Archive for LeanLogistics

The Total Cost of Ownership Advantage of Cloud Solutions

The most important reason to go with a cloud solution is that is has a better total cost of ownership (TCO). These savings are driven by faster implementations, easier upgrades, better system longevity, and lower IT costs. Traditionally these advantages applied to public clouds, increasingly they now apply to private cloud solutions as well.

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Hostess Brands Builds a Unique, New Supply Chain

Hostess went bankrupt. But Hostess products are back in stores. This happened after the brands and certain factories were purchased out of bankruptcy in April of 2013. The brand was then relaunched in July of 2013. That left just a few months to build a unique, new supply chain from scratch.

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Guest Commentary: Supply Chain Direction – Strategic Plan vs. Cost Center

When companies engage with a shipper, regardless of the industry or the complexity of the supply chain, the first area to focus on is where supply chain stands in the organization.  Although supply chain management is now a generally understood function in most companies, organizations often struggle to get supply chain management on the key initiatives list for their CEO’s.  There could be a number of reasons for that omission.  We often hear that supply […]

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Collaborate? Sure, Except I Don’t Trust You

According to an AP-GfK poll conducted last month, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. That’s down from half who felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question. Almost two-thirds of the poll respondents said “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people. Is that what you’re thinking when you’re sitting across from a supplier, customer, or other trading partner? Are they thinking the same […]

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The Logistics of Elevator Rides

I presented at the LeanLogistics ClientConnect 2013 conference yesterday (more on that in a future posting), which took place at the Swissotel in Chicago. It’s a lovely hotel, with comfortable rooms and a great view of the lake, and something I had never encountered before: elevators with no floor buttons inside. Instead, you enter your floor number on a keypad in the waiting area where you would normally find the up and down arrow buttons, […]

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Guest Commentary: Millennials and the Supply Chain

Do a quick Google search. Just type ‘Millennials’. You should get a screen like this: Outside the two definition-type searches, two broad ends of the spectrum are represented: being lazy and the workplace (assumed to be the antithesis of lazy). The world is still trying to figure out how to classify, identify, and ultimately work with the Millennial Generation. With 80 million Millennials vs. 79 million Boomers in the U.S., the corporate world needs to […]

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Guest Commentary: Republic Plastics Sees Quick ROI with SaaS TMS

It is surprising to me how many companies still rely on spreadsheets and fax machines to manage their transportation operations. But ultimately, these companies reach a point where they need to automate their transportation processes in order to meet customer requirements and scale their business. Such was the case of Republic Plastics, a leading manufacturer of premium foam private label tableware products. For Republic Plastics, the company was seeing a shift in freight transportation to […]

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Transportation Simulation: Who Needs It?

If you have a lawn mower, why would you need a lawn service? If you have an iPod nano and a cell phone, why would you also need an iPhone? If you have a transportation management system (TMS) and a network design tool, why would you need a transportation simulation solution? A network design tool works in strategic time frames, often a year or more, and answers questions about where manufacturing plants and warehouses should […]

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Ace Hardware Leverages TMS for Freight Procurement

Eight years ago, Ace Hardware began working with LeanLogistics (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) to help with inbound freight moves. Scott McLean, Director of Transportation, and Carey Skoglund, National Logistics Manager, explained to me their journey to more fully leverage LeanLogistics to improve the transportation procurement program. Ace Hardware is a cooperative that serves 4,000 independently owned and operated retail stores across the United States. The cooperative helps these local entrepreneurs purchase goods more cost effectively […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

“We’re toast,” said one of my son’s baseball teammates from the bench last night, as their team quickly fell behind 8-0 against the best team in the league. From my beach chair on the sidelines, I thought the same thing. Then came the bottom of the fifth inning, when my son hit a 2-run home run with two outs, followed by more hits and more runs, and when the dust settled in the infield, the […]

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