Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Warehousing and Logistics: How Important is Synchronization? 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. Warehousing and logistics are two different aspects of similar functions within the supply chain.

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain. In the absence of this visibility, warehouse operators will simply be reacting to day-to-day activities.

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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. 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.

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.

Warehouse Operations

LeanCor

Lean Culture in a Warehouse Operations Setting. Many companies today are realizing that a lean culture is a more effective culture in regards to operations within a firm, such as warehousing, logistics, supply chain, etc. In regards to a lean cultural shift and establishment in a warehouse operations setting, the values of lean must be embraced by all members of the team, especially (at the beginning of the shift) by the upper management and leadership team members.

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Inbound Warehousing

LeanCor

Stability and Visibility for Inbound Warehousing. For firms today, a universal struggle is the synchronization of inbound shipments with inbound warehousing activities, as well as outbound warehousing activities. This effort will contain items such as, supplier development training, supplier cultivation, as well as planning sessions to understand what it will take to level flow inventory (shipments) etc. By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist.

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.

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 (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.

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

Talking Logistics

North American Freight Numbers July 2014. Over the past couple of years, since getting acquired by Francisco Partners, Kewill has made significant investments in expanding its solution footprint and modernizing its technology platform, bringing together transportation management, warehouse management, trade compliance, visibility, and B2B integration capabilities. We had friends over for dinner last Friday, and the kids ran off to play hide-and-seek after eating.

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.

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. This chaotic environment (usually due to those companies who are still using manual process in the warehouse) will directly affect the profits and reputation to customers of your company. Make Warehouse Process as Simple, Efficient, and Technologically Driven as Possible. Logistics Technology warehouse technology

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?

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, there are many top 3PL warehousing companies that handle warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and distribution services for companies of all sizes.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. Just-in-time delivery – Cross-docking allows for just-in-time delivery of inventory to a customer’s manufacturing facilities without driving up transportation cost by way of postponement. Being able to reduce the inventory levels at the plant is a huge benefit from lean warehousing.

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

Talking Logistics

Menlo Logistics Opening New Multi-client Warehouse in Ladkrabang, Thailand. 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.

6 Tried and True Best Practices for Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Taking a standard approach to lean warehousing drives tangible and measurable results. These can include labor productivity, equipment and space utilization, and inventory reduction. Here are six key practices that have proven successful in lean warehousing. 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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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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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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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.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

That said, implementing Lean concepts would undoubtedly be part of that strategy, for example, - Lean Warehousing : Many firms (both retailers and manufacturers) are now aggressively rolling out Lean in their warehouse operations. It is safe to say that if a warehouse operation is not implementing Lean, it is falling behind its competition. Eliminate Before You Automate : Automation is critical to large, efficient warehouse operations.

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Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. Today, 90% of publicly-traded companies are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. Will wearables, voice, internet of things, and robotics redefine warehouse management to reduce costs to pick goods by 30-40%?

Kewill Supply Chain Predictions 2014

BluJay Solutions

As 2013 begins to feel a long time ago and our own personal New Year’s resolutions begin to falter, here are a few key themes the Kewill team expects will feature prominently on the global supply chain agenda in 2014: Transportation costs will remain a key concern, with LSPs continuing to be faced with several challenges in terms of spiraling fuel prices, labor shortages and reduced inventories which will threaten to erode their already small margins.

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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. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

Thus, using retail and consumer goods as a guide, we can expect that companies will tailor the mode of transportation, warehousing and depth of distribution in each country for different pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Traditionally companies in the pharmaceuticals sector have used a push logistics approach to distribution, which is characterized by over stocked warehouses throughout the supply chain.

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A motor manufacturer’s warehouse space and on-hand materials were growing exponentially as it received, processed, and stored material for potential future use. As a result, warehoused inventory increased from one to seven warehouses due to lack of a defined inventory and replenishment strategy. The motor company desired the right mix of on-hand SKUs in order to optimize material flow from one warehouse instead of the seven it currently operated.

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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. Cloud-based logistics and warehouse management are combining with B2B networks to enable multi-tier fulfillment. No matter where inventory is, put it to work.

Which Warehouse Locations Are Lean and Lucrative?

Supply Chains Rock

fearful factors that business owners and logistics managers have to deal with, one of the things they dread the most is idle inventory. the term idle inventory just exudes negativity. Of all the. As if supply chains aren’t boring enough as it is (or so people. think!), No company, whether mom and pop sized or international corporation sized, is ever. content with anything business-related

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4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain

LeanCor

For example, ill-conceived purchasing decisions today result in increased warehousing costs six months from now and inventory obsolescence two years from the original purchase. The main perplexing dynamic is a result of the less than obvious relationship between visible operations costs and inventory carrying costs. Typically most operational costs are explicit, whereas many inventory carrying costs are implicit. Logistics is a necessary function for all companies.

Network Optimization

LeanCor

Outdated and complex distribution network structures can contribute to over-sized inventory levels, unnecessary costs, a strain on service, and overly complex inventory deployment. Voice of Customer: Aligning network and cost models with external lead time and service level expectations, as well as internal inventory and working capital objectives. Goals: Achieving the right inventory in the right locations, with right transportation modes.

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. It is not enough to just reduce waste in one area (for example receiving) while the warehousing strategy and outbound strategies do not align. By: David Sherman, CTL.

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 distribution centers were not serving a strategic function, warehouse operations lacked experience, and the company as a whole lacked a corporate wide concept of operational excellence. The client also needed to understand how its inventory strategy aligned with the network analysis.

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA 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”. To share a great success story: One of our customers from the metals industry who used our planning and optimization software was able to reduce inventory of raw materials by 35%, reflecting savings of double-digit millions.

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Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

Warehouses. Identify and record where excessive inventory is stored, identify long-lead-times and misalignment in lot-sizes, and record any place where quality is below acceptable levels. Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain. Waiting for hours in an emergency room or doctors office only scratches the surface of the challenges we find in Healthcare.