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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. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week.

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

The Network Effect

This is an ongoing series of posts on new developments within the automobile supply chain, with examples of best practices. Today I want to explore how automobile suppliers are improving their operations via inventory replenishment policies.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Over 70 executives from various companies and industries attended the event, which featured the following speakers: Debbie Hodges, VP of Supply Chain Services, Walmart Stores. Walmart Supply Chain and Transportation Trends for 2015.

Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

Supply chain risk will rise up the agenda. Gartner predicts that while supply chain complexities and risks are growing, few logistics organizations are prepared and most do not have a Chief Risk Officer. Green supply chain.

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Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions

Cerasis

As a supply chain director, manager, or boss of a multinational corporation, where the supply chain is an integral part of your business, supply chain cost reductions are always at the forefront of your team’s mind.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations.

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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).

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations.

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

The Network Effect

It seeks to align and synchronize demand, supply, and product cycles, as well as enable the ability to sense and shape demand to make a profitable demand response. Using this method means a price must be paid in lost sales along with excess and obsolete inventory. Tom Bullock (Flickr).

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. Boeing and Airbus Supply Chain Strategy Boeing wants to encourage more flight frequency and direct route using a smaller capacity aircraft.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Supply Chain Consulting: Distribution Network Design Case Study. 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.

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

Talking Logistics

Con-way Announces Enhancements to Driver Pay Package at Con-way Freight. North American Freight Numbers July 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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

Talking Logistics

Esri and E2open Partner to Deliver Market-Leading Supply Chain Solutions. October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). and Accelerating Supply Chain Speed and Efficiency with Global Trade Data.

Supply Chain Management Case Study

LeanCor

Supply Chain Management Case Study: Total Delivered Cost Model. It was striving to incorporate a more holistic view of its supply chain operation. Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Reduce lead times and inventories.

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. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

Casey and Paul Vigna – that opened my eyes to bitcoin’s true potential: as a new operating system for supply chain networks. A supply chain blockchain application, therefore, could be used to record the balances and transfers of inventory across a distributed supply chain network.

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4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain

LeanCor

Companies that recognize and manage the trade-offs by measuring total cost can extend this “systems” thinking to the larger environment, the supply chain in which they operate. Supply Chain Management – Cause and Effect. Supply Chain Management – Systems Thinking.

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

We’ve seen, for example, instability in ocean freight, cost, and issues with [Los Angeles] ports in past years. economic recession made companies decrease inventories, which increased their need for speed to market and shorter cash-to-cash cycles. Watch the short clip below where he discusses three key challenges: imbalance of freight during peak season; the visibility black hole at the border; and the need to build in flexibility.

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Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

We just finished hosting over 150 executives at our Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, with a theme on Supply Chain Analytics. 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. Here is what I expect to see next year: Global supply chain footprints will continue to expand. Increased Globalization Brings Increased Risks of Supply Disruption.

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

Talking Logistics

For most 3PLs, their customers — across a variety of industries — are growing their presence in Mexico, either manufacturing there or growing their supplier base there, so 3PLs need to align their services and capabilities accordingly to the changing supply chain networks of their customers. They also saw inventory cost reductions of 12% compared to 9% globally and order fill rates move to 77% from 68%. Mexico mode…Freight moved by pipeline increased 11.4

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

The Network Effect

Supply chains will also be differentiated within each product category, for example into cold chain and non-cold-chain specialty drugs – because of the strong growth in demand for both generic drugs and specialty drugs, more specific supply chains for these two segments are expected to emerge.

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

BluJay Solutions

Our January blog post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs? In this post, we concluded that 3D printing is unlikely to fundamentally alter the mechanics of the global supply chain in the short term.

Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive

Cerasis

2014 is coming to a close and as we herald in the New Year, shippers (manufacturers, retailers, and distribution centers) around the country are busy gearing up for the holiday season and have holiday logistics best practices on the brain. Make your Inventory Omni-Channel.

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The Role of the Internet of Things in Managing Supply Chain Risk

BluJay Solutions

Gartner believes it will “impact the information available to supply chain leaders and how the supply chain operates, depending on industry.” . Of course IoT is already in widespread use within the supply chain, for example through the use of telematics in road forwarding to drive efficiency in route management and vehicle handling. Sign up for our Supply Chain in Motion newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and industry developments.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Cerasis

We found it as a great summation of all the things companies must consider when mastering their supply chain. Many studies state that those who can manage the functions with the supply chain, they have a competitive advantage. 2) Connected supply chains.

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Is a Lack of Integration Holding the Supply Chain Back?

BluJay Solutions

So, why has something as basic as data integration not been adopted throughout the supply chain ? . Accurate receipt information for inventory systems. Inventory Systems and Product Tracking. The post Is a Lack of Integration Holding the Supply Chain Back?

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Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

Cerasis

However, one thing that should come to mind is the prowess of the retail giant’s supply chain excellence. Walmart would not have the ability to provide such low prices and have consistent inventory in the over 5,000 stores in the United States and over 1.3 9, 2014.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Specifically, fabricators are expecting to spend a good deal less on consumables and supplies (down almost 30 percent) and more on capacity-building machinery, especially in cutting and forming.

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.

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.

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

Cerasis

Then we will cover in subsequent posts what are the benefits of using EDI in transportation along with a transportation management system, we will debunk a few myths, and then we will end the series by highlighting how a shipper at Cerasis used EDI to reduce freight expenditures and resources.

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

Cerasis

Automating the exchange of data between applications across a supply chain can ensure that business-critical data is sent on time and can be tracked in real time. Shortening the order processing and delivery times means that organizations can reduce their inventory levels.

How Bad Weather Can Take Supply Chains by Storm—and How You Can Prepare

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Like dominoes, one delay led to another, disrupting supply chains across the country. But before you choose, measure how much freight your carriers are actually hauling, compared to what they promised. Can they step in and move additional freight volumes in a pinch?

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Leader. 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. As background, Peter Gibbons is the Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain for Mattel, Inc.

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. ” Vendor Managed Inventory Model: A Quick Back Story.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Kevin Doubleday who discusses the importance of blockchain within the supply chain. Current Supply Chains don’t operate at the cadence of business. Integrating Blockchain within the Supply Chain could change that. When we are asked about “killer” use cases for blockchain within enterprise systems, Supply Chain is the usual suspect — and for good reason.

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. There should be metrics involved to monitor these objectives to ensure success across the supply chain.

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