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Steve Buckman

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Mining for Logistics Innovations

Posted by Steve Buckman on December 13, 2016

Robots…3D printers…faster, cleaner, wider distribution of data…unexpected uses of scanning technology…

As we develop a culture to support "continuous, intentional innovation"— in the distribution center and across the supply chain — these are some of the ideas our associates have brought forward. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

Small Data Can Yield Big Supply Chain Insights

Posted by Steve Buckman on October 02, 2013

There has been a lot of talk in the industry publications about "big data." How can companies use terabytes and terabytes of data to gain supply chain insights… how do you accumulate it… how do you clean it… and how do you analyze it? There is no doubt that more data - properly stored and analyzed - adds value.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology

There Are Logistics KPIs - Then There is Everything Else....

Posted by Steve Buckman on March 27, 2013

Over the last several years, there has been an intense focus on logistics KPI's and the development of metrics to measure 3PL effectiveness.  KPI's that are collaboratively developed and focused on clear business outcomes are a great roadmap for clients and 3PL's to understand how they are doing in meeting the objectives of the relationships.

However, clients experience the relationships on many levels - far beyond KPI's...  3PL leaders can drive improved communication

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Topics: Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing

Engaged Associates Drive Value

Posted by Steve Buckman on January 02, 2013

My team and I recently had a series of meetings to identify a strategy for human capital in 2013.  Our focus was on identifying the "right" human resources solutions that matched our client's needs. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations

Logistics Outsourcing: Two Paths to Take

Posted by Steve Buckman on September 26, 2012

  Good leaders know the importance of sharing business objectives with their teams.  When you help your team understand the goals and how the goals are linked to success for the enterprise, they often can surprise you with their creativity, innovation and effectiveness.  Unfortunately, sometimes companies forget this when they are developing logistics outsourcing partnerships.  Too often, smart leaders manage relationships based on "optimizing the next transaction"instead of forming long-lasting, strategic relationships.

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

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