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.

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. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. 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.

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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. More importantly it allows customers, suppliers, manufacturers, and the like to better understand, in real-time, where parts and information is at any given moment. By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist.

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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Warehousing and Logistics

LeanCor

When it comes to warehousing and logistics, the biggest costs in shipping and receiving are equipment and people. ” This lack of level planning in your warehousing and logistics leads to peaks and valleys of demand on people, space, and equipment. To better understand your particular situ ation in warehousing and logistics, it’s a best practice to complete a detailed review of current shipping and receiving patterns.

Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment

LeanCor

Firms need to advise their suppliers of their consumption (customer demand) so that they can match buying and manufacturing processes for both parties. Once the collaboration has begun with supplier(s), internal processes can be geared toward lean receiving and warehousing functions. As customer demand is realized, buying habits then reflect this menagerie of relationships that can directly affect warehousing/production needs (to support those customer demands).

This Week in Logistics News (November 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results. Moving on to 3PL news, Transplace announced this week that it has acquired Logistics Management Solutions (LMS) , “a non-asset-based third party logistics provider with particular strength in the chemical and industrial manufacturing sectors.” The post This Week in Logistics News (November 3-7, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

Whenever decisions are made in purchasing, marketing, manufacturing, o r customer service, inventory levels across these asset types will be impacted. For example, it is extremely hard for an inventory analyst to attempt to reduce inventories when the manufacturing area is frequently changing production schedules without informing the inventory analyst of the changes. A Systems Approach to Inventory Management. Inventory Management.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 28 – May 2, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. According to the press release, the new suite provides the following key capabilities and benefits: A single, holistic view of demand built from point-of-sale (POS) data and shaped by factors such as price, promotion and other events, that automatically drives optimal inventory distribution decisions along with warehouse planning of labor and slotting. .

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.

This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Nulogy & GENCO Announce Production Command Center for Manufacturing & Packaging Suppliers. Reports 2014 Third-quarter Results. UPS Ready for 2014 Peak Season, Forecasting Record Holiday Deliveries. 2014 is turning into the year to refresh your corporate tagline, at least for third party logistics (3PL) and software companies. The post This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

3 Tools to Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles. We often find companies (and suppliers to those companies) are skeptical of implementing lean manufacturing principles. Although the application of lean is virtually inexhaustible, here are three tools leveraging lean manufacturing principles to help you get started. The value stream map is a tool used in both lean manufacturing that is used to identify waste. By: Michael Burchett.

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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.

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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. For the perfect supplier order to come about in lean manufacturing environment, we need to ensure that suppliers are shipping the right parts in the right quantity and condition at the right time to the right place and at the right cost.

Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

The first post covered how you can get the DC or warehouse ready for the holidays or peak seasons. . For the freight world holiday shipping or for shippers in any peak season (such as those who ship plants for the spring time) it gets chaotic, everyone is trying to clear docs, empty warehouses, and get their books in order. Holiday shipping prices for 2014 are pretty similar to what they were last year, only a bit higher. Thursday, December 25, 2014 – Closed.

Panalpina Commits to Operational Excellence

Logistics Viewpoints

If you are looking for a 3PL to manage your warehousing, I believe you should be looking for a 3PL committed to continuous improvement. Your partner should be looking for ways to improve not just your warehouse operations, but your overall supply chain, including how you manufacture and deliver products to your customers. Logistics Outsourcing Logistics Service Providers Warehousing

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Implementing RFID for Manufacturing Visibility: A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

The Project Amongst a number of small and large projects, one on-going project with a major automotive manufacturer based in the UK stands out. The basic idea is to enable a number of forklift trucks with RFID readers that can scan or read respective tags placed on stillages as they are picked and moved about the manufacturing plant.

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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Is the Package Under your Tree?

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2014, ecommerce strategies grew in importance. At that time, manufacturers talked about customer-centric supply chains, but were afraid to aggressively adopt ecommerce strategies. Manufacturers, today, are aggressively pursuing e-commerce strategies. Cloud-based logistics and warehouse management are combining with B2B networks to enable multi-tier fulfillment. Problems continue, but 2014 was the year of experimentation. Details matter.

Your 3PL as Supply Chain Risk Management Partner?

Talking Logistics

And 3PL customers, namely manufacturers and retailers, need to “walk the talk” about building stronger value chain relationships and embrace 3PLs as supply chain risk management partners , instead of just suppliers of transportation and warehousing services (typically with short-term agreements focused on getting the lowest-cost solution). As I discussed last Friday, Accenture published a report recently on supply chain risk management.

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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Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

Please note, for discussion in this article, “part” will refer to the inbound supply of the material (pre manufacturing and/or re-pack) and “product” will refer to the finished good that will be delivered to the final customer. Warehouses. 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.

Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

Supply chain organizations within the automotive supplier industry contribute to manufacturing excellence in many ways, including quality, cost, and delivery to their OEM and subsystem customer base. Focused on outcomes, a competitive supply chain capability not only assures the on-time delivery of component material, but also the execution of inbound supply to ensure the shipment of quality finished goods at a competitive price while delivering on-target margins for the manufacturers.

Learning to Speak the Language of Demand

Supply Chain Shaman

For example, in a hospital, it is the translation of usage in a procedure to hospital order to a distributor and the translation of that usage to an order for a manufacturer. For the translation of a purchase of Aleve at a retail outlet store to Bayer, the manufacturer is 60 days. The translation of this demand signal from a channel demand signal to a manufacturer or a distributor through a bill of material or a transportation or manufacturing routing.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management: A Supply Chain Consulting Case Study. The order-to-fulfillment lead-time for a packaging manufacturer’s external distribution center was causing problems for its customers’ operations; immediate improvement was needed in order to maintain the business relationship.

The 10 Trends Transforming the Pharma Supply Chain

The Network Effect

World revenue for OTC medicines could reach $80B US by the end of 2014, supported by the trend for drugs to move from prescription to OTC. Once consensus has been achieved on the forecast and the upstream planning of materials and capacity have been agreed to by all concerned stakeholders (for example, the brand owner and its contract manufacturers), the plan can then be adopted by the respective ERP systems to generate lower-level planning like MPS or MRP.

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Supply chain agility: How big is your gap?

DELMIA Quintiq

Why not view all your capacity – trucks, trailers and warehouses – as a common pool of resources. 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. In Amazon''s warehouse, there are 5 types of storage areas.

The Hackers Inside Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

The second report , issued by TrapX Security, is even more troubling because it hits closer to home — that is, the warehouses and IT systems of manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers. Two recent reports highlight the growing threat of cyber-terrorism on supply chains. First, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last month focused on the need for better port cybersecurity. Here are some excerpts from the report: U.S.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Consumers became more loyal to retail brands, and retailers increased the number of products manufactured and marketed as house brands. 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. 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. Source Wikipedia.

IT Dominates Manufacturing Trends in 2015

BluJay Solutions

When it comes to the manufacturing space, many of the predictions for 2015 are dominated by technology – what else? IT plays a critical role in supply chain management and the productivity of manufacturers, so it’s no surprise that experts say manufacturing will see strides around tech , Cloud, and data efficiency in the coming year. Group, which operates Manufacturing.net , Industrial Distribution , Manufacturing Business Technology and other manufacturing publications.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Distributing its food products through three different divisions had created a complex supply chain network for a food and beverage manufacturer. Implemented quick wins through optimizing transportation network design from the warehouse in MN to regional distribution points, inventory rightsizing (min/max), ownership of inbound transportation, and back haul optimization. Supply Chain Consulting Case Study: Food and Beverage Network Optimization.

How demand-driven are you? Use this checklist to find out….

The Network Effect

Warehousing. Manufacturing. Note, this is part two of series. In part one I explained how the terms “shelf-connected” and “demand-driven” have been in use for years within the supply chain community, but only recently has demand-driven value network technology emerged and matured enough to truly be a game-changer. Here is part two of the checklist with explanations. Questions 1-3 are here , and a full-length pdf version can be found at Your Shelf-Connected Checklist Brief.