A recent report by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals shows that logistics costs in the U.S. increased 3.4 percent last year to $1.33 trillion. To address this, Avnet Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer Gerry Fay suggests several strategies anchored on the principles of Six Sigma, lean manufacturing and operational excellence. These strategies can include pallet sizing adjustments and increased use of electronic advance ship notifications, Fay writes.

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