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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The Supply Chain Motto: Be Prepared

Some times the best advice is the simplest. Take the Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” for example. It doesn’t get any more basic than that—try to think ahead, anticipate the unexpected, and be ready for it when it happens. While that is good advice, no matter who you are in today’s volatile environment, it could almost be considered the…

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Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact on the Supply Chain

“Do we move out of the Asia sphere, or is this actually where a supply chain needs to be positioned—close to an emerging market? Why would you disregard a market of this size and continue to view this portion of the globe as an export-driven manufacturing base to support western consumerism?” In, Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact…

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