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3 Reasons Why Intermodal Transportation is an Attractive Alternative to Long-Haul Trucking

A shortage of drivers in the trucking industry is creating some painful dilemmas for transportation buyers and logistics managers. With the average age of a truck driver now in the late fifties and a dwindling interest in the trucking career path among young workers, it’s getting harder — and more expensive — to find drivers to carry long-haul loads. Truck drivers are required to spend long hours away from home without the company of co-workers. […]

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3PLs Offer Solutions to Manage Medtech Challenges in Europe

Non-European medical device companies face a number of challenges — and opportunities — when attempting to enter the European market. Addressing these issues early in the process helps avoid unnecessary and costly delays and ensures a greater chance for a successful transition. Part of the plan should include partnering with an established and experienced 3PL to act as a consultant in setting up the operation from a full supply chain perspective. The following prioritizes and […]

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World’s Largest 3PLs Off to a Weak Start in Fiscal Year 2015

The 3PL market has shown negative growth in the first quarter of 2015 mainly because of the declining reporting currency of the 3PLs. Below is the list of y-o-y comparison of various currencies in which the 3PLs report their revenues   Reporting Currency Y-O-Y Decline % Euro -17.6% Danish Krone -17.4% South Korean Won -2.6% Kuwait Dollars -4.7% Swizz Franc -6.1% ARC Advisory Group (Logistics Viewpoints) tracks the quarterly revenue results of the most prominent […]

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Do 3PLs Have an Image Problem with Young Professionals?

Last week on Talking Logistics, I had a great conversation with Professor Robert Lieb from Northeastern University about the challenges 3PLs face attracting and retaining talent. Of course, the “talent shortage” problem is not only an issue for 3PLs, but also for manufacturers, retailers, and others. But is the challenge the same for everyone, or do 3PLs face unique challenges in terms of attracting and retaining talent? For example, we all know that, generally speaking, […]

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5 Supply Chain Trends You Can’t Ignore (Takeaways from Accellos Conference)

Are you working in a Company of Yesterday or a Company of Tomorrow? I love that question, which is from a blog posting by supply chain executive and consultant Tony Martins, who was my guest on Talking Logistics earlier this year; Tony was also a panelist in the Mega Trends Impacting Supply Chains session I moderated at last week’s CSCMP conference. I’ve been asking audiences that question the past few months whenever I give keynote […]

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Guest Commentary: Have You Black-Friday-Proofed Your Supply Chain?

It’s a rite of passage for the most serious of shoppers. Black Friday. It conjures up images of long lines of intrepid bargain-hunters camped out overnight. Stampedes when the doors open. And frenzied crowds ready to drop-kick their way to door-busting prices on the year’s hottest products. Aside from the sheer entertainment (or blood sport) value, Black Friday marks more than the start of the holiday season when retailers make most of their annual profits. […]

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3PL Executive Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2013

What is the path to building successful and lasting 3PL-customer relationships? That was the main theme of a panel session I led at last month’s MercuryGate User Conference 2013, which included the following 3PL executives: Shelli Austin, VP at Integrated Distribution Services (IDS) Michael Bartz, CIO at ReTrans Jane Sandifeer, VP Business Solutions at Advanced Shipping Technologies Brad Stewart, President at Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions The panelists talked about the importance of trust and transparency, […]

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Reflections of a Supply Chain Industry Analyst

The typical role of an industry analyst is to look ahead, at the trends that are shaping and reshaping the supply chain and logistics landscape. On a recent episode of Talking Logistics, however, I decided to look back and reflect on the biggest changes I’ve seen in the industry over the past 15 years. As you can imagine, with everything that has changed since 1998, condensing the list down to a few items was not […]

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3PLs, What’s More Valuable Than Another Twitter Follower?

I have long argued that third party logistics providers (3PLs) should set themselves apart from the competition by fully harnessing the power and value of their customer and employee communities (see “If Operational Excellence is a Given, Then What Else Matters for 3PLs?” and “Operational Excellence is Not Enough–Why 3PLs Must Leverage Their Most Valuable Asset”). Take user/customer conferences as an example. While software vendors have been organizing user conferences for many years, the concept […]

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Guest Commentary: Moving Parts: Effectively Managing the Aftermarket Auto Parts Supply Chain

When an automobile parts dealer or a business in the auto service parts retail network makes a request to its suppliers to fulfill an order, there is an expectation that the right component shows up at the right place, in the right time frame, at the right cost. After all, at the end of the line in this complex supply chain fulfillment cycle is a customer with a vehicle waiting for a repair part. That […]

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