Tuesday, September 04, 2012
The PMI, ISM’s index used to measure manufacturing activity, was 49.6 in August, which is 0.2 percentage points below July and 0.1 percent lower than June.
An election awaits us, political promises are being made and the calendar turns to September. That is one way to surmise the post-Labor Day landscape as we shake the long weekend cobwebs out of our heads and come back to our desks rested and refreshed, of course.
Posted on 09/04 at 08:15 AM
Saturday, September 01, 2012
One of the nation’s largest food retailers turned to technology to streamline its yard operations, improve docking capabilities, and shave a significant number of man hours from its daily processes—all while adding a critical layer of supply chain visibility.
Today, shippers and carriers are co-creating services in order to differentiate their offerings in the marketplace. The Masters are leading the way in this new, highly productive process and are significantly improving their competitive position in the process.
Our “Pricing” columnist contends that it’s time for shippers and their 3PL partners to fundamentally change their approach to contract creation in an effort to yield more sustainable relationships.
The merging of leading Asian economies is proceeding quickly, giving U.S. shippers more trade alternatives. Here’s our current analysis of this dynamic region.
In the midst of tremendous growth, one of the leading distributors of natural and organic products successfully reinvented its supply chain by leveraging a new voice-enabled WMS.
Posted on 09/01 at 06:00 PM
Warehouse and DC •
The 2012 ranking of supply chain leaders from Gartner includes a broad mix of global companies—a few new to the list, but most having recorded multiple appearances. These leaders share certain characteristics that drive day-to-day performance while solidifying the foundation for future growth. Their standout performance is raising the supply chain leadership bar for companies everywhere.
With the Eurozone in full free fall, the continent’s forwarding giants continue to dominate the global market. This disconnect can be explained, say analysts, by the fact that these leaders adhere to one fundamental business practice: building upon established worldwide networks.