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Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL).

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manufacturers and distributors

As we get settled into this new year, we thought we’d share observations from conversations we’ve had with manufacturers and distributors recently.  These ten issues are what is keeping them up at night. We believe they are worthy of discussion in 2015 as they are more pressing than ever as competition continues to heat up with current incumbents and the growing competition from start ups.

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supply chain infographic featured image

Due to the overwhelmingly popular “5 Awesome Infographics About the Trucking Industry” post published nearly two months ago, we were convinced that truly “A picture is worth a thousand words.” With our active presence on social media, we have also come across more great infograhpics which represent the entire supply chain.

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distribution network optimization supply chain

If you work in the world of supply chain or logistics management, you understand the volatility of both fuel and restraints on rising freight capacity. Whether driven by reducing costs or by new business strategies, rethinking your distribution network optimization has become more important than ever.

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linkedin-logistics

As many of you know, I have been quite active over the last 6 months in LinkedIn groups. I am part of 50 total groups (the limit set by LinkedIn) and I made sure I joined groups made up of those in my industry (Logistics) and those of my customers (Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain, and Freight Shippers).

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manufacturing-linkedin-groups

It started out with me just wanting to better understand my customers. I went to LinkedIn and searched for “Manufacturing LinkedIn.” If you’ve been following me on LinkedIn in the 50 or so groups I am actively a part of, then you are well aware of my company’s, Thomasholmes, journey into the exciting (and often fast and confusing) world of digital, social media and content marketing.