Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences. However, when I am well-rested and in a better state of mind, I remind myself that supply chain conferences are a great way to connect with people in a meaningful way. Customer segmentation, and building a customer-centric supply chain, is a popular topic at conferences. Current State of Supply Chain Visibility.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update. With the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), vulnerabilities in supply chains continue to be exposed. As the first tier in many company supply chains, the disruption in China has sent ripples through the worldwide economy. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China as the situation normalizes. The Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages.

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AGL CEO Jon Slangerup to Deliver Keynote Address at JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston

American Global Logistics

Atlanta, GA: American Global Logistics (AGL) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup will deliver the Day 2 keynote address for the Journal of Commerce Gulf Shipping Conference next week in Houston, Tex., On Wednesday, May 22, Slangerup will discuss “Supply Chain Optimization in the Age of Disruption” at 9 AM CT. The post AGL CEO Jon Slangerup to Deliver Keynote Address at JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston appeared first on AGL.

The History of the Shipping Container

Freightos

The History of the Shipping Container. 26 April 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Ideal X and the birth of modern container shipping, a development that played a critical role in spurring the global economy. But the modern shipping container has changed much more than one industry. The Shipping Container: Before 1956. Small trucker, Malcom McLean, fumes at slow loading of cargo aboard ship – “There has to be a better way.”.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch

Cerasis

The shipping capacity crunch is not a new topic, but the end of 2017 is shaping up to reveal an unprecedented crunch, reports Chris Brady of Logistics Viewpoints. An active hurricane season, the forthcoming implementation deadline for electronic logging devices (ELD) and record-shattering projections for the upcoming holiday shipping season reflect some of the top factors affecting the current state shipping capacity crunch.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The shipping capacity crunch is not a new topic, but the end of 2017 is shaping up to reveal an unprecedented crunch, reports Chris Brady of Logistics Viewpoints. An active hurricane season, the forthcoming implementation deadline for electronic logging devices (ELD) and record-shattering projections for the upcoming holiday shipping season reflect some of the top factors affecting the current state shipping capacity crunch. appeared first on Supply Chain Game Changer™.

Petrochemical supply chain in flux

EFT

. The supply chain for oil-derived products is in a state of upheaval, as demand for automotive and construction products nosedives but pharmaceuticals, food additives, derivative health products and disinfectants is soaring. There is also a need to track the availability of shipping, including train or truck as well as railcar storage, executives participating on a Petrochemical Update webinar on April 16, 2020 said.

Which Season is Best For Supply Chains?

AFFLINK

The same is true for supply chains, which experience highs and lows all year long thanks to the seasons themselves. The Supply Chains and the Seasons: What You Need to Know. Driven by the rise of e-commerce, shipment volumes do increase dramatically from Thanksgiving to Christmas as A) companies ship more product to stores, and B) people buy more products as gifts in preparation for Christmas. The Seasonal Challenges of Supply Chain Planning.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. Reroute freight to account for increased demand or last minute outages within the supply chain. The important rule is to ship so that products never go to the company’s facility. Why is Vendor Management Key to a Global Shipping Strategy?

How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

CH Robinson Logistics

How is Global Shipping Growing in India? How to Take Advantage of Increased Shipping in India. Shippers should include India in their global shipping strategy by looking into new carriers, routes, distribution centers, warehouses, and customers and planning their supply logistics around them. Furthermore, where language and cultural barriers might have been an issue, a global supply chain expert has the resources to break down communication walls.

Southwest Airlines Cargo Now Shipping Internationally, Beginning With Mexico

EFT

Cargo is expanding internationally in its shipping operations, with Mexico City the first port of call and further routes planned shortly. Southwest is going to focus on building up international shipping capabilities and experience in the Mexican market first. We applaud Southwest Airlines' decision to expand cargo operations between Mexico City and Houston Hobby Airport. Southwest Airlines Co.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers

Cerasis

As a logistics service provider, focusing on over-the-road surface transportation management solutions via technology and managed transportation services, we find the following information on the history of shipping containers of great significance to the logistics and supply chain community at large. There are two ways to view the History of Shipping Containers. Below, you can also view the history of shipping containers in one infographic.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

Others say February… Where they all agree is that the labor union discord was the icing on the top of a broken link in the supply chain. As a country, I think that we need to rethink supply chain flows for chassis, drayage and the unloading of larger ships. I don’t think that the ports are up to the challenge of moving the high-levels of freight with larger ships without rethinking unloading space, equipment and flows.

Customer Advisory – Hurricane Harvey

CH Robinson Logistics

Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Southeast Texas, leaving the Houston metro area in a severe crisis situation. Houston area schools as well as a significant number of businesses are closed for the week and many areas are only accessible by boat or helicopter. Robinson Houston teammates have checked in and are confirmed safe at this time. While our Houston offices remain closed, the C.H. Global Forwarding – Ocean and Air Shipping.

How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

ISM special report found that 67% of supply managers believe input materials pricing will be at least somewhat negatively impacted over the next three months with 27% expecting prices to be negatively or very negatively impacted. Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. Derry, CEO of Institute for Supply Management.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

40’ containers: Due to the lack of imports, this equipment is in limited supply across the country. The expectation is that two mega ships will arrive at the ports to pick up empties this week as the equipment is needed in China. The supply of 40’ equipment across the U.S. Packaging and CPG supply chains appear to be oversold in many places and transportation demand is strong from those sectors. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China.

Four Risk Mitigation Actions for Weathering a Stormy Market

TMC

The recent decision by Japan’s three largest container companies to merge their shipping operations is yet another symptom of the volatility that is roiling the freight business. K” Line, MOL, and NYK are the three Japanese ship lines that are consolidating. It’s one of many changes that are reshaping the struggling container trades, which are still feeling shock waves from the decision by South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Company to file for bankruptcy in August.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey

TMC

As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. As suspected, the storm is also having a significant impact on supply chains across North America. We recognize that shippers likely have many questions about how this weather event is impacting their supply chain today and in the coming months.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey

TMC

As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. As suspected, the storm is also having a significant impact on supply chains across North America. We recognize that shippers likely have many questions about how this weather event is impacting their supply chain today and in the coming months.

This Week in Logistics News (April 22-26, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Swipe, click, this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval (Bloomberg) Amazon to invest $800 million to make one-day free shipping the standard for Prime members (WSJ – sub. Mr. Olsavsky said Amazon would build out most of the logistical and fulfillment capacity through the year, but didn’t specify when the company plans to roll out the faster shipping.

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

NC State SCRC

As organizations move towards visible, high velocity, transparent supply chains, a number of questions arise that are fundamental to the business, but which executive often struggle to answer with any clarity. How do we extend the concept visibility and control beyond our four walls to drive better execution in our supply chain? In addressing these questions, Dana Martin from Elementum emphasized the need to think about the next generation of supply chain.

America's Trucker Shortage Is Hitting Home

Supply Chain Brain

And now this compression point is sending waves of pain through the supply chain from distributors and wholesalers to retailers and consumers in the form of fast-rising shipping costs. We could see the demographics, and now they’re finally hitting home,” says Brian Fielkow, president and CEO of Jetco Delivery, a trucking and logistics company based in Houston. Global Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt.

This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Talking Logistics

University of Maryland Selects Resilinc as Supply Chain Risk Partner. The service will begin in Los Angeles and New York on November 17, with plans to expand it to Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, and other cities next year. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland plans to integrate Resilinc SupplyIntel into its supply chain course curriculum “for the purpose of educating future business leaders on supply chain risk management best practices.”

What’s on Your Radar? Planning for Less Disruption in the Wake of Severe Weather and Disasters

BluJay Solutions

Ask anyone in supply chain – the past few years have been particularly active for natural disasters and major weather events. If you work in transportation or logistics, you are undoubtedly aware of the supply chain challenges faced in the aftermath of such events. Natural disasters send a ripple effect across supply chains as a whole — not just the affected areas. The value of technology and network in reducing supply chain friction.

Hurricane Harvey Updates

Elementum

The rain has stopped in Houston, Texas, but the traumatic conditions left by Tropical Storm Harvey have not yet cleared. Tropical Storm Harvey lashed Houston, Texas — America's fourth largest city — and has proven to be extremely traumatic to tens of thousands of people and businesses. This has alerted shipping lines and prompted some to entertain rerouting cargo to New Orleans and Alabama, and even as far away as the Bahamas and Mexico. The mayor of Houston issued a 12 a.m.

Hurricane Harvey - Effects, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices

Elementum

As a center of petro-chemical industry and a conduit of trucking and rail out of Mexico, the key supply chain hub is currently devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey is not the first lethal and damaging flood to hit Houston: Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 killed 41 and caused $9 billion in damage, as well as flooding in 2016 that shut down the city for days. All traffic destined to or originating from Houston has been suspended, according to a BNSF customer alert.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

NC State SCRC

As the global environment is shifting based on political debates, EU/British negotiations, tariffs driven by the Trump administration, as well as the sudden shifts in country-level policies, supply chain executives and planners are working to plan for future uncertainties. To deal with uncertainty, the team has mapped out their supply base to mitigate risk. Bill H: “We have two trade zones in Oklahoma and Houston, and are under construction to produce one in Corpus Christi.

Capacity Crunch Factors: What Causes a Capacity Crunch?

Cerasis

Unbelievably, the capacity crunch is back the shipping headlines. Now, the shipping and transportation industry faces unprecedented capacity problems, and the upcoming ELD implementation deadline will exacerbate the issue. Lacking shipping standards and a misconception about the urgency of getting drivers in and out of shipyards faster are common capacity crunch factors. A shipping capacity crunch is not a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

Most of the major van markets actually had fewer outbound loads available, though, and most regular freight heading to Houston was canceled. Outbound volumes from Houston also fell 73%, but the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and increased seasonal demand in other parts of the country combined to create pockets of tight capacity that put extra pressure on truckload rates. Denver to Houston rose 59¢ to $1.63

Managing Logistics for The World’s Largest Company with Gary Sostack

The Logistics of Logistics

We assist 3PLs with their bid packages to corporations, and we work with corporations who don’t see supply chain as their core activity. [01:20] Then, after a short spell in New Orleans, I moved to Houston to work with supply chain in oil and gas. If you live in Houston, you know who it is. Then, we buy and ship it to get oil out of the ground. For the last four years, I’ve been teaching at the University of Houston.

Rakuten Super Logistics expands national presence into six additional US markets

EFT

At the same time, customers are demanding shorter shipping timelines. Houston and Los Angeles will be our first 2019 expansion markets. The new Houston facility will be strategic for our clients importing product and materials from all over the world – including Brazil and Germany. RSL will be employing state-of-the-art technology in all six new facilities.

What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

Last year, Hurricane Michael had a devastating effect on coastal towns, disrupting the supply chain and leaving close to total destruction. Hurricane Harvey by itself affected 10% of the nation’s trucking capacity after leaving Houston flooded. Extreme weather events affect each sector of the supply chain but knowing what to expect helps ease the stress. Securing the Supply Chain. Supply chain delays are inevitable when roads are impassable.

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. Inside cavernous halls known as fulfillment centers, workers retrieve coffee filters, diapers and other items that are then packaged and shipped to customers. It was only for residents of Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, San Diego and St. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, sorting and shipping jobs at Amazon will be full time.

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. Inside cavernous halls known as fulfillment centers, workers retrieve coffee filters, diapers and other items that are then packaged and shipped to customers. It was only for residents of Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, San Diego and St. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, sorting and shipping jobs at Amazon will be full time.

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Elementum

Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain. Despite these drawbacks, Walmart is continuing to bank on Mexico’s supply chain. Walmart’s goods start their nine day journey through Mexico to Houston’s major intermodal transit hub at the Lorenzo Cardenas Port. Before the mega-retailer started shipping goods through Lazaro Cardenas, the KCS had fallen on hard times.

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