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Fight for a Cause: Beating Hunger at Its Own Game

Food Fight

One of my all-time favorite TV show is Cheers.So when I hear the term “food fight,” I often think about the dysfunctional Cheers gang getting on each other’s nerves during Thanksgiving and the ensuing events that escalate into an all-out food fight. The scene was well-written, the buildup of tension was masterful, viewers like me wanted to be a part of it, and we wished it didn’t end. » Read More

Losing the LTL battle? Use Big Data to Even the Playing Field

Big Data

With baseball season wrapped up and the San Francisco Giants claiming the top prize, the other organizations that went home early are already working on their short- and long-term strategies that will enable them to win. So how do teams start building their winning strategy? If you’re one of the other 29 clubs on the outside looking in, you start with data. And what if you’re not a professional baseball team, but a shipper looking to reduce your freight spend and still grow your business? With the right data, anything is possible. » Read More

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market-Updates Domestic

In the transportation industry, there are many moving parts that can impact your day-to-day operations. From monitoring carrier capacity and driver shortages to tracking diesel pricing and government regulations, staying current on the events in transportation means you will be better equipped to make knowledgeable business decisions and drive growth and efficiency into your supply chain. This month’s Market Update highlights key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America and will keep you up to speed on the latest news and topics that matter to your supply chain and business. » Read More

An Interview with Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser

Nearshoring

There are many names for it: localization, near-shoring, reshoring, and onshoring. I’m speaking, of course, of the growing number of companies who are either making a choice to manufacture in America by never offshoring in the first place or moving manufacturing back to America from overseas. An article written by Willy C. Shih and posted to the MIT Sloan Management Review discusses this topic in detail. That article, from August 7th, 2014, What It Takes to Reshore Manufacturing Successfully, begins, “Rising labor costs in China and other emerging economies, high supply chain and logistics costs, and wide differentials in the costs for electricity and natural gas in different parts of the world are provoking a fresh round of relocation of manufacturing and production.” » Read More

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CSCMP Recap

Why do transportation budgets fail? It’s a thorny topic, even for transportation professionals trying to trace an increase back to its source. Imagine what it’s like for senior executives who have no background in transportation as they try to understand it.

At a CSCMP conference session, participants offered case after case of how business decisions—both unintentional and intentional—can wreak havoc on transportation spend. » Read More