Supply chain leadership lessons from Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman

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by Alexa Cheater Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories in four years in the early ‘90s, may not be the first person you think of when it comes to giving great supply chain advice.

All Roads Lead to Dallas

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Famously known for the barbecue, the Cowboys, and the State Fair of Texas, Dallas ranks as the ninth largest city in the United States with the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area ranking fourth.

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How Supply Chain Best Practice Metrics Can Predict the NFL Super Bowl

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Some NFL teams have a net value of nearly $3.2B (Dallas Cowboys). by CJ Wehlage For those that follow the National Football League (NFL), these next few weekends are going to be engaging.

Spinnaker Partners with River Logic to Deliver Optimization-enabled Business Planning Solutions

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DALLAS, July 7, 2017 -- River Logic today announced its new partnership with Spinnaker, a supply chain services company that helps clients grow, manage risk, reduce costs and improve customer service by developing world-class supply chain capabilities.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Higher prices out of Memphis and Columbus tell us that retail traffic is moving, and higher rates out of Dallas and Seattle show us that the improvement is far-reaching. Beef and other meats shipping out of Dallas pushed rates up 20¢ on the lane to Columbus.

The Empowered Consumer and Trade Promotion

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Our first meeting is July 24 – 26 in Dallas, so it’s coming up fast. Trade promotion execution is but one component of the Consumer Chain, albeit a very critical one indeed.

Spot Market Van Rates Soared in September

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Chicago to Dallas rose 18¢ to $2.45/mile. The national average van rate rose for the fifth week in a row. At $1.97 per mile , the average rate in September was 18¢ higher than the August average, and 35¢ higher than September 2016. The national load-to-truck ratio also hit 7.0

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2016

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Omnitracs : Outlook 2016 , January 31 – February 3, Dallas, TX. Retail Supply Chain Conference , February 28 – March 2, Dallas, TX. Take a look at your budget for 2016, which is probably finalized by now.

California Reefer Freight Starts to Heat Up

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Atlanta to Dallas is typically a more stable lane, but rates there rose 38¢ to $2.36 FALLING LANES: Dallas is still strong, but rates tumbled on a couple of outbound lanes. The regional trip from Dallas to Houston fell 22¢ to $2.53

Reefers Gain Momentum, Especially in Georgia

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Dallas to Columbus got a 37¢ boost, to $2.50. Nogales to Dallas fell 30¢ to $2.36 Dallas to Denver rates also fell, dropping 18¢ to $2.48 If you want to be out for a few days, head from Dallas to McAllen , on the Mexican border.

Kinaxis on the road: 12th American Supply Chain & Logistics Summit

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Dallas, Texas. by Melissa Clow.

Helping You Build Supply Chain Talent.

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We have scheduled three public training sessions in: Chicago, IL; Dallas TX; and Princeton, NJ. “It used to be easy to hire a supply chain planner. Today, the positions are open 9-10 months, and. they are tough to fill.

Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?

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Be especially mindful in traditionally active cargo theft areas like Southern California, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Miami, and Atlanta.

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Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

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Dallas. Dallas. A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. cities, and their adoption of smart-city technologies.

Why You Should Embrace Uncertainty in Demand Forecasting


So the order of 35 cases for delivery to a retailer’s Dallas distribution center received today had a 64 percent probability. It's human nature to look for certainty. We believe that if we can predict the future with perfect certainty, then we will react and prepare accordingly.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

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Our next meeting is in Dallas on July 25th-26th.). When I engage with supply chain leaders , I ask the question, “Are you making progress?” ” Many will initially shake their heads “yes”, but upon a closer look at the data, they admit that they are stuck.

How Much Lower Can Van Rates Go?

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Dallas outbound rates lost an average of 7¢ per mile. Denver to Dallas lost 15¢ Dallas to Denver lost 13¢ Average roundtrip rate: $1.33 February is usually the slowest month for freight, and carriers have been feeling the pinch on the spot market.

Sprouts Farmers Market Partners with Amazon


Evan Hoopfer, writing for the Dallas Business Journal: “ Amazon is expanding its produce delivery services in Dallas.The service is part of Amazon’s “Prime Now,” which delivers goods in hours. ” ” What do you do when faced with a vastly stronger competitor? You team up. This seems like a no-brainer especially for small to mid-size retailers.

3 Signs that Reefer Rates Could Rise Soon

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Atlanta continued to improve, and the lane to Dallas climbed 15¢ to $1.78/mile last week. The average rate for reefer loads was $2.02/mile from Nogales, AZ to Dallas , which was up 13¢ compared to the previous week.

Spot Truckload Rates Continue a Slow-and-Steady Climb

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Dallas 5. Dallas, Philadelphia and Stockton, CA , each posted the biggest gains in terms of outbound rates, so the gains weren’t tied to any specific region. Memphis to Columbus hit $1.89/mile, up 14¢ Dallas to Denver rose 11¢ to $1.94/mile.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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There were also modest increases in rates out of Chicago and Dallas , with a strong uptick in volumes out of Dallas. Nogales, AZ to Dallas jumped up ▲43¢ to $3.04/mile, probably aided by strong volumes from neighboring California.

Why Supply Chain Managers & Procurement Should Collaborate


In Lubbock, Texas, reports The Dallas Morning News , Amazon recently opened a pickup and drop-off location for purchases and returns, taking advantage of Texas Tech University’s proximity to the area, enabling greater distribution of goods to college students. The roles of logistics and procurement in an efficient supply chain cannot be overstated. According to Paul Myerson , reports Industry Week, up 70 percent of a company’s costs come from procurement and logistics operations.

Amazon Drone Delivery for $1, 3-D Printing at Lowe’s

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I am off today to Transplace’s Shipper Symposium in Dallas, where tomorrow I will lead a panel discussion on 3-D Printing, Drones & Driverless Trucks – Creating a Futuristic Supply Chain. I’m off to the airport now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if another article or two gets published about 3-D printing, drones, or driverless trucks by the time I land in Dallas — the pace of development in all these areas is moving that quickly!

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

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HighJump Software: Elevate 2018 , March 11-14, Dallas, TX. Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Most of the conferences on our list are in the U.S., although some are in Europe, South America, and Asia. Many of the leading ERP and supply chain software vendors have customer events in various countries around the world.;

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

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The orders are being fulfilled from about 160 Best Buy stores in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington.

Demand Surges in Final Week of 2015

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The head haul lane is the one with the higher rate in a round-trip route, because there is more demand for trucks from Chicago to Dallas than from Dallas to Chicago, for example.).

Flatbed Rates Hold Steady at 2-Year Highs

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But rates next door in Dallas were up in the $2.25-per mile range, due to a more favorable mix of freight and lanes. Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July.

Inbound Rates Rise for Louisiana Flood Relief

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Dallas to Shreveport. Another lane that rose dramatically was Dallas to Shreveport, up 26¢ per mile in the past week. It's heartbreaking to see the news feeds and images from flood zones in and around Baton Rouge, LA.

Customer Advisory – Hurricane Harvey


Many shippers are looking for locations on the north and west sides of Houston as well as other locations (such as Austin, San Antonio, Dallas) to place their shipments so they are in close proximity as relief comes in the next couple of days. Dallas/Ft. Current as of 2 p.m.

Are You Feeding the Beast? Or Driving Progress in Your Business?

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Then it is off to Dallas to speak on Supply Chain Metrics That Matter at the Dallas CSCMP roundtable and complete some more client work. As a mom, I loved to read to my daughter. One of my favorites was Where the Wild Things Are.

Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

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Van volumes were down in Dallas as well as Chicago , though, and the overall spot market was basically flat week-over-week. Even with the dip in volumes, Dallas was still in the top 5 for van load posts on DAT load boards.

Adopting a Multimodal, Segmented Supply Chain

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Following is an excerpt of the article, which was co-authored by Ehap Sabri, an adjunct professor for the MBA program at University of Texas at Dallas, and Shiva Esturi, supply chain fellow at Western Digital Corporation: “This single-mode approach works well for a linear supply chain with low demand fluctuation and a network of local suppliers that can support short lead times and just-in-time deliveries.

Here's How Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Have Affected Van Freight

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Outbound volume recovered in Dallas too, so traffic is moving throughout most of the state now. More available trucks means that rates are going to fall, and that’s starting to happen now on outbound loads from Houston and Dallas, in particular.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2015

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Roadnet Technologies : Outlook 2015 , February 8-11, Dallas, TX. Transplace : Shipper Symposium , May 4-6, Dallas, TX. Last January, I shared 5 New Year’s Resolutions for supply chain and logistics executives to improve as leaders. Of the five resolutions, the one you should always recommit yourself to every year is “Make the time for learning — and teaching.”

Van Freight Volume Edges Up, as Rates Lag

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Texas had less freight than usual, and a lot more trucks, especially in the Dallas area during the GATS Expo. per mile for vans last week , as declining rates in Los Angeles, Dallas and other major markets offset gains in outbound rates from Chicago, Buffalo and Charlotte.

River Logic Quickly Fills Prescriptive Analytics Market Gap with its Decision Support Platform on Microsoft Azure

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DALLAS , June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- River Logic today announced that it is pioneering advanced analytics by bringing its prescriptive analytics platform to the cloud through Microsoft Azure and Cortana Intelligence Suite in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Van Rates Hit Highest Mark in 2 Years

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Rates were also way up on the lanes from Memphis to Indianapolis and Memphis to Dallas. Brokers and shippers had a harder time finding trucks last week, so they paid a premium in most major markets and lanes.

How Natural Gas and Plastics Impact the Truckload Spot Market

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Similarly, flatbed load posts on the Houston to Dallas lane are up 306 percent, while van load posts have risen 128 percent. Hopper cars will carry the plastics to packaging facilities in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

The 7 Best Events For Freight Shipping in 2015


13th Annual American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit Dallas, Texas; September 29-October 1. Are you up-to-date with the latest events in freight shipping and logistics? As you know, the atmosphere for freight brokers is only getting more competitive.