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Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. There are countless number of logistics service providers who offer many different types of broad and niche services. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

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. Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 28 – August 1, 2014)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s news… XPO Logistics to Acquire New Breed Logistics. Reports 2014 Second-quarter Results. Amazon to open five new warehouses in India (Reuters). XPO Logistics continues its roll-up strategy with its announced acquisition of New Breed Logistics this week for $615 million. The post This Week in Logistics News (July 28 – August 1, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (November 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Transplace Acquires Logistics Management Solutions. XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results. Moving on to 3PL news, Transplace announced this week that it has acquired Logistics Management Solutions (LMS) , “a non-asset-based third party logistics provider with particular strength in the chemical and industrial manufacturing sectors.” Note: enVista, Transplace, and UltraShipTMS are Talking Logistics sponsors.

This Week in Logistics News (October 6-10, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Next week, I’ll be speaking at the Ryder Innovate Forum in Chicago and the Elemica reveal 2014 conference in Frankfurt. DHL launches freight capacity management program in the light of rapidly increasing trade volumes. August 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Lowenthal calls for innovative approach for freight infrastructure funding (Logistics Management). Finally, the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.6

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Announces Enhancements to Driver Pay Package at Con-way Freight. Menlo Logistics Announces Launch of New Brand and Website. North American Freight Numbers July 2014. Note: Descartes, enVista, Kewill, and Manhattan Associates are Talking Logistics sponsors. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (August 25-29, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp. Announces the Acquisition of ADS Logistics. FedEx Ground loses new legal round with labor (Logistics Management). June 2014 North American Freight Numbers. The Newegg Express service is only available to customers that live within 50 miles of the company’s City of Industry warehouse in Los Angeles. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 25-29, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (May 12-16, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Latest Versions of SAP® Transportation Management and SAP® Extended Warehouse Management Now Available. enVista’s Transportation Solutions Practice Attains Record Revenue in First Quarter 2014. Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires One Stop Logistics, Inc. March 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Senate EPW Committee signs off on MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (Logistics Management). Note: Transplace is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive

Cerasis

When you are prepared, typically, you have contingency, which also means you can absorb any issues that could possibly drive up costs in your logistics department. . 2014 is coming to a close and as we herald in the New Year, shippers (manufacturers, retailers, and distribution centers) around the country are busy gearing up for the holiday season and have holiday logistics best practices on the brain. How many shifts do you plan to run during peak holiday logistics season?

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This Week in Logistics News (July 7-11, 2014)

Talking Logistics

May 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index June 2014. The big news this week was the announced merger of Accellos and HighJump, which creates “a market leader with 11,000 customers in 23 countries with operations in North America, Asia and Europe” and “brings together a unique set of technologies, including networked trading partner connectivity, warehouse management, transportation management, and route delivery.”.

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

Talking Logistics

Once an order is placed, Google sends a contracted courier to pick up the goods from a partner store, where either a Google employee or a retailer’s employee has grabbed the merchandise off of a shelf …The order is then whisked to a warehouse operated by Google where multiple orders are packed into a vehicle, and sent out the same day. 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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This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Moving on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… JDA Software Unveils New Brand Identity, Logo, and “Plan to Deliver” Tagline. Port Logistics Group Adds to Omni-channel Capabilities with EventPick. Reports 2014 Third-quarter Results. UPS Ready for 2014 Peak Season, Forecasting Record Holiday Deliveries. Amazon Opens 3 Logistics Centers in Poland (ABC News). FedEx Freight Reports Teamsters Withdraw Petition at North Harrisburg Facility.

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5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay off Big Time

Cerasis

Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. This chaotic environment (usually due to those companies who are still using manual process in the warehouse) will directly affect the profits and reputation to customers of your company. Make Warehouse Process as Simple, Efficient, and Technologically Driven as Possible. 3PL Pricing Structure: Part 2 In Third Party Logistics Implementation.

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. The core competency of these companies is logistics , and they do it well. Read on to learn more about the top revenue-earning 3PL warehousing companies in 2020.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. Ask anyone in transportation management/logistics/supply chain and they will affirm this statement. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. This cross-dock allows our logistical engineering team to help their supply chain control flow, improve delivery timing, reduce transportation and increase stability.

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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. Simply put, I admit upfront that my supply chain and logistics predictions below are biased and flawed, but I make them anyway because it’s a fun exercise, and also because I hope it generates some thoughtful conversations and ideas. The Google Robot, Your Future Logistics Worker.

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Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a two part series about how to get your logistics and transportation practices in order in time for holiday shipping or peak season crunches. The first post covered how you can get the DC or warehouse ready for the holidays or peak seasons. . We lose valuable transit days with shipments when carriers aren’t moving freight. Holiday shipping prices for 2014 are pretty similar to what they were last year, only a bit higher.

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy. At LeanCor, we refer to our inbound logistics solutions as lean logistics engineering. The lean logistics engineering process incorporates several complex factors including volume fluctuations, sourcing changes, and lead, window, and service times to determine transportation modes, sourcing locations, freight consolidation, trailer loads, route combinations, and freight sequences.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

However, commonly used KPIs used by supply chain executives are usually focused on logistics performance (e.g., That said, implementing Lean concepts would undoubtedly be part of that strategy, for example, - Lean Warehousing : Many firms (both retailers and manufacturers) are now aggressively rolling out Lean in their warehouse operations. It is safe to say that if a warehouse operation is not implementing Lean, it is falling behind its competition.

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Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

As 2013 begins to feel a long time ago and our own personal New Year’s resolutions begin to falter, here are a few key themes the Kewill team expects will feature prominently on the global supply chain agenda in 2014: Transportation costs will remain a key concern, with LSPs continuing to be faced with several challenges in terms of spiraling fuel prices, labor shortages and reduced inventories which will threaten to erode their already small margins.

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Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

Generic drugs may be distributed over several logistical steps involving several distributors and transport providers while high-value specialty drugs and medical devices might be distributed from a single global or regional distribution center directly to the hospital (pharmacy or ward) or even the physician specialist at point of care. Better visibility in the supply chain is essential to control and optimize logistics processes.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

A global life sciences company was challenged with high freight costs, high inventory levels and complex processes, delays due to over-processing, and overall lack of delivery consistency. The distribution centers were not serving a strategic function, warehouse operations lacked experience, and the company as a whole lacked a corporate wide concept of operational excellence. Total logistics distribution cost model and logistics network analysis.

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain

LeanCor

Logistics is a necessary function for all companies. In the absence of integrated logistics and total cost perspective, the logistics wastes are inevitable. For example, ill-conceived purchasing decisions today result in increased warehousing costs six months from now and inventory obsolescence two years from the original purchase. Logistics has inherent dynamics that make the concept of total cost confusing and frustrating.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. The three strategic focus areas for logistics collaboration are: Teamwork. Increasingly, in logistics and supply chain management, it is well known that more cross-functional teamwork is required. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, strategic sourcing strategies have significant impact on logistics functions. This is not the case for today’s logistics professionals.

Supply Chain Management Case Study

LeanCor

Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Inventory Cover and Costs (Including Overflow and External Warehouses). Align plant/logistics goals, and agree on joint efforts for improvement of holistic business performance. Continue minimizing total delivered costs (production, inventory, freight). Future metrics would now include: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Inventory Cover and Costs (Including Overflow and External Warehouses).

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. Indeed for many IATA members whose operations largely center around air cargo, near-shoring is cause for concern, with manufacturing shifting closed to ‘home’ a risk to the sustainability of air freight volumes longer term. .

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Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

This is simply a reflection of blunt reality, before any firm can even think of accomplishing a full Matrix Commerce implementation, they and their organizations will have to master and implement the basics of Omni-Commerce logistics. Almost all of these national fulfillment centres are run as separate operations from retailer’s store distribution networks and a number of them are operated for retailers by third party logistics providers.

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.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

In order to compensate a long waiting time, Adidas uses air freight or courier service. Since UK is relatively small when compared with the United States, centralized control of distribution operations and warehouse makes it easier to manage. To make a decision about new DC location, Walmart uses 2 main factors, namely, the demand in the proposed DC area and the outbound logistics cost from DC to stores. Cost of inbound logistics is not taken into account.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

At SCI Logistics in addition to fulfilling millions of e-commerce orders on an annual basis, we also spend a significant amount of time studying the optimal methods of helping our customers serve consumers in Canada. This is simply a reflection of blunt reality, before any firm can even think of accomplishing a full Matrix Commerce implementation, they and their organizations will have to master and implement the basics of Omni-Commerce logistics.

This Week in Logistics News (September 2-5, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Radiant Logistics Acquires Trans-NET, Inc. A few years ago, as transportation management system (TMS) vendors started offering improved freight audit and payment capabilities, I predicted that many shippers would bring this outsourced process back in house. While some companies have gone that route, particularly those that ship mostly via truckload, demand for freight audit and payment services remains strong, especially for parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.

TMS as a Platform: Gaining Visibility Across Modes, Partners, and Geographies

Talking Logistics

In a recent episode of Talking Logistics , Adrian Gonzalez spoke with Ajesh Kapoor, Senior Director of TMS Products at GT Nexus about the key challenges companies face in managing global transportation. Carriers are part of the supply chain, but the whole process starts with suppliers and goes into freight forwarders, 3PLs, the banks where the payments are processed, warehouses, and other third-parties. Note: GT Nexus is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

Freight Forwarders’ Ongoing Quest to Increase Revenue & Profit

BluJay Solutions

Despite economic recovery, these continue to be challenging times for freight forwarders. Very few organizations experience more complexity in their business than a global freight forwarder. In a business as dynamic and complex as freight forwarding, technology is crucial to maintaining efficient, flexible operations. Selecting a freight forwarding software solution is no easy task, and managing a global implementation can be overwhelming.

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips

The Logistics of Logistics

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips. Consider setting a quality control at the following stages of production: - when receiving and throughout warehouse process. - Inventory counts are also an excellent security measure for your warehouse. Great warehouse performance is essentially a shared goal between the warehouse manager and their personnel. One idea is to invite an independent party into your warehouse to observe the warehouse floor.

This Week in Logistics News (March 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Things that make you go “hmm”… In more relevant news… Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. Con-way Freight Introduces Drive Safe Systems™. FedEx Freight to Increase Shipping Rates. Bourque Logistics Introduces RAILTRAC® 12.5. Proposed DOT FY 2015 budget draws mixed reactions from industry stakeholders ( Logistics Management ). Can you leverage your logistics assets and resources for top-line growth?

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