The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand


Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping. Monitor Warehouse Capacity.

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.

[PODCAST] Why Transportation Management Data Has Carriers & Shippers Forging Collaborative Relationships to Beat the Capacity Crunch


The Role of Transportation Management Data for Improved Carrier Relations In this episode Kevin and Cerasis’ Marketing Manager & “The Freight Project Podcast” host, Adam Robinson discuss how transportation management data aids shippers & carriers to forge fact-based, transparent partnerships to aid in beating a capacity crunch. Both shippers and carriers have historically used capacity swings in their favor to gouge the other.

Multi Carrier Shipping: 8 Ways to Avoid the Shortsightedness Of Chasing The Least Cost Carrier


When you are looking to choose a carrier when it is time to ship your freight, it might seem obvious to go with the carrier that provides you with the lowest “sticker price.” 7) Using a Multi Carrier Shipping Transportation Management Solution.

Last Mile Metrics: 11 Metrics to Measure in Last Mile Logistics


Using technology to improve last mile metrics is essential to driving last mile costs down, but how do shippers know if the technology is helping or hurting? Essentially, shippers need to track these 11 metrics. On-Time Deliveries Are King of Last Mile Metrics.

Are Your Manufacturing Metrics Meaningless?


In any manufacturing environment, delivering what you promised when you promised is good business, so measuring this metric makes sense. However, as simple as this metric should be to measure, it can get complicated. Making Manufacturing Metrics Meaningful Again.

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

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Unfortunately, warehouse capacity around the country is tight, but available capacity is only being used at rates shy of 70 percent. How can warehouse capacity be both tight and utilized less than 100 percent? To answer that question, let’s go back to how the addition of automation in the warehouse changes the game and enhances the use of available capacity. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

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But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. Be sure not to penalize or reward suppliers based on your choice of shipping method. Specific Quality Metrics. Capacity.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

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This analysis is ad-hoc is usually stimulated by the launch of a new product or a shift in capacity. The flows are typically linear and the analysis is on alternate modes and best shipping lanes.

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping


Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. Now all of this capacity is gone. So 7% of the capacity is now gone. And what that caused was a huge under capacity. We expect that capacity slowly comes back to the market.

Stopping Shipping Shenanigans – The Value of Good Reporting in Your TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

The large carrier had found a way to charge more than the contracted rate in this lane by declining the tender even though they had the capacity to move the load. Tendering Metrics. The post Stopping Shipping Shenanigans – The Value of Good Reporting in Your TMS appeared first on UltraShipTMS. How well does your TMS drive process improvement and efficiency in transportation logistics?

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

With rising fuel costs, tight capacity, and driver shortages, rates are escalating faster than many companies expected or budgeted for. One area that can quickly yield benefits is in parcel shipping. For example, a company may be using two- or three-day express shipping to ship parcels over a short distance where they probably would have arrived in the same time using ground.

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Our network efficiency improvement equates to avoiding nearly 41,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking about 7,900 cars off the road. Why aren’t more shippers engaged in collaborative shipping? Last Friday, the U.S.

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

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Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand. This Week in News Chainalytics cloud computing container shipping Descartes Systems Group HighJump Software Maersk NetSuite UPS

[PODCAST] How Shippers Can Compete Against Rising Transportation Costs & Competition Using Data


The role of technology providers as a partner to shippers and the role technology plays in aiding shippers to combat rising costs and find available capacity. The Great Capacity Crunch: The Current State, Future Outlook, and How Shippers Can Thrive in Any Capacity Crunch. 8 Big Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping. Transportation Metrics that Matter the Most for Shippers to Track to Improve Performance.

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How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


They also cut inventory levels, grew sales and resolved capacity issues. Despite this more demanding metric, customer-service levels increased from 85 to 93 percent in just six months with significantly fewer costly rush orders.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

port capacity and are critical for Asian trade. As a country, I think that we need to rethink supply chain flows for chassis, drayage and the unloading of larger ships. It takes 2 to 3 days to unload a ship. The ships are getting larger.

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10 Ways You Can Save Money On FTL


Let’s face it, freight costs are rising as a result of the capacity crunch and driver shortage. Even shipping full truckload isn’t as cost-efficient as it used to be. Here are 10 ways you can save money on FTL shipping: 1.

Ocean Carrier Alliances: What You Need to Know

Talking Logistics

container carriers) can partner in our industry: Slot Charter Agreements: When a shipping company buys a certain number of slots from another carrier. Partners within a shipping consortium agree to operate liner services along a specified route using a specified number of vessels.

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How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?


Transportation modes used in procurement and shipping. In other words, consumers can get practically anything they want at a moment’s notice, and more consumers are expressing a willingness to wait for a product a few days if free shipping is a possibility.

How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers


Today, warehouse managers face an endless battle with a growing number of products and limited storage capacity, and among distribution center managers, the challenge of warehouse slotting is even more difficult. The days of re-slotting and warehouse at the time of its creation have ended.

What Less-Than-Truckload Data Should a Shipper Track?


How do shippers know if their carrier selection process for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is working? Unfortunately, there are thousands of less-than-truckload data points shippers can track, but the most prominent indicators include these LTL metrics.

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The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014


Transportation Metrics That Matter Most to Track and Improve Performance : How do you measure logistics efficiency and transportation metrics performance indicators when you are already doing the best job possible?

The Top Logistics Blogs of 2016 …So Far


It was also evident that many folks wanted more information around KPIs and Metrics, as our top 5 included two posts from this sub-category. e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs. Take a look at how a business can use technology, metrics, and services to improve transportation processes, which range from supplier shipping to route optimization.

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

The ports of Long Beach and LA, representing 40% of port capacity in the United States, are gridlocked. Today, on average, there are 10-25 ships sitting on the water waiting to unload. Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis.

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

Talking Logistics

Here are the ones that caught my attention: Maersk and IBM Introduce TradeLens Blockchain Shipping Solution. Kuebix Announces New Service to Provide Shippers More Truckload Rates and Available Capacity. This is self-contradictory,” said Jansen at the [Global Liner Shipping Conference].

6 ways CargoBarn helps shippers protect their bottom lines


As capacity remains tight, carriers can afford to be increasingly selective about which shippers they choose to work with and the type of freight they take on, slapping rate increases on shippers they deem “difficult,” or avoiding their freight altogether. . Access to capacity.

Top Talking Logistics Videos and Posts in 2018

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Truck Capacity Shortage: The Past, Present and Future. 5 Things to Know Before Negotiating Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year. Secrets of Shipping Leaders: How They Get Better Truckload Service and Pricing.

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The Top 5 Transportation Management Blogs of 2016 …So Far


Maintaining the best possible fleet for your shipping needs requires vigilance and the tracking of specific measures across their performance. Yet, all metrics and scorecards are not equal, and you need to know what metrics should be included in your carrier scorecard. The Top 10 Most Common LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers. According to Joe Lynch , shippers face many challenges and problems in LTL shipping.

The 6 Trends Third Party Logistics Service Providers Will Drive to Empower Shipper Success in 2017


Take a moment to think about how these remaining six trends will impact the shipping and freight industry as a new administration takes control. However, only time will tell if Trump keeps or abandons his promises to hold the shipping and logistics industry accountable for outsourcing and reshoring efforts. Rather than allowing customers to abandon ship at the first sign of price increases, more companies are creating company-exclusive offers.

Integrating ERP and TMS: Why Your Business Needs Both Systems


TMS software keeps track of metrics better attuned to the industry, such as fuel trends, number of late shipments, transit times and more. TMS software allows users to consolidate shipments taking factors like capacity and route optimization into account.

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Are You Up to Speed with Supply Chain Digitization?

Supply Chain Collaborator

Trucking and overall transportation capacity in the US is at or near all-time highs at the exact moment that supply chains have grown increasingly complex.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

It is easy to understand why strategy is often set aside to meet immediate needs of getting product shipped out the door. Large and mid-size shippers typically have procurement personnel but may lack coordination across shipping locations. Smaller companies have lean shipping departments and are often focused on moving product with little time and energy remaining to negotiate contracts and analyze freight spend. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

5 Hot Topics in Home Delivery this Season

Talking Logistics

With expanding drop ship operations, retailers quickly lose control and sight of the order once it gets to the supplier. Blending Traditional + Customer-focused Metrics. Leading retailers are starting to combine traditional delivery metrics (e.g., on-time, complete, miles per delivery, deliveries per route) with some form of consumer-focused metrics such as Net Promoter Score.

Last Mile Technology: How Technology & Transportation Management Aid in Efficient Execution of the Last Mile


An effective TMS should also be imbued with metrics and analytics to measure performance and ability to meet consumer demands, including boosting labor productivity in warehouses, reports

TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation


Does the system support all modes of shipping within your operation? If your biggest pain point in transportation management is in LTL freight shipping, our TMS system is perfect. Detailed and custom shipping and transportation data reports are available, too.

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Things Aren’t Always as They Appear in Today’s Supply Chain: The Direct Correlation Between the Accuracy of Your Mobile Data Inputs and Your Plant’s Outputs


That is why it’s fair to say that what you see is not always what you get in today’s high-tech manufacturing plants and warehouses (once the final performance metrics are tallied days or months later).

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