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Q&A with Dan Cser

Q&A with Dan Cser Success in International Industrial Logistics requires Cultural Awareness, Process Discipline & Attention to Detail When you consider how Dan Cser spent his formative years, you understand why he’s had 35 years of success in industrial logistics, including the past two decades as agency owner for ICAT Logistics DTW in Michigan. By living abroad as a child, learning about the importance of process and detail from a father in the Air Force, and having a mind for math, Dan was made for the business of moving large, complex industrial equipment in tight timeframes with great precision. Q. As a child, you lived in France, Germany, Taiwan and the United States. How did that affect your perceptions of doing business in countries outside the U.S.? A. A lot of people in the United States assume everything over there is the same as over here. I don’t make that assumption, because I know things are different. And it’s so much different in a place like Taiwan, where personal…

Getting ahead of Disasters: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Getting ahead of Disasters: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best The start of hurricane season is an important reminder: Advanced planning is an essential element of risk management when it comes to business shipping. At any time, for any number of unpredictable reasons, your ability to ship or warehouse freight or receive parts and supplies may be temporarily disrupted by the weather or other events you can’t predict. Do you have a contingency plan for shipping your goods? You should think about it if you are relying on a single source for parts that are essential in maintaining production and delivery deadlines are critical. Here are some issues to consider that can help you reduce risk in shipping your cargo and keep you fully operational in the event of a disruption: Risk Assessment: Evaluate the likelihood of an event and its impact. Preparedness: Outline potential responses that will ensure your freight reaches its destination safely and on time. Mitigation: The steps to take immediately should a disaster occur. Recovery: Following procedures…

The Right Price for Shipping is the One that Delivers Value

The Right Price for Shipping is the One that Delivers Value How do you know your company is getting the right price in shipping? In our view, it depends on your objective. If you are domestically shipping massive numbers of the same sort of product with the same kind of packaging – 10,000 TVs for instance – you might want a commodity shipper who wins your business through a competitive bidding process decided by the lowest possible price. If, on the other hand, your international shipping needs are more complex – a 100-ton metal press that requires disassembly, custom packaging, special documentation and reassembly – then you need to consider other factors in the price. Those factors include custom packaging that secures your product, risk management, special attention to customs regulation and documentation and understanding how shipping processes vary by locale. “A strong freight and logistics model creates value by saving money when you consider every aspect of the shipment,” says Dan Cser, Agency Owner at…

Standing Up for a Strong Infrastructure

Standing Up for a Strong Infrastructure Global supply chain managers outsourcing production, parts and supplies should be sure to include shipping in their calculations before deciding between onshore, nearshore or offshore resources. “The decision on where to source has a significant impact on the bottom line,” says Chris Cser, Director International at ICAT Logistics DTW. “In the current cost-and time-competitive business climate, supply chain managers need to consider not only the cost of labor and regulation, but shipping risks, complexity and convenience. “Knowing when to keep the work at home (onshoring), when to send it to a nearby market in the region (nearshoring), or when to rely on overseas suppliers (offshoring) can make all the difference in cost and delivery times.” There’s more to consider than location, says Cser. And that’s where ICAT Logistics comes in. ICAT has broad shipping experience and a vast network of partners in domestic, nearshore and offshore locations. It…

Sleepless in the Supply Chain

Sleepless in the Supply Chain In a recent study conducted by APICS and Michigan State University, supply chain leaders were asked to comment on the challenges that worry them most. The result of this survey is an interesting report, “What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?” If you are a supply chain manager, and you read the report, it probably explained some of your tossing and turning. But at ICAT Logistics DTW, where supply chain managers are valued clients, we read the report with one question in mind: How can we help them rest easy? Here are the six issues most commonly cited by supply chain executives and our take on reducing the stress: Capacity and Resource Availability: How to maximize capacity and keep equipment and software current while dealing with soaring prices of resources. ICAT Logistics DTW is helping clients with just-in-time resource and parts deliveries to reduce their clutter and better use warehousing space. Additional space and real time deliveries often improve…


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