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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 […]

What’s the Difference Between Good and Great Supply Chain?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In today’s competitive world, good is no longer good enough. Companies must pursue “great” in all aspects of their business, and in logistics “great” is critical.So how you do go from “good to great?” Let’s define good first. A good company has metrics and visibility across its entire supply chain. Let’s say I produce chemicals. […]

Logistics Management and Chess

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We’re often asked about how to avoid mistakes in logistics activities. Logistics is like a chess game – you always have to be thinking ahead about what effect any action will have several steps down the road. Companies often make the mistake of looking at logistics functions through a transactions prism instead of as a […]

No News Is Not Necessarily Good News

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Most companies today seem to believe that, if customers aren’t complaining, they must be satisfied, living by the philosophy that “no news is good news.” Unfortunately, that is frequently misleading. Many people don’t like to complain or confront, or simply don’t have the time. If customers aren’t happy, they: Begin listening to the calls from […]

Relationships Are Critical In Outsourcing

Monday, August 22, 2011

Are you afraid to outsource some of your functions to another company? Do you fear losing control? Do you believe it will cost more than doing it yourself? These are the primary fears that keep many companies from obtaining the savings and peace of mind that comes from having specialists take over some functions. Our […]

CSA: Where Road Safety Meets Logistics

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lots of change in the trucking world; currently we’re in an age of regulation. The big focus is the recent and ongoing implementation of the new CSA (Controlled Substances Act) laws. Safety has long been an aim of multiple administrations, but the implementation of public safety objectives has typically been left to the states. By […]

The Times They Are A (Always) Changing

Thursday, August 04, 2011

One of the big trends in the last twenty to thirty years, which has accelerated even further in the last three or four and will probably accelerate even faster in the future, is that companies continue to get leaner and flatter as they downsize and utilize technology more. They’ve reduced costs even after previously reducing […]

Staying Ahead of Legislation

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Federal and State legislators continually create new laws that affect businesses in many industries. It’s hard enough to watch for new laws that have already been passed and then rush to meet the new requirements. It is critical for all business owners and managers to think ahead and watch for signs of what new legislation […]

Are Invisible Costs Hurting Your Company?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Logistics has long been thought of, by most companies, as an operating cost that must be minimized. This is a very short-term and, frequently, dangerous viewpoint, not only in assessing logistics costs, but in analyzing costs for other functions as well. What are invisible costs? These are the costs that do not show up on […]

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