Dupré Logistics

Dupre' Executive Wins Major Safety Award

Monday, September 26, 2011
We've written (and will be writing) quite a bit about the importance of safety in every trucking operation and the impact that safety has on controlling total costs for both trucking companies and shippers. Dupre's commitment to safety is unrivaled, enabling us to provide superior performance to our customers and employees. On Thursday, September 23, the American Trucking Association (AT ..

What’s the Difference Between Good and Great Supply Chain?

Thursday, September 15, 2011
In today’s competitive world, good is no longer good enough. Companies must pursue “great” in all aspects of their business, and in logistics “great” is critical.So how you do go from “good to great?” Let’s define good first. A good company has metrics and visibility across its entire supply chain. Let’s say I produce chemicals. On the inbound side, I should know the cost of purchase of my ra ..

Logistics Management and Chess

Thursday, September 08, 2011
We’re often asked about how to avoid mistakes in logistics activities. Logistics is like a chess game – you always have to be thinking ahead about what effect any action will have several steps down the road. Companies often make the mistake of looking at logistics functions through a transactions prism instead of as a dynamic system. When you look at logistics as parts of a bigger system, ..

No News Is Not Necessarily Good News

Thursday, September 01, 2011
Most companies today seem to believe that, if customers aren’t complaining, they must be satisfied, living by the philosophy that “no news is good news.” Unfortunately, that is frequently misleading. Many people don’t like to complain or confront, or simply don’t have the time. If customers aren’t happy, they: Begin listening to the calls from your competitors more. Scrutinize more.  ..

Relationships Are Critical In Outsourcing

Monday, August 22, 2011
Are you afraid to outsource some of your functions to another company? Do you fear losing control? Do you believe it will cost more than doing it yourself? These are the primary fears that keep many companies from obtaining the savings and peace of mind that comes from having specialists take over some functions. Our service – logistics – is one of the most frequently outsourced functions beca ..

CSA: Where Road Safety Meets Logistics

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Lots of change in the trucking world; currently we’re in an age of regulation. The big focus is the recent and ongoing implementation of the new CSA (Controlled Substances Act) laws. Safety has long been an aim of multiple administrations, but the implementation of public safety objectives has typically been left to the states. By and large this approach has worked. Despite more crowded h ..

The Times They Are A (Always) Changing

Thursday, August 04, 2011
One of the big trends in the last twenty to thirty years, which has accelerated even further in the last three or four and will probably accelerate even faster in the future, is that companies continue to get leaner and flatter as they downsize and utilize technology more. They’ve reduced costs even after previously reducing costs, and are reducing them once more. There is tremendous pressure  ..

Staying Ahead of Legislation

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Federal and State legislators continually create new laws that affect businesses in many industries. It’s hard enough to watch for new laws that have already been passed and then rush to meet the new requirements. It is critical for all business owners and managers to think ahead and watch for signs of what new legislation might be coming down the road. This serves two purposes. One is the ..

Are Invisible Costs Hurting Your Company?

Monday, July 18, 2011
Logistics has long been thought of, by most companies, as an operating cost that must be minimized. This is a very short-term and, frequently, dangerous viewpoint, not only in assessing logistics costs, but in analyzing costs for other functions as well. What are invisible costs? These are the costs that do not show up on a profit and loss statement as attributable to the given function s ..

Are You Ready for Better Times?

Friday, July 08, 2011
As our country is coming out of the recent deep recession, we need to make sure that our companies are ready. We’ve all trimmed our costs as much as possible to survive the recession, but now, to grow and flourish in better times, we need to change our focus from cutting costs to investing wisely in the future, if we haven’t done so already. Many companies cut costs so deeply that their se ..
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