Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014


We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. Some logistics involves transportation or warehouses or both. In fact, the logistics space is so broad, we couldn’t give you only the top 10 blog posts of 2014, but we had to include the top 15. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Jason Mathers discussed the 5 Principles of Greener Freight, and provided real-world examples of those principles in action (read the Ocean Spray , Caterpillar , and Boise case studies, and also watch my conversation with Jason from earlier this year on Talking Logistics). Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014.

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What I Learned at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference 2014

Talking Logistics

I learned that cloud-based solutions are gaining traction across a broader spectrum of supply chain applications, including areas where many analysts were originally skeptical about adoption, such as warehouse management systems (see LogFire ) and supply chain planning (see Solvoyo ). For related commentary, see Putting Leadership Development Back on Your Calendar , What’s Missing from Your 2014 Budget? ,

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 (November 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results. According to the press release, “LMS delivers freight management solutions and transportation savings to a diverse customer base that includes Monsanto and several other Fortune 500 companies.” The post This Week in Logistics News (November 3-7, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. I’m off to a CSCMP New England Roundtable Executive Breakfast to discuss (what else!)

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

Talking Logistics

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. According to the company, “The ‘Newegg Express’ will be testing the same-day delivery service throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area through Christmas 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 25-29, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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


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. Logistics Technology warehouse technology

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

Talking Logistics

Con-way Announces Enhancements to Driver Pay Package at Con-way Freight. North American Freight Numbers July 2014. Over the past couple of years, since getting acquired by Francisco Partners, Kewill has made significant investments in expanding its solution footprint and modernizing its technology platform, bringing together transportation management, warehouse management, trade compliance, visibility, and B2B integration capabilities.

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

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, there are many top 3PL warehousing companies that handle warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and distribution services for companies of all sizes.

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. March 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Speaking of SAP, the company announced the latest versions of its transportation management and warehouse management solutions this week. The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.6

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

Reports 2014 Third-quarter Results. UPS Ready for 2014 Peak Season, Forecasting Record Holiday Deliveries. FedEx Freight Reports Teamsters Withdraw Petition at North Harrisburg Facility. 2014 is turning into the year to refresh your corporate tagline, at least for third party logistics (3PL) and software companies. The post This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain


Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. Being able to reduce the inventory levels at the plant is a huge benefit from lean warehousing. The gains here in transportation savings come from being able to improve trailer cube on long-distance loads by using freight for different plants to improve the density.

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


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. Additionally, freight in general and the crunch in capacity have picked up in 2014, as economic growth has created an increase in durable goods orders as well as consumer spending.

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


The first post covered how you can get the DC or warehouse ready for the holidays or peak seasons. . For the freight world holiday shipping or for shippers in any peak season (such as those who ship plants for the spring time) it gets chaotic, everyone is trying to clear docs, empty warehouses, and get their books in order. We lose valuable transit days with shipments when carriers aren’t moving freight. Central Freight Holiday Shipping Rates. UPS Freight®.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

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. Eliminate Before You Automate : Automation is critical to large, efficient warehouse operations.

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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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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 Amazon Inside P&G Warehouses: A Case of “What’s In It for We”. For related commentary, see Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014. — Adrian’s Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2014. Shippers and carriers continue to shift away from long-haul trucking and one-way freight.

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

The Network Effect

Thus, using retail and consumer goods as a guide, we can expect that companies will tailor the mode of transportation, warehousing and depth of distribution in each country for different pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Traditionally companies in the pharmaceuticals sector have used a push logistics approach to distribution, which is characterized by over stocked warehouses throughout the supply chain.

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain


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. With respect to logistics, these costs can be seen in items such as storage, transportation, and material handling costs including personnel, warehouse, and explicit freight costs. Logistics is a necessary function for all companies. No business can live without it.

Supply Chain Consulting


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. LeanCor provided: Network options (number of locations and air/ground freight utilization).

Supply Chain Management Case Study


Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Inventory Cover and Costs (Including Overflow and External Warehouses). 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). Read – Supply Chain Management Case Study: Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management.

Supply Chain Management


Logistics providers (outsourcing logistics activities including, but not limited to, transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, packaging, and third-party logistics). At one point, the logistics function was about negotiating freight rates, reading tariffs, and maintaining relationships with carriers. The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. Integrated supply chain management is still unrealized because effective collaboration has not been realized.

Why the West Coast Ports Labor Dispute Matters to Retailers

The Network Effect

They are anxiously awaiting (and hoping for) a successful dock worker agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Bottom line: the mere threat of a West Coast work stoppage has already been a major imposition and inconvenience to shippers but the actual risk to the 2014 Holiday season is much less. By Chris Ferrell. Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

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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. Another 80% of orders are handled by both warehouse and cross dock system. Due to the lack of actual store front, the locations of warehouse facilities are strategically important to the company.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

In reality, what average people do to solve delayed delivery is to, - Use expedite delivery (cost of delay is then the difference between Expedited Freight Rate and Normal Freight Rate) - Keep extra inventory during a delay (cost of delay is then Inventory Holding Cost x days of delay) In general, we can use COQ concept to evaluate and eliminate suppliers who bring disturbance into inventory system.

Inbound Logistics


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. Move from warehousing to cross-docking. Cross-docking is an important technique to support flow and reduce the need for warehousing.

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

Talking Logistics

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. Having complete visibility over your own organization’s operations is one thing, but what happens when that visibility has to extend across multiple modes, trading partners, and geographies? That’s right – it can get pretty complicated and in some cases, seemingly out of reach.

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.

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.

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. .


Dock Appointment Scheduling: Beyond Traffic Control

Talking Logistics

A leading retailer had a large volume (1,000s of inbound shipments monthly) and recognized that it needed to do a better job load leveling the inbound traffic to minimize warehouse receiving overtimes and scheduling resources. Integration with the warehouse solution was critical to manage the docks and unloading resources. In this case, a large percentage of the inbound goods are delivered through supplier-managed freight.

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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.

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

Talking Logistics

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.