Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade: Data Visualization for Logistics Mapping

A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m not sure who said it, but it sure holds true in our world of logistics, where we are inundated with data and information, but we are short on turning this plethora of … 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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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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Tools of the Trade: Outsourced Freight Audit and Pay Services

In 2014, my company spent over $20 million in logistics services (transportation, customs services, etc.). Those charges were billed to us on over 50,000 invoices! How do we audit all of those invoices?!?! Those costs and invoices represent services ranging … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: Visuals

As logistics professionals, we are asked to support many functions within our company: Purchasing and Business Development among others. For these 2 functions, we are often asked to provide freight cost studies, so that a total landed cost calculation can … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: a Calendar!

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”! It’s an important motto for teenage boys, but it can make or break a career for a logistics professional. In our fast-paced world, we need to be able to anticipate disruptions to our … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: Center of Gravity Analysis

Most of the larger corporations have a person, persons or department dedicated to network optimization. These folks have the sophisticated tools to determine the best modes and nodes for their material flows based on origin points, destinations, shipment sizes, shipment … Continue reading

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