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How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

June 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a pallet or in a box?

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck on a U.S. Highway near Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 5, 2015, Daimler Trucks introduced the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world´s first autonomous truck to be granted a license for road use. (Photo courtesy of Daimler)

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Filed Under: Logistics, Technology, Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, Innovation

Why You Must Plan Early for Chinese New Year

May 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you're a regular blog reader you might have read the title and said, "It's TOO EARLY to start reading about planning for Chinese New Year!" And you're sort of right.

It's true you don't have to get your orders in for Chinese New Year (CNY). That would be overkill. But it's not too early to look at the calendar and strategize about how to avoid hiccups in your product flow as a result of the holiday.

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Filed Under: Logistics, China, Supply Chain Management, chinese new year, Shipping

Shipping + Logistics: An Economic Engine

March 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the operations at the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah — one of seven ports (including two inland ports) operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). We were all pretty blown away by the scope of shipping and logistics operations, and the sheer numbers put up by the Port of Savannah 

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Filed Under: Logistics, Shipping

Shipping + Logistics: A Visit to the Georgia Ports Authority

February 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You can make all the product in the world but without global shipping and logistics, you're literally going nowhere. The shipping and logistics division of our company keeps track of customer’s orders, tracks the movement of freight from Asia to the U.S., and makes sure the customer’s order is received in full, intact and as close to the promised date as possible.

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Filed Under: Logistics, Global shipping

Inventory + Logistics: Can I Shorten the Lead Time on My Order?

January 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! Your products are ordered.You worked with your customer service representative to create a forecast. The supplier arranged for the raw materials. A production schedule was created and aligned. You signed off on the schedule and once the manufacturer knows they have the raw materials, the order is confirmed. You’ve been given a lead time of 110 days until you take possession of your products. Exactly what goes into determining that lead time and can anything be done to shorten it?

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7 Scenarios When Air Freight is Justified

September 06, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

We know, we know. Air freight is the absolute worst. It brings on a headache – the kind that makes your temples pulse. It kills your soul. It makes you wonder whether there's any goodness left in this cold, heartless world. But sometimes it's a necessary evil we have to embrace. Below we'll talk about seven of those times. So feel better in knowing that you're not alone. There are others who swore they issued that PO only to realize it took an unfortunate vacation in their outbox.......

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Filed Under: Logistics, Supply Chain Management

East West Supply Chain Management: Who's Handling Your Cargo?

August 11, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

Looking at the photo below may bring the question to mind, "Who's handling my cargo?" If the answer is East West, you can breathe a sigh of relief because we have everything covered. East West Manufacturing is your end-to-end supply chain management solution.

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One Month In: Are New SOLAS Regulations Rocking the Boat?

August 04, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Can you imagine watching a tall stack of shipping containers collapse before your eyes? Sounds terrifying, right? It has certainly been known to happen – in fact, it is estimated that up to 10,000 containers fall overboard each year. While lost-at-sea containers aren't the only reason for new SOLAS regulations, this issue is certainly one of many that prompted a change.

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Wood Pallets vs. Plastic Pallets: Which is Better for My Supply Chain?

July 12, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When you think of a shipping pallet, does the below image come to mind (wood on wood on wood)? While pallets are traditionally wood-manufactured, plastic pallets have become more prevalent in recent years as companies shipping often and in high volumes realize the advantages of this alternative. However, 90-95% of shippers still opt for the old-fashioned version (source).

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How Are My Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight Rates Calculated?

June 28, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Becoming familiar with the driving forces behind less-than-truckload (LTL) freight rates will not only help you set reasonable expectations you'll actually be able to anticipate and project your shipping costs better than before. While full-truckload (FTL) shipments are usually rated on a per-mile basis, LTL rates are driven by a slew of factors that can be difficult to digest if you're new to the shipping world.

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Filed Under: Logistics