Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. This bring concerns for transportation costs as we see as the #2 area of importance for sourcing.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

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The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective.

What the “New Normal” in Shipping, Logistics, and Transportation May Look Like

Shipchain

Seemingly everything has been shaken up by COVID-19, and the shipping, logistics, and transportation industry is no different. Now, all of those norms are long gone, and it has left the shipping, logistics, and transportation industry wondering what lies ahead once COVID-19 begins to decline. Industry Logistics Shipping Supply Chain

From Exports to Delivery: Simplifying PPE Shipping

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Over the past several months, China has been the main source for PPE. For a closer look at how China’s regulations impact PPE shipping, check out our recent PPE exporting video featuring our director of product development, Vincent Wong. FCL and LCL expedited ocean shipping.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

Talking Logistics

While we live in an age where same-day delivery and free shipping have become customer expectations, we also live in an age where dimensional weighting and quarterly accessorial increases have become a reality from the carrier.

Private Blockchains Could Hurt the Shipping and Logistics Industry

Shipchain

In the shipping and logistics industry, enterprises are already beginning to realize that private blockchains are simply not the solution they’ve been sold. With only one central source of truth, private blockchains are just as vulnerable to attacks as regular servers or databases are.

Vizion’s Quality Data Enables Smarter Container Tracking

Gravity Supply Chain

Gravity partners with Vizion to help businesses make data-driven decisions, increase shipping reliability, reduce risks, and supply chain disruptions.

How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Cerasis

If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Packaging and product damage during shipping is extremely common. Many shipping companies will stack pallets on top of one another to maximize their load, so you need to know this important piece of logistical information as well. . Trucking Logistics.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Yet the company is at pains to make it clear this is part of a global operations strategy, with devices continuing to be assembled in China and Brazil and components presumably continuing to be sourced from emerging markets based on cost and quality.

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving

Cerasis

Now, multiply that by 250 million Americans celebrating the holiday, reports Bob Trebilcock of Logistics Management. Frozen turkeys make up 90 percent of Thanksgiving sales, explains Chris Cunnane of Logistics Viewpoints. Fresh turkey spoils faster and requires fast-paced logistics.

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Outbound Logistics

LeanCor

Outbound Logistics: Think Outside of the Trailer. Shipping Produce via Rail Can Be Lean. To facilitate a lean fulfillment stream for our outbound logistics customers, we strive to achieve the perfect order. How much does this method of outbound logistics cost, you ask?

How COVID – 19 Might Shape the Future of China Sourcing and Manufacture

Logistics Bureau

COVID-19 and the Future of China Sourcing and Manufacture. The Pros: Strong supply chain and logistics culture. Covid 19 Global Sourcing

Technology Is The Key To Supply Chain Orchestration

Gravity Supply Chain

Entire logistics networks, manufacturing bases, and workers face a multitude of unprecedented disruption challenges. It’s not just the supply chain!

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target. How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? It’s also important to note that shipping and aviation, two industries with significant greenhouse gas emissions, are not included in the COP21 agreement.

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Assuming current trends hold, and NAFTA remains largely intact, here are five things to consider when managing cross-border logistics between the United States and Mexico: 1. manufacturer can send an advanced shipping notice (ASN) that will populate into the TMS.

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Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

Though some blame retailers for creating too challenging a logistics environment for their suppliers, there is well-founded reasoning behind their increasingly stringent delivery standards. What Does that Mean for Your Retail Shipping Efforts? Complete Guide to Costco Shipping.

How Global Pandemics Impact Shipping

Intelligent Audit

The repercussions for global trade, and shipping in particular, have also been significant. Shipping Impact from COVID-19. Shipping by sea to either the U.S. There are a variety of ways that a continued pandemic will impact supply chains and shipping. Sourcing.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex. Creating more sustainable logistics is even more important for the trucking industry. Sustainable Logistics | Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics. Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. From shareholders to consumers, sustainable logistics has created broad value. Logistics

LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

Black swans in the supply chain refer to unexpected, unusual disruptions within the supply chain, reports Melanie Nuce of Inbound Logistics. For shippers, this means finding a way to handle changes in inventory and replenishment, as well as managing outbound freight and reverse logistics.

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.

Defining Your Own Logistics Competitive Weapon

Talking Logistics

For a long time, C-level executives viewed supply chain management, especially the logistics function, as a cost center. Source: “Tech in Asia” – https://www.techinasia.com. Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Amazon Prime logistics supply chain

UPS Announces Sunday Shipping

Intelligent Audit

In recent years, that focus on experience has extended to shipping. While Amazon is the biggest eCommerce player, and therefore the single biggest potential source of eCommerce business for carriers, UPS is banking on getting a greater share of the pie by soliciting other major players in eCommerce, such as Walmart, Target and other Amazon competitors. This is an important indicator as to Amazon’s plan in the shipping space, and how carriers like FedEx and UPS are reacting.

Unlocking the Value in Blockchain for Logistics

Cerasis

The value in blockchain for logistics is about more than just retaining information. Blockchain technology builds value in the supply chain through better transparency and process standardization, but it holds additional value through new logistics services and business models.

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.

Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. The simplest way to think of procurement logistics is the procurement of materials needed to manufacture products. According to DHL , procurement logistics includes obtaining the following necessities: Raw materials. Where Do Logistics Providers Come Into Play With Procurement Logistics?

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

The Top 5 Changes That Occur With AI in Logistics

Cerasis

There’s no other way to describe it: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the world of logistics. In general, the predictive analytics solutions in logistics and supply chain are on the rise. The Top Logistics Trends that Will Impact Logistics Management in 2018?.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing

Cerasis

With major companies taking the initiative to develop and encourage the growth of robotics in logistics and manufacturing industries, the possibilities for the future are endless. Driving Forces Behind Robotics in Logistics in Manufacturing.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Logistics is no exception. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. Here is our glossary of top logistics terms to know. Logistics Terms for Pros to Know. Consignor — The originator of shipped products.

Leveraging Logistics Trends to Make a Difference When it Matters Most

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Like other states and organizations who need essential PPE, Minnesota was dealing with similar challenges: PPE is costing more as demand increases and taking longer to ship as inspection times are drawn out. Freight and Transportation Services Featured Global shipping Logistics management

Midstream Transportation Trends: The Future of Oil and Gas Industry

PLS Logistics

Despite the 2014 oil and gas price drop crisis and the rush around alternative fuel sources, the future of the oil and gas industry remains bright and has a steady pace of growth and increasing demand.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas E-Commerce Shipping

Veridian Solutions

Planning for Christmas e-commerce shipping used to be an annual process. Driving Forces of the Nightmare Before Christmas E-Commerce Shipping. The driving forces of the real nightmare before Christmas e-commerce shipping arise from the need to ship more products, guarantee order accuracy , and stay competitive with Amazon and others. Use analytics to understand more about what customers will expect and want from the peak season, explains Logistics Middle East.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. According to the CSCMP's "State of Logistics" Report from 2015, logistics costs now make up over 8% of the GDP.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Then how about joining our Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure cycling team and help us raise money for JDRF in our quest to create a world without type 1 diabetes! Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit (WSJ – sub. Here are some excerpts from the article: XPO Logistics Inc.

This Week in Logistics News (September 3-7, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Here I am doing my standard Talking Logistics intro through one of my favorite filters: How awesome would it be to discuss blockchain or the capacity crunch in transportation using this filter for an entire episode? The New First Moment of Truth: Can We Ship It Profitably?