Global Supply Chain Management — April, 2008

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With Acquisitions Fully Integrated, Schneider Logistics Plans to Re-brand
Schneider Logistics, Green Bay, Wis., has made great progress integrating two companies that it acquired approximately two years ago, says Todd Ericksrud, vice president of global logistics sales. The acquisitions were of American Port Services, a leading U.S. provider of port transloading/deconsolidation, warehousing and distribution services, and American Overseas Air Freight, an international freight forwarder and Customs broker. "We have really figured out how to work together well over the last couple of years and the result is a very impressive service offering for our customers," Ericksrud says. "We now can truly provide end-to-end supply chain services as well as point solutions both domestically and internationally."
To underscore the integration,...
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RFID Enablement Shown to Improve Inventory Accuracy
New research data on the effect of radio frequency identification (RFID) on retail-inventory accuracy indicates that an accuracy improvement of around 13 percent is achievable. Preliminary data, which compares test stores with control stores, is based on research conducted by the Information Technology Research Institute of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. The research also shows a significant reduction in manual inventory adjustments by store personnel in test stores due to the automated, RFID-based system.
"Inventory accuracy is one of the keys...
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ATA Projects Record High Fuel Expenses for Trucking in 2008
The American Trucking Associations is projecting a record high diesel fuel bill in 2008. ATA said the trucking industry will spend $135 billion on fuel in 2008, based on current fuel price forecasts. This marks a $22 billion increase over the $112.6 billion spent by trucking in 2007.
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves says the trucking industry is experiencing the highest prolonged fuel prices in history. Historically, fuel represented the second-highest operating expense for motor carriers, accounting for...
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Six Carriers Form Nationwide LTL Network
Six motor carriers have joined an alliance known as The Reliance Network, offering truckload, less-than-truckload and supply-chain services across North America. The carriers said they were collaborating to establish...
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SAP Study Reveals Best Practices of Market Leaders in Customer Service and Product Supply
A recent benchmarking study by SAP identifies exactly what companies must do in their supply chains to maximize profitability and win competitive advantage. The study, co-sponsored by the Americas SAP User Group, looked at 30 consumer products and high-tech original equipment manufacturers. The effort yielded a...
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UPS to Acquire Romania-based Service Contractor
UPS has agreed to acquire Trans Courier Service (TCS) SRL, its authorized service contractor in Romania and will take 100 percent ownership of TCS as well. UPS said it expects this transaction to be complete by the end of next quarter. Financial terms were not disclosed.
UPS and TCS have a business relationship going back to 1990, when UPS...
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Global Logistics Is On The Move
The global logistics landscape is set to change significantly, according to Chris Morgan, lead analyst with the Logistics and Express division of Datamonitor, a leading provider of online data, analytic and forecasting platforms for various vertical sectors. While China will continue to be the manufacturing hub of the world, other geographic regions will...
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CHEP Parent Acquires LeanLogistics
Brambles, parent company of pallet-pool operator CHEP, has agreed to acquire LeanLogistics, a provider of transportation management software, for $45m cash. LeanLogistics will operate as a division of CHEP.
While this may seem like an odd pairing, research firm Aberdeen Group suggests that CHEP will be able to...
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January, 2008
November, 2007
September, 2007
July, 2007

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