replaced by virtual ones, it’s important for retailers to update their policies and logistics strategies to align with consumer behavior and expectations.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
The flexible supply chain of the future is full of opportunities and challenges. With the right team and talent on your side, you’ll be well positioned for success. Here’s how to get the right people.
As product demand continues to rise, companies in all industries are partnering with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ensure their products are delivered to customers on time and cost effectively.
This story looks at some of the major challenges and practices found in construction logistics, illustrated with stories from experts who work in this field.
Cruise ship provisions must support a small town at sea for a week or more. Supplies are loaded on a docked vessel in four hours or less; there’s no second chance for deliveries that arrive after the ship has sailed.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
Kowalski Sausage implements a new in-house routing and dispatching system to improve how the piggies get to market.
Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.
High taxes and complex regulations create new choices for manufacturers: Nearshore? Offshore? Sue and settle? No matter what they decide, their supply chains will be impacted.
New Year supply chain health check; DHL uses penguins to train couriers; Ocean Alliance receives FMC approval; Veterans make better truck drivers than non-veterans; Cyberattacks focusing on weak supply chain links
Korea Line Acquires Hanjin Asia-to-U.S. business; President-Elect Trump follows through on campaign promises to kill trade deals; London Heathrow gets third runway.
The driverless truck phenomenon is closer to reality than you might think and that means it’s time to start strategizing how this could impact supply chains. Here are three areas to start considering.
Working with a specialized transportation provider will save you time and headaches while keeping your customers happy and costs down.
An organized and well-prepared Request for Proposal (RFP) can yield a variety of benefits for your company. Here are five tips to consider before starting an RFP.
More accurate forecasts enable better planning, lower inventory and manufacturing costs, and improved service levels.
A look at the metrics that shippers and their service providers use to evaluate the quality of customer service.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
As larger vessels make their way through the expanded section of the Panama Canal, experts weigh the influence of the canal’s new capacity on global shipping.
With heavy competition from Amazon in both retail and supply chain logistics, retailers that don’t begin making changes and investments in omni-channel in 2017 will see serious repercussions by 2020. For starters, they must invest in distributed order management and enterprise wide inventory visibility.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Damaged holiday packages negatively impact brands; Robot cargo pilots successfully tested; Not having procurement department negatively affects bottom line
The emergence of e-commerce as part of a company’s omni-channel marketing program requires not only an agile, lean supply chain but also a strategy to get there.
Offering top-flight cargo facilities and infrastructure, among other features, the following airports are ranked as the nation’s top 10 cargo airports.
More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.
Airfreight forwarders face headwinds — from shippers shifting to ocean freight and fewer routes for air cargo shipments — and must learn to leverage opportunities.
Supply chain applications stumble when the product data they’re using is inaccurate. Here's how to make sure data is consistent and comes from well-crafted and executed processes.
Readers weigh in and pick the disruptive innovation that will rock supply chains.
Profile of Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics
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
South Korean ocean liner Hanjin Shipping files for bankruptcy protection in a dozen countries; Few respondents to a GT Nexus survey say they have a chief supply chain officer on hand who would be equipped to deal with supply chain disruptions; Maersk splits its transportation and oil businesses
As a first-time TMS buyer, educate yourself on what a modern TMS can do – and come to the table with high expectations.
Effectively mitigate demurrage and detention fees by taking an integrated approach to logistics, contract management, and supply chain visibility using a global trade management system.
As U.S. firms continue to reshore, new supply chain opportunities are arising for both shippers and providers. Manufacturers and their logistics service providers should understand the reshoring trend and the resources that are available to assist them with both the reshoring decision and process.
The door to an automated brokerage process opens up when a broker strengthens relationships with carriers and customers.
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
Inbound Logistics talks to carriers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers about sure-fire ways to save money on LTL shipments and serves up a list of 18 tips that will help shippers of all types and sizes.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive trucking market research report explores industry challenges and trends.
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.
When considering, procuring, and implementing new logistics/supply chain technology, here are three steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.
This story looks at some recent trends affecting retail supply chains, including demand for speed and flexibility, ongoing emphasis on omnichannel marketing, and globalization.
Instantaneous, insatiable customer need runs the risk of forcing people out of the equation. But some logistics challenges can only be met by people working at ‘people speed.’
Readers weigh in on the August question: Has supply chain impatience gotten out of hand?
Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
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
Customer retention in today’s competitive marketplace is important. Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide offers the keys to customer retention.
It’s all about flexibility and speed in today’s changing retail and e-commerce markets.
Brands who never anticipated going global are finding that they all of a sudden are, thanks to the progression of e-commerce and increasing customer expectations.
A standards-based supply chain can provide an organization with the speed and accuracy required when it’s needed most—helping to manage risk during normal operations and at times of crisis.
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
U.S.-Canada cross-border trade continues to be a mutually beneficial partnership between nations with a long history of friendship.
Brexit shakes up global supply chain; Amazon invests $3 billion in India; Hyperloop targets Russia as site for science fiction-like transit tube; Australian truckies want better working conditions; Despite the best-laid plans by multinational companies to establish trade compliance, there’s a costly risk gap between knowing and doing that may lead to fines and incarceration.
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.
Going green is in style for retailers. Here’s how adopting a multi-faceted sustainability strategy can lower costs as well as boost brand loyalty.
If they haven’t already, supply chain executives need to immediately deploy more flexible and agile supply chain management solutions that encompass an enterprise resource planning system.
The supply chain strategy shift, from business cost efficiency to customer purchase location flexibility, is similar to the Copernican Revolution. Here’s how supply chain managers can increase product velocity using a customer-centric business model.
The Panama Canal expansion is finally complete. How will the increased capacity of this global maritime crossroads play out in your shipping and logistics strategy?
Technology can make the difference between profit and loss in a low-margin environment. As margins squeeze ever tighter, staying current with technology can make the ultimate difference ultimate success or failure.
Searching for capacity is sometimes a tough job, but there is always somebody driving where you need to go.
Using an import express less-than-container service, particularly from China, offers cost savings and faster transit times over traditional consolidated LCL services.
An acceleration of mergers and acquisitions is causing dramatic changes to the supply chain. Are you prepared to manage through this changing environment while managing cost?
Here are the key facts you need to know about the new Safety of Life at Sea regulation.
Competitive agility and adaptability help shippers win the multi- and omni-channel race to the customer.
When evaluating your needs for a transportation management system it’s important to look beyond technology and consider who will manage planning and execution. Use this advice to determine if a managed service provider will deliver greater value than developing an in-house team.
As entities responsible for brokering appropriate carrier rates, ensuring accurate quantities of orders and guaranteeing high quality of products, third-party logistics providers are extensions of companies’ brands.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
When logistics professionals are tasked with a special project, no matter how enormous, no matter how infeasible, they’re expected to go the distance.
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.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
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.
Enhancing supply chains with real-time visibility gives shippers the insight and details needed to operate quickly, accurately, and more effectively than ever before.
Profile of Angela Eliacostas, founder and CEO of AGT Global Logistics
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
Kuebix TMS and Managed Services take Weis Markets’ supply chain to the next level of excellence.
Your TMS is the perfect place to start making sense of IoT–giving you the ability to make smarter decisions faster.
Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide explains the most important aspects in good vendor management and how manufacturers can deal with increasing regulations and security concerns.
When inclement weather affects visibility or traction, commercial drivers must reduce speed and cease operations when those conditions become sufficiently dangerous.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
These ports have utilized various initiatives to ensure the ultimate impact of sustainability outweighs its costs.
Increased funding, bigger ideas, and changing mindsets are setting the stage for the explosive growth of enterprise technology in the logistics sector.
Profile of John Fay, CEO of the electronic supply chain platform, INTTRA.
Texts, tweets, and posts are changing the ways in which the supply chain operates. Large suppliers and warehousing companies should use social media to better communicate with consumers and maximize productivity.
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
This article looks at what’s new and interesting in transportation management systems (TMS).
By tapping into outsourced logistics support, shippers arm themselves with the technology, talent, and experience at a lower price than employed resources, which allow companies to invest and focus on their core competencies.
The best solutions provide clear, regularly reported metrics not just to the shipper, but also to the carriers themselves.
Sapa Extrusions Americas achieves tremendous business benefits by implementing Cloud Logistics’ transportation management system (TMS).
Readers weigh in on what hobbies make them better at supply chain and logistics management.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Chinese investors look to U.S. for economic growth; air cargo industry struggles
Direct-to-consumer selling is where the omni-channel strategy becomes truly powerful.
Disruption is coming to the freight and logistics industry. By seeing and understanding the full spectrum of operations, transport-oriented firms can survive and succeed in a dramatically changed environment.
This article provides simple but important actions a motor carrier can take to put itself in a position to avoid a jury verdict potentially based on an improper standard or misleading evidence.
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.
A customized and strategic platform provides a company with a competitive edge over their competition.
Vulnerable to cargo theft? This monitoring solution provides layers of assurance for shippers and transporters.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
A predicted freight slowdown stalls driver wage increases for 2016; President Obama proposes oil tax to fund infrastructure; Logistics trends of 2016
The 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer identifies top 10 risks for global companies.
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
Supply chain professionals face increasing complexity. In order to succeed, they must prepare for data security concerns, identify preferred team member attributes, and develop a strong collective financial acumen.
As major airlines implement the eAWB single-process approach in March 2016, industry-wide involvement in the program is encouraged for all participants as paperless air cargo supply chain operations lower costs, increase data accuracy, and improve the customer experience.
Now is the right time to improve your supply chain’s stability, scalability and resiliency. Transportation providers are seeking collaboration with shippers as their networks have also experienced significant change.
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.
Readers weigh in on how to address the truck driver shortage.
Managing your transportation budget is key to operate Lean and find ways to shed excess cost. Use these tips help lower shipping costs.
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
The 2016 Global Infrastructure Report from CG/LA Infrastructure details 100 infrastructure projects in 71 countries across 10 different sectors; Emerging markets take on increasing importance for the supply chain.
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
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 performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
For logistics professionals, data is meaningless without context. Dashboards help provide context and enhance decision-making capabilities.
So how prepared is your business to withstand a crisis? Effective risk analysis and crisis preparation is an essential strategy.
Taking steps to become a shipper of choice delivers benefits across the supply chain, and will help sustain and grow your bottom line.
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.
Minimizing transportation costs through data analysis can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
In today’s global, highly competitive market, the old rules of transportation no longer apply if you want to remain profitable and competitive.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
A real time tracking platform helps you revolutionize your logistics operations by improving service while reducing costs.
The expense of inbound vendor traffic and its impact on landed cost is overlooked. Use this advice to better managing inbound vendor freight.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
The introduction of driverless trucks could be the biggest change the road haulage industry will ever see, and the concept is closer to reality than people think.
Customer returns are inevitable, and without a clear understanding and plan for managing returns, DIM weight expenses can easily challenge budgets and profitability.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
Manufacturers are going back to the drawing board to rethink their temperature-controlled supply chains.
Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.
The potential legislation of COR-related laws is expected to have a profound effect on all areas of the supply chain, requiring changes that will ultimately come at an increased cost.
The true measure of customer service is what team members, carriers, and supply chain partners do when something goes wrong.
Lin Ding, procurement manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, manages a team with a shared focus on procurement, supplier management, and contract management.
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.
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.
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.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
As the Panama Canal's $5.25-billion expansion nears completion, how are shippers and ports preparing?
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
Refugees cause price hike for European Union shippers; East-West shippers see sharp decline in contract rates; technology innovations to transform competitive landscape in global freight forwarding market; home delivery in the United Kingdom
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.
Reassessing your reverse logistics plan for customer returns and excess inventory is a must in today’s retail environment. Look beyond traditional methods and approach this obsolete merchandise as an opportunity (versus a headache) to positively impact your business margin.
A system developed by The Smart Cube pulls and aggregates information from all Elizabeth Arden’s contract manufacturers, providing a consolidated, accurate view of data across the company’s supply chain. The cosmetics giant now can see, in real time, the purchases its network of manufacturers makes on its behalf.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
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.
After 30 site visits and two logistics industry conferences, Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo wonders what the future of supply chain and logistics holds.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
It is critical to set meaningful, relevant, and attainable targets to ensure that everyone is focused on a Lean supply chain.
Applying Berra-isms to logistics management yields valuable insights. Remembering the beloved Yankees legend Yogi Berra with fondness and celebrating his memorable words of wisdom.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
Jeff Larson, director of distribution engineering analysis at Tiffany & Co., works with the jewelry company’s international locations to help improve their operations.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
When applying Lean principles to procurement and purchasing processes, non-traditional sources of waste can be identified, which benefits the entire supply chain.
Sustainability and cost savings are driving shippers to reduce packaging waste.
Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.
When downtime impacts a company’s line, outsourcing technology infrastructure to a third party might help.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
Port of Hamburg unveils new traffic light system; CEVA Logistics TireCity in Italy demonstrates interest in sector-specific supply chain collaboration; China debuts longest freight rail route in the world; TPP agreement raises concerns about traceability in the seafood supply chain; Africa capital investment heats up; New G6 Alliance rotation features Polish port; Indian 3PL uses containers as mobile logistics classrooms; Intel eyes Asia for IoT ecosystem.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
Before sourcing globally, it’s important to know the risks.
Minimizing employee downtime with ergonomic initiatives and equipment can have a big impact on the bottom line.
Collaboration is key to having a productive relationship between the supply chain and marketing departments.
These four tips can help you make sure your specialized shipment arrives safely and on time.
Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Successful companies are concerned about supply chain security. Here’s how to prevent supply chain threats from negatively impacting your company’s bottom line and reputation.
All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
Kelvin Miller, an equipment and mobility readiness spare parts allocation supervisor with the military contractor DynCorp International, manages inventory and gets it ready to deploy when the time comes.
Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
To grow and evolve, shippers of all sizes need the high-quality data provided by modern technologies.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
Lori Harper, vice president, supply chain management at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), is a natural leader who figures out solutions to unexpected challenges.
When setting future supply chain budgets, companies must take into account not only the increased cost of industrial real estate, but also longer lead times for new space in many markets.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Choosing the right pallet unlocks myriad benefits from improved process efficiency to cost savings and sustainability.
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.
When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
Taking steps to adapt to ACE regulations ahead of final deadlines will save businesses much time, money, and hassle.
Enabling a holistic, integrated approach to managing global supplier risks allows companies to minimize risks, protect brand integrity, and reduce supply chain costs.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
Today’s supply chain environment is more complex than ever, and it is important for business partners to work together across the value chain with the intent to maximize the benefit to their customers .
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
Companies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.
Port of Beirut plan for transshipment expansion irks truckers; New treaty greenlights Ghent–Terneuzen Canal lock upgrade; China-Europe rail development continues with UTi and Changjiu partnership; Global suppliers still laggard when it comes to environmental mitigation; Hong Kong looks to ease industrial real estate regs to create more warehouse capacity.
Globalization has a dramatic impact on strategic sourcing, logistics excellence, and supply chain management. Here’s how your company can become a preferred employer in today’s global age.
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
Shifting global dynamics and internal business process changes are compelling manufacturers and retailers to challenge the status quo and reinvent their supply chains.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
United States and Canada are investing $7 billion in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system; Changing political relations between the United States and Cuba could signal new trade opportunities; UK faces a truck driver shortage among younger people; Panama approves new port development
By paying close attention to detail, shippers can avoid the following simple mistakes.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
Volatility in the oil, gas and energy business is forcing producers and industry to confront a legacy of poor logistics execution.
Telematics technology can bring improved operational visibility to fleet management.
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.
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.
How a logistics data refinery can improve supply chain visibility and analytics.
Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives to prepare to meet the challenges of the next decade.
Shippers, carriers, manufacturers – everyone in the business of shipping Dangerous Goods needs to stay up to date on what’s going on in the industry.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Before entering the international trade arena, shippers must understand the stakes involved in regulatory compliance.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
Managing supply chain risk means recognizing that things won’t always go according to plan, and having the right infrastructure in place to succeed even through the unexpected.
With its subscription-based clothing rental model, Gwynnie Bee is tailoring the rules of e-commerce to make fashion fulfillment a perfect fit.
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
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.
Big data is a big deal, but what is it? Inbound Logistics asks four industry experts to file their report on big data and its benefits.
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
Inbound Logistics asked these experts to weigh in on the dimensional weight pricing changes that UPS and FedEx implemented on January 1, 2015.
This article looks at issues that companies should consider when developing a more resilient supply chain.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.
Five key questions to ask a software vendor to make sure they are the right fit for your operation.
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.
The Internet of Things is the wave of the future – but for the logistics segment, the future is closer than you think.
An optimized supply chain allows companies to reduce costs, lower risk, increase transparency, and support new products.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Software-as-a-Service transportation management systems offer many advantages over enterprise software.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation at Walmart, focuses on building transportation synergies.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Less than truckload (LTL) carriers use online freight portals to offer low-cost extra capacity to small shippers.
A panel of supply chain experts address questions related to ensuring supplier compliance.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
To better manage freight spend, track key performance indicators and build strong provider partnerships.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Business process innovations have made great leaps thanks to two Northwest Arkansas companies: JB Hunt and Walmart.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
TOTO’s sustainability commitment covers its entire supply chain; Congestion on U.S. roadways costs the trucking industry $9.2 billion, 141 million hours of lost productivity; US tabbed “rising star,” ranks second to China for manufacturing competitiveness; Supply chain strategy and business strategy integration is key to cost reduction and customer service; Amazon explores last-mile delivery network
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
A transportation management system with fleet management tools facilitates transportation planning for private fleets.
Demand-driven supply chains strive for synchronicity between functions and among partners to ensure optimal performance.
NRF’s Big Show unveils trends in the retail industry; Local couriers provide a solution to capacity constraints and empower same-day delivery; Ocean carrier industry beset by imbalances; Global RFID market primed for robust growth; Shippers plan for supply chain exceptions
Innovative route planning tools create meaningful links between long-range planning and real-world agility.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
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.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Global trade management (GTM) solutions help coordinate trade compliance, and allow trading partners to share data.
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
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
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.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Companies such as Amazon show delivery speed and logistics agility provide the customer service levels retailers need to win.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
Incorporating business intelligence tools into logistics strategy gives companies access to efficiency-boosting data.
The automotive aftermarket’s logistics trends, challenges, and best practices give shippers a wild ride.
Route planning software from Paragon helped poultry supplier George’s gain efficiencies and cut transportation costs.
As the retail supply chain adapts to e-commerce and changing consumer behaviors, technology keeps pace.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
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.
A Web-based shipping tool helped an Alaskan outfitter develop multichannel fulfillment operations.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Managing freight spend and payments challenges many shippers because rules and regulations vary by geography. Supply chain professionals benefit most from a global solution built for freight spend, says Rick Erickson of Syncada.
Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
In a true collaborative relationship between purchasing and logistics, order and routing pattern planning comprises a single, optimized decision process that yields measurable results, writes Bill Michalski of ArrowStream.
Greyhound partners with One Network to enhance parcel delivery business. Truck driver turnover increases,Urban Outfitters equips Nevada e-fulfillment center with state-of-the-art materials handling system. Shippers turn to spot market to find capacity and compare carrier rates. MSC Beatrice debut in Asia-U.S. trade signals new wave of larger containerships.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba invests in logistics to support online shopping growth; Jamaica looks to transform economy with the development of a global logistics hub; Vietnam faces a dearth of logistics talent and expertise; China grants licenses to UPS and FedEx to provide parcel delivery services in select cities; China Airlines Cargo joins SkyTeam Cargo alliance; Germany debuts JadeWeserPort amid slack container volume growth
Supply chain managers must determine the best technology for their supply chain based on their specific organizational needs, says Krishna Rallabhandi of Four Soft.
Carriers can stand out in the market by providing superior shipment tracking that gives shippers and supply chain partners insight into order status, says Gregory Bellows of Trans-i Technologies.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
As retailers look to grow their business, the challenge of keeping up with the market becomes exponentially greater—especially as new channels emerge, writes Editor Felecia Stratton. Supply chain management can help create balance between supply and demand.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
Retailers who succeed at integrating their inventory intelligence can cut costs, accelerate turns, and build revenue by driving high-fidelity information back into the supply chain, aligning it with shopper demand, write Tyco Retail Solutions’ Karen Bomber and Jim Caudill.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
New technology solutions help improve inventory visibility, increase routing agility, manage labor more effectively, and capture valuable information from the field.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
David Bennett of Schneider Logistics addresses how shippers, ocean carriers, and trucking companies are struggling with responsibility for providing chassis for cargo container units at ports; Boeing appoints new VP to handle 787 Dreamliner delays; companies restructure outsourced technology contracts.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Andrea Robinson of CargoWise provides tips on handling global supply chain management challenges.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Global supply chain visibility and detail can only be achieved by modern electronic data transmissions that are already available and can reduce the costs of international cargo movement.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
Molson Coors Beverage Company relies on Echo Global Logistics to simplify its transportation management processes.
Fulfillment centers have adapted throughout COVID-19, supplying workers with masks, suspending in-person meetings, and enhancing their cleaning protocols. Suppliers will need to remember the lessons learned, even beyond the pandemic.
To help logistics professionals plan for the future, Inbound Logistics conducts an annual survey of logistics technology providers. Assembling data on current logistics IT trends, we paint a picture of the capabilities available today and the technology investments shippers are making to gain a competitive edge.
Our annual Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Providers list is a guide of the leading logistics IT solutions providers in the market in 2020. Next time you're ready to add to your company's logistics IT tools, you'll find our guide an invaluable resource.
Supply chain management may have changed forever as COVID-19 brings heightened awareness to its fragility. With careful planning, shippers can minimize risks related to the pandemic.
Shifting COVID-19 guidelines and consumer demands are a constantly moving target for truck drivers and transport companies. What steps can they take to stay healthy, flexible, and compliant all at the same time?
With retail stores being one of the few businesses that remain open to the general public, supply chains operations have had to embrace creativity to deliver effectively.
Ever heard of an "always responder"? Take a look at the latest logistics terms and phrases in our lexicon.
With a bustling airport, booming ports, and ample highways and railroads, the Peach State is a sweet spot for international logistics.
The number of transportation companies at the top of Husch Blackwell's Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers list—an annual look at the companies with the largest supplier relationships with the Postal Service—increased in 2019.
Shoe retailer Shoe Station relies on Retail Pro 9 and other technology solutions to help employees provide top-of-the-line service and ensure customer satisfaction.
When it comes to logistics, the speed and convenience of e-commerce has led to changing expectations in the business-to-consumer sector. Meeting these expectations requires hitting an exact sequence of strict targets.
Equity funding to retail tech companies slowed globally in 2019, largely due to a slide in funding to e-commerce platforms. This is what retailers should watch for in 2020.
From establishing secondary suppliers to setting up alternative routes, here’s a look at how Plan B strategies can keep you up and running even during extreme weather events.
Take a look at the latest innovations enabling supply chain stakeholders to achieve instant booking, seamless collaboration, and increased visibility.
Better matching demand to supply and adjusting contracts, tendering, and invoice auditing strategies can help shippers control transportation costs as rates rise in 2020.
Almost half of all small to mid-sized businesses decision-makers estimate an increase in shipping spend, and big-box retailers are influencing their strategy.
FMCG retailers need to be aware of four key areas as they build their future omnichannel supply chains, finds RSR Research's Supply Chain Management 2018 report.
Frank Armetta, global vice president of supply chain with Sabra Dipping Company, discusses the hummus company's warehouse transformation, how he leads his team, and insight into his career journey.
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.
Industry professionals share whether they think the supply chain management function will be obsolete in the next 10 years.
General Patton would survey the e-commerce battlefield where Walmart competes and conduct a threat assessment of every major competitor, especially Amazon.
Cross-industry supply chain models and innovative ways of monetizing assets help shippers and logistics providers drive efficiencies
Fearing the flood of post-holiday returns? An optimized reverse logistics strategy may be the answer.
What's ahead for global manufacturing? Here's what what Manufacturing Insights predicts for the years ahead.
The hot supply chain words or phrases for the coming year and the concepts behind them.
As retailers and their supply chains face increasing pressures from rising consumer expectations, they must better leverage software solutions and the data it captures to achieve an integrated network and true smart warehouse ecosystem.
Transitioning to digital payments would allow companies both large and small to streamline invoice and payment collection, enabling them to speed up operations and improve efficiencies across the supply chain.
Five top tips to achieving supply chain career success
We have software to manage household budgets and smart watches to keep us on schedule. And in the manufacturing world, technology can give real-time visibility into the entire supply chain process and empower collaboration with suppliers.
5G will affect many industries, but the sector that stands to benefit most is the logistics industry. The logistics and supply chain industry will be able to provide continuous coverage for monitoring, tracking and theft detection.
Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ today announce the launch of Walmart Canada's blockchain-based freight and payment network, the world's largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application.
A look back at the scary supply chain that was Halloween 2019.
To survive in the modern business landscape, the logistics industry must embrace what Amazon has mastered: transparency. Price discrimination and power dynamics have historically made information-sharing undesirable for some, however the time has come when managing a multi-million dollar supply chain in an Excel vacuum just isn’t feasible anymore.
What is the outlook for the U.S. furniture market moving forward? Here's what to expect.
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.
The San Francisco-based company, Uber, has been gradually expanding its services beyond ride hailing in recent years, and announced last month that it would invest US$200-million into its freight division.
In the downtime between storms, companies can take crucial steps to help prevent supply chain disruption.
Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) can be integrated into almost any industrial business. The key to implementing this concept is to identify areas where sustainable practices can be applied to an existing supply chain.
Readers share what you should look for to find an optimal logistics partner.
A small change in Inbound Logistics' tag line – from logistics to enterprises – recognizes the massive business shift in the way shippers drive excellence.
Syfan coordinated 36 full truckloads to ship 6,000 transmissions to its customer’s Allen Park, Michigan, warehouse within the one-week deadline.
Shippers are turning to managed transportation services (MTS) to help address logistical challenges. Here are the advantages.
Consumers have become accustomed to extremely quick delivery and, as more retailers offer fast, free shipping options, logistics companies will need to adapt to the ever-increasing delivery pressures that align to evolving consumer expectations and preferences.
These logistics challenges will define the remainder of 2019. Here's how shippers can determine the best approach to overcome them.
Take a look at some of the latest developments in the apparel industry.
Javelin Logistics removed their reliance on manual labor and now thrive in the e-commerce marketplace by partnering with 3PL Central.
CSCMP's annual State of Logistics Report presents an overview of the economy during the past year, key logistics trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2018 (see chart). Here are some top takeaways.
Offering trade compliance knowledge to your customers is a tremendous value-add to helping them achieve their reasonable care goals.
As any successful business owner will tell you, SCM is an extremely crucial part of operations. It establishes strong communication and relationships with suppliers, helping to avoid shipment delays and minimize logistical errors.
2019 marks 30 years of business for 3PL Sunset Transportation. The future is bright as the 3PL starts its 30s with a new facility and innovative new solutions.
Team Penske’s logistical skills help lead them to victory at the Indy 500.
For global manufacturers, managing logistics and carriers across locations, countries, and regions is no easy task. But while shippers can’t control fickle global relations, they need not be at their mercy.
The world’s leading provider of receipt and innovative label solutions turned to GlobalTranz to create visibility, enhance communications, and fully merge acquired businesses.
In today’s Amazon Age, retailers must do more than look for incremental improvements. Instead, they need to completely pivot their logistics to remain competitive.
Having strong, accessible data and experienced personnel is essential to managing successful supply chain operations.
An inside look at how project managers rise to the challenges of unique logistics initiatives.
In an effort to stay ahead of industry trends, Ocean Spray jumped at the chance to partner with Uber Freight for more efficient transportation.
In the sneaker supply chain, manufacturers and retailers need to know where the product is in every stage of design, production, and shipping.
Women are steadily advancing in supply chain and logistics. Here's how seven leading women in logistics got to the top of the field.
Harnessing Hub Group’s optimization and management expertise, a CPG company received a dynamic and responsive solution that ensured every PO met cost-effective precision service.
Whether you are a company overseeing an entire supply chain or one piece of the puzzle, an investment in a quality control plan including logistics will generate long-term benefits.
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.
Working at a freight brokerage has become an increasingly desirable profession. Here’s how companies can attract and retain top talent.
Applying gig economy principles and predictive analytics capabilities can efficiently and effectively fill manufacturing workforce gaps.
In a retail environment focused on customer experience and convenience, subscription commerce (subcom) companies are maintaining a foothold.
A leading CPG company uses Hub Group’s consolidation expertise to eliminate cost and improve service.
With a goal to modernize freight transportation through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected and reliable drivers, SAP SE and Uber Freight have teamed up.
A Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, New York, featuring artificial intelligence-enabled cameras, interactive displays, and a massive data center is the retailer's new Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL).
Germany and Austria retailers display a balanced market of omnichannel practices.
To navigate an increasingly challenging supply chain landscape, shippers must have an optimal mix of managed services, strategic consulting and technology, such as real-time visibility solutions, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Kingston Technology’s HyperX division partnered with Logility to improve its supply chain visibility and demand, inventory and replenishment planning practices.
Today’s Tier 1 TMSs can help you get work done faster, cut the need for calls and emails, reduce the number of screens and clicks, and increase your profitability.
Milestone’s Mobile Warehousing & Storage (MW&S) solution enables a manufacturer to create an efficient distribution process with timely deliveries as drivers did not have to wait for each other and transfer loads between trailers.
10 tips for cutting transportation costs.
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.
Without an in-house delivery option, enterprises are often held back if they rely on external providers. Even if the third party helps them increase their sales volumes, they can end up being order rich but money and data poor. To provide an answer to these questions, enterprises need a platform that allows them to manage an in-house delivery service, while flexibly deploying third-party solutions as needed.
The United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) is critical to ensuring a robust North American economy. The agreement, signed by the respective country’s presidents on November 30, 2018, modernizes and enhances trade relations between the three countries and is now pending ratification by each country’s legislature. Passage is crucial to maintaining a healthy U.S. manufacturing and industrial truck industry.
The longer the trade tensions between the United States and other countries persist, the more the U.S. agricultural industry needs to rally around containerized soybean shipping to overseas markets.
A harmonious marriage of brick-and-mortar services and online offerings is the path to fulfillment in the bridal wear supply chain.
Today, many 3PLs provide the technology solutions and expertise shippers need to manage increasingly complicated customer relationships.
Inbound Logistics' annual survey highlights key trends in the supply chain technology market and shines a light on the brightest and most innovative providers.
A leading retailer engaged Hub Group to develop an optimized solution that maximized the limited capacity in markets throughout its supply chain.
Readers reveal the advice they would give to young people embarking on a supply chain/logistics career.
Women in logistics need support from their companies to succeed in their careers.
Georgia, a leading point of origin for companies to move products to their customers, has an inherent geographical advantage that is enhanced by a superior infrastructure and its status as home to many of the leading logistics companies and practitioners anywhere in the world.
The latest news and trends impacting the retail supply chain
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.
What supply chain professionals can do to ensure that the skill set you've cultivated over the years is transferred to the next generation of practitioners.
The rules that keep goods moving across borders are only going to get more complex. Staying compliant, let alone keeping track and making sense of scores of countries’ customs and compliance rules, international trade agreements, and a host of new pacts that will soon be coming online is a daunting task.
Profile of Bob Farrell, executive chairman, GlobalTranz
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.
Top trends impacting the travel and hospitality supply chain
As the impacts of tariffs increase, companies must find new ways to consider and classify their products and supply chains to minimize costs and other risks
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are among those most impacted by the proliferation of delivery channels over the past several years. To succeed in this changing marketplace, successful CGP businesses are refining factory operations and developing new distribution and transportation models.
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.
Here are a few of the key trends and topics that logistics buyers can expect to hear and see more of in 2019.
This story examines some of the new models for e-commerce fulfillment that retailers are using today, particularly ones that involve the use of physical stores.
SmartTEH's container loading system helps a sawmill with a loading challenge.
This article first introduces Jim Bramlett’s Hassle Quotient score and how the internet has changed how companies compete, then focuses on how the Hassle Quotient applies to transportation and logistics.
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
This story examines some of the challenges that are slowing the flow of intermodal containers, and also looks at some technology solutions that help to improve the situation.
According to a task force, the USPS troubles stem from providing delivery for commercial entities at below-market rates, lagging volumes of mail delivery and high labor costs, both in compensation and retiree health benefits.
Inbound Logistics continues to provide actionable content to help drive supply chain change.
Get moving with these actionable tips to jolt your warehousing, transportation, and logistics operations.
Character is one of the central attributes of a great leader and one of the hardest leadership characteristics to develop.
Profile of Jeff Cohen, chief operating officer, G&D Integrated
Whether they involve moving endangered animals or perishable delicacies, special projects demand teams that know how to plan thoroughly, collaborate with multiple partners and prepare for every eventuality.
Here are ways to reduce freight expense while improving service outside of securing reduced freight rates from LTL, truckload, parcel and expedited services carriers.
This story examines factoring, supply chain financing, and variations on those strategies that trading partners use to optimize their cash flows.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
What is happening and what will happen to trucking capacity and costs? Here's the data you need to help plan for the coming months.
In the U.S., foreign trade zones (FTZs) may be part of the solution pharmaceutical companies are looking for, but only if manufacturers understand what they are, their potential benefits, and how to best use them.
MD Logistics navigated the application process to become a general-purpose zone operator, providing customers with significant cost savings and allowing their goods to flow to market with greater ease.
Examining the effects of blockchain technology on ocean carriers and shippers.
Finding truckload capacity is on everyone’s minds as the capacity crunch and driver shortage worsens.
Hub Group generated savings and efficiency for a leading national retailer.
To improve warehouse utilization and efficiency, dry van trailers can be a cost-effective solution, allowing manufacturers, retailers and distributors to rapidly (in 24 to 48 hours) flex up their warehouse space on a month-to-month basis and at costs savings of 50% over traditional warehouse space.
Top trends impacting the travel and hospitality supply chain
As supply chains increasingly transition from being viewed as a cost center to a competitive differentiator, optimization and efficiency has become critical to success in today’s world focused on next day delivery. To support this transition, the importance of real-time data and analysis is rising rapidly.
How the TMS should evolve to increase end-to-end transparency and centralize your supply chain’s data.
In the first airport project of its kind in the Amazon Air network, the etailer has announced plans to open a regional air hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas.
The trends affecting supply chains require an agile approach
A lean, agile supply chain helps companies anticipate and minimize the impact of disruptions.
What’s needed is a new retail model for grocery shopping.
As harsh weather and poor driving conditions are universal concerns for drivers and fleet managers across the country, Jim Maltby, corporate director of health, safety, security and environmental management, and Tyler Bones, safety manager of Lynden Alaska West Express, offer five tips for navigating the challenges of winter driving.
Collaborative transportation solutions can strengthen logistics operations by helping both shippers and carriers automate manual processes and gain crucial visibility.
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
How the growing millennial market will transform the supply chain sector.
Grocers are working to satisfy consumers’ growing demand for rapid delivery of everything from apples to watermelon. To accomplish this, they’re educating personal shoppers, developing new technologies to handle the last mile of delivery, rethinking their distribution networks and inventory planning, and partnering with technology companies.
This story explores some of the ways retailers use customer service to build customer loyalty, both in stores and in the e-commerce channel.
When first engaging in a partnership, shippers and their logistics providers identify a desired outcome and work collaboratively to deliver on those promises. In order to achieve the desired ROI and deliver on the promises made during the sales process, both parties need daily activities to align with that objective.
China Post and Lufthansa Cargo announce strategic cooperation; LLamasoft survey finds that nearly half of manufacturers are considering alternate suppliers and are concerned about increased operational costs thanks to taxes and duties; Survey finds shipping industry concerned about impact of trade protectionism and cyber threats but mostly optimistic about growth; Global supply chain disruptions continue to grow at an alarming rate and the potential for financial or revenue impacts is the highest in three years; Top UK imports; automated storage and retrieval systems market to witness double-digit growth
For Calendar Year 2018 through November, the Port of Savannah has handled 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, up from 3.72 million over the same period last year. Containers currently booked for December will add approximately 362,000 TEUs to the annual total.
Companies fixating on a single process frees people’s time and energy for other tasks, but established processes can cease to be a means to an end and become ends in-and-of themselves.
Two trends have been nudging US inflation higher: a growing economy and a tight labor market. Add in tariffs, high transportation costs, and rising prices for many commodities, and the United States is poised for a long-term period of double-digit inflation.
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 profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
Transportation has been on a transformative tear for the past few years, boosting the use of digital platforms to do more for shippers, carriers, logistics companies and other stakeholders. Here are a few ideas on what we should expect in 2019 and 2020.
Walgreens is striving to become more consumer-friendly in an attempt to compete with e-commerce.
To better understand when shippers should send their packages during the holiday season, GrandCanals, the market leader in analytics-driven fulfillment, is launching an AI-powered website at where companies can view holiday ship-by predictions for 2018, updated nightly. These predictions are determined by artificial intelligence and consider both historical and current shipping trends across the GrandCanals Delivery Performance tracking network.
A retailer or manufacturer who has a clear monitoring program in place will have peace of mind going through this holiday season. When everyone in the supply chain knows exactly what is going to happen if products are damaged, then the groups can work better together to ensure products arrive safely and consumers are happy.
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
Consumer data is rolling in from Black Friday. Convey published data insights that show how deliveries are performing across various categories compared to year-over-year data from 2017.
U.S. Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway had one of their busiest months of the season in October. Overall cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up four percent over the same period in 2017.
Trinity Logistics was chosen as crop protection products maker Albaugh’s single-service logistics provider because of its people-centric transportation solutions, combining transportation technology and an expert team dedicated to freight optimization.
New York City Department of Transportation is keen on collaborating with shippers, transporters, and receivers to rethink their delivery schedule and shift to off-hour deliveries (OHD) with the goal of targeting 900 business establishments by the end of 2019.
In the world of transportation, there are several moving parts that lend a hand in getting goods from point A to point B. Freight brokers often act as intermediaries in moving shipping and logistics forward, and in recent years, more brokerage operations have flooded the scene making it easier to secure a partnership that is beneficial to your overall business.
If you’re a small business trying to establish yourself or grow in e-commerce, you know it can be an uphill battle. That doesn’t mean you can’t compete.
Transplace’s technology and expertise helps Brenntag streamline operations and realize greater visibility.
It could be the best of times – or the worst of times – depending on how you incorporate certain elements of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into your financial reporting. With proper planning and forecasting, businesses across the manufacturing and logistics industries may reap substantial benefits under the new tax law. However, it all depends on your unique business situation and how you choose to apply some of the different incentives to achieve your financial reporting objectives. Your vigilance and planning could help you take advantage of some of the corporate-positive changes while mitigating any potential negative effects.
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.
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.
A warning to shippers was sounded during the current UPS earnings report. Here’s what you should know about the Shipping Charge Correction Audit fee.
To ensure brands are managing the most efficient, optimized supply chain, they need to assess their supply chain partner’s commitment across the following key areas.
New supply chain services and solutions
For the supply chain and warehousing sector, the burgeoning millennial workforce means an increased need for providing more sophisticated and functional mobile solutions.
Nurturing and maintaining delicate flowers throughout the supply chain is not for the faint-hearted. Here are a few stats showing logistics savvy in full blossom.
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:
Supply chains face a conundrum when it comes to speed: no matter how automated your processes are internally, you’re only as fast as the next guy in the chain. Here’s what it takes to be e-commerce fast.
By following these steps, e-tailers can lower return rates, increasing profits and creating happier customers.
At its core, a TMS is charged with moving an order through your system and settling it in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Regardless of your specific needs, today’s challenges require a new approach for evaluating which TMS is best for your organization.
The rent-over-own consumer mentality is creating a share economy, with end users interested in only spending what’s needed, rather than investing in a depreciating product. Manufacturers – especially those with dealer networks – need to consider a shift in thinking that reflects the shift their customers are making.
Ensuring your transportation operation is making the most efficient use of vehicles, fuel, and drivers should be a high priority. Use these tips to keep transportation costs in check while boosting your bottom line.
To maximize productivity, efficiency, and profit, Chief Supply Chain Officers should strive for visibility into the supply chain and confidence that it could handle any type of disruption.
The industry’s driver shortage is no secret. As carriers get more selective about the freight they haul, shippers need to make themselves more carrier-friendly.
With BluJay’s Transportation Management solution, Ace Hardware has automated tasks and gained visibility of orders, shipment status, and costs.
Amazon and other large retailers set customer expectations by offering expedited delivery at low or no cost. Retailers of all sizes must compete on the same turf, yet lack the negotiating power that could net meaningful discounts with commercial carriers.
The holiday sales rush presents both an opportunity and a challenge for shippers as they navigate high-volume orders and expectations for next-day shipping. By leveraging supply chain automation, shippers can meet this year’s higher-than-ever consumer demands while staying competitive.
A tighter truck market, increase in national shipments, and accelerated factory output are among the highlights of the Q3 2017 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index, which measures quantitative changes in shipment and spend activity (see chart) based on data from transactions the company processes.
Many shippers rely on the Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) in which the supplier alerts you of pending deliveries. You may see a product name, a PO#, and select dates, but the ASN does not contain the details that receiving or warehouse management needs. There is a better way.
We all know the best way to approach an unguarded railroad crossing is to stop, look, and listen. That same advice applies when examining the economy, which will likely roar through 2018 at full speed.
Strengthening economies, increasing globalization, the growth of e-commerce, and software that enables companies to more precisely calculate the trade-offs between air and other transportation modes are driving growth in the airfreight market.
The continued migration of people to cities and increase in online shopping will generate more freight deliveries to and within urban areas. Let’s talk about your company’s futureproof strategy to meet the challenges and opportunities of smart city logistics head-on.
To better serve customers, MD Logistics implemented a game-changing TMS and integrated it into its current WMS. The new solution allowed MD Logistics to find customers the most strategic carrier based on a variety of factors, including price, transit times, and retail compliance.
Exploring the advantages of using a state-of-the-art API solution
With the pre-holiday freight push starting earlier than usual, trepidation remaining about the implications of the ELD mandate, and rates at multi-year highs, now is the time for shippers to take a strategic approach to control costs and service issues.
Capacity is getting tighter across the board. Some carriers may not be willing to commit capacity in lanes they were previously happy to do so. What’s a shipper to do? Should companies use the spot market less?
Businesses are concerned about the impacts of urbanization; Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility; Hurricanes will cost U.S. GDP about .5% in the third quarter of 2017
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.
Retailers around the world are slacking in the returns department.
As the needs of buyers become more unpredictable and complex, and as they begin to demand more frequent product launches and extreme personalization, manufacturers are struggling to keep up, let alone profitably. It’s time for manufacturers to begin creating the ecosystem they’ll need to dominate their markets.
Shipment-level visibility is just step one. Decisions, at any stage of the product life cycle, can have a direct impact on the cost and on the time it takes for goods to be sold and delivered.
Approximately one-third of leading U.S. e-commerce retailers are planning to enter the German market in the next four years, according to a recent study.
Executives from leading fashion and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers reveal the supply chain challenges topping their list.
Retailers turn to artificial intelligence to boost customer service.
For some retailers, holiday sales can represent up to 27.4 percent of annual sales. Having a clear understanding of your historical trends for seasonal goods is critical for forecasting seasonal categories this upcoming season.
IBM builds proof-of-concept blockchain supply chain network in Singapore; U.S. fashion industry association releases fourth fashion industry benchmarking study; E-commerce retailers target Germany
Shippers should turn their attention to three frequently overlooked components of inventory record management to improve inventory accuracy and, ultimately, consumer satisfaction.
What if your shipment of apparel from overseas gets soaked with saltwater on its way to the distribution center? This supply chain solution can return merchandise to first-quality condition.
Complying with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act has been a top priority for manufacturers and their 3PLs. Yet, more than one year later, one in five outside truckers arrive at our facility, often unknowingly, in violation of FSMA standards. Here’s how we can all get on the same page.
In order to drive sustainable, impactful change within your organization, it’s important to have the tools and expertise to turn data into actionable business intelligence.
Readers share the logistics mementos and paraphernalia they would preserve in a time capsule for people to open in the year 2067.
To get the most out of a TMS, professionals must identify and match operational requirements with the solution’s features. Joe Couto, chief operating officer at HighJump, outlines 10 tips for picking a TMS.
Profile of Doug Braun, CEO of BluJay Solutions
Selecting a transportation mode and carrier isn’t as simple as identifying the fastest or least expensive option. It’s a complicated process that takes into account timelines and risks as well as budgets. Industry experts share best practices that will help save money and prevent costly mistakes.
Mobile commerce is expected to become a $250-billion market by 2020, with an increasing number of sales being done via smartphone apps, says the 2017 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper. Here are key takeaways for retailers.
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.
Store closings have grabbed headlines, but they're not telling the whole story. Find out what a new report says about the state of retail.
The logistics sector’s reliance on relationships, email, and spreadsheet attachments makes it particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. And the costs are staggering. Find out what shippers can do to make communications more secure.
Whether your company is a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, or in e-commerce, the future is happening now, automagically. IL publisher Keith Biondo explores IoT and the Internet of Everything.
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.
Now more than ever healthcare supply chains are key differentiators for best-in-class manufacturers.
The retail industry needs to adapt an agile and visible supply chain to fulfill increasingly demanding consumer requests.
Unyson helped a customer simultaneously increase service for time-sensitive shipments while decreasing costs.
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.
Whole Foods’ 460+ centrally located stores will augment Amazon’s physical infrastructure and allow it to use the stores as distribution centers. In return, Amazon’s targeted transaction data, technological expertise, and logistical prowess catapult Whole Foods into the online realm and suggest a new level of convenience.
What do new buying trends mean for those providing logistics solutions to you, especially if your logistics partners are not market monsters?
The days of EDI connectivity is quickly becoming outdated and replaced with real-time data feeds that benefit both shipper and their shipping partners.
A home goods retailer partnered with Unyson to increase efficiency and enhance visibility.
ProTrans created a tracking map or heat map where all in transit loads belonging to the customer can be viewed on the tracking map.
Furniture retailer upgrades its warehouse management system to furnish growth.
Amazon and Walmart are battling it out to conquer the last mile of the supply chain. It's important to note that this is not a competition for the grocery industry, but rather a battle of the distribution center.
Organizations have already begun to transition the delivery of supply chain and logistics services from an internal model to an external one, says a recent market study by KPMG and HfS Research. Here's how companies should leverage future trends revealed by the study to create intelligent supply chains.
Contrary to public perception, U.S. manufacturing and logistics industries experienced dramatic growth over the past generation, says a new report from Ball State University.
Surveying 237 suppliers around the globe, the report uncovers insight on the most urgent trends, opportunities, and challenges facing suppliers today.
The retail industry's international expansion slowed a bit in 2016 from its strong pace of a year earlier as retailers adjusted to e-commerce and shifting exchange rates, according to CBRE Group Inc.’s international retail expansion study.
While cutting transportation costs seems like a tall order, there are a few easy ways to work with your company’s procurement department to cut spending without impacting the benefits of strategic logistics.
Supply chain management is often viewed as solely a statistical endeavor, but soft skills are often required in maintaining buyer and supplier relationships, according to new research from Penn State.
Once you understand where the complexities lie in your supply chain, you can get to the source of your problem and streamline issues to help your organization.
Visibility is a key issue in the management of supply chains. Introducing transparency throughout all aspects of your business will bring about remarkable results. Here's how.
Click and collect has become a key component of retailers' overall e-commerce strategy. Nearly one third of shoppers purchased products online and subsequently picked them up at a store during the 2016 holiday season.
This Mother's Day, let's remember all the little things Mom does to demonstrate her love and make our homes and our lives happier, healthier and "fully optimized."
As professional logisticians and supply chain managers, we are in a unique position to assist military service members transition into jobs in the supply chain sector. Here's why it's critical to help them and how to do it.
How to Decide if You Should Outsource Your TMS
Kuebix TMS greatly improved Holman Parts Distribution’s operations.
A retailer teamed up with Unyson to create an out-of-the-box solution for its growing supply chain.
In today’s returns economy, retailers need to be able to separate the “good” return from the preventable one. To get better data on returns, here are three steps they can take.
Transportation management systems (TMS) streamline the information exchange between shippers and carriers. Cloud technology makes them affordable for many small- and mid-sized firms.
Network optimization studies help simplify supply chain operations and provide continual year-over-year savings.
To compete in today’s environment, small to medium players need to offer competitive supply chain and delivery services.
The future of TMS systems is not only to monitor service in real-time, but to properly audit the carrier’s invoice through settlement.
Here is what you need to know about pushback from IT when proposing a TMS implementation.
Yard management systems (YMS) can boost driver efficiency, cut detention costs, and bring visibility to this link in the supply chain.
Madrid Maersk, a 20,568 TEU container vessel and the first second generation Triple-E, made its maiden voyage. Its first call was the Port of Tianjin in China.
The strict regulations governing DG/hazmat shipping are not going away and, in fact, may become even more stringent. Here's how to avoid rejected shipments and manage the process.
Ben E. Keith maximized freight management with help from ArrowStream’s Crossbow technology.
This story looks at several ways in which companies are applying Internet of Things (IoT) technology to supply chain management.
Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton marks a 35-year career anniversary with a look back at how technology changed supply management forever.
Leaders are exploring supply chain efficiencies with tools that enable stability, cost reduction, supply chain agility, product innovation, speed and visibility.
Your next transportation management system will soon serve as your company’s control tower with widespread visibility across all departments in your organization.
Readers pick the song/movie/TV show title that best describes their job.
Rust-Oleum selected Celtic International, Transplace’s intermodal business unit, to provide intermodal and over-the-road transportation services for domestic shipments between its own facilities as well to its retailer customers.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Here's a brief description of the 11 commercial transportation terms that comprise Incoterms 2010.
Despite news reports that globalization is dead, other trends will offset the downward spiral. If we redefine what globalization means, we won’t miss the trend again and be surprised by the results.
Readers share the best part about working in the supply chain.
Profile of Tom Ciepichal, vice president, operational excellence and supply chain, with Dover Energy, a segment of Dover Corporation
Canada and European Union approve CETA; global trade predictions for 2020; air cargo ends 2016 on up note; DHL survey reveals global business priorities for 2017
Classic Distributing increases pick rates by 22% with the Jungheinrich® low-level order picker.
More and more companies are realizing the benefits of fully managing eligible free trade agreements within the Asian region.
As organizations continue to outsource, form partnerships and share data with third parties, a strong vendor risk management program that stays ahead or risks in the information supply chain has to be a top priority.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions automate complex international supply chain sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade, and regulatory compliance activities.
From location to infrastructure and from workforce to technology, Georgia sets the pace in the logistics race.
Use these insights to meet the challenges of global shipment compliance.
The shared economy leverages shared access to goods and services to allow suppliers and consumers to redistribute and reuse excess capacity. Here's why the 'shareconomy' will be a supply chain game-changer and how professionals can begin moving in that direction.
Selecting effective weighing systems can boost supply chain operations. Time to weigh in on the latest developments and what supply chain professionals should look for in weighing technology.
Amazon’s patent to parachute packages sends Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo on a trip down memory lane to an article he wrote 14 years ago predicting such an event.
IL readers reimagine Mount Rushmore with transportation and logistics visionaries.
A YMS can provide significant benefits to your operation. Use these pointers to help select the right YMS.
Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Profile of Jonathan Parks, VP, global logistics and distribution, with Rent-A-Center
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.
While the rewards of global operations are substantial, so are the risks. Compliance failures delay shipments, disrupt operations, and negatively impact your bottom line. These five tips will help you mitigate risk.
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.
Consolidated procurement offers cost benefits as well as improved efficiency throughout the supply chain. Find out how you can implement this approach and realize its advantages.
Healthful food — organic, vegan, non-GMO, local, sustainably or humanely raised, and allergen free, or any other variety — has captured attention and seen growing demand. Satisfying that demand, however, poses unique supply chain challenges.
Will the coming political change reverse slow economic growth many had anticipated for the next 4 years? Many think so.
Readers reveal the issues that could disrupt the supply chain…as well as their sleep.
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.
Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.
MD Logistics leverages FTZ benefits to provide game changing benefits to its customer base.
Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.
An Industry 4.0-enabled supply chain will collect and analyze data across all machines, yielding faster processes that are more flexible and produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs.
Choosing the right shipping software is critical because it impacts your company’s bottom line. Here are eight steps to take to ensure you choose the right solution for your company’s individual needs.
From a Lean and agile supply chain perspective,an optimally designed supply chain can significantly improve margins,support expansion into new markets,enhance the customer experience,and reduce operating costs.
Use this advice to get the most out of your big data.
Suppliers have to be lean, fast, and innovative to meet their clients’ needs. To ensure they’re capable of being exactly that, OEMs need to bring in expertise across the whole business to ensure they get a strategic supply chain partner.
Shippers need to understand the claims process and law since the legal principles are unique to the shipping industry.
As Americans’ fondness for trucks and automobiles has grown, the specialized parts market represents the fastest growing subset of the automotive aftermarket. The emerging specialized parts sector of the automotive supply chain is vast and complex and requires skilled management.
How powersports manufacturer Monster Moto worked with UPS to redesign its supply chain as it moved its product assembly from China to the U.S.
Inland ports provide shippers with new global trade strategies and relief from capacity issues facing North America’s deepwater container ports.
The logistics of trade between the United States and Mexico has changed significantly in the 20-plus years since NAFTA was enacted. There are still issues, most notably border delays and an imbalance of goods flowing north and south, but there are bright spots supported by an influx of foreign direct investment in Mexico, too.
Each year, 30 Major League Baseball teams travel for spring training and dozens of road games in a complex logistics web that's all the more incredible for its anonymity. When you're carrying all the bats, the game can't start until the truck arrives.
While the regulations that govern the movement of goods across borders can (and do) fill volumes, some are of particular importance right now. These include changes to the Harmonized System, revisions to the regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous waste, guidance on voluntary self-disclosures, mandates regarding electronic logging devices, and modifications to Cuba sanctions. This article provides an overview.
How prepared are companies for supply chain disruptions such as fire, a data breach, natural disaster or terrorism? Not as prepared as you’d think, considering what’s at stake.
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.
Companies that have reverse logistics processes and systems in place to capture all the value possible can beat competitors coming and going.
As wearable technologies, such as smart glasses and augmented reality, grow less expensive and more accessible, an increasing number of companies are exploring whether wearables could benefit their warehouse operation.
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.
Readers reveal the issues that could disrupt the supply chain…as well as their sleep.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers need to ensure safe handling procedures are in place to protect the food they handle.
Profile of Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services in Woodbury, Minn.
Profile of Joanne Wright, Vice President of Supply Chain, IBM
By managing inbound freight spend, shippers can decouple transportation costs from suppliers’ product charges and gain visibility to the lanes, volumes and synergistic opportunities that exist within their outbound network.
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.
Rickenbacker International Airport offers fast, efficient operations.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
From item-level inventory data and GPS to condition monitoring and signals from social media, new data sources are augmenting available supply chain data. Find out how to extract value from this influx of information.
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.
How will blockchain technology impact the future of the supply chain?
Readers choose between cost and customer service as the most important selection criterion for a carrier or supplier.
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.
DHL survey gives insight into international trade; Trade growth expected between Canada and United States; Hanjin Shipping shuts down operations in Europe
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security revised almost every section of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) on Sept. 20, 2016. Here’s what shippers need to know.
The Internet of Things is about to shake up the supply chain. Shippers need to develop mid- and long-term IoT strategies.
Working with a single-source third-party logistics provider offers many benefits. Here are tips for choosing a partner with capabilities that fit your company’s needs.
The demand chain model drastically reduces a distribution center’s footprint and associated costs by replacing safety stock with information.
Retailers need to come together in support of the trade agreement that will ultimately improve the industry for all. Here are three reasons why they should stand behind the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Some recent experiences provide hope that smart, dedicated and hardworking young professionals will fill the logistics talent gap.
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
It is never too late to improve your safety operations. The changes you make today will reduce your liability exposure for an accident that happens tomorrow.
As professionals who understand the entire process of manufacturing, shipping, and marketing products, and who recognize that suppliers can be closely aligned with the company’s goals and objectives, chief procurement officers help define a company’s competitive advantage.
Deploying a cloud-based shipment execution system can promote a healthier ecosystem within the company, reduce costs, and pay big dividends via customer satisfaction.
To cost-effectively leverage an omni-channel strategy, it is vital to proactively plan for returns and align your operations accordingly.
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
As consumers expect increasingly shorter delivery windows, last-mile proximity isn’t just nice to have, it’s a must-have. Will O’Shea of XPO Logistics’ offers these tips to leverage the last mile into a competitive differentiator.
Despite Lean traditionally being thought of as a “pen and pencil” technique, it is in fact a key enabler of a lean supply chain linking lean thinking with available and affordable systems and technologies to get the most out of improved processes.
Profile of Rogerio Branco, senior vice president, supply chain management, with Eaton.
The challenge for shippers considering a new logistics provider is understanding how to evaluate the overall potential of the relationship. Use these key items to ensure success.
Readers weigh in and give the 411 on “4PL.”
The benefits of a multi-tenant software platform are immense. Chris Johnson of LeanLogistics outlines the four areas of value with multi-tenant technology.
Rick Erickson of U.S. Bank explains how to deal with increasing regulations, demand volatility, and shifting global trade currents.
Profile of Doug Waggoner, CEO and chairman, Echo Global Logistics
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
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.
Throughout the United States, a variety of cities and areas are arising as major logistics hubs and go to sites for distribution centers.
Retirees from the transportation business find a second career through agent programs with companies such as Bulk Connection.
Border discussions may be politically incorrect but they are necessary.
Freight remains a key component of most companies’ transportation expense. Along with ensuring the freight bills are accurate and reflect contracted terms—a key capability—freight payment and audit firms can add even greater value.
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 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
When a company initiates a nearshoring program, it is critical to have a partnership with a transportation and logistics company that understands the dynamics of logistics in that country.
Complying with big-box retailer requirements isn’t always easy, but it pays off in the result of a cohesive 3PL team, satisfied employees and continued business.
Supply chain planning systems can greatly benefit from combining artificial intelligence techniques so they become more intelligent, dynamic, and user-friendly.
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.
This story provides a look at what it takes, logistically speaking, to stage various kinds of live entertainment events.
On the water and in the air, by road and by rail, the Sunshine State stands out as a logistics superstar. But stick around awhile – it’s also a great place to live, work, and to keep your products safe for the long haul.
ElectriCities of North Carolina works with companies closely to make sure they weigh electrical service and costs when planning to expand a site or relocate to a new one. Utilities such as ElectriCities must explore the unique circumstances of each company to help them meet their electrical needs in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible.
A lack of route optimization software led to out-of-control logistics costs for Optimum Dental Studio, so the company turned to Maxoptra to optimize routing to serve dental offices and their patients.
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.
With demand for speed and convenience at an all-time high, companies must streamline and speed up order fulfillment. Technology that allows sales reps and customers to rapidly write orders and submit them almost instantaneously for fulfillment is a major competitive advantage.
Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.
Social media benefits the supply chain industry in many ways. Companies enhance communication with customers, generate demand, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk, increase productivity, and gain marketplace intelligence through social channels.
Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able
Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management
Denied party screening is of critical importance in shipping and international trade, and essential for minimizing business risk today.
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.
If your company’s supply chain isn’t aligned with your overall business competitive strategy, then performance may fall short of expectations, with higher costs, poor execution, and reduced revenue and profits.
Keeping cargo secure requires visibility and the automation technology to enable this view into your shipments. Additionally, immediate access to rapidly changing requirements for import and export activities plays a key role in light of new security concerns.
Outsourcing trade compliance activities does not mean outsourcing trade compliance responsibilities. Here’s how to work with your forwarder to create a ‘win-win’ partnership where compliance is the top goal.
Success in the secondhand phone market requires the ability to spot and adapt quickly to market trends. The right supply chain partners can help maximize earnings and navigate the uncertain terrain ahead.
A company’s ability to efficiently execute a supply chain strategy in today’s environment can be enhanced by logistics outsourcing with a strategic partner.
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.
Freight location and status updates, along with advanced predictive analytics capabilities, are making load tracking a valuable tool for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and carriers
A successful procurement project or event is all about the right preparation.
When you break down big data, new types of data is found that can be used to benefit customers and build a stronger advantage competitively.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.
Importers need to know what they’re doing to ensure goods proceed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as smoothly as possible, including understanding the relevant regulations and ensuring such information as the product descriptions and classifications are complete.
Healthcare organizations are transforming how they source supplies and connect with manufacturers and service providers to meet emerging patient demands, address healthcare legislation, support an overall focus on improving patient care, and lower healthcare costs.
This story examines the secrets behind a successful shipper-3PL relationship, as seen through the eyes of four pairs of successful business partners.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
A new app helped a coffee merchant digitally transformed its retail sales and distribution processes.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Readers weigh in on the characteristics of a great supply chain.
When used effectively, data can help retailers improve customer service, website experience, and overall supply chain and shipping processes.
Profile of Kendra Austin, Director, Supplier Diversity, Express Scripts
Annual report ranks fashion brands by supply chain transparency; Britain’s potential exit from the EU may have unpredictable supply chain impacts
As the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals become more prevalent, the logistics industry will reap the benefits of increased, streamlined trade.
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.
Connected, intelligent, scalable, and rapid, the digital supply network is ready to be deployed today. Companies may hold on to the dying linear supply chain, but they are closing themselves off from a strategy that operates at a lower price point and enables growth.
Whether to help the environment or just to cut costs, companies are making lean and green changes with a major impact.
As the chemical industry continues to grow, shippers and their service partners work hard to keep product moving, trouble-free.
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.
Wholesale distributor Ideal Supply re-routed its delivery network through the cloud with the help of logistics technology provider Descartes.
An instant selling and ordering procedure could be a differentiator for industrial companies looking to boost their customers' industrial buying experience.
A sweating warehouse floor slab is not easily eliminated. Here's how DC occupants and building owners can address this perplexing problem.
U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors must comply with two sets of regulations affecting chemical shipments. Here's how to stay compliant, efficient, and safe.
The migration to web, cloud, and SaaS solutions continues, and it's a good thing for shippers. Here's why you'll love getting ahead in the cloud.
Readers weigh in on the future of drones in last-mile logistics.
Dave Christensen, vice president, supply chain with Glazer’s, Inc., oversees demand planning, replenishment, logistics, and master data management.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Japan earthquakes impact global supply chain; despite economic slowdown, Africa still offers trade opportunities; climate change affects global supply chains
Even though the rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment has had a bevy of delays, quicker and easier data access will benefit government agencies and the trading industry.
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
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.
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
As the demand for supply chain efficiency and speed rises, companies are investing in intermodal rail infrastructure and repairs throughout the United States.
Choosing the right pallet is key to streamlining and improving supply chains.
The reverse logistics hazmat rule became effective immediately upon publication on March 31, 2016, making it critical that retail store owners and distribution managers get up to speed quickly. Here's how.
New technology enables new advances in supply chain security. What will security look like in 2025?
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.
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.
STEM disciplines broaden the field of logistics and industry standards by involving process strategies, planning, implementation tactics, and optimization in supply and demand. This is a fact students are recognizing and capitalizing on.
The anticipated shifts in the European regulatory landscape introduce new tensions along the world’s supply chains. The establishment of cross-functional teams inside a company’s management structure can help an integrated strategy to succeed.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.
To compete in this fast-paced economy, companies must look for every efficiency possible within their supply chain.
To support global initiatives, shippers should consider leveraging a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) TMS with domestic and global functionality.
Operators want their solutions to be collaborative and easily integrated with other systems, and providing visibility in the yard should be easy.
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.
Consider these factors and advice when considering switching software.
Planners use sophisticated supply chain modeling and simulation to gauge the results of decisions before enacting them and to prepare for a range of possible scenarios. The result is better-prepared companies with a more clear view of themselves and their futures.
Inbound Logistics explores the rules and regulations most likely to impact shippers in 2016.
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.
Companies are beginning to understand that they need to develop a labeling strategy to meet all of the challenges of today’s global supply chain. Here's how to implement an enterprise labeling approach.
The uncertainty in today’s global economies has a huge impact on how supply chain professionals manage global supply chains.
Inbound Logistics asks readers what fictional character would make a great logistician.
The solution to understanding the 49 Code of Federal Regulations is to take them step-by-step.
Richard Foley, logistics manager at SDI Technologies, controls and helps reduce chargebacks from customers.
Use these tips to ensure your global shipments are contracted with a cost-effective and reliable provider.
Supply chain sustainability, while good for the environment, can also be good for the bottom line if incorporated into a company’s supply chain strategy.
Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions are evolving to meet the new demands of today’s global shippers and consumers.
The cornerstone of collaborative logistics is timely visibility. Data about orders, inventory, transportation, and spend need to all funnel into a common denominator big data repository and be readily accessible.
This story provides a look at how e-commerce and logistics information technology help small and medium-sized businesses gain advantages that allow them to compete as though they were larger companies.
The use of intermodal transportation by shippers continues to grow. Here’s how shippers use intermodal to cut costs and mitigate risk.
Evolving technologies such as data warehousing, in-memory architecture, and data visualization are helping unlock fleet insights.
To excel in a supply chain management career, students and employees need broad knowledge and skillsets that extend across the entire supply chain function.
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
Military outsourcing is good in concept but often problematic in practice for several reasons discussed in this article. Contracting for services year after year in support of multi-front contingency operations and train and assist missions, all with no clear end-dates in site, has the potential to be harmful to the “profession of arms” (a vocation comprised of experts certified in the ethical application of combat power, serving under civilian authority, entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interests of the American people) and cost more than anticipated. This article will discuss why military outsourcing is currently problematic and explore why the military outsources mission-essential services. A comparison of similar outsourcing incentives associated with both military and manufacturing industrial complexes is discussed, along with some advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing with these sectors. The article concludes with a prediction as to what the primary outsourcing drivers will be for future military and manufacturing outsourcing decisions.
Inbound Logistics predicts the top U.S. ports for business in 2016, based on volumes, efforts to improve infrastructure, and innovation.
What happens when a containership reaches a U.S. port? Inbound Logistics tagged along with French steamship line CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest ocean freight carrier, to find out.
Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
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.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
Inbound Logistics weigh in on whether their customers or their employees are more important to their supply chain business
Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
Logistics has evolved into a strategic business concern, driving enterprises to seek third-party logistics (3PL) providers with multi-modal capabilities for complete end-to-end integration.
Cloud software has many advantages including a fast start up, frequent upgrades, and less overall costs.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
Companies should reevaluate its compliance processes to look at previous set plans and get programs ready for upcoming developments.
It is important to be vigilant about new regulations and interpretations that effect the industry and impacts business.
As a new driver coercion rule goes into effect, the need for communication with drivers is greater than ever.
To help combat counterfeiting, the premium beverage industry is taking advantage of serial numbers on product packages to uniquely identify each product for increased connectivity throughout packaging operations and the supply chain.
Procurement professionals should cultivate and maintain good supplier relationships to ensure profitability.
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.
This story follows a sleeper team for YRC freight as the two drivers make a run of approximately 22 hours from the Chicago area to Denver.
Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
Companies are shipping ever-increasing volumes of small parcels as e-commerce grows. Read about the strategies that shippers and providers are using to offset the higher cost of small parcel delivery.
While a U.S. manufacturing revitalization is happening in some sectors, the chances of a wholesale national shift occurring are more rhetoric than reality in the current market.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
By focusing on the frontline workforce—the biggest component to delivering the perfect order—companies can uncover hidden costs, maximize performance, and manage compliance risk.
The holiday season is well underway, increasing the pressure on companies to address transportation problems and change the outcome before they turn into costly errors.
Companies can support sustainability throughout their supply chains with these approaches.
Given the importance of free trade, it is important to know the positive effects of free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.
The real value of a software partner can be found in the days and weeks that come after the learning phase. Most customers are looking for a positive experience to happen after the purchase.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Three retailers explain how they use logistics and other functions to deliver outstanding customer service.
Take these steps to help accelerate your logistics career.
For quickly measuring freight at the point of pick-up, for reclassifying pallets, and for low-volume operations, mobile dimensioning is a low-cost game-changer.
As the need for the transportation of items with potentially sensitive data increases, companies must assess the data risks and work with an ITAD provider to deliver a secure chain of custody process flow.
Timeliness is top of mind during the holiday season. Here's how analytics can help shippers meet delivery spikes and prepare their supply chains.
Inbound Logistics editor Felecia Stratton discovers that change management is not only a supply chain challenge.
Selecting the right global trade management tool is important when looking to grow your business. Use these tips to select a global trade management tool to elevate your business.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
Keep these trends in mind when selecting an air logistics supplier to find the best solution to suits your needs
For any United States-based company interested in expanding its retail logistics operations outside of the country, Asia Pacific may be the most ideal location.
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.
Readers weigh in on this month's question: What's the difference between logistics and supply chain?
In order to create a consistent end-to-end logistics system, shippers need to connect the technological dots. Find out how.
Inbound Logistics dredges up data on the leading U.S. container hubs.
Waiting until next week, next month, or next year to address your company’s supply chain vulnerability is a serious mistake, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Use these tips to prepare for potential supply chain disruptions.
EM Cosmetics brings its products to the global market through the use of international shipping and package consolidator MyUS.com.
Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.
Today, millennial and Generation Y candidates who have a supply chain degree or education can immediately fill a gap that previously took a senior person. But that's only part of the solution.
How will XPO’s blockbuster acquisition of Con-way impact the transportation, logistics and supply chain sector?
Active participation in a professional association helps advance career growth and offers continuous learning.
Intelligent transportation technology provides new sources of competitive advantage through complete supply chain visibility.
Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics are necessary to contribute to an organization’s goal of improved and more informed decision-making.
In the past 20 years, companies have experienced a profound shift, and have dramatically increased their spending on external suppliers. This places the supply management function in the spotlight as a key driver of profitability. The better supply management teams are at selecting, overseeing, and collaborating with these partners, the stronger their organizations will be.
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.
When every dollar counts, along with every mile, shippers need to know which carriers are keeping them on a course to profitability. That’s why carrier metrics are so important.
Inbound Logistics exclusive trucking market research report delivers shipper and motor carrier insights into trucking challenges and trends.
Temporary bills and lack of investment threaten the future of U.S. roads, bridges, tunnel, and rail infrastructure.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
An on-board video solution helps fleet managers review driver performance and improve fleet safety.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
No matter how thoroughly safety training requirements are followed, there are still likely to be gaps in your company’s loading dock safety efforts. Use these tips to better shape safety training plans.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
Companies searching for the just the right spot to locate their manufacturing plants, warehouses, and other facilities rank energy high on the list of their priorities. This article explore the sites that rise to the top of the list.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) can provide analytics that enable companies to more accurately predict ship arrival times.
The third-party logistics (3PL) segment evolved from shippers driving the process based on their needs, to collaboratively working together to create new solutions and change business operations.
Today's cloud-based inspection systems improve productivity by simplifying the traditional inspection method and compiling important data to be accessed at any time and anyplace.
The right 3PL partner can help to even the playing field between SMBs and their larger big box competitors.
If you are driving through Nevada and see a truck driver reading a book…don’t freak out.
Getting your company’s green initiatives off the ground isn’t always easy, but these five tips will help your program grow.
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.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
To deliver more information to the fans, the NFL turned to a logistics technology provider for help.
Online shopping has vastly changed the competitive nature of the retail market.
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.
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.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
Tired of being forced off the track, Class I Railroads are taking a stand in court over track-sharing privileges with Amtrak.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Lauren Corbett, program assistant, acquisitions and logistics at International Relief and Development, secures donated supplies, and makes sure they get to people in need.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
Retailers need new technologies and capabilities to operate in a new omni-channel world.
Increases in public and private aircraft demand have aerospace supply chain stakeholders changing the way they get things done.
Carriers need to be ready to keep freight moving no matter what gets in the way.
Managers must carefully consider all factors of their operation before selecting a new bar-coding system.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
As e-commerce and ominchannel raise expectations, and consumers become more impatient, supply chain practitioners turn to technology to help them perform.
To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.
A good reverse logistics program saves retailers money, makes customers happy, and serves as a competitive advantage.
Crossdocking reduces inventory costs and improves delivery times by eliminating intermediate warehousing activity.
A successful supply chain team needs just the right mix of talent, skills, and personalities, not to mention a clear mission, the freedom to pursue it, and the structure to succeed.
After struggling with outdated software that could not keep pace with increased sales, EAM-Mosca found a solution to streamline shipments.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
The best way shippers and consignees can accommodate speed and reliability is to practice demand-driven logistics.
Cargo theft in the United States results in billions of lost dollars. Taking proper precautions can help minimize theft and secure the supply chain.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill.
The logistics of shipping alcoholic beverages is complex and fraught with challenges. Strategic thinking and supply chain flexibility are keys to success.
Logistics and transportation companies are finding the flaw in the BYOD movement.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
An accurate assessment of real-time ground conditions allows dispatch and operations centers to proactively identify problems and adjust routes, thereby improving efficiencies and keeping drivers safe.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Yard management systems provide visibility into yard operations. Here is advice for choosing the right YMS provider and solution to meet your unique needs.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Pilot program uses drones to deliver time-sensitive goods; Canadian government lines up two new bilateral trade agreements; Labor rights causing supply chain disruption; Using social media to understand carrier usage.
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
New technologies simplify hazmat transport regulations to help shippers avoid costly fines and suspended operations.
Global Trade Management Systems (GTM) can help automate and optimize international supply chains. Here’s some advice for successful implementation.
Kevin Hickey, Vice President, North American Customer Service for Maersk Line outlines the benefits of performance metrics, and the impact they have on carrier relationships and ongoing improvements.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
Using the spot market correctly can reduce backlogs of shipping and keep costs under control.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Considering six key factors allows purchasing managers to make timed purchasing decisions.
Before negotiating rail rates, gain a thorough understanding of your rail freight needs and the current market.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
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.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
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.
Fleet managers increasingly rely on electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to manage fleet data.
Before choosing enterprise solutions, companies should conduct intensive requirements research.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Incoterms simplify international purchase-sales contracts. Here are tips for applying them correctly.
Site selection teams get help from energy providers looking to boost local economic development.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
Reverse logistics solutions can improve the bottom line, and reduce potential regulatory liabilities.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
New supply chain and logistics books help logistics professionals thaw out their skills after a brutal winter.
An integrated warehouse management system improves data flow, efficiency, and accuracy, reducing operational costs.
Managing loss and damage claims can be challenging for shippers. Claims processing providers can facilitate and educate.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Create your WMS RFP with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of potential suppliers.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
Before adding an ERP system, enlist a cross-functional team, assess operational needs, and revise business processes.
Retailers can identify and eliminate waste from their retail strategy, merchandise management, and store operations.
Pepsi Logistics Company Inc. automates the creation and delivery of carrier and shipper invoices.
Technology trends are transforming the logistics sector, improving safety, efficiency, and competitiveness.
Avoid common inventory issues: inaccurate inventory counts, costly end-of-year write-offs, and lost inventory.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Logistics managers support inbound supply chains by informing company leaders about the effect of vendor non-compliance.
Hub-and-spoke transportation models maximize cargo shipping efficiency, delivering better visibility and cost savings.
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
Track sensors monitor rails for signs of buckling or breakage, improving rail freight safety.
Many companies use social media to improve supply chain operations by connecting shippers and service providers.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Equip employees with the most efficient tools, such as computers, software, and Internet service, to boost productivity.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
Top 100 Logistics IT Providers can equip you with the tools to meet your company's unique supply chain challenges.
Mobile technologies are helping secure and more effectively manage the supply chain.
Freight payment services allow shippers to pay all their freight transactions and get full visibility into the process.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Companies that effectively integrate trade agreements will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Before choosing a bar-code scanning system, consider your facility’s needs and current bar-code technology.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Developing a business system based on operational analytics requires a focus on decision-making and a clear plan.
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.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Successful software projects require thoughtful planning, the right partners, and flexibility.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
These five components are key for companies who want to streamline their international supply chain.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Leveraging data analysis and technology integration can generate powerful insights to transform today’s supply chains.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
2014 may be a year of uncertainty, but inbound logistics best practices can help improve supply chain operations, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton shares highlights from the January 2014 issue.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
Mobile technology offers flexible, affordable solutions for supply chain operations.
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
Geodis Wilson helps integrated design technology company Dana Innovations expand its international supply chain.
The Panama Canal expansion, opening in 2015, may alter shippers' sourcing and routing decisions.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Companies must identify and eliminate overspending on supply chain IT solutions to free up capital for new projects.
Flexible tanks turn dry vans into bulk liquid transportation, creating capacity and increasing backhaul opportunities.
Positioning product packaging downstream in the supply chain offers food manufacturers varied selling opportunities.
Cloud-based predictive analytics increasingly available to more companies of all sizes; RFID market set for robust growth by 2020; supply chain risk mitigation should be priority for all companies; key trends driving change for enterprises and government in 2014
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Expedited shipping modes are a crucial part of shippers’ planned transportation strategies.
A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals.
Regulatory compliance is top supply chain challenge for healthcare executives; Ohio’s transportation funding plan pays dividends with bridge repair program; GM saves $40 million a year by co-locating stamping and assembly facilities; Collaboration is the key to sustained procurement savings; U.S. domestic intermodal surpasses international as growth driver.
Automating office functions, shipment tracking, and data exchange can help companies cut costs and improve customer service.
Planning for peak returns season can minimize processing costs and maximize recovery values of returned inventory.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
A resource for information on steamship line service offerings, capabilities, and new developments.
Automating supplier payments through commercial cards helps companies facilitate their payment process.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Technology such as onboard recording devices help trucking companies gain insight and cut costs.
Shipper and motor carrier responses to Inbound Logistics’ market research survey indicate trucking trends.
Cloud computing offers democracy to logistics and transportation providers, putting small and mid-sized providers on the same playing field as large global companies.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
Increasing product traceability requirements are making bar codes an essential part of many supply chains.
From retailers to OEMs, companies track parts and finished goods to drive supply chain visibility and flexibility.
When choosing a drayage provider, look for on-time delivery history, shipment data availability, and specializations.
GPS tracking devices give shippers shipment visibility, even when cargo is in the air.
Sharpen your skills with these books covering supply chain and logistics topics.
Companies can use the visibility big data provides to improve supply chain processes and meet organizational goals.
Leveraging transportation management system (TMS) capabilities help shippers make better real-time carrier decisions.
Collaborating with a global logistics provider helps small and medium-sized businesses ensure regulatory compliance.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can consolidate freight from multiple companies shipping to the same destination.
Trading partners share sales and inventory data to support mutual benefits such as optimized inventory and productivity.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.
A business-to-employee communications model improves employee productivity through mobile technology and applications.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
As consumers embrace bargain hunting, off-price apparel retailers reinvent their supply chains to meet demand.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
U.S. manufacturing renaissance reflects a supply chain shift not a seismic one; Food supply chain adapts to growing ethnic diversity and changing consumer tastes; 3PL relationship key to competitive advantage; Shippers face tough operating environment; Midwest floods present new challenges for inland waterway shippers; ATA debuts new program to groom a new generation of trucking leaders
Beer distributor Crescent Crown’s new appointment scheduling system gives it control over when trucks arrive at its DC.
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
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.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
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.
Business intelligence tools support supply chain management by helping logistics professionals derive meaning from the data collected by logistics technology solutions.
Maximizing truck utilization, managing Hours of Service regulations, and finding enough drivers pose major challenges for trucking companies, says Scott Vanselous of TMW Systems.
Best practices for transportation management dictate that shippers contact all their carriers and ask for accurate rates per mile for multiple lanes before performing an optimization, says Nick Carretta of Ultra Logistics
Transportation management systems (TMS) have evolved to serve shipper needs, but few options exist for mid-size shippers. New offerings for this market balance ease of use, rapid implementation, and big return on investment, says Mitch Weseley of 3Gtms.
Gathering transport spend data during the freight payment process, then marrying it with transportation management system data, arms shippers with valuable information for monitoring transportation key performance indicators (KPIs), says Shannon Vaillancourt of RateLinx.
Global customs agencies and trade regulations require shippers to obtain and communicate more shipment data. Technology tools help shippers manage and exchange shipment information, says Tracey Leonard of Choice Logistics.
Companies shipping high-tech electronics face unique challenges requiring specialized best practices.
Mobile communications tools track supply chain data such as shipment status, warehouse worker performance, truck location, and driver safety.
By switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar cut both carbon emissions and costs.
Lars Kloch of SBS Worldwide, looks at the impact of slow steaming containerships on supply chain reliability, speed, and transport costs.
Logistics technology provides global supply chain managers with tools that help improve logistics operations. This market research survey and list of leading supply chain technology companies directs logistics professionals to the top software tools for their sector.
Import compliance programs facilitate restricted parties screening, recordkeeping, monitoring, review, and audit processes. A quality import compliance solution by a reputable logistics technology provider can help, says Jim Preuninger of Amber Road.
Today's IT trends -- big data, cloud computing, integration, and visibility -- let business logistics managers harness technology in countless ways to find greater efficiency and economy.
E-commerce presents retailers with challenges and opportunities; Food regulation top of mind for 3PLs and shippers; Daktronics’ lean machine keeps production at home; Nike partners with Bluesign Technologies to facilitate sustainable sourcing program among supply chain partners.
Stephanie Miles of Amber Road offers advice on how shippers can manage the growing complexity of international supply chains and their associated increasing transportation costs.
By reviewing shipment history, carrier assignments, and freight invoices, a benchmark study will accurately reveal your company’s transportation costs, writes Mike Challman, VP of North American Operations, ChemLogix.
Global trade management software offers greater shipment visibility and control, eases the pain of border-crossing compliance, and streamlines financial transactions—all from your browser.
Sporting goods manufacturers and retailers must manage seasonal peaks to avoid stockouts and meet online customers’ demand for prompt delivery. Supply chain technology helps provide visibility and track items during product recalls.
Plan for seasonal peaks by securing efficient labor, sufficient warehouse space, and reliable carriers.
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
With the right investments in technology, 3PLs can make their business more attractive to current and potential clients by offering additional value-added services, superior inventory control, and overall cost reduction, writes Chuck Fuerst of HighJump Software.
Benetton follows apparel trend and detoxes supply chain; Apple CEO Tim Cook proves demand forecasting is best left to experts; Wisconsin public-private partnerships invest in rail; Amazon and Texas settle sales tax dispute, move forward; The Alaskan Brewing Company uses spent grain as new energy source.