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OHL announced today that its Senior Vice President of OHL International’s Trade Services group, Mary Jo Muoio will once again speak as a panelist at the upcoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) East Coast Trade Symposium.
The CBP 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium is scheduled for March 6 - 7, 2014 and will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme for the Trade Symposium is "Increasing Economic Competitiveness through Global Partnerships and Innovation."
Mary Jo Muoio, who continues to serve as a Chair of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Customs Committee, will be a panelist for the CBP 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium breakout session “Partnership in Trade Enforcement.” This session will spotlight the outreach and partnership of CBP with other government agencies, brokers, importers and various other trade partners who are responsible for the trillions of dollars in goods that are imported into the U.S. annually. These partnerships provide a capability cornerstone for valuable trade intelligence and operations. The panelists will discuss how CBP is leveraging Trade Intelligence, and will look at a few notable operations that represent the future of trade enforcement in an ever changing international trade environment.
"I believe the synergy of the relationship between CBP and the importing and exporting community is one of the most important aspects of the global trade environment as it relates to the U.S.”, says Mary Jo Muoio. “Furthermore, it is principal to the services we (OHL) provide our customers. Participating in a healthy discussion with other chief partners in the industry about how we continue to foster and grow these critical relationships and pathways is just the smart thing to do."
OHL's President of Contract Logistics and Transportation Management was recently quoted in the Forbes article titled A Holistic Approach to Transportation Managed Services by Steve Banker.
When a shipper decides they need to significantly lower their freight spend while maintaining or improving on time deliveries, there are two main paths forward. They can implement a transportation management system (TMS); or outsource transportation planning and execution to a logistics service provider (LSP).
Over the years, ARC has done a number of studies (market size, ROI, functionality) on TMS. This year we are kicking off a similar set of studies on transportation managed services suppliers and the solutions they provide.
Within the TMS market, the largest suppliers (SAP, Oracle, JDA) provide not just TMS, but a suite of supply chain or even enterprise solutions. For many customers, this more holistic approach is a key selection criterion.
Similarly, within managed transportation services market, a more holistic approach that bundles transportation services with customs clearance, warehousing, inventory and other kinds of services has been a driver of some of the biggest outsourcing deals. Logistics Viewpoints sponsors Menlo Worldwide Logistics and Ryder are prime examples of this approach, although OHL, Exel and other LSPs play here as well.
Randy Tucker, the President of Contract Logistics at OHL, is a firm believer in integrating warehousing and transportation for their customers. By approaching these services together, better efficiencies in both domains, as well as better performance in on time deliveries, can be achieved. For one large beverage provider, they manage the end to end supply chain. They have key milestone visibility to shipments on the water, when those shipments will hit the port, and the intermodal links. Their forward carrier planning is integrated with warehousing so they can insure that when the goods “hit the door and are unloaded” at the warehouse, they will have the allocated space prepared for an optimized inbound process. And of course, the bulk of cost in the warehouse is spent on labor. Forward visibility into when the goods will arrive allows for more optimum staffing decisions. Further, this high degree of visibility allows the beverage manufacturer to practice postponement strategies. They can wait to allocate the supply until later in the process after demand signals have become firmer. Finally, because they are providing integrated services for this customer, when exceptions do occur, such as a truck attempting to make a final leg delivery being snowed in by a storm, it is easier for them to secure product from an alternative warehouse in this client’s distribution center network and make an emergency shipment then if they were not managing the end to end process.
OHL is using MercuryGate as their TMS to optimize the freight moves; the TMS is integrated to their internally developed warehouse management system for this client.
Tommy Barnes, President of Con-way Multimodal, talked to me about a couple of customer engagements they have in this area. Menlo is the division of Con-way and Tommy is also in charge of managed transportation services at Menlo. He mentioned that for one large truck manufacturer based in Illinois the services extend to demand planning, cash-to-cash management, planning on where suppliers should be located to support the plant, and finally supplier risk mitigation services. Within transportation, the services include robust intermodal planning and execution out of Mexico. Menlo runs all of these services out of their Aurora, Illinois control tower where they have standardized on Oracle’s Transportation Management (OTM) solution.
Integrated solutions can also apply to international supply chains. For a consumer goods company, they support inbound shipments from Asia, customs clearance through partnership agreements, movement of goods into distribution centers or cross docks they run, the outbound routing of those shipments through a control tower, and monitoring of the final delivery to the retailer.
And finally, both Tommy Barnes and Randy Tucker mentioned the additional value that being involved in the demand management allows. Randy mentioned that for one large customer they run hourly inventories and optimize where in the warehouse network inventory needs to be stored. From Tommy’s perspective, the further upstream a LSP can get, and the more visibility and control they can get over the demand management process, the more value they can bring to the table.
In short, the value proposition of large LSPs can go far beyond optimized transportation – or warehousing for that matter – to include end to end process optimization.
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Join OHL at the 8th Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on Healthcare Supply Chain in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the World Congress 8th Annual Summit on Health Care Supply Chain, senior level experts from leading provider and industry organizations are sharing strategies and best practices for creating financial success without compromising the quality of care. Panel discussions, presentations and focus groups dive into key elements needed for achieving a healthy supply chain including: physician partnerships, creating an environment of trust with the vendor marketplace, the impact of actual data and metrics on clinical outcomes, the benefits of global sourcing and of course implementing new standards.
OHL experienced record volumes this year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. OHL's fulfillment centers across the U.S. fulfilled nearly 600,000 direct-to-consumer orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
While Cyber Monday still maintains higher online volume than Black Friday, the development of robust omni-channel strategies coupled with increased ease of access through tablets and smart phones is creating high growth for retailers on Black Friday year over year.
"Last year, we noticed some of the highest volumes for eFulfillment were on Black Friday and this year we see that trend growing even more, especially with our customers who operate across multiple channels. This directly ties into the transition to an omni-channel strategy that more and more retailers are adopting," said Dave Hauptman, VP of Product Management.
For Black Friday 2013, Comscore reported a record-breaking $1.2 billion in online sales compared with $2 billion in online sales for Cyber Monday. According to Comscore, Black Friday and Cyber Monday experienced 15% and 20% year-over-year growth respectively. OHL, which fulfills for 4 of the top 25 online retailers, experienced its own form of record breaking this year as well.
Mike Honious, Chief Operating Officer said, "Looking at all of our eFulfillment customers from 2012 compared with this year, we experienced roughly 48% growth on orders fulfilled on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. One specific big-box retailer customer experienced 75% online growth year-over-year for Black Friday, and 53% online growth from Cyber Monday in 2012. This continues to demonstrate the drive to supplement brick and mortar with eCommerce channels."
Come visit OHL at BOOTH 626 at the RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference in San Diego, CA to learn how OHL can give your company peace of mind during peak season.
OHL has extensive retail / apparel / ecommerce experience and a broad range of customers from big box retailers to flash sale eTailers. Our level of know-how enables us to provide a flawless peak experience for our customers.