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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. Some logistics involves transportation or warehouses or both. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

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

Cerasis

Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. Let’s back up a bit before we specifically address EDI in transportation. EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents.

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

Cerasis

As a shipper in today’s growing market, there are many advantages to shifting to the use of transportation EDI with your transportation providers or 3PLs. 4 Main Benefits of Transportation EDI Utilized by Shippers within a TMS.

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

Kinaxis

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?

This Week in Logistics News (April 28 – May 2, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. DOT Secretary Foxx sends transportation bill to Congress (Logistics Management). In 3PL news, Con-way reported Q1 2014 results this week.

3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

LeanCor

Before our recent webinar, “Transportation Management: Driving improvements in cost, quality, sales, and delivery,” we conducted a transportation bench-marking assessment to discover industry trends and areas of opportunity in transportation management.

Top 5 Questions About Keeping Transportation In-House

Talking Logistics

Is this true for your in-house transportation management department? Why would you hand over your transportation management to someone else? There are viable reasons to outsource the system, people, or both; for example, your transportation requirements are not unique enough to staff a full department. Other segments in your business could be outsourced, but a core function like transportation planning within your supply chain might not be one of them.

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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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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How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

Smart planning and optimization technology allows 3PLs to review several different possible scenarios and enables them to make informed decisions after reviewing the results of their intended actions. Transport & Logistics

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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. The WMS provides individual performance data to inform the manager as to who needs what specific training.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

has become a major oil and gas producer , which has been to the advantage of fabricators that serve not only drilling and extraction, but also heavy transportation. Inform yourself on these trends by downloading the Capgemini/Penn State/Panalpnia 2013 18th Annual 3PL Study.

Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

This will involve micro-visibility of order statuses, particularly where lockers are used on a timed basis, both for customers to have the information they need to collect on time and for LSPs to fulfil orders via networks of contractors.

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Why intelligent logistics is a game changer

DELMIA Quintiq

Not so long ago I was chatting with the management team of one of the top ten bulk transporters in Europe. Are you equipped to manage their stock levels or take responsibility for vendor managed inventory? Transport & Logistics

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. Warehouse strategy is driven by inventory strategy. We leverage this information to ensure optimal uptime and asset utilization.

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Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Reducing lead times from suppliers can help turn inventory faster, freeing up cash and ultimately satisfying customers. Quality information from accounting systems is of critical importance en route to a successful supply chain which helps movement towards sustainability.

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What is ‘integrated business planning’ and what does it mean for my supply chain?

The Network Effect

Under the old technology paradigm, the systems and thus the processes were burdened with significant information latency at various nodes upstream in the supply chain.

For 3PLs, New Market Trends = New Opportunities

The Network Effect

There is a sharper focus for 3PLs and shippers to be able to deliver via omnichannel, inventory flexibility and agility, faster delivery time, and customer-centric services. Logistics transportation Big opportunities lie ahead for today’s third-party logistics providers (3PLs).

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Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Warehousing is a key component of logistics management and how businesses manage the transportation and storage of their inventories. Warehousing is the safe storage of goods, inventory, information, etc. Warehousing and Logistics: How Important is Synchronization?

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 also needed to understand how its inventory strategy aligned with the network analysis.

Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

There are people that spend their days calling providers, tracking down payments, seeking information, and inquiring about deliveries of their durable medical equipment (DME) and prescriptions. Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain.

Why a ‘single version of truth’ is key to a great supply chain

The Network Effect

Ratings are good when comparing qualitative information, but is subjective and can be manipulated based on derivation. The journey from ‘good’ to ‘great’ is well underway across many global supply networks.

Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

Ship according to a latest set of transportation routing instructions. Supplier shipment information accuracy. Today I want to talk about the challenges faced by today’s automotive suppliers, and why a network model for their supply chain can help.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

The reason why they can do this is that customized products are sold directly to customers so they have the higher profit margin to compensate the higher transportation cost. Managing transportation at this scale is the absolute challenge.

Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Excessive amounts of waste (in the form of waiting, inactivity, and unused inventory) are created when trailers full of materials and finished goods come and go or sit idle without precise planning. Route systems are essentially standard work for the transportation providers.

6 Tried and True Best Practices for Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

These can include labor productivity, equipment and space utilization, and inventory reduction. Creating a visible process with quantifiable data, enables you to see incorrect work sequences, process variation, surplus motion, excess inventory and unnecessary transportation.

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Piece Parts

Supply Chain Shaman

It is 2014. Yes, we have brains in our heads and feet in our shoes, but we communicate most of the important information about the supply chain in an Excel spreadsheet? Nine out of Ten Companies are Stuck at the Intersection of Operating Margin and Inventory Turns.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Faced with significant waste related to the movement of product and information, the customer recognized many areas for improvement within its supply chain. The waste led to multiple issues, including: Excess inventory. Estimated inventory reduction of $ 475K (8.12%).

Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

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. Increased cost to the customers who were also indirectly incurring the cost of transportation, which was often exaggerated to account for complex and inefficient transportation strategies.

Joining Forces for the Third Act

Supply Chain Shaman

SAP SNC has been disappointing, as has their work on inventory optimization and demand sensing. While there are pieces of the software like transportation planning or trade promotion planning that are promising, today it is piece parts.

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.

Digital logistics: how manufacturing companies can profit

DELMIA Quintiq

The underlying question is: How can information technology processes and results in production logistics be improved? For example, one scenario could concentrate on minimising inventories while another considers maximising resources efficiency. Transport & Logistics

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

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. 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. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

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. Thought is to leverage existing building assets, people and inventory to support the online business.

Supply Chain at Your Fingertips

Logility

These were just a few of the themes discussed at this year’s Connections 2014, Logility’s customer conference. Logility Connections 2014—Enabling Supply Chain at Your Fingertips By Predrag Jakovljevic, Technology Evaluation Centers. Cloud. Mobile. On Demand.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A Systems Approach to Inventory Management. Inventory Management. Inventory is not isolated to raw materials and finished goods. Companies will carry inventory masquerading as service parts, repair items, administrative suppliers, automobile fleets, and a host of other types of assets that are managed by setting and maintaining certain levels. The problem is that almost every function inside an organization can affect inventory levels. Transportation strategy.

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IT versus supply chain

Supply Chain Movement

Effective provision of the necessary information is crucial. The layer of ‘systems of differentiation’ comprises solutions which help companies to gain a competitive edge, such as forecasting, production planning and advanced transport management and warehouse management.

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