The Rise of the Consultative 3PL

It’s no secret that shipper’s needs are changing. Evolving consumer expectations, the impact of tariffs, and new sources of competition are among the many factors driving supply chain complexity. As a result, shippers are looking to their logistics service providers for more support than ever before. In order to meet their customer’s demands, remain competitive, and manage volatility, shippers are seeking personalized solutions, end-to-end visibility, cost controls, often through a single 3PL partner. Shippers often […]

Read More →

Achieve a Responsive Supply Chain Without Creating Supply Chain Chaos

Companies want to be responsive. But they also want to create business plans that give them some level of certainity that financial goals can be achieved. How do you do both? Supply chain planning with the ability to do concurrent planning is one answer.

Read More →

This Week in Logistics News (December 7 – 13)

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end again. And by that, I mean the last Logistics Viewpoints news round-up of the year. It’s been another great year bringing you the news. It’s also been another great year of learning. I’ve learned so much from reading and researching so many supply chain news topics (in fact, I have more talking points at parties than I can shake a stick at), attending supply chain […]

Read More →

How Much is it Worth to Steer Customers’ Delivery Appointment Choices?

Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the chance to work with companies that have turned home delivery into a competitive advantage or reduced their costs by using counterintuitive strategies and tactics. On a recent trip to Europe, I had a chance to catch up with a customer who, for several years, has been using the concept called the “eco-friendly” delivery option to steer its customers’ delivery choices to improve productivity. The results they shared […]

Read More →

The 2019 Holiday Logistics Guide

And like that, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday are in the books. This means we have hit peak holiday shopping and shipping season. This year, however, there is an added wrinkle for retailers. Namely, with Thanksgiving being so late this year, retailers are left with six less days of holiday shopping after Black Friday. As a result, Black Friday saw record traffic in the way of online activity, with 10 million more shoppers […]

Read More →

Value Beyond the Task: The Benefits of Robotics Outside Immediate Workflows

What’s the operational and strategic value of robotics? This question is more important now than ever, as businesses look to robotics to overcome labor challenges and increase operational flexibility. Flexibility is a strategic concept summarizing the elasticity a warehouse needs to adapt to market changes and skyrocketing consumer expectations. Helping to address flexibility in the warehouse is the newer robotics market for autonomous mobile robots (AMR). This technology is extending the capabilities of warehouses, people, […]

Read More →

A New Approach to Supply Chain Planning Software: Try Before You Buy!

While the SaaS era is better for customers, nothing beats a try before you buy program. Indeed, when it comes to enterprise software this is so rare it counts as radical business innovation. But that is exactly the deal Mayne Pharma got from Vanguard Software for their demand planning application.

Read More →

This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 6)

It was such a surprising victory, that my wife and I were actually giddy. Now, neither one of us are what I would call “dog people.” However, we put on the replay of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving night mostly to crack jokes about how much the movie Best in Show rings true. Additionally, we only saw the very end of the replay, meaning we just saw the individual category winners compete for the […]

Read More →

Savings Through Container Transport Planning

The use of standardized steel shipping containers, or intermodal containers, started late in the 1940s as commercial shipping operators started employing them for ocean carrier, truck, and rail transport. It wasn’t until 2005 when the International Maritime Office (IMO) established industry standards for more consistent loading, transporting, and unloading of goods in ports throughout the world, saving time and resources. Regular, dry freight containers typically cost between $1750 and $2000 and are owned by either […]

Read More →

The Logistics Economy: An Update

There have been recent signs of macroeconomic weakness. Let’s take this opportunity to review some of the data and dig a little deeper into the area relevant to the logistics sector. Are the concerns simply related to US-China trade, or are there signs that that trade difficulties are impacting other areas of the economy that in turn impact the broader logistics sector?

Read More →