Doing Good While Doing Well, The World’s Most Sustainable Companies

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the best known of the corporate sustainability reports. Almost 2,100 companies data was assessed via a Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). They have released their winners by industry category. Congratulations to the winners!

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This Week in Logistics News (September 23 – 29)

Last night I saw Roger Waters perform at the TD Boston Garden as part of his Us + Them Tour. This was my second time seeing Roger Waters, the first time being on his Wall Tour from a few years ago. The Wall was an amazing show, especially given that it has long been one of my favorite albums. However, the Us + Them Tour is a best of the best kind of show; Waters […]

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Transportation Strategy During a Tight Market Shift

The long-predicted shift in the transportation market is currently here. We started to see pricing change as early as June 2017, then rates were sparked by the July 4th holiday, exacerbated by recent hurricanes, and prolonged by a “perfect storm” of looming regulations, shrinking capacity, and driver demands. September 2017 has been a particularly interesting time. Rates for spot market freight are at a 2-year high, as reported by DAT Solutions. Will this across-the-board rate […]

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How Pactiv Improved Its Yard Operations Across Twelve Facilities

Pactiv, headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of foodservice and food packaging products. The company’s typical warehouse has 300-400 trailers in the yard, with about 50 inbounds and 50 outbounds per day. This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Snow, the fleet manager for Pactiv’s Mid-West region, about the company’s recent yard management process improvement project and the benefits Pactiv obtained from implementing the system across 12 […]

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How Accurate are Your Demand Predictions? Five Reasons to Consider Demand Modeling

How confident are you in your ability to predict future customer demand? How do external factors such as economics and weather influence that demand next month or next year?? If you’re uncertain how to account for changing demand, how can you confidently design your supply chain to support your customers in the future? You could be leaving significant opportunity on the table, or risking inventory and capacity disasters. In today’s increasingly competitive and demand-driven marketplace, […]

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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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