Other Columns


  • 5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay off Big Time

    Dec 18, 2014

    Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control.

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Guide For Supply Chain Risk Management

    Dec 16, 2014

    How to Identify, Validate, and Assess it. Supply chain risk gets global attention. The World Bank and World Economic Forum comprehend the issue and its importance.

    Written by: Tom Craig

  • Innovation – is Analytical

    Dec 16, 2014

    Steve Brady’s series on innovation continues, this time on the analytics of innovation.

    Written by: Steve Brady

  • As the Truck Driver Shortage Looms, No Easy Solutions in Sight

    Dec 11, 2014

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially announced that the industry is facing a shortage of about 30,000 drivers. And in order to make up for retirement, turnover, and an overall growth of the industry, the next 10 years must see a yearly...

    Written by: Todd Bryant

  • Freight Classification Errors, Re-Weighs, & Other Common Freight Adjustments Are Eating Your Bottom Line’s Lunch

    Dec 10, 2014

    Keeping the supply chain operation at peak efficiency requires efficient and economic transportation of goods. This all starts with an eye to detail towards the most effective transportation management practices.

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Build Resilience Into Your Supply Chain

    Dec 9, 2014

    Natural disasters and events like port strikes have already revealed weaknesses in lean global, regional, and domestic supply chains. Disruptions can break the connections between a company and its customers and suppliers and last for days, weeks, even...

    Written by: Chris O'Brien

  • New Supply Chain Management And The New E-Commerce / Multichannel Blue Ocean Strategy

    Dec 8, 2014

    “We typically lose out when a market commoditizes and we no longer differentiate, further aggravated by us being too slow or expensive.” (Frans van Houten, CEO, Royal Philips Electronics)

    Written by: Tom Craig

  • Freight Brokers: 6 Things Shippers Need to Know about You

    Dec 5, 2014

    While every shipper may have their own criteria as to what they are looking from freight brokers chosen to do business with, there are certain things everyone wants to know about you before they trust you with their freight and ultimately their business...

    Written by: Vic Lance

  • Why Business-to-Business Networks Are Mission Critical?

    Dec 2, 2014

    Vivek Sood' latest column explores the reasons why business networks can be far more important than the business infrastructure themselves; and how these networks can make your business more resilient and responsive to the past paced economic global...

    Written by: Vivek Sood

  • Solid Numbers Warm Early Arctic Blast

    Dec 1, 2014

    John Wagner Jr. oversees the upcoming holiday shopping season in regards of retail sales opportunities, online shopping and industrial production, including the latest transportation and intermodal news and challenges.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Confident Chinese Consumers Drive Need For Improved Logistics

    Dec 1, 2014

    Chinese consumer spending continues to rise, as a result of expanding disposable income resulting from wage inflation, including a 14 % increase in migrant workers’ average salaries during the last twelve months.

    Written by: Mark Millar

  • Urban Distribution And Transport On Own Account: Equal Rights, Equal Rules

    Nov 26, 2014

    The European Union is working on the further liberalisation of road transport by logistics service providers. The question is whether the further liberalisation of shippers transport on own account would not be more effective and yield better results.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • What Is The Role Of Technology In Achieving Last Mile Success?

    Nov 25, 2014

    One of the biggest challenges for a delivery provider is achieving a successful delivery drop first time and missed deliveries are costly – estimated on average at around £23 per drop. Using mobile data technology to track items combined with proactive...

    Written by: David Upton

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    What Do We Do Now About Planning?

    Nov 24, 2014

    Supply Chain Insights founder Lora Cecere overviews five different strategies to consider to implement supply chain planning technologies; stabilize current investments; build efficient B2B networks; augment current functionality based on risk profile...

    Written by: Lora Cecere

  • Click and Collect Could Save Traditional Retailers in a Multichannel Shopping World

    Nov 24, 2014

    As a highlight of day two: John Allen Co-Deputy Chairman and SID, Dixons Carphone plc; Chairman, Worldpay; Chairman, Barratt Developments plc; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the DHL UK Foundation; Board member, Royal Mail Group; former CFO and...

    Written by: Gavin van Marle

  • Land challenges for Hong Kong's logistics sector

    Nov 17, 2014

    Leveraging Hong Kong’s extensive connectivity and privileged free-port status, coupled with cost effective multi-modal transportation options, provide an ideal platform from which to serve all markets in Asia as a Regional Distribution Centre (RDC).

    Written by: Mark Millar

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    Supply chain, here’s how to prove social media ROI

    Nov 12, 2014

    Individuals within the logistics and supply chain industries want to learn more about social media ROI. A recent survey conducted by Fronetics found that 81 percent of respondents reported that information on proving social media ROI would be helpful to...

    Written by: Kate Lee

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    Lessons Learned: Jabil Embraces Supply Chain Complexity

    Nov 7, 2014

    Risk is nothing new to the average supply chain. Supply chain managers think about it, talk about it, and hopefully plan for it. Industry changes, though, are increasing the complexity of the risk management picture. It's time to face it head on,...

    Written by: Hailey Lynne McKeefry

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    A Successful Retailer Without an Online Presence?

    Nov 5, 2014

    In today’s retail world where e-retailing and omnichannel seem to be the main drivers for revenue, how can a company such as Primark financially benefit from simply brick & mortar?

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

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    Sorting the Landscape by Land, Rail and Sea

    Nov 5, 2014

    Have a look at John Wagner’s perspective on the economy and today’s logistics landscape trends: Land, Rail and Sea.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Los Angeles and Long Beach Terminal Congestions

    Nov 4, 2014

    C.H. Robinson Director of Ocean Services Sri Laxmana helps us to understand the cause of the problem; what the situation looks like in the current state; what is being done to address the situation; and what we can expect in the near future.

    Written by: EFT Editor

  • Today, What is Innovation?

    Nov 3, 2014

    Steve Brady starts another great series, this time focusing on innovation as it becomes ever so challenging in today’s technology-centric world.

    Written by: Steve Brady

  • Eric Galinetti, Retail Key Account Director at FM Logistic on the changing face of the retail industry

    Oct 30, 2014

    As the European 3PL Awards voting ends in two weeks time, eft highlights what the award means to one of the 2013 winners and 2014 nominee

    Written by: EFT Editor

  • Supply Chains Darlings – 6 Supply Chains the Industry Has Obsessed Over - #1, Alibaba

    Oct 27, 2014

    ‘Supply Chains Darlings’ – the companies that tend to dominate the headlines of the supply chain world every-so-often for their innovative thinking, and re-imagination of the industry. Here’s part 6 in our series.

    Written by: eft writers

  • Last Call to Renew Your Freight Broker Bond

    Oct 23, 2014

    It is now more than a year since the FMCSA increased the requirement for the freight broker bond and the deadline for this year’s renewal is approaching.

    Written by: Anna Karadzhova