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Alex Stark | August 25, 2016

Inventory Optimization Can Be a Struggle for Mid-Sized CPGs

The relationship between large retailers and their suppliers is changing in ways that are hard to predict. One thing that isn’t so hard to predict is the need for these supply chain partners to collaborate more, and better, than they ever h...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | August 18, 2016

Final Regulations out on Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency

This week the Obama Administration issued its final carbon emissions standards for big rigs. That means that, over time, truck, engine and trailer manufacturers must design their equipment in order lower carbon emissions and fuel consumptio...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer

This quick-read eBook lists 12 best practices designed to elicit greatness from your 3PL.


Safety In Logistics Operations

4 strategies to turn safety from a compliance-driven chore to a profit-driving opportunity.

Alex Stark | August 11, 2016

Mid-sized CPG Manufacturers Seek More Collaboration with Retailers

CPG manufacturers are faced with an ever-changing set of demands from their retailer customers, and small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are feeling the bite perhaps most of all. These SMBs seek more collaboration with retailers, but they h...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | August 04, 2016

3PL Innovation Requires Shipper Commitment

If you ask 3PLs and their shipping customer to characterize the relationships, you’ll likely get very different answers. According to the 2016 State of Logistics Outsourcing Study, 74% of shippers say they have formal plans to manage 3PL re...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

Alex Stark | July 21, 2016

Supplier-Retailer Collaboration in a Changing Market

Everyone agrees that supplier-retailer collaboration promotes a leaner, more profitable supply chain for all – in theory. But, in practice, there are a ton of reasons it doesn’t work out that way.
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Larry Catanzaro | July 14, 2016

Do Regular Freight Contract RFPs Really Reduce Costs?

After 15+ years in the 3PL and trucking industry, I still find it interesting that some shippers shop out their lanes every single year in an effort to save money. But do these regular freight contract RFPs (requests for proposal) really re...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | July 08, 2016

Hostess Brands Update: Score one for Supply Chain Operations

I loved reading the news recently about Hostess Brands going public. Score one for supply chain operations, although this aspect of Hostess’s resurgence gets little mention in media coverage of this story. That’s the invisible industry hard...
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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics

Alex Stark | July 07, 2016

Warehouse Automation Gaining Momentum

If you’ve attended a material handling show lately, such as Modex, you’ll already have been presented with a future where robots replace people in the warehouse. It can seem very futuristic, over-ambitious and, frankly, prohibitively expens...
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Topics: Warehouse Operations

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