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Losing Money by Saving Money

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

How can you lose money by cutting costs that appear to be saving you money? It’s really simple. Any action you take may create effects that you don’t think about. For example, the Vice-President of Marketing decides to cut down on some expensive advertising and is quite proud of the money he has saved his […]

To Optimize Your Supply Chain- Treat Causes – Not Symptoms

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Following up on our previous discussions about weakest links that can cause problems, it’s important that you look through the symptoms and find the root cause. While much has been written (including by us) about capacity constraints, you must remember that capacity problems are far more likely a symptom of a problem; rather than being […]

You May Be Overlooking A Critical Weak Link In Your Supply Chain

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

As we’ve written before, a company is only as good as your weakest link. The same is true in any functional area. And, unfortunately for many companies, their supply chain link is weakening because an easily overlooked link – good drivers. It’s easy to overlook the driver issue because the only time driver issues present […]

Where Does Logistics Fit?

Friday, November 18, 2011

If you think about logistics, and especially if you think about trucking, it’s always been seen as a cost or expense center and not as a strategic driver. As a result, CEOs and senior executives often under-allocate their time in this area because they don’t think there’s anything to be gained by spending more. What […]

Logistics Is A Critical Part of Marketing

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Natural disasters – like several areas suffered this year – anywhere in the world can create grave challenges for many companies. If your supplier is forced to close down for days, weeks, or even months, it will affect your ability to get your product to market. A perfect example this year was Apple, which was […]

Globalization and Outsourcing

Monday, October 31, 2011

Globalization and outsourcing are here to stay. The players will vary and changes will come, but, from a business perspective, the entire world can be the market for any given company, in the United States or abroad. It has been stated that companies today spend at least half of their income on products or services […]

Safety – The Missing Link

Monday, October 24, 2011

Safe Service That’s Profitable. It’s a core part of our mission statement, but what does it really mean. Safety is one of those words that is used so frequently that few people ever spend the time to really think about its impact. In more than 25 years in the trucking, transportation and logistics industry, I’ve […]

3PL Relationships

Monday, October 17, 2011

Third-party logistics (3PL) relationships are becoming more and more important. “Inbound Logistics” had an excellent article in their February 2010 issue that is still true. They pointed out how 3PL providers have become more popular since they can provide services at a cost below what companies could obtain themselves. They offer capacity, expertise, technology and […]

You’re Only As Good As Your Weakest Link

Monday, October 10, 2011

In earlier times, CEOs didn’t have to put too much time into thinking about logistics, beyond assuring that costs were kept in line. Times have changed, however. Logistics has become a major element in creating value in the marketplace. If you’re a manufacturing business, you make large investments in the manufacturing complex. If you’re a […]

Safety Comes First

Monday, October 03, 2011

New CSA (Controlled Substances Act) regulations put a premium on safety. Trucking companies will be held accountable for their actions and performance. As we progress, shippers will be accountable for their selection processes as to who they select and why they selected them. The decision making that shippers will need in the near future will […]

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