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The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping. Monitor Warehouse Capacity.

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

Cerasis

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.

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Top 10 Metrics to Track and Manage Risk in the Supply Chain – Part 1

Cerasis

Procurement teams continue to struggle with finding available suppliers and shipping capacity to enable supply chain responsiveness. The post Top 10 Metrics to Track and Manage Risk in the Supply Chain – Part 1 appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Under the current COVID-19 global pandemic, managing risk in the supply chain has taken on a renewed importance.

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

Cerasis

Transportation capacity problems have been a volatile issue over the past twenty years or so. will face shortages in trucking resources again , predominatly a trucker shortage, in the near future due to an array of developments that may cause shippers to find loads left on the ground, shipping costs rapidly escalating, and shrinking profit margins that stun stakeholders. Contributors to Capacity and Trucker Shortage.

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs

Cerasis

Transportation Management Data Insights Lead to Collaboration, Reduced Shipping Costs, & Beating the Capacity Crunch In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : The value to a business to have an executive in charge of driving change and innovation. Why collaboration between all entities in the shipping process is really the key to success in effective transportation management.

Using Shipping Data for Peak Season Preparedness Relies on Actionability

Intelligent Audit

Shippers should expect a surge in shipping volumes and tight capacity due to a historic rise in e-commerce transactions. These factors are driving shipping costs higher and shippers need to prepare. According to Supply Chain Dive , shipping “prices have fluctuated wildly.

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The Top 5 Transportation Management Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

Today's post will cover the top 5 Transportation Management blogs from 2016 so far. Top Transportation Management Blogs from the First Half of 2016 So Far. The transportation management blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2016 included several elements of the transportation management. From transportation management trends to creating a competitive logistical edge. The Top 10 Most Common LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers.

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

Cerasis

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? The answer to this question lies in using last mile metrics to track key performance indicators and target levels of service to ensure accountability, visibility and continued reduction of costs in last mile delivery. Essentially, shippers need to track these 11 metrics. On-Time Deliveries Are King of Last Mile Metrics.

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Veridian Solutions

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.

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

We trudge on with our top posts from our main blog categories by page view for all of 2014 from the Cerasis blog by featuring another area Cerasis is an expert in: Transportation. In fact, transportation management is our specialty as we’ve been providing our shipper customers with a web-based transportation management system and managed transportation services since 1998. Top 16 Most Popular Transportation Blog Posts of 2014.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Cerasis

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. There is a stereotype in shipping; bigger business means low-cost shipping rates and better deals with carriers. For the applications of a TMS, the connected nature of the cloud uses real-time data in algorithms and cross-sectional analyses to define the most elusive of metrics and key performance indicators ( KPIs ).

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

Cerasis

These questions reflect why technology and effective transportation management, including the use of a transportation management system (TMS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is key to the efficient execution of last mile delivery and service. The information collected by a TMS should also be leveraged to optimize routes, resulting in fewer direct transportation costs, such as lower fuel and labor costs.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

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.

Arriving Just in Time – Advanced Transportation Logistics Scheduling

Supply Chain Collaborator

The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan”. These three headlines from Transport Topics and Food Shippers of America magazine tell the story of one of the most important challenges facing shippers in North America leading into 2018. Freight transportation capacity, (particularly truckload capacity) is tight as it has ever been. The bellwether metric – spot rates – are pegging the meter.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. This analysis is ad-hoc is usually stimulated by the launch of a new product or a shift in capacity. Stage 2: All about Transportation. It is usually driven by the logistics and transportation functions.

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

Cerasis

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.” After all, the fees paid to carriers, which are most of your transportation costs, can comprise up to more than 5% of your cost of total sales. For reference, if your sales are $5 Million, the transportation costs of your business are $250,000.

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping

FLEXE

Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. If you use a model where you work with carriers or brokers, today…whether or not you’re working with carriers or brokers, it probably ends up a lot of the work is done by small trucking companies — that’s the vast majority of trucking capacity. Now all of this capacity is gone. So 7% of the capacity is now gone. MSC is interested to charter those ships.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” It is rare today to read the Wall Street Journal or listen to an earnings call without hearing about the impact of rising transportation costs. The second question we get is what strategies can we implement to lower our transportation costs.

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

Talking Logistics

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. 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 Last Friday, the U.S.

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

Supply Chain Collaborator

How well does your TMS drive process improvement and efficiency in transportation logistics? 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.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging. It is easy to understand why strategy is often set aside to meet immediate needs of getting product shipped out the door. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

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

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment. Often, the deployment of transportation management software systems or TMS systems is a great aid in reducing overall hard and soft transportation costs.

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Integrating ERP and TMS: Why Your Business Needs Both Systems

Cerasis

While ERP systems provide excellent tools to manage accounting, human resources, customer relationships and more, they considerably lack the tools needed to properly manage transportation. TMS is most important for increased capability When asked what features were needed to increase SCM capability, 92 percent of respondents named transportation management as either critical or important. These reports are created by analyzing all your transportation data.

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Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

We will define some of the most prevalent in transportation for those of you who have ever found yourself confused by the terminology. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Air Freight — Transportation of products via air transportation methods. Cargo — Product carried during transportation.

The Importance of LTL Freight Management in your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consumers now have higher expectations regarding their purchase experience—convenient pickup and delivery options; an increased demand for accurate, real-time visibility to their order; and easy to use, low cost transportation purchasing options are critical.

5 Hot Topics in Home Delivery this Season

Talking Logistics

Visibility also gets worse in the absence of a single transportation platform to manage disparate delivery modes. 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.,

Fast Shipping Will Put Us on Fast Track to Environmental Responsibility

Multichannel Merchant

According to a Pitney Bowes study, an overwhelming 91% of consumers will leave a business when shipping isn’t free or fast enough for them. While these two trends may seem to conflict, the truth is that fast shipping, if correctly managed, can be a powerful tool for reducing a company’s carbon footprint and helping the fight against global warming. Free and fast are also the top two reasons shoppers choose a particular store, and younger shoppers value fast shipping above all else.

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

Talking Logistics

Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. Descartes’ GLN, route planning and transportation management solutions and deep domain expertise can help our retail, distribution and manufacturing customers in managing their global and local inbound logistics and delivery operations.”. . In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Hunt Transport acquires home delivery firm for $100M (CCJ) Key By Amazon adds garage and business delivery, new locks and Ring compatibility (TechCrunch) Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries (CNBC) Autonomous trucking startup TuSimple is taking 3 to 5 commercial trips a day (TechCrunch) Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do (WSJ – sub. Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit (WSJ – sub.

IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

The ships now have to reduce their Sulphur emission by over 80% – 85% by switching to Lower Sulphur Fuel. This regulation will see the largest reduction in the Sulphur content of the transportation fuel under taken at any time in the history. Due to the high level of pollutants in the exhaust of the bunker currently used to power some 60,000+ ships globally, the IMO is going to implement a new regulation regarding these fuels on January 1, 2020. Subscribe Here!

Peak Freight Preparedness: Creating New Value Through Performance Management

Intelligent Audit

According to JOC.com , “As the peak pre-holiday shipping season looms over US shippers, businesses are scrambling to secure needed capacity while trying to determine transportation budgets for 2021. Disruption is the new normal in supply chain management.

How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

It touches many departments, from production, procurement, shipping, accounting, and finance to marketing, warehousing, research and development, and sales. Another option is to work in a warehouse, or in transport, or maybe in customer service where you are dealing with people all the time.

The Top 5 Warehousing Best Practices in Supply Chain Management

ThroughPut

Advance shipping notification. Since many distribution centres still have not implemented electronically transmitted advanced shipping notifications (ASN), relying on a traditional regular shipping & receiving the schedule can result in inefficiency throughout the distribution centre.

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Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. Toward that end, we would like to provide you with four types of updates: 1) what we are seeing in the transportation marketplace, 2) what our customers are experiencing, 3) some best practices we recommend with regard to bidding, and 4) the actions we are taking to protect our employees and community. Truckload Capacity.