Category Archives: Logistics Learning

Preparing Your 2016 Budget for Trucking Expenditures

It’s that time of year. We’re expected to know now what fuel will cost in October of 2016 (and every month in 2016!), so that we can provide our management with a realistic freight budget for the full 12 months … Continue reading

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Which Incoterm is Best for You?

There are 11 to choose from, but which is the best for your situation…for your company? Let’s first review the basics of incoterms. Incoterms or International Commercial Terms are a series of pre-defined commercial terms published by the International Chamber … Continue reading

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Self-driving Trucks: Possible Solution to our Driver Shortage

The headlines have been pretty clear over the last months: The “shortage of trained individuals to replace a rapidly aging workforce in trucking and warehousing will ultimately raise transport and storage costs for shippers.”1 The American Trucking Association (ATA) has … Continue reading

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Innovation in Logistics, Final

Hopefully, you have gotten some good ideas from your creativity sessions. Let’s take a look at those ideas and see whether they are really innovative and will help you to improve your business. We’ll also cover an important, but often … Continue reading

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Innovation in Logistics, Part 3: Getting Creative

In this post, we’ll introduce you to an approach intended to improve the creativity of your team. Before we explore the various “creativity” methodologies, it is important to know what you want to get creative about! You need to have … Continue reading

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Innovation in Logistics, Part 2: The Self

Now, let’s talk about you! This is the 2nd part of our “Innovation in Logistics” series and we’re going to do a deep-dive of the most important part of the process: the self…or, YOU! “YOU” are the foundation of developing … Continue reading

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Innovation in Logistics, Part 1: Put the Process in Place

One of our greatest challenges in logistics is the constant pressure to develop and implement new ideas to improve processes and reduce costs. Management demands that we meet and exceed the “stretch” goals they dole out to us year after … Continue reading

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FedEx and UPS: Choose the Right Service for the Best Cost

FedEx and UPS offer great, reliable services. They have become synonymous with on-time, guaranteed transportation service. They offer services such as “Standard Overnight”, “Priority Overnight” and “First Overnight”. But what do these service levels mean as far as delivery time … Continue reading

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Pursue Projects with Persistence

A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which reviewed 10,640 projects from 200 companies in 30 countries and across various industries, found that only 2.5% of the companies successfully completed 100% of their projects. Yikes! That’s a surprisingly low success rate! While the … Continue reading

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3D Printers: Leverage for Lower Logistics Costs?

They started making small plastic toys, simple dolls and chess pieces. The 3D printer has now advanced to the point of making complex medical prosthetics and even solid automotive components. In fact, the Swedish specialty car manufacturer, Koenigsegg, is using … Continue reading

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