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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


The KANE story – in the style of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Posted by Alex Stark on December 27, 2019

It’s the evening of Christmas day. I’ve retreated to my home office after enjoying an outstanding day filled with family, great food, and the sharing of presents. Being a supply chain wonk, I’ve already pondered the Christmas magic of how all these goodies find their way to their final destinations. Yes Virginia, it is all about logistics.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Consumer Goods Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing

KANE’s Best-Read Blogs of 2019

Posted by Kane Is Able on December 19, 2019

Each month we write several articles on some aspect of logistics management. It’s always interesting to look back at the end of the year and see which ones had the highest readership. This year, a cost-saving blog topped the list (no surprise), but it was followed by two blogs focused on talent recruitment, illustrating what a key challenge this is for logistics organizations.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

Can We Attract 18-Year-Olds to a Logistics Career?

Posted by Kane Is Able on November 14, 2019

At the recent CSCMP Conference in Anaheim, CA, the top challenge on most people’s minds was the difficulty in hiring qualified workers to a logistics career – across all job titles.

No news there. We’ve been talking about this for years, and as an industry we’re making progress. But we’re a long way from solving the problem.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Truck Drivers

Happy CX Day

Posted by Alex Stark on October 10, 2019

What did you do to celebrate CX Day earlier this month?

Wait…what?! You’ve never heard of it?

CX, of course, is short for Customer Experience. CX Day celebrates those customers. You know, the people who keep the lights on. The day itself moves around a bit, making it hard to get traction for this particular celebration.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing

What’s Wrong with Continuous Improvement Programs in Logistics?

Posted by Alex Stark on September 12, 2019

Lip Service.  According to Merriam-Webster, it’s a belief “expressed in words but not backed by deeds.”

There’s a lot of that going on when it comes to programs for continuous improvement in logistics. Some companies do quite a good job presenting the image of a quality-driven operation. But too often the banners, slogans and award certificates – the eye candy – don’t translate into real cultural change.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Warehouse Operations

The ROI of Logistics Safety Programs

Posted by Alex Stark on August 22, 2019

Every logistics operation will say safety programs are a priority. But many such claims are lip service only. Safety solutions, over and above OSHA-mandated programs, cost money – for training, equipment and software. Many companies struggle to invest money in things that might happen.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety, KANE Company

Logistics for Middle Market Companies

Posted by Kane Is Able on August 01, 2019

Noted logistics educator Dr. Thomas J. Goldsby is the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation Professor in Business, Professor of Logistics, and Chair of the Department of Marketing & Logistics at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He is an academic advisory board member to the National Center for the Middle Market located at Ohio State. We recently talked to Dr. Goldsby about some of the challenges and opportunities associated with logistics for middle market companies. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

Distribution Network Optimization: Modeling Tools Won’t Give You the Answer

Posted by Alex Stark on June 27, 2019

Distribution network optimization has become a white-hot topic these days as “the Amazon effect” leads businesses to evaluate how quickly they can get products to customers. 

Warehouse optimization modeling exercises examine the upside of being closer to customers versus the downside of carrying more inventory in more locations.  The biggest mistake companies make in this area is relying too much on the modeling software itself to provide an answer to the question: “How many warehouses should I have and where should they be?”

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

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