a3-52 control towerYou are in the process of staffing your SCM Control Tower. This group will be drawn from different areas of your company (different "silos") and different skill sets (for example, a "hazmat" expert). Is your SCM Control Tower going to be a team building melting pot or a boiling cauldron of dis-function. You could draw the brightest and most hard working employees in and outside of your company; but if they don't get along, it could wreck your business.

shuttered-warehouseRetailers are shuttering their own warehouse operations in favor of third-party logistics providers. Even grocery chains are turning to third parties; Kroger and Ahold USA are just a few examples of the growing number of grocers handing over operations to 3PLs, according to MWPVL International, a specialized supply chain, logistics and distribution consulting firm.

shipping robotThink Logistics, a Canadian-based third party provider of supply chain products saw the handwriting on the wall a while back. Its parent company was a successful optical disk manufacturer for years, but as the industry has become heavily focused on digital and downloads, the future of optical became uncertain and it needed to find a way to stay relevant.

CargoCap Kreuzung transparent 460CargoCap is the fifth transportation alternative to the conventional systems of road, rail, air and water. It is a safe and economical way to carry goods quickly and on time in congested urban areas by underground transportation pipelines.

shipping successTaking some ideas and attitudes that have been around for a while I developed this document for a 3PL logistics provider in Zimbabwe. It really applies to any company who ships or any company who hires a 3PL to ship for them. With everything going on in Supply Chain Management (control towers, etc) and the "Omni-Channel Revolution" underway, we can at least make our shipping process more effective.