Driving The Supply Chain


How to Find and Eliminate Hidden Costs in Your Supply Chain

Sep 16, 2014 11:00:00 AM

For your company, the devil is in the hidden costs. A comprehensive logistics cost analysis is critical to finding those expenses that are not in line with the rest of your supply chain and expectations. This exercise is a crucial first step to implementing a cost management strategy for your supply chain.

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Freight Capacity Threat

Sep 10, 2014 10:08:00 AM

trucksIn last month’s newsletter we discussed the heightened threat to capacity. Among slightly less impactful factors, such as increasing tolls and pushes in some quarters to classify independent contractors as employees, there will be some pretty big challenges to capacity this year.

“Capacity issues are on the horizon and I urge everyone to begin making contingency plans for the day when you cannot get a truck,” says Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst with Declan Inc. and author of the annual State of Logistics report. Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations agrees, stating that a “capacity crunch” is well on its way.

Mike Regan of Tranzact Technoligies attributes this crunch to a suffering economic climate: “shippers will experience firsthand the correlation between economic and freight activity.”

While there are a variety of factors at play, here are the four primary factors that stand to contribute to the impending capacity crunch:

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Setting a Transparent Relationship with Your 3PL

Sep 2, 2014 11:56:00 AM

partnership-imageWhen you enter into a relationship with a 3PL, you want your primary logistics partner to always have your best interest in mind. However, as in any partnership, one participant can sometimes falter and not live up to the other’s expectations. In your relationship with your 3PL, you want to move beyond a simple give and take of services; in the best case scenario, you want to create a collaborative, honest dialogue with them for the long-run.

So how do you go about creating this transparent working relationship with your 3PL? The following are a few strategies you can implement to help keep your partnership aligned and running smoothly:

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What "Management" Means in Supply Chain Management

Aug 27, 2014 11:54:00 AM

supply-chain-managementAs you very well know, there are a number of moving parts that you must manage in order for a supply chain to be successful: planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and returns are all crucial cogs in this big machine that is supply chain management.

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Dupre Logistics Recognized by Texas Motor Transport Association for Safety Performance

Aug 20, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Screen_Shot_2014-08-11_at_4.35.33_PMThe Texas Motor Transport Association (TMTA), the statewide trade organization which partners with the American Trucking Association (ATA), recognized Dupré Logistics, LLC for their safety performance. At the annual convention on August 1, 2014, Dupre' Logistics, LLC was presented a plaque for outstanding achievement in highway safety. The plaque was presented for the Local 5-10 Million Mile class and awarded at the convention in San Antonio, TX. The yearly awards are presented by Great West Casualty Company in partnership with the ATA. Stephen Murray, Field Safety Representative, accepted the award on behalf of Dupre’ Logistics.

“It is truly an honor for Dupré to receive such awards from the Texas Motor Transport Association. Each employee is a true steward of the safety programs here at Dupré which is overseen from the top down but works daily from the bottom up by job experts completing each task safely one at a time,” said Dupré Logistics Director of Safety and Security Al LaCombe.

The Texas Motor Transport Association (TMTA) is a trade organization dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of its members by advocating sound public policies, providing excellence in education, training and information and promoting a safe, dependable and cost-effective motor transportation system to better serve the people of Texas. For more information about the TMTA visit www.TMTA.com.

Dupré Logistics, LLC is a team of professionals who design and deliver safe, diversified solutions and services for quality-focused clients committed to increasing their competitive advantage. Dupré has more than 1,200 team members and is headquartered in Lafayette, La. For more information, visit www.duprelogistics.com. For forward thinking about logistics, visit blog.duprelogistics.com.


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Dupre Logistics Named A Top 100 3PL By Inbound Logistics

Aug 13, 2014 9:30:00 AM


Inbound Logistics, a leading North American sourcing, logistics and transportation industry magazine, has once again named Dupré Logistics a Top 100 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider, this time for 2014. The Lafayette, LA-based company was selected out of hundreds of entries and has operations throughout the country with great density in the Gulf Region in the petrochemical and energy space. 

“We believe this recognition shows the strength of our capabilities exemplified in our many partnerships,” said Dupré Logistics President and COO Tom Voelkel. “We are proud of the consistency in not only meeting, but exceeding our clients’ ever-evolving needs as we continue to distinguish ourselves in the market.”

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The Top 3 Factors to Consider When Integrating a 3PL

Aug 6, 2014 11:29:00 AM

In our blog, we’ve talked about the importance of forming healthy third party logistics (3PL) relationships. We’ve discussed how making your logistics partner a part of your team can offer you access to state-of-the-art technologies, capacity, expertise, and buying power on a scale not available to you on your own. In addition, a 3PL can allow you to focus on your core business processes—in other words, partnering with a 3PL allows you to work on what you do best.

3PL freight partners provide benefits to you because they have formed direct relationships with a variety of regional and national carriers. Because 3PL’s combine the freight volume of many small- to medium-sized businesses, they are able to negotiate better discount rates and terms, thereby providing significant cost savings for you. 

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What to Know About Clean Diesel Engines

Jul 29, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Did you know that 33% of all medium and heavy duty commercial trucks on U.S. highways--or 2.9 million out of 8.8 million vehicles--are now outfitted with clean diesel engines?

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Increase In Employment In The Trucking Industry

Jul 16, 2014 3:15:00 PM

Jobs are coming back to the trucking industry—and the demand for drivers is high. According to the Labor Department’s June 4th report, for-hire trucking added 1,500 new jobs in May.

In total, there are 1.4 million workers now employed in the trucking sector, which is up 1.6% (22,400 jobs) from last year. From 2010, the post-recession low, employment is up 13.6% (175,900). 

However, more drivers are desperately needed. Across the country, there is a demand for more than 30,000 drivers.

One of the driving forces behind this boom is energy production, one of the fastest growing sectors for the trucking industry. 

"As the industry starts to haul more because demand goes up, we'll need to add more drivers, nearly 100,000 annually over the next decade, in order to keep pace," said Bob Costello, chief economist and vice president of the American Trucking Association.

As a result of this labor shortage, pay is likely to increase for drivers. In 2013, the national average annual salary for truck drivers was $49,540, according to the ATA.

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Cargo Thefts Decrease While Average Loss Value Increases and What You Can Do About It

Jul 8, 2014 2:58:00 PM


cargo-theftWhen it comes to truck cargo thefts for this rolling quarter, there’s good news—and then there’s bad news.

According to FreightWatch, 178 thefts took place between February and April, a 25% decrease from the previous rolling quarter (this is excellent news). However, each theft averaged a loss value per incident of $245,101—a 98% increase from the previous quarter (this is not such great news).

Let’s look at the most commonly stolen products during this period. FreightWatch’s report indicates the following breakdown for the types of products stolen:

  • Food/Drinks accounted for 17% of all truck cargo thefts for this period i.e. the majority of thefts.
  • After Food/Drinks, Electronics and Home/Garden Products each accounted for 15% of total cargo thefts. In terms of specific electronic goods stolen, the majority of products included televisions, computers and computer accessories.
  • Finally, for this rolling period, Metal accounted for 10.8% of all cargo thefts.

Now let’s talk about where these thefts are taking place. Geographically, the report indicates that 76% of cargo thefts occurred in only 4 states: Florida (38 thefts), California (36 thefts), Texas (26 thefts) and Georgia (21 thefts). But there’s a silver lining to this news too: the number of thefts in Florida and California actually decreased from the previous quarter.

In terms of value, Pharmaceuticals were hit the hardest: for this quarter alone, they suffered an average loss value of $5.6 million. Coming in at a distant second, Clothing/Shoes lost an average of $859,499 per incident, and Electronics lost an average of $420,585 per theft.

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