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3PL Wire

NOL to sell off APL Logistics Business U...
I have been reading many reports in the media regarding the news that Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) is planning to sell its logistics business unit – APL Logistics – in order to improve its performance. However, NOL issued a “Clarification on Media Report” stating that “These considerations are preliminary and exploratory in nature. There is […]
Transpacific Stabilization Agreement car...
Member container shipping companies in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have announced an across the board general rate increase (GRI) of $600 per FEU to all destinations. Reason for the planned GRI is due to continued strong demand and high vessel utilization levels in the past few months. They anticipate the strong demand lasting through September. […]
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 […]

UPS Blog

Doing More, Not Less
The following post first appeared on the BlueGreen Alliance website on September 10, 2014.    “At UPS, sustainability success starts with employees, not just newer and better technology.”  Sustainability is often about creating or doing less—less waste, lower emissions. But is that the right approach? What if, instead, we were committed to doing more? Many corporate […]
Veterans Give a ‘Competitive Edge’ t...
The following post was written by Steve B. Brooks and originally appeared on The American Legion website. United Parcel Service, better known to the world as UPS, has 24,000 veterans on its payroll and has a goal of hiring thousands more. Hundreds of its stores are run by veterans. But Myron Gray, vice president of […]
The Most Important Sustainability Questi...
What is the most energy-efficient way to deliver a package from point A to point B? It’s a good question. And for the legion of engineers at UPS, it’s more than that—it’s a compelling challenge that has profound implications for the global environment. Let me elaborate. Given a set of parameters like origin, destination, and […]
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 […]

Chemical Transportation Blog

CLX Logistics Announces New Technology P...
CLX Logistics LLC, announces its technology partnership with Kewill, a global leader in multimodal transportation management software, as Kewill acquires the IBM® Sterling TMS and its associated development and support teams. Rebranded as Kewill Transport, the top-rated SaaS TMS will be incorporated within Kewill’s Kewill MOVE®  transportation and trade management platform. World-class transportation technology is core [...]
LLamasoft and CLX Logistics Announce Agr...
LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain design software solutions, and CLX Logistics, a global provider of comprehensive logistics management, technology, and supply chain consulting services, announced an agreement to offer European truckload, global ocean and global parcel data to LLamasoft customers for use in strategic supply chain design. CLX Logistics has offered a dedicated [...]
CLX Logistics Selected Top 100 3PL Provi...
CLX Logistics LLC was chosen as a Top 100 3PL Provider for 2014 by Inbound Logistics magazine for its fifth consecutive year. IL editors selected CLX Logistics from a pool of more than 300 companies based on the company’s diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet readers’ unique supply chain and logistics needs. Inbound Logistics’ Top [...]
Outpacing Capacity
CLX Logistics was recently featured in an article entitled Outpacing Capacity in the recent issue of Canadian Shipper:  http://www.pdf.investintech.com/preview/539dc1bc-2e2c-11e4-90ae-002590d31986/index.html
CLX Logistics Schedules 3rd Annual On-D...
CLX Logistics LLC will hold its third annual On-Demand Global TMS User Conference in Philadelphia from September 30 – October 1, 2014. This invite-only event will feature workshops on transportation management systems including hands-on training on IBM’s global on-demand, web-based TMS (transportation management system) software as well as panel discussions focusing on industry trends like increasing [...]
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 [...]

Penske Blog

Penske to Attend Shippensburg University...
Penske Truck Leasing will attend a career fair on Monday, Oct. 27, at Shippensburg University to seek dynamic candidates for a variety of roles. Penske is seeking part-time Rental Representatives and full-time Management Trainees to join its team. Recruiters are also looking for qualified candidates to participate in the Supply Chain Leadership Program. Students and […]
Penske to Participate in Support Militar...
Penske will participate in the first-ever Support Military Spouses’ Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Embassy Suites Fayetteville, 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, N.C. The job fair is geared toward military spouses, but the event is open to anyone with a military I.D. Penske’s HR recruiters will be […]
Penske Exhibiting at IFDA Distribution S...
Penske Truck Leasing is exhibiting this week in booth 926 at the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s annual Distribution Solutions Conference. The conference takes place Oct. 21 – 23 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. In keeping with the wider organization’s its winning tradition at the Indy 500, Penske Truck Leasing will feature a branded […]
Penske Logistics is Repeat Quest for Qua...
For the second straight year Penske Logistics is a recipient of the Quest for Quality award given by Logistics Management magazine. Late last month as part of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual global conference in San Antonio, Penske was honored in the 3PL: value added warehousing and distribution solutions category at […]
Operation Safe Driver Week Starts Oct. 1...
To raise driver awareness and increase road safety, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will kick off its annual Operation Safe Driver program Oct. 19, nationwide. During the week, enforcement agencies across the nation will be on heightened alert aimed at both commercial vehicles and cars. Among the things drivers can expect are more-frequent roadside […]
Transportation Survey Finds Onboard Tech...
The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) recently published its annual benchmarking survey of private fleets, where 95 percent of respondents reported adopting onboard technology. This high percentage shows that for the vast majority of private fleets, this technology is expected to make a significant business impact. Mike Flynn, manager of onboard technology for Penske, felt […]

Source Consulting Blog

Source Consulting Named One of Best Plac...
Irvine, CA - Source Consulting is pleased to announce its placement as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Orange County. Source Consulting is ranked #11 amongst all small companies in Orange County, CA. The ranking of the winning companies was released via a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s July 28th issue. Continue reading
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

Software Advice Blog

Survey: How Team Mood Can Impact Project...
Software Advice created a survey to find out whether teams witnessed negative emotion in the workplace and how it affected mood and productivity. While negative emotions are shown to adversely impact productivity, managers can promote emotional intelligence to encourage positive mood and address negativity.
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.
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.
Our 8 Favorite iPad Point of Sale User I...
Offering the full suite of POS functionality, including inventory tracking and customer records, iPad POS options are especially useful for mobile merchants, such as food trucks. To give you a better sense of the options available, we evaluated dozens of iPad POS systems and selected the eight vendors with our favorite UIs.
5 Tips to Expand Your Small Groups Minis...
Churches that embrace technology see higher participation and recruitment numbers than churches that don't. Today, forward-thinking church leaders are embracing Google+ Hangouts to engage more members online. Here are five tips for using Hangouts to expand your small groups ministry.

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

A Mobile Cure for the Warehouse Blues

Inbound Logistics talks to OHL and others in the industry about the complexities of warehouse operations amongst the growing e-commerce fulfillment landscape and how solutions in the background like mobile communication technologies are helping to improve productivity and accuracy. 

Article Excerpt:

"E-fulfillment represents about 30 percent of our contract logistics business today, and it is our fastest growing segment," says Rob Thyen, OHL Vice President of Engineering. "It also presents unique challenges, such as high order and SKU counts. Those challenges push us to drive productivity and better manage our labor force to minimize errors."

In most of its warehouses, OHL uses Motorola handheld scanners for picking and putaway tasks. The 3PL also recently began testing new voice-driven software from South Jordan, Utah-based technology provider Wavelink Speakeasy. The device-based, multi-modal solution requires no middleware component or voice-specific hardware.  Click here to read the full article.

It’s Been 16 Years - OHL Recognized Ag...

OHL, has been listed as a Top 100 3PL provider by Inbound Logistics (IL) magazine.  ILs' Top 100 3PL Provider's list serves as a qualitative assessment of 3PL service providers. 

“Being listed as one of the Top 100 3PL providers by IL is not an honor we take lightly”, says Randy Curran, OHL Chief Executive Officer.  “Being listed several times in a row is even more of a privilege to us because the selection criterion is based on input from industry peers, IL judges who are subject matter experts and most importantly IL readers of whom many are our customers.  This listing becomes a source of validation for us as we continuously work to provide our clients with the very best in overall service.”

Each year, IL editors select the best logistics solutions providers by carefully evaluating submitted information, conducting personal interviews and online research while comparing that data to their readers’ growing global supply chain and logistics challenges.  The IL editors selected this year's class of Top 100 3PLs from a pool of more than 300 companies. The service providers selected are companies that, in the opinion of IL editors, offer the diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet readers' unique supply chain and logistics needs.

Evaluating and determining how to tackle many of today’s complex supply chain challenges that are germane to a company’s overall success is not easy”, says Felecia Stratton, Inbound Logistics Editor.  “Our Inbound Logistics editors know this and are very careful in their assessment of who to add to our annual Top 100 3PL Providers list. OHL was chosen because of its ability to provide its customers with excellent operational performance and efficiency while meeting the customer’s unique needs across multiple channels, ultimately providing just the right mix for an integrated solution.”

OHL Vendor of Choice amongst Internet Re...

OHL was recently listed as a leading vendor of technology and services for 4 of the Top 500 eRetailers by Internet Retailer Magazine (IR). OHL was recognized by IR for helping these eRetailers grow their business and providing services for them across various categories.

OHL is a leader in eCommerce fulfillment and provides customized scalable solutions for some of the biggest names in eCommerce. In 2013, OHL’s eFulfillment solution completed 26 million direct to consumer orders, and distributed $4 billion of merchandise directly to consumers.

“Being listed in this guide just speaks to OHL’s breadth of eFulfillment capabilities but more importantly, it speaks to the value we provide our customers with our services”, says Dave Hauptman, OHL Vice President of Product Marketing. “This listing by IR is an invaluable source of information for retailers in the eCommerce space because of the growth and ever-changing nature of this particular industry and OHL is pleased to be recognized in this space as a major contributor.”

IR began publishing this listing each year back in 2012 and the book’s purpose is to show the market reach of these companies relative to others. They also wanted to provide a resource guide to any eRetailers looking to develop or expand their services platforms.

Click here to learn more about IR’s list of Top 500 eRetailers. 

The Mechanics of 3PL Partnerships

The Mechanics of 3PL Partnerships | OHL

OHL and Birchbox were featured last month in the Inbound Logistics (IL) article, The Mechanics of 3PL Partnerships.  The article poses the question, “how do you keep a shipper-3PL relationship running smoothly” and then answers with this.

Article Excerpt

Peer into the machinery that connects e-retailer Birchbox and its third-party logistics provider OHL, and you'll find two teams that have put some concentrated effort into getting their relationship in gear.

When you bring two companies together, you have to bridge a culture gap," says Dave Johnson, vice president of operations at OHL, in Brentwood, Tenn.

Birchbox sells beauty and grooming products through its website, and recently added a new channel: its first permanent store in Manhattan's SoHo district. Besides traditional shopping, customers can subscribe to a service that sends them a box of sample-sized products each month. One subscription is designed for women; another one for men.

OHL is Birchbox's third 3PL since the retailer launched in 2010. In February 2014, New York City-based Birchbox started moving some of its fulfillment business from a previous partner in New Jersey to an OHL facility in Mount Juliet, Tenn. "Birchbox is an exceptionally high-growth business," says Matt Hertz, the retailer's director of logistics. "The previous 3PL did a great job, but couldn't scale its operation to accommodate future growth."

By May, OHL had taken over all of Birchbox's fulfillment, including receiving, putaway, replenishment, picking, packing, kitting, shipping, and transportation management.

Now that the ramp-up is mostly complete, here's how the process works: Four times each day, Birchbox sends an order file to OHL via EDI. OHL employees pick and pack the orders, and prepare them for shipment—often with the U.S. Postal Service, but sometimes through UPS or a consolidator.

Click here to read the full article.

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