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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


An Interview with Richard McDuffie, KANE’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Kane Is Able on July 25, 2019

KANE’s new Chief Operating Officer is Richard McDuffie, a 30-year logistics industry veteran with a strong track record of driving operational excellence in logistics across the retail, manufacturing and 3PL industries. We recently sat down with Richard to discuss some of the changes he has seen in the industry over the years and what the future might hold.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, CPG Logistics, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Leadership, KANE Company Culture, Fulfillment Warehouse, Freight Transportation

10 Strategies to Reduce CPG Logistics Costs

Posted by Alex Stark on April 25, 2019

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies face a constant battle for market share and retail shelf space. Price points are a key weapon in this battle and, increasingly, companies rely on lean CPG logistics operations to provide a cost advantage.

How is your company responding to this challenge? With incremental improvements to existing distribution processes? Or, are you exploring logistics strategies that alter current processes and the way you work with retail
customers?

A mix of both is optimal, with new strategies offering the best potential for breakthrough gains and cost savings, particularly for mid-tier suppliers struggling to compete with much larger brands. Following are 7 strategies for CPG manufacturers to consider. Some new, some tried and true.

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Topics: CPG Logistics

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

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

Routing Guide Compliance Fosters Strong Retailer Relationships

Posted by Alex Stark on September 01, 2016

As CPG suppliers follow their large retailer customers into the uncharted territory of e-tailing and increasingly lean supply chains, compliance with retailers’ transportation routing guides is a make-or-break element in the ongoing relationship. According to a study by a research team at Auburn University, sponsored by Kane Is Able, transportation is the linchpin to CPG-retailer supply chain success, and poor compliance with retailers’ transportation needs will cause fulfillment problems and jeopardize customer goodwill. Many manufacturers now report that their retailer customer’s tolerance for transportation delays or errors is nearly zero.

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Topics: CPG Logistics, Wine and Spirits Distribution

Hostess Brands Update: Score one for Supply Chain Operations

Posted by Alex Stark on July 08, 2016

I loved reading the news recently about Hostess Brands going public. Score one for supply chain operations, although this aspect of Hostess’s resurgence gets little mention in media coverage of this story. That’s the invisible industry hard at work.

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Topics: CPG Logistics

Trade Promotion Management: How Poor Planning Cripples Profitability

Posted by Alex Stark on April 21, 2016

Marketing is from Mars and Logistics is from Venus -- at least when it comes to trade promotion management.

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Topics: CPG Logistics

The Retail Supply Chain: Purchasing & Logistics Are Not Aligned

Posted by Alex Stark on December 29, 2015

KANE recently completed research on the retail supply chain with supply chain executives at both retailers and suppliers.  The aim of the research was to identify the biggest alignment gaps between retailers and suppliers.  Read a summary of this Retailer-Supplier Collaboration Research.  

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Topics: CPG Logistics