Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

LV Top 10The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article is timely, broadly relevant, and highly educational. Congratulations Bobby! Below is a list of this year’s ten most popular articles with a brief introduction to each.

1. How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike by Bobby Miller
This past June, the largest overnight delivery carriers (FedEx and UPS) announced that they would apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 2015. It is expected that shipping costs will increase 20 to 30 percent and affect over 70 percent of all shipments…

2. The Internet of Things will Change the Face of Supply Chain Management, but it will require a Revolution in Analytics First by Steve Banker
The Internet of Things (IoT) will make our operations more efficient by combining smart sensors, cameras, software, databases/business intelligence, and the Internet (primarily in the form of private clouds) together in diverse ways…

3. The Truth about the Omni-Channel Customer Experience by Chris Cunnane
The big focus at the NRF show in New York this year, much like in years past, was the focus on improving the omni-channel customer experience. As I wrote, customers do NOT expect a similar experience across channels…

4. The Worst Supply Chain in North America by Steve Banker
I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. Unconventional oil includes crude oil from shale and oil sands. I’ve talked to over 20 oil executives and experts about the inbound supply chain…

5. Supply Chain Visibility: 7 Strategies for Success by Chris Jones
Supply Chain Visibility systems are tough to describe and even tougher to implement. Companies with complex and multi-channel supply chains often struggle because they failed to harness the true complexity of the supply chain. Our experience shows…

6. A Critical Fulfillment Metric: The Perfect Order by Steve Banker
The perfect order metric (POM) is one of the most critical metrics in fulfillment. The Warehouse Education and Research Council’s (WERC) definition of the perfect order metric is that a perfect order is delivered: Complete; On time…

7. Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain by Chris Cunnane
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 730 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving. Given that the average weight …

8. Amazon Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by Steve Banker
After Amazon reported its year end revenues, their stock tumbled despite comparable quarter revenue growth of 20 percent. The company did end the year with a narrow profit, something they did not accomplish last year, but investors…

9. The Internet of Things Changes the Equipment Manufacturer’s Spare Parts Supply Chain by Ralph Rio
Suppose you’re in logistics for an equipment manufacturer or a maintenance manager in an operating plant, and a geek in your office keeps talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is why you should listen: The underlying technologies are available with…

10. Supply Chain Inefficiencies: The Cost of Over-Packaging by Chris Cunnane
Today’s consumer is more informed than ever about the products they are buying. This includes product attributes and information, advantages, limitations, and competitive pricing, among others. The notion of the informed consumer…

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