Archive for Logistics Outsourcing

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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Vested Outsourcing: The ‘Mind Shift’ is Finally Happening

Back in April 2009, I took a 2.5-day course on Vested Outsourcing (called “Performance-Based Outsourcing” at the time) at the University of Tennessee. Halfway through the course, I shared some of my key takeaways, including this one: Implementing Vested Outsourcing “the right way” takes a lot of work and discipline, and it requires 3PLs [third party logistics providers] and customers to make a clean break from the way they’ve always done things. It’s a mind […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 31, 2012 – January 4, 2013)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing vacation. Now it’s back to the grind — and fun. There was very little news this week, but here’s what caught my attention: JDA and RedPrairie Complete Merger New UPS Worldwide Express Freight Service Offers Faster International Shipping in More Lanes Roadnet Technologies Unveils Product Enhancement To MobileCast Vehicle GPS Tracking Software Operating System Wal-Mart to Police U.S. Warehouses (Wall Street Journal) As expected, […]

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Logistics Outsourcing vs. In-sourcing: Three Questions to Consider

At the CSCMP Annual Global Conference earlier this month, I moderated a session focused on whether you should outsource a supply chain function or keep it in-house. Two case studies were presented: an “outsourced” one by Bill Pollard, VP of Customer Service and Transportation at Del Monte Foods, and an “in-sourced” one by Todd Jackson, President at Alliant Logistics, a division of US Foodservice. I will discuss the key takeaways from their presentations in a […]

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“I Wish My 3PL Was More Proactive”

Have you ever spoken those words or expressed a similar sentiment? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, in a web survey I conducted a couple of years ago, along with a series of think tank sessions, “Not being proactive enough” was the number one compliant shippers had about their 3PLs. “Proactiveness” (or lack thereof) was also the main topic of discussion at a shipper meeting I attended recently, which was hosted by a leading […]

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Rating 3PLs on their IT Capabilities

My colleague Clint Reiser and I recently interviewed twelve logisticians at manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies ranging in size from very large to very small. Our focus was on four key dimensions that should logically correlate with how well a Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider is able to perform. Those dimensions include a 3PL’s IT capabilities, their ability to execute, their ability to drive continuous improvement, and their ability to bring innovative solutions to the […]

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Social Media, Logistics Outsourcing, and The State of Logistics: My CSCMP Conference Agenda

Are you heading to Philadelphia next week to attend the CSCMP Annual Global Conference? Can’t decide which sessions to attend? Let me help you by highlighting the three sessions that I am moderating. 1. CSCMP’s 22nd Annual “State of Logistics Report” presented by Penske (Tuesday, Oct. 4., 10:00-11:30 AM) Most of the panelists from the June press conference are back, including representatives from Macy’s, BNSF Railway, Penske Logistics, Fortna, and Delcan, plus we welcome the […]

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The Value of Flexibility in DC Networks

In the past I have written about the value of flexibility as a driver for what type of material handling you select for your warehouse. I’ve pointed out that companies that implement highly-automated warehouses are very focused on driving down fulfillment costs to the maximum extent possible, although the payback period is often five years or longer. These solutions also present higher risks. Companies often have to make multi-year assumptions about volume growth and order […]

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Guest Commentary: Reverse Logistics: The Untapped Revenue Stream

Reverse logistics has become an area of high priority for companies looking to reduce costs, add efficiencies and improve the customer experience. As a result, manufacturers are uncovering the hidden value of returned assets and streamlining return, repair and product reallocation processes. Once a supply chain afterthought, reverse logistics has evolved into a highly complex endeavor. This is especially true in the hi-tech/electronics sector, where product lifecycles have dramatically shortened, global service networks create more […]

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Evergreen Packaging: Yogi Berra, The Future, and Getting There Faster

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.” — Yogi Berra In the past, I’ve written about how companies don’t really want to buy software, they want outcomes: cost reductions, productivity improvements, revenue growth, increased market share, improved working capital, and so on. Many times, however, companies fail to adequately define their desired outcomes, or their definition is too focused on the near […]

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