Author Archive for Chuck Fuerst – Page 2

Guest Commentary: Three Things the Next President Needs to Know about Logistics

The Presidential election is looming, and even though the topic of infrastructure occasionally gets a brief mention, specifics are usually absent. Here are the three top challenges facing the logistics industry that the next president needs to understand in order to keep America competitive. Supply disruptions: The cost of oil, raw materials and many household items continues to climb. Unstable economies and political situations around the world affect us, such as the jump in oil […]

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Guest Commentary: Adapting and Thriving in an Uncertain World

A 21st century supply chain cannot be static. The pressures from changing regulations, supplier needs, world economic instability and natural disasters have led to a volatile and uncertain industry. While we are not able to predict every interruption and challenge, we must embrace a new business climate in which adaptability is not only a source of competitive advantage, it is core to the survival of a company. But a company can’t just survive: It must […]

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Guest Commentary: Four Ways 3PLs Can Leverage Supply Chain Technology to Attract Clients and Drive Profitability

Turning a profit in a cost-conscious industry like third-party logistics (3PL) is a challenging feat. Businesses are increasingly turning to logistics services providers to run their manufacturing, warehousing and transportation operations more efficiently and cheaply than they can run it themselves. So 3PLs need to run as lean an operation as possible, while at the same time making sure they’re getting paid for each and every service they provide. Tall order! When talking to 3PL […]

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Guest Commentary: How Flexible Distribution Has Supported Overstock.com’s Rapid Growth

I think one of the toughest tests for a WMS implementation team is supporting a high growth retail customer through its busy season, which is what we did with Overstock.com during the December busy season in 2002 and 2003. In 2002 Overstock.com had annual revenues of $92 million. By 2010 the company had grown to $1.1 billion. Although Overstock.com’s growth has dramatically changed its product mix and distribution processes, it is still running the same […]

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