Are You Demanding Enough from Your 3PL Technology?

To be demanding isn’t all bad, especially when those demands help you grow your business and save money in the process.  Technology for all its wonders, can throw up road blocks that companies have to find ways around. As Steve Banker’s Logistics Viewpoints blog post Customers Demand More from 3PLs Technologically, Than They Would Ever Demand of Themselves points out,…

Read More


Capacity Issues Expected to Push Freight Costs Higher in 2015

Predicting the future is nearly impossible.  However, predicting trends based on historical data, though still imperfect, is more achievable.  The 2015 predictions are in and as with 2014 freight costs are expected to rise.  The most significant factor leading to increasing costs is diminishing capacity.  It is simple supply and demand, and there simply aren’t enough trucks available. There are…

Read More


Why a Hybrid Supply Chain Strategy is Necessary to Maintain Competitive Advantage

Customers are looking for value. They are also increasingly looking for responsiveness—the desire for more customization and smaller batch sizes has led to faster turnarounds, smaller inventory levels and more just in time (JIT) delivery requirements. In most cases it is not an “either, or” situation. Lean Systems are necessary in order to do things as efficiently as possible –…

Read More


Reshoring? Thoughts on Combatting the Skilled Worker Shortage

Lower domestic energy costs, a move towards customization, and a desire for a more nimble supply chain are just a few of the factors leading companies to consider bringing their manufacturing operations closer to home. But for all its benefits, reshoring is not an initiative to be taken lightly. There are a number of things to consider – from service…

Read More


It’s time for forward thinking. Do you have the info you need?

It’s that time of year again when shippers will be analyzing budgets, putting out RFPs, and trying to lock in capacity for the coming year. They will be faced with the choice of doing things the way they’ve always done them or assessing business processes and evaluating partnerships in the hopes of doing them better. Given today’s changing economic landscape,…

Read More


Six Things to look for in a 3PL Provider

G&D Integrated is always on the lookout for content that is relevant to your desires for improvement and growth. In the past, we’ve shared articles on supercharging your supply chain, inventory management, and more. Today, we’d like to feature Jamie Wyatt’s SupplyChain24/7 post: “Evaluating Potential 3PL Logistics Providers and What You Should Be Looking For”  – because it does a very thorough job…

Read More


Reshoring Powers America’s Manufacturing Resurgence

Exports from the U.S. are at the highest point in 50 years. The gap between labor costs in the U.S. and overseas is shrinking. There are many factors contributing to the rise of reshoring in America, and it’s important to study up on them to gain a competitive edge. G&D Integrated’s infographic: “Reshoring Powers America’s Manufacturing Resurgence” quickly yet thoroughly…

Read More


Use The Reshoring Initiative’s TCO calculator to lower operating and logistics costs

Manufacturing giants like General Electric, Ford, Wal-Mart and Nike are investing heavily in reshoring initiatives. Wal-Mart will increase sourcing of American-made products by $50 billion over the next decade, while GE will move production of high-end refrigerators from China and Mexico to Louisville. Nike and Ford will each invest more than $150 million in reshoring because with exports from the…

Read More


Moneyball Logistics

Since Bill Lewis’ best selling book, Moneyball and the ensuing movie starring Brad Pitt came out, light bulbs have been going off for business leaders everywhere as they begin to draw parallels between the form of statistical analysis Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane used to take a small market team with a bleak outlook to a consistent contender and…

Read More