July 2011

By Maida Napolitano · July 1, 2011
Whether driven by reducing costs or by new business strategies, our panel of experts says that rethinking your distribution network has become more important than ever.
By Michael Levans · July 1, 2011
Rocky Brand’s distribution team faced a pretty daunting network design issue as well as a new customer service challenge
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2011
Industry veteran talks about the evolution of the supply chain execution software market.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2011
By setting reasonable goals, the converter and packager of cheese products upgraded its antiquated TMS, reduced its LTL shipments by nearly 30 percent, and brought its carrier relations into the 21st century.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2011
Over the past several years, the hair care manufacturer his tied its core business systems into a WMS that’s allowed it to effectively manage its high-volume shipping operation—and the results have been simply gorgeous.
By Sarah · July 1, 2011
The elimination of required cargo liability insurance by the FMCSA now forces shippers to independently verify the existence of the policy and nature of the coverage held by their carriers. Sound time-consuming? Our transportation law expert offers some practical advice.
By Karen E. Thuermer · July 1, 2011
Challenges remain, but carriers prove resilient
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2011
Carriers get their house in order
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By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2011
While North America’s great ocean cargo gateways are heavily reliant on containerized throughput, major and minor ports alike are not letting go of their bulk and breakbulk operations. Indeed, many of them are coming to regard this basic piece of their portfolio as a value-added service.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2011
Steady growth on the rails
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2011
Tight capacity, more regulation, major concerns
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2011
Time to cash in on rates?
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By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2011
Executive education programs today are focusing on the “hot” supply chain topics. Here’s a look at what’s available and how you can take advantage of these offerings.
By Wayne Bourne · July 1, 2011
As we turn the corner towards a lasting recovery, we’re reminded of the columns that we wrote in the recent past signaling the shifts in partnerships between shippers and transportation providers—specifically on the rates and services “dance” and potential capacity tension.
<p>Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c. is the Senior Analyst at Mercator International, LLC.</p> By Derik Andreoli · July 1, 2011
OPEC failed to revise production quotas, and upon learning of this decision, traders quickly bid the price back up

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