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Logistics (73)

Shipping Relationships Critical But At Risk

shipping failureShipping - it's one of the most critical components of the supply chain. And the logistics providers are increasingly feeling their position. With the growth, consolidation, and differentiation going on in the logistics sector there is no lack of attention on companies and their function. In fact, there the definitions are expanding all the time. With logistics providers being the central link in the supply chain, they are increasingly finding themselves in the power position; so much so that suppliers making unreasonable demands may be at risk of losing the service from their chosen logistics provider. Read more...

Courier Ontime Performance

on-time-deliveryThe supply chain would be nothing if products never reached their destinations. But there's a difference between getting product to where it needs to be and getting it there on time. No matter what position your organization holds in the supply chain, timely delivery is a determining factor between success and failure. The key ingredient to staying on top of product delivery is timely and accurate updates. Read more...

SCM Control Tower Team Troubles

a3-52 control towerYou are in the process of staffing your SCM Control Tower. This group will be drawn from different areas of your company (different "silos") and different skill sets (for example, a "hazmat" expert). Is your SCM Control Tower going to be a team building melting pot or a boiling cauldron of dis-function. You could draw the brightest and most hard working employees in and outside of your company; but if they don't get along, it could wreck your business. Read more...

Want to Outsource Warehouse Operations? Make Sure Real-time Data Sharing is Part of the Package

shuttered-warehouseRetailers are shuttering their own warehouse operations in favor of third-party logistics providers. Even grocery chains are turning to third parties; Kroger and Ahold USA are just a few examples of the growing number of grocers handing over operations to 3PLs, according to MWPVL International, a specialized supply chain, logistics and distribution consulting firm. Read more...

What is CargoCap?

CargoCap Kreuzung transparent 460CargoCap is the fifth transportation alternative to the conventional systems of road, rail, air and water. It is a safe and economical way to carry goods quickly and on time in congested urban areas by underground transportation pipelines. Read more...

Robots Are Running The Shipments

shipping robotThink Logistics, a Canadian-based third party provider of supply chain products saw the handwriting on the wall a while back. Its parent company was a successful optical disk manufacturer for years, but as the industry has become heavily focused on digital and downloads, the future of optical became uncertain and it needed to find a way to stay relevant. Read more...

Dropship and the Logistics Provider

dropshippingIn 2012, I wrote about the end delivery process in drop shipping. Next, my target was to walk back up the chain and find a company that was manufacturing something then shipping it. Read more...

Be A Successful Shipper

shipping successTaking some ideas and attitudes that have been around for a while I developed this document for a 3PL logistics provider in Zimbabwe. It really applies to any company who ships or any company who hires a 3PL to ship for them. With everything going on in Supply Chain Management (control towers, etc) and the "Omni-Channel Revolution" underway, we can at least make our shipping process more effective. Read more...

Supply Chain Management And Logistics Risk

disaster planAs supply chains grow in size and importance, your company will need to pay closer attention to production facilities around the world. What if a disaster forced a shut down at a critical plant thousands of miles from your headquarters? Do you have a process in place to deal with it? Read more...

Transportation Management Critical to Supply Chain Success

TMS systemsVigilant management of transportation and finding the most optimal movement for their shipments is something manufacturers and retailers need to think about today more than ever. In order to work with partners to switch away from prepaid to collect freight terms, they must have a process in place to manage these shipments. This generally means investing in a Transportation Management System (TMS), which is used to calculate the scheduled inbound shipments and build out a trailer.

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