3PL Executive Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2013

Talking Logistics

That was the main theme of a panel session I led at last month’s MercuryGate User Conference 2013 , which included the following 3PL executives: Shelli Austin , VP at Integrated Distribution Services (IDS). What is the path to building successful and lasting 3PL-customer relationships?

Logistics Websites 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

The post Logistics Websites 2013 appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Below is a list of useful logistics websites. There is also a list of great logistics blogs and supply chain websites. Logistics Websites. Air Cargo World - aircargoworld.com. Air Cargo – How it Works - air-cargo-how-it-works.blogspot.com/. American Shipper – americanshippers.com. Big Truck TV – bigtrucktv.com. Commercial Carrier Journal – ccjdigital.com.

Takeaways from Shipper-Carrier Roundtable at Momentum 2013

Talking Logistics

At the Manhattan Associates Momentum 2013 conference last month, the answer was a great conversation about transportation trends, challenges, and opportunities. Tweet The post Takeaways from Shipper-Carrier Roundtable at Momentum 2013 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Supply Chain Resilience 2013

SCM Research

In the face of disruptions and volatility, supply chain managers are concerned about resilience, which can be broadly defined as “the ability of a supply chain to cope with change” ( Wieland & Wallenburg, 2013 ). Two recent publications present ways to implement supply chain resilience. First, the Business Continuity Institute has published a report that summarizes the key outcomes of its 4 th Annual Supply Chain Resilience Survey.

Top 10 Talking Logistics Episodes of 2013

Talking Logistics

Tweet The post Top 10 Talking Logistics Episodes of 2013 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. What if there was a talk show focused on supply chain and logistics topics? I asked myself that question a little more than a year ago, which ultimately led me to launch Talking Logistics this past January.

This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Meanwhile, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose two percentage points to 99 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report. There’s lots going on today, so let’s go straight to the news.

This Week in Logistics News (November 4-8, 2013)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter Earnings 2013. NAFTA Trade in August 2013 than in August 2012. JDA is targeting Grocery, Hardline, and Fashion/Apparel retailers with this solution, which will be generally available December 26, 2013. Forget cloud, social, and mobile.

This Week in Logistics News (August 19-23, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Launches 2013 Inventory Optimization Release. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (August 19-23, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (July 22-26, 2013)

Talking Logistics

No time to waste this Friday, so let’s go straight to the news… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Second Quarter 2013 Revenue and Earnings. Ryder Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results.

This Week in Logistics News (May 27-31, 2013)

Talking Logistics

NAFTA Trade in March 2013. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (May 27-31, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. After a cold and wet holiday weekend, summer has arrived with a vengeance, with temperatures in the 90s yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

This Week in Logistics News (October 28-November 1, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Reports 2013 Third-Quarter Results. Con-Way this week reported 2013 third-quarter net income of $30.6 One of my predictions for 2013 was that we would see increased adoption of alternative fuel vehicles.

This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Is it ironic that the U.S. government partially shut down on Tuesday, the same day I was scheduled to give a talk on collaboration ?

This Week in Logistics News (June 24-28, 2013)

Talking Logistics

NAFTA Trade in April 2013. Menlo Worldwide Logistics and Temasek Polytechnic Establish Scholarship Programme, Announce 2013 Winners. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (June 24-28, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Citations of Excellence Awards 2013

SCM Research

A year has passed since and Emerald Management Reviews has now announced the winners of the 2013 Citation of Excellence Awards. Some of you may remember my last year’s post about the 2012 Citations of Excellence Awards. I went through the list of 50 awarded papers and discovered two papers which I think are particularly relevant to our field. First, a paper by Lawson et al.

Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013

SCM Research

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013 , written on behalf of KPMG, is out now. It is based on an international survey of more than 300 senior executives from five industries. The report demonstrates that competitive advantage can be secured by enhancing supply chain networks for efficiency and innovation.

This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013)

Talking Logistics

NAFTA Trade in September 2013 than in September 2012. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Same-day delivery (or is it shipping?) and global trade dominated the news this week, so let’s take a look.

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This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

Talking Logistics

What I found most interesting, however, was this statistic quoted in the press release: “According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, as of January 2013, 31 percent of American adults own a tablet computer , up from 25 percent in August 2012 and four percent in 2010.”

This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Yesterday morning, I stood at my kitchen window and watched leaves fall from the trees.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half Results 2013. industrial economy drove revenue and operating profit below expectations [in Q2 2013],” said the company in the press release. “In

This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Lots of interesting news to discuss today, so let’s go straight to it. Descartes Unveils Same-Day Delivery Optimization Technology.

This Week in Logistics News (August 5-9, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Meanwhile, Con-way Truckload announced that it is investing $2 million “in three state-of-the-art safety technology systems for all of the 525 new tractors it will take delivery of in 2013.” I gotta get packing, so let’s go straight to the news… U.S.

This Week in Logistics News (April 29 – May 3, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Reports 2013 First-Quarter Results. NAFTA trade in February 2013. Cass Freight Index Report – April 2013. million for Q1 2013, compared to $25.6 It’s the beginning of May and the Red Sox have the best record in baseball.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Tuesday night, I went to Staples with my daughter to buy some printer ink.

This Week in Logistics News (April 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

In the meantime… SAP Announces First Quarter 2013 Results. SAP reported that total revenues and net profit increased 7 percent and 17 percent, respectively, in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012.

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SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (2/2)

SCM Research

Three more leading journals of our field have announced the winners of their best paper awards. First, the Decision Sciences Journal has selected the article Managing Differentiation-Integration Duality in Supply Chain Integration by Terjesen, Patel and Sanders for its Best Paper Award for 2012.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 8-12, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Truckload and LTL Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, according to the ATA, “in the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers.”

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

Coincidentally, at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference yesterday, I attended a presentation by Justin Dillon, Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World , a nonprofit group that is “building a coalition of consumers, businesses, and governments to disrupt the system of slavery.”

Top Warehouses in North America 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

The post Top Warehouses in North America 2013 appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…” Sun Tzu. The top warehouses in North America were recently profiled in a great article by the fine folks at Modern Material Handling. Back in 2008, just before the U.S. auto manufacturing market melted down, I was conducting value stream mapping workshops at tier one suppliers (Magna, TRW, Yazaki, Johnson Controls, etc.).

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013

SCM Research

Every year, Emerald invites journal editors “to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year” These papers have now been announced as part of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

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SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (1/2)

SCM Research

This year’s CSCMP Annual Global Conference took place in Denver, Colorado. It has become a good tradition that some of the leading journals of our field announce their best paper awards during the CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference, the academic part of the CSCMP Conference ( see my previous post from Atlanta last year ).

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This Week in Logistics News (October 14-18, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Years from now, when we look back at 2013, we might say this was the year where logistics truly became a strategic weapon for companies. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (October 14-18, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Integrated Supply Chain 2013

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 16-17 October 2013. Integrated Supply Chain. Venue: Park Plaza Victoria, Londen (UK). Organisation: Integrated Supply Chain. URL: [link]. Driving company profitability through collaboration to enhance Supply Chain efficiencies.

This Week in Logistics News (June 3-7, 2013)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s news… UPS Freight Announces 2013 Rate Adjustment. Cass Freight Index Report for May 2013. The rate adjustment will take effect on June 10, 2013, and applies to minimum charge, less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) rates, and accessorial charges.”. In related news, according to the Cass Freight Index Report for May 2013: Freight payments in May were virtually unchanged from April, coming in 2.6 Welcome to June.

Passenger Service Product of the Year 2013

Quintiq

Overcoming complexity in passenger rail planning is not easy. Leading passenger rail companies recognize that yesterday’s scheduling methods no longer meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. That’s why Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) selected Quintiq software to create optimal plans, taking into account constraints, business rules and employee preferences.

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Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link in Your Future?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I finished up a report on supply chain talent. After doing the analysis of the results, I even more firmly believe that supply chain talent is the missing link in the supply chain. In figure 1, I outline the company’s biggest gaps.