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Alex Stark | July 03, 2013

Keeping Eyes on the Prize: The Benefits of Visual Management

We all know that people learn in many different ways.  Some learn by reading books, some by following flow charts or instruction manuals, some by actually doing the task, and some by watching others. 
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges , Warehouse Operations

Alex Stark | June 21, 2013

What Do Supply Chain Services and NASCAR Have in Common?

In some industries (maybe most), competing organizations are so closely similar in design that it makes me think of stock cars.  They all look pretty similar moving down the track, they all want to win, and they all have skilled people behi...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

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 | June 14, 2013

Is Supply Chain Becoming Sexy? Driving Talent to Supply Chain Careers

I have great passion for supply chain management. However at dinner parties, when I get asked what I do, I usually make up stories like being a hand model or working as an avalanche forecaster. It's just too involved to accurately (and bett...
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Topics: Logistics Labor Management

Alex Stark | May 08, 2013

Consumer Product Goods on Rail? You Bet.

Every time I research rail traffic in North America, I read a steady stream of good news – traffic is up, investment is up, efficiency continues to improve. In light of this past Earth Day, the AAR (Association of American Railroads) states...
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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics , Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | April 17, 2013

Logistics Workforce Management: Today, It’s About Transparency

Would you manage your own logistics workforce if you could do so at the least total cost?  Many would say "yes."  They like the direct control over operations this gives them and the "insider knowledge" their own staff bring about the compa...
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Topics: Logistics Labor Management

Alex Stark | February 13, 2013

Collaboration? Yes.

I recently returned to the cold and snowy northeast from an industry event in Florida.  The main topic (and it seems like it is the main topic at all these events) is collaboration.  More specifically, how goals in conflict hinder collabora...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges , Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | December 05, 2012

What Shortage? We’ll Just Have to Pay More

By 2018, there is expected to be a shortfall of almost 200,000 qualified applicants for positions in logistics and supply chain. The counter argument goes – pay more and the people will come. That may be true. Maybe. Problem is who pays the...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges , Logistics Labor Management

Alex Stark | November 28, 2012

Technology and the Supply Chain: My Adventure with Skype

Had an interesting business meeting this morning.  While in my office in Pennsylvania, I was on speakerphone with a colleague in California while skyping (thank you, with an engineer in Moscow who left a restaurant ...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges , Logistics Technology , Freight Transportation

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