Where are you on your capacity planning journey?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Balancing capacity can be as challenging as walking a tight rope. Not enough capacity and you lose balance when it comes to delivery and customer satisfaction. Too much capacity and you lose your balance when it comes to costs and margins.

5 pieces to the global capacity management puzzle

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Recently I was watching a video interview with David Thomas, the Director of Global Capacity Planning for Ford Motor Company. Among other things, he’s been leading the charge at Ford to deliver a global capacity management solution.

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Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Talking Logistics

While these approaches can certainly deliver a significant return on investment (ROI), other strategies that can positively impact their transportation network are often overlooked – for example, thinking more strategically about capacity. Make it a part of your larger transportation strategy and achieve a meaningful and sustainable ROI with creative, tailored and comprehensive capacity solutions. Big or small, capacity solutions are not one-size-fits-all.

Where have all the Truckers Gone? 10 Strategies for Shippers to Fight the Capacity and Trucker Shortage


Transportation capacity problems have been a volatile issue over the past twenty years or so. Contributors to Capacity and Trucker Shortage. The 2014 winter weather triggered a trucking capacity problem. In 2014 utilization was 100% of capacity, a crisis phase.

2017 Warehouse Capacity Economics and Trends Report


In mid-2015, FLEXE conducted a survey of supply chain professionals across multiple industries to identify and understand what key industry trends affect inventory and capacity fluctuations. More businesses are faced with inventory exceeding capacity than they are with excess space.

How to Be a Preferred Shipping Customer: Strategies for the Coming Capacity Shortage

Talking Logistics

Shipper demand and carrier availability have come back into balance after several years of excess capacity. But there are a number of ways you can prepare to lessen—and possibly avoid—the impact of fewer drivers and the resulting capacity crunch. You can protect yourself from any driver/capacity shortage by becoming a preferred shipper, a customer that carriers want to do business with. Business has been improving for the U.S. trucking industry.

How Can Shippers Deal with the Capacity Crunch?

Logistics Viewpoints

What I found most interesting was a short conversation we had about the carrier capacity crunch and the role various supply chain software solutions can play in improving matters for […].

LTL Rates, Capacity, and Fuel: The General Outlook for 2017


Capacity Will Grow Tighter. Capacity was stretched beyond limitations in 2014, and fleets around the country tried to optimize operations through freight reclassification, dimensional pricing models and freight consolidation, explains Jeff Berman of Logistics Management.

Get a Copy of Our Latest White Paper on Capacity Planning

River Logic

We just released a new white paper entitled "A Step-by-Step Guide to Driving Impact with Capacity Planning.". Supply Chain Management White Papers Capacity Planning

The key ingredient to optimizing your beer production capacity (it’s not what you think)


While customers are becoming increasingly demanding, the beer industry has seen a trend of consolidation between brewers, thus reducing their capacity over the years. Beverages in general, and beer in particular, are no longer commodities.

Is The Freight Capacity Crunch in Trucking a Myth?


The freight capacity crunch has dominated supply chain and logistics since 2014, and many shippers fear it will arrive sooner than many experts believe. However, the capacity crunch may be less severe than anticipated, and it could easily reflect growing pains in the industry. The Freight Capacity Crunch Has Not Yet Reared Its Head. The freight capacity crunch remains an object of speculation in among logistics providers and shippers. Capacity Crunch Freight

Industrial Real Estate Faces Capacity Issues

Supply Chain Link

Shippers face capacity issues in different aspects throughout their supply chain which includes their industrial real estate needs. Warehouse vacancy rates continue to decrease and industrial vacancy is now at a cyclical low of 7.3%.

Industrial Real Estate Faces Capacity Issues

Supply Chain Link

Shippers face capacity issues in different aspects throughout their supply chain which includes their industrial real estate needs. Warehouse vacancy rates continue to. Read more. 09/01/2015. Real Estate. Supply Chain. Real Estate, Built to Suit.

Three Metrics for Managing Truckload Capacity in a Volatile Market


The post Three Metrics for Managing Truckload Capacity in a Volatile Market appeared first on Chainalytics. By Matt Harding | Principal, Transportation For-hire truckload spend accounts for roughly $300 billion of economic activity across the United States.

A Non-Traditional Supply Chain and Capacity Planning Automation Effort Underway at Ford Motor

Supply Chain Matters

This presentation delivered by David Thomas, Director of Global Capacity Planning at Ford was titled, Creating Global Standards Across Regional Sites, provided […]. This author had the opportunity to attend the Kinaxis Kinexions customer conference last week. Among the customer presentations there was a rather insightful talk from a supply chain executive at Ford Motor Company.

Reinforcing Data on Ocean Container Rate Hikes and Capacity Shifts

Supply Chain Matters

This week's World Container Index from Drewry Advisors is further reinforcing data on double-digit ocean container rate hikes and shifting capacity strategies. Industry supply chains are likely feeling the pressure and so are global regulators. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics

Troubling News in Global Ocean Container Capacity Reductions

Supply Chain Matters

Every year at just about this time, ocean container shipments inbound from China and other Asian ports begin to surge as retailers ramp-up inventory levels in anticipation of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday buying period. Ever year at this time, Supply Chain Matters features commentaries noting how the ramp-up is progressing. Last year, we raised […].

Factors Affecting the State of Capacity

Supply Chain Link

Total spend of shipments as well as the volume of shipments declined for all of North America in October. In fact, October shipment indexes have fallen to the lowest levels since 2011 1. In the past month freight shipments have dropped 4.7%

24 Ways to Get More Thruput and Capacity Out of Your Distribution Centers


LinkedIn The post 24 Ways to Get More Thruput and Capacity Out of Your Distribution Centers appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Demand on distribution centers and warehouses are greater than ever, and promises of more reshoring around the country indicate the strain will only grow tighter. Rather than building new facilities, consider using these tips to optimize your existing facility to achieve higher thruput. Analyze Current Processes.

A Pulse on Trucking Capacity and Rates

Talking Logistics

Hunt reported its Q3 2014 financial results, and while a single company does not represent the market as a whole, the chart below basically sums up what I’ve been seeing and hearing overall: In a nutshell, rates are going up as growth in demand outpaces available capacity (in J.B.

Case Study: Why Supplier Capacity Management is Mission Critical


In this post, we explore the chain of events that lead to Fuhu’s bankruptcy as a cautionary tale of how unmitigated supplier capacity risks , demand variability, and weak supplier relationship management brought a successful consumer electronics company to its knees.

Pilot Chemical Company: Capacity Assurance and Being a Dependable Supplier

Talking Logistics

We all know that there are ebbs and flows in the transportation market, but one thing that always remains the same for transportation and logistics executives is their focus on managing costs and making sure they have the capacity they need, when they need it.

3 Strategies for Locking In Trucking Capacity

Supply Chain Collaborator

With economic growth increasing demand for trucking capacity and an aging population of drivers not being replaced by the younger generation disinterested in trucking as a career option, something is going to have to give. The domestic shipping industry sits at a crossroads.

5 Threats to Capacity in 2017

DAT Solutions

Overall, 2016 was a year of relatively loose capacity. There are a number of looming factors could put a squeeze on capacity in the coming year. The biggest factor affecting capacity is, of course, demand from shippers. NEED CAPACITY?

KLM to optimise flight simulator capacity with Quintiq

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand and supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O) solutions provider, has announced its partnership extension with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) to optimize the airline's flight simulator capacity

California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

DAT Solutions

California's weather—good or bad—has a major impact on truckload capacity. The demand for reefers impacts van capacity too, as reefers often haul van freight in the slow season until they’re pulled away by the increased demand—and prices—of refrigerated freight.

Is the “shared economy” changing logistics?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

In a way, travelers are informally monetizing what we might call their unused capacity. General News Inventory management capacity management Capacity planning Logistics shared economy

Trending Transportation News: March 2016

PLS Logistics

Here’s an overview of 6 popular transportation and supply chain news stories from March: Capacity News Inbound Freight

Capacity Constraints Are a Growing Issue

Ryder Exchange

How can you avoid the capacity crunch? Capacity constraints are being felt throughout the industry, but there are several ways shippers can avoid having their freight left at the loading docks. More significantly, the capacity issue is not because of tractor truck availability.

Market Update: Secure Capacity with These 3 Tips

PLS Logistics

Shippers are expecting higher rates and less capacity this year, so many are trying to lock in contract rates and secure trucks before the spike. Transportation Capacity Shipments Carriers Technology Transportation Rates Truckload

Shipper Strategy: What to Do as ELD Mandate Threatens Capacity

PLS Logistics

The trucking industry is adjusting as fuel prices fluctuate, the driver shortage continues, and new regulations are authorized. The ELD mandate is causing waves of concern among shippers and carriers. The rule could drastically change the trucking landscape. Shippers Regulations Carriers

Hot Market Maps: Capacity at a Glance

DAT Solutions

Where to find Hot Market Maps. You’ll find Hot Market Maps in the toolbox in the upper right hand corner of the DAT Power load board. If you don’t have DAT Power, but would like to learn more about it, send us an email or call 800-551-8847.

Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them


But very few of us think about truckload capacity when we hear the phrase. Your capacity options are already drastically reduced: So, if you are trying to find a truck for today or even tomorrow, from this simple perspective, you already have a greatly diminished pool of capacity available.

Capacity + Higher Contract Rates = Opportunities in Disguise

DAT Solutions

Spot market freight volume is soft, and capacity is loose. Capacity is much looser now than it has been in recent years. Note the relative lack of capacity pressure in July 2015 (right.) increase in capacity, according to the Journal of Commerce's Q2 Truckload Capacity Index.

Can Shippers Help Increase Truck Capacity?

PLS Logistics

Truck capacity goes hand in hand with truck rates: the lower the capacity – the higher the rates. Capacity Shippers TruckloadSimple math! We have witnessed the usual seasonal rate spikes in the recent years, but outside of that, major rate increases have been rather limited.

FMCG warehouse capacity in Romania: A Short Story

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

The car bounced over the dirt road of potholes and puddles and approached the expansive, looming warehouse building that was once so full of life and bustling activity.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain


As a result, it is increasingly difficult to secure capacity in today’s carrier market. Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. link]. Does it seem like there are less big rigs on the roads than there used to be? If so, it is for good reason.

The capacity struggle: Finding hidden potential in intermodal freight operations


Namely, while big container liners struggle to find enough volume to fill up their vessels, inland operators face the reverse – their capacity is so strained that providing basic adequate service is already tough to achieve. Are you able to identify – and minimize – empty capacity early?

Analyst Develops Barometer to Assess Freight Capacity and Demand

DAT Solutions

Values above 50 indicate that demand exceeds capacity, while values below 50 indicate that capacity exceeds demand. Values above 50 indicate that demand exceeds capacity, while values below 50 indicate that capacity exceeds demand.

Capacity Crunch

Inbound Logistics

Driverless trucks may be a solution to the truck driver shortage in the future, but here are some ideas for how to cope now