Driving The Supply Chain


The Supply Chain As A Strategic Asset

Apr 24, 2014 12:16:12 PM

Though the supply chain has traditionally been seen as a cost center for manufacturers, distribution companies and retailers, more of these businesses are taking a unique approach to the way they’re treating their logistics operations. Many companies have begun to view their supply chain logistics as strategic assets, moving them from the liabilities side of the balance sheet. Not only can this methodology reveal hidden value that stakeholders have overlooked through applying the traditional approach, but it can also result in getting a leg up over your competitors. At the same time, seeing your supply chain as a strategic asset can help you better respond to customer needs and provide better, more timely, service. 

Recovering Hidden Value

While many CEOs have increased confidence in the worldwide economy, they are still expressing critical concerns when looking at supply chain logistics. Current business uncertainties are continuing with a stagnant economy, leading to doubts as to profitable growth. As such, it’s necessary for executives to find ways to streamline operations, boost employee productivity, and improve the performance of existing assets, rather than downsize the supply chain.

One approach to seeing supply chain logistics as a strategic asset involves bringing more operations in-house, thereby internalizing both costs and benefits. The more modern view of the supply chain means thinking outside the box of the logistical constraints from decades ago. Freed from these chains, CEOs are making sophisticated decisions about geographical location for operations, automating certain sectors, and outsourcing labor. These executives are realizing that a strong, efficient supply chain is beneficial for customers, and provides value as a result.

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5 Ways to Drive LTL Savings

Apr 9, 2014 2:48:16 PM

The cost of LTL shipping can be extreme if you’re not taking advantage of strategies that
enable you to capture savings while still providing top notch customer service. If you’re the owner of a company in the field of retail merchandise, distribution or manufacturing, you need to ask yourself if you’re implementing the right ways to reduce LTL costs.

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Topics: Controlling Costs

The Advantages and Disadvantages of LCL

Apr 2, 2014 3:30:23 PM

If you’re a stakeholder of a retail, distribution or manufacturing company, you’re constantly keeping an eye on the costs and logistical expenditures related to shipping your goods. It’s important to consider all logistics options that are cost effective and still deliver products on a timely basis. Therefore, when your load is below the minimum threshold for transporting goods via a standard shipping container, you need to explore less-than-container load (LCL) shipping options.

LCL shipping is best described as a load of cargo that is below the typical weight or quantity to which freight rates apply. The fees for shipping a full container are typically quoted at a lower rate, so long as the minimum level of tonnage or volume is met. Companies shipping loads that are less-than-container cannot take advantage of these rates, but they can ship boxed or palleted cargo via LCL options. Essentially, this type of shipping involves paying for the space your load takes up in a standard container. To determine whether you should consider LCL logistics, it’s worthwhile to look into the advantages and disadvantages of LCL shipping.

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Dupré named “Heavy Haul Trucking Company of the Year”

Mar 31, 2014 12:18:00 PM

2013 Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Awards Recognizes Dupré Logistics

The 2013 Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Awards recognized Dupré Logistics as “Heavy Haul Trucking Company of the Year”. One of two awards given this week to logistics operators recognized the Lafayette, LA- based company for its variety of services in the oil and gas industry and beyond. As a full service logistics provider, Dupré serves its clients seeking both asset and non-asset based multi-modal logistics solutions hauling crude, liquids as well as other materials.

The 2013 Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Awards recognized Dupré Logistics as “Heavy Haul Trucking Company of the Year”. One of two awards given this week to logistics operators recognized the Lafayette, LA- based company for its variety of services in the oil and gas industry and beyond. As a full service logistics provider, Dupré serves its clients seeking both asset and non-asset based multi-modal logistics solutions hauling crude, liquids as well as other materials.

“While Dupré has a long history with the energy industry, we provide site & private fleet services and strategic capacity services to a variety of industries throughout the country. We appreciate the recognition of our company’s diverse offerings,” stated Earnie Seibert, Dupré Logistics Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

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Pricing & LTL Shipping Costs

Mar 19, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Whether your company is involved with retail sales, logistics or manufacturing, shipment of cargo is an expense that requires careful consideration to ensure that delivery is cost effective and made on a timely basis. Most of the time, you can take advantage of the rates offered by shippers when your products fill a standard container or truckload. Still, there are times when you’ll be shipping loads that don’t comply with the minimum requirements, whether it’s due to being light on weight or low on volume.

On these occasions, it’s smart to look into less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping to obtain rates that still make good business sense. As its name suggests, LTL shipping is defined as small freight that is transported by truckload, and is typically less than 150 pounds. While LTL loads cannot benefit from the lower rates quoted for standard containers, there are still options that are economical. One alternative is density based pricing, which might be the right fit for your company.

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Insights Into Strategic Inbound Optimization

Mar 12, 2014 3:54:56 PM

As a business owner or manager of any sized company, you’re always looking to make informed, responsible decisions when it comes to logistics and shipping of your products. Cutting costs that decrease your overhead may seem like a smart move at the outset, but sacrificing quality doesn’t really save you money in the long run. Wise business owners know that shifting resources and other approaches to improving inbound logistics can help your bottom line.

However, it’s not always easy figuring out where to begin when implementing a strategic inbound optimization initiative for your company. Studying current trends and best practices in other companies can offer some insight, but it’s impractical to go onsite and take a glimpse into the methodology of every single one. Fortunately, The Aberdeen Group has recently surveyed over 160 companies in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and retail who documented their approach to strategic inbound transportation over time. Those practices which emerged as being highly successful are worth sharing.

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GreenRoad Announces 2013 Fleet Elite Members - Dupré Drivers Perform Well Above Average in Safety Program

Feb 19, 2014 10:30:25 AM

GreenRoad, a leader in driver performance management, announced the recipients of the annual Fleet Elite™ awards, recognizing the best fleet drivers on the road. Fleet Elite status is awarded to GreenRoad drivers who maintain an average Safety Score of 5 or less for the full 2013 calendar year, and log over 500 GreenRoad driving hours. In 2013, 37.89% of the GreenRoad drivers based in the US received the award.

This month, Dupré Logistics, LLC, headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana is honoring its 2013 Fleet Elite drivers. 77.35% of all Dupré drivers are being recognized for the award. The GreenRoad Fleet Elite program is designed to recognize the best fleet drivers on the road, and provide internal motivation and recognition for best driver performance. Each Fleet Elite driver will receive a certificate and lapel pin to mark their achievement.

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Topics: Dupre' News

Logistics Management: Transporting Delicate Goods

Feb 14, 2014 4:23:01 AM

If you look at the toughest hire for SME's, 90% would say it's hiring salespeople. Depending upon what source you look at the mis-hire rate is between 70 and 85%. HBR and the Sales Executive council research indicates that only about 37% of B2B salespeople create true economic value for their companies.

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Drivers and Leadership Sought for Crude Oil Expansion - Crude Oil Exploration Provides Opportunities for Dupré Logistics

Feb 12, 2014 11:02:25 AM

Since entering into the Crude Oil segment approximately two years ago, Dupré Logistics has found the growing sector of the industry a source of expansion within the company. In the next four to five months, Dupré expects to expand its 90 driver crude oil segment by adding 125 jobs to fulfill the needs of current and expected growth. With midstream companies and crude traders aggressively growing their crude business with the company, Dupré is seeking an aggressive growth for drivers and company leadership in the crude area.

“We have maintained a great safety record and through synergies within the crude industry we have been fortunate to grow our business in this sector,” said Jim Barnett, Vice President of Operations for Dupré Logistics. “With the expansion of our crude business, comes the need to add qualified members of our team,” Barnett continues.

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Topics: Dupre' News

From Ship to Shores to Shelves: Truckers Do Majority of the Legwork

Feb 7, 2014 5:16:44 AM

Independent logistics providers complete the journey of nearly $2 Trillion of imported goods annually

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Topics: Logistics

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