Logistics manager - the top 4 qualities of a great logistics manager
Enterprise

4 Qualities of a Top-Notch Logistics Manager

Logistics managers have a lot on their plates, to say the least. They’re responsible for monitoring international supply chains, managing multiple technologies and balancing the interests of warehouse and sales operations. They can act as a hub for the disparate parts of your organization and identify problems and opportunities from a unique vantage point.

All successful managers need some basic qualities of good communication, organizational prowess and problem-solving. If you’re seeking the best logistics manager for your business, check out these four attributes that can make your next hire your most valuable asset. Continue Reading

Warehouse managment: Dos and Donts
Enterprise

Warehouse Management: The Dos and the Don’ts

Your warehouse is at the heart of your entire business operation. All the best sales and marketing in the world can fall flat if your warehouse is an inefficient mess. Poor warehouse logistics leads to delays, lost revenue and even employee injury. It’s not too late to get everything in order. Whether you’re just setting up your space or you’re planning a major overhaul, following some cardinal rules of warehouse logistics will get you started on the right foot.

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Inventory Management: the pull vs. push process
Enterprise

Inventory Management: Understanding Push and Pull Processes

In our warehousing post, we noted that the main (and obvious) function of having a warehouse is storing inventory to buffer against unexpected orders and increase efficiency by consolidating orders. Inventory management is how companies decide what items to keep in a warehouse. There are two main inventory management factors that influence this decision: a) Deciding whether to use a Push or Pull strategy in filling the warehouse; b) Optimizing the total cost of holding the inventory.

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The basics of warehouse management
For Shippers

Warehouse Management – The Basics

Warehouse management is an essential part of the supply chain, because a warehouse is home to the lion’s share of the company’s working capital and materials. Despite the importance of the warehouse, managers often don’t pay enough attention to the warehouse, seeing it as an intermediary ring within the supply chain. The warehouse is considered to be an expense, rather than a value adding unit. In this article, we will try to describe the main principles and functions of a warehouse. We will answer two main warehouse questions:

  • Why do we use a warehouse (what benefit it gives us)?
  • What are the main function of the warehouse?

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Reducing freight price with these capacity tips
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Reduce Freight Price With These 4 Capacity Tips

Capacity rules the shipping game, really. The cost of finding room for your cargo on the optimal channel could be high, depending on factors such as the time of year and popularity of the route. Suddenly, the freight prices you’re being quoted far exceed your expectations.

However, cargo capacity and cost isn’t a zero-sum game. While high traffic along a shipping lane can encourage capacity and drive rates down, overcrowding can send freight prices skyrocketing. You can’t control this market volatility when managing your logistics. By making some adjustments and understanding the marketplace, you can better project and control your costs.

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Why spot rates can be better than contracts
For Shippers

Why Spot Rates Can Be Better Than Contracts

Many people believe that the best way to get the lowest shipping rates is to sign a contract with a freight forwarder. For many services that we use daily, like our mobile phone services and magazine subscriptions, this is a great way to operate. But for international shipping, spot quotes often fetch the better rate. A spot quote is a rate that changes depending on the current state of the market.

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Supply Chain Segmentation
Enterprise

Supply Chain Segmentation

In today’s complex and competitive world, firms have a wide variety of customers, suppliers, and products. The “one size fits all” approach is inefficient and not flexible, so companies operate using different supply chains. Companies constantly search for the best Customer-Product-Supplier combination, and segmenting the supply chain is the way to find the optimal combination. In this article, we will focus on the product segmentation and how it affects the decision whether to use ocean or air shipping. Continue Reading

8 things to consider when choosing air freight companies
Air Freight

Choosing Air Freight Companies: 8 Considerations

Air freight companies — you don’t know much about them, other than you need to hire one. You’ve got a new customer in China or you’re trying to start up a European market, and it’s time to get serious about understanding how to get your cargo where it needs to go. Check out these eight considerations for choosing an air freight company.

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Air freight tracking: loading the freight into the airplane
Air Freight

Improve Air Freight Tracking by Understanding Delays

Even with high prices and tight security, there’s a simple reason business shippers love air freight — it’s fast. There’s no traffic up in the air, right? Of course, air shipping and air freight tracking are more complicated than that. Also, the lanes are getting more crowded, with air freight demand “going crazy,” according to one carrier.

It’s true that, once it’s flying, aircraft move cargo more quickly than train, truck or ship. However, while a ship might be able to cruise or a truck gets ready to roll, you might check your air freight tracking tool to find your cargo is still sitting at the hangar. Continue Reading