Archive for flexibility

Enabling Customer-Driven Supply Chains: Start with Customer Order Viewpoint

Regardless of what industry you’re in, it’s clear that the pace of change is accelerating. Customer expectations regarding cost, delivery time, and reliability are becoming more demanding, while at the same time the competitive, regulatory, and technological landscapes continue to shift and evolve at a rapid pace. What impact is this having on companies and […]

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The Dawning of a New Age for IT in Logistics: 8 Theses on Modern Supply Chain Management IT

The role of IT has changed rapidly in recent years, from being simply a tool to process data and information to becoming a key enabler of process innovations. In the logistics realm, IT is playing a critical role in helping companies to address a wide variety of challenges, like the growing complexity of processes, fast-changing […]

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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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Flexibility: What Logistics Executives Need to Manage Rapid Change

Flexibility. It’s a word I’m hearing a lot these days, especially from supply chain and logistics executives. The dictionary defines flexibility as “susceptible of modification or adaptation” — but supply chain executives define it as “what we need in our systems and processes to keep pace with the rapid changes in our business.” Flexibility is […]

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3PL Executive Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2013

What is the path to building successful and lasting 3PL-customer relationships? That was the main theme of a panel session I led at last month’s MercuryGate User Conference 2013, which included the following 3PL executives: Shelli Austin, VP at Integrated Distribution Services (IDS) Michael Bartz, CIO at ReTrans Jane Sandifeer, VP Business Solutions at Advanced […]

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