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The Supply Chain’s X Factor

By Chris Kane | 07/01/2011 | 9:53 AM

Growing up in the trucking industry, I’ve always been a bit preoccupied with transportation. Now it looks like the rest of the industry is, too.

As Peter Bradley’s recent DC Velocity article, “The New Dynamics of Site Selection” points out, transportation and its related costs have become, in many instances, the deciding factor in site selection. It’s no longer enough to have a well-equipped facility with the right price per square foot; now you better find a perfect location with rail and highway access points within an economical proximity to major markets. Not too much to ask for, right?

I jest, but as the industry continues to adjust to the changing market, this type of “holistic logistics” thinking is becoming more common. But we still need a way to move product from location A to B (and often C, D and E as well). We continue to develop better technology, streamlined processes and tighter networks to offset the rising cost of transportation. Will we ever be able to decrease the price tag associated with the movement of product? Will alternative fuel sources make transportation more efficient and cost effective? Or is it transportation’s fate to be the largest cost center in the supply chain?

The opinions expressed herein are those solely of the participants, and do not necessarily represent the views of Agile Business Media, LLC., its properties or its employees.

About Chris Kane

Chris Kane

Christopher J. Kane is Chief Customer Strategy Officer for Kane is Able, Inc., a family owned third party logistics provider in Scranton, Pa. that specializes in the consumer packaged goods sector. Kane has spent 32 years at the company, rising from driver to overseeing all marketing strategy and execution for Kane Companies.


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