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The Secrets to a Solid Reverse Logistics Strategy

The Secrets to a Solid Reverse Logistics Strategy

reverse logistics

The holiday season is a time for traditions. Baking cookies, spending time with family, and exchanging gifts are all pretty common this time of year. Another tradition is inevitably returning some of those gifts. No matter what you return this time of year (a sweater that’s too small, your child’s duplicate toy, or a truly ugly vase) you’re probably expecting long lines, frustrated retail workers, and an overall feeling of inconvenience. But what happens to those and other “unwanted” items? Reverse logistics may come into play. » Read More

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

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

How Ecommerce Models are Shaping the Logistics Industry in China

China eCommerce

Ecommerce in China is expanding rapidly and has grown from virtually non-existent to a $40+ billion (USD) industry in the last five years. During last year’s Single’s Day (an anti-Valentine’s Day in which singletons celebrate single life) in China, the biggest ecommerce giant reported sales of over $3 billion (USD) in 24 hours, once again proving the increasing purchasing power of the Chinese consumers. » Read More

Retail Consolidation: Your Answer to Reducing Complexity in Retail Deliveries

Retail Consolidation

Your business needs to keep products in front of customers in order to succeed. A consistent, reliable less than truckload (LTL) process can make all the difference in your speed to market—a critical component to minimizing out of stock product, getting your goods in customers’ hands, and minimizing or eliminating retailer chargebacks. Unfortunately, LTL shipments can be complicated, and a strategy that requires the transportation of LTL loads to retailers with multiple distribution centers (DCs) is even more so. Luckily, a retail consolidation program may offer the strategy you need to simplify your standard LTL process and stay in compliance. » Read More

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Retail Supply Chain Conference

This year’s Retail Supply Chain Conference saw a flurry of activity, with 721 tweets from 203 contributors over the eight days leading up to and following the conference. In all, 226,467 accounts were reached by Twitter activity. Here’s a brief capsule of the biggest events that occurred and caused so much buzz. » Read More