Transparency at the Cross Dock

In today's 24/7/365 world, speed is a competitive differentiator across nearly every industry. In the logistics sector, the need for speed has translated to a rise in the frequency with which companies have embraced the practice of cross docking — transferring an order from one truck to the next in real-time to eliminate the need…

Drone or Not, Speed Counts

Drone delivery, anyone? We're not completely there yet, but while we wait for products to fall from the sky, businesses need to maintain a competitive edge by outsourcing fulfillment to the right provider. Despite being both parodied (make sure to watch Netflix's Drone to Home video) and parroted (in February, the FAA clipped a brewery's…

Infographic: Traceability Issues in the Supply Chain

Managing recalls and tracking elements in your supply chain has never been more complex. And just about half of companies believe they have good processes in place to handle issues: (Source: RedPrairie via Visua.ly) Related posts: Infographic: Supply Chain’s RFID Advantage Infographic: E-Waste – Where Does it All Go? Infographic: Pricing, Inventory & Lead Time…

Infographic: Supply Chain’s RFID Advantage

Our colleague Douglas Alexander has written extensively and eloquently about the enabling power that RFID technology can bring to the supply chain. (See RFID Sparks New Supply Chain Demand and Greater Role Seen for RFID in Supply Chain). Here's a graphic that gives you another sense for how a wirelessly oiled supply chain can operate:…

The FedEx-UPS Duopoly

It gets a lot of supply chain professionals riled up: FedEx and UPS. That is, the duopoly, at least in North America, of the two dominant shippers. The electronics supply chain leans mostly on parcel ground shipping for its parts, and so price increases or capacity issues with the Big Two cause widespread ripples. Just…

USPS: Courier Extraordinaire

Usually, when I'm in Paris and someone warns me that he's sending a package, I mentally consign that unfortunate parcel to the Great Lost & Found in the Sky. If the package actually arrives — anytime in the following six years — I assign the windfall to sheer, dumb luck. Theoretically, the French post office…

Optimistic Outlook for US High-Tech Exports

The economy is still a drag on businesses today, but there seems to be hope for the future of high-tech exports from the United States, with growth pegged to rising demand from emerging markets. In its annual survey focused specifically on exporting, “Change in the (Supply) Chain,” logistics company UPS, working with IDC Manufacturing Insights,…