The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

With the rising costs of commodities and transportation, reducing ROA can often increase operating margin. In the modeling, my recommendation is to look at the cost metrics in aggregate. In the end, we were all going to live “happily ever after.”

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

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. 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.

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Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

These can be shift in the channel, issues in manufacturing, increasing variability in transportation, or a shift in commodity prices. Agile Transportation and Distribution Networks: The use of alternate routing and mode, cross-docking, yard management and warehouse management to absorb changes in volume and the shifts in tasks. Q: What is the best metric to begin analyzing when starting to evaluate Supply Chain agility? My iphone buzzed on my nightstand. I groaned.

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

The Logistics of Logistics

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. They will also learn specific actions for reducing LTL carrier shipping costs. Webinar topics will include: 1.) Key process indicators (KPI) for the most important aspects of LTL shipping.

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Why Segmentation and Profitability Go Hand in Hand

Supply Chain Nation

The conference format and size were just right to allow comfortable sharing of ideas and lessons learned about various topics from S&OP and supply chain planning, to inventory optimization and transportation.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

A highly effective shipper will use metrics or key process indicators (KPIs) to monitor logistics performance. Most Popular Posts Transportation 3PL best shippers continuous improvement good shippers habits of best shippers highly effective shippers KPI Logistics LTL screwed up shipments shipping process shipping technology The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers Highly Effective Shippers.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky


Managing adverse weather conditions is part and parcel of transportation planning. When Cisco saw news of wildfires in Colorado in 2012, it wasn’t concerned, because it had no manufacturing or suppliers in the area.

Supply Chain Management:Growing interest in sustainability from.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

We spoke to many sustainability and business domain experts who have wide expertise working within asset intensive organizations like Power Generation, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications and Transportation. As our main focus was towards asset intensive organizations, we looked more into Oil & Gas, Utilities and Manufacturing and Transportation industries. Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on June 29, 2012 7:13 AM | Permalink. December 2012. November 2012.

Consumer Demand Helping Drive 3PL Industry Growth

Talking Logistics

As a result, many organizations are turning to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and enhanced transportation management systems (TMS) to deliver the velocity, visibility, predictability and control they need. Fortunately, as the supply chain has evolved, so too has transportation management technology – now providing organizations with greater visibility and control over their supply chain than ever before.

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

Talking Logistics

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. 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 Last Friday, the U.S.

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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IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

This regulation will see the largest reduction in the Sulphur content of the transportation fuel under taken at any time in the history. Later in the year 2012, it was further reduced to 3.5% million metric tons annually. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

Overall Results on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. I was challenged on this in 2012 by a client, and it forced me to do deeper research. I started this research in 2012 with the writing of Bricks Matter , and it continues today. Definition.

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Supply Chain Shaman

Early 2012 marked the end of the third decade and 2013 finds us into the fourth. Today, I spoke at the Chief Supply Chain Officer conference in Chicago at the Eye for Transport event on the results of the research.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Completed in 2012, the ERP project forced the company to standardize organizational design, roles, and metrics. When the price of oil dropped from $120 per barrel in 2012 to the staggering $29 per barrel in 2015, everyone in the oil and gas industry felt the impact.

What’s Missing in Your Total Landed Cost

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in 2012. Transportation accessorials can represent another type of gap in your total landed cost calculation. What you really want are meaningful metrics. Supply Chain Consulting TLC Total Landed Cost Transportation

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

Transportation optimization is more than moving freight for the lowest cost or a short-term boost in performance; it’s also about continuous improvement delivered through smart, data-driven planning and efficient execution. What key metrics should they be driving for as an organization?

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.

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).

50 warehouse automation stats you should know

6 River Systems

Vacancy rates in key transportation hubs and seaport cities were even lower,” according to a report from Since 2012, rents have increased by 5.6% Less than 30% of commercial transportation companies leverage advanced digitization.

Evolution of B2B Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

While, in 2012, SAP acquired Ariba. This can include demand sensing into Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), Demand-Driven Materials Requirement Planning (DDMRP), the Internet of Things sensing, and the use of independent demand into transportation planning.

Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Mariotti states that you first have to measure it, and he outlines several metrics and techniques in the book, including ranking customers by annual sales, profit, and gross margin percentage. Added complexity often results in added waste, and the most common forms of waste from a lean supply chain perspective include : Transportation : unnecessary (non-value added) movement of parts, materials, or information between processes.

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

I have done this report twice before–once in 2012 and again in 2013. Operational systems are warehouse management, available to promise, and transportation planning.) Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is in a renaissance. The reason?

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Infor’s Acquistion of GT Nexus: If I Had a Magic Wand

Supply Chain Shaman

GT Nexus is one of the strongest providers of transportation visibility for the global ecosystem. SAP purchased Ariba in 2012 for 4.2B$, and the company has been slow to actualize the asset and drive incremental revenue.

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. These Supply Chain Operating Network Strategies enable multi-tier many-to-many enablement of first and second/third tiers of suppliers of services, materials and transportation. It was an early morning.

My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2007-2014 Terra added inventory management, multi-tier demand sensing, transportation forecasting, and long-term forecasting. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

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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. Order visibility and control combine with logistics strategies to realize transportation savings that impact the bottom line.

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

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Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. “We’re toast,” said one of my son’s baseball teammates from the bench last night, as their team quickly fell behind 8-0 against the best team in the league. From my beach chair on the sidelines, I thought the same thing.

Can Supply Chains Adjust to a Circular Economy Over the Next Decade? Part 2

Enterra Insights

Marina Mattos, a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, bluntly asks, “How will such a shift affect supply chains?”[3] ” Steutermann adds, “It is important not to confuse [sustainability] metrics with the circular economy. Good metrics for the circular economy could be the percentages of reclaimed, reused materials for production and the reduction of single-use plastic.”

Seeing Beyond the Firewall

Supply Chain Shaman

Since most companies invested in the automation of the enterprise, not the value network, visibility within the company and the transportation network is a strength. The process industry’s reliance on the 3PL transportation model is a similar dilemma.

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

Talking Logistics

CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America.

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Riva Krut, Chief Sustainability Officer from Praxair, discusses sustainable productivity

Supply Chain View from the Field

We prefer not to transport our product, yet we do a lot of trucking transportation, and drive many miles. Riva emphasized that “We need to create metrics that we have intention to follow. And the metrics we care about deeply include zero waste on all our sites. We want a metric that leads to business value – and a leading indicator of business value. Riva Krut spoke at NC State today, and shared the exciting story of sustainable productivity at Praxair.

Supply Chain Management:Demand Planning in CPG industry.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Demand planning is the most critical process in the CPG industry, since it drives all downstream processes (raw material/finished goods inventory planning, procurement planning, capacity planning, manpower planning, transportation planning, etc.) In this step, the actuals are compared with the planned metrics (MAPE, forecast accuracy, bias etc.) Posted by: Kundan Raj Singh | January 11, 2012 12:01 PM. Posted by: Umesh Sonawane | January 12, 2012 10:11 AM. October 2012.

The Best Practice Frontier in the 3D Supply Chain Triangle


We may also choose to fly material instead of using slower transportation like rail or truck. In her excellent book ‘Supply Chain Metrics that Matter’ (Cecere, L.M.,

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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Supply Chain Management:Smarter Partnering for Smarter Business

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Some of those are Cognos, iLog, SPSS, Core Metrics, Emptoris, Vivisimo and many others, as world is moving from reactive to proactive. IBM already has multiple use cases configured for this offering - Water, Transportation, Public Safety and City Planning & Operations. December 2012. November 2012. October 2012. September 2012. August 2012. July 2012. June 2012. May 2012. April 2012. March 2012. February 2012.

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

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Include elements of the processes, technologies, organizational needs, control philosophy and metrics to analyze along the way. What is our supply chain mission; and what metrics and targets reflect it? How should our transportation network be designed and operated?