Blog Archives

Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Need to Identify Logistics Efficiencies

Results from the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA’s) quarterly “Supplier Barometer,” indicate strong concern among suppliers about higher manufacturing and fuel costs.   According to Steve Handschuh, president and COO of AASA, “all of our Q2 2011 survey respondents reported they … Continue reading

Posted in Industry - Automotive Aftermarket, Supply Chain Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ignore those Returns at Your Own Risk!

Last year U.S. consumers returned more than 8 percent of their purchases.  That’s a staggering statistic for a retailer, and a figure that exceeded $200 billion last year. But despite knowing that a significant chunk of merchandise is certain to … Continue reading

Posted in Supply Chain Management | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The “Aha” Solution Helping Businesses Take Control

Inbound Freight Management: Businesses are increasingly realizing the good sense – and good economics – of taking control of the transportation logistics for all inbound materials.  The concept took center stage last year, when Wal-Mart announced plans to take control … Continue reading

Posted in Supply Chain Management | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pendulum Swings between Freight Volumes and Capacity Shortages

Good news! The volume of freight carried by U.S. trucks has increased dramatically, helping to restore growth and profitability to the recession-battled industry.  The not so good news is that significant cutbacks carriers implemented during the recession could result in … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: A Scalable Supply Chain Solution

One of the biggest conundrums for small-to-mid sized businesses has been highly efficient software capable of improving their operations, but at a cost that is simply out of reach.  All that is changing thanks to a trend that that is … Continue reading

Posted in Supply Chain Management | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conversation with Your Carriers – Fuel Surcharges

Have you seen recently that a gallon of diesel fuel costs well above $4.00 in most states? It should come as no surprise that transportation providers pass along these costs via fuel surcharges to their customer’s bill, your bill! But … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation Costs | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why it Costs More to Ship a Box of Feathers than a Box of Bricks

Customers are often surprised to find out that the cost to ship a “lighter” load is often higher – sometimes much higher – than the cost to send a much heavier package.  It just seems to make sense that something … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation Costs | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment