What Is the Future of Sustainability in the Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Dive — Supply chain sustainability has been building up steam in recent years, as consumers become more environmentally conscious and look to corporations to do the same. Look at most multinational corporation’s web pages today, and you will find dozens of pages on how the company is also looking to make the world a better place. The initiatives stretch throughout the value chain, from packaging to transportation and waste management.

“There is significant evidence that points to the ongoing greening of the supply chain, primarily driven by technology. Cleaner ships, trains, planes and trucks combined with automation and cleantech introduced into cargo handling and warehousing operations are accelerating. And environmental policies at national and regional levels are driving investment and green compliance on a global scale,” said Jon Slangerup, Chairman and CEO at American Global Logistics.

“As examples, the recent announcement by the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complex adoption of their last joint Clean Air Action Plan commits a billion dollars to increased on-dock rail infrastructure that will dramatically cut local truck trips and road congestion. Meanwhile, the Chinese central government is mandating the cleanup or shutdown of industrial infrastructure, including the country’s major ports and manufacturing centers.

In Europe, Germany and the Netherlands are leading the way with ongoing investments in green transportation and automated ports, matched only by the progress at the LB/LA port complex. And not least, the headlong push into supply chain software solutions is eliminating efficiencies and congestion that directly reduces energy and fossil fuel consumption.

There are no signs that the push for environmental sustainability is slowing down.”

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Why the Rise of the 4PL Is Good News for Your Business

Inbound Logistics — On-demand delivery, trade uncertainties, siloed information…for today’s supply chain managers, the list of concerns is long. Current industry and geopolitical trends are complicating matters further. Companies are juggling more products and suppliers, leaving supply chains increasingly vulnerable to disruption.

In the grocery industry alone, the average number of SKUs skyrocketed from 9,000 in the 1970s to 39,500 in 2015. Amazon has made two-day delivery the new normal, with retailers racing to build fulfillment operations that can meet customer service demands. Meanwhile, potential tariff increases on exports from China and other foreign entities have global businesses worried about the impact to their supply chain operations.

To keep up in this evolving environment, many businesses seek outside expertise. But while outsourcing shipping, packing, and other functions to 3PLs is nothing new, some find that model doesn’t go far enough.

Unifying internal and outsourced teams remains a challenge, making it difficult to gain a complete picture of the supply chain. Businesses are also collecting vast amounts of supply chain data throughout the organization, but don’t have the infrastructure or expertise to mine it for insights.

Enter the 4PL.

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OOCL, Evergreen Top SeaIntel’s Ocean Carrier Reliability Ranking

Supply Chain Dive — If shippers want transparency, chances are they’ll want reliability as well.

Port delays, the launch of new alliances and overcapacity-fueled market instability have recently raised questions on carriers’ stability. As a result, shippers are increasingly looking to measure their shipping lines’ reliability, including both financial measures — such as Z-score requests — and logistics performance.

SeaIntel’s stability ranking is one way to evaluate carriers’ logistics score, but this year’s results could carry more weight than in previous years. After all, shippers have been clamoring for more information to help mitigate the effect of decreasing lead times due to rising consumer demands.

Yet, the results are not surprising, Jon Slangerup, Chairman and CEO of American Global Logistics told Supply Chain Dive. “It’s not surprising that OOCL has come out again on top of the reliability charts as the company has long been recognized as one of the industry’s best-managed ocean carriers,” he said.

Slangerup attributes OOCL’s dominance to a variety of details. “OOCL’s performance, in my view, is directly tied to their major investment in IT infrastructure and software development, with their IRIS operating platform providing a high degree of visibility into the handling, movement and disposition of ocean freight moving through their system,” he explained. “They are one of a handful of ocean carriers, including Maersk Line, that have demonstrated how state-of-the-art information and automation technology drives cost efficiency and service reliability improvements on a continuous basis.”

Summing up the benefits of data and automation, he added, “This further reinforces the demonstrated benefits of ongoing investment and development of information technology solutions capable of providing end-to-end visibility and optimization of the world’s complex supply chains.”

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L.A., Long Beach OK Plan to Achieve Zero Emissions on Landside Movements

DC Velocity — The boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach late yesterday approved a multi-billion dollar plan to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions on cargo moving through the nation’s busiest port complex, steps that include shipping half the goods out of the facility via on-dock rail systems to reduce reliance on trucks.

The plan, which was disclosed in July and modified following industry comments, is the first major clean air compliance upgrade at the complex since 2006. It calls for zero emissions on all landside goods movement by 2035. To reach that goal, the ports said they will establish “clean engine milestones” for new trucks entering the drayage registries and create incentives to encourage investment in near-zero- and zero-emission trucks. In addition, they plan to develop a universal truck-reservation system, staging yards, and intelligent transportation systems, among other measures, to reduce emissions while improving cargo flow.

In a recent interview, Jon Slangerup, former executive director of the Port of Long Beach, estimated that one-third of box traffic leaves the complex via on-dock rail. The balance is still trucked to urban, near-dock truck-to-rail transloading facilities, he said. In a statement late today, Slangerup hailed the move, saying it will “yield extraordinary air-quality and road-congestion improvements” at the complex.

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The Arc of the Future

DC Velocity — In September 2016, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), the operator of the containerport of Savannah and the break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off port of Brunswick, announced it would construct an arc-like rail network stretching across the country’s midsection. By building 97,000 feet of track linking the two rail yards at its Garden City container terminal, GPA would offer the two railroads that serve Savannah—Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) and CSX Corp.—sufficient scale to build 10,000-foot unit trains to routinely run from Savannah’s docks to markets as far west as St. Louis.

Nearly a year later to the day, the largest containership ever to call on the East Coast, the 14,000-TEU (20- foot equivalent unit) CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Savannah after sailing through the widened and deepened locks of the Panama Canal, which accommodates vessels nearly three times the TEU capacity of the canal’s original design.

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AGL Executives Jon Slangerup and Blake Shumate to Speak at Eye for Transport’s 19th Annual North American Logistics CIO Forum

10.31.17—Atlanta, GA: American Global Logistics Chairman and CEO Jon Slangerup and Chief Operating Officer Blake Shumate will both lead and participate in sessions at Eye for Transport’s 19th annual North American Logistics CIO Forum, held Nov. 7-8 in Austin, Tex. On Nov. 7 at 4:35 p.m. CT, Blake Shumate will discuss how to “Create a First-class Customer Experience,” as part of a panel moderated by American Shipper Research Director, Eric Johnson. Jon Slangerup will lead a session titled “The Rise of the 4PL” at 11:40 a.m. CT on Nov. 8.

American Global Logistics is one of the fastest-growing and most respected international supply chain and logistics solutions companies in the world. AGL’s technology solutions extend beyond the walls of ocean, air, and domestic transportation services for customers across the globe.

“4PLs provide customers with integrated supply chain optimization solutions that drive efficient communication between factories, employees, carriers and other stakeholders, so businesses can respond to changing conditions and improve operations,” said Slangerup. “A successful 4PL relationship combines powerful technology, full-service logistics, and a keen eye for identifying and implementing processes that provide a competitive advantage.”

Held at Austin Marriott South, the 19th annual Logistics CIO Forum is the only conference targeted at CIOs and Senior IT Executives from the leading Logistics Providers across North America. Eye for Transport (eft) Supply Chain and Logistics Business Intelligence is the global leader in business intelligence and C-level networking for the transport, logistics and supply chain industry.

About American Global Logistics
Founded in 2007, American Global Logistics is a specialized supply chain software and services company that provides multi-modal transportation solutions, customs brokerage, compliance consultation, carrier allocation management, and advanced purchase order management to select customers. Its proprietary cloud-based technology provides real-time shipment visibility and forecasting, and an accountability-based customer service model allow customers to deliver a consistent experience to their end-users. AGL’s client base represents a broad range of industries including automotive, food, household goods and furniture, and represents some of the US’s largest importers and exporters. Please visit www.americangloballogistics.com.

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What Is the Future of Offshoring?

Supply Chain Dive — As the trend of offshoring continues, supply chain, logistics and operations management professionals must assess ease of outsourcing, effectiveness of the supply chain and risk factors such as potential disruptions and ways to prepare for them.

“Nearshoring/offshoring responds naturally to changes and shifts in global manufacturing, based on location, cost and quality,” said Jon Slangerup, Chairman and CEO at American Global Logistics. “If you can source a product for less without sacrificing quality or speed to market, then the closer or more accessible the source is, the better. From a U.S. perspective, this has played out with the strong consumer demand for low-cost goods produced offshore in Asia. However, you only have to look to Canada and Mexico to see the tremendous impact that ‘nearshoring’ has had on North American trade and jobs.

However, I think the more relevant and compelling conversation focuses on the impact of automation on reducing labor costs and the related opportunities for “reshoring” and optimizing supply chains. Artificial intelligence and robotics (AI&R) are rapidly transforming the face of global manufacturing and operations, which will ultimately enable goods to be made at or near the point of consumption. At the same time, the processing, handling and delivery of goods (multi-modal logistics, warehousing, driverless trucks and drones, etc.) will further optimize workflow.”

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3PL AGL Cools Igloo’s Supply Chain Pain Points

American Shipper — The cooler manufacturer has increasingly relied on third-party logistics provider American Global Logistics (AGL) the past two years to manage core freight and customs services for the more than 3,000 FEUs of products it ships each year.

“When I came on to Igloo, we had seven freight forwarders and six freight brokers,” Carolyn Glynn, senior manager, international freight and customs compliance at Igloo, told American Shipper in an interview Monday. “The complexity with keeping up with that and in-transit visibility was tremendous every day. There was no one tool where you could get the information. Each freight forwarder had their own tool, and their own unique way of getting and giving the information. It was so time-consuming and things were falling through the cracks.”

Two years ago, Glynn was pitched by American Global Logistics, a freight forwarder that emphasizes its configurable technology and support services to international shippers. Igloo had no experience with AGL, but was impressed with the pitch, and so dedicated 200 to 300 FEUs over the year to them to test the waters.

The relationship, Glynn said, has blossomed from that point, with AGL now a trusted technology and consultative partner to Igloo. The scope of the offering expands and contracts based on Igloo’s evolving needs.

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Is Supply Chain Management a ‘Big Company’ Game?

Supply Chain Dive — Does it take large networks and capital resources to have a modern, technology-based supply chain?

“The complexities and proportional costs of managing supply chains are not the domain of big companies, but are core to meeting customer expectations and profitability targets for almost every business. Often the smaller the company, the more critical it is to control costs related to the sourcing and fulfillment of raw goods and finished products that are essential to the business,” said Jon Slangerup, Chairman and CEO at American Global Logistics.

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American Global Logistics Helps Igloo® Maintain a Fresh Supply Chain

10.17.17—Atlanta, GA: Igloo® is the number one cooler manufacturer in the world, with more than 500 products sold at 110,000 retail stores around the world. An Igloo cooler sells literally every 1.6 seconds, so its supply chain must perform with superior efficiency and consistency to support that kind of success.

Enter American Global Logistics (AGL), one of the fastest-growing international supply chain and logistics solutions companies in the world. AGL specializes in navigating the kind of complex supply chain operation that Igloo requires, with global distribution and materials sourcing across air, sea and land both domestically as well as Europe and Asia.

“Materials come from all over the world, scheduled to arrive exactly when manufacturing needs them, so we can allocate the products at the right price at the right time, with exactly the modifications that customers want,” said Carolyn Glynn, Senior Manager, International Freight and Customs Compliance, Igloo Products Corp. “Depending on where and when our customers need products, AGL gives us the flexibility of changing lanes or modes—air, land or sea—on the fly in order to serve our customers and their needs, especially when disruptions happen.”

“For example, AGL was invaluable during the Hanjin bankruptcy last year. We had a lot of materials and products which were either on a Hanjin vessel or a Hanjin container,” said Glynn. “They were able to come in and tell us exactly where the containers were, what ships they were on, and then helped us find solutions to get us our containers with the least amount of delay. Their speed and experience made all the difference in the world.”

AGL tailored its technology specifically for Igloo, providing visibility for more than 1,600 containers in transit on one platform. The system manages all Igloo purchase orders via exception—enabling the company to focus on shipment issues as they happen, and react accordingly.

For more on AGL’s work with Igloo, please watch the Igloo Products Customer Story video.

“AGL’s software is extremely easy to use—there was no lag time in transitioning from our spreadsheets to the AGL system,” continued Glynn. “You just go in, plug in what you need, search by any pertinent information that you have, and it will populate and show you just about anything you want to see—and the ease of their dashboard has been amazing.”

Rather than offering a fixed set of modules, each supply chain platform is purpose-built by AGL to match each customer’s unique requirements, creating a valuable asset that drives efficiency and productivity. From purchase order management (POM) to customs compliance, AGL’s cloud-based technology enables Igloo to track and manage constantly changing supply chain conditions.

“Our customers always want our products faster, and they want them at a competitive price point, but they also want the technology and the customer service and everything that goes along with that,” said Glynn. “With AGL, we found that they’ve had the right technology, the right leverage within the industry and the knowledge and passion that has made Igloo successful for the past two and a half years.”

About Igloo Products Corp.
Texas-based Igloo Products Corp. is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of coolers, drink containers, and supporting accessories. For 70 years, the Igloo brand has been synonymous with quality, durability and innovation since originating the cooler category in 1947 and remains the number one cooler brand worldwide today. Offering more than 500 different products, Igloo products are sold by more than 110 thousand retail storefronts around the world. For more information, visit www.igloocoolers.com.

About American Global Logistics
Founded in 2007, American Global Logistics is a specialized supply chain software and services company that provides multi-modal transportation solutions, customs brokerage, compliance consultation, carrier allocation management, and advanced purchase order management to select customers. Its proprietary cloud-based technology provides real-time shipment visibility and forecasting, and an accountability-based customer service model allow customers to deliver a consistent experience to their end-users. AGL’s client base represents a broad range of industries including automotive, food, household goods and furniture, and represents some of the US’s largest importers and exporters. Please visit www.americangloballogistics.com.

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william@backbeatmarketing.com
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