Boosting Logistics Productivity: Georgia Tech Focus Group Tackles Issues

Compiled By Deborah Austin The key to meaningful improvement in logistics systems: Find ways to substitute information and transportation for inventory and work content. Some of those ways: Forecast sharing improves partners' ability to coordinate/minimize inventory levels; complete order information reduces mis-ships and double handling; order status availability reduces just-in-case inventory. These "keys" topped findings of a supply-chain focus group -- at The Logistics Institute (TLI) at Georgia Tech, Atlanta -- which recently met to hammer out efficiencies-improvement strategies in logistics. Represented were 15 companies including Malt-O-Meal, Carroll Tire Co., Schneider Logistics and The Trane Co. Other issues studied:

  • Logistics productivity in the U.S. -- why it's stagnating;
  • Segmenting customer bases to develop customer service policies;
  • Choosing inbound logistics suppliers;
  • Choosing e-marketplaces for transportation/procurement.
Complete focus group results are available at www.tli.gatech.edu/news/scfocusgroup.cfm.
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