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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain. At LeanCor, we look at the term lean warehousing from two vantage points, or two cases.

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Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

The value of peer-to-peer learning and networking was evident at last month’s Ryder Innovate conference — “an exclusive gathering of senior leaders in transportation, logistics, and supply chain seeking strategic insight, new ideas, and thought leadership to improve their supply chain and fleet operations.” Greg Forbis, Senior Director, General Merchandise, Inbound Transportation, Walmart Stores. Walmart Supply Chain and Transportation Trends for 2015.

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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. We have warehousing solutions, network optimization solutions, financial solutions, enterprise resource planning solutions, etc. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. The post Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

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 to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

Optimal planning also has a profound impact on upstream logistics – the transportation of all the raw materials that are typically on low stock within the factory. They not only provide transportation, but are also responsible for the sorting, pre-manufacturing, warehousing, and so on. In this situation, the 3PL operator, responsible for transport operations, would want to optimize their planning to ensure quick delivery time for the materials or products.

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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). Amazon Inside P&G Warehouses: A Case of “What’s In It for We”. For related commentary, see Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014. Big Data and Analytics for Oil and Gas Transportation. — Adrian’s Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2014. Trade agreements, protectionism, and threat of port strike will dominate global trade news in first half of 2014.

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The Problem with “No Problems”

Talking Logistics

Warehouse managers might think a report of “no problems” means their warehouse is running in top form — but there is a big problem with a report of “no problem.”. This illustrates a key management lesson that is especially applicable in warehouse optimization: if no problems are being reported, then no improvements of efficiency are being made. Once a turnback is reported, it’s important to analyze the problem and discover its source.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Strategic Sourcing. Strategic Sourcing. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, strategic sourcing strategies have significant impact on logistics functions. Accordingly, all decisions regarding suppliers and sourcing need to be front and center on the logistics radar screen. The types of sourcing that logisticians are interested in are: Raw material suppliers (choosing suppliers for purchased parts, components, raw material, and service parts).

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

When sourcing supply chain management services, think about the provider’s approach to people and processes. Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Here are some general questions to ask when sourcing supply chain management services: Does the 3PL provide the services required? Does the company have the required warehouse space, dock capacity, warehouse personnel, etc.?

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. 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.

Misnomer

Supply Chain Shaman

The team was organized around the functional silos of source, make and deliver. 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. Instead, we found that the companies with the lowest total supply chain cost (a total of source, make and deliver) had average costs in manufacturing and distribution.

Distribution Logistics

LeanCor

These are all used in three main areas that include warehouse management, order fulfillment and transportation management. Warehouse Management. Another area of expertise in distribution logistics is warehouse management. This involves focusing on tracking systems, communication between product stations and physical warehouse infrastructure. This includes outbound distribution management centers, inbound warehouses and cross docking.

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. Move from warehousing to cross-docking.

Mistaking a Cog for the Whole Machine

LeanCor

Lambert, articulates this very truth on his first page: “In fact, many people using the name supply chain management treat it as a synonym for logistics…” In reality, this confusion demonstrates an outdated view that still puts logistics in a box (or perhaps a shipping container) as a silo’d activity meant to get material transported in or out of the plant. By: Clint McCrystal. link].

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Global Supply Chain Visibility is No Easy Task

Talking Logistics

Let us take a look at how visibility in your supply chain can extend from the sourcing of raw material all the way to the delivery of finished goods to a consumer. First look at sourcing, then the purchase order process, order management, track and trace, all the way through to reconciliation. Supply chain visibility is no easy task – in fact, defining what it means can be a challenge in itself. What is your definition of supply chain visibility?

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. Or is near-shoring in 2014 and beyond simply the latest evolution in sourcing practices? . Positive growth in air freight volumes reported recently by IATA (4.5%

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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. Exhibitors at Multimodal represent every logistics sector – road, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, storage services. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Multimodal 2015. Venue: NEC Birmingham.

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

Supply Chain Network

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 resins used for a composite pallet can be sourced from either non-renewable petroleum or renewable bio-derived feed-stocks.

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

Supply Chain Movement

It’s hard to imagine that Cargill began as a grain storage warehouse in Iowa, USA, in 1865. 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. I split this off from global sourcing because we had plenty of buyers but not enough planning and logistics so service and documentation was failing.

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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.

What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

billion and goods exports to sub-Saharan Africa were $24 billion in 2013 (source: Office of the United States Trade Representative ). In the same period, the EU traded 38,273 million Euros in imports and 30,471 million Euros in exports with Western African countries specifically, much of which is petrochemical based product that cannot easily be sourced elsewhere (source: European Commission ).

Transportation for the International Last Mile – How Easy is Global Parcel Carrier Coverage to Achieve?

BluJay Solutions

It’s just transportation to a different country rather than zip code, right? However if shipping internationally is already, or is likely to become, a significant source of revenue, you need to address this issue and ensure you – and your parcel shipping solution provider – build in the flexibility that is required to meeting the ever-changing requirements of your global customers.

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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.

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? . .

Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#2: The Impact of Complexity & Role of Contingency Planning

BluJay Solutions

Where a supply chain is very simple – goods are made in a factory, warehoused very locally and transported to a customer down the road – maintaining visibility and control over the goods is easy and the risk is relatively small. In the first of our blog series on Supply Chain Risk, we identified a number of different types of risks that especially expose the supply and demand chain to weakness; data quality, visibility, compliance & people.

Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#4: Ensuring Continuity During a Disruption

BluJay Solutions

Now our attentions turn to continuity - more specifically ensuring supply chains remain in motion when factors outside of your control impact on the multimodal transportation process, creating potential delays. Stay up to date on industry software tools such as Freight Forwarding (Software) , Logistics (Software) , Supply Chain (software) , Transport Management (Software) , Warehousing Management (Software) , Compliance (Software) and Visibility (Software).

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

In reality, retailers routinely pass the inventory risk to their suppliers, particularly since the phenomenal growth of multi-channel retailing, with direct dispatch (or drop ship) suppliers bulking up retailers’ online offerings without requiring a financial commitment or warehousing space. Utilize 3D printing to product a compatible power source for a batch and find out. Our January blog post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

From Malls to Click-And-Collect: How Today’s Pace of Change Is Impacting Real Estate

Tompkins Blog

Source: Kantar Retail Analysis. As we predicted in 2011, the number of store closings to occur in 2014 will hit record numbers. What is worse than the 2014 store closings will be the bankruptcies in 2015. Businesses are not grasping the changes in the marketplace, and holiday 2014 will take its toll in 2015. There have been a variety of factors that have contributed to this: Real transportation, operations, real estate, inventory, and capital costs must be utilized.

Secret Confessions of a Supply Chain Junkie

Supply Chain Nation

There are tons of articles, white papers and blogs about today’s supply chain challenges: globalization, off-shore manufacturing, supply chain segmentation, big data, mobility, social media, price optimization, warehouse throughput, labor scheduling and in-store picking. Retailers need to get smarter about their sourcing and shipping, ensuring that the consumer orders they fulfill are as profitable as they can be. The beauty of the supply chain is all around us.

Extreme Global Weather Set to Continue – What’s the Supply Chain Impact (Part 1)?

BluJay Solutions

According to figures issued recently by the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which monitors global weather, the first six weeks of 2014 saw extreme weather occur almost simultaneously in countries across the globe, from significant snowfall in North America to damaging storms and floods in the United Kingdom, to heat waves in Brazil, Southern Africa and Australia and even snow in Vietnam. .

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility – Could it be Just Around the Corner?

BluJay Solutions

Ever since globalization and outsourcing opened up new markets and supply chains stopped being vertically integrated, shippers and their logistics partners alike have struggled to keep on top of an ever-increasing roster of multimodal transportation partners and the accompanying explosion in data volumes. 1 Source: Gartner Research, Why Supply Chain Leaders Should Aim for End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility by 2016, G00258375, Christian Titze, 1 November 2013.

Logistics Company

LeanCor

Whether we are buying small-package delivery, truckload services or warehousing, it is unlikely we can internalize all the required services. To meet our logistics challenges, we develop collaborative relationships with a number of suppliers, from trucking companies to freight forwarders to third-party warehouses. Economic conditions are changing with dynamics of these relationships, which typically have followed business cycles, especially in transportation services.

The War Against Returns – Is the Retail Supply Chain Winning?

BluJay Solutions

Source: BBC News, Jan 2013 , Retail Technology, Sept 2013. Research has proven that reducing returns by 1% increases net profits by 1% (Source: Retail Technology, September 2013 ), proving the importance of this area to the bottom line. Stay up to date on industry software tools such as Freight Forwarding (Software) , Logistics (Software) , Supply Chain (software) , Transport Management (Software) , Warehousing Management (Software).

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Does Your Business Suffer From any of These Five Profit-Killing Confusions

EFT

However, this can go too far, and lead to too much complexity not only in the customer decision making process, but also in the entire supply chain - from purchasing to manufacturing those products, and then selling, transporting and storing them down the supply chain in the channels. Although this provider had a warehouse right next to our client’s operations, which was slightly full, taking the products across town would have generated a lot more revenue.