Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014


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.

Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment


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. The beginning stage of inventory management doesn’t begin at the dock door rather it begins with the supplier.

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.

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.

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. What is your Holiday 2014 plan? It’s no secret that Holiday 2013 was a disaster for final delivery.

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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.

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management


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. This inventory builds.

Are you paying attention to your inventory?


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. Base inventory on desired customer service levels.

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).

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads.

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2014 Oracle Industry Connect Conference. Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads Conference. Inventory Management (43). Archives Select Month July 2014. June 2014. May 2014. April 2014. March 2014.

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


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. So what strategies are out there to maintain inventories at the “right” level?

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?


How can companies calculate the right inventory quantity and send it to the right place at the right time with such seasonality involved? 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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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.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


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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Severe Congestion at Key West Coast Ports Lead to Needs for Creative Actions

Supply Chain Matters

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Inventory Management Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Execution Transportation and Logistics 2014 challenges in Omni-Channel supply chain fulfillment 2014 west coast port congestion blogs- independent analysis and opinion on supply chains Supply chain Matters blog what to expect in 2014 holiday buying season

Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results

Supply Chain Matters

While reverse supply chain activities continue to ramp over the remaining days of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on the initial learning from the 2014 holiday surge. If there is to a single headline related to the supply chain Grinch of the 2014 season, it remains the very ill-timed west coast port disruption and its impact on multiple other supply chain and logistics fulfillment teams.

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Marketing Strategies Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Collaboration Supply Chain Business Intelligence Supply Chain Technology #smartercommerce cognitive commerce Emptoris an IBM company IBM efforts in supporting business networks IBM Smarter Commerce impressions supply chain and B2B technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters

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Peak Holiday Season Surge- The Final Crunch Begins

Supply Chain Matters

Thus far, our community already has some acquired learning from the 2014 holiday surge, learning, that stings goods producers, shippers as well as retailers and e-tailers. West Coast port crisis impacted various brand-name retailers and exporters and their efforts to get inventory where it was needed. It is Friday, December 19 and the peak holiday surge of in-store and online customer fulfillment is just a two business days and hours away and the final crunch is underway.

This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014)

Talking Logistics

HighJump Software announced enhancements to its Retail Inventory and Point of Sale Management software, RETAIL vantage. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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. Collaborative relationships need a good signal for inventory.

Service Supply Chains Put to the Ultimate Stress Test in the Automotive Industry

Supply Chain Matters

Thus far in 2014, GM has announced 44 product recalls involving nearly 18 million previously sold vehicles. Automotive Supply Chain Inventory Management Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Service Parts Planning Service-centered Supply Chains Supply Chain Execution challenges in automotive supply chains General Motors 2014 product recall crisis General Motors Supply Chain Inc. Across the United States, besides the U.S.

Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

The post Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014 appeared first on Kewill Corporate

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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. Sales and operations alignment.

NRF Issues Optimistic Forecast of Holiday Sales- Be Watchful and Be Prepared

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Execution Transportation and Logistics 2014 online commerce predictions challenges for etail supply chains National Retail Federation Supply chain Matters blog what to expect in 2014 holiday buying season

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

Talking Logistics

North American Freight Numbers July 2014. 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.

Are Retailers Planning for the Most Optimistic Holiday Sales Scenarios?

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain blogs- independent anlaysis on supply chain and B2B business networks challenges for retail supply chains Supply chain Matters blog what to expect in 2014 holiday buying season Earlier this month, Supply Chain Matters featured a commentary focused on predictions of upcoming holiday sales.

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

Talking Logistics

Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. Enterprise-wide inventory visibility to inventory and orders, coupled with profitable order promising logic to help achieve customer satisfaction without sacrificing margin. .

Napa Valley Assesses Damage to Wine Inventories and Production Equipment

Supply Chain Matters

A report produced by business network CNBC features video and reports of damaged wine caskets and bottled inventory among growers and distributors, some of very expensive varieties. Food and Beverage supply chain Inventory Management Supply Chain Disruption Supply Chain Risk Management earthquake in Napa Valley CA region independendent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain Risk wine and sprits supply chains

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). August 2014 freight shipments were up 3.8

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.

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

Talking Logistics

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The post This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Lots of news to get to this week, so let’s get started… Descartes Acquires e-customs.

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. Over the past five years, US clothing giant Gap has increased revenue by 1.6

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


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. sta•sis (?ste? stæs ?s). sta•ses (?ste? siz, ?stæs

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2014 Merchandise Planning and Allocation Survey Results Revealed


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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