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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog

Inland Empire Logistics: 2018 Outlook

Posted by Alex Stark on March 15, 2018

As the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to experience record-setting growth, the entire Southern California logistics industry is in full “boom” mode. And, it’s not just Los Angeles and Orange Counties that are benefiting. The Inland Empire logistics industry has the room for growth that these counties do not and is poised to continue setting records of its own. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing, Fulfillment Warehouse

Get to Know the Regional Trucking Companies in Your Key Markets

Posted by Alex Stark on March 08, 2018

If your business has geographic markets with high concentrations of customers, it may make sense to get closer to regional carriers in these markets. Carriers and 3PLs who specialize in regional transportation are uniquely equipped to support your supply chain in the areas of the country most important to your business. 

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Freight Management Logistics for Lean Capacity Times

Posted by Alex Stark on February 22, 2018

In light of the current freight capacity crunch, the freight management logistics operations of many companies have devolved into scrambling to find trucks for pending loads.  While that may be a very real and necessary approach at the moment, “scrambling” is not a great long-term strategy. Shippers need to change the way they work with carriers in this seller’s market.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

Collaborate with Carriers to Face the Truck Capacity Crunch

Posted by Alex Stark on February 15, 2018

As the truck capacity pinch grows tighter and tighter, you may have found yourself in a role reversal with your carriers. Freight transport is now largely a seller’s market and, as a shipper, you may find yourself vying to be a “shipper of choice” among carriers with limited capacity.

But, the current climate is no walk in the park for carriers either. They’re struggling to contend with a worsening driver shortage compounded by regulations like HOS and ELD, which has led to an overall reduction in billable miles per truck – as much as 25%.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, CPG Logistics, Freight Transportation

Need to Define Your Supply Chain Strategy? Ask a Six-Year-Old

Posted by Alex Stark on February 08, 2018

My six-year-old daughter had accumulated a couple of Toys-R-Us gift cards. We found them by accident one day while cleaning out her room (but that’s another story).

Anyway, we jumped online and ordered the equivalent of $50 in merchandise, which was to arrive between 5-7 business days.  I quickly moved on to other things.

My daughter did not.

The next day, when I got home from work, she said “Daddy, my games didn’t come. Why?”

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Topics: Fulfillment Warehouse

Modernizing the Exchange of Supply Chain Data

Posted by Jim Lahey on January 18, 2018

About 15 years ago, I changed industries from healthcare to logistics. As I am an IT professional, you might think it was a jump from an antiquated, paper-based world to a high-speed, technologically advanced one. Actually, I’ve been surprised at the extent to which the exchange of supply chain data in the logistics world remains old-school or simply manual. 

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Topics: Logistics Systems

Shippers Turn to Intermodal Transport for 2018 Capacity

Posted by Alex Stark on January 11, 2018

As we begin 2018, capacity remains the most pressing logistics issue across the supply chain.  This is especially true within the transportation sector, where the driver shortage, ELD mandate, and other factors have severely impacted the trucking industry’s ability to handle increasing freight volumes. Because of this, more shippers are looking to intermodal transport for capacity.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

KANE 2017 - Year in Review

Posted by Alex Stark on January 04, 2018

As the new year begins at KANE, we have a stiff breeze at our back thanks to momentum established during an exciting and eventful 2017. Here’s a quick look back at the last 12 months.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, CPG Logistics, Logistics Leadership, KANE News and Awards