The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. All of a sudden, everyone is “knocking on the door” of procurement and logistics, asking for cost improvements. These are the types of asset productivity savings that are often left untouched, as procurement goes relentlessly after pricing cuts.

InSight, InControl: Real-time position and quality monitoring for production material transports

SupplyOn

By combining real-time asset tracking and condition monitoring of production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures to keep your production running long before goods receipt. But generally speaking, not even the shipping agent transporting the production material to the nearest port has this information. This is even more true if the transport is intermodal, i.e. where land, air and sea freight are combined.

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

Talking Logistics

MercuryGate Launches Global, Omni-modal Freight Procurement Solution. Marten Transport Ltd. Shippers are under enormous pressure to cut transportation costs and seem not to be satisfied with the massive fuel surcharge reductions racked up over the past year and a half.”. 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.

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Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. Toward that end, we would like to provide you with four types of updates: 1) what we are seeing in the transportation marketplace, 2) what our customers are experiencing, 3) some best practices we recommend with regard to bidding, and 4) the actions we are taking to protect our employees and community. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

Even if a supplier’s factory is not flooded, the infrastructure (power, water, transportation, etc.) to the region of Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey, and 300 of them are in the Houston vicinity. If the roads leading up to the factory are damaged, that is a 2-4 week disruption, but if the factory is flooded, then equipment procurement or repair time, setup and qualification time, production lead time and transit times, all become critical path to recovery”, says Vakil.

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Managing Legal Aspects of the Implications of a Hurricane on the Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

As transportation providers begin to recover from the immediate disruption and delays caused by the hurricanes, the greater domino effect of the hurricanes on supply chains will begin to appear. Early data shows that most supply managers believe that Hurricane Harvey, which caused widespread destruction in south Texas and the closure of the Port of Houston, will impact supply chains in coming months.

2019 Logistics & Supply Chain Events to Attend in the US

EazyStock

Houston, Texas. At this event, you will get the opportunity to be part of a huge network of more than 2,500 global supply chain and procurement professionals. The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategy across the globe. LogiChem is one of the top networking events for supply chain, logistics and transportation management executives within the chemical manufacturing industry.

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SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies

NC State SCRC

A problem in procurement can impact manufacturing and logistics and planning, but often these dots are never connected, so there never emerges a cross-functional approach to working on them. So as you look across the enterprise, there is a need for a mechanism that pulls exceptions and pulls together in real-time a cross-functional team that can across the end to end supply chain, (including manufacturing sites, 3PL, 4PL, transportation, distribution sites, and suppliers.)

Get Your Supply Chain Back on Track in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Material Handling & Logistics

While the eye of the storms have passed (we hope; the latest news is that Tropical Storm Nate could develop into a hurricane this weekend), their effects will be felt for months to come, particularly as they caused closures at major ports including the Port of San Juan, the Port of Houston, the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Savannah. Companies have an even smaller margin of error than usual entering peak season, due to the ripple effect of the recent hurricanes.

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Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

On the line was a procurement person for a big-box home products retailer, wondering if the manufacturer, which produces doors, windows and other home construction materials, could, on extremely short notice, fill an order to meet what the retailer was projecting to be a 400-percent spike in demand for a particular product in the wake of the impending storm. Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area.

Petrochemical supply chain in flux

EFT

Also, in our transportation networks railcar systems are tight on one end and a slack on the other end where we might need storage,” he added. Chad Burke, president for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, said that demand on plastics that go into pipes are an example of those seeing a decline.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders

ThroughPut

Whether it is access to data, maneuvering around competing innovation objectives, tracking down actual factory-floor operators, or involving oft-neglected procurement groups, there are internal bottlenecks everywhere. This blog is co-authored by Ali Raza, Founder and CEO of ThroughPut Inc and Seth Page, COO of ThroughPut Inc. At ThroughPut, our mission is to bypass bottlenecks of every kind in the enterprise continuously.

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

It’s very important for any business to bring, ship, sell and account for items small and large coming in and out of the business, so think procurement and shipping first and everything else second. There are many factors to consider when designing a warehouse layout, and every design decision can have a significant impact on operational efficiency. According to F. Curtis Barry & Company , labor comprises more than half of a warehouse’s total operations costs.

This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. LevaData to Transform Strategic Sourcing for Global Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders. Manhattan Transportation Management Enhancements Enable the Acquisition and Supervision of Additional Shipment Capacity. The rains and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey are over, but the impact of the storm on the residents of Houston and the surrounding areas will continue for some time.