This Week in Logistics News (December 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week, with 3PLs dominating the headlines: FedEx to Expand Global Portfolio of Solutions with Acquisition of GENCO. UPS Acquires Polish Healthcare Logistics Company Poltraf.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014)

Talking Logistics

The bodega and building as it appears today (source: Google Maps). ARI and Fidelitone Logistics Partner to Deliver Unified eCommerce and Supply Chain Solutions. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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.” September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI).

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. Tune in to Talking Logistics this Thursday, July 10 at 12:00 ET where Jason Craig, Manager of Government Affairs at C.H.

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Outbound Logistics

LeanCor

Outbound Logistics: Think Outside of the Trailer. To facilitate a lean fulfillment stream for our outbound logistics customers, we strive to achieve the perfect order. This is what keeps lean logistics practitioners busy – day in and day out!

Severe Congestion and Paralysis Among U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Four

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 U.S. In last week’s Update Three commentary regarding the current crisis involving the near paralysis among the U.S.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. And the logistics industry has countless IT solutions. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. He spends his time consulting and writing B2B marketing content helping transportation and logistics companies develop and implement their B2B blogging strategies.

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.

Distribution Logistics

LeanCor

Distribution logistics includes a wide range of activities. Distribution logistics helps businesses redesign their customer service organization and its processes. Another area of expertise in distribution logistics is warehouse management.

Severe Congestion at U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Three

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 west coast port congestion independent blog commenting on global supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog We are a mere two weeks before the Black Friday holiday shopping kick-off, and a mere six weeks before the actual Christmas holiday and the severe congestion that is crippling U.S.

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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Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. 23 million dollars in total healthcare logistics cost savings; how would that make you feel? Constructing a total cost model and performing a Greenfield analysis to identify optimal distribution center locations and transportation network allowed the LeanCor engineers to identify $23M total healthcare logistics cost savings for a healthcare product distributor. By: Leeanna Thomas – Manager Business Development. $23

Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results

Supply Chain Matters

While reverse supply chain activities continue to ramp over the remaining days of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on the initial learning from the 2014 holiday surge. From all the sources Supply Chain Matters has tapped thus far, it would appear that the many weeks of pre-planning have yielded a rather smooth fulfillment period. As we approach the start of the New Year, B2C and Omni-channel focused supply chains teams can begin to take a much needed breather.

Supply Chain Matters Friday News Capsule: June 27, 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Transportation and Logistics independent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters It’s the end of the work week and we continue with our news update series related to previousSupply Chain Mattersposted commentaries or news developments.

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.

The U.S. Postal Service Suddenly Changes the Dynamics of Parcel Shipping and Online Commerce

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Service-centered Supply Chains Transportation and Logistics 2014 online commerce predictions independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Supply chain Matters blog supply-chain_matters U.S. This week, the U.S.

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.

Fresh food logistics: A better approach with optimization

Quintiq

According to online sources, a total of seven regions in France are supplying 6,500 tonnes of oysters per year to the whole of Europe. With this in mind, time is certainly money when it comes to the delivery of oysters – and all fresh food logistics, basically.

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Best Logistics and Supply Chain Infographics

Supply Chain Opz

Background Blogging has become a heart of the successful business because it can help to solve customer problems, develop thought leadership and create trust within logistics/scm communities.

The Links between Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

I wrote a Logistics Viewpoints article in October that discussed how Diageo has transformed its supply chain from a cost savings function to an enabler of growth-driving innovation. Procurement/Sourcing Production Supply Chain Planning

Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Warehousing and Logistics – Quality at the Source. In warehousing and logistics the goal is minimizing cost and fulfillment times, and initiating quality at the source is key to fulfill these goals. Improving Improvement Skills in Warehousing and Logistics.

This Week in Logistics News (September 6 – 12)

Logistics Viewpoints

We’ve written a lot about the truck driver shortage here at Logistics Viewpoints and the impact that this could have on the global supply chain moving forward. Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Food & Beverage Industry Global Trade Procurement/Sourcing Retail This Week in News Often times we forget about, or simply don’t think about, everything and everyone that makes it possible for us to get the goods we desire. The shortage could […].

Maersk Reports Stronger Earnings but Continued Industry Warnings

Supply Chain Matters

Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics 2014 global transportation challenges 2M alliance in global transportation AP Moller-Maersk blog commenting on global supply chain management developments global transportation trends and implications Maersk Line Supply chain Matters blog This week, AP Moller-Maersk, parent of global leading ocean container shipping line Maersk reported rather positive Q3 financial results.

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Follow-up on Announced Supply Chain Council Merger with APICS

Supply Chain Matters

Plans call for legal filings to be completed by mid-July with an interim board of directors established for the remainder of 2014. This commentary is a follow-up to our previous breaking news posting regarding the announcement that supply chain corporate and individual certification organizations Supply Chain Council (SCC) and APICS will unite as one organization. Today, the official announcement was distributed along with additional information and details regarding the proposed merger.

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

At the end of 2014, many leaders that I work with are preparing their 2015 strategies. Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective.

Efficient Financing Options Help Enhance Factory Standards in Emerging Markets

Logistics Viewpoints

The post Efficient Financing Options Help Enhance Factory Standards in Emerging Markets appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints: A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Executives. The financial supply chain needs more attention than it usually gets.

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Two FedEx Acquisitions Point to Changing Needs and Market Dynamics for Third Party Logistics Services

Supply Chain Matters

FedEx recently announced two acquisitions related to third-party logistics (3PL) and information technology services, an indication of the impact of today’s Omni-channel commerce implications on customer and consumer fulfillment requirements. providing a rather diverse collection of forward and reverse logistics services including distribution, contract packaging, customer returns processing product refurbishment, disposition and recycling.

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of APICS

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Transportation and Logistics APICS independent blog commenting on global supply chain management professional organizations in supply chain management supply chain insights supply chain management certification programs Supply Chain Matters Supply chain Matters blog supply chain talent management needs training resources in supply chain management

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

Quintiq

With growing consumer expectations for faster delivery, shippers are expecting value-added logistics services from 3PL operators. This increases the urgency for 3PLs to leverage on the best market trends to increase logistics flexibility. Transport & Logistics

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Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. To no surprise, The Association of American Railroads (AAR), an industry policy, research and technology organization, reported increased freight rate traffic for 2014. railroads in 2014 increased 4.5

3 ways supplier diversity in supply chain can positively impact your business

Quintiq

In an interview with My Purchasing Center , Nancy Huff – Sourcing Solutions Manager at business processing, technology, and procurement service provider Xchanging – spoke of many tangible benefits that come with a supplier diversity program. More than just charity.

Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

Recently, I spoke to a major European retailer that lost 5% of their grocery revenues to Amazon in the first quarter of 2014. These tools allow us to look at sell, source, make, and deliver together.

Logistics Management

LeanCor

The Art of Logistics Management. How is it that supply chain and logistics management can make such a difference? After all, isn’t logistics “merely” a company’s management of material, product, and information flows in the supply chain? Those who work in the field of logistics recognize difficulties associated with getting the right product to the right place at the right time in the right quantity and condition at the lowest possible 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.