Planning ahead is the best way to prepare for holiday shipping season success. In the months leading up to the holidays, increased amounts of imported and domestic goods must be transported to distribution centers or retail stores. The increase in volumes typically leads to limited capacity and decreased amount of drivers. On top of a challenging freight environment, possible winter weather and hard delivery dates by retailers can create further shipping challenges.
How can a strong logistics partner help drive cost savings and overall supply chain improvements? Through an optimal combination of people and technology. While people and technology alone can produce improvements, a strategy that combines the two allows companies to manage complex logistics networks with skill, insight and expertise.
Centralizing the management of logistics activities can produce a number of benefits for shippers. With a dedicated team to manage logistics activities, shippers will save time and money due to the increased control, improved transparency and streamlined processes. Below are 10 reasons why shippers should consider the centralization of logistics management.
Supply chain and logistics professionals must be able to quickly adapt, innovate and solve problems in order to keep pace with the industry. So how can supply chain and logistics managers prepare themselves for the future? Here's our top three tips for supply chain managers in the 21st century:
Bill Goodgion, President of Ascent Global Logistics, recently talked with Susan Avery from My Purchasing Center (MPC) regarding the rebranding of Ascent Global Logistics as well as the road ahead for logistics professionals.
Increasing consumer demands mean that suppliers and customers have to work together to satisfy the end-user. In today’s economy, sometimes that means switching from traditional logistics to JIT (Just In Time), which means smaller quantities of products are moving from suppliers to customers as they are needed, rather than being shipped in mass quantities and sitting in a warehouse.
Whether you’re new to the transportation industry or brushing up on your terminology, it can be challenging to understand freight related terms. Without insight into what the terms mean and how to apply them to your shipments, logistics can become frustrating – especially when the terms are related to charges. To better help you, the experts at Ascent came together to define shipping terms that we frequently receive questions about and expand on how these terms apply to you.