Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

Q: What is the best metric to begin analyzing when starting to evaluate Supply Chain agility? The best way to evaluate agility is to simulate volatility through either event simulation or what-if analysis and see the impact on cost (Cost of Goods Sold), customer service (on-time delivery and orders shipped full and complete), and quality of output (first pass yield, recalls, etc.) My iphone buzzed on my nightstand. I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account. When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months.

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When Evaluating a 3PL, Check for These 8 Must Have Cultural Traits

The Logistics of Logistics

The best logistics companies use measurements (metrics, KPIs, etc.) Logistics Management Most Popular Posts 3PL 3PL culture 8 cultural traits of a 3PL communication evaluating 3PL culture LTL problems LTL shipping basics When evaluating a 3PL, the culture should definitely be considered. Every company has a culture, sometimes called organizational culture or corporate culture. The culture refers to the values and attitudes of employees in the business or organization.

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The Challenges of Global S&OP


Sales will say it needs “a lot” of inventory to ship every product, every day with no view of obsolescence, capital or investment required. Each department is concerned with its area and metrics, not necessarily the corporate goals until they are translated to the language of each area of the business. The following is an excerpt from European Business Review. To read Karin's entire article, please visit [link]. What do you want to achieve?

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Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012)

The Logistics of Logistics

They will also learn specific actions for reducing LTL carrier shipping costs. Key process indicators (KPI) for the most important aspects of LTL shipping. The post Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012) appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. In this free webinar, participants will learn a methodology for measuring LTL carrier performance. Webinar topics will include: 1.)

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Strategic view of shipping. Highly effective shippers see a well-run shipping function as a competitive advantage. First, the routine, day to day shipping is improved through good written and verbal communication. A highly effective shipper will use metrics or key process indicators (KPIs) to monitor logistics performance.

Supply Chain Management:Growing interest in sustainability from.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

A further benefit of integration of these many systems is to allow organizations to effectively report on their sustainability metrics. Transportation industry can have a close eye on resource consumption, including the fuel burned by the vehicle or the electricity and water used by passengers in aircrafts, trains, ships and coaches. Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on June 29, 2012 7:13 AM | Permalink. Posted by: Rohit Choubey | July 5, 2012 4:12 PM. December 2012.

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Here’s an excerpt from the article (emphasis mine): In 2012, IKEA lowered the price of its Textur lamp by 34% after slimming down the number of components to nine from 33. Why aren’t more shippers engaged in collaborative shipping? Last Friday, the U.S.

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand. This Week in News Chainalytics cloud computing container shipping Descartes Systems Group HighJump Software Maersk NetSuite UPS

What Should Be the Role of the Store?

Supply Chain Shaman

Macy’s had been bragging at conferences about their work on cross-channel fulfillment with progress made in using their stores to ship directly to customers. Macy’s requested that I ship the damaged bowls back. Amazon 2012 Annual Report. I love retail research.

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, on average, there are 10-25 ships sitting on the water waiting to unload. In July 2012, E2open went public with a market capitalization of 442M. Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window.

Themes from the 2018 SCM World Leaders Forum


In 2012, 59 percent of surveyed supply chain leaders answered yes. There was some concern that the role of supply chain gets elevated only when a crisis hits and product cannot ship. by Dr. Madhav Durbha.

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IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

The ships now have to reduce their Sulphur emission by over 80% – 85% by switching to Lower Sulphur Fuel. Ships and carriers use heavy fuel oil that contains Sulphur. The ships use the lowest grade of fossil fuel today. Ship-owners got ample to prepare for this regulation.

50 warehouse automation stats you should know

6 River Systems

Since 2012, rents have increased by 5.6% Less than one in ten DCs handle only full pallets for outbound shipping. Warehouse automation stats: Warehouse performance metrics 42. Best-in-class operations ship more than 99.87% of shipments on time.

Kimberly-Clark: A Demand-driven Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

In the Supply Chain Metrics that Matter table, we can clearly see that “operating margin” and “inventory turns” matter to public financial performance. Each faces four years of deterioration on this important supply chain metric.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

As I’ve commented in previous postings, if you are a 3PL or transportation company and you’re not involved in cross-border shipping with Mexico, then you are missing out on a growing business opportunity (see Reuters article from December 2012).

Top 10 Features of an Autonomous Warehouse

3PL Insights

Amazon is on the forefront of automation in the warehouse , currently using 45,000 Kiva Robots, after purchasing the company Kiva Systems in 2012 (they’re now renamed “Amazon robots”). For every crate, the journey from shelf to shipping is adjusted and configured through an algorithm. The robots are typically connected to a Robotic Management System (RMS) that integrates data regarding product—what’s high in demand, what needs to be picked and shipped quickly.

Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

Talking Logistics

Due to the enhanced visibility of data and metrics across peer groups, sales leads have improved their customer service by walking prospective customers through the operations process and comfortably answering any queries on how success is measured.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2012 I built on these concepts to define the market-driven value network. The use of customer segmentation strategies to define order policies for lead times, discounts, allocation, and shipping priorities. It was an early morning. I cradled my cup of tea in my hand.

Will Arrogance Stunt your Growth?

Supply Chain Shaman

Which supply chain metrics correlate to market capitalization by Morningstar sector? In 2012, supply chain process evolution was thirty years old, and I wanted to use the book, Bricks Matter, as a litmus test to tell the story of success. Amazon can now deliver almost every category of item to your home with no shipping cost for Amazon Prime customers. It happened on Thursday morning last week. It will probably happen again on Tuesday. And, again on Wednesday.

The Trends Shaping Supply Chain and Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

Talking Logistics

million in FY 2012 to $203.8 getting buy-in from drivers and other stakeholders) and implementing appropriate metrics to measure and drive performance.). What is the #1 technology topic Descartes CEO Ed Ryan gets asked about?

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Guest Commentary: P.O. Management Programs – Know Pain, Know Gain!

Talking Logistics

performance metrics to influence vendor behavior and impact sourcing choices. As performance reporting metrics capture vendor performance, the company can substantiate penalties for noncompliance and poor performance, recognize or reward high performers, and incent positive results and consistent behavior. Thanks to route optimization, order speed from vendor ship date to DC delivery aligns with demand.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

FedEx Helps Small Businesses Streamline Shipping with Integration Manager. Transplace delivered more than 50 customer solutions in 2012 using the CombineNet sourcing technology, in industries including consumer goods, chemicals, manufacturing, and retail.

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What’s Missing in Your Total Landed Cost

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in 2012. But when you have dimensional information on each product that you ship, along with its packaging, you can build better pallets. And in this company, the Shipping Department controls the loading process.

Data and Digitization in Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Marcia Walker writes, “The industrial internet of things is poised to transform everything from the factory floor to the logistics of shipping, receiving, and maintaining products at the customer site.”[5] as organizations look to connect IoT devices, collect critical metrics, visualize data in real time, analyze results and optimize manufacturing processes. The Brookings Institution, 22 February 2012. [2]

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26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

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To survive the increasing customer demands you need shorter lead times and faster shipping and delivery times. It will also track your goods right from the moment an order is received, its journey through the supply chain until it leaves the warehouse for shipping.

Four Truths About DC Robots, Jobs, And Warehouse Execution


Part of this optimization and warehouse execution challenge is to balance an array of operational metrics, not just to reduce the total number of labor hours worked. have been increasing steadily since 2012, with some estimates putting job growth as high as 46% over the past five years.

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Top 10 Mistakes You’re Making Right Now as a Wholesaler and Distributor


trillion in 2012. Benchmark yourself against some metrics. We covered some important metrics here at [link]. Cycle Time = Actual Ship Date – Customer Order Date. You Might Be Committing These Mistakes Today!