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  • 20/11/2015   6 Best Practices To Prevent Shipping Costs From Eroding Your Margin

    Over the past decade, UPS & FedEx have increased their Ground tariff rates 54.9% and their Air tariffs 61.8-66.1%. Those aren’t exactly small numbers. Adding insult to injury, these figures do not include the infamous Dimensional Weight pricing changes of 2011 and 2015… ouch! With the 2016 General Rate Increase right around the corner, equip yourself with these best practices to help mitigate the carriers’ seemingly never-ending price hikes.

  • 28/05/2015   Understanding Risk in your Supply Chain

    James Allt-Graham, Partner at GRA Supply Chain Consultants, explores the risks today’s supply chains are exposed to, and the steps that should be taken before disruption occurs.

  • 21/05/2015   Effective Demand Planning: The key to unlocking your S&OP; investment

    GRA Supply Chain Consultant’s Director, Matt Miller explores why many organisations are not reaping the benefits of their Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP;) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) investments. He reveals how to unlock the opportunities that already exist in a business to achieve efficiency and competitive advantage.

  • 16/04/2015   New Damco sustainability strategy focuses on helping customers to bring logistics onto their sustainability agendas

    As the result of a thorough process that started already in 2014, Damco has recently announced a review of its sustainability strategy.

  • 10/04/2015   Get Your Export Strategy off the Ground: How Small Businesses Can Grow Abroad

    Advances in technology, logistics and transportation have empowered smaller companies with fewer resources to compete and succeed in arenas once reserved for the largest organizations. Today, small businesses that used to target neighborhood customers are seeking a national audience, and many are going global.

  • 05/03/2015   If You Want to Change Your Life, Go BIG!

    Why do you get up everyday? Do you start your day off in a proactive manner or reactive manner? Did you get up this morning because you heard your kids up roaming around or where you already up, dressed, with breakfast made when they woke up?

  • 24/04/2014   Relevance of Value Chain Analysis in Today's Business

    Relevance of VCA has increased more in today’s world where globalization and information flow has taken the level of competition into a different level altogether. According to Michael Haines, “Value chains are formal linkages of businesses that can meet cost reduction target, improve market efficiencies, enhance customer service, and ultimately improve financial and competitive positions for the organizations participating in the value chain relationship”.

  • 25/01/2014   Competing in Today’s Dynamic Retail Market Place

    The retail landscape is undergoing a major transformation and retailers that don’t make fundamental changes will at best continue to lose market share or worst will simply disappear.

  • 04/01/2014   Achieving gold standard fleet safety and efficiency - Travis Perkins Group

    Travis Perkins Group pioneers a collaborative approach to achieving gold standard fleet safety and efficiency

  • 22/08/2013   New Logistics IT Trends - Centralization and Mobile Services

    A lot of things have been changing in the logistics sector lately, some of which have major impacts on how to do business. Currently a growing number of companies move their production facilities back from China to the US, as labors costs are steadily rising while the quality of the products remains on a lower level.

  • 06/08/2013   Unlocking Supply Chain Profitability: Best Practices (Part 3)

    This is the final post in a series of three that will offer tips to help suppliers bring their products to market in a quicker, more cost-effective and profitable manner. Doug Pasquale, vice president, supply chain solutions division Ingram Micro Mobility North America, analyzes the entire product lifecycle and identifies cost-saving best practices that optimize the supply chain at each stage of the product’s life, and shares tips on how to boost profitability.

  • 05/07/2013   Unlocking Supply Chain Profitability: Best Practices (Part 2)

    This is the second post in a series of three that will offer tips to help suppliers bring their products to market in a quicker, more cost-effective and profitable manner.

  • 10/05/2013   Unlocking Supply Chain Profitability: Best Practices

    This is the first post in a series of three that will offer tips to help suppliers bring their products to market in a quicker, more cost-effective and profitable manner. Doug Pasquale, vice president, supply chain solutions division Ingram Micro Mobility North America, analyzes the entire product lifecycle and identifies cost-saving best practices that optimize the supply chain at each stage of the product’s life and shares tips on how to boost profitability.

  • 30/04/2013   The Future of Oil: What Supply Chain Managers Should Know

    Nothing seems more valuable in modern times than oil. It would be no exaggeration to say that countless men have gone to war for this liquid gold. Oil serves as the spine upon which numerous industries and countries’ economies are built.

  • 13/04/2013   Leveraging Aggregated Spend for Efficiency & Innovation through Advanced E-Sourcing Technology

    A global logistics team must attend to a multitude of factors in managing their procurement of logistics services. But the devil is in the details, and often it’s a spreadsheet and weeks of human analysis effort to attend to the data.

  • 12/04/2013   The Role of Reefer & Refrigerated Telematics in Measuring / Monitoring the Cold Chain

    For every truck that transports food, your company’s reputation is at stake. Can your company guarantee your food remains fresh until delivered to its destination? If reefer units or refrigerated trailers malfunction during transportation and the food aboard spoils, your company could experience widespread image problems, experience decreased product sales, be subject to major fines by regulatory agencies, and face potential lawsuits from victims.

  • 23/01/2013   Supply Chain Risk: Managing Problematic Receivables

    As the amount of late payments increased and payment defaults climbed in 2012, it became clear that managing trade risks to protect cash flow and financial stability is vital. 2013 marks a new year and yet the challenge remains, how does a company successfully manage problematic receivables?

  • 11/01/2013   Going Global - Paul Galpin

    Despite stagnating economies across the world and the associated plight of many retail brands, online shopping is continuing to boom

  • 06/01/2013   Risk Management in Freight Transportation in 2013

    One of the 2013 trends identified in my last blog was the requirement for transportation professionals to ramp up their efforts at Risk Management. In recent years we have seen a range of weather related natural disasters.

  • 21/12/2012   Understanding DHL's approach to Social Media

    As we continue to take a look at the use of Social Media across the Logistics Industry we put six questions to Michael Sellen who is the Team Lead of Internet and eMedia for Deutsche Post DHL. Our research indiciates that just over 4% of Logistics Companies globally have a dedicated Social Media Team, as you would imagine DHL's fits with the 4%, there approach is similiar to those of other large Companies where it is centralised by a team of Social Media specialists.

  • 17/12/2012   Software AG Director of Supply Chain Innovation Sean Riley Discusses 2012 Supply Chain Trends

    The Logistics and Supply Chain industry has thrown up some interesting trends throughout 2012. We discuss these with Sean Riley, director of business solutions for Software AG and get his take on what some off these trends could be.

  • 06/12/2012   SSI Schaefer MD Brian Miles reviews 2012 and is well positioned for a strong 2013

    “The company entered 2012 with an extraordinary high order and quote bank, so our budget projects for 2012 were optimistically high. Fortunately our predictions were accurate with the company again posting record results for APAC Middle East/ Africa with consolidated sales close to Euro200m some 35% up on 2011” reported Brian Miles Schaefer’s Regional MD” I think this firmly established the company as the No1 supplier of Industrial and Automated systems in APAC (outside of Japan)

  • 03/12/2012   Company success lies with Cloud Processes - Jason Juretic

    We have all heard the conjecture that “the cloud” is just hype. Well, I say take heed of the facts and don’t be put off by the naysayers! Cloud computing is already firmly entrenched in the global public and corporate landscape and is predicted to grow at a meteoric rate in the coming years.

  • 22/11/2012   Building The Supply Chain’s Integrity

    In 2005, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company grappled with an unexpected problem. The company, which was going to launch a new plane called the A380 super-jumbo jet, saw its supply of electrical harnesses for the new fleet run low. The company had no choice but to announce that the new fleet will be delivered late. When the situation occurred again in 2006, leading to another delay in the delivery of the new fleet, the company suffered as a result: its stock went down by 26%, equivalent to a loss of €5.4 billion.

  • 09/11/2012   Understanding the Cloud - GLM puts 10 Questions to Greg Kefer, VP of Marketing at GT Nexus

    The Cloud is a term that is becoming more and more prevalant across the Logistics and Supply Chain industry, so in order to understand it better we put 10 questions to VP of Corporate Marketing at GT Nexus Greg Kefer

  • 03/11/2012   GLM interviews Gideon Hillman, MD of Gideon Hillman Consulting

    I have been following the progress of Gideon Hillman Consulting for a couple of years now and have seen some tremendous growth in your Business, not only in the UK but across Europe, tell us a little bit about what you do and what makes Gideon Hillman Consulting tick.

  • 19/10/2012   Food logistics in the next decades and the ”Global Compromise Chart” in logistics

    Recently started 21st century will be a challenging period with an effective globalization, a growing influence of internet, social media, and an accelerated climate change. All of it call producers and receivers, governments and forward thinkers all over the world for a synchronized action.

  • 21/08/2012   The Future Belongs to Cloud-Networked Companies

    Much of the discussion around the cloud in the world of corporate IT has revolved around the cloud’s economic advantages over “license and install” IT systems. Among the advantages cited: speed to deployment; faster path to value; better alignment of value to use; lower total cost of ownership; less project risk.

  • 15/08/2012   The Future of Logistics Software is Mobile (and Affordable)

    Running a warehouse requires significant investment in any organization’s most important asset, people. Why are so many warehouse employees wasting their time, and corporate funds, by manually collecting and transmitting critical operational data?

  • 24/07/2012   China’s Manufacturing Appeal – Past, Present, and Future

    China’s appeal for manufacturers is at a tipping point, causing forward-thinking executives to reexamine their global supply chain and manufacturing location decisions

  • 15/05/2012   7 Ways Everyone Can Cut Supply Chain Costs

    You don’t need to be a corporate giant to save big on supply chain costs. These seven areas offer significant savings opportunities for companies of all sizes and across all industries.

  • 22/03/2012   Asset Tracking in Supply Chain: ROI Using Infrastructure-less Technologies

    Today’s supply chain is dynamic, with raw materials and finished products flowing between manufacturers, vendors, and end customers across multiple touch points

  • 12/03/2012   Freight Fright at 10,000 Feet

    Freight and airline passengers make strange bedfellows… or do they have more in common than you would think?

  • 24/02/2012    State of Supply Chain Management Education: Middle East Series

    Simon ChauvinSupply Chain management, which is vital in Middle East, is lacking of universities and training centers to develop a pool of highly skilled workforce for the future.

  • 24/02/2012   Manhattan Associates Predicts Supply Chain Trends for 2012

    Manhattan Associates Predicts Supply Chain Trends for 2012: Cost Reduction, Risk Mitigation and Contingency Planning

  • 22/02/2012   Return to sender

    E-commerce businesses focus time and money on providing customers with efficient and flexible delivery options. However, many companies neglect to extend this attention to the return of unwanted goods.

  • 11/02/2012   Setting the Standard - e-commerce logistics

    E-commerce has rapidly become one of the favourite shopping channels for UK consumers with the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reporting that in the UK £5.2 billion was spent online during the month of April 2011 representing a year-on-year 19% increase. A greater number of UK consumers are spending online and they are also reported to be spending more, with the average order value having reached £174.

  • 11/02/2012   International forwarder’s approach to the China domestic market.

    In the past decade, the China domestic market has been receptive to the international companies trying to offer distribution services .

  • 06/01/2012   2012 Business Outlook - DHL Asia

    Due to the rapid integration of leading Asian economies and free-trade agreements reducing barriers to international commerce in recent years, the logistics industry in Asia-Pacific is expected to record double-digit growth increases over the next three years. This is according to the latest report from research firm Transport Intelligence (TI).

  • 25/11/2011   2011-2012 Supply Chain and Logistics Employment Market Survey Report Released

    Global executive search and recruitment company, Logistics Executive announced today the launch of their fifth consecutive Supply Chain and Logistics Employment Market Survey (EMS) Report which was completed by just under 4,000 respondents worldwide.

  • 22/09/2011   It’s Crunch time!

    In India and across Asia today, the hottest topic at a board level is talent management. Across countries, industries and sectors we are hearing more and more about talent shortage.

  • 13/09/2011   Transforming IT for the Win

    ith Rugby World Cup fever sweeping the globe, fans all over the world are glued to their TV sets living every try, tackle and drop goal hoping their team will prevail to be crowned World Champions in New Zealand

  • 13/09/2011   How to Take Control of Inbound Logistics, And Outsmart Vendors

    One area that is typically ripe with opportunity for companies to capitalize on is inbound logistics.

  • 16/06/2011   Unclouding the Concepts of Cloud Computing

    Most people today have heard of “cloud computing.” But how many really know what this term means?

  • 16/05/2011   a Story untold

    Has the industry seen the potential of sea-air product ?

  • 02/05/2011   RFID and the New normal

    The idea behind the ‘New Normal’1 is simple: it’s about the things we call digital and I have been advised that we are about at the halfway point of the digital revolution. What will happen when we cross this point ?

  • 10/02/2011   2011 Market Trends Report: Warehouse Management Systems

    Software vendors are offering enhanced products for logistics executives looking at new Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

  • 06/02/2011   The “State of Supply Chain Management in the Middle East”

    Supply Chain Management must be firmly fixed in the cross wires of any management strategy emerging from recession,

  • 16/01/2011   2010 Survivor Series, 2011 Opportunity

    2010 was a roller coaster year for the global Logistics Industry, the recession definitely threw up some interesting curve balls and yet we continue to adapt and ride out some difficult times.

  • 15/10/2010    Five quick fire questions with Greg Olsen - CEO Agility Dubai

    Greg Olsen is the CEO of Agility Dubai. With extensive experience at executive management level Greg takes the time to answer 5 questions surrounding the Logistics indsutry in the UAE and provides a great insight into the affect the recession has had not only on Agility but the indsutry as a whole

  • 09/10/2010   Facing the Challenges of Today’s SCM - Brian Miles

    Fortunately Asia has come through the GFC relatively unscathed, indeed the projected GDP’s across Asia show extraordinary growth projections for 2010, particularly when compared with the US and European markets