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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Jeff Cohen Joins G&D Integrated as Vice President, Transportation

MORTON, IL, June 6, 2013 G&D Integrated today announced that Jeff Cohen joined as Vice President Transportation and member of the executive team, reporting to President Patrick Roesler. Jeff will have responsibility for employee and leadership development, customer relationship management and overall financial performance for the division. His initial focus will be on maximizing operational efficiency and customer diversification. “I…

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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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Improving Inventory Management

It is no secret that a detailed inventory management process will result in many positives, including increased working capital, stock market valuations, and peace of mind. Those are topics for another day. But what are characteristics of a good inventory management operation? Material Handling & Logistics’ recent blog post Top 5 Solutions to Common Inventory Management Mistakes (written by Dusty…

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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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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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