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Businesses Find Revenue in Smart Returns Management

It used to be that customer returns were treated as the ugly duckling of retail management.  Returns were tolerated, because they had to be, but were pretty much tossed aside and seen as a drain on the bottom line. Not … Continue reading

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Your Supply Chain – One Bad Storm Away from Disaster?

One thing every business can agree on, the need has never been greater to safeguard supply chains against the unexpected.  Last year’s harsh U.S. winter, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, unrest in the Middle East – and even fallout from … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Vehicles – Next Step in Supply Chain Sustainability?

With the price of a gallon of diesel fuel seemingly stuck above $4, it is not surprising talk is growing about options for fleet owners and managers to look beyond traditional fuel engines. Most recent, the Conference Board of Canada … Continue reading

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Pallet Industry – Are changes on the horizon?

Unless you have a direct interest in pallet design or manufacture, you probably have not followed recent trends in the industry.  Which means, you are probably unaware there are no universal standards regarding pallet sizes, design or components.  This lack … Continue reading

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Horizonal Collaboration – Yankees and Red Sox Sharing a Plane?

In a sign of how integrated today’s business environment has become – and how “yesterday” competitive rivalries could soon be – manufacturers are increasingly teaming up to share warehousing, transportation and other logistics costs.  And sometimes, that means having products … Continue reading

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Collaborative Outsourcing – Efficiencies & Savings

Just the phrase sounds very corporate-speakish, and readers will be excused if their eyes start to glaze over contemplating a post on this subject. But truth be told, once you get beyond the admitted geekish name, “collaborative outsourcing” is one … Continue reading

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Does Your Supply Chain Include a “Plan B”?

At one point last winter, Florida was the only one of the 50 states that did not have snow on the ground.  The. Only. One.  That meant that winter weather was a factor in places that don’t even own snow … Continue reading

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Is Your Logistics Provider a Problem Solver?

With the spotlight pointed directly at the predicted capacity shortage, businesses are looking to ensure that their shipments will not be left behind.  While many businesses are scrambling to lock-in service with a suitable carrier, others may find that the … Continue reading

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Supply Chains have Enhanced Post-Recession Value Survey Finds

A recent survey of  supply chain and logistics professionals found that 89 percent of respondents believe that the supply chain function has become more important to their organization than it was prior to the recession. The survey, sponsored by logistics … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Component Needs Consideration in Demand Management Processes

In its simplest form, demand management refers to the process whereby businesses utilize various indicators to forecast customer demand, and align its supply chain to meet those projections.  Now obviously there is no guarantee that demand management is going to … Continue reading

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