Editor’s Note: This blog post originally ran on 3/10/15. As global crossdocking remains a relevant topic in the supply chain industry, we’re sharing Clark’s article a second time.
As companies grow into global contenders, often they notice their once simple, and easy to follow, processes gain layers of complexity. This is especially true for transportation and logistics. Working with multiple vendors, offering numerous products, or operating in several countries across the globe (or all of the above), are just a few of the challenges that can cause strain on any business. » Read More
Customers, Global Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Consulting
Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates
Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs? Well, you’re certainly not alone if you’re asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, maybe in your company, or maybe in other organizations, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does at those times. Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges. But they increase significantly near the end of a quarter in some regions.
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Supply Chain Consulting
The slowing gross domestic product (GDP) growth and a change in growth toward services has adjusted freight markets for both truckload and rail. Read this month’s Market Update for highlights on some of the key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America. Then share your thoughts on these topics and other issues that affect your business.
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Business, Over the Road, Supply Chain Consulting
A strategic approach to sourcing what you need to keep your business moving can help avoid disruptions and stay competitive in today’s competitive market.
Interrupted supply chains can mean costly delays and unsatisfied customers. A strategic approach to obtaining what you need to keep your business and products moving—whether you’re sourcing raw materials, manufactured accessories, or transportation capacity—can help avoid unforeseen disruptions and create a competitive advantage in today’s changing market. So just how strategic are you when it comes to sourcing transportation capacity? Ask yourself these four questions:
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Business, Innovation, Supply Chain Consulting
Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More
Freight Services, Global Trade Resources, Mexico, North American Border Crossing, Over the Road, Supply Chain Consulting