Other Columns


  • The Economy isn't so Scary (but the transport industry is)

    Nov 3, 2016

    As mentioned in my last blog, I took part in a trade mission to Havana, Cuba. Wow, what an experience!

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Insight from CSCMP

    Oct 19, 2016

    I attended the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference last week in Orlando and came away with optimism for the future

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Politics aside, the economy improves

    Aug 4, 2016

    Another week and another political convention. As for the economy there is probably too much emphasis placed on the role of the President.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • If Steve Jobs Owned a 3PL

    Aug 2, 2016

    Everybody knows Steve Jobs, the iconic innovator, who transformed five different industries: computers, phones, music, digital publishing and movies (Pixar). He even left his mark in brick and mortar with the Apple Stores, which have been wildly successful.

    Written by: Joe Lynch

  • Planning for a Profitable Retail Future at eft’s Inaugural D3 Conference

    Jul 27, 2016

    By Hugh Williams, managing director, Hughenden Consulting and D3 conference chair

    Written by: Hugh Williams

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    Celebrating Drones, Butterflies and Exceptional People

    Jul 13, 2016

    Hugh Williams, recent Conference Chair of the 3PL Summit & CSCO Forum in Chicago, shares his thoughts on the event.

    Written by: Hugh Williams

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    Logistics Leaders: Do You Know How To Drive Home The Results

    Jun 8, 2016

    Perhaps no other industry is more dependent on dedicated employees, capital investment, and tangible teamwork than the transportation sector. As a result, the logistics industry is blessed with a fleet of people-savvy leaders.

    Written by: Keith Martino

  • Why do I attend conferences?

    Jun 7, 2016

    When you are working in the same office week in week out, with the same view, the same coffee machine and the same desk arrangement - does it not add an air of excitement when you come in after the weekend and remember the desks were all moved around! You now have a different view from the window, a new walk to the coffee machine and slightly different perspective on the job as a whole.

    Written by: Hugh Williams

  • Data Trumps Delivery

    May 31, 2016

    Q & A – Jeff Thomas, President and CEO, Priority Dispatch

    Written by: Andrea Obston

  • Economic challenges continue springtime

    May 18, 2016

    I’m back from family vacation on the beaches of Florida and ready to dig into the latest economic and logistics news. Here is what we know.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Data and Drones: What’s The Future of Logistics?

    May 6, 2016

    Every day, thanks to new technology, we shrink the borders between countries and take a step forward in our global economy. New machinery, computing systems and mobile devices are just a few examples of what’s led to instant, around-the-clock communications and streamlined logistics processes across the planet.

    Written by: Lauren Willison

  • 5 Misconceptions Shippers Have About Freight Brokers

    Apr 27, 2016

    If you often need to move goods with your shipping company, working with freight brokerages is likely a typical part of the process. As common as this collaboration is, it happens that shippers might have some misconceptions about the role and trustworthiness of freight brokers

    Written by: Vic Lance

  • How to Make Sure That Your Global TMS Is Truly Global

    Apr 13, 2016

    So you’ve decided to invest in a global transportation management system (TMS). Now do you know which key resources and criteria are needed to successfully develop and implement such a system?

    Written by: Matt Manning

  • 7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

    Apr 13, 2016

    The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots do not sleep. They do not drink. They do not complain, and they do not need a paycheck.

    Written by: Adam Robinson

  • Tips for Riding the Rollercoaster

    Mar 21, 2016

    What do to when business goes up and business goes down

    Written by: Andrea Obston

  • The Evolving Freight Forwarding Market

    Mar 9, 2016

    Last week, The Elite League and Logistics Trends & Insights LLC hosted a lively Twitter chat on the changing freight forwarding market.

    Written by: Cathy Morrow Roberson

  • The Ti Blog: IT in the Supply Chain- Digital Strategy or Strategy for the Digital Era?

    Mar 2, 2016

    As the presentations and discussions progressed at EFT’s 17th CIO Forum (Amsterdam, 16th-17th February), a recurring question on the nature of supply chain operations emerged – What, in 2016, does IT mean to supply chains?

    Written by: Nick Bailey

  • S&OP Made Good: The Importance of Investing In People

    Feb 1, 2016

    Many companies still struggle to get value out of their sales and operations planning processes. They invest heavily in technology and processes to reach for S&OP’s cross-functional potential, but end up with discouraging results. For companies that truly understand the role of people in an effective S&OP process, it’s a different story. Here’s what it takes to get the people dimension right.

    Written by: Hugh Williams

  • Change the Way You Look at Your Business

    Jan 28, 2016

    Change is inevitable and it’s happening faster than ever. Over his 35+ years in the transportation industry, Chuck Moyer has learned to monitor trends in the industry and to forecast the ones that will have the greatest impact.

    Written by: Andrea Obston

  • The Stunning Reality of Freight Costs … and What You Can Do About it

    Jan 22, 2016

    Every shipper and manufacturer thinks they know how to work the contract/spot market lane system to maximize their transportation spend – but trust me, they don’t. Hear me out and I’ll explain the problem and how to cure it.

    Written by: Dawn Strobel

  • The Future is in Precision-Guided Logistics

    Jan 22, 2016

    More and more companies are offering their customers delivery options. CoolBlue offers "Ordered today, delivered tonight" service, for example. In the construction sector, it's: "Ordered today, delivered to the site between 7 and 9 tomorrow morning" – unless you'd rather pick up your package at the pick-up point yourself tonight. Agreed is agreed.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel

  • John's 2016 Logistics Crystal Ball

    Jan 13, 2016

    The new year brings a lot of prognosticating, so let’s look at where the logistics world is now and where it’s going in 2016. It is a confusing forecast because there are so many unknowns.

    Written by: John Wagner Jr

  • Five Ways Postal Operations Can Profit From E-Commerce

    Jan 12, 2016

    Postal operators were in the right place at the right time when e-commerce started to take off earlier this century. Posts dominated the B2C parcel market in many countries, so it was natural that postal operators would benefit from e-commerce growth.

    Written by: Ian Kerr

  • New Year, New Logistics Landscape

    Jan 12, 2016

    The new year is a great time to consider change – and, difficult as it may be in the beginning, companies that depend on logistics and supply chain technologies need change in a big way.

    Written by: Dawn Strobel

  • City Logistics: Hub or no hub?

    Jan 12, 2016

    Countless books and articles have been written about urban distribution centers, logistics decoupling points, city hubs and urban consolidation centers. Every self-respecting European city has been the scene of such initiatives – the one more successful than the other, but all highly subsidized in any case. What can we learn from those initiatives? The best option could be no hub at all.

    Written by: Walther Ploos van Amstel