Because of rising transportation costs and constrained capacity, many transportation and logistics managers are finding themselves in the doghouse. To get out, logistics professionals must knock down organizational walls, challenge conventional wisdom about how to serve customers, reinvent hard-nosed relationships with carriers and be willing (and able) to share information freely.
The good news is that concrete actions like those discussed above make a big impact. Successful logistics managers are finding that there has never been as much opportunity to add value to the enterprise as there is today.
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About the Author: Beth Enslow is vice president of research at Aberdeen Group, a research advisory company. Enslow leads Aberdeen's transportation, global trade and inventory management research areas. She is also a lecturer on transportation technology at York University's executive business school in Toronto.