Hoosiers Helping Houston collects $600,000 in supplies

Lilly Endowment has approved $30 million in grants to assist relief efforts in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The grants from the Indianapolis-based philanthropic foundation will support the American Red Cross ($10 million), Salvation Army ($10 million), United Way Worldwide ($5 million) and United Way of Greater Houston ($5 million) as they help residents across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and U.S. territories in the Caribbean recover from the storms that devastated communities. 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…

Interview with Cathy Langham on Building and Leading Langham Logistics

Cathy Langham is interviewed as part of the North Central High School Alumnus’ Panther Profile for which she attended and graduated before attending Indiana University. In the interview, Cathy discusses her start in a sector that was mostly dominated by men as well as how she overcame both personal and professional challenges to build one of the most successful logistics companies in Indiana.

The company has continued to grow and has expanded to air freight, warehousing and, today, analytics. Evolving from a moving business to a full-service operations manager, the art of maximizing the supply chain for businesses has become the foundation of the industry. With 150 employees today and $45 million in business, Langham Logistics is now the standard bearer for the industry in central Indiana.

You can find the blog post and interview here.


Understanding Fulfillment of Subscription Box Services

According to Forbes, subscription box services like Birchbox, Barkbox and Winebox are “one of the fastest growing trends in the start-up world.” Consumers love them for a variety of reasons.  They are great for gifts because they can be tailored specifically to someone’s personal interest and are the gifts that keep on giving.  Many customers prefer subscription boxes for convenience sake, specifically for products that are repeatedly purchased.  Other subscription boxes contain samples of new products, allowing customers to try different brands that they otherwise might not have access to.   Subscription boxes range in cost from $10 to over a $100, but successful subscription box services offer high value for the monthly fee.  However, the most desired, best value subscription box service will fail if they are unable to manage the logistical demands of the daily operations of the businesses.  Late, broken, or otherwise substandard packages are a disaster for your ecommerce business.  How important is quality fulfillment of your subscription box service?  It could literally make or break you. Continue reading…

Be on the Lookout for these Supply Chain Trends

It can be easy to dismiss trends as just that – trends. However, some of the supply chain trends that were just catching on five to ten years ago are now common place, such as the use of digital technology. It’s important to take note because the last thing you want is to not miss a trend that can help bolster productivity and could become vital to all supply chain. 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…

How you can reap the benefits of the Panama Canal Expansion

“I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.” – Theodore Roosevelt  

The Panama Canal is one of the busiest waterways in the world. It sees significant daily shipping traffic; moving 6% of the global commerce, the Panama Canal will continue to expand to allow growth.

The 5.4 billion dollar expansion of the Panama Canal was completed June 26, 2016, and is expected to largely decrease the instances of bottlenecks, lower than average transit times by raising capacity and allow for the transit of Post-Panamax vessels. The expansion is one of the most important infrastructure projects for logistics in over a century.

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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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