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Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

has become a major oil and gas producer , which has been to the advantage of fabricators that serve not only drilling and extraction, but also heavy transportation. 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 manufacturing tips

New Report Unveils Top 5 Transportation Issues Expected in 2014

Tompkins Blog

RALEIGH, NC — Shippers and carriers this year can expect to see many new trends related to transportation, as well as a continuation of several critical challenges from 2013. Trends in the Transportation Industry , a report by Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, pulls back the curtain on today’s hottest transportation issues. The transportation industry can expect to see these new issues emerge throughout 2014: Shift from diesel to natural gas.

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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. Transport & Logistics

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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. Read also: How the world’s leading F&B manufacturers boost efficiency. Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Transport & Logistics

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Misnomer

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.

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. i-parcel also provides low-cost deferred international transportation facilitating higher shopper conversion for merchants on lower-value goods. The combined software and transportation solutions allow merchants in the U.S.

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Why do transportation budgets fail? It’s a thorny topic, even for transportation professionals trying to trace an increase back to its source. Imagine what it’s like for senior executives who have no background in transportation as they try to understand it. At a CSCMP conference session, participants offered case after case of how business decisions—both unintentional and intentional—can wreak havoc on transportation spend.

Distribution Logistics

LeanCor

These are all used in three main areas that include warehouse management, order fulfillment and transportation management. This includes kitting, light manufacturing processes and sequencing. Transportation Management. Distribution logistics also brings processes and discipline to transportation management. It also enables companies to build the most optimal transportation approach for their business. Distribution logistics includes a wide range of activities.

Dreaming of Clouds, Lakes and Streams

Supply Chain Shaman

Yesterday, I spoke at the Eye for Transport conference on the Big Data opportunity in supply chain. 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. It is morning in Chicago. I crave coffee.

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

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. Transportation costs to support the current network. Develop a transportation strategy based on pull. Utilization of transportation equipment.

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Manufacturers. Multimodal 2015.

[Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: We love talking about and reporting on technology which effects and also makes the lives’ of manufacturing companies much better. We’ve been providing manufacturing companies and shippers with a web-based transportation management system since 1998, before web-based TMS was as prolific as it is today. It was not until the 2010s that additive manufacturing became more widespread. How it’s Done: Methods for 3D Printing In Manufacturing.

Modular production requires comprehensive optimization

DELMIA Quintiq

And instead of having either a small or large facility, modularization lets companies build production containers that are flexible for set-up wherever they are needed – for example, near the customer or near the procurement sources for upstream products. This helps to cut down on transportation time. If the manufacturer needs the product in greater quantities, an additional production container is supplied. We are seeing many developments in the chemical industry.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimizing fab operations is achievable with machine learning. Bottom line: Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimize manufacturing operations to the shop floor level. New products are proliferating in manufacturing today, and delivery windows are tightening. 2014).

Is it Time for the Widespread Adoption of Composite Pallets in Canada?

Supply Chain Network

Plastic pallets refer to pallets made of a thermoplastic polymer, the method of manufacture varies depending on the style and loading requirements, typical processes used include thermoforming, injection molding, and blow molding. The type of the material used is dependent on the manufacturing process and the majority of plastic pallets for the transportation and warehousing of goods are made of non-renewably sourced polyethylene or polypropylene resins.

The Changing Face of Manufacturing: How US Manufacturers are Looking Homeward

Cerasis

This is the first post in a two part series on the “Changing Face of Manufacturing.” ” We have many manufacturing shipper customers, and we love to create content of value for them on such subjects as best practices in logistics or trends around the supply chain. This series’s aim is to educate on what we see coming down the pipeline in the world of manufacturing. in the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to grow by 3.5%

Jaro Caban: “Establishing S&OP is a challenging journey”

Supply Chain Movement

Today it operates in 67 countries with 143,000 employees and has 76 business units on six platforms that cover animal feed, food production, energy and transportation, financial services and pharmaceuticals. We look at where we need to enhance our technology program, optimize transports and warehousing, segment and increase services to our customers, all within the matrix of improving the global supply chain.

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Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

Recently, I spoke to a major European retailer that lost 5% of their grocery revenues to Amazon in the first quarter of 2014. In a similar vein, a major 3PL that I spoke to last week at Eye for Transport is considering discontinuing the traditional storage of spare parts and initiating a new service to do 3D printing of parts on demand. These tools allow us to look at sell, source, make, and deliver together. And, in our Digital Manufacturing Study.

Reshoring: New Day, False Dawn, or Something Else?

Supply Chain @ MIT

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the return of industry from foreign shores to the US – commonly known as reshoring – and how prodigal companies are driving a manufacturing renaissance in America. Research underway at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics confirms that over recent years many companies have indeed established new manufacturing capacity in the US. For example, rising energy costs have made transportation more expensive.

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Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits

BluJay Solutions

In the webcast we covered five of Rob’s top 10 mistakes, which were based on Rob’s recent article in PARCEL Magazine , “Top 10 Mistakes Parcel Shippers Continue to Make in 2014.” We explored this question, and the answer is that the money comes from a variety of sources. Blog Kewill multimodal transportation software Parcel Shipping parcel shipping software Supply Chain Software supply chain visibility software

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of my thoughts regarding the supply chain trends we are likely to see emerge in 2014. Such providers understand domestic transportation issues, and can plan to develop long-term solutions to complex local distribution challenges. Another major source of risk is the unreliability of global logistics channels, especially the challenges associated with ocean freight lines, which are becoming increasing unreliable.

Want a Better Supply Chain? Here Are 4 Reasons to Outsource Your Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

Now more so than ever, corporations understand the tremendous impact logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their supply chain operations. While some organizations have the human capital, industry depth and expertise, and IT infrastructure to manage their transportation on an insourced basis, a majority do not. increase over 2011, according to Capgemini’s 2014 18th Annual Third Party Logistics Study.

Job opening: Associate Director European Distribution at Astellas

Supply Chain Movement

Alternatively they are sourced from contract manufacturers or Astellas sites outside EMEA. In this position you will co-develop, document and implement the supply chain strategy in relation to the transport and distribution process of the European products. Knowledge of best practices in warehousing and transport for pharmaceutical distribution in Europe and worldwide.

How the Bakken Oil Boom Impacts U.S. Supply Chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

For those of us in neighboring states, North Dakota is the source of a clichéd “giant sucking sound,” the likes of which this generation has never experienced. The oil and gas industry impacts freight transportation in four significant areas: Diesel Prices. A neighbor of mine’s relative was recruited to the Bakken to help develop manufactured home communities.

Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

increase year on year as at January 2014 ) were tempered by a note of caution around the increasing trend towards near-shoring. Indeed for many IATA members whose operations largely center around air cargo, near-shoring is cause for concern, with manufacturing shifting closed to ‘home’ a risk to the sustainability of air freight volumes longer term. . Or is near-shoring in 2014 and beyond simply the latest evolution in sourcing practices? .

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3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

BluJay Solutions

As we look ahead to 2014 and the many predictions for the logistics industry, it’s interesting to look back to the predictions of previous years and consider which are close to becoming a reality. So is its popularity likely to burgeon in 2014 and, importantly, will it render some of the staple services currently provided by logistics service providers (LSPs) redundant? . .

Build Resilience into Your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Manufacturers need raw materials and supplies at planned intervals to prevent downed plant lines and maintain machinery. Food and beverage companies must be able to trace problems back to their source in multi-tiered supply networks. Mapping the supply chains can identify where the chokepoints are, and whether they are related to suppliers, inventory, transportation, or technology. What transportation alternatives are there that could keep product flowing?

Additive Manufacturing continues to Mature

Enterra Insights

For nearly a decade, pundits have been touting the transformative effects of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). ”[1] Most analysts include additive manufacturing in their list of technologies that collectively are fostering the next industrial revolution, which is often referred to as Industry 4.0. Timms correctly points out even if additive manufacturing overcomes some of its remaining challenges, it won’t ever completely replace traditional manufacturing.