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BlueGrace is committed to helping you better understand, plan and succeed with your supply chain. Our logistics white papers serve to not only keep you informed about the industry’s most complex issues and trends, but to also help you develop and improve the strategies that impact your business and supply chain.

2020 Hurricane Prepardeness Guide: it is hurricane season, is your supply chain ready?

At BlueGrace Logistics, we are experts on hurricanes. Situated in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, we mark our calendars for the beginning of the hurricane season on June 1st and breathe a sigh of relief at the end, November 1st. Through a series of direct hits (Irma) and near misses (Dorian) in the last 2 years, we have developed a cadence for preparing and responding to significant storms that disrupt the supply chain in Florida, the Southeast, and occasionally the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

WHOLE FOODS: thriving as a supplier in the complex supermarket supply chain

What does it mean to be a supplier for a supermarket like Whole Foods, and how has this changed now that they are part of the Amazon juggernaut? Any organization that is able to do so is held to the highest standards possible and must produce great products that live up to the ever-changing expectations of their consumer base. What many do not realize is that becoming a supplier is, in many ways, the easy part. Once that goal is achieved, the real work starts.

WALMART: the retail-supplier relationship

You landed the Walmart account! Now what? Retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) suppliers have a co-dependent relationship; the retailer needs products to sell to customers, the suppliers need to be able to reach those customers and want the reach that the likes of Walmart and Amazon provide.

CFO: 5-steps to deliver supply chain success

What Are The 5 Steps To Deliver Supply Chain Success? Hint: they draw from finance, data, and analytics. Who is best placed to action this change? That strategic overview, that experience with finance and data – all fingers point to the Chief Financial Officer. It requires a skill set that is comfortable with reviewing the sort of information held within supply chains, identifying patterns and understanding what it means. A broad view of the entire business, its overall goals and strategy is also a necessity.

INTERNAL AUDITS: a step-by-step guide to doing an internal audit of your supply chain

While all facets of the modern business are important, arguably the most important to any retail, manufacturing, or goods based service is their supply chain. The supply chain serves as the backbone of these companies and has a significant impact on the company’s business strategy which directly affects its operation and operational costs.

LOGISTICS: how to make it your strategic advantage

Small to mid-size businesses can often find themselves in a tough spot when it comes to the freight market. Low volume often means less purchasing power, meaning these businesses are often left to the discretion (and rates) of the carriers and brokers they negotiate with. This does not have to be the case.

THE CFO: how they can be a change agent in the supply chain

Wouldn’t the supply chain and the organization as a whole benefit if the CFO is a part of the supply chain decision making? The CFO is also responsible for identifying opportunities to reduce operating costs without sacrificing the quality of the products and services offered by the company, so the supply chain should be no different.

INTEGRATION: how to optimize your business through ERP & TMS integration

Do we need to integrate TMS with our ERP system? Given the complicated logistics frameworks that businesses operate in, this is becoming a point of debate. Learn how to save money, increase efficiency, and grow your business by integrating your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool with a Transportation Management System (TMS).