drop-shippingBefore jumping into a drop ship model – sure, it's enticing if you consider the benefits of carrying little or no inventory; besides there are gazillions of so-called drop ship providers to choose from! – make sure you understand all angles.

Kinlock ClearVisionA lot of us in the supply chain probably missed this because maybe we regarded it as an advertisement or because a 42-page document is not what we have time for in our busy days. Ariba joined forces with leading procurement practitioners and influencers to begin a dialogue on the future of procurement and to create a road map for how to get there.

ad-hoc-illustrationI have been off on a logistics assignment for a few weeks without too much EDI involved. In truth, there was no EDI involved, so that got me to thinking "why not?" We are "trading" with a couple of major companies: a leading truck-by-the-day rental company and a leading temporary help agency. What were we doing? We had a contract from a hospital chain to remove old furniture and move it elsewhere. It is a temporary thing: when it is done, it is done. Nobody wants to spend time on an ad hoc project of short duration (low ROI).

JetTruckWhen buying organizations negotiate business terms and conditions with their suppliers, one of the areas discussed is the coordination, ownership and payment of freight. There are varying types of freight terms such as Collect, Prepaid, Prepaid and Chargeback or Collect and Allowed. The Collect part of the Freight terms indicates that the buyer is responsible for the coordination and payment of the shipping charges for the merchandise. Prepaid indicates that the seller is responsible.

logistic2Let's say we just got some good news: A client has just given us the assignment to plan a logistics system for a large food distribution contract they are bidding on. WOW! Where do we start? Lets start by planning how we are going to plan!