Will Trucking Challenges Transform JITS in North America?


As the trucking industry experiences rising industry change, just-in-time-sequence (JITS) supply chains are starting to feel the effects. In this article, we will take a closer look at these industry challenges and discuss the current and potential impacts on JITS.

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.

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment


Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. Items such as negotiated lead times, packaged quantities, order receipt confirmations, and advanced shipment notices must all be specifically spelled out.

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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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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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What is Manufacturing ERP?


What distinguishes Manufacturing ERP from other ERP systems? 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. Defining Manufacturing ERP.

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.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  


Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Improving Performance in Manufacturing. Improving Performance in Warehousing.

Demand Driven Manufacturing in the Engineer-to-Order Space


Aligning Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Practices. Demand-driven manufacturing (DDM) is an approach to manufacturing where production is based on actual demand rather than forecasts. Synchronizing engineering and manufacturing.

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. Impact on automotive manufacturers.

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. Today we are going to look at lean manufacturing.

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5 Facts About American Manufacturing & 3 Reasons to Work In Manufacturing


I have been following the Marlin Steel blog and the company for quite some time. They are a great company and very representative of the pride of American Manufacturing. We are featuring two of their quick blog posts below that are relevant to the state of American Manufacturing today: the real facts about the industry and why someone should work in manufacturing. Manufacturers Can Thrive Against All Comers." manufacturing is not dead or even moribund.

What’s eating the meat industry: The disassembly dilemma

DELMIA Quintiq

Worldwide meat production has doubled over the last three decades and increased 20% in just the last 10 years. Each differs in size, weight and quality. In essence, you can’t tell for sure what you’re going to get. Manufacturing Protein

FAQ: Can I Use Demand-Driven Manufacturing in a Make-to-Stock Environment?


Demand-Driven Manufacturing seems like it was made for Make/Assemble-to-Order and Engineer-to-Order environments. Demand-Driven Manufacturing is a method of manufacturing where production is based on actual customer orders (demand) rather than a forecast.

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?

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.

Marion Kohlmeier: ‘Expansion in our global footprint has been a big step’

Supply Chain Movement

In this edition: Marion Kohlmeier, Head of supply chain planning and project purchasing at Weidmann Plastics Technology. A new car needs a stunning new look and at the same time the components need to be durable, functional and lightweight.

How Flexible is Your Logistics Network?

Talking Logistics

It seems ironic that the sophisticated logistics systems that gave rise to just-in-time manufacturing are now being outmoded by the evolution those very systems encouraged: manufacturing on demand. These and other changes demand attention to what we now call the Supply Chain Ecosystem, which stresses the critical importance of maximizing multiple networks in your supply chain. Empty trucks passing each other on the road as waste in motion.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

I got started just as the dotcom craze was taking off, with new logistics startups coming to market every day (all of them announcing they were “The world’s leading provider of X” even though they were just a few months old). Descartes, in short, is alive and well.

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.

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico


The move may be risky, but the mega retailer’s play may also be indicative of an emerging trend in North American maritime freight. Before the mega-retailer started shipping goods through Lazaro Cardenas, the KCS had fallen on hard times. Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain.

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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: .

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.

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.

Quality Management – Design in Quality First!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The Division I had just joined was enjoying great success in Sales and Development. Simply there were over two dozen different building block designs which could be configured in innumerable combinations to create the end product. Based on the customer requirements and specifications the building blocks could be combined in varying quantities. The Sales team had done a phenomenal job in selling the building block design concept to Customers. Subscribe Here!

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.

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?

Do you have a Freight Management Strategy or are you Spinning your Wheels?

Supply Chain Game Changer

In going door to door trying to sell a Freight Management service, as well as in my experience working in companies, I have had the opportunity to see a variety of ways in which companies, large and small, were managing their Freight and Logistics spend. If you are in the E-Commerce channel then you should know what customers want. If you are going to manage Freight yourself you need to invest in resource to support it. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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.

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?

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. Having such customer centricity aligns supply chains to better serve customers in a profitable manner.

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.

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.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash


You don’t have to be Inditex , owner of fast fashion chain Zara and second largest fashion company in the world, to afford a fast fashion supply chain. Fast fashion is the latest phenomenon in the fashion industry to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash


You don’t have to be Inditex , owner of fast fashion chain Zara and second largest fashion company in the world, to afford a fast fashion supply chain. Fast fashion is the latest phenomenon in the fashion industry to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Help These Days?

Material Handling & Logistics

Every year, in our annual MH&L Salary Survey , we ask readers to identify the biggest challenge they face in their jobs, and every year they tell us the same thing: finding, developing and retaining talent. It’s one of those nagging dilemmas that just doesn’t seem to have an answer.

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