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. In the absence of this visibility, warehouse operators will simply be reacting to day-to-day activities.

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Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. According to a 2012 study by The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics , the logistics industry is expected to create 270,200 job openings per year through 2018 (not only in trucking, but in warehousing and distribution labor and other areas too).

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How Lean is your Warehouse?

LeanCor

4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. Our most recent webinar on the Lean Dedicated Warehouse, showed us a lot of very interesting insights about what the opportunities are in our industry today. Before the webinar, we sent out a Lean Warehousing Assessment to our audience. The assessment covered safety, customer focus, stability, standardization, visibility, quality at the source, flow, teamwork and collaboration, and continuous improvement.

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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.

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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Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Source Wikipedia. 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. In the 1990s suppliers had channel power. The formula for success seemed foolproof.

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. Misnomer (n): A wrong name.

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. Having the right warehouse management system in place will also achieve this.

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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. — 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).

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

They not only provide transportation, but are also responsible for the sorting, pre-manufacturing, warehousing, and so on. With regards to handling global manufacturing operations, let’s take a look at a situation where sourcing is done, say, somewhere in China and then shipping is carried out for selling in European markets. With growing consumer expectations for faster delivery, shippers are expecting value-added logistics services from 3PL operators.

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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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Why “Distributed Order Management” is a top retail trend and why you should care

The Network Effect

The best way to achieve this is to provide a single, global view of all inventory available in order to intelligently source the line item components of that order, ensuring that the business can meet both current and future customer demand while optimizing inventory, logistics, and asset utilization. The traditional order management systems that most retailers use were basically configured to link to a discrete number of specific plants or warehouses.

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. Why not view all your capacity – trucks, trailers and warehouses – as a common pool of resources. 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

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 result is that the forecast accuracy is improved because a demand planner has an additional source data to make a better decision. Another 80% of orders are handled by both warehouse and cross dock system.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

4) Combine Multiple Methods Sometime you have multiple sources of forecast data (your own forecast from historical data, forecast adjusted by sales team, forecast from customer) what you should do in this case? 10) Streamline warehouse operations Since the variability of order cycle time is high in some situations, reducing cycle time inside the warehouse is strategically important. Considering 3 warehouse storage policies, the first policy is to store items anywhere.

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.

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?

LeanCor

Separating inventory into buffer stock (to absorb customer variation) and safety stock (to absorb supply variation and special cause variation) aids in problem solving by identifying the source of the cause of abnormal inventory (overstock and understock). Products like Halloween costumes and decorations fall into the not stable category and require careful planning combined with pull strategy in the regional warehouses. Have you noticed?

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Mistaking a Cog for the Whole Machine

LeanCor

The supply chain acts as an interconnected system of components that serves a company from material sourcing through customer delivery. Lean Logistics allows us to make decisions regarding replenishment frequencies, right-sizing, just-in-time and level flow that work in concert with the inventory, sourcing and warehousing strategies of our customers. 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?

Apple: Still a Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

Talking Logistics

For example, here are a couple of the contract terms he references in the declaration: - The pricing for sapphire [which GTAT was to produce] was the lesser of (i) the price agreed between the parties, (ii) the “not to exceed” price listed on a schedule, (iii) 95% of the lowest price offered by GTAT to any of its customers or (iv) 99% of the quoted price in a bona fide offer to Apple from another qualified source.

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. Move from warehousing to cross-docking. Cross-docking is an important technique to support flow and reduce the need for warehousing.

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

At the end of 2014, many leaders that I work with are preparing their 2015 strategies. Here are some insights from our recent research: Digital Path to Purchase: In a study on trade promotion management in early 2014, we find that 60% of marketing teams within consumer packaged goods companies are working on a digital path to purchase strategy. Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data.

Integrated Supply Chain Planning – The Number 1 Opportunity

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

planning, sourcing, manufacturing, etc.) up to the point that finished goods are in the producers’ warehouse before the stock is sold to customers. By “route to market”, we mean the processes by which finished goods leave the warehouse and arrive on retailers’ shelves, often via third party distributors. Enchange has been working with many FMCG and Pharmaceuticals multinationals for years on projects to improve their primary supply chains.

Lars Syberg : “Taming Tigers’ supply chain is a real challenge”

Supply Chain Movement

I’m directly involved with inbound, outbound and warehousing as well as sourcing, most of which is done in the Far East. I need to reduce lead-time, improve forecasting, sourcing and risk assessment and I need to model all these things into a system. People forecasting growth inbound Lars Syberg lead time Lennart Lajboschitz manufacturer MöInlycke Healthcare outbound responsibility retail risk management S&OP sourcing store Tiger warehousing

The Importance of Standard Work in Warehousing and Distribution

LeanCor

Why Standard Work in Warehousing and Distribution? Some typical warehouse functions can include: Receiving. The reason that standardized work is so important in warehousing and distribution (or operations in general) is that it allows us to understand variance in our processes and to make appropriate corrections. Without standardization, the source of the variation is uncertain and cannot, therefore, be corrected. Knowledge Sharing in Warehousing and Distribution.

Is Procurement a True Profession….Yet?

Supply Chain View from the Field

Many of the buyers who attended this conference had been promoted to buyers as a result of working in a warehouse, an administrative assistant role, or even as an assembly line worker. Organizing for Supply Chain Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Supply Chain Talent Supply Market Intelligence

Building Lean Supply Chain: The Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

A number of warehouse operations add a sixth “S” for safety, a “6S” process. As one warehouse professional said, “How can you expect your team to perform if they don’t know the score.”? One company mounted a large four by eight foot poster displaying a fishbone diagram that focused on a chronic problem existing in the warehouse. VSM can ensure that there is “quality at the source”, i.e. things are done right the first time and that there are no rework loops.

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Unlocking the Value of Global Supply Chain: the Case Studies

Supply Chain Opz

In order to control its supply chain, they use a central warehouse to Germany to receive and ship products to local distribution centers in different countries. Under this program, they source products directly from small or medium-sized farmers. Global supply chain is a very challenging subject in supply chain management because it involves different customer''s requirement, more complex operations/collaboration and unforeseen risks.

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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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. Based in Rotterdam, he is responsible within the global supply chain of Cargill Animal Nutrition (CAN) for the task of establishing S&OP and Supply Chain Process Optimisation across five global regions with 250 factories, multiple distribution and warehousing activities and customer service points. Nine questions about the topics on the supply chain agenda of a supply chain professional.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Exhibitors at Multimodal represent every logistics sector – road, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, storage services. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. Shipping Managers, Procurement Directors, Distribution Managers, Traffic Managers, Logistics Directors, SCM Directors, Sourcing Managers, Transport Managers and Supply Chain Directors from: Major High Street and Online Retailers. Multimodal 2015.

Job opening: Associate Director European Distribution at Astellas

Supply Chain Movement

Alternatively they are sourced from contract manufacturers or Astellas sites outside EMEA. Knowledge of best practices in warehousing and transport for pharmaceutical distribution in Europe and worldwide. Keywords: Distribution, Logistics, Pharma, Farma, Planning, Supply chain, Warehousing, Pharmaceutical distribution. People Astellas distribution Farma job opening logistics pharma Pharmaceutical distribution planning supply chain warehousing