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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Considering Company Culture

As much as we would hope that all organizations put honesty, integrity and the best interests of their client at the forefront of their business-doings, the unfortunate fact is that for some, that is just not true. When you think about it, if it were true, much (if not all) of the financial crisis would have been avoided. So how…

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Will the Trend Towards High End DC Automation Drive More Companies to 3PL Options?

In today’s highly competitive market, sophisticated DC automation can provide companies with an edge. If they can afford it. The problem is, not all companies can. Fortunately, there is a solution. Outsourcing. Cliff Holste’s, Supply Chain Digest blog, “Will the Trend Towards High End DC Automation Drive More Companies to 3PL Options?” discusses how the high costs associated with sophisticated…

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Inventory… What a Waste

Inventory is a necessity – but at what levels? How much of a backlog is necessary to keep production moving at a steady rate? In his Inbound Logistics blog post, Inventory…What a Waste, Paul A. Myerson makes a strong case for reducing excess inventory, pointing out that “excess inventory is a symptom of underlying problems in a process.” “In lean…

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