Is Your Supply Chain Customer-Centric?


Successful salespeople tend to sign contracts without worrying about the logistical aspects affected by the conditions of the contract, which is a thorn in the foot for logistics who must comply with the terms of the contract. You have probably had a similar experience to this in your company.

VMI system goes live at Fokker Aerostructures

Supply Chain Movement

VIBA Aerospace Products and Services in the Netherlands and Peerless Aerospace Fastener Corporation, a distributor of aerospace fasteners based in Farmingdale (NY), went live with their Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) of special fasteners at Fokker Aerostructures covering several programs.

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Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment


Through the use of supplier quality certifications and blanket (long-term) purchase orders, a manufacturer can accurately and effectively calculate the optimal level of inventory needed to fulfill demand requirements through the duration of replenishment lead time.

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How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain


Just like the popularity of “Smokey and the Bandit”, the desire for today’s workforce to drive a truck has all but faded from our country’s periphery. As a result, it is increasingly difficult to secure capacity in today’s carrier market.

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Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends. Companies that have too much inventory on-hand right now are struggling to clear out space ahead of the season, slashing prices and concerning stakeholders as profit margins creep downward.

What Can A Newborn Teach You About Supply Chain?

The Supply Chainer Report

First of all, believe me that when you are in the middle of a crisis, the last thing you want to struggle with are spreadsheets or complex files. In conclusion, some of the first learnings were: 1. Forecast projection of number of nappies that we will need in the future months.

Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment Spikes With Data Analysis


The capacity crunch continues, and the ELD mandate has lowered the number of trucks available. Challenges in Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment The challenges of managing e-commerce fulfillment go back to the need to rapidly scale operations to meet changing demand. On-time shipments.

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce


E-commerce is growing faster than ever, and more consumers are leveraging online platforms in making purchasing decisions. According to Supply Chain 24/7 , e-commerce is on track to become the dominating force in all sales. How Surface Mode Shippers Can Compete in E-Commerce Logistics.

Deal or no deal: The impact of Brexit on automotive supply chains

DELMIA Quintiq

Business leaders are getting nervous as time is very short. The United Kingdom (UK) imports the most goods by far compared to other European countries, not just final products but also parts and components for further production and assembly. This will lead to a surge in costs.

What challenges must today’s automotive manufacturers overcome?

DELMIA Quintiq

The assembly line sets the pace in automotive manufacturing. At this point in the production chain, suppliers must deliver their products just in time (JIT) and just in sequence (JIS) for vehicles to be assembled as planned.

This Week in Logistics News (July 9-13, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades (WSJ – sub. May’s Brexit Plan Comes Just in Time for Supply Chains (WSJ – sub. Trade war: Trump administration threatens China with $200 billion in additional tariffs (USA Today). In release 18.2,

5 Key Supply Chain Technologies Needed to Go Omnichannel


More companies are actively engaging with consumers in search of the ultimate omnichannel sales experience as the strength of online sales increase, reports Supply Chain Quarterly. Technologies used in this step include handheld device scanners, automated radio frequency identification tags, Bluetooth technologies and automated identification and data capture (AIDC), comparable to RFID tags. Analytics to Uncover Issues in the Supply Chain.

Driving Profitable Growth Through Effective Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Nation

In a previous article titled “ What Is Preventing Your Supply Chain From Being a Strategic Differentiator? ” I reviewed a variety of factors that stand in the way of supply chain excellence. In this article, I shall review the factors that set the supply chain leaders apart from the rest and that help drive profitable growth for their companies. System-wide inventory strategies. This is just one example of supply chain agility.

Air Freight Trends to Watch in 2019

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Demand growth, the type of capacity airlines are adding to the market, and tariffs are big trends to watch this year. The surge in demand for air freight that took off in mid-2016 normalized in early 2018. Airlines continue to hone their air freight capacity strategy.

What is Manufacturing ERP?


They operate in real time, and have a consistent ‘look and feel’ across all applications. ERP started in the manufacturing industry, but it headed off in new directions. They make products in anticipation of orders yet to come (make-to-stock).

Farmville – It’s Really a Supply Chain Game!

Supply Chain Game Changer

In Search of Broken Supply Chain Clues! But I also found that the ability to grow your Farm by adding capabilities and features, by controlling the way in which you buy and sell things, and managing your inventory levels of all of the materials was both fun and interesting.

Air Freight Trends to Watch in 2019

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Demand growth, the type of capacity airlines are adding to the market, and tariffs are big trends to watch this year. The surge in demand for air freight that took off in mid-2016 normalized in early 2018. Airlines continue to hone their air freight capacity strategy.

TMS Delivers on NASSTRAC’s Five Common Sense Suggestions for Shippers

Supply Chain Collaborator

Unsurprisingly, these suggestions aligned perfectly with the technology solutions already in production from top TMS software solutions. In order to get to the next level of savings, efficiency and competitive advantage, shippers must embrace emerging technologies. Leading TMS solution providers are already developing and delivering next-gen tech to their customers in pursuit of the goals enunciated in the list of 5 common sense suggestions offered by NASSTRAC.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths Part 5 – Lean and On-Demand Manufacturing


This is the fifth post in a series where we investigate some of the myths and mistruths around Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). In the previous posts we have looked at the misdirected focus on historical information, the belief spreadsheets can support a robust S&OP process, the “S&OP is too rigid argument” and the idea that S&OP is a real-time response planning process. Raw and WIP inventory takes time to procure, build and transport.

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The Big Debate: Characteristics of Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Opz

For those of us who have made our careers in supply chain, one of the great challenges, and the attraction of the discipline, is the variety of differing opinions about what constitutes ‘excellence in supply chain’ and how it can be best achieved.

Combat Rising Transportation Costs and Driver Shortage With Supply Chain Analytics


Supply Chain Challenges: Freight Volume Rising, Driver Shortage Growing The shipping industry plays a critical role in world economics. Its immense power stems from its ubiquity–in every sector, you will find shipping and a supply chain.

4 Supply Chain Secrets to Drive Customer Satisfaction


A company can move a product from China to the United States, clear it through Customs, move it to a distribution center, and fulfill it in record time. Improve on-time delivery. Customers want what they want and they want it fast and on-time.

Blockchain and Trucking: A Match Made on the Road


The inception of blockchain technology for use in logistics and supply chain management represents one of the most significant innovations in the industry. When truckers spend less time driving on the road, this yields fewer trucks on the road at any given point.

Japan and Ecuador Earthquakes Highlight Supply Chain Risks


Last week’s earthquake and strong pre and post aftershocks in Japan have resulted in numerous disruptions for manufacturers. . Toyota announced on Sunday it would suspend production in stages at its plants across Japan. A few thoughts to keep in mind include: .

Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment Spikes With Data Analysis

Veridian Solutions

The capacity crunch continues, and the ELD mandate has lowered the number of trucks available. Challenges in Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment The challenges of managing e-commerce fulfillment go back to the need to rapidly scale operations to meet changing demand. Disjointed systems and data silos, creating delays in processing and deficiencies in visibility. This is about demand forecasting and understanding the ability of a facility to handle changes in demand.

When It Comes to the Control Tower, Optimization Is Key

Supply Chain Nation

Air traffic control towers are great at directing traffic at a couple of crucial points in a flight: the take-off and the landing. But managing a flight is not just about taking off and reaching your destination, it is about reaching your destination in an optimal manner. Supply chain software should be viewed in a similar vein. When companies hold products in inventory in anticipation of customer orders, what is the best location to maintain inventory?

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

With new supply chain innovations , trends in logistics technology and advancements like automated robots making a big impact on operational efficiency, it seems that supply chain optimization is within reach for more companies than ever before. Why are we going in this direction?

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty


Fortunately for the pizza companies, the Super Bowl date is publicized far in advance. But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? In this case, there might be issues.

It’s About Time for a new “World Class Supply Chain” Paradigm


As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. The principles at the time were certainly appropriate, and were considered ground-breaking at the time. An automotive executive recalls how difficult this was given the technology limitations that existed in the early 1970’s. Arguments broke out internally and in academic debates over which area had dominance over the others.

3 Questions to Ask Before Developing Your Strategic Procurement Strategy


The more your supply chain relies on a just-in-time inventory model, the more important it becomes to have a backup plan. And it’s not just the raw materials you need to manufacture your products. Do Your Suppliers Have the Capacity to Meet Your Growing Demands?

How an Inefficient Supply Chain can kill an FMCG Business?


Managing supply chain is getting more complex and sophisticated in the global context. Take the most regularly used practices as an example, just-in-time or low-cost country sourcing are no longer appropriate for contemporary concerns. As stated in A.T.

4 Best-in-Class Supply Chains To Watch and Learn From

Logistics Bureau

What I mean by this is that there’s no harm in observing companies with best-in-class supply chains , noting the processes, practices, and initiatives that serve them best and adopting them in a way that fits your own enterprise. Watch and Learn from the Best in Class.

Spotlight on: 7 Key Warehouse Processes

Logistics Bureau

This article, written by Mal Walker , Manager at Logistics Bureau, was first published in the January / February 2018 issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions. This contradiction in terms is probably best explained by the Thai phrase; ‘Same, same, but different’ This phrase is used widely in Thailand to explain to naive tourists (such as myself) the similarities between one product and another. Yes, warehouses are the same in 7 key aspects.

Is it Time for to Move Away from “World Class Supply Chains”?


The book looks at what the future procurement capability will need to be, in light of the massive “game changers” of globalization, technology, cultural diversity, demographic issues, and sustainable pressure that is changing the entire ecosystem. The principles at the time were certainly appropriate. Although interest in materials management grew during this period, the concept’s historical origins date to the 1800s.

Demand Driven Manufacturing in the Engineer-to-Order Space


The terms Pull-based manufacturing and Just-in-Time (JIT) manufacturing are also used within the context of DDM and the flow of materials. We’ve found that engineering groups who are engaged in this way realize significant increases in Engineering throughput.

Let’s Celebrate: The Western Growers Transportation Program Turns 10

CH Robinson Transportfolio

In fact, a handful of growers in the Imperial Valley located in southern California founded Western Growers because of a transportation issue. The particular issues they faced in 1926 were tied to the railroad—rates, service levels, and equipment availability to be specific.

How to prepare your logistics for Christmas and New Year season


The Holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s normal to feel the pressure of the volume spikes and tight deadlines because it is a time when consumer demand can make or break a business. According to a survey conducted by Retail News in Asia, Alibaba racked up $30.8