Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015


Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. 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. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback. The post Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015 appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

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

Talking Logistics

The bodega and building as it appears today (source: Google Maps). Fidelitone Logistics and ARI Network Services have partnered to offer manufacturers and distributors end-to-end eCommerce technology and supply chain management, lowering the barrier for entry into B2C eCommerce sales for enterprises traditionally focused on a B2B distribution model. Heres how ARI President and CEO, Roy W.

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Supply Chains By the Numbers

Supply Chain Shaman

Intellectually, while I will know that year has changed, I will screw-up time, and time, again by writing 2014 on documents for many, many months. I like many other gray-haired supply chain professionals reported through a functional organization like manufacturing or transportation. For me, it was manufacturing. The reporting of manufacturing and procurement organizations through the supply chain leader has the probability of the flip of a coin.

The key to profitable production for building manufacturers

DELMIA Quintiq

Sourcing challenges and high costs. Initial investment by materials manufacturers is very high. Another challenge is sourcing raw materials needed to produce high-quality construction materials. Manufacturers want to avoid ordering the wrong quantity of supplies and hurting their own operations. How do you rebuild a city after it’s been hit by a hurricane? How do you modernize an old city that grew too fast – and is growing still?

Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing teams used to manage the supply chain group. Today, in most organizations, the supply chain team manages manufacturing. The irony is that fewer and fewer people within the supply chain team understand manufacturing. As I work with teams to envision the new tomorrow, I find fewer people know the basic concepts of manufacturing planning–cycle inventories, freeze duration, slush period, bottlenecks and constraints.

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

There are three reasons why: Vertical excellence—having the best manufacturing, procurement or transportation function—has not worked. What percentage of retail out-of-stocks could be prevented by the manufacturer in these industries? This is an unknown, but in my opinion, 65% of the solution is in the hands of the manufacturer. How do you balance the trade-offs between source, make and deliver? Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Source Wikipedia. Consumers became more loyal to retail brands, and retailers increased the number of products manufactured and marketed as house brands. Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail. The phrase to come (or get) down to brass tacks is sometimes used idiomatically to consider the basic facts of a situation. In the 1990s suppliers had channel power. The formula for success seemed foolproof.

Small Business Manufacturing in America: Innovate, Design, Develop and Manufacture

Supply Chain View from the Field

To achieve this capability, the company has invested a lot of upfront resources that not a lot of manufacturing companies in North America have today. This gives us a unique business model and helps us influence the parts to ensure that they are optimized for our manufacturing floor, and helps us to influence it so that we can bring to bear our deep market knowledge of the accessories we build for our OEM customers.” I believe this is the new model for American manufacturing.


Supply Chain Shaman

The team was organized around the functional silos of source, make and deliver. Proudly, I had led my division to have the lowest manufacturing costs with the highest Return on Assets. I believed that we would find a company with the lowest distribution costs (warehousing and transportation), and the lowest manufacturing costs, and this would result in the best overall cost structure. Misnomer (n): A wrong name. The misuse of a term or name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Supply Chain Shaman

“The idea of the value chain is based on the process view of organizations, the idea of seeing a manufacturing (or service) organisation as a system, made up of subsystems each with inputs, transformation processes and outputs. ” Institute for Manufacturing, 2013. __. Contract manufacturers operate at low margins and lack resiliency. This is the clear articulation of when and how to make, source, and deliver for the community.

What the Analysts Are Saying About…A&D Supply Chains


It has about 6 million components which are manufactured in 30 countries by 550 unique suppliers. Think about those design, sourcing and delivery challenges. A supply chain based so heavily on external sources is susceptible to more risk than catching a flight on time out of Newark. by Bill DuBois. Are you looking for some reading material to pass the time on your next flight? Even if you’re not you should check out Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter.

Dreaming of Clouds, Lakes and Streams

Supply Chain Shaman

The second company reads market data through syndicated sources. They are paving a way for manufacturers to rethink their processes. There are three primary obstacles for the line-of-business leader: The first barrier is that we , as manufacturers and distributors, are cheap. Join us in our research study on Big Data and join us at our Global Summit in Scottsdale, AZ on September 10-11, 2014. It is morning in Chicago. I crave coffee.

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.

Expert Explains How to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply Chain Opz

One emerging way to combat demand variability is to locate (some) manufacturing closer to the customer. Highly flexible manufacturing goes a step further by moving from a Built-to-Stock to a Built-to-Order system for the most erratic demand pattern. If the final “manufacturing” of the product can be performed by the customer (such as downloading, storing, printing and, increasingly, 3D-printing of files), then this approach also solves the “final mile problem”.

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Why the supply chain should be more social

The Network Effect

As a result, when tragedy strikes like an earthquake affecting Japan or flooding rains overwhelming Bangkok, automakers and electronics manufacturers are unable to identify which of the suppliers upstream in their value chain may have been impacted. The problem has been compounded in recent years as many of the world’s high tech, automotive, aerospace and consumer products leaders have outsourced design, assembly, logistics and sourcing activities to Tier 1 suppliers.

Time for a Mea Culpa?

Supply Chain Shaman

Because he had reduced his buffers—both inventory and manufacturing—and had built a push-based supply chain using a forecasted demand signal, he was failing in many markets. We often find that companies have better performance in the management of regional supply chains where the sources of supply are in the same market versus the management of products across borders. It is a slow week. Most of my friends are on vacation.

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. 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.

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Supply Chain Planning


For example, an automotive manufacturer may be dedicated to the operating principle of leveled flow. This dedication to level flow leads the manufacturer to make supply chain planning decisions that embrace collaboration with suppliers and dealerships. Another manufacturer may only sell dealerships what they ask for. This could be due in part by the manufacturer not having as many dedicated dealers so they have less ability to negotiate.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains


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?

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)


Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. In addition to losing customers like me, those mistakes result in bad data that cost manufacturing companies millions of dollars. Finally, inaccurate cost information may cause you to make incorrect sourcing decisions. by John Westerveld.

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

Talking Logistics

For most 3PLs, their customers — across a variety of industries — are growing their presence in Mexico, either manufacturing there or growing their supplier base there, so 3PLs need to align their services and capabilities accordingly to the changing supply chain networks of their customers. Last week, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released its July 2014 North American Freight report , and year-to-year, “the value of rail freight rose 12.0

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Noob Guide to Supply Chain Management Definition

Supply Chain Opz

Supply Chain is actually a "network" consists of many players as below, A generic supply chain structure is as simple as Supplier, Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Retailer (it''s more complex in real world but simple illustration serves the purpose). Focus your time and energy to create long-term relationship with suppliers of key products and items with limited source of supply because these are people who can make or break your supply chain.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #10 Failure to adequately train your supply chain planning staff


by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. They use their knowledge of how planning systems work to peg up to find the source of the change and determine that someone changed the wrong record causing the change and confirm with the planner that the change was intended.

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

This is due to the diversification in the production schemes of manufacturers. So, a lot of manufacturers require 3PLs to agree to service levels that are challenging for large operations. The logistics operator commits to certain time windows to deliver or pick up goods from the manufacturer, and the agreement is fixed. There is certainly high potential for both 3PLs and manufacturers to become more efficient.

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


by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. For example, a survey from 2012 showed that average forecast error by industry ranged from 15% for retail to 39% for manufacturing/industrial and consumer packaged goods. Over the next several weeks, I’ll outline these issues and discuss some ideas around how to avoid these practices.

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.

How the cloud and counterfeiting are affecting the pharmaceutical supply chain

The Network Effect

Pharmaceuticals manufacturers now realize that integrating upwards of 100 contract manufacturers in different regions into their core ERP would take several years. Producers of both innovative products and generics are being confronted with a growing number of counterfeits which are deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity and/or source. Note: This is part of an ongoing series on the top ten trends affecting the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Five Major Changes Happening Right Now in Industrial Distribution

The Network Effect

Another price reduction avenue is to cut out your supplier and go directly to the source and offer your clients private label. In addition, there are new competitors you need to understand: Product manufacturers who create their own website for MRO components that includes extensive knowledge considered a unique selling position by distributors. Your customers would go direct to these manufacturers and cut the distribution link out of the supply chain.

Supply chain agility: How big is your gap?

DELMIA Quintiq

In my experience, the key to being ‘velcro’ or ‘agile’ lies in decoupling your resources from specific sources of demand. Are you a manufacturer with multiple production sites and a regional, or even international, distribution network? I think you’ll agree that supply chain efficiency is no longer a differentiator. As C.K.Prahalad puts it, ‘Some aspects of managing in a volatile environment, such as focusing on operational efficiency and staying liquid, are givens.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Manufacturing systems and regulatory compliance are considered to be very complex, coupled with the limited number suppliers due to the high barriers to entry. Moreover, the aircraft manufacturers have to do whatever it takes to win the order long before the commencement of production. There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept.

Thow Back Thursday: First Solar case study ‘First Solar & Kinaxis Killed the Excel Star’. A video worth remembering


So, on this ‘Throw Back Thursday’, I would like to share Shellie Molina’s First Solar case study ‘First Solar & Kinaxis Killed the Excel Star” In this presentation, you will learn how First Solar ‘s global supply chain has leveraged change management and rapid problem solving to reduce their dependency on multiple spreadsheets by building a single integrated system for manufacturing Sales and Operations Planning and construction project management.

New Report Unveils Top 5 Transportation Issues Expected in 2014

Tompkins Blog

The transportation industry can expect to see these new issues emerge throughout 2014: Shift from diesel to natural gas. Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium is the premier source for supply chain benchmarking and best practices knowledge. The post New Report Unveils Top 5 Transportation Issues Expected in 2014 appeared first on Tompkins International. Chris Ferrell, Director Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

Elephant in the Room: Thoughts on Metrics That Matter in Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drives


With China already a source for semiconductor raw materials and the China/India end consumer market growing, there will be pressure to supply chips and hard drives to local China/India OEM’s first. Of course, like any industry, Semiconductor and HDD manufactures are faced with a set of unique challenges in their space that puts their supply chain at risk. – as information moves down the supply chain to the manufacturer. by CJ Wehlage.

Push vs. Pull in your supply chain…what’s the difference?

The Network Effect

Retailers, distributors and manufacturers are forced to choose the approach they hope will make them the most profit. Since goods only flow downstream to cover immediate need, the preponderance of the inventory remains further up the supply chain, closer to the source. Loren Kerns (Flickr). Today‘s supply chains are undergoing significant pressures to become more “demand-driven”.

The Messy Reality of Cross-Border E-commerce (Thoughts on UPS Acquiring i-parcel)

Talking Logistics

While omnichannel retailing is in the spotlight these days, lurking in the shadows is another big challenge and opportunity many retailers (and manufacturers looking to sell direct to consumers) have been struggling with for years: cross-border e-commerce. Source: Pitney Bowes (click to enlarge). If you read through the posts, you’ll find many frustrated and confused Amazon customers like these: Source: (click to enlarge). Source: (click to enlarge).