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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.

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.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Transportation takes time. The need to transport parts also drives inventory up, creates a need for space to store those parts, and uses energy for more forklift time and warehouse heating. The list of additional waste generated by transportation goes on and on. Right Source.

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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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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.

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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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

Supply Chain Shaman

As an analyst in the supply chain market for 15 years, I have written many articles on best-of-breed technology companies purchased by a larger company. In 2007-2014 Terra added inventory management, multi-tier demand sensing, transportation forecasting, and long-term forecasting. There is greater dependency on third parties for manufacturing and sourcing. Likewise, the Terra Technology team will need to learn sourcing.

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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.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

In the supply chain, variability and volatility come from many sources. The best way to start the design of an agile supply chain is to look at the sources of variability and market volatility that your supply chain encountered in the prior year. These can be shift in the channel, issues in manufacturing, increasing variability in transportation, or a shift in commodity prices. Q: What is the best metric to begin analyzing when starting to evaluate Supply Chain agility?

A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - March 2016

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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!

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America. According to the press release: Transplace leverages the CombineNet ASAP® advanced e-sourcing technology as part of its expert solutions, helping customers develop and optimize their carrier strategy for procurement events involving truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), and intermodal needs.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

In order to accelerate the learning, this article has gathered 20+ most sought-after supply chain case studies, analyzed/categorized them by industry and the findings are presented. 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. Managing transportation at this scale is the absolute challenge.

This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Here are some excerpts from the press release: 94 organizations are actively involved or have agreed to participate on the TradeLens platform, including more than 20 port and terminal operators across the globe; customs authorities in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia and Peru; and freight forwarders, transportation and logistics companies including Agility, CEVA Logistics, and DAMCO. New Transportation Solutions from project44 and Kuebix. I’m back from vacation.