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A New Dimension

Shippers need a game plan for revamped FedEx and UPS pricing
By GENCO
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Shippers need a game plan for revamped FedEx and UPS pricing according to GENCO’s integrated parcel solutions group.


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Get the Air Out

FedEx sent a message to shippers, and UPS has followed — improve density or pay the price
By Perry A. Trunick
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There’s an adage that is probably as old as commercial shipping itself — don’t ship air. Chainalytics noted recently in an unpublished position paper on dimensional weight pricing that “FedEx and UPS have shown their hand and are forcing retailers to cut out the unwanted space in their packaging or pay the price.”


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Will We Shift to Dim Pricing?

The discussion is becoming real; dimensional pricing is expanding in motor carriage
By Perry A. Trunick
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“The U.S. transportation industry is under intense economic pressure, compounded by the demands of increasingly integrated global supply chains and growing concerns about less-than-truckload (LTL) capacity.”


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Logistics Growth Despite Challenges

The economy and freight markets go hand in hand, and the direction is generally positive
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The 25th Annual State of Logistics report has been released, and if it doesn’t contain outright contradictions, it does raise some questions. The report is authored by Rosalyn Wilson with the sponsorship of Penske Logistics and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).


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Shoring Up a Supply Chain Against the Unexpected

By Mary Shacklett
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No one can eliminate all supply chain risk, but with proper preparation, a supply chain can stand up to unforeseen disasters.


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Midwest: Options for Extended Supply Chains

The region’s strengths allow companies to lower their logistics costs
By Ken Krizner
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As companies examine their end-to-end supply chain — from Asian and other overseas sources to the United States — their thought processes and data analyses look at several issues.


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Learn From High-tech Supply Chains

In the blink-and-you-miss-it world of high-tech, supply chains are becoming customer centric.
By Dan McCue
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There is perhaps no business sector that’s more reticent to reveal its inner workings than that of high-technology.


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Improving Healthcare Delivery

Best known for saving data, IBM is helping to save lives.
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The high-tech company announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health and a host of organizations to improve healthcare delivery.


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Smart Robotics Meet e-Commerce

Automation can help companies moving from case picking to piece picking for e-commerce fulfillment.
By Jim McMahon
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A problem that almost all e-commerce retailers are grappling with is how to adapt fulfillment requirements to meet the exponential growth of online ordering.


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Nearshoring on the Rise

Respondents to a recent survey say nearshoring is a reality and an increasing part of their supply-chain strategy.
By J. Paul Dittmann Ph.D. and Perry A. Trunick
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Most organizations still handle many of the functions of their business internally, but outsourcing remains a strong component of their business strategies, and that includes outsourcing to nearby counties or regions.


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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

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