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A look back at 2012 by logistics professionals

Portrait of the Warehousing and Distribution Landscape in 2012
As this year is coming to an end, how have your operations emerged from the Great Recession? The 2012 Logistics Management survey has revealed major trends and offers a first-hand look into the state of today’s DC and warehouse operations: 
  • 52 percent of respondents are adopting a more cautious approach, spending less than $250,000 for warehousing equipment and technology in 2012.
  • 17 percent of respondents are spending $1 million or more in 2012, and another 16 percent are planning to spend that same amount in 2013.
  • About 60 percent of respondents are planning to expand.
  • 26 percent are increasing their number of SKUs.
  • 25 percent are increasing the number of employees.
  • To reduce operating costs, 64 percent of respondents are “improving warehouse processes” and 61 percent are “improving inventory control”.




NEW Report: these logistics trends will impact your business


Rosalyn Wilson wrote :

“2011: A rather unremarkable year” for logistics statistics.

From time to time an article grabs my attention enough to make me want to share it. The 23rd Annual State of Logistics report by The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) was such an article. 
This report provides a clear indication of the current position of Logistics in the USA and looks at trends within the industry that will impact your business, today and tomorrow. The report highlights the fact that recovery of the economy has been very slow and inconsistent. The fragility of the world’s economy will continue this trend and make business’ focus on efficiencies in their supply chain. 

Some key highlights of the report:

  • Inventory carrying costs increased 7.6% over prior year
  • Logistics cost equaled 8.5% of GDP in 2011 – trending up from a low of 7.9% in 2009
  • Trucking (77% of transportation component) increased 6.2% year on year
  • Rail grew 15.3%
  • All other transport sectors declined
  • Intermodal was the real growth element of transportation – a trend that will grow very significantly in the near future.

The report takes an in-depth look at each transport mode & explains the basis for trends in each.

Geoff Hukins, Executive Director of Argos Software                 

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Are you leveraging the Global Economy?

3PL’s in Asia are still, on average, behind the USA in take-up of technologies like EDI, scanning and RFID. They are however rapidly catching up.

They are also very focused on a flat world. As the manufacturing hub of the world Asia is truly thinking and acting globally. Those US (or European or Australian) service providers with partnerships or informal relations in Asia will grow their business on the back of those arrangements. Those providers who are focused inwards will miss the opportunities.

By getting in now, making contact with local providers and assisting them through knowledge and technology transfer, long term relationships can be built that will be profitable for all players.

Read this full publication on the asian market written by our executive director Geoff Hukins: click here

Supply Chain & Logistics: Reduce your Freight Expenses

Celebrate the 4th &
Reduce your Freight Expenses!

Have you considered using a cheaper alternative to diesel or gasoline ?

An increasing number of industries are switching to natural gas to cut their freight costs, including supply chain and logistics.

Watch this video  commented by Jim Harger from Clean Energy to know all the benefits of using Natural Gas vehicles.

To know the locations of natural gas truck fueling stations in the US, click below :






Follow the rainbow of benefits & reach the sunlight in your revenue management.

Follow the rainbow of benefits & reach the sunlight in your revenue management.

3PL provider: How To Increase Your Services Revenue

In the current market the 3PL provider has two choices, substantially increase revenue from value added services or struggle to survive in a storage focused world with diminishing inventory.

Arguably the recession is over, but this one is different. Unemployment is still high, inventories are still being held back and neither is looking at changing in the foreseeable future. Traditional 3PL truckload in, truckload out businesses are suffering and there seems little hope of a turnaround.

To prosper today, the industry must move towards a much higher proportion of revenue from value added services. In discussions with our own 3PL partners, we are seeing significant growth in those who are able to move their business into the fulfillment arena or offer 4PL type services to their customers. We are also seeing those locked into a storage/handling model suffering and losing business.

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Supply Chain: Take Stock of a Runway Inventory

It’s time to optimize your inventory!

 If you’re looking for ways to satisfy your customers orders or to calculate your optimum level of stock, I found an article from the Supply Chain Digital that may interest you!

Learn how EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) can help your business:

  • Reduce lead times to process orders
  • Measure the delivery performance of suppliers
  • Improve your visibility and much more!     

Click here to READ THE ARTICLE

For more information on EDI, please contact us !

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