Act Expo 2013

10xLogistics

I will be using twitter a lot more than the blogging site as I will be attending the ACT EXPO 2013 this week. Please follow me at: my logisticsexpert twitter feed. twitter/logisticsexpert. I will follow up with at least a nightly recap. ACTexpo alternative fuels

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Supply Chain Management:Infosys Team at IBM Pulse 2013

Infosys Supply Chain Management

« Dynamic Pricing : Is it really worthy | Main | Linear Asset Management and Dynamic Segmentation- Part I » Infosys Team at IBM Pulse 2013. I am back again in Vegas for IBM Pulse 2013. With this, good bye to Pulse 2013, with a hope to generate new business and get more clients with our investment in various Maximo Solutions. Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on March 11, 2013 2:26 PM | Permalink. Posted by: Arvind | March 12, 2013 8:00 AM. August 2013.

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2012 Mazars Food & Beverage Forum

Mazars Ledger

Food & Beverage Manufacturing and Distribution Videos Videos 2013 Year 2013 Don Vultaggio Food & Beverage Forum John Kominicki Manufacturing & Distribution manufacturing and distribution mazars Mazars Food & Beverage Forum Robert Striano Susan Axelrod video videos

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Hours update: Congress advances 30-minute break provision, FMCSA to kill 2013 restart regs

Overdrive Online

Meanwhile, FMCSA has a rule in the works to permanently bury 2013's regulations limiting the use of a 34-hour restart. Congress could stick its nose into the hours overhaul process by trying to protect the 30-minute break requirement. Featured Slider

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New Year. New Colors. New Apparel Logistics Challenges.

Apparel Logistics

The new year is finally here, and, just a few weeks ago, Pantone told us what color we'd all be wearing in 2013. 2013, apparently, is shaping up to be a real gem of a year (albeit a bit less sweet and rhythmic). Or, at least, what color a lot of people will be wearing this year. Or, at least, what color you might see designers dabbling with slightly more often than other shades of green. This year, the color is "Emerald."

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Deciding on a Warehouse for Your Company’s Needs

Apparel Logistics

As your small business begins to grow, you may find yourself in need of more space to store and produce your product, and while your office may be a great starting point, a warehouse can provide you with the space you need to produce your products more effectively, and on a grander scale. Here are just a couple of the main benefits of our warehouses for your company

What Caused the Growth in 3PL Companies?

Apparel Logistics

Prior to the early 1980s, it was difficult to find a 3PL company. Then, almost seemingly overnight, 3PL companies took off and exploded in growth throughout the 1980s and beyond. What happened

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What can Apparel Companies do to be Prepared for Black Friday?

Apparel Logistics

While the chaotic nature of this holiday heightens your stress levels, everything’s good once the profits roll in. But, you can maximize those profits if you are fully prepared for the busiest-case scenario. Here are some things you can do to make sure your apparel company is ready for the business that surrounds Black Friday

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3 Signs It’s Time to Change Your 3PL

Apparel Logistics

Change is hard. Whether it’s a new house or a new boss, every time there’s a change in our life the ripple effect is something that can be hard to pinpoint. But if your third party logistics provider (3PL) isn’t the right fit for your business anymore, a change is inevitable. And there’s no use continuing to hurt your business by not making the changes you need. Let’s discuss three very clear signs it’s time for a big change

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The Top 5 Reasons People Are Buying Online

Apparel Logistics

Why does it matter to your business that people are buying online? Within the sales process, we always say that you need to go fishing where your fish are swimming. And we have to tell you … your customers are buying online. Data suggests 83% of internet users have made a virtual purchase at some point. Look around the room. Eight of the 10 people around you bought an item off the internet.

Ecommerce Sales are Skyrocketing Online: Are You Prepared?

Apparel Logistics

Leading online marketing research firm eMarketer predicts US ecommerce spending will increase 15.1% year-over-year in November and December. The total amount consumers are projected to spend during that time will be around $61.8 billion. What's particularly interesting is that most of the mobile buying will happen on tablet PCs. They currently account for 62.5% of all mobile spending, up from 56.2% last year. And, by 2017, that number is projected to climb to 73%.

How to Maintain a Strong Relationship with Your 3PL

Apparel Logistics

Third party logistics (3PL) are hard enough without the added stress of maintaining relationships. You have to ensure that your 3PL is accurately handling your business the way you prefer, not just offering out-of-a-can vending services. To help you ensure that you’re getting the best possible service, we’d like to give you tips to help you forge the bonds you need to get the job done with your 3PL

What Best Practices Should a 3PL’s Distribution Center Employ?

Apparel Logistics

Any 3PL service provider should have a set of best practices they abide by in order to offer the best service quality. Does the 3PL you are using follow these rules? Check them out below and be sure to ask them if they do before you sign an agreement to work with them

What You Ought to Know About Fashion Logistics

Apparel Logistics

Globally integrated production systems, seasonal peaks and rapid changeovers from one collection to another are just a few examples why intelligent and flexible logistics solutions are so important to the fashion industry. The rapidly changing nature of fashion is best personified by celebrity-driven trends. For example, when Martha Stewart was released from prison in 2005, she was photographed wearing a poncho that another inmate had knitted for her.

What Makes One 3PL Provider Better than Another?

Apparel Logistics

If this is your first time searching for a 3PL provider , you might feel a little overwhelmed. Actually, whenever you look to do business with a new company, it’s scary. They can tell you how wonderful they are until they’re blue in the face, but you really only get to know the company once you work with them. By that time, you’re committed to a contract that may not be easy, or even possible to get out of.

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5 Tips for Choosing an Apparel Third Party Logistics Provider

Apparel Logistics

In any industry, there’s a ton of competition, and third party logistics for apparel is no exception. When you have a good 3PL, a ton of stress is off your shoulders. With that in mind, here are a few tips for choosing a good third party logistics provider: Know your own objectives first – Make sure you know what you want to get out of a 3PL provider. Are you looking to increase order accuracy? Do you want to reduce your own in-house logistics assets?

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Post-China 16 and The Fashion Logistics of an Ever-Changing World

Apparel Logistics

According to a recent report by Austin-based geopolitical intelligence and analysis firm Stratfor, a monumental change in the global manufacturing landscape is underway, fueled by a "continual flow of companies leaving China, or choosing not to invest in China." " In China, Stratfor says, the issue is that the country's recent successes have been fueled by, among other factors, a low-wage manufacturing model.

The Fashion Logistics of "The Dressing Room Factor"

Apparel Logistics

Here's a cool innovation that could help apparel companies overcome one of the few drawbacks of shopping for clothes online: A company called Dressformer is helping pioneer what it calls "3D online fitting" — a more advanced way of making sure that shoppers get the size and fit they need, even without actually trying on what they're considering buying. According to Apparel

Fashion Apps for Apparel Logistics Why They Are Useful and Why Not

Apparel Logistics

Fashion is fickle, and shifts in consumer tastes can be very, very subtle. Thus, it's important for companies to pay a close attention as possible to them — even if they're not directly designing or manufacturing garments

Fashion Logistics on the Runway

Apparel Logistics

Apparel designers and manufacturers need to be constantly on the lookout to detect what shifts in fashion and fashion logistics are on the horizon

3D Printing Fashion: A Looming Revolution in the Apparel Industry

Apparel Logistics

Time and time again throughout history, thriving, well-established, finely tuned industries have faced waves of technological disruption that thoroughly upended the status quo

The Fashion Logistics of Unanticipated Outrage

Apparel Logistics

What happens when a careful, well-researched decision ends up provoking an unexpected amount of outrage from your target customer base? How do you deal with unpredictable outrage

How an Unopened Museum in Abu Dhabi is Influencing Fashion This Year

Apparel Logistics

As we discussed a few weeks ago, the reporters at the fantastic Planet Money podcast have been walking their listeners through the myriad ins and outs of the fashion and apparel logistics industries in an innovative way — by designing and manufacturing their own t-shirt from scratch. The process quickly proved to be vastly more complicated and full of valuable insights than they had expected

Fashion Logistics in an Era of Non-Stop Port Strikes

Apparel Logistics

Remember the looming port strikes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts threatening to shut down international trade and, by extension, much of the U.S. economy as we know it? Well, after a year of tense and tenuous negotiations, cooler heads prevailed and a major, long-term agreement was reached in April with port workers

Fashion Logistics Plans to Avoid Disruptions

Apparel Logistics

Earlier this week, Thailand suffered its worst power outages in recent memory. According to the Associated Press, more than 8 million people were affected across 14 provinces, including tourist hotspots like the island of Phuket

The Apparel Industry Is Complicated. Fashion Logistics Doesn't Need To Be.

Apparel Logistics

The Planet Money blog and podcast made a not-so-unusual decision for a public radio program a couple years ago — they decided to raise money by selling t-shirts

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Fashion Logistics for Challenges Major and Mundane

Apparel Logistics

We talk quite a bit here on The Apparel Logistics Blog about how costly major disruptions such as natural disasters, labor stoppages, political unrest, security risks, economic swings, and so forth can be. Simply put, apparel companies must, must, must, must invest in the type of supply chain flexibility and resilience in order to be able to bounce back from unexpected, hugely costly interruptions

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Apparel Supply Chain Management in "The Ruthless Racket"

Apparel Logistics

As we discussed a few months ago here on our apparel logistics blog, the emergence of "fast fashion" — where companies respond to shifts in fashion as quickly as possible by pumping out new product lines after new product lines — has disrupted traditional seasonal product cycles in the apparel industry

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The Fashion Logistics of Catastrophic Success

Apparel Logistics

But what happens when success is so rapid, so unexpected that a company finds that it can't keep up? Can companies scale up quickly enough to meet demand without bankrupting themselves, sacrificing the quality of their products or abandoning their values

The Interrelationship of Fashion and Technology

Apparel Logistics

We talk quite a bit here on the Apparel Logistics blog about how technology is impacting the apparel industry — especially fashion logistics and apparel supply chain management. But one of the great things about apparel and technology is just how much technological innovation is reflected in innovation itself

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From Factory to Floor: How New Technologies are Reshaping Fashion Logistics

Apparel Logistics

These days, we've become used to commerce happening at lightening speed over the Internet. To take an obvious example, look at buying music: To listen to a new album, the album would have to be physically shipped to a store, and you'd have to drive to and from the store. Now, you can listen with three clicks

Stylinity: Cool Technology, New Fashion Logistics Challenges and Benefits

Apparel Logistics

Here's a nifty new aspect of the shopping experience you might find waiting for you the next time you head out to the stores: Stylinity, an idea launched in October in New York City, makes it easy to get instant feedback online while trying on outfits

A New Apparel E-Commerce Driver - The Hunt

Apparel Logistics

Let's say you finally found that perfect dress — the sort that could make you shine, that you had vaguely conceived in mind already that wouldn't quite come into focus (and that you wouldn't know where to buy even if it did). There it is, even better than you had imagined, right in front of you, less than a foot from your face … in a picture posted on some celebrity blog now splayed alluringly across your screen.

A New Apparel E-Commerce Driver - The Hunt

Apparel Logistics

Let's say you finally found that perfect dress — the sort that could make you shine, that you had vaguely conceived in mind already that wouldn't quite come into focus (and that you wouldn't know where to buy even if it did). There it is, even better than you had imagined, right in front of you, less than a foot from your face … in a picture posted on some celebrity blog now splayed alluringly across your screen.

Bridging the Gap: Apparel 3PL Can Help Make Up for Poor Infrastructure

Apparel Logistics

There's been a mild resurgence of manufacturing activity taking place, of all places, in California over the past few years. If when you think of the state you think of it primarily as the Golden State - a place defined by its beaches, its vineyards, its idyllic weather or its unparalleled entertainment industry, this might make sense. Who wouldn't want to be based there?