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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


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: Freight Transportation, Supply Chain Challenges, CPG Logistics

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

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

Trade Promotions: What Am I Getting and When?

Posted by Alex Stark on November 12, 2015

What if air traffic control failed to communicate arrival time changes on inbound flights?

Gate personnel would not be there to allow passengers to deplane. Baggage would sit for hours in the plane’s belly. Refueling would not occur, delaying subsequent flights.

Dozens of on-the-ground functions are triggered by a single event – the arrival of an airplane.

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Topics: CPG Logistics

Streamline Inbound Transportation in the Retail Supply Chain

Posted by Alex Stark on October 22, 2015

Retailers today have an opportunity to reduce millions of dollars in costs, simply by fixing a structural flaw built into most retail supply chains - inefficient inbound transportation.  

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Topics: CPG Logistics