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Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

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What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. Here are five to look for in 2015. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. Staying Strategic in the Warehouse with Better Inventory Flow. Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Warehouses should also consider implementing these best practices to ensure effective warehouse management and maintain control and flow of inventory.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle. Any supply chain’s success is closely linked to the appropriate use of transportation.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

Several good friends in consulting roles are sharing information on SAP HANA from SAP Insider; and this morning, LLamasoft announced the acquisition of the LogicTools assets from IBM. It is morning in Orlando. The sun is rising.

Top Logistics Articles of 2015

Cerasis

We continue our top articles from each of our main 5 categories today by covering the top 10 logistics articles that were the most viewed in 2015. We write to five main categories on the Cerasis blog: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Each of these five include several sub categories for more specific articles, such as the TMS category under Transportation Management. Top Logistics Articles of 2015.

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015

Cerasis

As we head into 2016, we are featuring our most read articles of 2015 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Yesterday we published the top 10 most read manufacturing articles of 2015. . The new year will then bring series on trends and on the state of some of the business functions and technology used in proper transportation and logistics management. As always our goal is to educate and inform.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

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Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Companies that integrate reverse logistics systems into their logistics systems distinguish themselves from competitors in: effective management of inventory availability and cost. Logistics Reverse Logistics Transportation Management reverse logistics systems

This Week in Logistics News (May 11-15, 2015)

Talking Logistics

March 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index – April 2015. Here’s the abstract: This disclosure describes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) configured to autonomously deliver items of inventory to various destinations.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 14-18, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Oracle Announces New Releases of Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management. TMW Systems Announces New Products, Features that Enable Transportation Businesses to ‘Make the Most of Now’ HighJump Announces Brewers’ Edge.

Insights from Kenco Customer Summit 2015

Talking Logistics

PINC’s patented RTLS sensor platform captures locations of assets and inventory, and can provide up-to-the-minute information that would allow Kenco to customize and segment yard operations based on customer needs and business rules.”.

6 Questions To Ask 3rd Party Logistics Companies for 2015 and Beyond

Cerasis

Fortunately, selecting a 3PL for 2015 and beyond can be broken down into six specific questions. Companies based on assets have had years of experience in purchasing trucks and managing warehouse inventories. For example, a shipper may want to take advantage of transportation management systems (TMS), which enhance visibility and improve transportation management.

This Week in Logistics News (October 12-16, 2015)

Talking Logistics

SMC³ Acquires Transportation Costing Group. August 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Inventory Management. Nearly 50% of international container miles are empty, primarily because companies lack the realtime information to generate effective street-turns.

5 Most Popular Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2015…So Far

Cerasis

Supply Chain is just one of our five main categories we are covering all this week, which consist of: Logistics, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Freight, and Transportation. We have already covered the top logistics blog posts and the top manufacturing blog posts by the most views those blogs in those categories have received in 2015. Like the logistics and manufacturing blog posts, the supply chain blog posts featured below are all also written in 2015.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 22-26, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Introducing Ryder TranSync™, a Patent Pending, Automated Technology Tool Used to Provide Dynamic Transportation Planning. April 2015 North American Freight Numbers. World trade registers modest growth in first quarter of 2015. April 2015 North American Freight : “U.S.-NAFTA

This Week in Logistics News (July 6-10, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Friday, July 10, 2015. May 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). It also illustrates how the line between software vendors and service providers continue to blur (see Guess Who Announced New Transportation Management Software (TMS) Functionality Yesterday ).

This Week in Logistics News (January 5-9, 2015)

Talking Logistics

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. ABF Logistics Acquires Smart Lines Transportation Group. In a press release after Christmas, UPS announced that by the end of the first full week in January, it anticipates transporting 4 million return packages in the United States.

5 Engagement Strategies in Managing a Relationship With a Transportation Management 3PL

Cerasis

This is our 9th post in our strategic transportation management and logistics series. When selecting a transportation mangement 3PL to aid you in a robust and effective transportation management strategy , defining the rules of engagement is critical to success. When you do engage and hire a 3PL for effective transportation management, it is vital that you look at this relationship as a partnership and not a commodity.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

In this article, leading experts from various sectors in transportation industry will discuss transportation trends you should take a closer look. James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. Are there other transportation trends to watch and why

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5 Examples of an Efficient Transportation Management System

4WL Consulting

With the rising cost of transportation, companies are desperately vying to look for an efficient systems and processes that make their teams more productive. Blog Logistics Outsourcing Transportation Technology

How Safety Stock Absorbs Demand Volatility

ToolsGroup

But companies can overcome this obstacle by positioning the right inventory across the supply chain to absorb such volatility. Surprisingly, there is an immediately available, relatively straight-forward alternative – fixing your inventory (safety stocks) to cope with the forecast uncertainty.

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TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment.

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Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

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Walmart would not have the ability to provide such low prices and have consistent inventory in the over 5,000 stores in the United States and over 1.3 The retailer also instituted cross-docking at its warehouses, a method that moves inventory directly from arriving or departing trucks.

Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I am finishing two reports: Sales and Operations Planning, and Inventory Optimization. Likewise, the Information Technology director wants an integrated solution. Here are the links to the studies: Inventory Management.

What Drives an Investment in a Warehouse Management System? 5 Considerations for Your Selection

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Transportation costs make up 60 percent of overall logistics expenses for all shippers and 3PLs. For these companies, the use of a dedicated transportation management system, such as Cerasis™ Rater , can be deployed to lower transportation costs across the entire supply chain.

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

o Transport—unnecessary movement of product. o Space—holding places for unnecessary inventory. o Inventory—inactive raw, work-in-process, or finished goods. o Packaging—containers that transport air or allow damage. Inventory velocity and inventory reduction.

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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation.

What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

As supply chain and transportation visibility is a hot topic for Logistics Managers and Directors, 3rd party logistics providers , who adopt this type of technology, are surely to reap the rewards of highly satisfied customers.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Cerasis

As a transportation management third party logistics company, we know at Cerasis that transportation makes up a large portion of the costs and efficiencies of any supply chain. Contact Cerasis if you would like help in more effective transportation management. .

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The 5 Benefits of Hybrid SaaS TMS

Cerasis

New, innovative technology platforms have greatly sped the expansion and evolution of transportation as well as logistic solutions. The transportation feature functionalities can be compared to what many recognize as on premise solutions. Technology TMS Transportation

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

Only 15% met the deadline and 60% gave me far more information than a factual review. In addition, 85% of the vendors in the multi-tier inventory optimization market that I wrote about in 1995, are now part of larger platforms.

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The 4 Key Processes Enabled by a Transport Management System (TMS) in 2015

Cerasis

We continue our series on the “State of the Transportation Management Systems” today with our post on the 4 key processes enabled by the use by shippers of a transport management system or TMS. A Transport Management System brings Needed ROI & Efficiency.

[INFOGRAPHICS] 4 Uses of Supply Chain Technology Applications Moving Shippers into the Future of Effective Management

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Technology can help to simplify your supply chain management, which will enable your business to operate more efficiently, give you more visibility and control over your inventory, and help to reduce your operational costs.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Supply Chain Planning: 4 Essential Year End Questions to Ask Yourself

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For our readers, who are in the supply chain and manufacturing space, we want to share information that helps you stay strategic. As the new year approaches, don’t overlook the valuable information you can glean from conducting a year-end review to kick start your supply chain planning.