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Alex Stark | January 30, 2020

Is Your 3PL in the News? What for?

Third party logistics companies (3PLs) are often in the news these days – but for reasons quite different than they were 10 years ago. This thought occurred to me while I was skimming recent news items in some of the top logistics industry ...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing, KANE Company News

Alex Stark | December 27, 2019

The KANE story – in the style of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It’s the evening of Christmas day. I’ve retreated to my home office after enjoying an outstanding day filled with family, great food, and the sharing of presents. Being a supply chain wonk, I’ve already pondered the Christmas magic of how a...
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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer

This quick-read eBook lists 12 best practices designed to elicit greatness from your 3PL.

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Safety In Logistics Operations

4 strategies to turn safety from a compliance-driven chore to a profit-driving opportunity.

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Alex Stark | October 17, 2019

Flexibility AND Scalability: A Scarce Combination Among 3PLs

Check out the marketing claims of many third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and you’ll see the words “flexible” and “scalable” used regularly, and often together. The fact is, most are good at one or the other, but not both.
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

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Alex Stark | October 10, 2019

Happy CX Day

What did you do to celebrate CX Day earlier this month? Wait…what?! You’ve never heard of it? CX, of course, is short for Customer Experience. CX Day celebrates those customers. You know, the people who keep the lights on. The day itself mo...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing

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Alex Stark | September 12, 2019

What’s Wrong with Continuous Improvement Programs in Logistics?

Lip Service. According to Merriam-Webster, it’s a belief “expressed in words but not backed by deeds.” There’s a lot of that going on when it comes to programs for continuous improvement in logistics. Some companies do quite a good job pres...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Warehouse Operations

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Alex Stark | August 22, 2019

The ROI of Logistics Safety Programs

Every logistics operation will say safety programs are a priority. But many such claims are lip service only. Safety solutions, over and above OSHA-mandated programs, cost money – for training, equipment and software. Many companies struggl...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety, KANE Company News

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Alex Stark | August 08, 2019

Are you happy with your company's logistics performance

Are you happy with your logistics performance? A pretty simple question that calls for a yes or no answer. Unfortunately, among us logistics types, our operations and engineering brains rely on formulas, not feelings, to provide the answer.
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

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Alex Stark | June 27, 2019

Distribution Network Optimization: Modeling Tools Won’t Give You the Answer

Distribution network optimization has become a white-hot topic these days as “the Amazon effect” leads businesses to evaluate how quickly they can get products to customers. Warehouse optimization modeling exercises examine the upside of be...
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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

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