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Remote Controlled Container Ships
Lots of buzz recently regarding the use of drones to revolutionize the supply chain industry. Google is apparently developing driverless cars and Amazon.com earlier this year announced future plans to implement a drone delivery service. The latest in the unmanned transportation arena is the announcement by Rolls Royce regarding the possibility of remote controlled ocean […]
Maersk Line Revives Sealand Name
Maersk Line recently announced the the formation of a regional containerized shipping company that will service the intra-Americas region. The name of the new affiliate will be called Sealand. According to a Maersk Line press release, the new affiliate will operate similar to the company’s other regional carriers including; intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport and intra-Europe […]
Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly
I have been so focused on the international ocean market lately that it has been quite sometime since I posted anything airfreight related.  I recently read a press release from IATA.org that showed a modest increase in global airfreight volumes. Data release by IATA showed a 1.2 percent increase in global airfreight volumes in June […]
2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching
  It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here.  The topic of PSS during my contract negotiations this past April was an interesting one in that many of my carriers were willing to add a no PSS clause into our contracts.  Prior year’s contract negotiations were much more difficult […]
China Value Added Tax (VAT) Cai Shui No....
  I received numerous notifications from my logistics providers today in regards to the Chinese Government’s Circular No. 37 (Cai Shui [2013] No. 37) on “Tax Policy Regarding Nationwide Implementation of VAT Pilot Program on Transportation and Modern Services Sectors”.  This new tax policy has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and […]
APL, ANL, Hanjin Shipping to Launch Join...
APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping recently joined forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The new service, with an expected launch date of September 1, 2013, will be called the New Zealand – Asia Express (NAX) service and will operate via a vessel sharing agreement between the three companies.  […]

UPS Blog

UPS Pioneers New Global Sustainability R...
- By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, issued its fourth generation of guidelines in May 2013.  These new guidelines (called “G4”) are the most significant update to the reporting framework since 2006.  They emphasize identifying the most material sustainability issues […]
Three Perspectives on GRI G4 from One of...
- By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort Shortly after our 2012 sustainability report was published in July 2013, the UPS sustainability report team gathered to debrief and plan for the following year.  High fives were administered, too much sugar was consumed, and when it was all said and done, a questionable decision was made.  With […]
As World Refugee Day Approaches, a UPSer...
From the air, Dadaab doesn’t appear — it slowly comes into focus. The huge empty expanse of red dust looks like a terracotta platter dotted with pepper. As you draw closer, the black specks grow and change color, and the bare platter fills, resembling a generous helping of githeri, the beans and maize dish that […]
20 Million Volunteer Hours by 2020 Is Am...
Our pledge to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of 2020 is the most ambitious commitment to the communities we serve in the 107-year history of our company. We believe this commitment – announced on Monday by UPS’s chief operating officer David Abney at the Points of Light National […]
“3 Reasons Why We Ship With UPS”
The following was posted by Dan Stepchew, chief marketing officer for Medelita on the company’s blog We use UPS as the preferred shipping method for all of our orders, especially our international orders, for a whole list of business-related reasons that I don’t need to get into. There are, however, 3 main benefits that we […]
Jim Barber, President of UPS Internation...
Jim Barber, the president of UPS International, was the keynote speaker at the Discover Global Markets conference (sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce) on June 3 in Los Angeles. Barber’s remarks focused on ways to overcome obstacles that often stand in the way of small- to mid-sized businesses that want […]

Chemical Transportation Blog

Expect Shipment Delays Due to Unpreceden...
By Stephen Hamilton, Managing Director, CLX Logistics clxlogistics.com Blame Mother Nature. Severe weather conditions over the past two months are causing significant network transportation obstructions across the country.   We are seeing a combination of scenarios where trucks are rerouted onto back roads until interstates are plowed, drivers are spending days in truck stops waiting for [...]
Five Biggest Pitfalls in Transport Procu...
Insights from European Market Study Can Benefit Shippers Globally By Stan La Haye Senior Consultant ChemLogix Logistics European market trends indicate that while transport volumes and rates continued to fall during the first half of 2013, market indicators suggest that rates will start rising again. Industry figures showed that as of Q3, road transport supply [...]
Prepare Your Company To Work with a 3PL ...
By Mike Challman, ChemLogix, LLC Vice President, North American Operations www.chemlogix.com So, you’ve made the decision to contract a third party logistics provider (3PL) to optimize your logistic operations.  While the resources and market intelligence offered by the 3PL promise to address your transportation challenges and help you better maintain a competitive edge, companies – [...]
Elements of An Effective Continuous Impr...
by Mike Challman, VP North American Operations, CLX Logistics   ”Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.”  Tom Peters “What have you done for me lately?”  Janet Jackson More often than not, a logistics outsourcing decision is driven by the need to correct a particular pain point or [...]
Outside Experts Can Assist Shippers with...
Written byStephen Hamilton, Managing Director, ChemLogix Global www.chemlogix.com Importing products can be a daunting task, especially for small- to mid-sized companies with minimal logistic resources and limited internal system processes dedicated to logistic operations.  The same appropriate actions or reasonable care is required of all U.S. companies importing products to ensure correct and safe entry [...]
The Power of Information
by Mike Challman, VP North American Operations, CLX Logistics Sophocles, a Greek playwright from the 5th century BC, once wrote, “Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.”  Clearly, Sophocles never worked in supply chain management.  Those of us who have made a career of the logistics arts could write our own tragedies about the consequences [...]

Penske Blog

Montoya Returns to Sprint Cup Series for...
Driving the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford Fusion, Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya makes a temporary appearance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend, competing in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Speedway race. Montoya made a return to the IndyCar Series in 2014 […]
Penske Logistics Hosting Webcast on Stat...
Rosalyn Wilson, author of the annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) State of Logistics Report, will co-host a Food Logistics magazine webcast, along with Joe Carlier, Penske Logistics senior vice president of sales, to highlight the report’s impact on the food and beverage industry. The complimentary webcast takes place on August 19 at […]
Penske Logistics Presence at Center for ...
Penske Logistics will have a major presence at the upcoming Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Michigan. Being held August 4-7, Penske is a seminar sponsor while also sponsoring a session, “Onward and Upwards? The Sales Forecast Workshop.” Joe Carlier, senior vice president of sales for Penske, is a speaker […]
Ten Tips to Running a Safer Distribution...
Penske Logistics is a leader in warehousing and distribution center optimization. The company safely manages over 19 million square feet of warehousing space for market-leading companies around the world. Eric Hepburn, vice president of distribution center management for Penske Logistics, offers these tips, in no particular order, gleaned from personal experiences over the last 15 […]
Penske Participating in Veteran Job Fair...
Penske is participating in the Hiring our Heroes job fair from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan. The event is open to veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. Recruiters are seeking to hire for U.S. jobs […]
Penske Logistics Joins CargoNet to Stren...
Penske Logistics has added another tool to improve an already robust freight management security program by joining CargoNet. This new initiative will aid Penske customers by decreasing cargo theft and improving recovery rates by plugging into the company’s expansive network. CargoNet uses a national database and information-sharing system managed by crime analysts and subject-matter experts. […]

Source Consulting Blog

UPS Announces 2015 DIM Price Increase
Six weeks ago FedEx announced what will likely be the single largest rate increase on record for many shippers.  As predicted, UPS announced that they are following FedEx’s lead.  Effective Monday, December 29, 2014, UPS will impose dimensional weight (DIM) … Continue reading
FedEx just announced what will likely be the single largest rate increase on record for many shippers.  Effective Thursday, January 1, 2015, FedEx will impose dimensional weight (DIM) pricing on all Ground packages.  Currently, FedEx only applies DIM pricing to … Continue reading
Source Consulting to Donate $100,000 to ...
Irvine, CA – Source Consulting, a strategy and solutions provider that helps companies reduce shipping costs, has announced the “20/20 Campaign”, a new charitable initiative through which it intends to donate $100,000 to charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings … Continue reading
2014 General Price Increase (UPS and Fed...
FedEx and UPS rates have increased 28%(+) over the past 5 years!! What are you doing to offset this year’s increase? This document summarizes the UPS and FedEx General Price Increase (GPI) from 2009 – 2014. Click Here To Download … Continue reading
2014 UPS General Price Increase
In advance of the 2014 General Price Increase, UPS has announced a 4.9% average increase for US Air, International and Ground services, effective December 30, 2013.  UPS Air Freight rates (UPS Next Day Air Freight, UPS 2nd Day Air Freight … Continue reading
FedEx 2014 Rate Hikes
In advance of the 2014 General Price Increase, FedEx Express has announced a 3.9% average increase for US Domestic, US Export and US Import services, effective January 6, 2014.  The FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Smartpost increase will … Continue reading

Software Advice Blog

Survey: How Team Members Prefer to Commu...
Software Advice created an online survey to find out whether the communication challenges identified by executives matched what virtual team members faced. We found which communication channels were the most preferred, as well as the worst communication pitfalls for a team working remotely.
The Real Challenge Retailers Face in Bui...
From the Snowden revelations to the long list of consumer data breaches, data security is a hot topic. It's also one that has a significant effect on consumer confidence, which can impact buying decisions. What does it all mean for the nation's retailers? We conducted two surveys to find out.
Experts Clarify 4 Misunderstood Content ...
The terminology for content management tools can make it difficult for the average business user to understand the benefits these solutions can bring to a company. To help you better understand content management as it exists today, we asked experts to translate four of the most common terms into plain English.
5 Questions to Ask Before Planting a Chu...
Church planting can be a risky pursuit as most new churches fail within the first five years. With proper planning, however, you can increase the chance for success. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you plant a church to determine if you have the right location, model and support.
4 CMMS Implementation Tips for Long-Term...
Implementing new maintenance software can be daunting, but it's an investment that can lead to major operational benefits down the road, so I spoke to a few CMMS experts about implementation best practices. Here, we've gathered 4 of their tips to implement a CMMS the right way the first time.
Study: What Employers Look for in a Cust...
The emerging role of customer success manager provides high salaries and valuable experience interfacing directly with executive-level clients. We analyzed 300 U.S. job openings for customer success managers to learn what experience, education, and skills employees are looking for in prospective candidates.

Softlink Blog

Why web based software is a better choic...
Web-based software is software you use over the internet with a web browser. You don’t have to install any CDs, download any software, or worry about upgrades. If you use an online bank or web-based email program like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail then you’ve already used web-based software before. And why is it better [...]
Benefits of Electronic Data Interchange ...
The benefit of electronic trading is well documented. Here are the top five reasons why businesses adopt EDI. i)  Remove document re-entry - By removing the manual keying of key business documents such as Orders, Invoices, Acknowledgments and Dispatch Notes your company can benefit significantly by: Reduced labour costs Elimination of human keying errors Faster [...]
Importance of Integration of Operations ...
Success in business is always the outcome of an enterprise’s ability to expertly manage its finances. For a logistics service provider (LSP) keeping a watchful eye on the financial flows of the company can generate much needed cash in-flow and improved ROI. A sound financial management module that creates a centralized robust financial information system [...]
How a Cloud ERP Platform can eliminate R...
The main reasons for revenue leakages are faulty operational & accounting processes & lack of control & measurement of overall activities. These can be eliminated for a Freight Forwarder with the help of the following features of a Cloud ERP Platform - i) Operational Productivity – Centralized Master Data maintenance. Drastic reduction in manual data [...]
Informed Decision Making – Growth Mant...
A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. In every organization, leaders are expected to be astute decision makers in order to guide the organization towards greater achievements. Historically, even the greatest decision makers relied heavily on their experience, knowledge and wit. Today, advancements in technology have [...]
Advantages of Client Account Maintenance...
In a competitive business environment, it is of utmost importance to keep track of the sales activities. There has to be an organized structure to the activities being executed. The management of the company has to be aware of the enquiries made, the quotes & discussion or action on the same. The follow-up activities & [...]

OHL Blog

OHL’s Mike Honious, COO of Contract Lo...

OHL Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Contract Logistics, Mike Honious will be speaking at the upcoming Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) event. He will be speaking along with Sarah Thompson, Seventh Generation Manager, eCommerce, Digital Marketing.

 “At OHL we lead the ranks in eCommerce fulfillment”, says Mike Honious, OHL COO of Contract Logistics.  “We offer scalable solutions for our customers including Seventh Generation. We were more than happy to take on the challenge with them of expanding their distribution base from B2B to include B2C. Having the opportunity to share with others in the eCommerce industry the best practices from our endeavors at the upcoming IRCE event is a good thing and being able to do it with a customer like Seventh Generation makes it even more valuable.”

 In the IRCE event session “Leveraging B2B Heft to Enter B2C Space” Honious and Thompson will be discussing  how a robust logistics infrastructure is essential to driving a brand’s growth in the B2B space and what happens when that brand wants a piece of the B2C pie. This session will take place Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 4:00pm Central time.

The IRCE event features 200+ industry leaders and eCommerce experts who will share their experiences in creating a bond between retailer and customer.  Its importance, ease, challenges, advantages and trends for the future. The show will also boasts over 250,000 square-feet of exhibit hall space with 600 presenting companies including OHL at booth number 1739. This year IRCE will be hosted at Chicago’s McCormick Place West June 10th – 13th, 2014. For more information about the show visit www.irce.com/front

OHL Completes Validation of its Warehous...

OHL, a leading global 3PL provider, announced today that it has met all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) validation requirements for its primary warehouse management system (WMS) Synapse.  

“The validation of our WMS shows we are committed to meeting the quality and regulatory requirements that come with healthcare”, said Shawn MacCartey, OHL Senior Vice President, Healthcare.  “The WMS validation confirms that procedures and controls are in place to ensure the authenticity, integrity, and when appropriate, the confidentiality of electronic records.”

The validation includes development of documentation to demonstrate WMS’s compliance with the requirements of FDA 21CFR Part 11 and applicable pharmaceutical and medical device regulations.  The validation was supported by the Arbor Group, a world renowned leader in full scope software testing and validation services for life sciences companies.  

“Synapse is OHL’s premier WMS, configured to meet all of the requirements of our demanding warehouse logistics customers”, said Eric Douglas, OHL Chief Information Officer.  “We have some of the top healthcare companies in the world on our platform, as well as many of the nation’s top retailers, e-commerce providers and manufacturers.  We are proud to say the system passed all of the validation requirements.” 

About Arbour Group

As a global leader specializing in providing a full scope software testing and validation services, Arbour Group L.L.C. helps life sciences companies ensure that key business systems are functional and in full compliance with applicable FDA and international regulations and guidelines.  Arbour Group's software validation expertise includes enterprise software applications, software as a service (SaaS) and virtualized infrastructure solutions such as VMware. In addition to focusing on software systems, their validation process addresses training and the effectiveness of operating procedures. Arbour Group also offers maintenance programs that provides a cost effective way to stay in compliance. www.arbourgroup.com

OHL Named Specialty Broker of the Year b...

OHL was named Broker of the Year for 2013 at this year’s Annual Walmart Broker’s Conference. OHL received special thanks from Walmart for all their hard work, attention to detail, customer service and dedication as a service partner for Walmart.

“OHL’s International division and specifically Customs Brokerage services has always been something we have been proud of”, says Randy Briggs, OHL SVP Global Operations. We believe our team of experts’ attention to detail, accuracy and compliance stands heads above the rest.  Moreover the outstanding customer service they provide is the prevailing reason why we have received this award from our valued customer, Walmart. We thank Walmart for this honor and look forward to many more years of providing them exceptional service.

In working with Walmart to provide Brokerage services throughout the year, OHL received high marks for excellent record keeping, timely entry filing and regulatory compliance. It was also noted that OHL was proactive in their communications with Walmart, consistently prompt on reporting & metrics and had a great response time on all action items.  OHL’s Perishables vertical provides Brokerage services for Walmart through its Philadelphia and Los Angeles port locations.  All of OHL’s outstanding efforts in these areas are what led Walmart to name OHL Broker of the Year for 2013.

About Walmart

From their humble beginnings as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Ark., Walmart has opened thousands of stores in the U.S. and expanded internationally. Through innovation, they are creating a seamless experience to let customers shop anytime and anywhere online, through mobile devices and in stores. We are creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the globe.

Today, Walmart operates more than 11,000 retail units under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. They employ 2.2 million associates around the world — 1.3 million in the U.S. alone.

Cast Your Vote for OHL for the Top 10 3P...

It’s that time of year again!  Each year, in its July issue, Inbound Logistics publishes the most definitive resource on third-party logistics and the outsourced logistics market and this includes the results of their 3PL Excellence Survey. They are collecting survey ballots now so click here and cast your vote for OHL.

The results will of this year's 3PL Excellence Survey will be presented in the July 2014 3PL issue of Inbound Logistics. 

OHL and Birchbox Collaborate for New Ful...
OHL has begun fulfillment operations and small parcel management for Birchbox, a leading beauty e-commerce company.

OHL has begun fulfillment operations and small parcel management for Birchbox, a leading beauty e-commerce company.

Since 2010, Birchbox has grown from 600 subscribers to 800,000 subscribers with more subscribers signing up every day. This year will mark the fourth anniversary for Birchbox, and they are celebrating it with an entrance into brick and mortar with a store set to open in New York City.

"As we continue to look ahead to the future, we needed a fulfillment solution that would make our end-user paramount while being able to meet our growth in the future. Part of the reason we chose OHL was their ability to grow with us, as well as their customer-centric approach to fulfillment," stated Matt Hertz, Director of Logistics for Birchbox.

The new fulfillment center is located in Mount Juliet, Tennessee providing a more centralized location and faster transit times for Birchbox customers across the United States. 

"This has been an exciting process from the beginning with Birchbox." stated Randy Tucker, President of Contract Logistics for OHL "Throughout the entire solution design, we made sure that Birchbox had input on all aspects. Within the fulfillment center, we even have Birchbox and OHL staff collocated to make sure this experience is truly collaborative and a partnership most of all. We are looking forward to a long relationship with Birchbox, and we are excited about the evolution of Birchbox as a brand and as a company."

About Birchbox

Launched in 2010, Birchbox is a leading beauty e-commerce company for both men and women. Birchbox redefines the retail process by offering consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. With more than 800,000 members, Birchbox users enjoy first-touch experiences with new products each month and exclusive access to expert editorial content to help them get the most out of each item. Additionally, through Birchbox's online store, customers can shop a handpicked selection of full-sized products from more than 800 top brands such as Lancôme, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Stila, Caudalie, Payot, L'Occitane, Bourjois, and L'Oreal. In 2012, an international acquisition gave the company outposts in France, Spain and the UK. To learn more about Birchbox, visit www.birchbox.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog.

OHL and Resource Global Professionals Re...

OHL, a global provider of third-party logistics services for the healthcare industry, and Resources Global Professionals (RGP), a multinational professional services firm, have jointly released a white paper that focuses on the new Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulation and its impact on medical device operations. 

“UDI is one of the most important topics for the medical device industry this year, with a significant impact in many areas of the organization,” said Steve Downey, OHL’s Vice President of Healthcare Vertical, and one of the paper’s co-authors.  “The warehouse operation is a critical component of the supply chain, and warehouse leadership needs to be ready for the changes UDI will bring.”  

Added Susan Moretti, RGP’s Managing Consultant specializing in UDI Compliance, and the paper’s other co-author, “With change comes uncertainty and UDI is certainly requiring change in these organizations.  Class III products are due to be compliant in September 2014 with other products not far behind.  Whether organizations have UDI programs underway already or are considering them for future compliance, the impact on their supply chain and warehouse is an important one.” 

The white paper focuses on the specific impact of the UDI regulation to medical device warehouse operations.  Areas such as re-labeling, barcoding, inventory levels and product versioning are all discussed, as well as handling by distributors and third parties.  

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

About RGP

RGP, the operating subsidiary of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN), is a multinational professional services firm that helps business leaders execute internal initiatives. Partnering with business leaders, the Company drives internal change across all parts of a global enterprise - accounting, finance, risk management and internal audit, corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring, information management, human capital, supply chain management, healthcare solutions, and legal and regulatory services.

RGP was founded in 1996 within a Big Four accounting firm. Today, RGP is a publicly traded company with 3,100 professionals, annually serving over 1,800 clients around the world from more than 70 practice offices.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, RGP has served 87 of the Fortune 100 companies.

The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the exchange's highest tier by listing standards. More information about RGP is available at http://www.RGP.com.

Supply Chain Logistics Issues

Executive’s Edge – July 2014 Report: Risk Management and Recovery

This survey-based report explores how companies are preparing for—as well as recovering from—today’s biggest supply chain risks.

The post Report: Risk Management and Recovery appeared first on Tompkins International.

Today’s Final Delivery Trends: Where D...

What does the phrase ‘get local’ mean to you? No, it doesn't mean ‘get local’ while traveling or ‘get local’ in your neighborhood. It’s a call to action for supply chain leaders everywhere.

The post Today’s Final Delivery Trends: Where Does Your Company Stand? appeared first on Tompkins International.

Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports La...

Retailers are paying close attention to labor disputes threatening to bring a stop to imports.

The post Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports Labor Dispute appeared first on Tompkins International.

Thoughts on Upcoming Alibaba IPO: What...

Since 1999, when Alibaba first started their marketplace of Alibaba.com, it has been clear that the Chinese company has a strong passion for the United States.

The post Thoughts on Upcoming Alibaba IPO: What’s in a Name or Number? appeared first on Tompkins International.

Asia Supply Chain Excellence Report – ...