Archive for Outsourcing

A Recipe for Success: Best Practices for Supply Chain Integration

No two supply chain integrations are ever the same. But after many years of onboarding new customers, I have learned that there are three basic components to most integrations. And I like to think of it in cooking terms. Below are the steps we followed for one of our latest supply chain integrations: Step 1: […]

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The F Word That’s Becoming Important in the 3PL Selection Process

A few weeks ago on Talking Logistics, I discussed the keys to developing a successful 3pl-customer relationship with Sean Coakley, Senior Vice President at Kenco Logistics. At the beginning of the conversation, I asked Sean if cost savings and service improvements are still the main reasons why companies outsource their logistics operations to third party […]

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The Keys to Developing Successful 3PL-Customer Relationships

There are no guarantees that a 3PL-customer relationship will be successful, but you can maximize the odds for success by adopting leading practices and not repeating the same mistakes others have made. A research paper published recently by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business highlights several best practices in selecting and managing a […]

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Ripped from the Headlines: Supply Chain Trends in the News

In recent weeks, I’ve come across several news articles highlighting a few supply chain and logistics trends that I’ve written about over the past couple of years — namely, companies bringing logistics operations back in-house; suppliers getting “bullied” by large customers; and why learning to perform tasks manually, without software or technology, is an important […]

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The Biggest Mistake When Selecting a 3PL

One of our most popular Talking Logistics episodes of all time is Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating and Selecting a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Partner (6,220 views to date), which we summarized in a follow-up post and also included in our first Talking Logistics YOUniversity course, Fundamentals of Selecting and Working with 3PL Partners. Simply […]

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The Keys to a Successful Freight Audit and Payment Implementation

As discussed in a previous Talking Logistics episode, demand for freight audit and payment services remains strong. But after selecting the right partner, how do you ensure a successful implementation? Who should be involved in the process? What are some common implementation challenges and how do you overcome them? How do you measure the progress […]

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