Supply Chain Innovation
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Benefits of Lean Management Practices for Transportation

Lean Manufacturing practices have become a common aspect of production in practically any organization, but...

December 07, 2017
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4 Key Areas of Excess Waste in Your Warehouse Management

Each "hiccup" in a workflow is another roadblock standing between a task and a goal. In a warehouse setting,...

October 19, 2017
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Expensive Mistakes Your Transportation Management Team Is Making Right Now

Some expenses can be extensively planned for––they're made to be debated and compared, even negotiated, as a...

October 05, 2017
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7 Ways Your Freight Broker Lowers Transportation Costs

You are an expert in your field. No matter the product you create or the problems you solve for your...

August 16, 2017
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​Designing and Managing a Lean Supply Chain with the Shingo Model

Most companies develop a program around continuous improvement, which means they use tools - and the ongoing...

May 09, 2017
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​Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?


Every supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point...

May 02, 2017
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How to Reduce Transportation Costs With Last Mile Logistics

When materials and components routinely cross thousands of miles in their supply chain journey, it seems...

April 25, 2017
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​2017 Guide to Supply Chain Network Design

The supply chain is one of the most commonly discussed aspects of business––so much so that it seems to take on...

April 17, 2017
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​​Freight Broker 101: What Is a Freight Broker—and When Do You Need One?

We recently saw a question on a supply chain forum asking what seemed, at first, like a straightforward...

March 28, 2017
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Enabling Supply Chain Visibility With IT

The very title of supply chain indicates a wistful simplicity — a series of links all working together toward a...

March 07, 2017
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​3 Key Steps to Guide You to Better Supply Chain Network Design

The supply chain is a fascinating snapshot of the power of business: a sleek, ever-evolving product of ongoing...

February 21, 2017
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How to Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

Even the most determined business optimist would be hard-pressed not to find a warehousing cost that isn't...

February 14, 2017
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Just How Valuable are Supply Chain Metrics?

Imagine you are shopping for a new car. Your current car is not broken or limping along or anything of that...

February 07, 2017
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​Answering the What, When, and How of Analytics

Any student (or person in a book club) who's ever faced down a looming book report knows the power of...

January 31, 2017
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Logistics in Industrial Manufacturing - 5 Things Your 3PL Should Know

Whether I'm speaking to potential customers or other industry professionals at a trade show, I frequently get...

November 08, 2016
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Reduce These 3 Cost Areas To Optimize Your Supply Chain Network

If you work in manufacturing or distribution, it's no secret business logistics costs have been on the rise....

October 11, 2016
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Apply Tiered Accountability to Your Supply Chain Metrics

Supply chain metrics are the driving force behind any modern logistics company. The focus on specific...

October 04, 2016
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Avoid the 3 Deadly Sins of Warehousing With These Lean Logistics Tips

In recent years, warehouse operations have become a critical component in managing complex inventory flow—with...

September 27, 2016
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​Embracing Lean Logistics Philosophies In The Warehouse

The advent of concepts and terms like "just-in-time," "kaizen," and "Six Sigma" led to a new way of...

September 20, 2016
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​Best Practices For Defining Supply Chain Metrics

Simon Sinek has a great TED talk you might have seen floating around your office more than once. The talk, "How...

August 30, 2016
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Why Supply Chain Visibility Is Good For Your Bottom Line

Have you ever felt as if you are leading from the back of the pack?  Without the proper information to make...

August 02, 2016
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​5 Signs Your Supply Chain Network Design is Poorly Optimized

Supply chain network design is a crucial part of any supplier's business strategy. The distribution centers,...

July 27, 2016
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3 Reasons Outsourcing Logistics Is Rapidly Replacing "Insourcing"

According to Inbound Logistics91 percent of service providers grew their client base by at least 5 percent...

June 30, 2016
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​3 Ways to Optimize 3PL Warehouse Relationships

There's always a small bit of joy I get when I walk into my favorite coffee shop, and without saying anything...

June 27, 2016
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Operational Excellence: Streamlining the Warehouse layout Process

Precise historical operational data, good communications, and understanding inventory flow are key to...

March 14, 2016
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Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Optimization: Sharply Increase Visibility in 2016.

In partnership with LogiPharma, Kenco is proud to bring you our latest white paper, The Challenges,...
February 18, 2016
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How to Drive Safety Across Your Transportation Fleet

Truck drivers face a range of hazards in their daily jobs. A significant accident or injury is...
February 11, 2016
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Measurements That Matter: 6 Key Supply Chain KPIs

Whether you are publicly traded or privately held, every business is about obtaining results. If you do not...

October 27, 2015
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Driver Shortage: Are We Facing a Truck-Free Highway?

While the above image may seem appealing to some, to those of us in the supply chain and logistics industry the...

September 16, 2015
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Is a 4PL Logistics Model Right for You?

If you are trying to decide if a 3PL or a 4PL model is right for your logistics operations and supply chain,...

August 19, 2015
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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: Sustainable Logistics

There’s a difference between being green and being sustainable. You can go broke going green, but that’s not...

August 03, 2015
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Leveraging Transportation Management Software to Increase Service and Lower Costs

If your freight spend is approaching $500,000 a year and you’re not utilizing a Transportation Management...

July 28, 2015
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How to Find the Perfect Commercial Warehouse Location

Acquiring (leasing or buying) warehousing to satisfy the unique needs of your business is a complicated process...

July 21, 2015
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Employee Engagement: Time for a GEMBA Walk?

In today’s active world we are hearing more about getting employees within the organization engaged at work....

July 09, 2015
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Warehouse Visual Systems: What are they and how do you create them?

Visual order is the foundation of excellence in our logistics environments. It provides the basis for much of...

June 30, 2015
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How value-added services can make your 3pl company more sustainable.

Sustainability isn’t just a buzz-word anymore – it’s an essential component of success for a third-party...

June 23, 2015
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10 Benefits of Choosing the Correct WMS for You

Often people think that every warehouse management system software (WMS) is the same, but nothing could be...

June 18, 2015
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Top 10 Warehouse Best Practices

Improving warehouse operations is a complex undertaking involving the blend of physical space, equipment,...

May 12, 2015
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O Christmas Tree: West Coast Labor Disputes Steal Christmas from Asian Based Consumers

The ongoing labor disputes on the West Coast have threatened the US holiday retail season for many months....

December 09, 2014
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10 Reasons to Outsource to 3PLs

The popularity of third-party logistics providers’ (3PLs) is growing. Currently, 3PLs are a nearly $150 billion...

November 25, 2014
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Thinking Inside the Box: Dimensional Weight Pricing (DIM)

We've all heard the buzz regarding the major parcel carriers’ price increase on ground shipments smaller than 3...

September 18, 2014
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PRICING: It’s Space and Labor, Part 2... Labor

In our earlier blog post (part 1 of 2) on logistics pricing, the topic was space. The purpose of this blog...

May 30, 2014
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Being Green: Kicking the Box vs. Kicking the Can

When it comes to Sustainable Initiatives many businesses today end up talking the talk. The industry term for...

March 28, 2014
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PRICING: It's Space and Labor

The world of pricing in logistics runs the gamut. From Mom & Pop companies who quote new business off of a rate...

January 03, 2014
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Onshoring: Is the Time Right For You?

Onshoring for U.S. businesses appears to be gaining momentum. Though there is some disagreement about the...

November 01, 2013
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Best Practices: Things to Avoid - Travel Distance & Touch

Experts in the industry often state travel distance and touches
are the two greatest “sins” in...
June 18, 2013
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Commit for Cost Savings

Real estate costs can represent a sizable percentage of a company’s total supply chain expenditure, but...

May 24, 2013
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Sustainability & Resiliency

The latest new word on the street in regard to sustainability is resiliency. Think of it like this: all metals...

April 30, 2013
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Is Your 3PL Financially Healthy?

To succeed in business, you need to be constantly vigilant in assessing the effectiveness of your practices and...

March 25, 2013
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Lift Your Standards on Forklift Maintenance

In the previous lift truck post, the first step in the awareness curve, suspicion, was discussed. Now, I will...

November 13, 2012
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Best Practices for “Greening the Supply Chain”

In the endless pursuit of “Greening the Supply Chain,” a company should focus on using its own sustainable...

September 20, 2012
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How Much Do You Know About Your Lift Truck?

Lift truck fleets are a costly investment. So the question is, once you purchase a lift truck how do you take...

August 02, 2012
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To Outsource or Not to Outsource? That is the Question.

It is not new to state the decision to outsource supply chain functions hinges on the level of organizational...

June 14, 2012
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Top 10 Steps to Efficient & Productive Warehouse Optimization

Warehouse efficiency promotes productivity, which is essential to customer satisfaction. The following tips...

May 02, 2012