Supply Chain News

supply-chain July 15, 2016

Businesses today are seeing their traditional supply chain practices disrupted by the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, implantable technology, connected homes, automated workforces, smart decision support systems, robotics and more. And in today’s tech-savvy, Uberized and Amazon-impacted world, consumers are increasingly demanding a personalized, consistent and seamless experience across retail, online and mobile, requiring companies to rethink their supply chains. Read the full article...

June 28, 2016

One of the things Gennette plans to do is make Macy’s a “significantly different retailer” in the future in the way the company operates and its approach to the marketplace. “Customer shopping preferences and patterns are evolving rapidly,” Jim Sluzewski, Senior VP of Corporate Communications & External Affairs, told Loyalty360. “Today, we are doing more work than ever on data analytics to understand this evolution and ensure we are well positioned to serve customer needs in both the short- and long-term. Read the full article...

Cold Chain Packaging May 25, 2016

The rise of targeted therapies and the globalization of specialty pharmaceutical commercialization present a host of opportunities for manufacturers. The foundational premise is clear: More commercial and clinical trial drugs are being shipped to more patients in more countries than ever before. Healthcare is becoming more innovative and more accessible at the same time. Read the full article...

Should I work with a 3PL provider offering foreign trade zone services? April 11, 2016

Written by: Mark Sell, President MD Logistics As products continue to be sourced globally, companies that import goods are always looking for ways to make... Read more »

transportation management March 8, 2016

As a third party logistics partner for pharmaceutical, life science, retail and consumer products companies, MD Logistics knows the value of accuracy. Many of their customers provide lifesaving drugs to patients across the globe. From its inception in 1996, the company has had one mission: delivering the Right material, in the Right condition, to the Right place, at the Right time. “We were evaluating transportation management systems (TMS), Agile Network being one of them,” Jon Francis, Director of IT for MD Logistics, remembers. As they reached the final phases of the vendor selection process, integration of transportation IT and warehouse IT became a deciding factor. Read the full article...

March 4, 2016

20-years ago today Mark Sell and his late business partner Dave Kiebach started third party logistics company MD Logistics, headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana. In 1996, the pair began the company named after their first initials inside a 10,000 square foot warehouse. Since then, MD Logistics has grown through the addition of business verticals, service offerings and excellent client relationships to occupy one million square feet of warehouse space across three locations in Plainfield and one in Reno, Nevada. MD Logistics has increased its employee base from its original seven employees to now over 200 employees. Revenue has doubled over the last seven years, with MD realizing its highest revenue year in 2015. Read the full article...

Ports of Indiana - Strategic Indiana Logistics Partnerships January 13, 2016

Here is the governor's statement from Tuesday's State of the State Address: "Indiana's ports have also been spectacular catalysts for job growth. That is why I have called upon the Ports of Indiana to vigorously explore the building of a fourth port in the far southeastern part of our state, which could unleash enormous economic investment throughout the southeast region of our state." Read the full article...

January 5, 2016

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today that the agency’s 2015 construction season resulted in an investment of more than $1 billion in State and Local road, bridge, trail, and traffic safety projects. The mix of federal and state transportation funding along with funds from Governor Mike Pence’s Major Moves 2020 program allowed INDOT to invest aggressively in major projects to improve traffic flow and reduce travel time, and increase preservation work to enhance the condition of existing pavement and bridges. In addition to INDOT’s construction program, the State allocated more than $220 million to cities, towns, and counties across the Hoosier state to support local transportation projects. Read the full article...

Image of Cold Chain Packaging for Pharmaceuticals December 10, 2015

From the safe arrival of temperature-sensitive biologics to the quality of pharmaceutical products, the ability to prevent temperature excursions not only means the difference between profit and loss, but also life and death. As a result, preventing and reducing temperature excursions is among the most common objectives from customers looking for thermal protection packaging. However, protecting payloads from temperature excursions isn’t the only pain point customers look to solve when evaluating temperature-controlled packaging. Read the full article...

Four Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2016 November 30, 2015

According to Grant Marshbank, COO of VSc Solutions, supply chains will face a number of challenges, he said: “Supply chain managers are already under huge pressure to adapt to turbulent economies, labor issues, and expansion into global markets. “The bad news is that the rate of change isn’t going to slow down. The good news is that emerging supply chain trends hold opportunities to reduce both costs and carbon footprints, and enable exceptional customer service at the same time.” Read the full article...

Pharmaceutical Serialization October 6, 2015

On Nov. 27, 2013 President Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act into law, effectively setting the framework of what would become a nationwide initiative toward wide-scale pharmaceutical serialization. The Drug Supply Chain Security Act is one component of the DQSA. This particular act requires the FDA to implement a national track-and-trace system by which manufacturers must affix product identifiers (barcodes) to each package of product that is introduced into the supply chain. Read the full article...

Third party logistics provider cooler doors October 2, 2015

According to Global Data, the pharmaceutical market is expected to skyrocket to nearly $550 billion by the year 2020. To keep pace with the surging pharmaceutical industry, leading third-party logistics (3PL) provider MD Logistics is significantly upgrading its pharmaceutical storage capabilities. The company is expanding into an additional 173,000 square feet of controlled room temperature (CRT) pharmaceutical warehouse space near its flagship Midwest facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read the full article...

Image of Jeff Luthman, MD Logistics, attending cold chain forum September 23, 2015

MD Logistics is proud to support a leading event in the life science industry for cold storage and third party logistics providers – the 13th... Read more »

August 20, 2015

MD Logistics continues to catch the eye of leading industry publications, earning two notable, top 3PL awards for its continued growth in 2015. Global Trade... Read more »

Cold chain operators / a cold chain 3PL operates in a warehouse designed for cold chain logistics. August 11, 2015

With its capital-intensive equipment, strict temperature requirements, and energy dependence, the cold chain has always been a demanding logistics segment. Now the sector is grappling with additional challenges—from increases in the sensitivity, quality standards, and volume of many of its goods, to continually mounting regulations. Read the full article...

How nontraditional service offerings are enhancing supply chains August 1, 2015

By John Sell, Vice President of Retail and Transportation Operations, MD Logistics Q: How do non-traditional supply chains differ from traditional supply chains? A: Traditionally,... Read more »

David Kiebach July 17, 2015

The 8th Annual Dave Kiebach Memorial Golf Tournament will be sponsored once again by MD Logistics. Dave Kiebach, who was a founder and co-principle at... Read more »

Indiana Logistics July 6, 2015

Indiana is among the nation’s top tier in four important categories—manufacturing health, logistics health, tax climate and global reach, according to the 2015 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card issued by Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, and Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research.
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West Coast Port Closures June 25, 2015

Every six years, the U.S. West Coast ports negotiate and renew their labor contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). In 2002, a dispute caused major delays and port shutdowns. Again in 2014, protracted labor negotiations caused slowdowns and shutdowns throughout the West Coast. Read the full article...

May 19, 2015

Most of you have probably heard the old saying ‘the customer is always right.’ In terms of making sure you have a host of happy customers, that’s probably good advice, but how far are you willing to go to keep those satisfaction levels high? Would you offer a discount? Free shipping? A full refund? How about completely changing the way you operate your supply chain? That last one may sound a little drastic, but it’s the reality many major retailers are facing. Read the full article...

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