A Garment Manufacturer Saves Money and Improves Service with an Unusual 4PL Arrangement

A global garment manufacturer entered an unusual Lead Logistics Provider relationship with their service provider, they actually allowed the 3PL to integrate into their systems and see who they were selling their products to. This unusual level of trust allowed the 3PL to provide not just warehousing and transportation services, but also robust inventory optimization to their customer. The results were fantastic.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 16 – 22)

Monday, September 18, marked the 47th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. While his short-lived career lasted only four years, he is universally recognized as the greatest guitarist in rock n’ roll history. He released three studio albums and one live album, but since his death, more than 10 posthumous albums have been released, including a number of live albums. The live event is where Hendrix shined; he wasn’t just a singer/songwriter/guitarist. He was […]

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Are You Ready for Some Football (and Freight Spend Management)?

As football season is now upon us, I can’t help but notice the critical role that coaching plays in the on-field success of a team. A truly immense amount of thought and effort by a dedicated and sleep-deprived coaching staff fuels the performance of the players on a weekly basis. Having come to appreciate this, I also can’t help but notice how similar the role of technology in the success of a logistics organization’s freight […]

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Sneak Peak: Omni-Channel Order Management

A few weeks ago, I wrote about omni-channel and returns management. This was part of my sneak-peak into my upcoming omni-channel fulfillment and returns management strategy report. A common theme here at Logistics Viewpoints is to write about what we are currently researching. So, in conjunction with my omni-channel returns management research, I am also working on a new market study on omni-channel order management systems. This study is focused on those suppliers offering a […]

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Bucking the 80/20 Trend: 4 Key Benefits of Adopting a Digital Yard

Also known as “the 80/20 rule,” the Pareto Principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first paper, “Cours d’économie politique.” The same 80/20 principle can be applied in the supply chain, where […]

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Logistics Solutions Are Becoming Marketplaces

Logistics solutions have long had logic for both improving a shipper’s transportation capabilities and for doing commerce. While these solutions supported commercial transactions related to shipping, these are not true marketplaces. That is changing.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 9 – 15)

Today is September 15. It’s neither October, November, nor December 15. It is September 15. That means it is still “officially” summer, but I can go along with the notion of fall. The days are getting shorter, the early mornings and nights cooler. It’s the perfect time for a fire pit. It also means I don’t mind seeing people enjoying a pumpkin latte or pumpkin beer now that Labor Day is over. However, I’m already […]

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A Distribution Revolution in the Making: A Wholesaler Uses Mobile, Picking Robots

A revolution in robotic automation for the piece picking warehouse is emerging. The combination of mobile robots and picking arms is potentially revolutionary.  These solutions are just beginning to emerge. Rochester Drug Coop (RDC) has implemented a solution from IAM Robotics with future phases already planned. 

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Global Trade Management (GTM) Technology Market Update

Congratulations to me! I have (finally) completed ARC’s Global Trade Management Systems Market Research Study. I will take this opportunity to communicate and consolidate the research findings from the study and the accompanying writing I published over the last few months in Logistics Viewpoints. The GTM Solutions Market ARC focuses its GTM research on two high-level functionality sets: Trade Compliance – functionality for managing trade compliance costs and processes like duties, tariffs, restricted party screening, […]

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3D Printing of Spare Parts: the Challenges are Surmountable

The opportunity to use additive manufacturing to print spare parts is widely recognized.  There have been challenges, but those challenges are becoming easier to overcome.

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