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Archives for April 2013

100 Days: How Supply Chains Have Become my Life

Supply Chains

I am going to be honest, when I was a child, my dream jobs were always along the lines of a veterinarian or a teacher. They had nothing to do with transportation and supply chains. Until my junior year of college, I was unaware of anything to do with supply chains or how they affected my life. A few of my classes focused on logistics and supply chains, it only was then that I began to realize the importance of this industry. » Read More

Guest Post: 4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Investing in a TMS

Managing transportation—the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations—is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party. » Read More

Logistics: Think the Back Nine at the Masters is Pressure?

Logistics and golf

This week in Augusta, GA, the Masters Tournament begins. Anyone that has been there knows it is a magical place. Everything runs perfectly, from the concessions and the crowds watching the event to the retail experience. Nothing seems to have been missed, including a well-executed supply chain. While logistics may not be the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about the Masters, it is a crucial ingredient to ensure everything runs smoothly at one of the world’s premier sporting events. And anyone would agree they do run it smoothly! » Read More

Industry Updates from TCA

Industry Updates

I recently attended the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. The program I found most interesting was a panel composed of executives from some of the largest asset providers in the country. This year’s panel consisted of Derek Leathers (COO of Werner), Max Fuller (CEO and Chairman of U.S. Xpress), and Dan England (Chairman of C.R. England).  » Read More

Guest Post: Global Trade Management, Beyond Compliance

Global Trade Management

Global Trade Management (GTM) tends to be typecast as something for the compliance department, and the compliance department only. Yes, it’s true that compliance is and always will be a critical element of GTM, but it’s certainly not the only one. Pete Mento, C.H. Robinson director of global customs and trade policy, is among a distinguished group of panelists that will be discussing how GTM touches far more than compliance on an American Shipper webinar April 4. » Read More