How Supply Chain Strategy Misalignment is Killing Kmart USA

Logistics Bureau

According to our own research at Logistics Bureau, less than 40% of businesses have documented a strategy for their supply chain operations. Distribution Strategy and Tactics. It was probably around a decade late in implementing basic distribution cost-saving practices such as hub-and-spoke distribution and cross-docking. To implement automation in distribution centres and back-of-store warehouses. To optimise transportation and distribution.

BluJay’s Newest Transportation and Distribution Software Releases Deliver Greater Visibility and Efficiency Across Supply Chain Network

BluJay Solutions

of its transportation and distribution applications. BluJay’s latest updates provide greater user efficiency, enhanced visibility, optimized routing, and easy order integration across its transportation and distribution solutions, to enable shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) to remove friction throughout the supply chain.

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Why Your Supply Chain Isn’t Best in Class

Logistics Bureau

Do you know that over 60% of businesses do not have a documented Supply Chain Strategy! 5 – Ensuring your Distribution Network is Cost Effective. Most Distribution Networks grow up over time. Very few are actually ‘designed’ What that means of course, is that most Distribution Networks become miss-aligned over time and this leads to excess inventory, excess costs and poor customer service. Can you find a customer service policy that is documented?

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9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL


It can take months to negotiate a complex SLA/KPI document, as you go back and forth with your logistics provider so the document becomes a “win-win” for both parties. After the SLA/KPI is an approved document by both the customer and logistics provider, this document and its contents need to be reviewed monthly to begin with, and quarterly thereafter. Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement.

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Adding Value to Your Supply Chain: Seven Cardinal Sins to Avoid

Material Handling and Logistics

From the product to its condition and even documentation, the demand for excellence involving all parts of the process has intensified. When shipping documents misreport significant attributes of cargo, the resulting inaccurate or false billing can prompt additional carrier charges. Delivering goods into a factory, distribution center, or retail location is a common point in the supply chain where inefficiencies can occur.

5 Reasons Why Carriers Are Customer-Obsessed


WebCargo , for instance, is the white-label live rate distribution and quoting marketplace platform which also became the springboard for Lufthansa Cargo, Air France/KLM/Martinair Cargo and IAG Cargo to offer instant booking. A recent benchmarking study determined just how far each of the top air and ocean carriers has progressed, surveying their website sales and service offerings, ability to connect customer systems, and commitment to structural transformation.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Going to Market with Your Transportation RFP

Talking Logistics

To ensure your leadership team is up-to-speed on the current market conditions, consider the following actions: DO: Be a student of your industry and create/distribute a monthly or quarterly update internally (trends, challenges, etc.). Benchmark yourself against historical and current market indexes. Use only your data to determine benchmarks for your next RFP. Your RFP will be much more successful with a documented carrier strategy.

Examples of How Supplier Quality Management System Implementations Pay Off


As the world is more distributed and players within the supply chain in transportation, manufacturing, and distribution are varied, applying a supplier quality management system in your business may allow you to stay more strategic and collaborative. Unlike domestic suppliers, they will respond to quality benchmarks by throwing labor-end-state inspection and rework-at the problem.

9 Ways to Reduce Chargebacks with your Vendor Compliance Program

Aborn and Co.

Ultimately, a truly cross-functional team with hands in IT, finance, logistics, distribution, transportation, merchandising, etc should be involved. 5, Technology: Vendor Compliance Programs and the scorecards they're graded against are no longer simply about document transfer. In order to get chargebacks reversed, you're going to have to prove that the documentation you provided was accurate, available, and provided to your customer.

How to Perform a Supply Chain Management Assessment for 2017


Making a supply chain management assessment takes a more holistic look at the business’ supply chain management practices from demand planning all the way to distribution. Using industry benchmarks from best-in-class operations can help you identify where your business might be lacking and in need of improvement. Benchmarking also presents you with ideas on how you could implement certain improvement projects, making a daunting task look attainable.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Benchmark — In logistics, benchmarks refer to KPI thresholds set by an organization to measure supply chain performance. Bill of Lading (BOL) — A legally binding document between a shipper and carrier that details all the information needed to process a freight shipment. EDI is used to exchange documents like purchase orders and invoices.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Paul Dittmann , Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee Improving operational efficiency in the global supply chain is a complex undertaking, and requires a documented, multi-year strategy instead of knee jerk reactions, and programs of the month. Research from APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in procurement shows that organizations without formal SRM programs report 121 percent longer supplier lead times.

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Supply Chain Sins, Fallacies, and Mistakes

Enterra Insights

’ Perfection is expected in the product, condition, quantity, documentation, and location.”[2] Surrett explains, “When shipping documents misreport significant attributes of cargo, the resulting inaccurate or false billing can prompt additional carrier charges. Surrett writes, “Delivering goods into a factory, distribution center, or retail location is a common point in the supply chain where inefficiencies can occur. Lack of Benchmarking.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

What you find instead are functional groups — such as Manufacturing, Distribution, Sales and Marketing, and Procurement — operating in silos, like a boat full of rowers each doing their own thing. Step 5: Measure Current Performance and Benchmark with Best-in-Class Competitors.

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

Talking Logistics

On the technology front, LLamasoft announced the release of Data Services, “a new offering that provides reference and benchmark data to LLamasoft customers and others in the supply chain design community…[this data] enables significant reduction in model building time and validates model outputs against realistic standards.” Source data is a combination of reference and benchmark data from third parties as well as econometric models and formulas.

3PL Executive Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2013

Talking Logistics

That was the main theme of a panel session I led at last month’s MercuryGate User Conference 2013 , which included the following 3PL executives: Shelli Austin , VP at Integrated Distribution Services (IDS). I also attended several product sessions while at the conference, including updates on Carma (carrier management), Mojo (transportation optimization), RateFriend (rate benchmarking), Mobile , and their ezClick architecture (a key enabler of the solution’s flexibility and ease-of-use).

Omni-channel Emerging as Top Retail Logistics Issue

Supply Chain Network

Speaker(s): Rob Bass, Vice President, Distribution, Best Buy Co., Alexis DePree, Senior Director, Distribution Planning, Target Corporation. Networked companies have a single version of information related to inventory status, POs, inventory, shipments, payments and documents. Speaker(s): Thomas Bledsoe, Vice President, Distribution, Sally Beauty Supply. Mike Robbins, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Target Corporation.

26 warehouse pros reveal the most important factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse

6 River Systems

Warehousing consists of multiple processes including receiving/documenting incoming products, storing products based on specific warehouse design criteria, picking orders, documenting parts picked, packaging, shipping and documenting damaged/returned parts. responsible for Esphesoft’s portfolio of intelligent document and data capture solutions.

Blockchain for the Supply Chain: Reality vs. Hype

Supply Chain Brain

When it comes to technological innovation, however, hype is no benchmark for success. The idea of a virtual, distributed ledger that can serve as an indelible system of record for any number of business transactions between supply-chain partners — well, it’s irresistible. The technology has been around for a long time, but many organizations and countries still require the maintenance of original signed documents, with all of their accompanying costs and inefficiencies.

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

Supply Chain Movement

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. 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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Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: Canada Retail Sales Decrease; Is Your Supply Chain a Cyber Threat?


A new report by SupplyChainDigest: “Supplier Integration in an Outsourced Supply Chain World: A Benchmark Report,” showed a growing trend in supply chain outsourcing among manufacturing companies. The report revealed that respondents had widespread outsourcing in many areas of their supply chain including sectors such as manufacturing, finishing, packaging/packing, and distribution/logistics. Despite expectations of an increase in sales, Canada retail sales fell by 0.1%

7 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management

Logistics Bureau

Intel had already whittled packaging down to a minimum, and with a high value-to-weight ratio, the chips’ distribution costs could not be pared down any further. The Path to Cost Reduction: Following a SCOR supply chain benchmarking exercise, AGCO decided to approach its cost reduction and efficiency goals by blending new technology—in the form of a globally integrated transport management system (TMS)—with a commitment to form a partnership with a suitably capable 3PL provider.

Introductory Guide to Spend Analysis - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

While a big chunk of cost lies within procurement, manufacturing and distribution activities, cost reduction from procurement function seems to deliver substantial savings quicker. Classification of commodities allows a company to benchmark its the purchased price against a standard price which is maintained by solution providers. So an automated solutions will save time because all invoices will be scanned into electronic documents and can be compared easily with master contracts.

50 expert warehouse order picking tips, strategies, and best practices

6 River Systems

The more orders that are picked, the more orders can be shipped, and that means more orders can be invoiced, hence picking directly increases the revenue for the distribution center. Picking also directly impacts the throughput metric, hence improving the productivity and speed of the picking process, which directly improves the throughput of the distribution center. “Challenge your team with some benchmarks before you start.

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


Changes have also been made throughout the document to clarify and emphasize the collaboration between the responsible agencies and other regional planning efforts, including funding.”. SupplyChainDigest benchmark study of about 100 companies reveals an increase in US company inventories since the recession. “In Do you supply particular products, overall; are your suppliers well distributed across the world?

Quarterly Report for On-Demand Warehousing Pricing and Usage: 2016 Summary


From electronic document management to real-time visibility into transportation logistics, software is modernizing the supply chain. It is an illustration of how on-demand warehousing is being used across North America—enabling FLEXE customers and partners to view a benchmark of marketplace data. We wanted to know how pricing and usage of on-demand warehousing trended in 2016. Here are the numbers.

Supply Chain Education: What Skills Do Your Staff Need?

Logistics Bureau

Distribution Network Performance and Design: An efficient distribution network can save a ton of money for operators, but companies often underestimate the degree to which poor network design can impact performance. SCLA includes case studies and examples of network-design problems and solutions, as well as tips and techniques for improving and optimising distribution networks. Supply chain documentation. Warehouse and distribution centre process improvement.

4 Long Term Ways to Save with Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping


Although an audit may not have already caught issues, constant complaints along specific delivery routes or areas can isolate the source of the problems, triggering a review for the affected truckers, distribution centers or manufacturers. In fact, the definition of auditing, asserts the Business Dictionary states, “[The] systematic examination and verification of a firm’s book of accounts, transaction records, other documents, and inventory.”.

50 expert tips on supply chain management

6 River Systems

One is time to recover (TTR), the time it would take for a particular node in the supply chain — a supplier facility, a distribution center, or a transportation hub — to be restored to full functionality after a disruption. Viewed collectively, these details can support a more efficient and effective supply chain management process that can promote more aggressive performance goals across such areas as purchasing, general operations, distribution, and integration strategies.”

50 expert tips on improving warehouse efficiency & productivity

6 River Systems

Once you identify all the opportunities to take steps and time out of the process, document your optimized process to create a uniform SOP that can be implemented across all operations.” “All repetitive activities should be standardized and documented. Documented processes also help to accelerate the on-boarding of new employees and contribute to their long-term success.”

12 Supply Chain Basics Your Company Must Get Right

Logistics Bureau

If so, prepare to be surprised, because it doesn’t get any more basic than this: Your company must have a documented and commonly understood supply chain strategy. Distribution Network Design. This applies particularly to companies that have never really considered supply chain strategy or looked at the effectiveness of their distribution networks. All inbound shipments should be checked against delivery documentation and purchase orders.

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Scottish Councils Deliver Streamlined Contract and Supplier Management


They are committed to maximi z ing value through procurement by increasingly seeking collaborative opportunities on contracts with other local authorities, to share knowledge and benchmark performance – an overarching strategic aim of Scottish Government. JAGGAER helped us develop a wider range of KPIs, which could still be used by any authority, thereby facilitating cross-organi z ational benchmarking.

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!


I also wrote a white paper and webinar that documented the journey that IBM took in developing the Transparent Supply Chain, and the catalysts that drove them to move in this direction. As my friend at Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell, joked to me this week, it’s probably not a case of “my business will fail unless I have a distributed ledger”, or that those that fall behind on blockchain won’t be able to do business.

Top 10 Mistakes You’re Making Right Now as a Wholesaler and Distributor


As an owner of a wholesale or distribution business, you’re doing everything possible to maintain your razor thin margins but — surprise, surprise — you’re bound to make mistakes along the way. You should be storing documents in the cloud for easy access and effortless sharing from one place. Better still, you should banish the idea of documents and files altogether. The competition in wholesaling and distribution has just been turned up a notch.

Don’t Make These 8 Horrible Inventory Management Mistakes Before Halloween


Aside from generating financial reports, what other metrics are you using to benchmark your inventory management efficiency? Upload documents relevant to each customer, supplier or product. The same goes for your wholesale and distribution business. Introduction. With Halloween fast approaching on 31st October, it’s all too easy to get caught up in trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, costumes, and haunted attractions.