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Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. There are countless number of logistics service providers who offer many different types of broad and niche services. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

I have long argued that third party logistics providers (3PLs) should set themselves apart from the competition by fully harnessing the power and value of their customer and employee communities. Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation and Logistics. Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 6-10, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Next week, I’ll be speaking at the Ryder Innovate Forum in Chicago and the Elemica reveal 2014 conference in Frankfurt. DHL launches freight capacity management program in the light of rapidly increasing trade volumes. August 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Lowenthal calls for innovative approach for freight infrastructure funding (Logistics Management). Finally, the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.6

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Announces Enhancements to Driver Pay Package at Con-way Freight. Menlo Logistics Announces Launch of New Brand and Website. North American Freight Numbers July 2014. Moving on to omnichannel fulfillment, Manhattan Associates introduced Available to Commerce™ , which gives retailers “the power to offer specific units of inventory available for sale in the most appropriate channel (online, store, same-day delivery, etc.)

This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014)

Talking Logistics

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Descartes continues to broaden its footprint in the global trade management space, with two more acquisitions announced this week: e-customs, “a leading provider of electronic security and fiscal customs filing solutions in the UK,” and Pentant, “a leading UK-based Community System Provider (CSP) offering customs connectivity and import/export inventory control solutions for ocean, truck and air cargo.”

Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. 23 million dollars in total healthcare logistics cost savings; how would that make you feel? Constructing a total cost model and performing a Greenfield analysis to identify optimal distribution center locations and transportation network allowed the LeanCor engineers to identify $23M total healthcare logistics cost savings for a healthcare product distributor. Improved service levels with overall inventory reduction.

What’s new in the automotive supply chain? (Hint: Inventory Replenishment Policies)

The Network Effect

Today I want to explore how automobile suppliers are improving their operations via inventory replenishment policies. Effective inventory replenishment policies in use today include the 830/862 converted to a delivery release, KanBan, Min/Max, and Sequencing. Improved technologies now provide the ability to optimize truckloads simultaneously with inventory using pull policies. Typical measurements include inventory turns, truck utilization, and premium freight reduction.

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy. At LeanCor, we refer to our inbound logistics solutions as lean logistics engineering. The lean logistics engineering process incorporates several complex factors including volume fluctuations, sourcing changes, and lead, window, and service times to determine transportation modes, sourcing locations, freight consolidation, trailer loads, route combinations, and freight sequences.

5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay off Big Time

Cerasis

Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. Minimizing the steps in the process is a good way to ensure you have a more rapid movement through the warehouse and the freight process. 3PL Pricing Structure: Part 2 In Third Party Logistics Implementation. Bonus: Logistics Service Level Agreement and Logistics Key Performance Indicators: A White Paper.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

We take pride at Cerasis, as a third party logistics company who has developed a proprietary web-based transportation management system , to offer technology solutions to our shippers so they may remain as efficient as possible and have access to information at their fingertips. History of EDI and EDI In Transportation and Logistics. Guilbert was serving as a logistics officer for the US Army in the mid 1940s. Logistics Technology Transportation EDI in Transportation

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. By adopting a logistics efficiency management approach, logistics related costs as a percentage of sales drops to 4% to 7% depending on industry sector. And we have also written a comprehensive guide to why you should outsource to a third party logistics company.

4 Benefits Shippers Realize when Transportation EDI is Utilized in a TMS

Cerasis

Shortening the order processing and delivery times means that organizations can reduce their inventory levels. This in turn enables faster decision-making and improved responsiveness to changing customer and market demands (such as the rise in Just-in-time logistics), and allows businesses to adopt a demand-driven business model rather than a supply-driven one. According to a research study from Forrester, EDI continues to prove its worth as an electronic message data format.

All Signs Point to Mexico Playing a Greater Role in Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

It’s one of the most common questions I get these days from third-party logistics providers (3PLs), especially this time of the year as they’re finalizing their strategies for 2015 and beyond. The study highlights the opportunity for 3PLs this way: The growth of logistics services plays a crucial role in rendering Mexico’s businesses cost competitive as compared with similar ventures globally. Mexico mode…Freight moved by pipeline increased 11.4

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Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

As 2013 begins to feel a long time ago and our own personal New Year’s resolutions begin to falter, here are a few key themes the Kewill team expects will feature prominently on the global supply chain agenda in 2014: Transportation costs will remain a key concern, with LSPs continuing to be faced with several challenges in terms of spiraling fuel prices, labor shortages and reduced inventories which will threaten to erode their already small margins.

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Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

A global life sciences company was challenged with high freight costs, high inventory levels and complex processes, delays due to over-processing, and overall lack of delivery consistency. The client turned to LeanCor to conduct a supply chain consulting project that developed an optimized logistics network. Sensitivity analysis for total logistics cost and weight: Showed robustness of the results if changes in the current packaging methods were deployed.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Cerasis

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

However, commonly used KPIs used by supply chain executives are usually focused on logistics performance (e.g., Reducing lead times from suppliers can help turn inventory faster, freeing up cash and ultimately satisfying customers. Risk pooling is considered the most important concept in supply chain management as it governs the tradeoffs in inventory management and leads to effective strategies such as push/pull and postponement.

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3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

LeanCor

By understanding trends over time, shippers or their third party logistics providers can predict and manage delays before they become problems. Equally important is connecting transportation to manufacturing and inventory strategy to drive lean supply chain operations. From designing routes to changing the way a business handles its freight auditing, a transportation management system can be a solution to many transportation problems.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

At SCI Logistics in addition to fulfilling millions of e-commerce orders on an annual basis, we also spend a significant amount of time studying the optimal methods of helping our customers serve consumers in Canada. This is simply a reflection of blunt reality, before any firm can even think of accomplishing a full Matrix Commerce implementation, they and their organizations will have to master and implement the basics of Omni-Commerce logistics.

Supply Chain Management Case Study

LeanCor

Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Inventory Cover and Costs (Including Overflow and External Warehouses). Align plant/logistics goals, and agree on joint efforts for improvement of holistic business performance. Continue minimizing total delivered costs (production, inventory, freight). Reduce lead times and inventories. Future metrics would now include: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs.

CPFR or Demand-Driven replenishment for your supply chain? Choose wisely….

The Network Effect

Focusing on a single view of the consumer for all members of the extended supply chain requires an approach that includes retailers, manufacturers, and logistics providers to all be connected across a multiparty execution backbone that orchestrates a coordinated response to the end-consumer’s demand signal. Using this method means a price must be paid in lost sales along with excess and obsolete inventory. Tom Bullock (Flickr).

Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

Generic drugs may be distributed over several logistical steps involving several distributors and transport providers while high-value specialty drugs and medical devices might be distributed from a single global or regional distribution center directly to the hospital (pharmacy or ward) or even the physician specialist at point of care. Better visibility in the supply chain is essential to control and optimize logistics processes.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

This is simply a reflection of blunt reality, before any firm can even think of accomplishing a full Matrix Commerce implementation, they and their organizations will have to master and implement the basics of Omni-Commerce logistics. To do this you need to ensure that at ALL locations where stock is held or displayed for retail sale, that ACCURATE and TIMELY inventory information is available. So what is the correct answer when it comes to your omni-commerce logistics strategy?

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain

LeanCor

Logistics is a necessary function for all companies. In the absence of integrated logistics and total cost perspective, the logistics wastes are inevitable. For example, ill-conceived purchasing decisions today result in increased warehousing costs six months from now and inventory obsolescence two years from the original purchase. Logistics has inherent dynamics that make the concept of total cost confusing and frustrating.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Ask anyone in transportation management/logistics/supply chain and they will affirm this statement. This cross-dock allows our logistical engineering team to help their supply chain control flow, improve delivery timing, reduce transportation and increase stability. Just-in-time delivery – Cross-docking allows for just-in-time delivery of inventory to a customer’s manufacturing facilities without driving up transportation cost by way of postponement.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

In order to compensate a long waiting time, Adidas uses air freight or courier service. Jobs believed that Apple'' supply chain was too complex then both of them reduced the number of product availability and created 4 products segment, reduced on hand inventory and moved the assembling activities to Asia so they could focus on developing the breathtaking products that people wanted to buy. The answer is that they use the multi-echelon inventory model to solve the problem.

A Case Study in Closed-Loop Operational Management

Talking Logistics

As I’ve said before, the biggest challenge facing supply chain and logistics executives today is not managing change, because that’s always been the norm in supply chain management, but managing the rapid pace of change. When you look at the potential benefits in inventory savings, freight savings, and on-time fulfillment improvements, it’s not that difficult to build the business case. This lead to high inventory carrying costs at some stores and out-of-stocks at others.

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

I asked Troy Ryley, Managing Director of Transplace Mexico, that question in a recent episode of Talking Logistics , and here’s an excerpt of what he said: Asia was the buzzword for many years, and it still is the buzzword in many respects. We’ve seen, for example, instability in ocean freight, cost, and issues with [Los Angeles] ports in past years. The carrier is only responsible for carrying your freight, unless you contracted them for insurance.

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Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

The manuscript is due to Wiley on March 1st for an August 2014 publish date. I need it for my conference on September 10th-11th, 2014. He is responsible for manufacturing, procurement, supply chain planning, logistics, quality, social responsibility and final product engineering. I recently interviewed him for my upcoming book, Metrics that Matter, that publishes in August 2014. . “When I ask my team about customer service, I get high-five reviews.

Dock Appointment Scheduling: Beyond Traffic Control

Talking Logistics

DAS provides critical data to allow forward deployment of product and cross-docking to accelerate the flow of goods reducing out of stocks and inventory at the same time. This retailer had also deployed a purchase order (PO) to dock door visibility solution to reduce inventory and gain a greater understanding of the flow of goods through the network. In this case, a large percentage of the inbound goods are delivered through supplier-managed freight.

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Solving Franklin’s Freight Dilemma: Cure or Prevent Disruptions?

Supply Chain @ MIT

This may be a great rule of thumb for life generally, but not necessarily for freight transportation. Is it more important to prevent disruptions from occurring by building robustness into a freight network (i.e. For example, they might maintain a safety stock of inventory to cover spikes in demand. The net effect is a more resilient freight transportation plan. Road to resilience.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model.

Peak Volumes, Port Congestion, and Air Freight Options

Talking Logistics

These shippers avoided delays at the port by converting their goods to air freight. When the cost of a product not getting to its destination on time is more expensive than converting to air freight — for example, a situation that will result in fines from retailers if the product is not on time — that’s when shipping via air becomes a valuable option. Even before people sit down to celebrate Christmas, shippers are already looking to restock inventories.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

The attractiveness of 3D printing for manufacturers and retailers/distributors centers around reducing both lead times and the risks involved in holding inventory. In reality, retailers routinely pass the inventory risk to their suppliers, particularly since the phenomenal growth of multi-channel retailing, with direct dispatch (or drop ship) suppliers bulking up retailers’ online offerings without requiring a financial commitment or warehousing space.

Is a Lack of Integration Holding the Supply Chain Back?

BluJay Solutions

With the transportation of goods, in particular multimodal transportation, comes a huge volume of data that needs to be processed, so it stands to reason that the supply chain has more to gain than most industries from the widespread adoption of data sharing, yet few logistics service providers (LSPs), freight forwarders and carriers can claim their trading is carried out fully electronically and that the majority of their processes are automated. Transportation and Logistics.

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