Hans Willems, Boston Scientific: “We’ve now evolved into a solutions provider”

Supply Chain Movement

A Boston Scientific medical device is used somewhere in the world every two seconds, but the company is much more than a medical device manufacturer. A decade of internal costsaving measures at Boston Scientific has led to creative, state-of-the-art solutions such as a genetic algorithm that calculates the optimum packaging size to minimise the amount of empty space being shipped. Europe accounts for 21 percent of Boston Scientific’s total revenue.

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (April 2, 2021)

Talking Logistics

Unless you’re a cargo ship, anchored and waiting.) —- Suez Canal Opens, but Shipping Will Be Snarled for Months (WSJ – sub. Q1 2021 is in the books. The pandemic is still with us, but we have vaccines and toilet paper, so an improvement from last year.


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Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2016)

Talking Logistics

It’s hard to believe that we’re more than a quarter of the way through 2016 already — and that it’s snowing here in Boston today, the first Monday in April. The Boston Globe: A Home Delivery and Outsourcing Failure. The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management. It Isn’t That Simple: Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping (2,981 views).

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The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains


I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”. Then, they check online for deals and shipping dates. Test scenarios that would optimize inventory costs, postponement options, shipping costs, etc…. by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world?

A Guide to Shipping Personal Items Overseas

I.C.E. Transport

Shipping personal items overseas in a shipping container is much more complicated than sending them, say, from Boston to Arizona in a moving van. shipping personal items

A Guide to Personal Effects Shipping

I.C.E. Transport

Shipping personal effects overseas in a shipping container is much more complicated than sending them, say, from Boston to Arizona in a moving van. shipping personal items

Research: How the Panama Canal Expansion Will Impact U.S. Logistics

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Shippers should pay attention to this study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. And the canal was too small for the Post-Panamax vessels, which carry two to three times as much cargo as the ships that currently squeeze through the Panama Canal. Global Transportation Logistics Supply Chain Transportation Market Transportation Policy Boston Consulting Group Panama Canal Expansion Ports Post-Panamax White Paper

How to Ship Personal Freight to Eastern Europe

I.C.E. Transport

Shipping household goods overseas is much more complicated than sending them, say, from Boston to Arizona in a moving van. You’ll need to get up to speed on what you can and can’t ship in an ocean container, assemble the necessary paperwork and prepare to clear Customs while avoiding costly duties and delays. European ShippingIf you’re moving to Eastern Europe from the US, get ready for an education.

The Hanjin Effect: The end of shipping as we know it

BluJay Solutions

Hanjin Shipping is the 7 th largest container carrier in the world, with 98 ships and a 3.0% Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container carrier, commands 617 ships and 15.4% As of last week, 66 Hanjin ships dispersed across the globe have been left stranded as ports, tug boat operators and cargo handling firms refuse their services, sceptical of the Korean shipping giant’s ability to provide new financing. Shipping Alliances.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, a sad and scary day, especially those of us living in the Boston area. How long before Amazon announces that it is buying its own 18,000 TEU container ship? Speaking of container ships, there continues to be a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the new SOLAS requirements, which go into effect on July 1, 2016.

[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management


Inbound freight management is receiving a lot of attention as businesses continue to look for ways to manage shipping costs. If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. How Big Is the Problem Of Inbound Freight Management?

Marketing Supply Chain Solutions Post-COVID: Q&A with ToolsGroup CMO Caroline Proctor


Caroline Proctor is ToolsGroup’s chief marketing officer, leading global marketing and communications from ToolsGroup’s Boston office. How has COVID-19 affected your business? Are you experiencing a change in demand given the changes to the economy and government measures?

The coronavirus supply chain

Supply Chain Movement

All companies that produce and ship tangible goods are currently working hard to assess the impact of the outbreak on their own supply chains. The media coverage of supply chain has increased exponentially as a result of the coronavirus epidemic in China, South Korea and Italy.

New LTL Shipping Rates in Western Canada and USA


Happy new shipping rates! New (15-20% Better) Rates in the USA: Boston, MA to Burlington, VT. The post New LTL Shipping Rates in Western Canada and USA appeared first on Freightera Blog. Don’t miss the savings as we keep bringing online millions of new rates per month in Canada and the USA. Below you’ll find examples of our newly-added rates.

Transforming the GCC Chemical Industry with Supply Chain Integration – LogiSYM September 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Focussing on lowering logistics costs by coordinating time charters or invest in joint shipping lines to capture ship-owner returns. Only 17% of global chemical companies are “digital champions” (Boston Consulting Group) – also confirmed by GPCA on status of GCC chemical industry. The GCC chemical industry is second largest manufacturing industry in value add, after refining.

Who Should Be In The Winner’s Circle?

Supply Chain Shaman

On a cold Boston winter day, I slipped into my seat on a back row in a packed conference room at AMR Research. The AMR Research Top 25 was a rocket ship taking off the launch pad.

Supply Chain Issues Impacting the Country’s Recovery from the Coronavirus


The coronavirus originated in China, and as several microbiologists told me, the Chinese government does not allow specimens to be shipped outside its borders. Even when working with nonauthoritarian countries, a combination of government processes, researcher reticence, complex shipping regulations, and patient-privacy concerns makes getting samples difficult for diagnostic companies like his.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

It is easy to understand why strategy is often set aside to meet immediate needs of getting product shipped out the door. Large and mid-size shippers typically have procurement personnel but may lack coordination across shipping locations. Smaller companies have lean shipping departments and are often focused on moving product with little time and energy remaining to negotiate contracts and analyze freight spend.

Logistics, Data, and Cognitive Computing

Enterra Insights

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysts assert, “Logistics networks have never been more complex. The order and item information shows what was shipped and to whom (Was it a back order? 2] Andrew Loh , Simon-Pierre Monette , Andres Garro , Dustin Burke , Andreanne Leduc , and Nicholas Malizia, “ Leveraging Big Data to Manage Logistics ,” Boston Consulting Group, 16 February 2016. [3] Logistics have always been data driven.

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31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats


And, according to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, 54% of companies with above one billion in revenues are now considering reshoring. Natural gas and oil expenses contribute to extreme cost disparities in shipping from Asia to the U.S., for example, compared to shipping state-to-state. Errors in interpretation of product specifications, shipping documents, and other critical instructions, due to language barriers are reduced.

How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


They will deliver free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve: DC Area, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, and Houston. to cover part of credit card processing, packing, and shipping costs).

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

My travels this week took me to California and Boston. Today, on average, there are 10-25 ships sitting on the water waiting to unload. Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window. I worked with consultants defining a business case for cloud-based supply chain solutions and new vendors looking to use artificial intelligence to solve the problems of master data management.

This Week in Logistics News (July 2-6, 2018)

Talking Logistics

It’s been a long hot week here in Boston, and even though we had the 4th of July holiday tucked in the middle, I still feel like I need another break. Logistyx Technologies Acquires Transparix to Support and Enhance Its Industry-Leading Parcel Shipping SaaS Solution. Parcel shipping, along with fleet management, was the ugly duckling of transportation management in the late 90s and 2000s, with most of the leading TMS vendors ignoring this mode.

An Expanded Panama Canal Takes Logistics into Uncharted Waters


In December, the Port of Los Angeles handled the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port. These big ships are expected to alter the distribution of cargo between U.S. The ship has a capacity of nearly 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), and in anticipation of the surge in cargo, trucking companies were alerted and rail cars were positioned well ahead of the vessel’s arrival. An Expanded Panama Canal Takes Logistics into Uncharted Waters.Connect.

Truckload vs LTL: The Right Mode for your Load

Freight Plus

Are you doing all you can to ensure efficient shipping over the road? Full truckload shipping typically means that one trailer is contracted to a single customer, shipper, or consignee. If you’ve already heard that one, here’s a new one for you: Which costs more to ship via LTL? What you are shipping matters to an LTL carrier. For example, a shipment going from Boston to Atlanta may include stops at terminals in Philadelphia and Charlotte along the way. Normal.

A Collection of Bad Supply Chain Poems


There once was an Inventory Manager from Boston. Shipping was all that it cost him. by Alexa Cheater Yes, you read that title right. In honor of Bad Poetry Day I asked my colleagues to send me their best (and worst!) supply chain-related sonnets, odes, limericks, haikus – well you get the point. It turns out I work with quite a creative crowd. Now keep in mind this is BAD poetry day. So if you’re looking for Shakespeare quality prose, I suggest you just keep on looking.

An Expanded Panama Canal Takes Logistics into Unchartered Waters


In December, the Port of Los Angeles handled the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port. These big ships are expected to alter the distribution of cargo between U.S. The ship has a capacity of nearly 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), and in anticipation of the surge in cargo, trucking companies were alerted and rail cars were positioned well ahead of the vessel’s arrival.

Is Mexico the World's Next Manufacturing Hub?


In addition, per the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing in Mexico is about 4 percent cheaper now than in China — compared to being 6 percent more expensive over a decade ago. Bemis Manufacturing will expand its Monterrey facility with a 50,000-square foot addition, while the new polyethylene plant of the Braskem-Idesa joint venture will ship some of its output to the US. Mexico may become the global manufacturing nerve center if the country plays its cards right.

This Week in Logistics News (June 15-19, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Moving on to technology news, Cloud Logistics announced new enhancements to its transportation management system (TMS), including: Advanced third party logistics (3PL) capabilities to support complex hierarchical relationships and shipping rules. Finally, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Goods shipped from East Asia through West Coast ports are currently transported by rail and truck as far east as the Ohio River Valley.

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What Is Manhattan Active™ Omni?

Veridian Solutions

Omnichannel fulfillment , relying on the full suite of your supply chain solutions, combines all channels into a single approach and optimizes management through connected technologies to reduce out of stocks, expedite shipping times, and give customers a seamless experience.

This Week in Logistics News (March 13 – 19)

Logistics Viewpoints

In April of 2005, just a month after completing my first half marathon (and vowing I would never run a full marathon in my life), I went to the finish line at the Boston Marathon and saw Team Hoyt for the first time.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a cold, crisp winter in Boston. During that winter, I was staying at the Westin in Boston and working remotely. There is more in-transit inventory–sitting on the water in larger ships, in-transit through international sourcing strategies, or work with contract manufacturers–as a result, to avoid inventory write-offs, the foot needs to hit the brake faster. Volatility. Demand redefined.

Commerical Air Cancellations Quarantine Ebola Supplies

MIT Supply Chain

The personal protective equipment (PPE) – shipped by our team of doctors and logisticians in Boston [1] – is destined for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia, which will then distribute supplies to locations at the front lines of the health crisis such as JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia. Today’s post was written by Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, Director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab. It was originally posted on the Humanitarian @ MIT blog.

Advantages of Basing Your Distribution Center in North Carolina

Kanban Logistics

North Carolina sits smack in the middle of the East Coast, midway between Miami and Boston, with access to several vital interstate highways like I-95, I-85, and I-40. Berth and container yard renovations to accommodate larger ships. North Carolina, the Tar Heel State.

The Panama Canal Expansion: Time Versus Cost Trade-Off

CH Robinson Transportfolio

The Panama Canal expands in 2016, allowing for more and larger (post-Panamax) ships to make the passage from East Asia to the United States. In 2015, the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. We explored how the traffic patterns would have changed between the West and East Coasts if the Panama Canal hadn’t expanded—given economic, energy, and shipping trends that stayed the same—and what might happen under those same conditions, post-expansion.