One of the biggest challenges of running a retail supply chain is inventory replenishment. For many operations, high volume products need to be replenished on short notice during demand surges. Also referred to as just-in-time inventory replenishment, such surges can occur during predictable periods (i.e., holidays and peak seasons) or on a regular basis for a company that steadily moves a product.Read More
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Reducing Tons Of Supply Chain Waste
SalonCentric, a nationwide wholesale salon and beauty supply distributor, wanted to find a way to reduce its impact on the environment while also minimizing its supply chain costs.
One area of its supply chain that SalonCentric saw an opportunity to make a difference with was the company's use of traditional cardboard boxes for shipping. Corrugate boxes, a staple of most retail supply chains, are great for transportation. However, such containers have a short shelf life and quickly find themselves in landfills.
To address the problem, SalonCentric invested in reusable plastic tote bins. The use of the bins had an astounding positive impact on the company's environmental footprint.Read More
When we asked shippers what their biggest challenges were in our 2017 State of The North American Supply Chain Survey, only 11 percent said they had issues with capacity. That number marked a 1 percent decrease from the prior year. On a graph, those numbers would appear to bode well for shippers as a sign of easing fears that a capacity crunch will not occur in the foreseeable future.
However, there are a growing number of indicators that truckload capacity will tighten in 2017. More concerning, though, these warning signs may even suggest that shippers and carriers will experience a significant truckload capacity crunch that could last for several years.Read More
As most of North America is getting into the swing of a new year, the Chinese will soon be celebrating the beginning of a new lunar calendar. The "Year of the Rooster," which begins on January 28, will bring about a standstill in manufacturing and freight movement in and out of the world's primary production center.Read More
As we approached the end of 2016, we conducted our second annual supply chain survey with shippers throughout the country and North America. By the end of our survey period, we had approximately 2,200 participants!Read More
Can you believe that another year is coming to a close? 2016 was full of surprises for shippers and supply chain professionals. Many of the stories that dominated headlines this year will impact us all in different ways. From the future of international trade to promises to fix U.S. infrastructure, the year was certainly one that will go down in the transportation management history books. Let's take a look at four of the top stories that will 2016 will be remembered for.Read More
Winter is upon us, and businesses throughout North America are running in high gear to meet end-of-the-year deadlines and to prepare for 2017. At the same time, the winter months can bring more volatility to your supply chain and shipping practices.Read More
Topics: Shipping Tips
Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day. Compounded by an increased production in North America, the global oil glut seen in recent years has led to lower fuel prices that have helped drive down surcharges within the transportation and logistics industry.Read More
Topics: Shipping Tips
One of the many challenges that shippers and freight managers face in their supply chain are accessorial charges. Also referred to as "value-added services," these charges are the additional costs that are applied to a shipment that requires extra services from the carrier beyond standard pickup and delivery.Read More
Topics: Shipping Tips
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." - W.J. Cameron
The holiday season is officially in full swing throughout North America and families and loved ones will soon come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the same time, the ringing of bells on street corners will help to remind us that this is also the season of giving.
There are many ways that we can give back to our communities and to those in need throughout the year. You may volunteer your time and skills, or perhaps you may donate to a non-profit organization.Read More