4 Aspects To Assess During On-Site Evaluations

In the transportation and logistics industry, personal visits to carriers can present several benefits. On-site evaluations are not mandatory but can help you build solid relationships and allow you to improve communication and supplier risk management skills. Additionally, these visits can also enable evaluation for risky behaviours that have the potential to affect your company. […]

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10 Tips On How To Avoid Falling Victim to Supply Chain Fraud

Facing supply chain fraud can be quite a brutal process but it’s an aspect that still manages to be overlooked by many companies. Avnet Inc.’s vice president, Wade McDaniel, has warned against this and provides insight and recommendations to help companies address supply chain fraud. Here are a few practices by McDaniel that can be […]

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How To Partner Up With The Right Transportation Consultant

Many companies utilize the services of an outside consulting firm to assist in the management of specific transportation projects. This is a good practice, particularly for shippers that do not currently have employees with the existing experience, knowledge, and expertise to effectively manage these transportation projects in-house. However, choosing the right transportation consultant can become […]

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5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Put Customer Experience First Prosper

It’s always been a challenge for manufacturers to know their customers. However, this is changing as modern businesses have started warming up towards omnichannel sales opportunities. That means that customers can place orders online or over the phone as they please. This also places pressure on the manufacturers too as having more customers translates to […]

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Key Points From Dovetails Speakers At The Recent SAPICS Conference

In five short years, between 2010 and 2015 Fargo Courier grew rapidly from having 23 to 87 outlets in Kenya, only 12 of which had access to fibre connectivity. Poor roads and common power outages meant they needed to find a solution that ran off a 3G network for all courier functions and was android […]

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Guideline: How To Achieve Effective Logistics Management

In order for supply chain management to reach any sort of success, there needs to be efficient management. Achieving that requires a lot of factors including automation and perfect coordination. This is extremely important for growing businesses too as they need perfectly executed logistics processes that will aim to improve output. Let’s discuss the various […]

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Guide: How To Choose The Right Transportation Management Solution

Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision. Shippers can get the most out of their TMS solution and service provider by following five progressions. Know what you need before you look for what you want  Identify current […]

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Four Ways To Make Sure Your Valuable Shipments Arrive Safely

Every shipment contains something of value to the sender and receiver. That package may have an extraordinarily high monetary value with little emotional equity, or incredibly high emotional value for the recipient but little financial worth. For example, let’s take a shipment containing temperature- or time-sensitive pharmaceuticals for patients in a new drug trial. The […]

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4 Key Factors Supply Chain Managers Should Consider When Reviewing Commercial Contracts

In companies there often needs to be a routine review of commercial contracts between vendors, suppliers and services providers. Supply chain managers responsible for this are expected to get the help of attorneys and other compliance professionals in order to do a thorough and proper review. Here are four aspects to pay attention to when […]

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The African Women in Supply Chain Association Inauguration

The week many have been looking forward to has arrived. It’s finally the launch of The African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA); an association that aims to encourage South Africa’s supply chain skills through technical and practical issues that continue to disrupt the country’s supply chain industry. It is also looking to create better […]

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Six Ways To Achieve Optimal Balance Between Supply Chain Costs and Service

Finding ways to control supply chain costs without sacrificing service has become something companies seek to achieve as they look for ways to do more with less. Immense focus on reducing costs may impact the offer of service negatively. In this article we will find out how to achieve the best way of balancing cost […]

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How To Get Rid Of Non-Traditional Wastes

There are normally seven traditional wastes identified in Lean thinking, namely – transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing and defects. However, there are other wastes to look at that are non-traditional wastes in your supply chain and logistics functions. Robert Trent of End-to-End Lean Management: A Guide to Complete Supply Chain Improvement has identified non-traditional […]

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Five Tips For Recruiting The Best Supply Chain Personnel

The field of supply chain and logistics needs innovative, logical thinkers who can be able to keep up with rapid technology advancement and global expansion. The recruitment process for finding the right candidate can be a bit demanding and time-consuming as the individuals you select need to align with company expectations, values and culture. It […]

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How To Master The Process Of Physical Inventory Counts

In small businesses, keeping count of inventory along with checking for inaccuracies in the warehouses may be a bit of a struggle. There are technology tools that assist in managing inventory, but there’s also a need for in-house systems that will be responsible for physical stock counting. A lot of product-based businesses have started to […]

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How To Profit From Outsourcing Reverse Logistics Functions

A lot of companies have opted to outsource the reverse logistics function than any other part of the supply chain. At this point, experts have even predicted this trend to continue growing globally over the next 20 years. Did you know that companies such as HP, Unilever, Dell, Walmart and Pfizer outsource reverse logistics? Many […]

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Guideline: How To Have Safe Chemical Storage Along The Supply Chain

There has been an increase in the number of incidents involving chemical products throughout the years and this factor has made it very important to know how to handle and transport chemical products. International commercial exchanges and receiving merchandise from abroad has also prodded service providers to be familiar with the safety measures that have […]

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