Dec 24 In Articles5 years ago
Shippers’ Perspective on the Parcel Climate This Peak Season and Beyond
The parcel industry continues to be as unpredictable as ever. Uncertainty is a consistent theme among parcel shippers and navigating through it is becoming increasingly challenging. I recently attended the Parcel Forum in Chicago this October and took the opportunity to ask many of the shippers and carriers present to share with me their concerns about uncertainty within the parcel climate as we approach peak season and a new year in 2016.
Aug 10 In Articles5 years ago
Managing and Utilizing Big Data to Optimize the Supply Chain
The idea of using data as a tool to drive business decisions began in the 1980s. Since then, advances in hardware and software technologies have dramatically improved our ability to work with data causing radical shifts in how we do business. According to recent studies, the amount of data that is collected daily doubles every two years.
Feb 23 In Articles5 years ago
Parcel Spend Management: An Effective Solution in a Rapidly Changing Industry
Most large parcel shippers would agree that the parcel industry is evolving at a pace more rapidly than we have seen in recent history. After years of shippers designing and operating their parcel networks primarily based on FedEx and UPS's service capabilities, we are seeing a shift to alternative network strategies that permit the incorporation of other carriers' solutions. In an industry dominated primarily by two large carriers, opportunities are quickly arising that lower the barriers...
Sep 23 In Articles6 years ago
Regional Carriers – An Increasingly Viable Carrier Alternative
I am noticing Regional carriers are gaining more interest than ever in the parcel shipping community these days. They have been a presence for years in the industry, but recent parcel industry trends and developments are thrusting them onto an even larger stage. Retailers in particular have been a primary factor in providing greater stardom for the Regionals. As most in the parcel industry are aware, omni-channel retailing strategies are disrupting how retailing is conducted. As a result, the methods for fulfilling and delivering consumer orders are also being disrupted. A primary objective of the omni-channel strategy is optimizing inventory...
Sep 16 In Articles6 years ago
Avoiding Operational Pitfalls in a Dynamic Parcel Network
As the pressure to stay ahead of the competition has increased, many shippers are working to increase flexibility in their networks. A common goal for shippers is developing a nimble network to meet the high expectations of consumers... Well-meant intentions can result in increased cost and poor service if quality processes for operational execution are not deployed...
Mike is responsible for the leadership of the Operations and IT organizations in executing GMT’s Spend Management solutions for its clients, along with research and development functions in support of future business and product strategy. Mike has 25 years of leadership and professional experience that encompasses manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, procurement, and information technology with Milliken & Company, FedEx, Nike, and Williams-Sonoma. Mike holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Mike is married to Betsy and they have twin children, Thomas and Hayley. Mike and Betsy are passionate about volunteering and raising awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where their son was successfully treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In addition to actively cheering on his children’s multiple sporting interests, Mike enjoys running with his annual training culminating with the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis in December every year.