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Strategic Sourcing: Time for an integrated transportation strategy

With an integrated strategy in place as part of a digital supply network, companies can strategically source transportation events more efficiently. Here’s how to begin the assessment of your internal and external operations on the way to gaining a critical edge.

Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

Coloma Frozen Foods needed to consolidate its frozen storage capacity. As a food industry provider of frozen fruits, vegetables, juices and cherry juice concentrates, the company had previously outsourced or leased its frozen storage to four commercial facilities spread out over a 20-mile radius in southwest Michigan.

Transit in trouble

According to the Harvard Business Review, infrastructure is a bipartisan issue and should be reconfigured for the today's technologies and needs. The budget to fix up the roads and bridges that are nearly too dangerous for human passage should go elsewhere, maybe to more efficient means of transportation and greener methods that are more sustainable in the long run.

ASEAN Logistics: Exploring the new frontier

As treaties and trade agreements are implemented this year, more U.S. companies are looking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for fresh business opportunities. Fortunately, a whole host of logistics and transportation service providers are laying the groundwork to overcome inherent infrastructure challenges.

Increasing DC Throughput with Warehouse Execution Software & Warehouse Control Systems

Warehouse execution software and warehouse control systems enable new methods of wave releasing to increase throughput and keep workloads balanced.

Global 3PLs: Managing complex global networks

An immense amount of operational and technological expertise exists among global 3PL partners. Determining how those attributes may be used to amp-up logistics and supply chain performance is a demanding task, but one well worth doing. Our resident consultant suggests that it’s time for a more rigorous, holistic approach to the process.

Big Data and the Supply Chain

It comes as no surprise to you as a veteran of the Supply Chain. Ever since the first trade routes from point A to point B were opened at the dawn of civilization, Big Data has been an issue in the Supply Chain. Long before the vendor du jour with sufficient marketing panache swayed an entire industry to believe that Big Data is the next big thing. It isn’t the next big thing. It is the persistent big thing and what they pay you the big bucks to manage. Hey vendor du jour, way to show up to the party late and spend the night talking about how you organized the party.

Shipping Rate Changes and the Bottom Line

Major parcel carriers, including UPS and FedEx, are changing the way they charge for U.S. ground shipments weighing less than 150 pounds in 2015. What does it mean for your business?

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