2609, 2017

Do People Skills Matter in the World of Logistics?

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Sales Tips, Technology, Webinars|Comments Off on Do People Skills Matter in the World of Logistics?

How you develop your sales team has a big impact on your logistics business.  Even as the industry is becoming more data driven than ever before and cutting-edge software is increasingly used to manage freight [...]

1906, 2017

Digital Ship Announces The Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam With A Special Focus On The Digital Supply Chain And Logistics Market

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Conference, International|Comments Off on Digital Ship Announces The Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam With A Special Focus On The Digital Supply Chain And Logistics Market

PRESS RELEASE 15.06.2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Digitalisation is re-shaping the world and creating increased opportunity for development and innovation. Revolutionary concepts plus the evolution and advancement of existing platforms are providing unparalleled growth opportunities for [...]

2605, 2016

Food Safety Modernization Act in a Nutshell

By | May 26th, 2016|Categories: Governments|Comments Off on Food Safety Modernization Act in a Nutshell

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is detailed and complicated. I like simple, so I decided to write a simple overview of the FSMA. What Is The Food Safety Modernization Act? The Food Safety Modernization [...]

411, 2015

Transportation Sales: Finding Right Thinking Guys

By | November 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Transportation Sales: Finding Right Thinking Guys

One of the keys to being successful in transportation sales is finding the right kind of customers. The ideal customer will like your company’s service offering and believe in your business philosophy. In other words, [...]

2910, 2015

The 3PL Buying Process Begins Online and You Aren’t There

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The 3PL Buying Process Begins Online and You Aren’t There

The 3PL buying process begins with shipper's looking online and you aren't there. It's no surprise that shippers are using the internet to educate themselves and find better ways of doing business. Doesn't it make sense [...]

2810, 2015

Effective 3PL Sales Training – 10 Must Have Attributes

By | October 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Effective 3PL Sales Training – 10 Must Have Attributes

Sales training is great way to get more sales from your sales team. A relatively small investment in sales training can yield big returns. However, not every 3rd party logistics company is getting the most [...]

2810, 2015

3PL Sales Platform Interview

By | October 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3PL Sales Platform Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiEr4U3avVA#action=share Recently, I was interviewed by my friend and colleague, Dustin Mattison. Dustin is a supply chain expert who blogs about logistics and supply chain topics for Kinaxis. Transcripts from the Interview: It’s been [...]

1704, 2015

3PL Sales: Hunting vs. Farming

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: Logistics Management, Selecting a 3PL|Comments Off on 3PL Sales: Hunting vs. Farming

Most logistics and transportation salesmen are hunters. By hunters, I mean they go hunting for customers every day. They are just like any other hunter, sometimes they make a kill and other days they go [...]

804, 2015

A Better Way to Sell 3PL Services

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: Logistics Management, Selecting a 3PL|Comments Off on A Better Way to Sell 3PL Services

I've Found a Better Way to Sell 3PL Services When I first began selling 3PL services, I was surprised at how difficult it was to make a sale. My sales process was ridiculously inefficient and [...]

1201, 2015

TMS Study 2015

By | January 12th, 2015|Categories: Technology, Transportation|Comments Off on TMS Study 2015

The smart folks at TMS software research firm Software Advice have published an insightful new transportation management software study titled Transportation Management Software - Small Business BuyerView. What is a Transportation Management Software? A transportation management [...]

201, 2015

How To Find a Great Freight Forwarder

By | January 2nd, 2015|Categories: Logistics Explained, Selecting a 3PL, Transportation|Comments Off on How To Find a Great Freight Forwarder

I often hear from novice shippers: “How can I find a great freight forwarder?” The truth is that finding a great freight forwarder is actually rather easy. Here are nine items to look for when [...]

1210, 2014

My Logisticians are a Humorless Lot…

By | October 12th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Explained, Logistics Management, Quotes About Logistics|Comments Off on My Logisticians are a Humorless Lot…

"My logisticians are a humorless lot ... they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay." - Alexander the Great I have always loved this quote because it captures the [...]

2709, 2014

10 Ways to Minimize the Impact of LTL Rate Increases

By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Minimize the Impact of LTL Rate Increases

LTL rate increases are here and I believe they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The price and tonnage increases for the carriers is a good thing.  Of course, no shipper or 3PL [...]

808, 2014

The Changing Relationship Between LTL Carriers and 3PLs

By | August 8th, 2014|Categories: Webinars|Comments Off on The Changing Relationship Between LTL Carriers and 3PLs

On July 30th, I hosted a webinar where my friend and colleague, Erik Malin gave a presentation on the changing relationship between the LTL carriers and 3PLs.  Erik is the Director of Strategy at CarrierDirect.  [...]

2006, 2014

Selecting a 3PL – 9 Things Every Shipper Should Know

By | June 20th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Selecting a 3PL – 9 Things Every Shipper Should Know

Recently, a shipping manager asked me what selection criteria he should use when selecting a 3PL.  As a sales guy for a 3PL I am always anxious to impress shipping managers, so I created the following 9 [...]

2704, 2014

Free Shipping For Customers: When “Crazy” Makes Sense

By | April 27th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management, Transportation|Comments Off on Free Shipping For Customers: When “Crazy” Makes Sense

Free Shipping For Customers: When “Crazy” Makes Sense Major Australian fashion retailer The Iconic has broken their previous holiday season’s sales record, and is estimated to almost triple their previous profits by the end of the [...]

2704, 2014

Retail and Sales: Understanding Order Fulfilment

By | April 27th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Retail and Sales: Understanding Order Fulfilment

Retail and Sales: Understanding Order Fulfilment From home-based entrepreneurs to CEOs in big companies one rule is commonly kept close to heart: Keep your customers happy. To do this, one must either master the complicated [...]

1704, 2014

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

By | April 17th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management, Transportation|Comments Off on Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014 Order fulfillment has seen a rise in technology in 2014 and there is now a large offering of advanced products to help make your warehouse function more [...]

1704, 2014

Secrets To Saving on LTL

By | April 17th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management, Transportation|Comments Off on Secrets To Saving on LTL

Could you “Bump” Yourself to Some Savings? Dimensional weight is not applicable in LTL…or is it? While, in the truest form, dimensional weight is typically only applicable when dealing with parcel carriers and freight forwarders. [...]

2603, 2014

Logistics Negotiation Study

By | March 26th, 2014|Categories: Free Stuff, Logistics Management|Comments Off on Logistics Negotiation Study

Logistics Negotiations How did you prepare for your last logistics negotiation?  Did you practice your eagle eye glares so you could intimidate your carrier rep?  Perhaps you thought positive thoughts and visualized great rates. There [...]

2303, 2014

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips

By | March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Warehousing|Comments Off on 5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips 1. Eliminate errors in receiving Many inventory errors occur when inventory management staff isn’t given the appropriate space to work. Consider giving inventory staff a generous workspace and this will [...]

1403, 2014

Don’t Wait for the Truck Driver Shortage to Hit Your Business

By | March 14th, 2014|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Don’t Wait for the Truck Driver Shortage to Hit Your Business

Don't Wait for the Truck Driver Shortage to Hit Your Business A truck driver shortage exists. News media like CNN, trade groups, trucking firms and industry watchers all agree a shortage exists and will worsen [...]

2402, 2014

Prepare your ERP for 3PL

By | February 24th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management, Selecting a 3PL, Technology|Comments Off on Prepare your ERP for 3PL

Prepare your ERP for 3PL Adopting a 3PL (third party logistics) provider model is common practice as businesses seek to exploit value throughout the supply chain. During adoption, supply chain directors tend to focus on [...]

1602, 2014

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

By | February 16th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation.  Not technology.  Not business process re-engineering (BPR).  Interesting, right? [...]

3101, 2014

Selecting a 3PL – 8 Things the Great 3PLs Do

By | January 31st, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management, Speaking|Comments Off on Selecting a 3PL – 8 Things the Great 3PLs Do

Click to register for this free webinar: Selecting a 3PL: 8 Things the Great 3PLs Do (Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm) Companies with logistics needs are increasingly using 3rd party logistics providers (3PLs). [...]

2201, 2014

Warehouse Management Systems Selection: How to Choose the Right One for Your Business?

By | January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Technology, Uncategorized, Warehousing|Comments Off on Warehouse Management Systems Selection: How to Choose the Right One for Your Business?

Warehouse Management Systems Selection Overview A good warehouse management system (WMS) can do a lot for your business, from  improving efficiency to improving customer service. Since a WMS is so important for your business, it [...]

1901, 2014

Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends of 2014

By | January 19th, 2014|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends of 2014

Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends These trends stand to impact the transportation and logistics industry, with some already taking hold and others unfolding gradually.  Each trend has the potential to transform the logistics industry.   [...]

1912, 2013

Hottest Growth Sectors in Supply Chain Management

By | December 19th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hottest Growth Sectors in Supply Chain Management

Hottest Growth Sectors in Supply Chain Management Staying ahead of the game with critical information is a key to success. Over the last several months, I have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of CEOs, [...]

912, 2013

Freight Claim Management: Are You Doing it Correctly?

By | December 9th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Freight Claim Management: Are You Doing it Correctly?

Here are the top 4 mistakes that companies make with their freight claim management. But companies are often unaware of how much these small claims can add up to. Three $50 claims per month adds [...]

312, 2013

Beyond Asset Tracking: RFID For An Accelerated Supply Chain

By | December 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Beyond Asset Tracking: RFID For An Accelerated Supply Chain

Today’s supply chain and logistics management executives are tasked with managing multiple supply chain configurations, maximizing flexibility and incorporating complex technology systems into the mix. Shining a light in the world of visibility, asset management [...]

2811, 2013

The Ultimate Guide to 3PL Services – 46 Logistics Support Services Explained

By | November 28th, 2013|Categories: Free Stuff, Logistics Management, Most Popular Posts|Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide to 3PL Services – 46 Logistics Support Services Explained

“3PLs bundle services to better serve their clients. The logistics industry is huge and the service offerings are very diverse. There are 5 major categories of logistics services: warehousing, transportation, special services, technology and logistics [...]

1611, 2013

Expert Tips to Develop Your Logistics Strategy

By | November 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Expert Tips to Develop Your Logistics Strategy

Developing a Better Logistics Strategy As featured in Inbound Logistics, this article shares some experts' tips about developing a winning logistics strategy. Here's a preview of some of the valuable advice they share. Tips From [...]

1311, 2013

Simple Steps to Fine Tune Your Distribution Network

By | November 13th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Simple Steps to Fine Tune Your Distribution Network

Introduction Today, biopharma distribution is experiencing surging demand and burdening cost. Distribution networks are being asked two opposing options:  first, to plan for a 3-4x expansion and secondly, to plan for closing down the activity. [...]

2210, 2013

Ending Academic Irrelevance: an Academic’s View on Logistics Research

By | October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Ending Academic Irrelevance: an Academic’s View on Logistics Research

The Divide How many times have you been pestered to do a survey in the past year? Month? Week? My guess is: plenty! As a professional, you are likely bombarded with survey requests, most of [...]

1010, 2013

China Importing Basics: How to Import From China Safely

By | October 10th, 2013|Categories: Special Services|Comments Off on China Importing Basics: How to Import From China Safely

Today, importing from China has become very common, as Chinese products have become fast sellers in global markets, making it even more essential to learn China importing basics. Factories in China manufacture a vast range [...]

1609, 2013

Cost Reduction for Shippers Through Risk Mitigation

By | September 16th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Cost Reduction for Shippers Through Risk Mitigation

Importance of Cost Reduction for Shippers Shippers work in a tough environment. Cost pressures dominate, constrain and impact shippers – daily. But shippers have a lopsided preoccupation with costs. In its 2013 Annual 3PL Survey, InBound [...]

3008, 2013

5 OTR Trends – 2013

By | August 30th, 2013|Categories: News & Current Events|Comments Off on 5 OTR Trends – 2013

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]"Smaller players in the brokerage space will begin to get squeezed out by strict regulations and competitors"[/pullquote] My smart, good looking friends at Carrier Direct are at it again with a great report [...]

2708, 2013

Cargo and Container Shipping Basics

By | August 27th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Explained|Comments Off on Cargo and Container Shipping Basics

Successful international shipping requires a good understanding of cargo and container shipping basics. When large cargo pieces have to be transported by sea, the best and most cost-effective way to transport them is through cargo [...]

1108, 2013

Shipping Claim Filing Software – What is it, and How Can It Help Me?

By | August 11th, 2013|Categories: Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|Comments Off on Shipping Claim Filing Software – What is it, and How Can It Help Me?

What is Shipping Claim Filing Software? Most shippers are familiar with Transportation Management Systems, and Warehouse Management Systems, but what is shipping claim filing software? Shipping claim filing software is a system that helps you [...]

1108, 2013

Biopharma Distribution Challenges

By | August 11th, 2013|Categories: Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|Comments Off on Biopharma Distribution Challenges

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]The key to overcoming biopharma distribution challenges is understanding the underlying causes.[/pullquote] Why is biotech and pharmaceutical (biopharma) distribution experiencing surging demand and rising cost? Even with the downturn of the economy, the [...]

1307, 2013

5 Best Mobile Apps for Fleet Managers

By | July 13th, 2013|Categories: Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|Comments Off on 5 Best Mobile Apps for Fleet Managers

5 Best Mobile Apps for Fleet Managers Many apps available today offer vital assistance to fleet managers. However, some of these apps are not readily available when using your smartphone to search an app store [...]

2706, 2013

Value Stream Mapping Workshop Materials

By | June 27th, 2013|Categories: Free Stuff, Logistics Management|Comments Off on Value Stream Mapping Workshop Materials

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]Value Stream Mapping Workshop Materials are available for download  [/pullquote] A few years back, I conducted a series of value stream mapping workshops.  The workshops were focused on value streams for an [...]

1906, 2013

Service Level Agreement Webinar

By | June 19th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management, Speaking|Comments Off on Service Level Agreement Webinar

A service level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a logistics service provider and a customer that specifies, in measurable terms, what services the logistics provider will furnish. Many customers manage their Logistics providers with [...]

1506, 2013

LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion

By | June 15th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion

LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion Old Dominion is the fifth largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $2.1B in sales (estimated 2012).  Old Dominion has 6% of the less than truckload (LTL) market.  Old Dominion is based in [...]

1506, 2013

The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems

By | June 15th, 2013|Categories: Technology|Comments Off on The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems

The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems Each year as businesses of every size and industry fight to broaden market share the same old questions haunt the boardrooms, “How can we reduce transportation costs? How do [...]

2305, 2013

Project Management Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

By | May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Project Management Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

As a project manager, I am always learning new lessons about managing projects, sometimes the hard way.  Below are some of my project management lessons. Project Management Lesson #1 - Projects are Everything Without projects [...]

1305, 2013

LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

By | May 13th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight UPS Freight is the fourth largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $2.4B in sales (estimated 2012).  UPS Freight has 6.9% of the less than truckload (LTL) market.  UPS Freight is based in [...]

705, 2013

The 11 Transportation Service Offerings

By | May 7th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on The 11 Transportation Service Offerings

There are 11 transportation service offerings. Last summer, Inbound Logistics published a list of different 3PLs and their services.  The article listed 11 different types of transportation services and I decided to write an overview of those [...]

1904, 2013

Over The Road Industry Report

By | April 19th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Over The Road Industry Report

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]Where We Are Today in the OTR Market and What Lies Ahead for Domestic Brokerages[/pullquote] My brilliant friends at Carrier Direct have published a great report on the U.S. over the road [...]

704, 2013

Top Logistics Websites

By | April 7th, 2013|Categories: Websites|Comments Off on Top Logistics Websites

100 Top Logistics Websites The fine folks over at Logisticsdegree.net have created a great list of the 100 top logistics websites.  Since they included TheLogisticsofLogistics.com on their list, I am inclined to think their list [...]

704, 2013

Transportation Cost Drains

By | April 7th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Transportation Cost Drains

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]"Transportation expense can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively."  -Bill Driscoll[/pullquote] Transportation cost drains drive up costs.  Many companies are experiencing dramatic increases in [...]

604, 2013

Service Level Agreement Defined

By | April 6th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Service Level Agreement Defined

A service level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a Logistics service provider and a customer that specifies, in measurable terms, what services the Logistics provider will furnish. Many customers manage their Logistics providers with [...]

2403, 2013

LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight

By | March 24th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight

LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight Con-Way Freight is the second largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $3.3B in sales (estimated 2012).  Con-Way Freight has 9.4% of the less than truckload (LTL) market. Con-Way Freight [...]

2303, 2013

LTL Carrier Profile: FedEx Freight

By | March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Profile: FedEx Freight

LTL Carrier Profile: FedEx Freight FedEx Freight is the largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $5.3B in sales (estimated 2012).  FedEx Freight has a market share of 14.9%.  FedEx Freight’s revenue includes FedEx [...]

1803, 2013

The 7 Warehouse Service Offerings

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Warehousing|Comments Off on The 7 Warehouse Service Offerings

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein[/pullquote] There are 7 main types of warehouse services offerings.  While each warehouse company has it’s own unique [...]

1603, 2013

Combined Distribution Network (CDN)

By | March 16th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Combined Distribution Network (CDN)

What is Combined Distribution Network (CDN) and Can a Company Gain Cost Savings by Implementing CDN. The concept of a combined distribution network (CDN) is fairly easy to comprehend. The simple definition is it that it [...]

1103, 2013

Webinar: 2013 LTL Industry Trends

By | March 11th, 2013|Categories: Speaking, Transportation|Comments Off on Webinar: 2013 LTL Industry Trends

LTL industry trends are impacting the trucking business. In this free webinar, the top LTL industry trends will be reviewed with the participants.  These LTL industry trends are reshaping the competitive landscape of the industry. [...]

703, 2013

Supply Chain Foundation: Built on the 4 Strong Logistics Pillars

By | March 7th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Supply Chain Foundation: Built on the 4 Strong Logistics Pillars

Efficient supply chain foundations are built much like a building. Supply chains foundations are set to make them strong and reliable. Without a strong, set foundation buildings would crumble to the ground in the first [...]

403, 2013

Truck Fuel Consumption: Driving and Savings

By | March 4th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Truck Fuel Consumption: Driving and Savings

In studying truck fuel consumption and fuel costs in detail, I found the following facts to be true: Truck drivers face challenges, and those that best manage truck fuel consumption enjoy a competitive advantage over [...]

2802, 2013

Transportation Education: Gaining Confidence with Social Media

By | February 28th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Transportation Education: Gaining Confidence with Social Media

Transportation industry confidence and being new to transportation is almost an oxymoron at first. Two months ago I had gone from being an Assistant Athletic Director/Strength Coach to a sales rep in the transportation world. [...]

2702, 2013

Demand Driven Logistics

By | February 27th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Demand Driven Logistics

Adopting demand driven logistics can increase visibility, drive supply chain efficiency, and offset any market advantage your competitors might have. Shippers in today’s economic climate face myriad challenges over which they have little or no [...]

2302, 2013

LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The LTL carrier scorecard with key process indicators (KPI) is an excellent tool for measuring and managing LTL performance and LTL carrier performance.  The LTL carrier scorecard becomes a roadmap for driving LTL shipping improvements. [...]

2002, 2013

LTL Freight Damage Responsibilities

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Freight Damage Responsibilities

When it comes to LTL freight damage, the shipper and consignee both have responsibilities. LTL Freight Damage - Shipper Responsibilities Proper packaging. Proper markings on the packaging Proper description on the shipping papers The shipper [...]

1902, 2013

The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Billing Accuracy

By | February 19th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Billing Accuracy

The best LTL KPI for measuring billing accuracy is simply the percentage of accurate bills. Incorrect freight bills drive the accountants crazy and drive the costs up.  In addition to the hours of reconciling bad [...]

1802, 2013

The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Freight Damage

By | February 18th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Freight Damage

The best LTL KPI for measuring damaged shipments is simply the percentage of damage free shipments delivered. Cost, on time performance and billing accuracy don’t mean much if the carrier damages the freight. To minimize [...]

1802, 2013

The Best LTL KPI for Measuring On Time Performance

By | February 18th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on The Best LTL KPI for Measuring On Time Performance

The best LTL KPI for measuring on time performance is simply the percentage of on time shipments.  The calculation for LTL on time performance is described below. Most carriers will have on time performance of [...]

1502, 2013

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

By | February 15th, 2013|Categories: Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

Highly effective 3PLs have developed the right habits, culture and processes to deliver excellent service to their clients.  Innovation and new technology are obviously important, but when evaluating a 3PL, go with the one that [...]

1502, 2013

Webinar: Using LTL Key Process Indicators (February 27, 2013)

By | February 15th, 2013|Categories: Speaking, Transportation|Comments Off on Webinar: Using LTL Key Process Indicators (February 27, 2013)

In this free webinar, participants will learn a methodology for using LTL key process indicators (KPIs).  The LTL key process indicators are used to measure and then improve LTL carrier performance.  Participants will learn specific [...]

1102, 2013

Five Top Tips for Project/Program Team Negotiations

By | February 11th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Five Top Tips for Project/Program Team Negotiations

When we consider negotiations we often think about discrete issues that occur and need to be resolved and put behind us. However, frequently we are members of a project or program team that is responsible [...]

902, 2013

Strategic Shippers vs. Transactional Shippers

By | February 9th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management, Transportation|Comments Off on Strategic Shippers vs. Transactional Shippers

Transactional shippers ask “Can you save me $50 on our next shipment?”  Strategic shippers ask “Can you help us save 10% on our $1.2 million dollar freight spend?” There are two types of shippers in [...]

302, 2013

Logistics Process Mapping Basics

By | February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Logistics Process Mapping Basics

Logistics process mapping is a great way for improving the logistics process and performance. The goal of logistics process mapping is to reduce costs, while improving service quality and customer satisfaction. Process mapping has been [...]

2501, 2013

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

By | January 25th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management, Most Popular Posts|Comments Off on Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

Please check out the most popular blog posts of 2012. Five Lessons from Military Logistics Military folks excel in logistics because they focus on the five areas below and we would all be wise to do [...]

2001, 2013

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

By | January 20th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on 5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

Every industry seems to have its silver bullet for creating improvement. If you know the buzzwords and “tools” for the system of choice you can become a guru, sitting on top of the mountain dispensing [...]

1001, 2013

Webinar: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs (February 6, 2013)

By | January 10th, 2013|Categories: Logistics Management, Speaking|Comments Off on Webinar: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs (February 6, 2013)

Webinar: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs (January 30, 2013, 1:00 pm) This free 30 minute webinar is designed to help shippers identify the habits of the best 3PLs.  There are plenty of great [...]

301, 2013

White Paper: Famous Logistics Quotes

By | January 3rd, 2013|Categories: Free Stuff, Quotes About Logistics|Comments Off on White Paper: Famous Logistics Quotes

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]"The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity."                         Abraham Lincoln[/pullquote] I love famous logistics quotes!  [...]

912, 2012

Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

By | December 9th, 2012|Categories: Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]If you think the price of fuel is the only element driving freight costs higher – Think again!   [/pullquote] Introduction The latest Master of Logistics 20th Annual Study of Transportation and Trends Study [...]

312, 2012

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

By | December 3rd, 2012|Categories: Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

Highly Effective Shippers Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Below is a list of the 7 habits of highly effective shippers: 1.  Strategic view of [...]

1611, 2012

2013 LTL Trends

By | November 16th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on 2013 LTL Trends

The 2013 LTL trends that will likely impact LTL shippers are listed below.    LTL Trend # 1 – Density-based pricing will make inroads in the LTL industry The current freight class shipment pricing is [...]

611, 2012

Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights

By | November 6th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights

The brilliant minds at Capgemini (http://www.capgemini.com/) have released their 2012 3PL study. In their 16th annual report, Capgemini shares their assessment of the 3PL market, along with special sections on emerging markets, electronics, talent management [...]

111, 2012

When Evaluating a 3PL, Check for These 8 Must Have Cultural Traits

By | November 1st, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management, Most Popular Posts|Comments Off on When Evaluating a 3PL, Check for These 8 Must Have Cultural Traits

When evaluating a 3PL, the culture should definitely be considered. Every company has a culture, sometimes called organizational culture or corporate culture.  The culture refers to the values and attitudes of employees in the business or [...]

3010, 2012

Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012)

By | October 30th, 2012|Categories: Speaking, Transportation|Comments Off on Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012)

In this free webinar, participants will learn a methodology for measuring LTL carrier performance. They will also learn specific actions for reducing LTL carrier shipping costs. Webinar topics will include: 1.) Key process indicators (KPI) [...]

3010, 2012

The Keys to a Successful 3PL Partnership

By | October 30th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on The Keys to a Successful 3PL Partnership

The key ingredients to a successful 3PL partnership are collaboration and trust between the customer and 3PL. But, this means genuine collaboration and trust, not just "lip service." This is more difficult then it seems [...]

2410, 2012

Are you Managing Multi-Channel Inventories and Logistics?

By | October 24th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Are you Managing Multi-Channel Inventories and Logistics?

What is the multi-channel challenge: It is having the right inventory sold in store, online, through a catalog, or a combination of all of these issues. Retailers and e-tailers use these channels. When the Internet [...]

1210, 2012

Evaluating a 3PL (Questions to Ask)

By | October 12th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management|Comments Off on Evaluating a 3PL (Questions to Ask)

When evaluating a 3PL, consider asking the following questions. Before you sign a contract with a 3PL, you must visit their facility which will warehouse your goods. Here are some questions to ask: Are you [...]

810, 2012

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

By | October 8th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management, Transportation, Warehousing|Comments Off on Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to [...]

110, 2012

The Second Worst Phone Call in Logistics

By | October 1st, 2012|Categories: Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on The Second Worst Phone Call in Logistics

The Second Worst Phone Call in Logistics There are some phone calls that you just don't want to make.  In the logistics world, those phone calls typically involve shipments that are late, lost or costing [...]

1709, 2012

LTL Carriers Turning the Corner to Profitability

By | September 17th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carriers Turning the Corner to Profitability

Supply Chain Digest (scdigest.com) ) recently did a quarterly review of five LTL carriers: Conway, YRC Worldwide, Saia, Arkansas Best and Old Dominion. The analysis of Q2, 2012 results for LTL carriers has unveiled a lot. [...]

1508, 2012

Cold Storage in Southern California Just Got Face-Lift!

By | August 15th, 2012|Categories: Warehousing|Comments Off on Cold Storage in Southern California Just Got Face-Lift!

DSW Distribution Centers, Inc., a 39 year old provider of cold storage in Southern California, has recently revealed a 100% completely overhauled website. DSW has always tried to stay 10 years ahead of the competition, and their new website [...]

3007, 2012

Webinar: Selecting a 3PL, a Guide for High Volume LTL Shippers (October 24, 2012)

By | July 30th, 2012|Categories: Speaking, Transportation|Comments Off on Webinar: Selecting a 3PL, a Guide for High Volume LTL Shippers (October 24, 2012)

Webinar:  Selecting a 3rd Party Logistics Provider; a Guide for High Volume LTL Shippers (October 24, 1:00 pm EST) Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E057DA81824C A good 3PL can save your company money and streamline your shipping function, but [...]

3007, 2012

White Paper: The Essential Guide to LTL Shipping Improvement: Action Plan and KPIs for Rapid Transformation

By | July 30th, 2012|Categories: Free Stuff, Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on White Paper: The Essential Guide to LTL Shipping Improvement: Action Plan and KPIs for Rapid Transformation

This is an LTL shipping improvement guide written for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shippers who want to dramatically improve their on time performance, and billing accuracy while reducing cost and damaged shipments.  The guide highlights metrics and key process [...]

3007, 2012

Tons of trucking jobs … that nobody wants

By | July 30th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Tons of trucking jobs … that nobody wants

During tough economic times with high unemployment, Americans should be jumping at any chance to work, but trucking companies are struggling to hire drivers. There are as many as 200,000 job openings nationwide for long [...]

1606, 2012

Logistics Guest Bloggers Wanted

By | June 16th, 2012|Categories: Most Popular Posts|Comments Off on Logistics Guest Bloggers Wanted

Logistics Guest Bloggers wanted for the Logistics of Logistics. Do you have something to say about logistics?  Dying to rant about some freight injustice?  Hoping to impress that special someone with your knowledge of warehousing? [...]

1606, 2012

New Detroit to Windsor Bridge Good for Freight Traffic

By | June 16th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on New Detroit to Windsor Bridge Good for Freight Traffic

The new bridge over the Detroit River will create thousands of jobs in  Michigan during and after its construction and add billions of dollars to the  state's economy, according to a report released Thursday by [...]

1606, 2012

New Detroit to Windsor Bridge Good for Freight Traffic

By | June 16th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on New Detroit to Windsor Bridge Good for Freight Traffic

The new bridge over the Detroit River will create thousands of jobs in  Michigan during and after its construction and add billions of dollars to the  state's economy, according to a report released Thursday by [...]

1506, 2012

Freight Marriage: ABF & Panther Expedited Together At Last

By | June 15th, 2012|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Freight Marriage: ABF & Panther Expedited Together At Last

Acquisition adds non-asset carrier to portfolio that includes $1.7 billion ABF Freight System Arkansas Best, parent of less-than-truckload operator ABF Freight System, is acquiring non-asset carrier Panther Expedited Services for $180 million. The transaction, possibly [...]

3005, 2012

LTL Carrier Scorecard: Measuring the Things that Matter

By | May 30th, 2012|Categories: Logistics Management, Most Popular Posts, Transportation|Comments Off on LTL Carrier Scorecard: Measuring the Things that Matter

An LTL carrier scorecard is essential if you are managing a lot of LTL shipments. In a perfect world, LTL carriers would pick up freight and deliver it on the agreed upon day for a [...]

1010, 2011

Five Lessons from Military Logistics

By | October 10th, 2011|Categories: Logistics Management, Most Popular Posts|Comments Off on Five Lessons from Military Logistics

Military logistics is the benchmark we should all be shooting for.  Military folks excel in logistics because they focus on five areas below and we would all be wise to do the same. Core Values [...]

609, 2011

Importers and Exporters Face Difficult Challenges with Ocean Freight

By | September 6th, 2011|Categories: Transportation|Comments Off on Importers and Exporters Face Difficult Challenges with Ocean Freight

Ocean freight rate management is a becoming ever more challenging for importers and exporters, especially smaller-sized shippers. Frequent changes to ocean freight rates due to market conditions as well as bunker price changes make it [...]

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