New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Ring out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to become an […]

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Best Supply Chain Conferences to Attend in 2016

Hear, hear! Once again, it’s a new year (poet, didn’t even know it)! And with that change comes a wish list of conferences that you would like to attend. Let’s face it, a trip to Miami in February isn’t hard to swallow. But your request needs to get approval from the corner office, right? What’s the ROI of you attending this conference? Is it the most productive way for you to spend your time and […]

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Webinar: Freight Challenges and the Power of TMS

Manhattan Associates recently sponsored a webinar hosted by Chris Cunnane, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group, titled, “Transportation: Why You Can’t Thrive Without TMS.” In the webinar, Cunnane examined the complicated world of freight transportation and how companies can effectively manage their networks. He also delved into the value of an advanced Transportation Management System (TMS) and why today’s big (and even small) shippers cannot hope to thrive without one. This article will summarize the […]

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Hostess Brands Builds a Unique, New Supply Chain

Hostess went bankrupt. But Hostess products are back in stores. This happened after the brands and certain factories were purchased out of bankruptcy in April of 2013. The brand was then relaunched in July of 2013. That left just a few months to build a unique, new supply chain from scratch.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 9 – 15)

It’s the middle of January so that means it is NRF time. For the eighth straight year I will be attending NRF’s Big Show in New York. It is always an interesting trip – meeting with customers and potential customers and learning about new technologies and solutions. Clint Reiser and I will have a recap of our time at the conference in the near future. And if any of our Logistics Viewpoints readers are attending […]

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Improving on Strategic Sourcing

These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. However, meeting these expectations while maintaining service year-over-year has become more challenging. To get more out of the market, we need to change the approach, as it is no longer enough to simply conduct a “bid” for transportation […]

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Delivering Shoes to Children in Need Using Enhanced Inventory Visibility

Shortly before the holiday break, I had the privilege of speaking with Manny Ohonme, Founder and President of Samaritan’s Feet. Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization that, in their words, “shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes.” The organization was founded in 2002 in response to the growing need for basic supplies in impoverished nations. Prior to founding Samaritan’s […]

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Use Modeling Technology to Design and Test Omni-Channel Strategy

Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core, necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations. Retailers are turning to supply chain modeling as a way to effectively design and test omni-channel fulfillment strategies prior to execution. Modeling can be used to evaluate the numerous network and policy changes to an organization’s supply chain that may be required for […]

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Logistics and Supply Chain Trends to Monitor in 2016

Writing about trends is tough. Many trends are slow moving trains. Sometimes few people question that the trend is underway, they just want to know when it will impact them. The other thing about making predictions, is ideally a prediction should be specific enough and testable enough that after the fact someone can look back and see whether it was right or wrong. With those thoughts in mind, ARC will attempt to make pertinent and […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 1 – January 8)

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe the holidays are over and we’re back into the swing of things. One of the last big news items I wrote about last year was the recently published federal requirements for truck operators to use electronic logging devices. The devices, which keep records of duty status, will take effect Dec. 10, 2017. That gives operators of post-1999 model year trucks not running a 395.15-compliant AOBRD-type e-log as of […]

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