Three Investments Worth Considering in 2019 to Keep Your Company Competitive

Some say the best investments in growing a company are advertising and marketing and, while these are important, supply chain professionals would vote for packaging, warehouse visibility, and transportation efficiency. Forward thinking businesses are eager to invest capital and energy in processes that will allow them to cut costs, improve plant operations, and increase the effectiveness of their packaging, warehousing, and transportation. They realize that the ability to cost-effectively manage their supply chain system is key to remaining competitive. Here are three investments of time, energy, and capital that industry leaders are making now.

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Holiday Season Shipping Tips for the Supply Chain Industry

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season brings with it tidings of good cheer, the smell of spruce in the air, and peak holiday shipping. With the significant rise of eCommerce over the last decade, each year the holiday shipping season surpasses the year prior. But along with fruitcakes, holiday cards, and goodies from friends and family near and far, there are also shipping headaches that bring on holiday malaise for both customers and businesses.

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Three Things to Consider When Creating a Custom Shipping Practice

Progressive, forward-thinking businesses are eager to cut costs, improve plant operations, and increase the effectiveness of their warehousing, packing, and shipping processes. They realize that the ability to cost-effectively manage the supply chain system, from packing through delivery, is key to remaining viable in today’s highly competitive, industrialized world market. There are many factors to consider when creating a custom shipping practice. Here are three things logistics industry leaders are putting in place now.

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Will Elon Musk and the Self-Driving Truck Save Shipping?

There’s a lot of talk about the driver shortage in the logistics world and has been for some time. However, as a strong economy and low unemployment rate spell good news for most Americans, it’s exacerbating the shortage issue further in logistics and transportation. Let’s take a look at the driver shortage issue: how it began, why it’s still going strong, all the consumer implications, and finally, how can we solve it? Here’s a hint, it may involve a self-driving truck soon enough.

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Using Fulfillment to Enhance the Client Experience

Customers, on the whole, are pretty easy to please. Get them their package on time, with all the contents inside, to the correct location, and they’re good. But how could that experience be better? Businesses everywhere are looking for the next best thing to cultivate a “best customer experience.” So much so that over 50-percent of businesses will invest in customer experience innovations in 2018.

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How Data and Business Intelligence Are Changing the Shipping Industry

Gone are the days of faxing, whiteboard flowcharts, and paper files. Today businesses are undergoing digital makeovers to make their businesses more efficient, more profitable, and to fully leverage the power of their data. By harnessing your data and marrying it to a quality business intelligence (BI) solution, you can transform data into a blueprint for the future of your business. And let’s face it, BI is no longer an optional logistics tool; as regulations increase and the demand for 100-percent transparency and trackability continue to grow, companies must have it to take control of logistics operations. Here are a few ways data and business intelligence can positively impact shipping. Continue reading…


Three Logistics E-Commerce Trends to Watch in 2018

As e-commerce continues its meteoric rise, more and more companies need to significantly increase their logistics performance. How can that impact your business? For businesses that want to grow their position in the supply chain, understanding key trends in logistics is critical to success. Here are a few to watch for in 2018. Continue reading…


IMPORTANT UPDATE: U.S. Southeast ports hunker down for Hurricane Irma

Hi everyone,

As you well know, it has been a horrific week weather-wise. A lot of LTL and small package, as well as truckload carriers are not taking shipments destined for much of the southeast or Houston.  Unfortunately, the impact is significant and may last for a while, especially for industries that use plastics and packaging materials.  Like many of you, Langham is doing what we can to aid the storm victims.  We will keep you advised as we are updated, and please let us know (24/7) how we can help you. Continue reading…


Avoid Confusion with Shipping Rules : Let’s Talk Incoterms

Companies that still use the old contract terms that were used decades ago are not taking advantage of Incoterms and the opportunity they provide to improve your supply chain performance. Incoterms help avoid confusion that’s created by varied and sometimes wrongful interpretations of shipping rules in different countries. By having an understanding of Incoterms, you can minimize confusion and misunderstandings and can alleviate trade disputes and litigation in international shipping. Continue reading…


The Pro’s and Con’s of Nearshoring

When it comes to outsourcing operations, nearshoring is becoming a better and better option for many companies. With rising labor costs in China and the problem with maintaining quality standards, as well as the desire to reduce transportation. Costs companies have started to reassess their manufacturing and offshoring strategies.

If you are unsure of what the differences are, we can explain. Offshoring involves shifting work to a foreign or distant country and/or company to production costs. Nearshoring, on the other hand, means sourcing manufacturing closer to The United States; to countries like Canada and Mexico. Many other nations in Central and South America like Argentina, Brazil, or El Salvador; and in the Caribbean like the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also used.

With offshoring, not offering the same cost benefits it once did, companies are moving production closer to home. According to an article published by Manufacturing Today, “companies like Apple, General Motors, General Electric, Microsoft, Caterpillar, and Ford have recognized that overseas offshoring is no longer the good deal it was, nor does it comport with today’s supply chain demands.”

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