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This Week in Logistics News (July 8-12, 2013)

My cousin Lenny shared this photo on Facebook (the boys are not us, although the socks and shorts look familiar) with the following comment: “If u know about this game, u lived a great childhood.” The photo brought back so many great memories of my summers in Brooklyn — the concrete heat, the boombox music, the bloody scraped knees…and when it got hot, we grabbed the monkey wrench, opened the johnny pump, and took turns […]

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The Tipping Point for Natural Gas Long-Haul Trucks

One of my predictions for 2013 was that we would see increased adoption of alternative fuel vehicles this year, including trucks powered by natural gas. The news from recent days and weeks suggests that this prediction is coming true. Last week, for example, UPS announced that it plans to buy about 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles and build four refueling stations (in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and Dallas, Texas) by the end of […]

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Guest Commentary: The Next Big Thing in Manufacturing? On-shoring

Few of us could have imagined that when Dorothy Gale of Wizard of Oz fame clicked her ruby slippers three times and uttered the iconic phrase “There’s no place like home,” she was on to something. Especially when it comes to the nitty-gritty, high-stakes world of manufacturing. Rewind 15 or 20 years. Offshoring was all the rage. As far back as 1979, companies were starting to send manufacturing to low-wage destinations like China, Taiwan and […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 18-22, 2013)

#TwitterTurnedSevenYesterday #MostSupplyChainExecsStillDontGetIt In other news… FedEx Corp. Reports Third Quarter Earnings Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS Up 6% to 52 Cents Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires Open Mile, Inc. Intelligrated acquires Datria Postmaster Launches a Simple, Intelligent API to Help SMBs Optimize and Save on Small Parcel Shipments Transplace Mexico Achieves C-TPAT Certification U.S., Canada launch truck cargo pre-inspection program (Logistics Management) Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal with More Than 1,000 Hires ATA Truck Tonnage […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2013)

I spent several nights this week in Little League baseball tryouts and meetings, culminating in the Majors draft last night. And this morning I woke up to snow, at least a foot of it, with more falling. Welcome to baseball in New England, where you pray the snow melts by opening day (at least in the infield), and the players wear jackets on the field and warm their hands and sip hot chocolate on the […]

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Guest Commentary: 5 Ways to Increase Employee Participation in Continuous Improvement Programs

Getting buy in from employees can be difficult when implementing continuous improvement programs. Employees are often hesitant to change because of the uncertainty on how it might affect them. Getting employees to support the new direction can take time and effort. So what is the best way to increase employee participation in continuous improvement programs? Here are a few suggestions on getting that crucial buy-in from employees: 1. Get Management Truly Involved – The workforce […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2013

Predicting the future has never been easy. Back in 1943, Tom Watson, the president of IBM at the time, said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and the co-inventor of Ethernet, made this astonishing prediction: “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 10-14, 2012)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, so let’s get right to it… Ryder Launches Mobile RydeSmart® 3.0 App Intermec To Be Acquired by Honeywell for $600 Million FedEx employee emails claim firm overcharged businesses (Reuters) Freight Shipments Fell 1.9% in October from September Cass Truckload Linehaul Index Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in the Third Quarter Trade deficit widens, imports and exports decline (Reuters) Next week we will publish our predictions […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 12-16, 2012)

Get your Twinkies and Wonder Bread while they last. Hostess Brands is going out of business. In more important news… Descartes Acquires Exentra Descartes Community Cloud-Based Service Unveiled at Descartes’ Global User & Partner Conference LeanLogistics Releases On-Demand TMS® v.12.3.0 E2open Announces Availability of Next-Generation E2 Cloud Connectivity UPS Introduces New Cloud-Based Technology Platform to Improve International Supply Chain Management Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 Million Miles Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from […]

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Guest Commentary: 5 Things That Can Sink Your Incentive Program

Motivating employees to embrace different corporate programs can be complicated. And on top of that, the atmosphere around labor has changed due to new technologies and software, such as modern labor management systems (LMS), which claim to solve all workforce challenges. Running employee incentive programs can be hit or miss. According to ARC Advisory Group, 63% of firms using incentives programs reported gains of 10-30% in productivity, while others reported no change. In either case, […]

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