Recovering Lost Profits Through Reverse Logistics

The high-tech industry faces two divergent challenges in product lifecycle management. Consumer electronics are being upgraded and replaced more quickly than ever. In 2009, mobile phone makers introduced 900 more varieties of handsets than they did in 2000, according to McKinsey & Co. And high-end, high-value electronics equipment is being designed (and used) for the…

Fronetics Launches New Service

NEWBURYPORT, MA – Fronetics Strategic Advisors, a global strategic advisory firm focused on driving value in high-tech supply chains and integrated logistics, today announced the launch of Fronetics Interim Retained Management Service (FIRMS), a management as a service offering. FIRMS is designed to provide specific executive, management, sales or operational expertise when and where an…

Cost Analysis: Reshoring Is Viable

A recent report on manufacturing site selection contains both good news and bad news for the US. First, the good news. According to the report, “Reshoring Global Manufacturing: Myths and Realities,” by the Hackett Group, the cost gap between manufacturing in China and production in the US is narrowing. By 2013, says the report, the…

Using Data to Power the Supply Chain

Check out any supply chain survey conducted within the past few years and the term “visibility” will rank at the top of the wish list. Suppliers, distributors, and end-customers all want to track the movement of parts as they work their way toward becoming finished goods. But each of these partners needs different data at…

UPS Strengthens Its EU Presence

Where are all those big brown United Parcel Service trucks I used to see all the time all over American streets? I remember asking myself this exact question several years ago when I first moved to Barcelona. UPS had become such a fixture in my mind's eye that it was a bit of a culture…

UPS Agrees to Buy TNT Express

ATLANTA — United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) and TNT Express N.V. (“TNT Express”) have reached agreement on a recommended all-cash offer of EUR 9.50 per ordinary share for TNT Express, representing a premium of 53.7% to the unaffected share price of TNT Express of EUR 6.18 on February 16, 2012, the day before TNT Express…

Global Positioning: Expanding Into India

As a market, India is considered the next China. The opportunity there for consumer electronics alone is estimated at $20 billion. But when it comes to getting products into the hands of consumers, India carries many of the same logistical challenges as China: a huge area, a widely dispersed consumer base, and the supply/demand swings…

Ryder Offers New Co-Location Solution

MIAMI — Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), a leader in supply chain, warehousing, and transportation management solutions, today announced the expansion of its reverse logistics capability to include a co-location solution. The new offering integrates forward and reverse logistics in the same facility to further optimize the returns process and drive greater value recovery of returned…