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January 04, 2018

Protecting Your Supply Chain From Disaster

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could anticipate everything that could adversely affect your business? But let’s face it, some things defy imagination.

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November 16, 2017

How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

When you’re here and your product is over there — wherever “over there” might be — you need supply chain visibility (SCV). An Aberdeen Group report defined SCV as “the awareness of, and control over, specific information related to product orders and physical shipments, including transport and logistics activities and the statuses of events and...

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October 12, 2017

Benefits of Using a Vendor-Managed Inventory Program

You’re looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline ordering and ensure that you never run out of product. Isn’t everyone?

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September 12, 2017

Chinese New Year: Recommendations to Keep Your Supply Chain on Track

Well, here we are. It’s mid-September and we’re reminding you one last time about preparing for Chinese New Year (CNY) delays.

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August 01, 2017

Integrating Supply Chain Technology You Can Use Right Now

Drones in warehouses! Robots delivering everything from diapers to pizza! Artificial intelligence and augmented reality!

We’ve all read the breathless accounts of the ways technology is going to be integrated into the supply chain — from ordering materials, to manufacturing, to delivery. But many of those predictions of integrating supply chain...

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July 14, 2017

When Should You Use Air Freight? [Video]

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When you manufacture overseas, air freight is generally a luxury you can’t afford. After all, one of the main reasons for making your product overseas is to save money. The cost of shipping by air on a regular basis would be exorbitant, and cut into any margin you have built in. But there are times when paying extra for air...

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July 10, 2017

Supply Chain Flexibility & Other Stories You Might Have Missed

I don't know about you but the amount of information that passes before my eyes is astonishing when I stop to think about it. Consider the sources: Email, Twitter, Facebook, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade pubs... the list goes on and it's difficult to keep up. 

Naturally some interesting stories will slip through the cracks, but here are a few...

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July 03, 2017

6 Tips for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

(This post was originally published on March 29, 2017)

If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need...

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June 09, 2017

How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

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...

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May 26, 2017

5 Tips for Building Supply Chain Redundancy

Let’s say you’re a sourcing manager for a manufacturer. The company’s part/product is in production and things are going well. In fact, they’re going great! Things are going so great that you’re starting to get a little concerned. What happens if one of your machines goes down, you run out of a key material or some disaster — natural or...

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