Isn’t it time you broke the 80/20 rule?

Applying the 80/20 rule to electronic data exchange is all very well, but why not aim higher? In 1896, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noted that around 80 per cent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 per cent of the population. He also noted that 20 per cent of the peapods in his…

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Don’t be the firm that ruins Christmas

How Kewill DropShip can help you to manage emotional expectations at peak times The season of goodwill towards all is nearly upon us. Present buying is beginning in earnest, people are searching for the ideal outfit for their Christmas parties, Christmas decorations are being sourced and all the food and drinks for the special Christmas…

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Four Reasons to be Thankful for Supply Chain Managers

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to take a moment and think about what you appreciate most in life, especially the people with whom you rely on. Being a supply chain manager isn’t easy; they are the first ones to take the heat when a delivery doesn’t show up on time or when…

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The Perfect Gift for Retailers this Christmas

It is almost that magical time of the year where decorations abound and children excitedly open gifts from Santa Claus (also known as Dad). It is the joyous season where everyone comes together for a good bonding session and of course, enjoy the delicious Christmas dinners. A month prior to this happy occasion, parents have…

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The Role of Technology in the Logistics Industry’s Evolution

“In the future, highly functional systems operating as a single application – covering every aspect of operations from pricing, order management, shipping, warehousing and transportation management – will emerge. These will be available as subscription services in the public ‘Cloud,’ accessible via a variety of computing platforms.” Ken Lyon, Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd   The functional…

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How Drop Shipping Can Boost Your Profits

The retail/wholesale industry is full of challenges – developing and maintaining loyal customers, meeting the omni-channel demands of finicky consumers, and having proper visibility into your supplier’s inventory, to name a few. And while you’re trying to meet these challenges, you’re expected to continue boosting profits. It can all seem rather daunting. So how can…

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Five Areas to Monitor to Keep Your EDI System in Shape

For companies that rely on electronic data interchange [EDI] to conduct business every day, keeping systems in tip-top shape is a crucial but often overlooked element of success. Many think of EDI as a set-it-and-forget-it arrangement, but it’s more like an automobile: you need to keep a close eye on everything to ensure it keeps…

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Google Looking to Make Delivery Drivers a Thing of the Past

Whither the good old fashioned delivery guy? For some time now Amazon has been promising to shake up last mile delivery by dispatching a squadron of drones to the skies. Now its Silicon Valley rival Google has barged into the conversation by securing a patents for an “automous delivery platform” – a driverless truck that…

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Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping

In case you weren’t able to listen in, I got together last week for a webcast with Talking Logistics’ Adrian Gonzalez to discuss how to deal with the complexities of parcel shipping as part of a broader supply chain strategy. Parcel is becoming more important for manufacturers and retailers due to the rapid growth of…

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The Importance of Flexibility in Parcel Shipping

Last month we shared the exciting news that three-quarters of the 100 largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada are already part of the Kewill Carrier Network. This means the minute Kewill Transport comes online for a new customer, that customer has direct access to nearly all of the big players in the…

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16½ Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

Here’s a prediction we just know is going to come true. Next year at this time people will be writing – and reading – a slew of predictions articles/blogs/essays for 2017. Bank on it. Everyone loves predictions. Just look at you. Out of the gazillion other things you could be reading right now, you made…

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Plenty to be Thankful for in the Supply Chain Universe

Let’s face it: the supply chain world often gives off a glass-half-empty vibe. Companies tend to fixate on their shortcomings rather than celebrating their successes – and trying to learn from what they’re doing right. They lament poor performance, failure to execute or gaps in their strategy and spend a lot of time obsessing over…

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