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    What if Your Supply Chain was Your Competitive Advantage?

    Mar 10, 2015

    Your supply chain is getting the job done, but is it giving your company a competitive advantage? The global marketplace gives customers a plethora of choices, and that means that the competition is fierce.

    Written by: Chris O'Brien

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    13 Key Considerations when Selecting a 3PL & 3PL vs 4PL

    Mar 9, 2015

    When it comes to efficient and cost-effective over the road transportation management, it is absolutely crucial that you be working with a trustworthy 3PL. Understanding the potential value of a 3PL early in the process is crucial to saving money and...

    Written by: Adam Robinson

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    Manage Your Information

    Mar 3, 2015

    This is the final of the third part series by Donn Deffebach. Find out how to manage your information.

    Written by: Donn Deffebach

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    A promising future for truck drivers: “Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way”

    Feb 24, 2015

    Unfortunately, many drivers are rather gloomy about the future. Is their lack of optimism justified? I don’t think so. Soon enough, they will once again serve as the calling card of their transport company.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

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    Long-range Itinerary Generation Enhances Operation

    Feb 24, 2015

    This is a second of the third part series by Donn Deffebach. Find out what the benefits of looking farther ahead during the planning cycle are.

    Written by: Donn Deffebach

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    To Meet your Customers you Need to be Online

    Feb 24, 2015

    The internet has provided customers with new methods for finding and researching companies as well as new methods for finding, researching, and products.

    Written by: Kate Lee

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    Japan’s Kintetsu World Express pays premium to bag APL Logistics purchase

    Feb 17, 2015

    Singapore’s NOL today sealed the sale of its APL Logistics division to Japanese logistics provider Kintetsu World Express (KWE), in one of the largest logistics acquisitions in recent history.

    Written by: Gavin van Marle

  • Innovation is… ACTION

    Feb 5, 2015

    Successful Innovations come from identifying the need (even if one never knew the need existed), building the right teams, and conducting the proper analysis to be able to implement them properly.

    Written by: Steve Brady

  • How Do You Turn Track-And-Trace Information into a USP?

    Feb 3, 2015

    Parcel delivery services and web stores are presenting new mobile apps for the ultimate customer experience. Their apps keep us informed of where orders are, minute by minute. But to be able to provide customers with a valuable service, these apps should...

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • Air Freight: Learning the Basics to Optimize Your Global Supply Chain

    Jan 29, 2015

    The three primary air shipping options are next flight out, consolidated, and deferred. Any one (or all) may work for your business. There are other options to consider as well, like air charter, which can help secure the capacity you need and allows you...

    Written by: Matt Castle

  • Lessons from West Coast Ports Delays: Planning Supply Chain Contingencies for Predictable Events

    Jan 26, 2015

    The first step in developing a contingency plan is deciding what type of event a shipper needs to prepare for. There are two broad types of supply chain disruption events: predictable and unpredictable. We will look at the former in this post.

    Written by: Maria Llamas

  • How to Overcome Social Media Challenges

    Jan 26, 2015

    In order to overcome your social media challenges you need to take a data-informed approach. You need to track and measure metrics, and you need to use the data collected to take action.

    Written by: Kate Lee

  • Waste Logistics Needs to Become Cleaner, Smarter and More Valuable

    Jan 22, 2015

    We need to make the city's waste valuable again through smarter and cleaner waste collection. That would enhance the livability of neighborhoods, but it would also enable more reuse of goods. The waste chain of the city center needs to be reinvented.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • 2015 Logistics & Transportation Industry Forecast

    Jan 21, 2015

    John Wagner's latest article explores some of the critical factors to watch for this year; and overviews how they might affect the logistics and transportation landscapes.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

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    Supply Chain Agility - How To Achieve It

    Jan 21, 2015

    Today, 2 in 5 companies believe their S&OP process is effective. Only 1 in 5 companies has a balanced process, and most companies struggle to get to data. Only 1/3 report that they are able to execute the S&OP plan. Most companies lack the...

    Written by: Lora Cecere

  • Climate Change, Weather-proofing, and Adaptive Logistics

    Jan 19, 2015

    With January in full swing and the weather continuing to plummet, it is important to take a moment and discuss a topic that doesn’t receive as much mention as the more popular topics currently trending: the impact climate change is having on supply chain...

    Written by: Kelli Saunders

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    The Secrets to a Solid Reverse Logistics Strategy

    Jan 16, 2015

    Controlling the return journey of a product is just as important as controlling its initial outbound trip. Creating a policy about who can return items, and when, is really the foundation of any reverse logistics strategy.

    Written by: Tad Anderson

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    Are Truck Stops About to Become Smarter?

    Jan 16, 2015

    Minnesota’s DOT, working together with the University of Minnesota, have developed a new piece of technology which will allow truck drivers to see how many parking spots are available in nearby rest areas.

    Written by: Anna Karadzhova

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    eft’s 2015 North American 3PL Awards – shippers rate their LSPs

    Jan 13, 2015

    eft recognises year on year those 3PLs that deliver consistent excellence in contract logistics operations for their customers.

    Written by: eft writers

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    FedEx & UPS Dimensional Weight - Measuring Packages Volume

    Jan 13, 2015

    Dimensional Weight might be the freight "it" term of 2015. Dimensional weight or DIM weight is the method of measuring package volume instead of just weight alone. This method could become the new standard.

    Written by: EFT Editor

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    3PLs and Logistics Investors – Wake Up to the New Blue Ocean Strategy

    Jan 13, 2015

    The 3PL industry has growth. Behind that positive are many providers of different sizes. It is an industry that is defined as a commodity service. There is little differentiation. Value propositions are limited and are more about functions that...

    Written by: Tom Craig

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    eft does Holiday eCommerce

    Jan 7, 2015

    eft staff have put together some of the best and worst eCommerce experiences of this year's holiday season.

    Written by: eft writers

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    Return to Sender

    Jan 5, 2015

    This is the final post in the “Retailers, Supply Chains and the Holiday Season” blog post series and it addresses one of the most difficult parts of the supply chain that retailers have to deal with each holiday season – returns.

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

  • 5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay off Big Time

    Dec 18, 2014

    Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control.

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Guide For Supply Chain Risk Management

    Dec 16, 2014

    How to Identify, Validate, and Assess it. Supply chain risk gets global attention. The World Bank and World Economic Forum comprehend the issue and its importance.

    Written by: Tom Craig

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