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Consumers Show Little Patience for Late Deliveries

“Hell hath no fury like a consumer with a late delivery,” could be the new mantra for today’s businesses.  After all, expectations for fast, on-time and free shipping have never been greater, with more than 55 percent of consumers expecting … Continue reading

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Cloud Technology Leaves Americans Fuzzy

A study by Gartner technology consultants found usage of cloud-based solutions within the supply chain management sector increased by 40 percent during 2012.   Further, the study projects cloud usage will increase by an additional 47 percent by 2016, during which … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: Supply Chain Candidates with Communication and Technology Skills

Considering a career in supply chain or logistics management?  If so, then it might be helpful to know what types of experience and education are most helpful in landing the job.  A recent study sponsored by Supply Chain Management Review … Continue reading

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Return on Investment Doesn’t Always Mean Lowest Cost

It used to be when a business looked for return on investment (ROI) from its logistics provider, the provider would be expected to find the lowest cost carrier.  End of story.  Now however, it’s not that simple. Instead, logistics providers … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Visibility – Essential to Efficiency & Results

If your supply chain is a network of closely aligned moving parts, then doesn’t it make sense that if a breakdown occurs, it’d be easier to fix the problem if you could tap into each individual part to find out … Continue reading

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Should-Cost Modeling Helps Control Costs

Let’s say you’re the purchasing manager for your company, and you buy a fair amount of customized products.  Word has come down that costs need to be reduced by 15-20 percent.  Oh, and of course you are not allowed to … Continue reading

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Mexico Offers Nearshoring Opportunities for Canadian Businesses

While there are no predictions Canadian importers are ready to move away from China as a leading provider of manufactured goods, favorable business and labor conditions in Mexico have resulted in a spike in Canadian interest in the country.  And … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Supply Chain Data, Is Less More?

There is no disputing that today’s supply chains are data driven, faster and leaner than before, some industry experts are starting to question whether too much data can be counterproductive.  Instead of searching for ways to tap into more information, … Continue reading

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Environmental Factors Not a Concern for Most Shippers

Earlier this year, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent announced new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles.  The new regulations, according to Kent, would have the equivalent effect of removing 650,000 personal vehicles from the road … Continue reading

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Trucking Capacity Shortage May Finally Be Here

Carriers have been warning for the past two years that the trucking industry is facing a serious capacity shortage, and that it was only a matter of time before that shortage would start to affect operations. Well, that time may … Continue reading

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