Insights from Elemica reveal 2014 Frankfurt

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That was my opening question to the executives attending last month’s Elemica reveal 2014 Conference in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, going from worst to first in one year — and then back to worst in 2014. “Business Impact of a Supply Chain Operating Network,” Dr. Bernhard Herzog, Oxea, Elemica reveal 2014. “Elemica Logistic Tools in Shell Chemicals,” Herman Woltjes, Shell Chemicals, Elemica reveal 2014.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014


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.


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Transportation Management


The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. Transportation, like inventory, is necessary activity within logistics. Fast, efficient transportation explains a great deal about why cities develop where they do. Transportation Management Cost Consideration.

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014


We trudge on with our top posts from our main blog categories by page view for all of 2014 from the Cerasis blog by featuring another area Cerasis is an expert in: Transportation. In fact, transportation management is our specialty as we’ve been providing our shipper customers with a web-based transportation management system and managed transportation services since 1998. Top 16 Most Popular Transportation Blog Posts of 2014.

Building a Strong Transportation Management Foundation

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Live Episode: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:00 ET. Building a strong transportation management foundation is a critical pre-requisite for companies to execute their supply chain strategies and achieve their growth and financial objectives. Watch as Chris discusses: The components of an effective transportation management strategy. How to leverage the right metrics and carrier scorecards to manage performance.

Takeaways from Roadnet perform 2014 User Conference

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I’ve been using the word convergence to describe many of the trends occurring in the supply chain and logistics field today, and convergence was certainly evident at Roadnet’s perform 2014 User Conference a few weeks ago. Mobilecast On Track , “a low cost, durable, phone-based solution designed specifically to help track your mobile resources and provide metrics for management.”. ——– Excerpt of presentation delivered at Roadnet Perform 2014.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System


When we hear “transportation management system” at LeanCor, we don’t just think of software. Lean thinking can help organizations develop and maintain a fast, stable, efficient transportation management system. When shippers apply lean thinking to people, process, and technology in transportation, the results are significant. Are these practices part of your organization’s transportation management system?

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The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014


Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. We will feature over the next 7 business days each category’s top 10 most viewed posts over the course of 2014. These will only contain posts written in 2014. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2014, and over 200,000 page views on those posts alone.

Guest Commentary: Tight Transportation Capacity, Not Flagging Demand, Behind ISM Report Showing Slowing Activity

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economic output into 2014. Analysts point to the steep decline in orders for new transportation equipment as evidence that manufacturers are seeing weakness. Weather — If you’re in transportation you know all about the difficult state of affairs many North American shippers are faced with so far this year. No fewer than three major transportation hubs in the U.S. cities grinding transportation there to a halt as well.

What is ‘integrated business planning’ and what does it mean for my supply chain?

The Network Effect

Well, first, companies are entering a period of significant change where employees are going to be expected to learn something new almost every day with changes in markets, products, buying behavior, channel structure, transportation modes, trading partners, analytical tools, and process design; Second, the way that employees and trading partners work within a supply chain is changing in ways that include problem identification, problem diagnostics, and problem resolution.

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

The Network Effect

Ship according to a latest set of transportation routing instructions. Identification and measurement of key trending metrics on a weekly or monthly basis, with an emphasis on corrective action planning to address metrics that don’t meet goals. From a measurement perspective the key trending metrics at a high level include: Supplier on time delivery.

Supply Chain Management Case Study


The client suffered from high transportation costs, 30-40 day lead times, and large gaps between what they produced and actually needed. Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Future metrics would now include: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Supply Chain Management Case Study: Total Delivered Cost Model.

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. Aligned Metrics. To ensure the management of the complex system, the metrics of operating margin, inventory turns, ROIC, customer service, revenue, and forecast accuracy need to be managed together as a non-linear system. Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. It was great to see old faces at the kick-off.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

The reason why they can do this is that customized products are sold directly to customers so they have the higher profit margin to compensate the higher transportation cost. Managing transportation at this scale is the absolute challenge. The result is that transportation planners at each distribution center can use the new tool to reduce travelling time/distance on daily basis.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

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My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. The early results from the ASU study will be featured in the book Metrics that Matter and it will be the core of the upcoming Supply Chain Global Summit on September 10-11, 2014 in Scottsdale AZ at the Phoenician. (We How do you balance metrics ? .


Supply Chain Shaman

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. This starts by clearly defining the roles of each function, and then focusing the cross-functional teams on the same metrics. When all functions are jointly focused on improving these metrics, then we can have one team. Misnomer (n): A wrong name.

Supply Chain Management Services


Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Choosing the right target means defining your metrics, such as measuring carrier performance. 3 Tips in Choosing Supply Chain Management Services. When sourcing supply chain management services, think about the provider’s approach to people and processes. Do they embrace a methodology like lean, six sigma, or operational excellence?

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Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

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I also think that Quintiq’s leadership in concurrent planning to solve new problems is promising, especially in the design of transportation and inventory flows. One of my favorite interviews on this topic, that I recently completed for my upcoming book Metrics That Matter , was with Amway’s Chief Supply Chain Officer George Calvert. For example, we discovered that transportation and duties are 5x the expense of labor and overhead.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process


When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

Supply Chain Convergence Making Collaboration and End-to-End Visibility a Reality

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It’s not unusual for a company’s transportation management system (TMS) and warehouse management system (WMS) to not be fully integrated, or for a degree of manual processing or reprocessing to be necessary to process customer orders. Expanded Visibility – fewer information driven disputes based on agreed metrics using the agreed data set.

5th Annual Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit EU

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Datum: 3-4 December 2014. Through interactive peer discussions, get up-to-date knowledge on: Theme One: End-to-end Supply Chain Metrics. LSP partnerships, optimizing transportation networks. Events Amsterdam City end-to-end supply chain metrics eyefortransport Life Sciences Mercure Hotel Summit supply chain 5th Annual Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit EU. Locatie: Mercure Hotel, Amsterdam City. Organisatie: Eyefortransport. URL: [link].

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Midstream Transportation Trends: The Future of Oil and Gas Industry

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Despite the 2014 oil and gas price drop crisis and the rush around alternative fuel sources, the future of the oil and gas industry remains bright and has a steady pace of growth and increasing demand. More than four billion metric tons of oil and produced every day worldwide, with oilfield companies still generating the […].

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Supply Chain at Your Fingertips


These were just a few of the themes discussed at this year’s Connections 2014, Logility’s customer conference. Bryan Ball highlighted the top disruptive supply chain trends including the increasing speed of business, talent and training, and measurement and metric alignment. Logility Connections 2014—Enabling Supply Chain at Your Fingertips By Predrag Jakovljevic, Technology Evaluation Centers. Cloud. Mobile. On Demand. Analytics Everywhere.

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#15 in 15 years ….not bad! NC State breaks into the Gartner Supply Chain Program Rankings

Supply Chain View from the Field

A new Gartner 2014 Top US Supply Chain MBA Program Rankings report of top supply chain MBA programs within the United States came out yesterday – with the NC State Jenkins MBA and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative making the list for the first time ever! At the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester, the SCRC will have sponsored 503 graduate and undergraduate project teams, involving 1797 students and 51 industry partners since being established in 2000.

16th Annual Logistics CIO Forum

Supply Chain Movement

Datum: 17-18 November 2014. The European Logistics CIO Summit is the place for top IT executives at transport and logistics companies to drill down into the key issues impacting IT departments now and devise strategies for IT innovation that will bring your company into a long term era of success. >> Download the 2014 Logistics CIO Brochure here! 16th Annual Logistics CIO Forum. Locatie: Park Plaza, Amsterdam Airport. Organisatie: Eyefortransport. URL: [link].

Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

I have learned that supply chain systems are more complex than I originally thought, and that the relationships between supply chain metrics are nonlinear. Recently, I spoke to a major European retailer that lost 5% of their grocery revenues to Amazon in the first quarter of 2014.

Logistics Past, Present, and Future

Supply Chain @ MIT

Robinson (CHR), the world’s largest provider of truckload transportation services, visited MIT CTL recently to give his view of the changing face of logistics. Most people thought of transportation as a part of their overhead.” While reliable service and low prices are still important, these metrics have become prerequisites for commercial success. John Wiehoff’s talk in March 2014 was part of the MIT CTL Global Leadership Lecture series. Logistics on the move.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

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” Hau Lee, October 2014. We consistently see that companies focused on functional excellence–a focus within a functional silo like manufacturing, transportation or distribution– or singular metrics– like inventory or costs– underperform against their peer groups. Reward teams for cross-functional metrics. We like the metrics of growth, on-time and in-full orders, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).

Driving Profitable Growth Through Effective Supply Chain Management


Without a shared set of metrics between the commercial and operational teams, it is extremely difficult to get alignment between them. Examples of shared metrics include customer service levels, inventory turns, sell-through forecast accuracy, total landed cost, and overall profitability of the business. By aligning the metrics between the different supply chain stakeholders, a collaborative spirit between the teams is encouraged.

Logistics Outsourcing


For shippers, freight bids are typically the first and most effective tool used to identify savings opportunities in transportation spend. Logistics outsourcing can provide leveraged carrier relationships and established, tried and true bid processes to help you reach your transportation savings goals. Below is a case study about how one shipper leveraged logistics outsourcing to optimize their transportation spend. Strategic Freight Bids: A Benefit of Logistics Outsourcing.

Lean Project Leadership


In addition, the mortar that was between the rocks needed to be transported to the dumpster because it was not required to be stored. A large truck waited to transport the rocks from where the fence once stood to the area where they would be unloaded. Some of the inactive people began using two wheelbarrows to transport the mortar to the trash, moving just half-full loads in order to make an on-going contribution. Lean Project Leadership – A Local Case Study.

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Logistics Solutions


Current state metrics included: supplier fulfillment rate, dock lift volume stability, trans portation spend, dynamic load changes, and dedicated carrier lane assignment %. They built a future state vision with a repeatable network design that would balance transportation cost with supplier, carrier, and dock stability. They also wanted to remove dynamic adjustments from the plan to prioritize stability or over transportation costs.

Addressing a Legal Threat to Local Delivery Operations (The FedEx Ground Case on Driver Classification)

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Although the FedEx ruling suggests many companies with a local delivery operation are potentially at legal risk, the emergence of specialized local delivery software platforms for shippers, the adoption of smartphones among drivers, the increasing availability of telematics in vehicles, and a close examination of the top growing pain of “crowdsourced” transportation companies, suggest a potential solution is on the horizon. Lessons to Learn from Crowdsourced Transportation Providers.

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight


Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. INFOGRAPHIC] Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014. 5 Benefits of TMS (Transportation Management System).

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

There are many forms of decision support—price optimization, revenue management, transportation planning, spend management, network design. An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics. In this case, the metrics are operating margin and inventory turns. In February 2014, the price was $103.40. market-driven value chains metrics that matter New technologies apparel chemical digital transformation incrementality JDA Oracle SAP transformation