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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. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week.

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

Talking Logistics

“We will see $300 a barrel — or roughly $250 in today’s dollars — because oil supply will be so short. That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].”. Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com).

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Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2014

Talking Logistics

Lots of interesting conversations, insights, and networking opportunities, which is exactly what took place earlier this month at the MercuryGate User Conference 2014 (MercuryGate is a Talking Logistics sponsor). Hope provided several examples, including MercuryGate’s tight integration with Freight Friend , which the company helped to launch in 2011. On the surface, Freight Friend has similar features to other online load boards.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations.

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Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Leader. The manuscript is due to Wiley on March 1st for an August 2014 publish date. I need it for my conference on September 10th-11th, 2014. As background, Peter Gibbons is the Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain for Mattel, Inc.

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. We just finished hosting over 150 executives at our Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, with a theme on Supply Chain Analytics. Here is what I expect to see next year: Global supply chain footprints will continue to expand.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers. In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through. Does procurement add to top line revenue.

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. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Multimodal 2015.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

Then we will cover in subsequent posts what are the benefits of using EDI in transportation along with a transportation management system, we will debunk a few myths, and then we will end the series by highlighting how a shipper at Cerasis used EDI to reduce freight expenditures and resources.

How Bad Weather Can Take Supply Chains by Storm—and How You Can Prepare

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Like dominoes, one delay led to another, disrupting supply chains across the country. Conduct a procurement exercise at the same time of year, every year. But before you choose, measure how much freight your carriers are actually hauling, compared to what they promised.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Kevin Doubleday who discusses the importance of blockchain within the supply chain. Current Supply Chains don’t operate at the cadence of business. Integrating Blockchain within the Supply Chain could change that. When we are asked about “killer” use cases for blockchain within enterprise systems, Supply Chain is the usual suspect — and for good reason.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

Our January blog post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs? In this post, we concluded that 3D printing is unlikely to fundamentally alter the mechanics of the global supply chain in the short term.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. It echoed the title of my September 2016 post, “ The Day a Cyber Attack Brings the World’s Supply Chains to a Halt.”. Source: Evan, Flikr. “I

Challenges and possible solutions for local seafood supply chains

Supply Chain View from the Field

Both pointed out some critical points that are indeed challenges for the seafood supply chain in North Carolina, as well as some avenues to explore that may drive solutions. But the low supply of seafood is the major driver, not the packaging capacity. The fish house supplies them with ice, and they will sell the product for them. But the structure over the last 20 years has been that it is NOT a good commodity, due to supply limitations.

Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste

Talking Logistics

For the past few years I’ve been using that phrase, which you typically find in investment literature, when making the case for innovation in supply chain management. But by 2014, the U.S. Execution (Tendering, Dock Scheduling, Track & Trace, Freight Audit & Pay).

Supply Chain Visibility Not Just a Requirement for the C-Suite, But a Responsibility in Management

Cerasis

Transparent supply chain management and effective supply chain visibility is a critical tool in a company’s continued growth and successful brand image. 4 Main Supply Chain Visibility Trends Driving Change. Supply Chain

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations.

Solving Franklin’s Freight Dilemma: Cure or Prevent Disruptions?

Supply Chain @ MIT

This may be a great rule of thumb for life generally, but not necessarily for freight transportation. Is it more important to prevent disruptions from occurring by building robustness into a freight network (i.e. The net effect is a more resilient freight transportation plan.

How to Be a Preferred Shipping Customer: Strategies for the Coming Capacity Shortage

Talking Logistics

Freight companies are eventually going to face severe challenges finding drivers to get your shipments where you want them when you want them there. Customers with a strict ‘procurement mindset’ overlook important factors like consistency, overall experience or past performance. Throughout the supply chain everyone has focused on efficiency, but they’ve overlooked the drivers,” says Dave Kodadek. Business has been improving for the U.S. trucking industry.

How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

Talking Logistics

Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. That can make it difficult to meet your delivery times unless you take proactive steps now to minimize the risk in your supply chain. All of this will cause a tightening of space for ocean freight shipping.

Building the Business Case for a TMS

Talking Logistics

The first step is to do an accurate self-assessment of your supply chain and transportation network. Intelligent procurement. Freight payment accuracy. In a past episode of Talking Logistics , Nicholas Carretta, President at UltraShipTMS (a Talking Logistics sponsor), discussed some of the barriers companies face in implementing a transportation management system (TMS), and “building the business case” was one of the main challenges he talked about.

The Million Dollar Transportation Strategy Question – When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

BluJay Solutions

Whether you want to admit it or not a carrier knows if they are the only game in town and therefore when a company commits to moving most, to all parcel freight with a single carrier they are signing away their freedom to be flexible, and to negotiate. .

More Challenges for the Transportation Network: Day 2 of the SCRC Meeting

Supply Chain View from the Field

These services will no longer occur in US ports, and this will shift the nature of supply chain designs. The railroads had lost most passenger business, and freight business was regulated and operating at a loss. There is increasing pricing power, and on average a 2-4% increase in freight demand – which is outpacing the supply of truck capacity due to limited drivers. This is impacting how you think about managing the network, and in procurement.

Does Your Business Suffer From any of These Five Profit-Killing Confusions

EFT

However, this can go too far, and lead to too much complexity not only in the customer decision making process, but also in the entire supply chain - from purchasing to manufacturing those products, and then selling, transporting and storing them down the supply chain in the channels.

7 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management

Logistics Bureau

If you were to tell me that your company had never looked at its supply chain costs and sought to deliver reductions, I would be mightily surprised. Supply chain costs of around $5.50 At the same time, though, supply chain costs rose by more than $75 million.

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

Supply Chain Nation

Air and ocean freight carriers were reliant on these LSPs to provide them with a view of the market; in most cases they had no transparency into the shipper’s needs and thus were completely cordoned off from the true source of demand. Those were the good old days.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 5-9, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Okay, turning the corner, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon offers free shipping on all orders for the holidays (CNN). Data Science In Walmart Supply Chain Technology (Medium).

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The sooner the supply chain cleans out the excess stocks, the better for trucking.”. The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4

Why Now is the Perfect Time to Benchmark and Bid Your Carrier Rates

Talking Logistics

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, understanding how your company’s procurement strategy and results compare with industry peers is critical. Whether you need to inform management that your performance is superior or has improved, or identify opportunities in the procurement process to drive additional economic value – there is no better time to benchmark and bid your carrier rates than now.

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. A large part of procurement is finalizing the contract and then the follow through of the determined deliverables in that agreement. The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. How are you using effective KPI management to continuously improve your supply chains?

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Green Supply Chain Management - Infosys Blogs

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. Ways to build Green Supply Chain.

Beroe Founder Vel Dhinagaravel speaks at NC State on Origins of Company

NC State SCRC

This week, my former student Vel Dhinagaravel, and founder/CEO of supply market intelligence company Beroe , came to my class to speak. Listening to him reminded me of the fun we had starting up the first ever company to produce supply market intelligence focused on the procurement space. Today, Beroe is the most successful procurement intelligence company, and continues to lead the pack in this space. We moved to 425 analysts in 2014.

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Don’t Waste Your Time Playing Truckload Fuel Surcharge Games

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Since March 10, 2014, fuel prices have decreased by $0.884 per gallon, resting at $3.137 as of January 5, 2015. If you think that a different multiplier would better reflect your freight, I would encourage you to wait until you next scheduled procurement event to make that change.

Supply Chain Management:Retailer Multi-Channel Operations.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. Supply Chain Management.

This Week in Logistics News (October 24-28, 2016)

Talking Logistics

He was one of my instructors at Northeastern as part of the supply chain certificate program I completed almost 15 years ago. Moving on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Uber’s Otto hauls Budweiser across Colorado in self-driving truck (Reuters).