Archive for talent development

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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This Week in Logistics News (June 24-28, 2013)

Another crazy Friday morning, now with the kids out of school, so let’s go straight to this week’s news: JDA Announces Major Enhancements to Workforce Mobility, All-Channel Commerce Solutions HighJump Software Enhances HighJump Warehouse Advantage Express Offering to Meet Increased Demand in SMB Marketplace FedEx Adds 1,900 New Lightweight, Fuel Efficient Vehicles to Fleet UPS Launches Industry-First Service For High-Value Time- And Temperature-Sensitive Shipments ATA Releases Latest Freight Forecast, Projecting Strong Trucking Growth Trucks Transported […]

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Great Advice for Young Professionals from Supply Chain Executives

Earlier this year, I launched Talking Logistics, a weekly online video talk show where I interview thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. One of my goals was provide students and young professionals with an interactive platform to engage and network with industry executives. I’ve had many great guests over the past five months, and I’ve asked many of them the same question: What advice would you give to students and […]

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The Most Important Attribute of a Supply Chain Leader

Last summer, I led a workshop with a group of supply chain executives where we discussed the following question: What skills, knowledge, and expertise must an executive have to lead a supply chain organization effectively in today’s increasingly global, dynamic, and risky business environment? The group discussed many leadership attributes, but the one that was viewed as the most important was the ability to develop, manage, and grow positive and productive relationships with peers, customers, […]

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating 3PL Partners

I often get emails from logistics executives looking for help and advice on selecting a 3PL partner. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I received an email from someone asking if I had updated a framework I had developed several years ago to help companies evaluate 3PLs. The answer was no, but this person’s email got the wheels in my head turning: What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating and selecting […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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TNT Express Reaps the Benefits of Operations Research

The important role of operations research in driving supply chain benefits was in full display at last month’s OPTIMUS 2012, ORTEC’s annual forum in Atlanta, GA. Many of the company’s key clients were there, including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Clorox. In the case of Coca-Cola, for example, the company has saved $500,000,000 in ten years through a variety of initiatives, including improved loading and routing of its 10,000 trucks (see “Coca-Cola Enterprises: Better Trucks, […]

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Try This Exercise With Your Supply Chain Team

Earlier this year, I made a simple request to a group of 25 supply chain executives: go online to a discussion forum I had created and post a question about a supply chain topic you would like to get feedback and ideas about from your peers. The question could be about a project or initiative they were working on, or about any industry topic that interested them. I gave them thirty days to ask one […]

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The Most Significant Problem Facing 3PLs and Shippers

Earlier this month, I was speaking with a supply chain executive about his relationship with a 3PL, and although the relationship is going well so far, he raised a concern. “The people who lead the company are very knowledgeable and good at what they do,” he said, “but once you go below that top management layer, I’m less confident about the skills and capabilities of their lower-level people.” His comment underscored a growing concern across […]

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