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

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week, with 3PLs dominating the headlines: FedEx to Expand Global Portfolio of Solutions with Acquisition of GENCO. UPS Acquires Polish Healthcare Logistics Company Poltraf. Radiant Logistics Acquires Don Cameron and Associates, Inc. OHL Launches Phase One of Their Single Source Portal for Customer Logistics Intelligence. Cass Truckload Linehaul Index November 2014.

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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.

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

Talking Logistics

The bodega and building as it appears today (source: Google Maps). ARI and Fidelitone Logistics Partner to Deliver Unified eCommerce and Supply Chain Solutions. 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.

This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014)

Talking Logistics

We normally do our Talking Logistics episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we have one today at 12 ET with Alaster Love from Transplace, where we are going to discuss “ Big Data and Analytics in Oil and Gas Transportation.” September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014. Note: Transplace is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014)

Talking Logistics

I encourage you to read the full article for all the details, but here are some interesting excerpts (emphasis mine): A source familiar with the company’s plans says senior Google execs have set aside as much as $500 million to expand the service nationwide …“You can very much expect that we are putting a lot of money into this and we’re excited and willing to sustain that investment over time as this gets going,” said Tom Fallows, head of Google Shopping Express. .

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Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. And the logistics industry has countless IT solutions. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. He spends his time consulting and writing B2B marketing content helping transportation and logistics companies develop and implement their B2B blogging strategies.

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. By: Leeanna Thomas – Manager Business Development. $23

Transportation Logistics

LeanCor

6 Solutions for Your International Transportation Logistics Challenges. While companies may see global sourcing as a means to reduce material or component costs, they must be mindful of what the customer is actually willing to pay for through total landed cost. Other challenges in international transportation logistics can include supply chain velocity, variability, visibility, and complexities in documentation and diverse requirements.

Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com). I use this example to illustrate the challenges (or, perhaps, the futility) of making supply chain and logistics predictions. Simply put, I admit upfront that my supply chain and logistics predictions below are biased and flawed, but I make them anyway because it’s a fun exercise, and also because I hope it generates some thoughtful conversations and ideas.

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Distribution Logistics

LeanCor

Distribution logistics includes a wide range of activities. Distribution logistics helps businesses redesign their customer service organization and its processes. Another area of expertise in distribution logistics is warehouse management. Distribution logistics also brings processes and discipline to transportation management. Distribution Logistics offers businesses a number of benefits.

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.

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

About four years ago, UPS launched its “ We Love Logistics ” ad campaign, which helped raise public awareness about the logistics industry (and helped my family and friends better understand what I do for a living). I hope UPS does the same for communicating the value of networks to supply chain and logistics executives — not just physical networks, but digital ones too. Source: UPS. Source: UPS.

Fresh food logistics: A better approach with optimization

DELMIA Quintiq

According to online sources, a total of seven regions in France are supplying 6,500 tonnes of oysters per year to the whole of Europe. With this in mind, time is certainly money when it comes to the delivery of oysters – and all fresh food logistics, basically. Such logistics challenges can be mastered these days with the help of supply chain planning and optimization. Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Transport & Logistics

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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.

Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

Warehousing and Logistics – Quality at the Source. In warehousing and logistics the goal is minimizing cost and fulfillment times, and initiating quality at the source is key to fulfill these goals. To develop a quality at the source implementation map, draw from the “perfect order” in logistics management. Quality at the source teaches us to detect errors as quickly as possible. Improving Improvement Skills in Warehousing and Logistics.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. By adopting a logistics efficiency management approach, logistics related costs as a percentage of sales drops to 4% to 7% depending on industry sector. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains.

This Week in Logistics News (September 6 – 12)

Logistics Viewpoints

We’ve written a lot about the truck driver shortage here at Logistics Viewpoints and the impact that this could have on the global supply chain moving forward. Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Food & Beverage Industry Global Trade Procurement/Sourcing Retail This Week in News Often times we forget about, or simply don’t think about, everything and everyone that makes it possible for us to get the goods we desire. The shortage could […].

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Many organizations see logistics functions as a way to gain competitive advantage and bring value to the customer. The use of facilities for inbound material logistics and outbound finished goods distribution are the bridges that connect all the imbalances and lack of flow in the entire stream. Quality at the Source. Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron.

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How Big is the Same-Day Delivery Market?

Talking Logistics

The folks at BI Intelligence published a report this week, and they estimate that about $100 million of merchandise will be ordered via same-day delivery in 2014, generating about $20 million in shipping fees (the analysis covers just 20 U.S. Source: [link]. For related commentary on same-day delivery, read these Talking Logistics posts: Debunking the Myths of Same-Day Delivery (Or What Amazon Learned from a 90-Year-Old Distributor).

All Signs Point to Mexico Playing a Greater Role in Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

It’s one of the most common questions I get these days from third-party logistics providers (3PLs), especially this time of the year as they’re finalizing their strategies for 2015 and beyond. The study highlights the opportunity for 3PLs this way: The growth of logistics services plays a crucial role in rendering Mexico’s businesses cost competitive as compared with similar ventures globally. Significantly INCREASE our manufacturing, sourcing, or operations in Mexico.

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EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths

Cerasis

The post was written for shippers who may want to do it themselves, but do know, that if you are a shipper looking to achieve further efficiencies through automated technologies like EDI integration, and don’t want to go about the implementation of an EDI Integration, you can skip the entire process by signing on with a third party logistics company, like Cerasis, who has already mastered this technology and includes it as a part of our transportation management system and services we provide.

The Links between Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

I wrote a Logistics Viewpoints article in October that discussed how Diageo has transformed its supply chain from a cost savings function to an enabler of growth-driving innovation. Procurement/Sourcing Production Supply Chain Planning This case discussed how supply chain was elevated to a strategic level due to its critical role in executing new product introductions. I found the connection between […].

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

With growing consumer expectations for faster delivery, shippers are expecting value-added logistics services from 3PL operators. This increases the urgency for 3PLs to leverage on the best market trends to increase logistics flexibility. I had an interesting conversation about this with Frank Tinschert, Business Unit Director Logistics at Quintiq, and below are his answers. So how will logistics planning and optimization technology help 3PLs to overcome these challenges?

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Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

If we look holistically from an overall supply network perspective, there are 5 high-level business functions per the SCOR model including Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return.

How to Use Big Data to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

According to a July 2014 supply chain research study from Accenture focused on Big Data and supply chain risk management, most organizations have high hopes for using big data analytics in their supply chain but many have had challenges in deploying it. Thanks to changes in technology and digital storage capabilities, companies are now able to collect and amass a huge amount of data from many disparate sources.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

3PL’s, Contract Manufacturing, Suppliers, Logistics providers…. Consumers used multiple devices, internet of things, etc, to check FGI (finished goods inventory) /sub-assembly and raw inventories, build plans, and sourcing options, as they are considering a purchase! They want to assure the sourcing meets their “sustainable” expectations. by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world?

Why the supply chain should be more social

The Network Effect

Or a personal health situation arises like a batch of peanut butter becoming contaminated with salmonella or children’s toys being contaminated with lead paint, where the regulators have difficulty identifying the source of the problem several tiers upstream in the supply chain. No company has ‘truly’ modeled the full relationship set between how companies interact with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Whether you''re a manufacturing company in China, a sourcing agent in London or a world''s leading company in Silicon Valley, we''re all in a global supply chain networks. However, commonly used KPIs used by supply chain executives are usually focused on logistics performance (e.g., Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years.

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Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Written by Michael Burchett, Lean Logistics Specialist at LeanCor. Additionally, quality at the source and error-proofing are necessary in effective process development. Team members gain on-the-job training as well as career development with training in lean, six sigma, logistics, supply chain, leadership, and management skills. Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. When I was a kid, the strangest things used to capture my attention.

From Hurricanes to Overthrown Governments to Potholes: Transportation and Supply Chain Resilience

Talking Logistics

A TMS enables the collection of data from your supply chain through integration with data sources and interfaces that are available to your partners. The post From Hurricanes to Overthrown Governments to Potholes: Transportation and Supply Chain Resilience appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. When referring to supply chain resilience, the causes of disruption vary widely in scale and emphasize the unpredictability and severity of the events.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. The three strategic focus areas for logistics collaboration are: Teamwork. Strategic Sourcing. Increasingly, in logistics and supply chain management, it is well known that more cross-functional teamwork is required. Strategic Sourcing. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, strategic sourcing strategies have significant impact on logistics functions.

How Lean is your Warehouse?

LeanCor

The summer is coming to an end – and so is our Summer Webinar series , It’s been a great couple of weeks talking with fellow lean thinkers, colleagues and partners in the supply chain and logistics industry who are all dedicated to the lean principles. The assessment covered safety, customer focus, stability, standardization, visibility, quality at the source, flow, teamwork and collaboration, and continuous improvement. 4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse.

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Efficient Financing Options Help Enhance Factory Standards in Emerging Markets

Logistics Viewpoints

The post Efficient Financing Options Help Enhance Factory Standards in Emerging Markets appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints: A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Executives. Procurement/Sourcing Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Risk Management financial supply chain GT Nexus IFC The financial supply chain needs more attention than it usually gets.

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GM Supplier Factory Explosion: Thoughts on Supply Chain Visibility and Responsibility

Talking Logistics

In a statement on Sunday, GM was quick to note that it did not have a direct relationship with Zhongrong , which it described as a Tier 2 supplier, and added that Tier-1 suppliers such as Dicastal are “required to source from Tier-2 suppliers who must meet both in-country environment and safety standards as well as quality standards.”. This past Saturday, an explosion at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products factory in China killed at least 75 workers and injured at least 185 others.

Supply Chain’s New World Order: How Companies can go from From Good To Great

The Network Effect

Key elements that must be brought together as part of this holistic approach are overall network assets, demand and supply information, market demographics, financial data, trading contracts, material sourcing, commodity pricing, and any relevant standards bodies, statutory, or regulatory requirements. As today’s practitioners know, supply networks appear to be straightforward on the surface, using normalizations such as SCOR’s Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return.