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. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. There are countless number of logistics service providers who offer many different types of broad and niche services. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

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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Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

I have long argued that third party logistics providers (3PLs) should set themselves apart from the competition by fully harnessing the power and value of their customer and employee communities. Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation and Logistics. Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends.

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

Talking Logistics

ARI and Fidelitone Logistics Partner to Deliver Unified eCommerce and Supply Chain Solutions. HighJump Software announced enhancements to its Retail Inventory and Point of Sale Management software, RETAIL vantage. Talking Logistics is taking its summer vacation next week, so Ill be charging my batteries under the sun, with my laptop and iPhone off. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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. DOT Secretary Foxx sends transportation bill to Congress (Logistics Management). Enterprise-wide inventory visibility to inventory and orders, coupled with profitable order promising logic to help achieve customer satisfaction without sacrificing margin. . In 3PL news, Con-way reported Q1 2014 results this week.

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

Talking Logistics

Menlo Logistics Announces Launch of New Brand and Website. 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.) Note: Descartes, enVista, Kewill, and Manhattan Associates are Talking Logistics sponsors.

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). Lowenthal calls for innovative approach for freight infrastructure funding (Logistics Management). August 2014 freight shipments were up 3.8 The post This Week in Logistics News (October 6-10, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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

Talking Logistics

Menlo Logistics Opening New Multi-client Warehouse in Ladkrabang, Thailand. Kuehne + Nagel inaugurates North America’s regional Integrated Logistics Control Centre in Raleigh, NC, USA. Over the years, Infor had a acquired several TMS applications (including CAPS Logistics and Arzoon), but it’s clear from this partnership that the company has opted to partner with a best-of-breed provider than trying to modernize and enhance those legacy solutions.

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

Talking Logistics

DHL launches new logistics service for life sciences products handled at extremely low temperatures. Penske Logistics Joins CargoNet to Enhance Supply Chain Security. At the center of Atlas’ product line is Atlas Exchange, a secure document exchange providing a “connect-once, access-all” network, securely linking retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and logistics service providers. Note: Transplace is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

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.

Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Inventory Management Just for Fun Retail Supply Chain Planning This Week in News Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 730 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving. Given that the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 16 pounds, that is about 45 million […].

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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. There were 500+ attendees from over 150 companies at the event, with speakers from leading companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Cargill, Caterpillar, CEVA Logistics, DHL, Guess?, Driving towards an In-transit Inventory Allocation Model. The post HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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

Cerasis

When you are prepared, typically, you have contingency, which also means you can absorb any issues that could possibly drive up costs in your logistics department. . 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. Logistics holiday logistics

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Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. 23 million dollars in total healthcare logistics cost savings; how would that make you feel? 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. Improved service levels with overall inventory reduction.

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.

Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Warehousing and Logistics: How Important is Synchronization? By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. Warehousing is a key component of logistics management and how businesses manage the transportation and storage of their inventories. Warehousing and logistics must be aligned within a firm to have the most efficient effect on overall manufacturing production as well as outbound logistics activities.

Third Party Logistics

LeanCor

The impact of lean on the supply chain is significant, as the goal of lean is to eliminate waste (overproduction and inventory), which will decrease work in process inventories. Logistics can be quite complicated and there are many potential failure modes between the order and delivery. Without an effective third party logistics provider in place, the system can break down and the inbound part or outbound final product won’t arrive in time.

Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

When it comes to warehousing and logistics, the biggest costs in shipping and receiving are equipment and people. 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. ” This lack of level planning in your warehousing and logistics leads to peaks and valleys of demand on people, space, and equipment.

Why intelligent logistics is a game changer

DELMIA Quintiq

What would it take to build on its success and ensure its position as a leading logistics service provider in the 21st century? They were going to grow into an intelligent logistics service provider – an LSP that applied intelligence to every aspect of its operations, and those of its customers. What will the new intelligent logistics provider of the future look like? Many companies think they have intelligent logistics in place. Collaborative logistics: Just do it?

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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What are the top challenges for today’s logistics providers?

The Network Effect

Today’s logistics customers demand flexibility and visibility. In a recent survey based on interviews with 62 international supply chain executives as well as over 1800 respondents from the logistics and manufacturing industry found that the top priority for logistics managers was “meeting customer expectations” followed by “on-time delivery”. Logistics logistics

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy. At LeanCor, we refer to our inbound logistics solutions as lean logistics engineering. 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.

Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement

LeanCor

Lean logistics aims to reduce inventory levels and create flow within supply chain networks. For supply chains looking to obtain one-piece flow lean logistics processes must be in alignment with purchasing and inventory strategies among other processes within a firm or supply chain network. In order for a firm to gain traction in their lean logistics and material flow journey, there must be support from the executive level to the associate level.

Mind Map for medtech supply chains 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Together with logistics service provider DSV, Supply Chain Movement has created a mindmap outlining the route for the medical device supply chain, including road signs indicating potential hazards along the way. >>Please 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.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain & Logistics Executives

Talking Logistics

If you’re a supply chain or logistics executive and you’re looking for ways to improve as a leader this year, here are my five recommendations: 1. For a long time, C-level executives viewed supply chain management, especially the logistics function, as a cost center. There is a shortage of supply chain and logistics talent in the industry, but addressing the problem is not just the responsibility of universities and HR departments — it’s your responsibility too.

Two Ways Supply Chains Can Remain Strategic to Business

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain management is a critical function at any business that involves production, distribution, or inventory management. Logistics Trends Omni-channel logistics Supply Chain Planning But being a critical function does not make it strategic in the traditional Michael Porter definition of providing a unique, valuable and sustainable competitive advantage. So, how can the supply chain management function elevate itself to that of […].

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.

Three Reasons to Give Advanced Track and Trace Capabilities a Fresh Look

Logistics Viewpoints

Inventory Management Reverse Logistics Supply Chain Risk Management Warehouse Management Systems The need for track and trace capabilities in industries such as food and beverage, manufacturing or automotive industries is obvious: the threat of contamination or recalls impacts public safety, and the responses to those events are highly regulated. Organizations need to know what goes into their products and their location at all times. But increasingly, […].

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. 3PL Pricing Structure: Part 2 In Third Party Logistics Implementation. Bonus: Logistics Service Level Agreement and Logistics Key Performance Indicators: A White Paper. Logistics Technology warehouse technology When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control.

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

Cerasis

We take pride at Cerasis, as a third party logistics company who has developed a proprietary web-based transportation management system , to offer technology solutions to our shippers so they may remain as efficient as possible and have access to information at their fingertips. History of EDI and EDI In Transportation and Logistics. Guilbert was serving as a logistics officer for the US Army in the mid 1940s. Logistics Technology Transportation EDI in Transportation

The Internet of Things Changes the Equipment Manufacturer’s Spare Parts Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Suppose you’re in logistics for an equipment manufacturer or a maintenance manager in an operating plant, and a geek in your office keeps talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). The post The Internet of Things Changes the Equipment Manufacturer’s Spare Parts Supply Chain appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints: A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Executives. Cloud/Software-as-a-Service Inventory Management Logistics Trends

Critical Questions to Analyze Total Cost in Your Inbound Logistics Strategy

LeanCor

The concept of total cost has been around for several decades, but receives little attention from most inbound logistics strategies. While many companies are turning attention to supply chain management, too often they are leaving their own houses in disarray by not properly organizing the work of inbound logistics. A typical inbound logistics process will have the following activities and cost drivers: Parts ordering and supplier management.

Logistics Management

LeanCor

The Art of Logistics Management. How is it that supply chain and logistics management can make such a difference? After all, isn’t logistics “merely” a company’s management of material, product, and information flows in the supply chain? Those who work in the field of logistics recognize difficulties associated with getting the right product to the right place at the right time in the right quantity and condition at the lowest possible cost.

The Vitamin Shoppe’s Omni-Channel Transformation

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Inventory Management Logistics Outsourcing Replenishment Retail omni-channel Vitamin Shoppe Last week I attended the CSCMP Annual Global Conference in San Antonio, TX. The omni-channel track featured in the Customer Cornerstone had a number of interesting sessions (including mine).

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. One example that I’ve seen several times is around inventory targets. This software then calculates the statistically correct, time phased safety stock levels across multiple levels of the supply chain, providing the optimum inventory in the optimum location. The supply chain team then ramps down the inventory to the new target and responds to the inevitable stock-outs by expediting short materials and shipments.