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May 04

2012

The Importance of Optimizing Your Supply Chain with Risk Management

Posted: May 04, 2012

What is risk management?  It is the process of looking at potential sources of disruption to your supply chain that can create financial and physical damage.  The next step would involve the business and supply chain leaders evaluating the assessment and fix the weaker points and preemptively doing their best to prevent the risk from happening in the future.  It may be impossible to prepare ...

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Apr 27

2012

Understanding Shipping Lingo to Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Apr 27, 2012

When you make shipments through either FedEx or UPS, when was the last time you thought about how much of the shipping costs you could actually be saving?  In reality, one of the easiest ways to save money is to focus on reducing your shipping costs.  We’ve gone over a variety of ways you can be saving your company money on shipping from parcel audits to instructions on how to write a shipp...

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Apr 20

2012

Amazon’s Potential Effect on the Shipping Industry

Posted: Apr 20, 2012

The carrier system has for a long time been a very oligarchic system, only made up mainly of two carriers, UPS and FedEx.  Because of these two carriers, the rules of the shipping industry have always been based on comparing these two carriers’ prices and agreements and can, for insightful businesses, create a method to reduce shipping costs overall.  However, this very system could change ...

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Apr 13

2012

On the History of Logistics and Supply Chains

Posted: Apr 13, 2012

Although we should always be aiming at the future, what is equally as important is to understand our past history and progression of how a concept has evolved and the lessons we can learn of it.  A historical outlook of supply chains and logistics, however, seems relatively difficult to pinpoint down to key moments.  Luckily, Supply Chain and Observer created an intuitive and clean visual tim...

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Apr 09

2012

Integrating Transportation Software and Technology to Reducing Shipping Costs

Posted: Apr 09, 2012

Technological innovations grows at a quick rate with new announcements and progress happening nearly every single week.  However, integrating new transportation software is difficult at times, especially in industries that have been in business for quite a while and more averse to changes.  The shipping industry seems very straightforward and the technological innovations readily apparent; ho...

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