Archive for Transportation – Page 2

The Challenge of Profitable Shipping in an OmniChannel World

The need to provide online customers with transparency to shipping costs is well known. According to KISSmetrics, unexpected shipping costs account for nearly one-third of all abandoned shopping carts. And the importance of providing online shoppers a variety of service levels is also understood –  the 2015 Pitney Bowes Annual Shipping Survey found, 93% of consumers indicated shipping options to be an important factor in their overall shopping experience – a 23% increase over 2014. […]

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3 Market Challenges Overcome Through Freight Consolidation Services

Flashback to 2013, just three short years ago, and you will be reminded of an unstable shipping market with high freight demand and capacity issues for shippers. Today, the slowing global growth of the economy and success of the omni-channel world have shifted those challenges. Multi-channel retailers are working to keep up with consumer expectations created by eCommerce companies.   And with the increased demand from consumers, shippers are now faced with even more pressures from […]

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5 Best Practices in Chemical Logistics and How to Implement Them

For chemical manufacturers, knowing what you don’t know about your transportation process can be your greatest asset. But many logistics customers are reluctant to admit their shortcomings. One of the biggest weaknesses we see in new clients is a lack of control over the shipping process, the data and the decision points. That’s why it’s critical for chemical companies to work with third-party logistics providers that are able to develop customized programs tailored to their […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 19 – 25)

It’s been a busy week here at Logistics Viewpoints as we get ready to head to Las Vegas next week for JDA Focus, and Hollywood, FL the week after for Manhattan Momentum. There’s a bit of everything in the news this week, so let’s get right to it. Amazon tries its own deliveries Freight train blues hit car supplies F1 technology to boost UK’s ‘next generation’ of automotive supply chains Oil and gas supply chain […]

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Guest Commentary: How to Become a Preferred Shipper (Strategies for the Coming Capacity Shortage)

Business has been improving for the U.S. trucking industry. The economy is continuing to regain momentum. Shipper demand and carrier availability have come back into balance after several years of excess capacity. But these positive developments are beginning to be overshadowed by concerns about the ongoing driver shortage: CNN has reported there are currently 30,000 open slots for drivers Estimates indicate carriers will need to hire 100,000 drivers annually in the coming years to keep […]

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Guest Commentary: The Long Haul (Musings Over a Lifetime in Transportation)

In my last Logistics Viewpoints commentary, I shared with you some of the experiences I acquired over my many years of traveling around the world. The commentary was very well received, so this time around I thought I would do something similar but looking over a span of time instead of distance. A week or so ago I completed my 19th year at JDA Software. I started as an account manager at a small startup […]

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

Yesterday morning, I stood at my kitchen window and watched leaves fall from the trees. They floated down, one after another, to the dead grass below, where other leaves had fallen, yesterday and the day before. What made them drop today? I looked for patterns in their flight, but saw none. Each leaf acted alone, unaware of time and place, like me in the quiet house, watching leaves fall from the trees. In this week’s […]

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Guest Commentary: Driving Data Integrity in the Supply Chain

Collecting and analyzing data is critical for organizations to make strategic, data-driven decisions that positively impact the supply chain. But simply collecting data can lead companies to make incorrect decisions based on inaccurate data. As a result, data collection and integrity are critical to a company’s success – both financially and environmentally. In a recent panel at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) 2013 Annual Global Conference, I joined representatives from Kimberly-Clark Corporation, […]

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Dell and Caterpillar Reduce Freight Costs with Mode Shift

The CSCMP Annual Global Conference, the most important supply chain conference of the year, had some nice mode-shift case studies. Speakers from Dell (Rob McIntosh, Global Reverse Logistics Director) and Caterpillar (Tom France, Director of Global Transportation) shared their insights and experiences last Monday. In the case of Dell, a manufacturer of personal computers (PCs) and other electronics-based technology products and solutions, the shift meant moving from flying international bulk air to increasingly making use […]

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Baroid Centers Sales & Operations Planning on Transportation

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is traditionally defined as a cross functional process designed to balance supply and demand. The main players traditionally involved in this process are demand forecasting, manufacturing, sales and marketing, finance, new product development, and executive management. In most S&OP processes, transportation and warehousing folks do not have a seat at the table, and indeed are lucky if they are even told what the agreed-upon demand and supply plans are. So […]

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