|Oct. 4, 2012|
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Study implies 3PLs underestimate clients' service demand
Material Handling & Logistics
Third-party logistics service providers believe their clients are more price driven than service driven — a belief that conflict with the findings of Eyefortransport's 2012 Global 3PL & Logistics Outsourcing Strategy study. The results of this study paint a picture of an industry in transition, still rocked by the economy of the past few years. 3PLs represented 41 percent of the survey respondents while shippers made up 29 percent. Of the shippers who responded to the survey, the largest proportion worked in either the retail or the high-tech/electronics/telecom industries.More
Ensuring success with voice projects in distribution
Supply Chain Digest
Voice technology has enjoyed enormous success over the past decade, moving over that time from a not well understood alternative for picking applications, primarily in the grocery and food service industries, to mainstream technology used by virtually every sector and for many DC tasks beyond order picking. The reason is simple: the "hands-free" and "eyes-free" nature of voice provides many advantages to associates and distribution center operations.More
Competition intensifying among inland ports
Material Handling & Logistics
Competition for market share of inbound shipping remains fierce among U.S. ports, especially as the east coast gears up for an expanded Panama Canal and trade flows continue to shift among developed and emerging countries, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's fourth annual seaport report. As reported in the firm's earlier studies, commercial real estate surrounding major U.S. seaports continues to outperform the broader industrial market.More
Can you take your strengths too far?
Harvard Business Review
For the past decade, leaders have been encouraged to focus on developing their strengths rather than always gravitating to working on a weakness. But is this too much of a good thing? Lately, a number of business thinkers have suggested so. It's tempting for those of us strongly committed to developing leadership strengths to ignore such dissent on the grounds that any new practice will attract critics. But the debate has practical significance to leaders.More
Making your sustainability program sustainable
Depending on whom you ask in a company, the word "sustainability" can have different meanings. It can be used in relation to finances, long-term programs, or the environment. But when you're looking at a sustainability — or environmental — program, it has to be set up to endure. Put simply: your sustainability program has to be sustainable.More
Are block pallets back in vogue?
Modern Materials Handling
In January 2011, Costco became the first retailer to require its suppliers to ship product on block pallets similar to the pallets available from CHEP, PECO and iGPS. Is the Costco requirement having an impact on the pallet market? That's one of the questions Modern Materials Handling looked at in its annual pallet survey.More
Doing the right thing: Interview with C. Randal Mullett
You're not likely to find a logistics professional who's experienced the trucking industry from as many perspectives as C. Randal (Randy) Mullett has. Mullett literally learned the business from the ground up, serving in jobs ranging from terminal manager all the way up to roles in the executive suite. Today, he is the top policy executive in Washington, D.C., for Con-way Inc., a $5.3 billion freight transportation and global logistics services company based in Ann Arbor, Mich.More
Supply chain track and trace: How close are we?
Lack of federal or global guidelines on track and trace and e-pedigree leaves more questions than answers. Where does all the data go? That was just one of many questions raised on Day 2 of the Cold Chain and Temperature Management Global Forum in Chicago on Sept. 27. "We can create the data, we're just not sure what we are going to do with it" was the tone of the session.More
America has a weight problem: We're not heavy enough
Next time you're stuck in traffic, take a look at those big 5-axle semi-trucks surrounding you. You know they could squash you like a bug — both you and your car. But when Tom Moore looks at those trucks, he thinks they should be heavier. In fact it's his job to try to make them gain weight. According to Moore, based on highway scale data from 16 locations in the U.S., trucks that are heavily loaded (total gross larger than 70,000 pounds), 8 percent have capacity for an extra 1,000 pounds, 11 percent could add 2,000 and 9 percent could squeeze on another 3,000. To him this is wasted capacity, but more importantly, to his customers, it's wasted money.More