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Opinion: Doing the Numbers on Expedited Delivery

Opinion: Doing the Numbers on Expedited Delivery

Think expedited delivery of your goods is too expensive? The harsh truth in today’s market is that failing to utilize it – especially when it comes to fulfillment across borders – could cost you dearly.[more]


After-Sales Service: An Area Where the Customer Is King

After-Sales Service: An Area Where the Customer Is King

Most manufacturers understand that skillful management of service parts operations is critical to reducing costs and optimizing stock levels throughout a supply chain network. But very few are actively leveraging the after-sales side of business as a source of greater profits.[more]


Competing with Amazon Business

Competing with Amazon Business

Analyst Insight: The power has shifted from seller to buyer as consumers continue to bring B2C online shopping expectations and behaviors with them to the B2B markets they work in. Amazon continues to expand both its same-day delivery capabilities and its product offerings to encroach on some...[more]


'Calling Card' Web Sites That Aren't Enabled for E-commerce Can't Compete

'Calling Card' Web Sites That Aren’t Enabled for E-commerce Can't Compete

E-tailing behemoths like Amazon Business are infringing on electrical distributors' turf. Large distributors continue to hone and refine their e-commerce offerings. And finally, mobile e-commerce (or, m-commerce) - driven by the consumer who has grown more comfortable making purchases on...[more]


ULA: Launching a World-Class Supply Chain

United Launch Alliance LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Co. Brad Houser, senior manager of supply chain operations, explains the company's mission, and how it crafts a supply chain that's geared toward absolute reliability in support of rocket launch services for government...[more]


Measures That Traditional Distributors Can Take to Compete With Amazon Supply, Other Giants

Amazon Supply still is not selling china or fiberglass, but it does offer more than 54,000 fittings, valves, tubing, pumps and meters. It also offers 5,300 HVAC supplies, tools and meters, but no equipment.[more]


Asia Pacific: Conscientious Producers and Savvy Consumers

Asia Pacific: Conscientious Producers and Savvy Consumers

Success in the global economy requires a shift in strategic vision of the Asia-Pacific region's role in supply chains. While it is no secret that an end to low-cost production in Asia is in sight, smart companies are studying the complexity of APAC region and gaining insight into the roles each...[more]


What Threat, If Any, Does AmazonSupply Pose to Industrial Distributors?

With any discussion regarding the future of industrial distribution, the impact of AmazonSupply is sure to come up. Distributors seem to have differing views on this impact, ranging from fear of ArmageddonSupply to a shrug indicating "this too, shall pass."[more]


'De-costing' Programs May Save Manufacturers Huge Sums

U.S. manufacturing executives have an opportunity to make their factories even more competitive through parts and components de-costing programs. De-costing is simply a term that refers to removing cost from operations period-over-period. Parts and components usage is a great place to focus because...[more]


In Managing Its Service Supply Chain, Nutanix Doesn't Think Small

In Managing Its Service Supply Chain, Nutanix Doesn't Think Small

Anticipating dramatic growth in its business, the 2009 high-tech start-up acquired an optimization tool that could easily scale up in the years ahead - yet deliver a full range of services in the meantime.[more]


Adopting the Right E-commerce Fulfillment Strategy

Adopting the Right E-commerce Fulfillment Strategy

Analyst Insight: Online sales surged last year, and many companies saw their e-commerce sales grow by double digits. This growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, so the good news is that rising rates and revenue for e-commerce are significantly exceeding expectations. But there...[more]


Motorola Tightens Bond With Suppliers, Customers Through Collaborative Execution

Motorola Tightens Bond With Suppliers, Customers Through Collaborative Execution

To serve its demanding government and business customers, the company needed to find a way to resolve any potential service problems in the quickest and most cost-effective manner possible.[more]


All-Terrain Vehicle Parts Supplier Zips Through U.S., Canada Customs

All-Terrain Vehicle Parts Supplier Zips Through U.S., Canada Customs

Consolidating multiple shipments of vehicle accessories and replacement parts, some quite heavy, into one movement has saved a U.S. distributor a lot of money and really given the gas to its business growth in Canada.[more]


Shippers Rely More on Collaboration to Manage Freight, NASSTRAC Study Reveals

Shippers Rely More on Collaboration to Manage Freight, NASSTRAC Study Reveals

Brian Everett, executive director of NASSTRAC, reveals results of a shipper study on freight management and discusses other NASSTRAC initiatives.[more]


North America's 50 Most Successful 3PLs

North America's 50 Most Successful 3PLs

Whatever logistics services you need, our list of 50 providers based in North America can provide Class-A operations for you - anywhere in the world.[more]


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