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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog

Barriers to Working with Freight Consolidation Services Companies

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 26, 2018

Here at KANE, we are big proponents of freight consolidation. So big that, when we thought of writing about possible barriers to consolidation in this week’s blog, we were worried that it might be too quick a read: “There are no barriers to working with freight consolidation services companies. Thank you for reading.” 

All kidding aside, we can think of a few companies for whom freight consolidation might not be a good fit. Read on to see if you’re one of them. 

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution, Freight Transportation, 3PL Outsourcing

What You Need to Know About Freight Consolidation Services

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 19, 2018

When your product is ready to hit the road for delivery but your freight volume can’t justify the cost of a full truckload, what do you do? For many shippers, it comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils: ship via costly less-than-truckload (LTL) or wait to build a full truckload and risk missing retailer requested arrival dates (RAD). However, there is a third option: freight consolidation services (or “load consolidation services”) with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, where your load “shares the ride” with others like yours. 

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Topics: Freight Transportation, Collaborative Distribution, 3PL Outsourcing

Mid-Tier Suppliers Voice Retail Distribution Frustrations

Posted by Alex Stark on December 07, 2017

Among small and mid-sized suppliers to grocery chains and mass retailers, few would argue that big retailers are the power brokers in the retail distribution supply chain. But as these retailers push more and more of the burden of supply chain efficiency back upstream, some suppliers feel that retailers are going from just flexing their muscles to becoming bullies on the block. 

We found that out in a recent KANE survey on the transportation challenges of mid-sized consumer products companies. One response encapsulates the sentiment of many of the 100 logistics professionals surveyed:

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution, Supply Chain Challenges

KANE Study: LTL Transportation a Key Concern

Posted by Alex Stark on November 16, 2017

Ask a mid-sized company what their transportation challenges are these days and you might receive a response like “How much time do you have?” From rising costs to changing retailer demands, there is certainly no shortage of issues to go around. To make sense of it all, KANE recently completed a study of 108 companies and found that LTL transportation is not just one of many headaches, it is a top concern.  

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Topics: Freight Transportation, Collaborative Distribution

Retail Consolidation Services 101

Posted by Alex Stark on June 08, 2017

Increasing revenue and decreasing carbon emissions. These are two primary goals of every retailer and logistics company, despite the recent U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. But most retail supply chains have a structural flaw that gets in the way of these goals. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Collaborative Distribution

Inventory Optimization Can Be a Struggle for Mid-Sized CPGs

Posted by Alex Stark on August 25, 2016

The relationship between large retailers and their suppliers is changing in ways that are hard to predict. One thing that isn’t so hard to predict is the need for these supply chain partners to collaborate more, and better, than they ever have before, particularly in the area of inventory optimization. According to a study by a research team at Auburn University, sponsored by Kane Is Able, unless both organizations articulate a workable plan, there is great potential for conflict, misalignment of supply chain priorities, and a failure to achieve key goals.

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution

Mid-sized CPG Manufacturers Seek More Collaboration with Retailers

Posted by Alex Stark on August 11, 2016

CPG manufacturers are faced with an ever-changing set of demands from their retailer customers, and small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are feeling the bite perhaps most of all. These SMBs seek more collaboration with retailers, but they have limited influence over retailers’ supply chain practices, and scant resources to invest in supply chain technology.

According to a study by a research team at Auburn University, sponsored by Kane Is Able, retailers are more performance-driven than ever, and less forgiving of supply chain slip-ups. In particular, demand-planning, inventory, and transportation have become areas with no margin of error.

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution

Supplier-Retailer Collaboration in a Changing Market

Posted by Alex Stark on July 21, 2016

Everyone agrees that supplier-retailer collaboration promotes a leaner, more profitable supply chain for all – in theory. But, in practice, there are a ton of reasons it doesn’t work out that way.

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution