Joe Wilkinson

Director of Transportation at EnVista
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Sept. 15 2016
Ready or not, here’s comes peak. And with peak comes the inevitable concerns about late deliveries and upgraded (and expensive) service levels. Now is the perfect time to examine what lessons... View More
April 29 2015
Many shippers we’ve talked to over the last several months have some basic misunderstandings about DIM weighting, and the resulting planning efforts are often leading them down the wrong path. We’ve... View More
June 22 2014
Omni-channel is the newest buzzword in the supply chain world. But unlike previous “hot new things,” omni-channel has the potential to deliver on its promise. This article is the first in a... View More
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Nov. 10 2013
When negotiating a parcel carrier agreement there is an endless number of factors that can be potentially considered and negotiated. To start you will always need to review the discounts on your most commonly... View More
Sept. 16 2013
Your operational, administrative, and technical requirements should be driven by, and a reflection of, the identified mission and KPIs of the transportation function. The importance of considering these... View More
May 6 2013
If you’re not using technology to select service levels, you may be giving your parcel carriers free money. We regularly see shippers that use Next Day Air, Next Day Air Saver, Priority Overnight... View More
May 8 2012
Maybe it’s just a bias I have, but the supply chain and logistics field seems to be a hotbed of innovation at the moment. Every day we see new innovations in process improvement, operational efficiencies,... View More
Aug. 7 2011
Robert O. Fabrize, doctoral candidate in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas, and Dr. Martin Theodore (Ted) Farris II, Ph.D., CTL, Professor at the University of... View More
Aug. 7 2011
Shippers are often surprised when I suggest setting targets for service providers in transportation sourcing events. Economists refer to this concept as "anchoring". Many, if not most, shippers simply... View More
June 7 2011
In last month’s article we talked about the similarities between the parcel carriers’ list rates, rating logic, and accessorials and surcharges. This month we’ll delve into the more recent,... View More
May 3 2011
I often hear clients complain about the similarities between UPS’ and FedEx’s rates. Their concern is that UPS and FedEx appear to have colluded to set rates and are somehow conspiring against... View More
Dec. 21 2010
To quote Jerry Garcia, what a long, strange trip it's been. 2010 has been a challenging year for shippers for a number of reasons. Costs are up. Demand is down. Shipping managers are being asked to do... View More
Oct. 24 2010
Please download the PDF in order to see the referenced charts. On September 29 FedEx released a part of their 2011 General Rate Increase (GRI). To this point FedEx has released information concerning four... View More
Sept. 22 2010
Most shippers use WMS/TMS technology in managing their supply chain activities. Most modern WMS/TMS technologies include mode optimization, service level optimization, and even carrier optimization logic.... View More
June 21 2010
You take care of your warehouse. You maintain your TMS. You make certain your staff is taken care of. And yet, you may be destroying your most valuable transportation asset; namely your shipping data.... View More
May 25 2010
Still today the management of the inbound freight function is one of the most overlooked areas for significant cost reduction in many companies. Some estimates rate inbound freight costs as high as 35%... View More
May 25 2010
Finding waste in your supply chain is easy. Removing waste and actually achieving measurable improvement is a bit more challenging. Many companies say they are implementing best practices – but what... View More
May 25 2010
Most parcel agreements signed over the past ten years contain some form of revenue-based incentives. UPS calls them Portfolio Tier Incentives. FedEx calls them Earned Discounts. Whatever they are called... View More
March 30 2009
There is no question that the parcel industry is facing uncertain times. However, this uncertainty in our logistics environment is nothing compared to that faced by Europe in the early 1800s. In 1812,... View More
Feb. 9 2009
Is Packaging That Important? Packaging is an often overlooked aspect of total transportation cost management. The balance between labor, packaging material cost and transportation cost is unique for each... View More

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