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What "Management" Means in Supply Chain Management

Aug 27, 2014 11:54:00 AM

As 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

The 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 11:29:24 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

 

When 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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Great Apps for Supply Chain Managers

Jul 2, 2014 2:27:59 PM

app-for-that-dupreIt’s no secret that we live in a world ruled by technology, and the supply chain industry is no exception. Technology has become a crutch in our everyday lives; we rely on it for an abundance of reasons ranging from communication to productivity. While society utilizes mobile applications to assist in everyday activities, businesses are also incorporating mobile applications to improve daily efficiency.

Supply chain managers are incorporating applications into daily routines with the increasing options in smartphones and tablets; supply chain managers are able to work remotely. Mobile apps allow managers to oversee all operations from end-to-end in an easier and successful manner.

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FMCSA Coercion Rule

Jun 25, 2014 12:01:41 PM

dupre_coercion_rule_image_It’s no secret that the logistics industry runs tight schedules. Ninety percent of shipping companies operate with six or fewer trucks, placing incredible strain on resources. And the larger truck companies are certainly not exempt from the stress, often aiming to cover even more ground under intense scrutiny.

It is this scrutiny that has, for too long, motivated companies to ignore the Hours of Service rules, justifying unhealthy working hours for drivers and detention times.

But a new rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to put a stop to these unfair and unrealistic pressures, and officials are hoping it drives trucking companies to rethink their processes. 

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Your Drivers Need to Sleep

Jun 18, 2014 12:14:00 PM

Despite mounting evidence indicating the risks, the notion of getting adequate sleep continues to be waved off. 

It’s similar to what we see with driving and texting, and guilty parties all say the same thing: “I’m fine; I got it,” blithely assuming he or she is above the proven science. Truck drivers frequently drive through breaks, add a few more hours or ignore the Hours of Service law altogether -- and their respective employers allow it. Heck, in some cases they encourage it!

But here’s why that’s a terrible idea, both financially and ethically.

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