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This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

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The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) reached its second highest level in history in August, rising 0.4 Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (August 5-9, 2013)

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Which will have a greater negative impact on transportation operations in the months ahead: the new Hours of Service rules or CSA? A baby step toward drones becoming a new transportation mode — but a step nonetheless.

This Week in Logistics News (June 3-7, 2013)

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In this week’s news… UPS Freight Announces 2013 Rate Adjustment. 3Gtms and Tompkins International Partner to Provide Transportation Management Systems Solutions to Strengthen Supply Chain Management. Cass Freight Index Report for May 2013. percent is the magic number in the transportation industry these days, especially in the LTL sector. Rates have still remained quite flat as they have most of 2013. Welcome to June.

The 11 Transportation Service Offerings

The Logistics of Logistics

There are 11 transportation service offerings. The article listed 11 different types of transportation services and I decided to write an overview of those 11 transportation service offerings described in the article. Transportation Service Offering 1 – Small Package. Transportation Service Offering 2 – Air Cargo. Air transportation is used to transport air cargo by plane. Air transport ais a vital part of international commerce.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management


The seven types of waste in manufacturing are well known: overproduction, waiting, conveyance, processing, inventory, motion, and correction. Transport – excessive conveyance among facilities and companies. Inventory – at any point in the fulfillment stream.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

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Information about Apple Supply Chain is a bit here, there and everywhere, its kinda tough to find the actual case study. Information from the annual report is also used to produce the Apple Supply Chain Map. Inventories can become obsolete or exceed the anticipated demand.

Logistics Companies


It contains all the information necessary to make informed decisions about transportation, packaging, inventory, placement, ordering quantities, and handling. Logistics: Packaging dimensions, lot-size details, and shipping/receiving information.

Lean Warehousing


Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. It all starts with our inventory strategy, and I can’t stress this enough. And let’s not over complicate inventory strategy.

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Lean Six Sigma


The goal of Lean is to eliminate waste, decrease work-in-process inventories, and, in turn, decrease process and manufacturing lead times, ultimately increasing supply chain velocity and flow. So, in summary: Logistics is about managing inventory. What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics?

Third Party Logistics Services


The first area of improvement is providing greater control over issues such as inventory and customer satisfaction. Properly installed technology and best practices provide minute-to-minute insights to the overall status of logistics operation and detailed, real-time information for customers.

Supply Chain Consulting


Organizations leverage supply chain consulting companies or in-house project leaders to improve processes within transportation and warehousing, inventory and materials management, and the implementation of lean, six sigma, and operational excellence across the entire value stream. Capture transportation and inventory strategy. Gain an understanding of warehouse, transportation, and inventory process capabilities.

5 Outstanding Transport & Logistics Book for Managers

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Are you a transportation and logistics professional who are looking for inspiring ideas to improve the operations? This article will show you 5 amazing logistics books that provide the information you can really use. However, they asked "What are some good transport and logistics book you''d recommend?". Then, a synchronization of inventory management, warehouse management and transportation management is essential.

My Take: Let’s Admit Seven Demand Management Mistakes of the Last Decade

Supply Chain Shaman

Companies are the most satisfied with warehouse and transportation management and the least satisfied with demand planning. What we find is that we have actually moved backwards over the course of the last ten years on growth, operating margin and inventory turns.

The 7 Warehouse Service Offerings

The Logistics of Logistics

Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, etc. Companies outsource this sub-assembly work to reduce manpower cost, maximize manufacturing space utilization, level inventory and to manage inbound packaging requirements. Access to transportation infrastructure is also a key consideration. The distribution center manages inbound and outbound shipments and inventory.

Will the Internet of Things (IoT) Help Eliminate Information Latency and Deficiency in Supply Planning?


More and more sensors are getting embedded in the “things” and leading to an explosion of information availability. Will IoT design enable us to get demand signals from the products and sensory information from the entire set of physical infrastructure for planning?

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

2013 has certainly been an interesting year! As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of my thoughts regarding the supply chain trends we are likely to see emerge in 2014. Such providers understand domestic transportation issues, and can plan to develop long-term solutions to complex local distribution challenges. design needs customer requirements information from marketing), but also information that is produced in that vertical that is needed by other vertical silos (e.g.

7 Hurdles to Well-Managed Inventory and How to Top Them

Supply Chain @ MIT

Inventory mismanagement. Ingrained attitudes can block better inventory practices. Depending on which corporate silo you belong to, inventory can be a liability, an asset, or something in between. These attitudes often stand between you and your inventory management goals.

Does Canada Need a Chief Logistics Officer?

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Likewise, logistics the physical handling, storage and transportation of any materiels or related services needed for the Government of Canada to serve citizens costs 10′s if not 100′s of millions of dollars annually. Transportation – Less Than Truckload & Truckload.

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Logistics in 2020: The Future of Road Freight

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The mileage tax or ecotax will have been implemented in many regions (starting with France in 2013). The 2011 publication of a Whitepaper from the European Commission concluded 30% of road freight transport over 300 km should shift to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050 (European Commission, 2011). Read the complete white paper for more information. The logistics industry is shaping up for some radical changes.

The Way to Real Time Supply Chain

The Logistics of Logistics

That enables supply chain planners and practitioners to make real-time decisions based on the most up-to-date information. Among the real time supply chain focus areas highlighted are multi-level inventory optimization (flow of goods through a given number of locations), demand signal repository (holds downstream data for better plans/responsiveness), sales and operations planning, and leveraging the point of sales (POS) data across the supply network.

What Price Ocean Transportation?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Is ocean transportation a commodity? No shipper wants to pay more for ocean transportation than their competitors. For example, in certain circumstances decreasing the variability of ocean transit time is more important than reducing its duration as a way to cut inventory costs.

Why margin management is the ‘talk of the town’ in fast moving consumer product supply chains…

Supply Chain View from the Field

For instance, can you take Nielsen information on consumer preferences, demand information from regional store locations, and use this data to identify and create pools of need for specific types of products? And can we then be able to pull in this demand signal, and integrate it into our transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing/planning and control decisions to ensure the product is produced and delivered in time?

The Ever-So-Demanding Demand Planner….

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The role of a demand planner is smack dab in the middle of an awful lot: driving the key, centralized sales forecast that will be used to plan out multiple aspects of the business from merchandising to inventory management and promotional planning to transportation.

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How to Learn About Supply Chain Research From Around the World in a Few Hours

Supply Chain @ MIT

These are: the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Cambridge, USA), the Zaragoza Logistics Center (Zaragoza, Spain), the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (Bogotá, Colombia), and the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (Shah Alam, Malaysia). World view.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

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With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

Collaboration: Find a Trusted Services Partner to Amplify Your Results

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Functional specialists in sourcing, transportation, inventory management and other key areas need to ensure that performance metrics reflect world-class supply chain results.

Obliterate the Silos in Supply Chain Management

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Perhaps nowhere are these silos a bigger problem than in supply chain operations where materials, parts, goods and information flow across vast networks of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and customers. And within organizations, products and/or information flow from planning to procurement to receiving to manufacturing to distribution to logistics.

US Spending Cuts to Create Issues for Freight Forwarders Through Cargo Processing Delays

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Adding an extra day, or worse – a week – to shipment dates for journeys ending in the US will be extremely unpopular with shippers, whose production schedules or inventories require precise and reliable delivery dates.

Transformation Technology: An Interview with Rich Sherman, Part III

Supply Chain Nation

Then we had the point-of-purchase data where we’re starting to capture some information at the shelf level, and that’s more data. More companies are building social network trending and information into their planning and responding applications.

Is Walmart Really Ready to Take on Logistics In India?

Supply Chain View from the Field

This is certainly the case illustrated by Walmart’s exploits in India, as a world-class supply chain confronts the realities of roads and transport conditions in India. So all the data taken out of the tracking system is processed so that a lot of information can be provided to the customers. Basically all the information about total lead times, waiting and loading times at the suppliers, driving times and delays can be quickly provided to the customers.

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Matrix Commerce is Coming Will You Be Ready?

Supply Chain Network

I still haven’t had the opportunity to visit the first such installation in the world in person, but hope to get in to see it in 2013.

Preparing for Risk…Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Nation

Let’s review a few examples: How will your company redesign its use of plants and current inventory when an earthquake knocks out one of your production facilities in Taiwan? Also, how quickly can you revise your transportation network if there are massive floods blocking roads in the U.S. You can tell from the television news announcements how prepared a company is for a recall based on the information they can share.

Industry-Changing Views From the Cloud

Supply Chain @ MIT

percent in 2013 to total $131 billion worldwide, up from $111 billion in 2012. How much inventory could be better managed in this segment if there was better visibility into end-to-end cargo flows? The industry is already using the technology to share information. Advanced track and trace applications based on information exchanged in the cloud are giving shippers much higher levels of supply chain visibility. New performance horizons.

Logistics Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

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A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). Shippers might use the following logistics KPIs: transportation cost per unit sold, total logistics cost as a percentage of sales, on time delivery, cost per pound, etc. I am the GM of a 3PL that specializes in ground transportation (LTL, FT, small package, etc.) Click on the links below for additional information on the LTL KPI’s that I use.

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Warehousing KPIs

The Logistics of Logistics

Below, some of the commonly used KPIs are listed under the following KPIs types: inventory, product availability, item fill rate, product damage, warehouse processing time, order entry, order documentation accuracy and transportation. Inventory. Inventory Turnover. Inventory accuracy. Inventory to Sales Ratio. Carrying Cost of Inventory. Transportation. For additional information on warehousing KPIs, check out Klipfolio.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

In this article, leading experts from various sectors in transportation industry will discuss transportation trends you should take a closer look. James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. Are there other transportation trends to watch and why

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LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). The KPI information should be sorted by the carriers used. The LTL carrier scorecard with key process indicators (KPI) is an excellent tool for measuring and managing LTL performance and LTL carrier performance. The LTL carrier scorecard becomes a roadmap for driving LTL shipping improvements. Advantages of Using an LTL Carrier Scorecard.

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