Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
By switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar cut both carbon emissions and costs.
One roadblock to quickness and precision is a lack of visibility. To overcome this challenge, businesses are leveraging data analytics powered by the right technology.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
Supply chain leaders discuss whether they expect a resurgence in reshoring to the United States.
Interest in reshoring is accelerating, according to Thomas research. Here are three under-reported trends that will help manufacturers speed up their reshoring efforts.
Taking on building materials and labor shortages, these startups are demolishing inefficiencies and constructing platforms—both steel and electronic.
After COVID-19 disrupted Chinese-made supplies of personal protective equipment, reliance on Chinese suppliers was portrayed as a weakness. It's time for companies with suppliers in China to evaluate whether to reshore or nearshore parts of their supply chains. Here are four key points to consider.
Looking to streamline load building, True Manufacturing turned to MagicLogic Optimization and integrated Cube-IQ, a software solution that optimizes load planning. The result was reduced work hours and increased efficiency.
Despite continued impacts across industries, approximately 91% of manufacturers believe that North American manufacturing can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by Thomas Insights.
Shipping volumes demonstrate the resilience of companies and their ability to produce essential products during disruption, and highlight the important role transportation plays
Take a look at notable good works, green projects, acquisitions, and more from February 2020.
Climate change is influencing how consumers decide to purchase products and choose partnerships. How can supply chain leaders incorporate green practices while maintaining profit margins?
Companies and consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and shifting from a traditional linear supply chain to a circular one. By reducing the demand for manufactured products, we can reduce the toxicity and volume of waste that end up in landfills.
New and notable events in the supply chain
What's ahead for global manufacturing? Here's what what Manufacturing Insights predicts for the years ahead.
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.
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.
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.
Applying gig economy principles and predictive analytics capabilities can efficiently and effectively fill manufacturing workforce gaps.
Inbound Logistics’ annual G75 features a carefully curated list of 75 logistics companies that go above and beyond to maintain sustainable, eco-friendly supply chains and operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now more than ever healthcare supply chains are key differentiators for best-in-class manufacturers.
What do new buying trends mean for those providing logistics solutions to you, especially if your logistics partners are not market monsters?
Developing greener and more sustainable supply chains reduces the legal, financial, and reputational risks to which most companies are exposed, and has a positive impact on the bottom line.
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.
E-commerce impacts not only consumer supply chains, but business to business supply chains as well.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
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.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
Warehouse owners, operators, and facility managers can reap operational savings by looking up: at warehouse lighting. Switching to LED solutions cuts more than costs.
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.
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.
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
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
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.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
Whether to help the environment or just to cut costs, companies are making lean and green changes with a major impact.
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.
An instant selling and ordering procedure could be a differentiator for industrial companies looking to boost their customers' industrial buying experience.
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.
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.
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
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.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
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.
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.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
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.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
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.
Sustainability and cost savings are driving shippers to reduce packaging waste.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
Getting your company’s green initiatives off the ground isn’t always easy, but these five tips will help your program grow.
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.
These seven non-traditional forms of waste can have a direct impact on your bottom line.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
When Ocean Spray wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, they found the answers they were looking for from an MBA student.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
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.
Here are 10 common packaging errors and how to overcome them.
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.
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.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
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.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
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.
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
Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
New federal emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks may prompt fleet operators to invest in new equipment.
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.
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
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Hunter Harrison documents the culture change that has contributed to Canadian Pacific’s rail renaissance; Global companies more concerned about climate risk than emissions reductions; Deadline for new ISO17712:2013 high-security seal standards is fast approaching; Lack of collaboration between supply chain and finance hurts the bottom line
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
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.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
Aviation climate emissions agreement signals major progress; Latin American economic growth expected to accelerate despite hinterland connectivity issues; IMO’s container weight verification amendment irks some shipper advocates; Rolls-Royce developing hybrid wind-powered ship; Spain and Portugal seek rail freight harmonies
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.
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
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.
Trends could transform logistics operations, particularly in emerging markets, creating more sustainable supply chains.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
Natural gas fuel can help the trucking industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if gas leaks are minimized.
Demand-driven logistics practices are a perfect focal point to integrate green strategies with Lean methodologies.
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
Sustainability best practices are integral to Walmart's supply chain operations.
Inbound Logistics' 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) highlights sustainability leaders in the logistics and transportation sector.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
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.
Directing motor carriers to more fuel-efficient decisions drives Jason Mathers, senior manager, corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund.
While it promises supply chain sustainability gains, using compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel requires multi-step capital and operating considerations, writes Casey Whelan of U.S. Energy Services.
An average distribution center generates or handles anywhere from 100 to 1,000 tons of solid waste each year that could be reduced, reused, or recycled. Emily P. Davis of Exel/DHL Supply Chain Americas outlines five keys for helping waste management and other sustainability programs succeed.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
Production logistics can increase an operation’s efficiencies and save companies money by creating the right blend of technology, equipment, and disciplined processes to ensure materials get where the are needed to keep production flowing, writes Tom Stricker of HK Logistics.
By collaboratively engaging with their supplier networks, companies can mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and improve supplier relationships while achieving greater efficiency and cost reductions, writes Gary Hanifan of Accenture.
Many companies are considering ways to improve fleet fuel efficiency and establish sustainability standards they can measure, then improve upon.
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.
Protective reusable dunnage can take the place of single- or limited-use corrugated or wood filler to move pallets and products securely in an environmentally conscious manner, writes Paul Fitzgerald of Paylode Cargo Protection Systems.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturers face special supply chain challenges such as temperature control, security, chain of custody, and regulatory compliance, but successful strategies help deal with these issues.
Product lifecycle assessment (LCA) can reveal opportunities to cut costs, gain efficiencies, and improve sustainability and carbon footprint, writes Sara Pax, Bluehorse Associates.
Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles have gained visibility as leading-edge companies are transitioning to fleets that use this alternative fuel source, writes Cliff Otto, Saddle Creek.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
Fueled by cost reductions and efficiency gains, supply chain sustainability initiatives retain their heat.
Achieving LEED certification begins with choosing energy-efficient lighting, using space to promote energy savings, and building with sustainable and recycled materials. Thomas Taylor of Vertegy offers more tips for getting your building LEED certified.
Many shippers are looking to replace fossil-fuel based packaging materials with something more sustainable. But they must do their homework to find the best – and greenest – fit.
Risk management top priority for consumer companies; North Carolina Global Logistics Center brings together four community colleges in Piedmont Triad; Nissan develops green ship to transport electric cars; Defense Logistics Agency explores use of DNA technology to combat counterfeit parts; Deutsche Post DHL looks into the future of the global supply chain
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
While some organizations and industries may have operations that naturally lend themselves to sustainability efforts, all companies should be empowered to review their shipping and supply chain operations through the lens of sustainability.
Optimizing packaging, streamlining transportation, and maximizing space usage are among the ways businesses can boost their supply chain sustainability, writes Alan Amling of UPS.
Shifting perspectives on supply chain management, coupled with the realities of total landed cost, are driving manufacturers to weigh the benefits of flinging production operations in China back to the United States.
Shipping and logistics professionals facing stricter emissions regulations and rising diesel prices will have an opportunity to take control of their fleets and realize the fuel and cost savings selective catalytic reduction brings, writes Chad Dombroski of Yara North America.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton questions whether the green consumer phenomenon is a fad – and what it means for supply chain and logistics sustainability initiatives.
Green reverse logistics strategies to reuse, refurbish, and recycle products and raw materials not only benefit the environment, but also save money and increase profits.
When looking for environmental sustainability solutions, which ground transport mode -- truck or rail -- is greener?
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo examines a trend in moving manufacturing from China back to the United States.
The wind power industry blows gusts of opportunity for project sites, equipment manufacturers, and specialty transportation providers.
Businesses worldwide need to take collective and collaborative responsibility for making supply chain sustainability a reality.
Sustainability efforts can help companies grow more efficient supply chains.
Industrial property developers are cultivating greener distribution facilities and nurturing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards compliance. The bounty? A harvest of benefits for their tenants.
For shipping and receiving, there are three types of pallet programs: single-use or one-way, extended-use or buy/sell, and leasing or rental. Hillary Femal of IFCO Systems describes the uses and benefits of each type.
Heineken implements inland barge distribution in Europe; CMA CGM, MSC, and Maersk Line partner to fight piracy; PepsiCo UK and Ireland help farm suppliers cut carbon emissions and water usage; New Dubai Logistics Corridor facilitates UAE trade; Japanese economy shows signs of rebound; Taiwan launches project to improve logistics performance.
Is there a war on trucking? CSA 2010, cap and trade, and Hours of Service changes are challenging the ability of truckers to operate profitably in America, says Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo
Mexico Taxes U.S. Imports, Audi's carbon friendly cars and carbon friendly transportation, Australia labors over transportation expansion, UPS opens health care logistics hubs in Singapore and China, U.S. football imports from China
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
Serious challenges balance the benefits of embracing sustainability efforts, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Government, industry, and consumers are creating new standards for supply chain sustainability excellence.
Investing in automated storage and retrieval systems and WMS helps warehouses grow greener and reap financial benefits.
Patagonia and Walmart grow green together; 3PLs make sustainability a priority
Fuel-optimized forklifts? Check. Energy-efficient light bulbs? Check. Here's your cheat-sheet for warehouse sustainability efforts, courtesy of Rajiv Saxena of APL Logistics.
Green packaging strategies can reduce cargo emissions, conserve resources, cut transport costs, and enhance your brand's reputation; Bill Armstrong of Sealed Air Corporation and Arnold Barlow of UPS explain how to apply them.
Companies that combine the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with the supply chain wisdom of managing costs and stamping out inefficiencies are developing reverse supply chains that help the Earth, the customer, and the bottom line.
Manufacturing's traditional selling processes are broken. Our next chapter requires a savvy digital approach backed by a deep understanding of buyer expectations.
Despite the distractions posed by the pandemic, many companies continue to improve sustainability in their supply chains. This story looks at some of those initiatives.
Profile of Marc Hansult, co-founder and co-chief executive officer with DRTR (Do The Right Thing) Apparel.
Puerto Rico is a sometimes overlooked domestic market for U.S. manufacturers. But a “Made in America” initiative, a highly skilled workforce, and transshipment capabilities are beckoning shippers to the island.
Companies must expand their focus beyond direct costs and simplistic service metrics and take a broader view to understand the sustainability and risk considerations in their network. If done properly, the following changes can promote a healthier planet and bottom line.
True digital transformation requires the ability to think beyond the next load or the next order to find new and enduring ways to match fluctuating demand with capacity and connect relevant industry partners in efficient ways.
A profile of Tonya Jackson, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Lexmark, a creator of imaging solutions and technologies.
Wallaroo Hat Company co-founder Stephanie Carter applies her entrepreneurial spirit to tackling outsourcing, tariffs, and pandemic challenges, and to pursuing new ventures, such as a nonprofit that assists women and girls in Cameroon.
By weeding out detention costs, trimming inefficiencies, and seeding visibility and productivity, yard management systems (YMS) can fertilize your supply chain.
The latest COVID-19 Manufacturing Survey from Thomas Insights illuminates emerging trends in reshoring, labor, and technology, and reveals a positive outlook for the future of manufacturing.
Manufacturers have been outsourcing noncore production processes for decades, and the trend continues. The key to successful outsourcing is assuring the 3PL value-added assembler (VAA) has a quality management system.
Chosen by Inbound Logistics editors, these 75 green companies are dedicated to implementing best practices that make global supply chains more sustainable and their operations more socially and environmentally friendly.
The COVID-19 lockdown has led to a significant drop in energy consumption across gas, oil, and electricity—here's how the renewable energy supply chain segment has responded.
Practical suggestions for making supply chains more environmentally sustainable.
Extreme Networks’ acquisition spree provided the perfect reason to overhaul its supply chain practices and processes.
COVID-19 and its effect on daily life have key fleet operators speculating whether this might be time to reset our approach to transportation fuels. The impact of reduced petroleum fuel use can be quantified by our cleaner air and reduced daily traffic congestion, making this a favorable time to consider cleaner fueling alternatives.
Accepting credit cards can be a major differentiator for businesses, enabling customers to pay however is most convenient for them. To balance this need with the necessity of maintaining margins, consider credit card surcharging.
Stephanie Benedetto, co-founder and CEO of Queen of Raw, created a blockchain-enabled marketplace for unused materials that empowers people, fosters profit, and protects the planet.
Relationship contracts can benefit distribution in many different industry sectors—these five steps can help you put one into action.
Staying connected with your team, remaining productive, and sticking to a schedule can go a long way when working from home. Here are six ways to stay sane when working remotely during an emergency like COVID-19.
Manufacturers with primary and sub-tier suppliers near Wuhan, China, can use these five guidelines to plan ahead for any COVID-19 impact.
Read how Suddath secured a long-term partnership with medical device manufacturer after managing its overflow product through warehouse management and value-added services.
One-third of online shoppers buying health and beauty products are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly packaging.
Reusable packaging supports a circular economy. It can be manufactured, used, reused, and reprocessed without impacting the solid waste stream—a huge benefit, considering limited- and one-time-use packaging contributes to the waste crisis.
New and notable events in the supply chain
If they want to succeed, smart brands need to recognize the consequences of getting sustainability wrong. The future is in more eco-friendly practices, not just because customers demand them, but because it is the right thing to do for the planet.
For global brands that source raw materials, move products through global supply chains across borders and ultimately deliver a product or experience to a customer, understanding the impact of a supply chain is incredibly valuable.
Visibility to actions and status at the loading dock can be challenging, but providing that visibility, such as through the Kelley Digital Master Control Panel, can create powerful advantages to maximizing throughput.
Three steps manufacturing and logistics employers can take to attract the incoming millennial and Gen-Z workforce.
If your company is being pressured to lower supply chain management costs, remain competitive with suppliers and protect your business from fraudsters – it’s time to abandon those eighteenth century paper checks and revolutionize your AP processes by transitioning to electronic payments. Consider it a well-placed investment in the next Revolution.
Manufacturing professionals are among the most aware of industry change due to automation, finds The State of Intelligent Process Automation from Nintex. The survey of manufacturing workers finds that 75 percent don't harbor concern for job security amid the rise of new technologies.
The impact of powerful forces such as digital transformation, Industry 4.0, the current regulatory climate, and automation on U.S. manufacturers is the focus of a new research report from ECi Software Solutions. The findings indicate the role technology is playing in the U.S. manufacturing resurgence.
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Today’s crop of electric bikes and electric trikes can help meet consumer expectations for both speed and sustainability.
In today’s competitive environment, sustainability must improve profitability and reduce risk.
Inbound Logistics’ annual G75 list honors companies that have demonstrated firm commitment to environmental initiatives and policies.
Here are five simple steps shippers can take to reduce the environmental impact of supply chain operations.
U.K. scientists used E. coli to transform plastic waste into vanillin, the molecule responsible for the characteristic smell and taste of vanilla.
With consumers fired up to grill, manufacturers and retailers turn up their range of strategies to smoke the competition.
Fashion designers branch out to plant-based textiles in response to growing demand for sustainable and cruelty-free apparel, and as supply chains seek to lower their carbon footprint.
The bottom line is that U.S. manufacturers and their partners, carriers, and logistics solutions providers will experience a boom with the new crop of EVs and the political machinations that are underway. Get ready if you play in that space or have transportation and logistics partners that do.
From self-driving cars to driving down emissions electric vehicles, this is what's trending in the automotive supply chain.
TForce Worldwide partnered with a large manufacturing client, building a system that met its needs and a unified platform that provides complex data to support better business decisions.
PepsiCo and General Mills plan to reduce their carbon footprint during the next 10 years, following similar initiatives by other food manufacturing giants.
Most supply chain professionals can't stay ahead of their challenges as manufacturing and fulfillment complexities continue to grow. Key issues include integrating software and meeting customer expectations.
Apparel brands and retailers can use the COVID-19 crisis to take stock of existing business models and create more stable and sustainable supply chains for the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the shortcomings of a supply chain that is perhaps too lean. However, to be “lean” doesn’t mean keeping extremely low inventory levels with no coordination or backup plan.
Supply chain leaders pivot their companies in response to anticipated lower volumes of cargo during the COVID-19 outbreak and use innovative solutions to accommodate new delivery options.
When applied to manufacturing, artificial intelligence enables companies to meet sustainability targets: workforce of the future, global operations optimization, and value network orchestration.
Companies looking to make a profound change in their supply chain carbon footprint must make the commitment a top-down directive that encourages the entire enterprise to ask probing questions and actively support efforts to make their supply chain more environmentally friendly.
A series of convergent events are raising national supply chain costs at every touch but investing in processes and people, and aligning with phenomenal logistics partners will offset a good measure of the costs and increase customer satisfaction.
AI’s application in materials inventory and data management will result in systems that are more usable, responsive and capable than ever to support agile supply chains. The emergence of AI is replacing frustration with the ability to leverage data for more strategic, creative opportunities to propel companies forward.
Logistics and supply chain jobs, by the numbers.
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.
With one in every six jobs now tied to manufacturing, American-made products are making a profound comeback in today’s progressive U.S. economy. Known as Industry 4.0, this trending wave of innovative disruptors - 3D printing, robotics, big data, and the Internet of Things - is changing the global supply chain and the world's geo-political view of American manufacturing.
New IDC research provides manufacturers the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers expected to impact future IT investments; new report on fashion industry outlines a human-centered supply chain; in a workforce being transformed by the rise of the gig economy and the restructuring of industries, what attitudes and behaviors do procurement professionals need to sprint up the career ladder
Digital transformation is truly underway in manufacturing. While digital technologies such as cloud, mobile, big data and analytics, and Internet of Things have been industry drivers for years, manufacturers now have high expectations for the business value of technologies that are in earlier stages of adoption.
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.
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E-commerce continues to mow down traditional business practices. To adapt, companies serving manufacturing, industrial, and retail customers are seeding their portfolios with new services, and not letting any grass grow under their feet.
Status quo will not be the norm in 2018 as major and minor changes are brewing in business operations.
Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility.
There’s a lot of interest in the industry right now regarding advanced technologies like blockchain and AI and the benefits they could bring to logistics operations – and with good reason. But, for all the promise these appear to hold, there are proven enhancement-focused tools already available – in particular, scorecards – that supply chain managers should take full advantage right now to ensure optimized performance across all supply chain functions.
As technology and innovation continue to enable new options, supply chains will be sure to keep pace and take us to new heights.
Maturing systems, implementation expertise, and newly enacted tax incentives bode well for significant leaps in supply chain efficiency. Here’s why 2018 will be the year for technology ROI.
Retailers and manufacturers can unlock significant competitive advantage by leveraging consumer insights to make category decisions and create localized merchandising assortments.