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Archives for January 2011

How Do We Get More Women In Supply Chain?

talented females in the workplace

What percent of your office is female? This question was asked of me just a few weeks ago by a newer customer. It’s a question I have been asked before, but I admit, its not one shippers ask that frequently.

Some of you know the answer to this question – because you yourself have asked. But then again, I’m willing to bet most of you don’t know the answer, and have not thought to inquire about it. So, before you read on, take a minute and guess what portion of our work force is female.  Read More…

- President, Managed Services
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Six Ways to Deploy a TMS as a Risk Manager

Transportation management systems and risk management

Users of transportation management systems (TMS) should not overlook the power of the technology to take risk out of supply chains. A TMS solution can support your risk management strategy and make freight operations more resilient to damaging disruptions.

The likelihood of supply chain breakdowns has increased as business operations have grown in complexity. More frequent business disruptions alienate customers, depress sales, and increase costs. A recent study by Vinod Singhal of Georgia Tech and Yossi Sheffi of MIT shows that companies experiencing a supply chain disruption suffered between a 33% and 40% decline in stock price, compared with industry peers over a three-year period*.  Read More…

- Vice President, Customer Strategy, C.H. Robinson
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Bringing Marketers into the Supply Chain Fold

Explaining the intricacies of supply chain management to a marketing department that exists on a different functional planet can be tough. Rather than trying to teach marketers the language of operations, maybe a better approach is to talk about the supply chain that they should actually own.
In an ideal world, supply chain and marketing work in synch to make sure that their respective goals are aligned. But in reality a lack of communication between the two disciplines often causes operational glitches. Read More…

New Trade Rules for a New Year

International trade and Incoterms

Probably the last thing you are looking for right now is another New Year’s resolution, but here’s one that is worth considering particularly if you manage international trade operations: become familiar with the revised Incoterms® rules. The revisions came into effect on January 1st, 2011, and although the new code does not represent a major rewrite, it simplifies the ground rules for trade and introduces some important updates. Read More…

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