Evolution of a More Strategic Supply Chain

There is no arguing the fact that trying to stay afloat and be successful in a down economy is a stressful endeavor. As Brad Householder, principal, supply chain practice, at PwC is quoted as saying in Supply Chain Management Review’s Six Months Later, CEO’s Still Cautious About Supply Chain Management “From a supply chain executive’s perspective, the pressures have been…

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Moving Towards Supply Chain Perfection

Cliché and overused as it may be, the saying, “If you aren’t getting better, you are getting worse” is entirely on the money, particularly in the world of logistics. New technology and innovative process improvements are constantly shaping and revising industry best practices. Although one cannot say for sure what best practices will look like in five years, it is…

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Determining the Best Site for Your Distribution Center

Whether you are considering moving your current distribution center or opening a new one to serve increasing demand, site selection needs to be, as a recent Materials Handling and Logistics blog eloquently put it, “a labor of love, not a game of luck.” The above referenced blog post, aptly titled, Compete: Site Selection - Labor of Love, Not Game of…

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Controlling Inbound Shipping Costs

How much are you spending on inbound freight costs? In her recent Entrepreneur.com article, How to Control Your Inbound Shipping Costs, author, Samantha Blake states that “depending on the industry and size of the company a business can spend 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping.” Because it is an area with such a high level of expenditure…

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Strategies to Reduce Over-Processing

No one starts out with the goal of being disorganized. Additionally, most processes aren’t designed to be cumbersome. They just get that way. Putting it in software terms, what starts as a simple “point and click” operation in Version 1 can get three and four levels deep by Version 3 or 4. What happens is that, over time, processes and…

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Commentary on On-Shoring Manufacturing

The prospect of an increasing number of large corporations moving manufacturing back to US soil is no longer a pipe dream. By many accounts, it is happening. Labor costs are rising in emerging markets, the costs of stateside production are going down, and manufacturers are realizing the hidden costs of manufacturing overseas. With the re-emergence of manufacturing on US soil,…

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Does Your 3PL Innovate?

DC Velocity recently published a blog post, Are you keeping your 3PL from innovating? – the gist of which is that while many shippers are frustrated with the perceived lack of innovation from their 3PL suppliers, they may need to look internally to find a solution. The five introspective questions she asks are as follows: (more…)

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Harnessing the Power of Lean

In November, Industry Week published an excellent article by Josh Cable, highlighting an interview with lean practitioner Jim Byrne, author of The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company. The gist of the article is that while adopting lean principles can have a positive impact on any organization, manufacturing or otherwise, very…

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Inefficient Workflows Go Unchecked by Management

In the current economy every dollar counts. As a result, the quest to do things better, faster and more efficiently is never-ending. In fact, as a recent article in Material Handling & Logistics states, “Recent research by Intermec reveals that in the last six months alone, nearly eight out of ten (79%) warehouse managers have been tasked with finding an…

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