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.”.

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Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

In a similar vein, a major 3PL that I spoke to last week at Eye for Transport is considering discontinuing the traditional storage of spare parts and initiating a new service to do 3D printing of parts on demand. On October 15th, I will be speaking on the Qunitiq World Tour in Philadelphia.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a sultry day in Philadelphia. Most often the focus is on transportation or logistics, but does not take into consideration the trade-offs between make, source and deliver. Use of third-party data for transportation lane and drayage times by day/time of week. Design of cash-to-cash cycles strategically through complexity analysis, sales and procurement policies. Procurement. Procurement programs are implemented as standalone processes.

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

The combination of weather and the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia delayed all my flights for at least two hours on multiple days. Each are good at localized planning within a focused area of demand, supply, network design, transportation planning, material sourcing or finite scheduling.

High-Tech Nation: How Technological Innovation Shapes America’s 435 Congressional Districts


This has always been too myopic a view of how technological innovation is distributed across the country, because of many other metropolitan areas and regions—from Phoenix to Salt Lake City to Philadelphia—are innovative hot spots, too, and many more areas are developing tech capabilities.

Getting Ready for 2017: Reflections on Telling Lies

Supply Chain Shaman

The gloomy streets will soon be alive with Mummers to ring in the New Year in Philadelphia. The Mummers Parade is a Philadelphia tradition. The streets below me today are icy and wet. It is a dark and dismal day. However, not for long.