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Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

I have long argued that third party logistics providers (3PLs) should set themselves apart from the competition by fully harnessing the power and value of their customer and employee communities. Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation and Logistics.

This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014)

Talking Logistics

We normally do our Talking Logistics episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we have one today at 12 ET with Alaster Love from Transplace, where we are going to discuss “ Big Data and Analytics in Oil and Gas Transportation.” Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way (Reuters).

This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014)

Talking Logistics

For the past year, I’ve been arguing that logistics — and same-day fulfillment, in particular — is becoming a strategic weapon for companies. The new rail service is up to 50 percent faster than ocean freight and up to 70 percent less costly than air freight.

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Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com). I use this example to illustrate the challenges (or, perhaps, the futility) of making supply chain and logistics predictions. For related commentary, see: In Logistics, Somebody Has to Own the Assets.

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The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

About four years ago, UPS launched its “ We Love Logistics ” ad campaign, which helped raise public awareness about the logistics industry (and helped my family and friends better understand what I do for a living). Source: UPS. Source: UPS.

Transportation Logistics

LeanCor

6 Solutions for Your International Transportation Logistics Challenges. While companies may see global sourcing as a means to reduce material or component costs, they must be mindful of what the customer is actually willing to pay for through total landed cost.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. By adopting a logistics efficiency management approach, logistics related costs as a percentage of sales drops to 4% to 7% depending on industry sector.

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy. At LeanCor, we refer to our inbound logistics solutions as lean logistics engineering. With lean inbound logistics processes, y ou can control what parts to receive, when to receive them, and in what quantity.

[Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide

Cerasis

We built one of the first Mobile TMS apps , have the only end-to-end LTL eCommerce Freight shipping applications for B2B shopping carts, continue to innovate on internal systems, and have won several accolades for our digital marketing efforts.

EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths

Cerasis

So, for a direct response marketer, it’s actually more expensive to not have EDI integration, because without it you’re closed off from potential sources of business.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Whether you''re a manufacturing company in China, a sourcing agent in London or a world''s leading company in Silicon Valley, we''re all in a global supply chain networks. However, commonly used KPIs used by supply chain executives are usually focused on logistics performance (e.g.,

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Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

Positive growth in air freight volumes reported recently by IATA (4.5% increase year on year as at January 2014 ) were tempered by a note of caution around the increasing trend towards near-shoring.

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All Signs Point to Mexico Playing a Greater Role in Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

It’s one of the most common questions I get these days from third-party logistics providers (3PLs), especially this time of the year as they’re finalizing their strategies for 2015 and beyond. The study highlights the opportunity for 3PLs this way: The growth of logistics services plays a crucial role in rendering Mexico’s businesses cost competitive as compared with similar ventures globally. Mexico mode…Freight moved by pipeline increased 11.4

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. Cost of inbound logistics is not taken into account.

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. Exhibitors at Multimodal represent every logistics sector – road, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, storage services. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Multimodal 2015. Venue: NEC Birmingham.

How Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

Talking Logistics

Subsequently, LSS projects were developed to address waste in several key areas: contract carrier freight rationalization, ship day alignment, Asia-to-US / Asia-to-Europe container optimization, CNG truck costs and impact. While all have added value, let’s take a closer look at contract carrier freight rationalization. Contract Carrier Freight Rationalization. Contracted Freight Rates. Jason DeBus is Director of Global Logistics at Cummins Power Generation.

A Case Study in Closed-Loop Operational Management

Talking Logistics

As I’ve said before, the biggest challenge facing supply chain and logistics executives today is not managing change, because that’s always been the norm in supply chain management, but managing the rapid pace of change.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. The three strategic focus areas for logistics collaboration are: Teamwork. Strategic Sourcing. Increasingly, in logistics and supply chain management, it is well known that more cross-functional teamwork is required.

COP21 – Freight and Climate Change

Freightos

The broader climate issue.and freight’s role. The emissions from freighting Shawn’s TV is a miniscule percentage of this year’s 33 billion ton cube. Finding freight’s contribution to GHG took a lot of digging. . Click the button on the right to see our sources.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

We partner with a third party logistics provider to manage our transportation management. We have formally educated, experienced, and disciplined logistics professionals on our transportation team. After all, logistics processes are labor intensive and hence the importance of people.

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Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

Freight tons moving on the nation’s transportation network will grow 40 percent in the next three decades while the value of the freight will almost double, increasing by 92 percent, according to the latest projections by the U.S.

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

A lot of companies set up operations and sourced from Mexico back in the 90s, then the focus shifted to China and other Asian countries, and now Mexico is back in the spotlight. I asked Troy Ryley, Managing Director of Transplace Mexico, that question in a recent episode of Talking Logistics , and here’s an excerpt of what he said: Asia was the buzzword for many years, and it still is the buzzword in many respects. It seems like we’ve come full circle with Mexico.

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Is it Time for the Widespread Adoption of Composite Pallets in Canada?

Supply Chain Network

Millions of pallets are built and used in the supply chains of Canada every year and so any innovation around these pallets can have a significantly positive and far reaching impact on overall logistics and supply chain performance.

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Logistics KPIs Case Study: Whirlpool’s Supply Chain and Logistics Success Driven by Effective KPI Implementation

Cerasis

We conclude our ongoing series in talking about effective KPI management by giving you a real live Logistics KPIs management case study from Whirlpool's engagement with a logistics service level provider. Whirlpool has not always considered logistics a competitive advantage.

What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

billion and goods exports to sub-Saharan Africa were $24 billion in 2013 (source: Office of the United States Trade Representative ). Subscribe to our blog to receive the full blog series via email and stay informed about the latest global logistics news and insight.

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Extreme Global Weather Set to Continue – What’s the Supply Chain Impact (Part 1)?

BluJay Solutions

e-Commerce operations, logistics service providers (LSPs), and Freight Forwarders are all equally impacted by extreme weather scenarios. Long term or short term interruptions can lead to brand erosion or force companies to source products from secondary markets.

3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

BluJay Solutions

As we look ahead to 2014 and the many predictions for the logistics industry, it’s interesting to look back to the predictions of previous years and consider which are close to becoming a reality.

Who Said Freight Audit and Payment was Dead?

Talking Logistics

Several years ago, as transportation management systems (TMS) software vendors introduced enhanced freight audit and payment capabilities, many analysts – including me – predicted that shippers would bring this outsourced process back in house. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, the news of freight audit and payment’s death has been greatly exaggerated – in fact, demand for this service continues to grow. Note: enVista is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

Logistics Company

LeanCor

How to Gain More from a Logistics Company Relationship. All companies work with an outsourced logistics company in some way. To meet current challenges, many companies are moving toward hiring a third-party logistics company to manage the entire logistics function for the shipper.

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility – Could it be Just Around the Corner?

BluJay Solutions

The complexity of multiple, dynamic supply chains with many participants – from manufacturers and retailers to freight forwarders and logistics service providers to air, sea, road and rail carriers – makes capturing, filtering and leveraging the relevant supply chain data a real challenge.

Land challenges for Hong Kong's logistics sector

EFT

Land challenges for Hong Kong’s Logistics sector were the key topics discussed at the recent Leadership Luncheon gathering of Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals (SCLP). Regional Distribution Centre and Global logistics Hub. Land Shortages impacting Logistics Sector.

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Transportation for the International Last Mile – How Easy is Global Parcel Carrier Coverage to Achieve?

BluJay Solutions

Next steps: Subscribe to our blog to receive the full blog series via email and stay informed about the latest global logistics news and insight. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

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Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#2: The Impact of Complexity & Role of Contingency Planning

BluJay Solutions

However when components are sourced from around the world, into a manufacturing facility in another region for production with the finished goods then distributed into multiple warehouses in different locations in the world, potentially for further local customization and finishing…the supply chain becomes much more complex and so does the risk. Next steps: Subscribe to our blog to receive the full blog series via email and stay informed about the latest global logistics news and insight.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year. As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of my thoughts regarding the supply chain trends we are likely to see emerge in 2014. With globalization, the need to partner with local logistics service providers becomes an imperative.

Pricing Power in a Cargo Bazaar: Does Revenue Management Add Value?

Supply Chain Nation

Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) were the center of the cargo transportation universe and the shippers were fully reliant on them for all their logistics needs. Excess capacity , sliding rates and weak markets in both air and sea freight continue to make this a buyer’s market.

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