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Pints with Peers | Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference Reception

Let’s talk logistics over a beer.

Professional conferences can be a wonderful thing.  They often start early, go all day, and provide new ideas, concepts, or strategies that we can take back to our own businesses.  The Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference is no different.

After spending the day at the Conference, we at Columbian figured we could all use a chance to unwind, network with our peers, and discuss what we learned or what struck us most strongly.  What better way to do that in Beer City, USA, than host it at one of Grand Rapids’ hottest new tasting rooms?

Join us at the brand new Atwater Brewery tasting room in the southwest corner of the newly renovated Rowe Building, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.  Our Pints With Peers reception will feature the full line of Atwater Brewing Company beers a spread of the restaurant’s finest offerings.

We’ll be there from 4pm-7pm, and we hope you can join us. Even if you are not attending the conference, we would love to have you as our guest!

P.S. Did we mention free beer?

REGISTER HERE!

Questions? Email Marion Donahue, at mdonahue@columbian.us

**Parking options:

  • Parking garage across from Atwater on Michigan Street behind DeVos Place
  • Parking garage on Monroe Avenue underneath the Ford Federal Building
  • Street parking with meters north of Atwater on Monroe Avenue

REGISTER HERE!

Sprinter Employees- Company Outing

Please join us at The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game!

Who: All Sprinter employees and their immediate family members.
What:
2016 Company Outing
Where:
Whitecaps Stadium- Fifth Third Ball Park
When:
Sunday, July 10th at 1pm. Lunch begins at 12:30.

Lunch and game tickets will be provided! Employees are responsible for parking fee ($7 per car- cash only).

RSVP with Jilia Hagen in HR by June 20th.
616-514-1934 or jilhag@columbian.us

CDS Employees- Company Outing

Please join us at The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game!

Who: All CDS employees and their immediate family members.
What: 2016 Company Outing Where: Whitecaps Stadium- Fifth Third Ball Park
When: Sunday, June 12th at 1pm. Lunch begins at 12:30.

Lunch and game tickets will be provided! Employees are responsible for parking fee.

Contact Jilia Hagen in HR with any questions:
616-514-1934 or jilhag@columbian.us

Carrier Management Tips

Congratulations! You have successfully executed your Request for Proposal (RFP) event and contracted all of your new carriers. You have even acquired some pricing locked in for two years. All of your plant locations have routing instructions, and your vendors are onboard with entering your inbound material shipments into your Enterprise Resource Planning’s (ERP) transportation module for automatic carrier selection and tendering.

Your freight is ready to be moved within the model you have set up. You have spent a significant amount of time on network design, planning, procurement, and contracting. Then suddenly, you realize that you did not clearly and formally define expectations for performance, measures, score-carding, communication, performance improvement, and corrective action. How will you control this beast?

First, do some reflection on your business. What value, service, or product are you selling to your clients? Is the nature of your market place and competition dynamic with compressed timelines and high volatility or is it more relaxed with a slow-boat modus operandi? This element and many other business rules will determine how you choose to measure performance and success in your supply chain. Functional areas from Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration, freight invoicing, status tracking, timely acceptance of orders and load tenders, and communication of all information related to your supply chain is fair game when considering how to manage relationships with carriers.

The key to keeping a strong and positive relationship with your carrier partners is setting realistic expectations early enough in the procurement process. Make sure to have clear expectations for measurement types and frequency, time period, intent of the program, improvement, and corrective action processes toward mutual benefit. If there is value to the partner beyond retention of your business, you will be much more successful.

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