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Just in Time


Just in Time You pick up the load. ’ A supply chain that ensures that businesses get products to the customers when they want them, where they want them, in good conditions…and on timejust in time. It required a change in mindset and the way they thought about the customer. Murray J.

Can the Internet of Things Help with Just In Time Ordering?

Value Unchained

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere these days and rapidly becoming a reality in our day-to-day lives, whether through connected homes, wearable technology or any of the thousands of applications that have started to pop up. The supply chain is just one area where we are starting to see an impact, as ready access […]. appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

The Cross-Docking Advantage for Supply Chains

Ryder Exchange

Consumer demand has led to many changes in the supply chain as shippers are trying to get products to market faster. To keep pace, more shippers are turning to cross-docking to reduce the amount of time it takes to […]. Cross Docking Retail Supply Chain 3pl just-in-time inventory LEAN Distribution

Extending JIT Value Beyond Enterprise Boundaries

The Network Effect

Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing strategies bring tremendous value to companies employing them, but are they missing out on the huge opportunity. Manufacturing Supply Chain Management Technology The Network Effect JIT Just-In-Time manufacturing supply chainThe post Extending JIT Value Beyond Enterprise Boundaries appeared first on The Network Effect.

Understanding Yard Management Systems

In brief. businesses are now investing in this technology. This document helps to understand who is investing in yard. that have invested in advanced YMS applications have primarily operated vast, complex yard operations that require advanced technology to manage hundreds of. greater diversity of firms that are investing in this technology to gain a competitive.

Just in time for Cyber Monday: Video from inside an Amazon fulfillment center

The Operations Room

There have been several things written over the last couple of years about working conditions in Amazon fulfillment centers. Working in an environment that combines tedium with constant monitoring is going to be stressful. That is, workers are going to respond to the target in front of them. Should it pick, say, the median and expect that pickers will only hit it half the time?

VMI system goes live at Fokker Aerostructures

Supply Chain Movement

VIBA Aerospace Products and Services  in the Netherlands and Peerless Aerospace Fastener Corporation, a distributor of aerospace fasteners based in Farmingdale (NY), went live with their Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) of special fasteners at Fokker Aerostructures covering several programs. This was announced in a press release of March 24, 2014. Forward Stocking Location.

Supply Chain Matters Tutorial- Pros and Cons of Zero-Based Budgeting

Supply Chain Matters

In the light of this week’s announcement of the mega-merger among HJ Heinz and Kraft, coupled with the new interest in zero-based budgeting techniques, we felt it was timely to provide a brief tutorial on the process. In definition, zero-based budgeting (ZBB) is essentially a financial-driven process where budgetary resources are set to zero every year and must be justified for the new budget period. It was a process originally conceived in the seventies in an era where organizational  bloat among large corporations was rather common.

General Electric’s New Transformational Start-up Mentality

Supply Chain Matters

Similar to Lean Six Sigma that fueled rallying and transformational efforts in the 1990’s, FastWorks is targeted to motivate GE employees to be more customer focused, speed new product development, reduce costs and improve customer engagement. The Reis philosophy is that faster product innovation is garnered from building imperfect early versions, gaining timely customer feedback, while continuously “pivoting” and adapting products to address market opportunities. Easily stated, but with far different implications for a […].

Surviving the holidays: Warehouse technology turns uncertainty into opportunity

Logistics Viewpoints

Most wholesale distributors have recovered from Black Friday and Cyber Monday by now – and are catching their breath just in time to sprint during these last few weeks of the holidays! This time of year is particularly urgent for getting products to consumers more quickly and cheaply than ever before, which means finding ways to strip out supply chain costs while satisfying customer expectations. Retail drop shipments (shipments directly from the wholesale warehouse) are […].

Who said supply chains are boring?: Supply Chain Transformers

Supply Chains Rock

Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle. In the past Ive shared how shipping containers can be turned into funky apartments and now Ive found wooden pallets that make great deck furniture. Just in time for the summer BBQ season here are some photos that show the progression of pallets into benches. Supply Times. Who said supply chains are boring? Still not excited, well visit often and eventually you will be. Subscribe To. Posts. Posts. Comments. Comments.

A Day of Apple Product Announcements- Supply Chain Impressions

Supply Chain Matters

Today, all business and social media eyes were focused on Apple and its annual Special Event timed to announce the latest iteration of product innovation, just in-time for the upcoming holiday buying period. Supply Chain Matters provides our initial impressions of new Apple products from a supply chain and product lifecycle management lens. A New […]. High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Apple iPad supply chain Apple iPhone 6 supply chain Apple supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment


Through the use of supplier quality certifications and blanket (long-term) purchase orders, a manufacturer can accurately and effectively calculate the optimal level of inventory needed to fulfill demand requirements through the duration of replenishment lead time. This gives everyone a chance to quickly adjust their behavior to bring performance back in line.

5 Reasons Cross-docking is Changing Retail Warehousing

Ryder Exchange

For many, same day / next day fulfillment for both in-store and online purchases is the new normal. This also requires retailers keep store shelves stocked, while also keeping costs in check. Just-in-time restocking ensures product is on hand when consumers reach for it. Tight in-store inventory. Cross-docking has been around for generations. Showrooms do.

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What if You Never Had to Carry Inventory?


This is second in a series of articles by , which is a software evaluation platform with the goal to eliminate the time spent searching for suppliers and to help bullet-proof your supply chain. The company and website was founded on the principles of keeping things as lean as possible and getting features and capabilities out in the market as quickly as possible.

Discover How LEAN Supply Chains Improve Efficiencies, Cut Costs

Ryder Exchange

This was true when Henry Ford envisioned an efficient auto assembly line, and later with the standardized processes that led to the Toyota Motor Company’s automated manufacturing steps and just-in-time (JIT) product delivery. There’s a simple mantra i n LEAN supply chain management : If it doesn’t add value, it’s eliminated.

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Improve Efficiency and cut Costs in the Healthcare Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

To see how challenging healthcare and medical device supply chain logistics are becoming, just watch consumer-targeted television ads for new medicine and medical equipment. The plethora of direct-to-consumer advertising for products from the latest prescription drugs and supplements to medical devices, highlights growth in products entering the marketplace.

7 Rules of Fashion Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

Fashion SCM 1.0 In 1984, US Apparel Industry created the task force called " Crafted With Pride in the U.S.A. The result showed that materials were in the warehouse or in transit as long as 40 weeks! When QR strategy has become saturated, companies have to find the ways to differentiate themselves, some adopt ERP system, others adopt Just-in-Time manufacturing concept.

It’s all about Continuity: How Vulnerable is Your Supply Chain?


Through analytics, of course.  It’s all in the data!  Relying on single suppliers and using just-in-time manufacturing techniques can help keep costs down, but it also increases supply chain exposure. Where are you in your process to build and maintain your sustainable supply chain?  This sounds conceptually simple, but supply chains are complex! 

It’s About Time for a new “World Class Supply Chain” Paradigm


As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. The principles at the time were certainly appropriate, and were considered ground-breaking at the time. An automotive executive recalls how difficult this was given the technology limitations that existed in the early 1970’s. This was the first intelligent database system at the time that allowed me to look at a “deck” of the current buy for a commodity group for our production buy. This was really exciting! Hardly.

Is the Automotive “Factory of the Future” Closer Than We Think?

Manufacturing Transformation

In the automotive business, we’ve been hearing about the Factory of the Future for years now. It’s easy to dismiss the whole idea as just one more round of hype and promises. think we’re in a similar situation with the automotive Factory of the Future. First Reason: Serious companies are investing in it. It’s happening now, far sooner than many expect.

5 Lean Best Practices for the Warehouse

Manufacturing Transformation

Over time, it is inevitable that a fresh approach to operational efficiency should be performed, with the payoff of identifying a couple of process improvements that can make an impact on your bottom line, as well as to positively impact your customers. Every time it is “touched” unnecessarily, that is a wasted effort – through time spent, wages paid, etc. Data Governance.

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Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution succeed without 100% reliable technical data?

Manufacturing Transformation

Recently I wrote about the question of the human role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this article, I want to address another common question: How important is data accuracy in a highly digitalized manufacturing enterprise? Obviously, low data quality is a serious problem in a highly automated environment. Planning vs actual data. So what does this all mean?

3 Good Rules for Better Inventory Management

Apex Supply Chain Solutions

In the constant quest to become as efficient as possible, inventory managers are often asking themselves – How much is too much? Lee had some excellent thoughts about this struggle when she pinpointed several rules about inventory management in an article for Inbound Logistics magazine. In fact, in a perfect world, you wouldn’t need any safety stock. Safety Stock.

7 Traits of Great Supply Chain Leader: A Case Study of Tim Cook

Supply Chain Opz

Some supply chain leaders now take the helm at the world''s leading companies like Apple Inc, Wal-Mart and Tesco in UK as the CEOs. Background According to the book " Steve Jobs " by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. At that time, Apple''s supply chain was an absolute mess! He also reduced the manufacturing cycle time, from 4 months down to 2 months.

Why This Holiday Season is Creating Winners and Losers in the Transportation Industry

The Network Effect

There is an excellent piece in today’s WSJ on how retailers’ changing inventory management strategies are affecting the fortunes logistics and transportation companies. In addition, retailers are changing the way they manage that inventory, according to both retail and delivery experts. Image Credit: Flickr user Queen Bee. Why is this happening?

Group Purchasing Organizations: More Than a Healthcare Opportunity


In fact, according to the Healthcare Supply Chain Association , 96-98% of hospitals in the U.S. As GPOs start playing an important role in supply chain services for all industries, you need the right information to stay ahead of the curve. Finally, GPOs advocate for their members, as well as keep them up-to-date on regulatory issues in their industry.

The Advantages of Procrastinating in a Fast-paced Manufacturing World

Manufacturing Transformation

We live in such a “faster is better” world that sometimes we overlook the value of putting things off. But as an article on supply chain management points out, in some manufacturing supply chain scenarios, postponement actually makes good business sense. This allowed distributors to stock just the “base” printers and the appropriate power modules for their region. Voila!

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain


The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. One of the biggest challenges facing automotive, aerospace and defense manufacturers is the limited shapes a part can be cut, molded or welded in. In the next few years, Industry 4.0

8 Reasons Why Supply Chain Analytics Drives Performance

OPS Rules

However, due to increasing complexity on many levels, spreadsheets are no longer enough to deal with the tremendous amount of calculation and real time data update. Commodity prices are fluctuating more in recent years than in the more stable 1990s. But the difference between those parts is small and in specific ways. Here are eight reasons for this: 1. Dynamic Pricing.

Convergence of Mobility and Real-time Data Collection


Instead of reacting to equipment and scheduling snafus, these companies use real-time data to plan downtime and resolve unexpected customer needs.  In essence, real-time data from their mobile workforce drives collaboration enabling efficiency, reducing costs and improving customer satisfaction. Supply chains are uniquely positioned to benefit from the intersection of mobility and real-time data collection.  Bringing intelligence to the process makes it easier for you to deliver just in time. Recent News Supply Chain Management

A Lean Approach to Management

Manufacturing Transformation

Manufacturing enterprises have invested heavily in Lean practices for many years, wringing the inefficiencies out of every operation in the production process. Supply chains have been tightened, inventories reduced or virtually eliminated with just-in-time processing, and production operations at every stage streamlined and optimized. That neglected area?

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Warehouse Statistics and KPIs Every Logistics & Warehouse Manager Should Know


Stock movement, order duration times, utilization of equipment and personnel, error rates and many more. Safety is the top priority in any Warehouse environment. Safety Manager should be appointed to ensure all safety activities are in place and maintained daily. Proper signage has to be distributed in the facility to remind people of the importance of safety. SKU’s.

How Flexible is Your Logistics Network?

Talking Logistics

It seems ironic that the sophisticated logistics systems that gave rise to just-in-time manufacturing are now being outmoded by the evolution those very systems encouraged: manufacturing on demand. Combine those changes with new intensified consumer demands in retail, ranging from customization to next-day delivery, and you have a perfect storm – or the demand for a whole new way of looking at how technology supports a more complex supply chain, the next level above the traditional linear network. Empty trucks passing each other on the road as waste in motion.

Getting Smart With Logistics Big Data


In this guest post, Kevin Everson the Vice-President of Supply Chain Solutions at RMG Networks , investigates two examples of driving more supply chain value with logistics big data and data visualization. Companies able to manage this unchecked flow of data can gain an advantage on the competition and establish themselves as leaders in a global marketplace. Fundamental Feature.

Should You Use Perishable Consolidation?


In fact, most people don’t even realize such a service exists. This type of transportation exists to benefit just in time products or programs, from regional produce distribution to a national juice program. That’s why goods on a just in time model are ideal candidates for this style of shipping. But it does. Ask yourself four questions.

FMCG Supply Chain: Do you use data or information?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

People working in or associated with Supply Chains seem obsessed by data yet data itself actually tells you nothing. If you need to renew your UK passport (must be similar for other countries) you need to have your identity confirmed by someone in a certain profession, e.g. doctor, teacher etc and be a person of “good standing in their community”. Who coined “Big Data”?

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4 Ways Supply Chain Management Has a Higher Purpose

The 21st Century Supply Chain

My wife talked to her in a calm voice, told her what she needs to do for the night to keep the fever under control, and advised the mother to bring her toddler to the clinic the next morning. As a parent of young children myself, I can very much appreciate the difference a physician, like my wife, makes in the community. This in turn reduces the burden on the world’s landfills.

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Parcel Shipping: It’s Anything But Simple

Talking Logistics

Unlike other modes, like less-than-truckload and truckload that tend to have some level of standardization, parcel is an open book,” explained Steve Williamson, Supply Chain Support Specialist at Kewill in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. So now you have multiple carriers involved and rating complexities added in to what is just a standard parcel movement. You might think we have a two pony race here in the United States [with UPS and FedEx], but that’s not true. What differentiates parcel from the other transportation modes?