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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. Top 10 Supply Chain Articles from 2015.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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The Transportation Management System Barbell

Talking Logistics

One of my supply chain and logistics predictions for this year was that the transportation management system (TMS) market will become more barbell-shaped ( mirroring what is happening in the third-party logistics industry ). “We’re In late February, LeanLogistics introduced LeanGlobal , a new TMS module that facilitates ocean freight transportation (see my comments at the time), and last week the company announced LeanFleet , a tool designed to streamline fleet planning and execution.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” Reward teams for cross-functional metrics. Focus functional metrics to improving reliability.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

The key difference between the two can perhaps be explained in the following example: A 3PL provider working with a paint manufacturer may package and store products as well as transport them to retailers and/or customers. Transport.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

To create flexible and balanced supply chain organisation, it is necessary to integrate strategy, processes, metrics, and technology enterprise wide and across customers, suppliers, and service providers. Identify sourcing plant/s which can back-up each other in times of disruptions.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. Instead, I think that it needs to be holistic to balance the trade-offs of source, make and deliver together. Stage 2: All about Transportation.

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

6 Transportation Management Trends for 2016

Cerasis

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry , and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application of transportation management technologies. Transportation Management Trends transportation management trends

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

NC State SCRC

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. The on-going tariffs levied by the Trump administration in 2018 against China has also made this option significantly more expensive for sourcing.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Source: “The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management,” webcast presentation by Adrian Gonzalez, Adelante SCM. Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Marketing — these functional groups, for the most part, continue to operate independently from each other, each driven by their own objectives and metrics. For example, I remember speaking with the Director of Transportation Services at a large CPG manufacturer a few years ago.

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Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero

Logility

For example: Optimizing a distribution network not only reduces logistics costs but, in most cases, reduces carbon emissions through fewer transportation miles and/or less inventory holding costs. Source: Nielsen Product Insider, 10/20/2018.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Hunt Transport acquires home delivery firm for $100M (CCJ) Key By Amazon adds garage and business delivery, new locks and Ring compatibility (TechCrunch) Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries (CNBC) Autonomous trucking startup TuSimple is taking 3 to 5 commercial trips a day (TechCrunch) Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do (WSJ – sub. Here are some excerpts from the article: XPO Logistics Inc.

SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO

NC State SCRC

Co-location of supply chains will reduce disruptions, complications with transportations, government regulations, etc. My first Monday in, I asked for a full report of all our supply chain metrics, and my analyst told me he could get it to me by Friday. At Flex, Tom had a scope that included the entire end to end supply chain: procurement, transportation, warehouse management, as well as customer order fulfillment, customer service, procure to pay, and trade relationships.

Changing Your Perspective to Measure Supply Chain Performance

Logistics Bureau

To paraphrase a saying, the road to supply chain hell is paved with good intentions and bad metrics. From this understanding, supply chain metrics will then ideally be: A few essential measurements that cover all the strategic aspects of the supply chain. On surveying its corporate customers, however, the company discovered that product standardisation and reliability were often more important to its business clientele, and adjusted its offering and its metrics appropriately.

This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

req’d) How Blockchain Could Benefit Levi’s Worker Well-Being Initiative (Sourcing Journal) Companies Plan for Tariffs, More Paperwork in Case of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit (WSJ – sub. Uber Freight: Transportation Facility Brand Managers. As reported by Transport Topics , “Truck drivers using the Uber Freight load-booking app can now rate shippers’ and receivers’ facilities and share feedback on factors such as wait times and amenities.”

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

My client writhed in her seat and hung her head as she asked, “I read your article on control towers, but I am confused. While there are many types of visibility (see Figure 1), the most common use case is either sourcing or transportation visibility. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. However, to use these data sources, we must break paradigms and focus on the use of non-relational techniques.

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If You Spend a Week with a Carrier’s Driver

Talking Logistics

Last week, BBC News published an article highlighting the poor conditions and low pay drivers who haul freight for IKEA and other retailers in Western Europe have to deal with, particularly drivers brought over from poorer countries by trucking firms based in Eastern Europe. Here are some excerpts from the article: Romanian driver Emilian spends up to four months at a time sleeping, eating and washing in his truck. But before you come to any conclusions. Try walking in my shoes.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

In the below article I propose to have a look at the main benefits and advantages of the cloud-based logistics management. More findings on the cloud cargo transportation and warehouse management systems you may discover on the web. The cloud-based supply chain software can be customized to suit your industry, your transportation , freight-forwarding and warehousing specialty, import-export regulations. The cloud-based logistics has lots of metric tools.

5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness

Cerasis

In this article, I propose to have a look at several logistic skills that, besides the specific knowledge in this area, will help to maximize the logistics effectiveness. In order to make the improvement process a constant activity and in order to fix the achievements from development, your team must adopt the representative metrics, key performance indicators , and benchmarking items.

Profitable Agility: Part 2 of Agility and Resilience in Supply Chain Execution

BlueYonder

This blog is based on an article that recently ran in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics & Procurement, “ Supply chain agility: An imperative in an unpredictable world.”.

Time to Survive and Nexus Supplier Index: New Measures of Supply Chain Risk Management

Talking Logistics

The good news is that researchers and progressive companies are developing new approaches to supply chain risk management and supply chain mapping, as two recent articles in Harvard Business Review illustrate. For this purpose, we created a new metric that we call “time to survive” (TTS). I encourage you to read both articles for all the details.

Food Trends That Could Have an Impact in 2021

Zipline Logistics

Gen Z will emerge as the largest consumer group, commanding “$29 to $143 billion” in direct spending, according to an article in Forbes. Those cutting-edge technologies are enabling companies to create personalized nutrition plans for users based on biological metrics.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Apple Inc purchases raw materials from various sources then get them shipped to an assembling plant in China. Some components are currently obtained from the single or limited sources. So this section will explain some characteristics of Apple Supply Chain through various metrics and compare them with Amazon Supply Chain. Supply chain professionals also use this metric in inventory management function. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About.

The Importance of Transparency in Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Consumers, activists, and investors increasingly want to know the products they buy are sourced sustainably and ethically. The article cites Dr. Darren Prokop, of the University of Anchorage Alaska, who explains supply chain visibility involves seeing “a particular activity with access to information at selected nodes.” Transparency, on the other hand, involves moral and ethical dimensions of activities associated with sourcing and manufacturing.

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5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have

Abivin

For instance, platforms such as Uber Carriage and Cargomatic enable real-time, cost-effective, on-demand transport arrangements to the other business logistics services, which brings great competitiveness to this industry. This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

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Supporting sustainability in supply chains

EFT

So, we can find many opportunities to drive synergies and reduce CO 2 footprint by increasing collaborative transport.” He believes this is a source of a lot of issues “because … it's really garbage in, garbage out.

Focus on supply chain flexibility in the tough times of covid-19

EFT

As sourcing is disrupted and demand fluctuates, corporations are having to adapt their supply chain more than ever before. We started to shift our mentality” said Jason Glover, Director of Global Sourcing at Harry’s, an e-commerce start-up for men’s grooming products. “We’re

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Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

One of the most popular articles we’ve ever done is our look at analyst group Gartner’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Supply Chains. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. In particular, the company has been criticized for its long-time practice of using local water sources for its products. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.

Say Customer Service and Mean It

Supply Chain Shaman

Many of my clients talk about a customer-centric supply chain but rely on useless metrics from an annual survey or a net promoter score. Starbucks redesigned their cups for the Grande product, and the flimsy cups were a source of constant spills and burns.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

As I’ve commented in previous postings, if you are a 3PL or transportation company and you’re not involved in cross-border shipping with Mexico, then you are missing out on a growing business opportunity (see Reuters article from December 2012). Users can access Data Services initially through an Excel macro interface with future direct connections planned to LLamasoft supply chain modeling software such as Supply Chain Guru and Transportation Guru, or through a Web-based interface.

Can Supply Chains Adjust to a Circular Economy Over the Next Decade? Part 2

Enterra Insights

As I noted in Part 1 of this article, analysts at Gartner predict circular economies will replace today’s wasteful linear economies over the next decade or so. Marina Mattos, a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, bluntly asks, “How will such a shift affect supply chains?”[3] They must also develop new product ranges, production processes, sourcing strategies and distribution channels.

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030

Arkieva

The Sustainable Freight Action plan released by California governor Jerry Brown outlines a long-term 2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transportation system. The plan also identifies opportunities to leverage State freight transport system investments, pinpoints actions to initiate over the next five years to meet goals, and lists possible pilot projects to achieve concrete progress in the near term. Source: Commerce Dept. Read Full Article.

Supply Chain Collaboration – The New Way to Drive Value!

Supply Chain Game Changer

However, sourcing managers with a narrow focus on delivery are missing out one of the greatest advantages of forging collaborative supplier partnerships: an opportunity to drive synergies that are otherwise perceived as impossible within the confines of the business. As a sourcing manager, you may need to go outside your comfort zone to think about new, innovative ways to collaborate for achieving sustainability because Collaboration comes in more than one flavor! Subscribe Here!

A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - March 2016

EFT

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