Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Jason Mathers discussed the 5 Principles of Greener Freight, and provided real-world examples of those principles in action (read the Ocean Spray , Caterpillar , and Boise case studies, and also watch my conversation with Jason from earlier this year on Talking Logistics). Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014.

This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014)

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Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way (Reuters). September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014. This week, FedEx Freight drivers voted against the union in Newark, New Jersey , and Con-way Freight employees did the same in Manchester, New Hampshire. The post This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014)

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I encourage you to read the full article for all the details, but here are some interesting excerpts (emphasis mine): A source familiar with the company’s plans says senior Google execs have set aside as much as $500 million to expand the service nationwide …“You can very much expect that we are putting a lot of money into this and we’re excited and willing to sustain that investment over time as this gets going,” said Tom Fallows, head of Google Shopping Express. .

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Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

As manufacturers continue to increase profitability and increase their share of the overall GDP, in order to sustain and survive long-term, they need to focus on these key areas for logistics efficiency: Use Readily and Easily Deployed Transportation and Freight Technology : A survey by ARC revealed that 23 percent of respondents using a transportation management system would see a 10 percent increase in total freight costs if they stopped using the system , the source reported.

EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths

Cerasis

So, for a direct response marketer, it’s actually more expensive to not have EDI integration, because without it you’re closed off from potential sources of business. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com). For related commentary, see Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014. — Adrian’s Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2014. Shippers and carriers continue to shift away from long-haul trucking and one-way freight. Trade agreements, protectionism, and threat of port strike will dominate global trade news in first half of 2014.

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

Talking Logistics

The recently-published 2015 Third Party Logistics Study includes a special section on Mexico, and 40 percent of the study respondents said “they have already moved some of their operations to Mexico, citing reduced freight transportation time and closer proximity to sources as the most important factors as the primary drivers of the change.” Mexico mode…Freight moved by pipeline increased 11.4 billion of freight to and from Mexico, followed by rail at 14.2

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Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Excessive purchase orders and unconsolidated freight created complexity and cost. Lack of ownership and visibility to much of the freight planning and spend on inbound material. The ability for the client to take ownership of freight planning and spend hinged upon providing value to the supplier. Clear value proposition for the suppliers to collaborate on inbound freight cost reduction initiatives. Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study.

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

For UPS, “networked for growth” involves migrating its existing networks (Small Package, Freight, Logistics, Forwarding, and Technology) toward a single interoperable network, which would enable the company to provide more integrated and enhanced customer solutions and drive greater process efficiencies and innovation powered by analytics. . Source: UPS. Source: UPS. Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation (Source: Adelante SCM).

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Strategic Sourcing. Strategic Sourcing. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, strategic sourcing strategies have significant impact on logistics functions. Accordingly, all decisions regarding suppliers and sourcing need to be front and center on the logistics radar screen. The types of sourcing that logisticians are interested in are: Raw material suppliers (choosing suppliers for purchased parts, components, raw material, and service parts).

How Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

Talking Logistics

Subsequently, LSS projects were developed to address waste in several key areas: contract carrier freight rationalization, ship day alignment, Asia-to-US / Asia-to-Europe container optimization, CNG truck costs and impact. While all have added value, let’s take a closer look at contract carrier freight rationalization. Contract Carrier Freight Rationalization. Contracted Freight Rates.

Transportation Logistics

LeanCor

While companies may see global sourcing as a means to reduce material or component costs, they must be mindful of what the customer is actually willing to pay for through total landed cost. Consolidating freight volume will increase delivery frequency while reducing costs. Challenge: Shipments are routed based on the freight forwarder’s network capability/relationships. Challenge: Premium freight transportation costs high and lacks control and reporting.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

We start with customer demand and consider overall value when sourcing carriers, instead of transportation rates alone. We track shipments in a way that provides sufficient visibility to our freight at all times. From designing routes to changing the way a business handles its freight auditing, third party logistics software can be a solution to many transportation problems.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. In order to compensate a long waiting time, Adidas uses air freight or courier service. The result is that the forecast accuracy is improved because a demand planner has an additional source data to make a better decision.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

4) Combine Multiple Methods Sometime you have multiple sources of forecast data (your own forecast from historical data, forecast adjusted by sales team, forecast from customer) what you should do in this case? 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.

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

A lot of companies set up operations and sourced from Mexico back in the 90s, then the focus shifted to China and other Asian countries, and now Mexico is back in the spotlight. We’ve seen, for example, instability in ocean freight, cost, and issues with [Los Angeles] ports in past years. has a surplus of natural gas; it’s a cheap energy source that helps Mexico continue to be competitive. . It seems like we’ve come full circle with Mexico.

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A Case Study in Closed-Loop Operational Management

Talking Logistics

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. Working with Solvoyo, the company implemented the Closed-Loop Operational Management process depicted below: Overview of A101 Stores Implementation of Closed-Loop Operational Management (Source: Solvoyo).

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

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. Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy.

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers. And we follow a pattern: you do an assessment, a sourcing wave, build a process, and do it over and over. I can see the light that will maybe be a freight train someday.

Is it Time for the Widespread Adoption of Composite Pallets in Canada?

Supply Chain Network

The type of the material used is dependent on the manufacturing process and the majority of plastic pallets for the transportation and warehousing of goods are made of non-renewably sourced polyethylene or polypropylene resins. The resins used for a composite pallet can be sourced from either non-renewable petroleum or renewable bio-derived feed-stocks.

Who Said Freight Audit and Payment was Dead?

Talking Logistics

Several years ago, as transportation management systems (TMS) software vendors introduced enhanced freight audit and payment capabilities, many analysts – including me – predicted that shippers would bring this outsourced process back in house. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, the news of freight audit and payment’s death has been greatly exaggerated – in fact, demand for this service continues to grow. The post Who Said Freight Audit and Payment was Dead?

COP21 – Freight and Climate Change

Freightos

The broader climate issue.and freight’s role. The emissions from freighting Shawn’s TV is a miniscule percentage of this year’s 33 billion ton cube. But zooming out to freight as a whole, we found that the freight industry’s contribution to total GHG (Green House Gasses) is about 10% for developed countries (and much more for developing countries). Finding freight’s contribution to GHG took a lot of digging. . and Green Freight Europe.

Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

Positive growth in air freight volumes reported recently by IATA (4.5% increase year on year as at January 2014 ) were tempered by a note of caution around the increasing trend towards near-shoring. Indeed for many IATA members whose operations largely center around air cargo, near-shoring is cause for concern, with manufacturing shifting closed to ‘home’ a risk to the sustainability of air freight volumes longer term. .

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How the Bakken Oil Boom Impacts U.S. Supply Chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

For those of us in neighboring states, North Dakota is the source of a clichéd “giant sucking sound,” the likes of which this generation has never experienced. The oil and gas industry impacts freight transportation in four significant areas: Diesel Prices. My brother-in-law lives within a half a mile of the main freight rail track in the Twin Cities. With the tremendous increase in high value oil trains, service levels at other rail freight operations have deteriorated.

Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

Freight tons moving on the nation’s transportation network will grow 40 percent in the next three decades while the value of the freight will almost double, increasing by 92 percent, according to the latest projections by the U.S. Not surprising, considering the ongoing growth of e-commerce, freight moves in tons by “Multiple Modes and Mail” — which includes shipments by parcel delivery services, U.S.

What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

billion and goods exports to sub-Saharan Africa were $24 billion in 2013 (source: Office of the United States Trade Representative ). In the same period, the EU traded 38,273 million Euros in imports and 30,471 million Euros in exports with Western African countries specifically, much of which is petrochemical based product that cannot easily be sourced elsewhere (source: European Commission ).

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

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. Globalization is now increasingly linked to labor costs in countries such as China, as well as fuel costs and regulatory shifts, which are in turn driving a dramatic impact on where companies source, where they produce, and the complexity of processes required to sell to the customer. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!

Port of Los Angeles: Disintermediation and Other Risks

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

increase in containerized cargo volumes in May 2014 from the previous year. Its proximity to the Port of Long Beach creates a maritime cluster that supports flexible supply chains with ready access to 14 major freight hubs across the US. Pollution and port congestion: environmentalists have targeted the port for being a major source of CO2 emissions – the city will need to find a path that improves the environmental situation without significantly burdening businesses.

Is it Time for a Cross-Border Checkup?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

These companies typically source key components from Mexico, have increased their investments in Mexico manufacturing facilities, or sell a large percentage of their finished goods to consumers in Mexico. The already tight trucking market is impacted even further by several factors: Ratio of northbound to southbound freight. Freight Services Global Trade Resources Mexico North American Border Crossing Over the Road Cross-Border Shipping Supply Chain

Extreme Global Weather Set to Continue – What’s the Supply Chain Impact (Part 1)?

BluJay Solutions

According to figures issued recently by the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which monitors global weather, the first six weeks of 2014 saw extreme weather occur almost simultaneously in countries across the globe, from significant snowfall in North America to damaging storms and floods in the United Kingdom, to heat waves in Brazil, Southern Africa and Australia and even snow in Vietnam. .

3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

BluJay Solutions

As we look ahead to 2014 and the many predictions for the logistics industry, it’s interesting to look back to the predictions of previous years and consider which are close to becoming a reality. So is its popularity likely to burgeon in 2014 and, importantly, will it render some of the staple services currently provided by logistics service providers (LSPs) redundant? . .

The Silk Railway: freight train from China pulls up in Madrid

Global Trade Management

En route it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid. It is also Spain’s third largest source of imports, after Germany and France. [link] The longest rail link in the world and the first direct link between China and Spain is up and running after a train from Yiwu in coastal China completed its maiden journey of 8,111 miles to Madrid.

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[Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide

Cerasis

We built one of the first Mobile TMS apps , have the only end-to-end LTL eCommerce Freight shipping applications for B2B shopping carts, continue to innovate on internal systems, and have won several accolades for our digital marketing efforts. For the true DIYer, open-source projects such as RepRap allow hackers to build their own machines using filament to print in materials such as plastic and metal.

Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#2: The Impact of Complexity & Role of Contingency Planning

BluJay Solutions

However when components are sourced from around the world, into a manufacturing facility in another region for production with the finished goods then distributed into multiple warehouses in different locations in the world, potentially for further local customization and finishing…the supply chain becomes much more complex and so does the risk.