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.

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. With software plugged into your warehouse management system, picking and shipping orders has become a lot more accurate. Chirag Patel from Fairway Fulfillment & Logistics explores three popular pick and pack shipping systems in 2014.

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. This inventory builds.

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

Talking Logistics

Shipping Vendor ABOL Software to Help Retail Customers Drive International Sales. Shipping startup Shyp comes to New York and soon Miami (VentureBeat). UPS, FedEx Want Retailers to Get Real on Holiday Shipping (WSJ – sub. North American Freight Numbers July 2014.

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

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

Talking Logistics

FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference next week? If so, let’s connect.

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

Talking Logistics

Moving on to 3PL news, FedEx was indicted by the Justice Department for shipping packages from illegal online pharmacies despite being warned from U.S. And third, how inventory management and enhanced supply chain visibility remain critical elements of a 3PL’s value proposition.

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.

Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

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

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Stasis

Supply Chain Shaman

I was involved in early Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) pilots. In my work at Clorox we were starting to ship to Walmart using Retail Link. Companies are shipping fewer and fewer cases using VMI processes. sta•sis (?ste? stæs ?s). sta•ses (?ste? siz, ?stæs stæs iz).

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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. DnA Languages presented the Supply Chain Professional 2014 with a personal prize: a language course of his choice. The 2014 finalists.

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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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Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

When I sat down to write the book, Bricks Matter, I believed that companies had used supply chain technologies to reduce operating margin and improve inventory turns. Resiliency: The pattern or reliability of results at this intersection of operating margin and inventory turns.

Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

We believe that a supply chain leader is defined by both the level of performance on the Effective Frontier (balance of growth, Return on Invested Capital, Profitability and Inventory Turns) and driving supply chain improvement.

Beware the Ship-From-Store Spin Cycle

Supply Chain Network

Seems like every so often there’s a new trend that takes the retail and e-commerce world by storm and the latest of these seems to be Ship-From -Store. An omni-channel nirvana being pumped by systems companies, and falsely supported by ill conceived surveys of analysts alike, the best thing since sliced bread this year is apparently Ship-From-Store. On the surface Ship-From-Store sounds like a great idea. Still think Ship-From-Store is a good idea?

Power B2B Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

If you ask companies if they would like better inventory and global supply chain visibility, you will get an overwhelming answer of, “Yes!” Today, it is rolling off the presses, as I write, and it will ship from the Amazon warehouses on December 15th.

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

Cerasis

EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents. In 1965, the Holland-America steam ship line started sending the very first EDI messages, although still not called EDI.

Potential West Coast Port Disruption Raises Questions on Impacts to Upcoming Peak Shipping Period

Supply Chain Matters

West Coast port disruptions as a result of current ongoing labor union contract negotiations raises an open question as to “peak shipping season” this year. percent of respondents expecting a more active peak shipping season this year. China Supply Chain Strategy Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Execution Supply Chain Risk Management Transportation and Logistics impact of potential U.S.

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Supply Chain Shaman

In Figure 1, I share a composite orbit chart of progress of Cisco Systems, Intel, Samsung and Flextronics on the Effective Frontier at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin for 2006-2012.

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. When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

I also think that Quintiq’s leadership in concurrent planning to solve new problems is promising, especially in the design of transportation and inventory flows. In prestige beauty and nutritional supplements, the cost to ship the product is minuscule.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

Efficiency programs like lean drove us to reduce suppliers and cut inventory. Supply chain risk management practice advises us to source additional suppliers and plan additional strategic inventories as mitigation strategies.

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. Work with your broker to see if you can get priority on unloading the ship and inland transport.

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Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

When it comes to warehousing and logistics, the biggest costs in shipping and receiving are equipment and people. Identifying waste in shipping, receiving and yard-management activities requires an understanding of the flow of materials and movement of people.

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

Quintiq

The manufacturer would benefit from lower inventory levels, while the 3PL operator could gain a better profit margin for being responsive and reacting “on demand”. With growing consumer expectations for faster delivery, shippers are expecting value-added logistics services from 3PL operators.

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Learning to Speak the Language of Demand

Supply Chain Shaman

Companies are stuck at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin. As the long tail (small orders shipped with low-frequency) of the supply chain grows, demand latency increases and there is a greater need for demand sensing technologies. The shifting of demand from one period to another (examples include pre-shipments at the end of the quarter, stuffing the channel to get rid of stock, or shipping early) increases supply chain costs and distorts the demand signal.

3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

LeanCor

Equally important is connecting transportation to manufacturing and inventory strategy to drive lean supply chain operations. A discrepancy between your order quantity and the supplier’s ship quantity has occurred.

A Contrarian View – Embracing Ship-from-Store is Bad for Business

Supply Chain Nation

The meeting touched on some “vision” topics in retailing and an industry analyst that I was sitting next to, Greg Girard from IDC, offered a statement along the lines of “retailers should try to never ship from the store.” If the hype is to be believed retailers are all in on ship-from-store.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

Kinaxis

But before you pull the trigger, make sure you understand these cost factors that don’t often get considered; Longer lead time – The product that at one time was manufactured in your plant and then shipped to your customer (often in the same country) is now being shipped by boat.

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.

Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

For the health care supply chain, the best approach is to map a stable, high-volume, finished product that ships to a customer, as well as a stable, high volume part that is received from a supplier for assembly into that SKU. Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain.