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. In fact, the logistics space is so broad, we couldn’t give you only the top 10 blog posts of 2014, but we had to include the top 15. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014 appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

The Logistics of Logistics

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014. Order fulfillment has seen a rise in technology in 2014 and there is now a large offering of advanced products to help make your warehouse function more efficient. Chirag Patel from Fairway Fulfillment & Logistics explores three popular pick and pack shipping systems in 2014. Popular order fulfillment packages include the following: Fishbowl Inventory: direct integration with Quickbooks helping you process orders.

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Best of the Best Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014

Kinaxis

The post Best of the Best Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014 appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain. Control tower General News Inventory management Miscellanea Supply chain comedy Supply chain management 3D printing Carbon footprint Catering Dnata Dubai Efficient energy use Energy Innovation Lagos Supply chain by Melissa Clow.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Inventory (inventory management policies and practices, optimizing inventory flow). Source: “Advances & Best Practices in Supply Chain Design,” Toby Brzoznowski, LLamasoft, Ryder Innovate 2014. The post Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Holiday 2014: How to Avoid Last Year’s Disaster

The Network Effect

Are we fully prepared to tackle Holiday 2014 in a better way? The final delivery capacity problem for Holiday 2014 does not result in a solution to the Holiday 2013 problem. Lack of discipline: There is hope that nationwide parcel carriers have better discipline in 2014 than 2013, but this is not yet clear. Over-promised delivery times by retailers: We are hopeful that retailers have better control over this issue for Holiday 2014 than last year, but it remains unclear.

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

Kinaxis

Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Unfortunately, all the same kinds of things can happen to your supply chain inventory. Except that your inventory costs millions of dollars. Those of you that manage inventories know how hard it can be to get the quantities just right. If you maintain too little inventory, you have stockouts, line stoppages and unhappy customers. So what strategies are out there to maintain inventories at the “right” level?

Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment

LeanCor

Firms today are beginning to understand more and more that high levels of inventory aren’t just detrimental to costs but also for hiding other potential issues. Inventory management starts with lean buying and planning tactics as well as streamlined inventory management standard processes for material handling and planning. The beginning stage of inventory management doesn’t begin at the dock door rather it begins with the supplier. By: David Sherman.

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. Then, this article will show you 10 simple principles that you can use to streamline your inventory management practices right away. 3) Forecast at the right level Standard inventory management textbooks suggested that forecast be done at a product family level.

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

Talking Logistics

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.) Here’s an example from the press release: A fashion retailer can now set a rule to delay offering inventory available for sale online that is selling well at full price in certain stores.

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

Talking Logistics

Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. JDA held its annual user conference this week, where it announced its Distribution-Centric Supply Chain Suite, “an integrated set of cloud-based best-of-breed supply chain planning and execution solutions that holistically and iteratively solve inventory planning, replenishment and order fulfillment challenges.” In 3PL news, Con-way reported Q1 2014 results this week.

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.

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. August 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). across from the Empire State Building in Midtown [and on the same busy street as Macy’s flagship store], would function as a mini warehouse, with limited inventory for same-day delivery within New York, product returns and exchanges, and pickups of online orders.

HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

This trend was certainly evident at GT Nexus’ Bridges 2014 User Conference last month. Driving towards an In-transit Inventory Allocation Model. To get there, HP recognizes that it must embrace the new style of IT and create what it calls The Social Supply Chain, as the photo below from Shanker’s presentation illustrates: The Social Supply Chain, as presented by HP’s Naresh Shanker at GT Nexus Bridges 2014 (click to enlarge).

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.”

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management. Inventory is not only a critical part of supply chain management; too often it is the main cause of a painfully incremental progression toward effective and genuine supply chain management. Reading this article will enable you to see inventory from a perspective contrary to most conventional views defining inventory as an asset. Why can inventory reduction lead to organizational success?

This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

was among the first retailers to implement RFID on a broad national scale to improve the accuracy of item-level inventory counting…In recent omnichannel pilots in fashion categories…Macy’s documented RFID’s ability to significantly improve sales, gross margins and markdowns by better leveraging inventory counts that are real-time and accurate. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (July 14-18, 2014)

Talking Logistics

UPS, meanwhile, announced that it has developed “a healthcare-compliant network of Field Stocking Locations (FSLs) to reduce delivery time of medical device shipments and enhance inventory visibility.” “Based on our experience in healthcare distribution and utilizing UPS’s industry-leading global FSL network, we have created a tailored inventory management and distribution solution to meet the unique needs of medical device manufacturers.”

Are you paying attention to your inventory?

DELMIA Quintiq

In large part, it’s because many companies don’t pay the right kind of attention to their inventory. There’s a lingering belief that inventory is somehow unpredictable and behaves independently of the rest of the business. If you incorporate inventory directly into sales and planning operations, and optimize it at every opportunity, you’ll have a strong grasp of your stock levels, save money and improve customer service. Base inventory on desired customer service levels.

2014 Merchandise Planning and Allocation Survey Results Revealed

Logility

Despite significant advancements in the technology to support omni-channel, adoption of transparent cross-channel inventory has yet to become a reality at most retailers. Recently, Boston Retail Partners released its 2014 Merchandise Planning and Allocation Survey which explores the current state of the retail industry and how technology is shaping retail capabilities. 69% of retailers maintain separate inventory across multiple channels.

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Growing recognition within pharma that inventory management should be a top priority

The Network Effect

There is growing recognition within pharma that inventory management should be a top priority. Industry insiders are beginning to put increasing focus on improving their inventory management practices, which lag far behind those of other industries. A recent Gartner survey found that 77% of life sciences manufacturers have reached an inventory management maturity that is only basic or lagging. . Stock inventory typically ranges between 1 and 8 turns.

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?

LeanCor

How can companies calculate the right inventory quantity and send it to the right place at the right time with such seasonality involved? Don’t be fooled by the scary mask – it is possible through rigorous supply chain planning, a sufficient inbound and outbound logistics network, and a supporting inventory control system. Here are 3 tips to help you develop an inventory control system based on flow to the customer: 1. Where will you keep the inventory?

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How Do I Know If I Am Ready?

Supply Chain Shaman

I also continued to work on the manuscript for the book Metrics That Matter to publish in the fall of 2014. The average client that has implemented demand sensing technologies has reduced inventory by 11%. Yes, it may decrease short-term sales, but in the longer-term it will increase customer service, reduce inventory and improve the execution of new product launch and trade promotions. Demand demand planning demand sensing inventory management inventory reduction

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Current State of Perpetual Inventory. Replenishment is fueled by an effective perpetual inventory signal. Without a perpetual inventory signal, you will never be able to manage out-of-stocks and promot ions. Today, as shown in figure 2, 57% of retailers have a perpetual inventory signal in the warehouse and 47% have a perpetual inventory signal in the store. Collaborative relationships need a good signal for inventory.

Don’t Let the Old Horse Die

Supply Chain Shaman

Team members need to be held equally accountable for growth, inventory, profitability, customer service, and forecast accuracy. Today, most companies are struggling with the ability to improve operating margins and reduce inventory levels. One in nine companies are stuck at this intersection, and as can be seen in Figure 3, more companies have seen a deterioration in inventory performance than driven improvement. Sales and operations alignment. It is the promise.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

Instead, what I observed when I looked at the data, was that most companies that I had worked with (in my role as an industry analyst, I had worked with over 300) were going backwards on margin and inventory turns. Resiliency is the pattern at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. I define the resiliency measurement as the tightness of the pattern at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns for the period of 2000-2013.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

‘SCM World, Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk, Geraint John, July 2014′ SCM World has published a report (login required) ‘Innovative approaches to Supply Chain Risk’ authored by Geraint John, Senior Vice President, Research that outlines an approach to bring your supply chain risk management to the next level of maturity. Efficiency programs like lean drove us to reduce suppliers and cut inventory.

Mind Map for medtech supply chains 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Mindmap for medtech supply chains 2014. A strategic focus on managing inventory and gaining supply chain insight will enable working capital to be minimised while maintaining the required service level. The healthcare market is an interesting one for suppliers of medical devices in view of the rapidly ageing population and new opportunities that are emerging all the time.

Is the Package Under your Tree?

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2014, ecommerce strategies grew in importance. Get Good at Having a Real-time Perpetual Inventory Signal. Foundational for ecommerce is a real-time perpetual inventory (PI) signal. If you are going to be excellent at ecommerce fulfillment, you need to have great perpetual inventory capabilities. No matter where inventory is, put it to work. Problems continue, but 2014 was the year of experimentation. Details matter. Execution is essential.

Three Questions People are Afraid to Ask….

Supply Chain Shaman

It is tough for me to see that nine out of ten companies are stuck, and not making progress, at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. I grow weary of all of the consultant presentations of how supply chains can reduce inventory without looking at the form and function of inventory and the real needs for inventory to be a buffer of demand and supply volatility. The book publishes in December 2014.

Winner of Q2 2014: GAP

Supply Chain Movement

In the next five years, we plan to leverage our scale to drive our strategic initiatives – including global growth plans, omnichannel strategies, a seamless inventory model and fully responsive supply chain. Key elements of a responsive supply chain include fabric platforming, vendor-managed inventory, rapid response, and test and respond. Over the past five years, US clothing giant Gap has increased revenue by 1.6

Stasis

Supply Chain Shaman

I was involved in early Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) pilots. The words collaboration, Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR) filled the air. Demand Demand driven Demand sensing Demand shaping CPFR demand driven market driven Stasis vendor managed inventory VMI sta•sis (?ste? stæs ?s). sta•ses (?ste? siz, ?stæs stæs iz).

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Have you Given your Supply Chain Planner Some Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

When I tried to explain the issues with over forecasting on waste, and inventory obsolescence, he was dismissive. The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is a week away. We are currently tabulating the results to publish the report, “Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire.” In this report, we track the progress on balance sheet performance of companies by peer group and chart the relative improvement for the period of 2006-2013. This work has taken us two years to finish.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

Kinaxis

Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Having wasted time going to that store, I’d be less inclined to use that store in the future – at least I’d be much less likely to trust their website’s inventory. If the planned lead-time is longer than actual, you get excess inventories. Bad data here can cause you to order too much driving excess inventory or too little driving additional ordering costs. On Hand Inventory quantity/status. by John Westerveld.

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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. Additionally, freight in general and the crunch in capacity have picked up in 2014, as economic growth has created an increase in durable goods orders as well as consumer spending. Make your Inventory Omni-Channel.

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Jeroen van Weesep (Lego) is the Supply Chain Professional 2014

Supply Chain Movement

– The Netherlands, 5 June 2014 – Jeroen van Weesep from Lego is the new figurehead of Dutch supply chain management. The Vice President Supply and Inventory Management Europe/Asia was chosen as Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2014 on Wednesday 4 June 2014, narrowly beating Marcel van Rossum from Johnson & Johnson and Bart van Schaik from Arla Foods. The 2014 finalists. Jeroen van Weesep, Vice President Supply and Inventory Management Europe/Asia, Lego.