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BP Lubricants USA Inc. Recognizes Dupré Logistics for Safety

Dec 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Dupré Logistics was recently recognized by BP Lubricants USA, Inc. for meeting BP’s Driving Safety Standards. The BP Driving Safety Standards awards are a show of recognition for logistics carriers who cooperate with the company’s ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of the BP Driving Safety Policy.

Dave Scherer, Road Safety Compliance Manager, BP Lubricants USA, Inc. wrote, “Your commitment to meeting these ‘above and beyond’ standards and to driving safety, are accomplishments truly worthy of recognition.”

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Is Your 3PL Valuable to Your Business?

Dec 10, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Are you facing a bad shipping situation? Has a delivery been delayed? Is it late, and the material you’re sending needs to be there in just a day or two? Do you have materials with multiple shipping needs, and a lot of company uncertainty about how to fulfill the orders?

In an age of economic uncertainty, outsourcing your shipping needs to a 3PL is just one way in which customers can save costs and build partnerships that are beneficial to their bottom line. 82% of Fortune 500 companies are now working with 3PLs, but small and mid-sized businesses can also benefit from a 3PL relationship. A good 3PL provides experience, know-how and a wealth of options for a company that may have multiple shipping needs, or relatively little experience in choosing a carrier. And a 3PL can provide this peace of mind at a set price, offering prowess and flexibility at a cost-effective price.

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Dupre Opens Terminal in Douglas, Wyoming

Dec 3, 2014 9:25:15 AM

(DOUGLAS, WY) – Today, Dupré Logistics announced the expansion of its Crude Oil Business Group into the Powder River and DJ Basins in Wyoming and Colorado.  The group will operate out of a newly purchased Dupré terminal in Douglas, Wyoming with in-house maintenance services to keep Dupre’ equipment with maximum up-time.  The company also plans to offer third party maintenance services in the future.  Within a year, Dupré expects the terminal will have in excess of 50 area jobs in the Douglas, Casper, Gillette, Guernsey, Cheyenne and Greeley markets. The new jobs would include professional drivers, maintenance technicians, admin support and leadership positions. Unique to their industry, Dupré drivers are paid hourly allowing for safer service and a more advantageous pay scale that demonstrates appreciation for professional drivers.

“Our team is excited about this geographic expansion and facility acquisition” said Tom Voelkel, President/COO of Dupré Logistics. “We welcome the opportunity to further serve the WY/CO region of the country, allowing us to service our new and existing customers over a larger geographic footprint while attracting the best talent in the industry.”

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Optimizing 3PL Relationships

Dec 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM

The 3PL is an increasingly important part of key manufacturing and retail sectors, and business is going very well. A 2014 study by Capgemini consulting found strongly positive statistics for many aspects of the 3PL/customer (or “shipper”) relationship. The survey found that logistics costs were reduced by 11%, inventory costs were reduced by 6%, and there was a 23% reduction in average fixed logistical costs. Both the 3PLs surveyed and the customers they served expressed satisfaction with their partnerships, with 70% of shippers and 69% of 3PLs giving high ratings to the openness, communication, and transparency of their partnerships. A recent SCM advisory survey of 557 shippers also suggested strong positives for 3PLs, with 50% of respondents rating 3Pls as “good” or “excellent” at core qualities like reliability and speed.

Despite these positive signs, however, there are still several ways in which the 3PL/shipper relationship could be better optimized for future partnerships. The key areas for potential improvement are innovation, collaboration, and security. Many shippers noted that it was difficult to get 3PLs to accept innovation as worth the risk of potential new costs, while others admitted that shippers need to do a better job of communicating their desire for greater innovation, and to incentivize the risk 3PLs might take on in such situations.

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Dupré Logistics Hosts 12th Annual Client Colloquium in Houston

Nov 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Herschel Walker Presents to Business Partners of Dupré

Thursday, Dupré Logistics hosted its Annual Client Colloquium featuring a presentation by former running back and Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker and a very informative presentation of The Changing Landscape of Truck Transportation by Dupre’ CEO Reggie Dupre’. 

Herschel Walker, a three-time All American from the University of Georgia, 1982 Heisman Trophy Winner and a former Dallas Cowboy spoke to the audience about his illustrious athletic career, his upbringing in Wrightsville, Georgia and his life today as a Christian and businessman. Walker was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1985 after 3 years with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL where he won the rushing title for two seasons.  In the 1988 season, after rushing for 1,514 yards with the Cowboys, he was traded to Minnesota and eventually played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants before returning to the Cowboys to finish his career. Walker retired from the NFL after the 1997 season and pursued a number of competitions—from bobsledding (participating in the 1992 Olympic games) to mixed martial arts. During Walker’s illustrious career, he made two Pro Bowl teams and was named Sports Illustrated’s “NCAA Football All-Century Team”, and continues to hold the record for the only player to gain 4,000 yards in three different ways: rushing, receiving and kickoff returns. 

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Big Data Analytics for Supply Chains

Nov 6, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Data analytics are nothing new to supply chain managers. Companies have long been applying ‘analytics’ or simple evaluative techniques to aid in everyday decision making. However, these analytics have largely consisted of simple techniques applied to segmented or specific situations, like using internal data to calculate optimal facility designs, or to determine the best ways to restock inventory. Internal data analysis is common and has rarely stretched beyond the boundaries of company know-how or internal talent resources, but things are changing.

Recent shifts in technological capabilities are allowing companies to not only collect more internal data, but also to collect data from more varied external sources. Big data really is big: six billion people, with the aid of mobile devices, audio recording tools, and geo-location technology are sending, requesting, and remixing digitized information, and often sharing valuable data while doing so. Of course, the Internet of Things (IoT) contributes an additional 20-40 billion reliable, information generating and sharing players to the big data realm[1].

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Dupré Logistics Recognized as Top Three in the Nation – AGAIN! Wins Prestigious National 2014 ATA President’s Trophy

Oct 31, 2014 9:34:59 AM

(LAFAYETTE, LA) — Today, Dupré Logistics announces its recognition as one of the three American Trucking Associations (ATA) President’s Trophy Award Winners for 2014. The ATA President’s Trophy, the highest safety award given to motor carriers in the United States, is presented to only three motor carriers each year, one in each of three categories: Under 25 Million Miles, 25-100 Million Miles, and Over 100 Million Miles.

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Top 5 Supply Chain Facts of 2014

Oct 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

SCM World has released its 4th annual Chief Supply Chain Officer Report. Highlighting new trends in demand volatility, complex customer expectations, and deeper operational integration in value chains, the report sheds light on a variety of shifting directions in the supply chain world.

The research features 1,068 executive's answers to 129 questions, offering insight into the perspectives and experiences of supply chain leaders across the globe. SCM World is a talent development partner for the world’s leading senior supply chain professionals, with members including General Mills, Samsung, Nike, Nestle, P&G, and Microsoft. The knowledge gained through this study highlights the ongoing transitions across various supply chain industries, while also creating a dialogue about the common challenges being faced by supply chain managers. The following points are a just a few of the report’s findings:

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Understanding Your Risk Exposure Index

Oct 22, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Supply chain managers have been mitigating risk for as long as they’ve been in operation, by predicting the likelihood a disruptance will occur in a firm's operations and planning accordingly. Typically, these disruptions have included forecast errors, poor supplier performance and transportation setbacks. Because most firms have accrued historical data on their expected risks, this sort of risk exposure management has usually worked well for smaller firms. But as companies expand to the global arena, a firm’s risk exposure compounds, calling for new and inventive ways to prioritize risk.

The Problem

How can supply chain managers mitigate unforeseen, low-probability, high-impact events like fires or devastating storms (like hurricane Katrina)? There is little, if any, historical data on the probability of unforeseen events, making risk management increasingly difficult for supply chain managers. There is surprisingly little correlation between how much a firm spends annually on risk mitigation at a particular site and the impact that site would have on the supply chain. Most risk mitigation has been focused on a supply chain’s ‘strategic suppliers’ where expenditure is high and services are necessary. By failing to focus on other, less visible facets of the supply chain, leaders expose themselves to hidden risks and unnecessary waste. Thanks to the new Risk Exposure Index, that can now change.

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Five Ways the Right 3PL Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Revenue

Oct 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

3PLMore and more, businesses are turning to third-party logistic providers (3PLs) to outsource their supply chain. In 2013, for example, 86% of Domestic Fortune 500 companies used 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions.

On the surface, the benefits for businesses using 3PLs are obvious: good 3PLs bring their expertise to the table, while the businesses save time and money. Outsourcing logistics leaves businesses free to focus on their core competencies.

Unfortunately, a poorly chosen 3PL can wreak havoc with your logistics and fulfillment processes, and ultimately lead to lost sales and customer attrition.

There are other benefits that are not so obvious. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the five ways that the right 3PL can positively affect your revenues.

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