Laurie Turnbull ()
Laurie Turnbull is a supply chain consultant with Cole International Inc., a leading Canadian logistics company providing customs brokerage, warehousing and worldwide transportation services.

23 posts by Laurie Turnbull

Globalization has local challenges too

The recent trucking disruption at Port Metro Vancouver is another reminder of the importance of risk management practices for supply chain managers. Granted, it would have been difficult to see this one coming as it was initiated by mostly non-union drivers who are members of the United Truckers Association (UTA). The dispute was between those

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Will 2014 be an Uncertain Year in Canadian Transportation?

The recent acquisition by TransForce Inc. of Vitran Corp. (Truck News, 30 December 2013) marks another step in the evolving consolidation of the Canadian trucking market. Industry sources ranked TransForce, based in Saint-Laurent, PQ, and Vitran, based in Toronto, ON, the number one and number three largest Canadian trucking companies respectively (by fleet size) in

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When is a Service (Not) a “Commodity”?

Should “services” be purchased like commodities, in particular, logistics services like transportation and customs brokerage? It’s a popular practice, and yes it can be effective in some cases, but there are pitfalls to watch out for. To begin with, let’s look at the basic differences in terminology. One dictionary I consulted defines “commodity” as “an

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RFID Costs Still Problematic

I was disappointed recently to read of JC Penney’s (JCP) decision to defer its plans for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implementation in its retail stores. Following steady success by retail giants Wal Mart, American Apparel, Marks & Spencer and others in recent years, JC Penney appeared to be adopting an RFID leadership position with reported

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EOBR Regulations in Canada and the U.S.

One of the many benefits of attending industry conferences is the opportunity to discuss current trends and issues with colleagues. That was exactly the case earlier this month when I attended the CITT “Reposition 2012” conference in Halifax, NS to make a presentation on key performance indicators and performance metrics. It was during one of

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Will BPA Regulations Impact Transportation?

Recent industry articles on bisphenol-A (BPA), an industrial chemical that has been used in the production of plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s, may be of interest to logistics professionals concerned about potential changes in packaging. Opponents of BPA became more vocal in the 1990′s and since then it has

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Transportation’s Role in the Value Chain

Does transportation add “cost” or “value” in the supply chain? I always find it interesting how the perception of transportation’s role differs between organizations. There are a number of reasons for this of course, ranging from the obvious one of increased costs when companies engage in outsourcing, to the more subtle, related to the role

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Supply Chain Efficiency Still Paramount

In what may come as a surprise to U.S. and Canadian importers who have embraced China as a prime source of supply in recent years, the “2011 U.S. Manufacturing-Outsourcing Cost Index” released by Alix Partners identifies Mexico as the number one location for lowest landed-costs for U.S. customers, a fact which should also be of

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