Author Archive for Bobby Miller

The Business Benefits of “Going Green” with Your Supply Chain

In the not too distant past, when confronted with a decision between investing in sustainability efforts versus corporate survivability, the choice was clear for most organizations. However, as the economic recovery has gained strength and consumers have expressed a desire for corporations to focus on these efforts, green supply chain practices are emerging again. Organizations not only view themselves as being able to “afford” investing resources in “greening” their operations but also see that these […]

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Thirsty for Growth? How Molson Coors Got Route & Load Optimization Right

It’s been said that nothing in life is constant but change. Food and beverage companies understand this as well as anyone. Keeping up with the latest trends, tastes, and preferences is a hallmark of the industry. Companies succeed by introducing new products, updating packaging, and launching new brands to meet the ever-evolving needs of their target consumers. Responding to change is standard operating procedure. Today, however, food and beverage companies must contend with change on […]

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Consumer Good Companies Direct to Customer

Global parcel logistics firms have launched groundbreaking new distribution channels to offer Consumer Goods (CG) companies access to the traditional markets in places such as Latin America.  The new distribution model enables them to sell specific products from the CG companies directly to the store owners and deliver products within 48 hours. The value it delivers to the CG clients are significant.  Upon route delivery, the logistics company collects cash and deposits it directly into […]

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How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike

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. What shippers are truly affected by the new pricing model? What can be done to avoid the cost increase? Read on. What is Dimensional Weight Pricing? Dimensional weight pricing is […]

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Guest Commentary: Thirsty for DSD Efficiency? Issues and Answers

The beverage business has become much more complex, dynamic and fragmented over the last five years. One of the reasons why is consumer taste buds are changing in both developed and emerging markets. The result is a dizzying plethora of choices to quench every thirst, from hundreds of craft beers to Chinese colas to a seemingly endless stream of flavored energy drinks. According to a recently published survey, “Global Beverage Survey 2013-2014: Market Trends, Buyer […]

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Guest Commentary: Catch the “Big Fish” Savings by Optimizing Orders Upstream!

Many Consumer Goods companies today are wasting too much time and resources trying to figure how to consolidate orders manually or with their transportation management systems (TMS). The order management process requirements from big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target and others is critical, particularly since they can make up more than 50 to 60 percent of a CPG company’s revenue. Freight costs and the ever-increasing demands from retailers on inventory levels continue to put pressure […]

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