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[PODCAST] Why Shippers Looking for Capacity & High Service Levels Need the Right Carrier Mix & Logistics Fundamentals Focus

Cerasis

On today’s episode we welcome Andrew Lynch, Co-Founder & President of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning logistics service provider that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods and food and beverage products. What are some not so commonly known tips, as it relates to be more carrier friendly, that shippers should focus on to find capacity during this capacity crunch. Capacity & Carrier Metrics Resources to Download.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

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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.

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. Of course, you’ll want to be courteous and professional with your feedback, but being open and honest with this metric can go a long way to solving problems between you.

BluJay Launches Transportation Modeling Application, Blazes Trail as First TMS Provider to Build Modeling Solution on LLamasoft Cloud Platform

BluJay Solutions

Holland, MI – June 2, 2020 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services, announces the launch of its Transportation Modeling application, built in collaboration with LLamasoft , the leading provider of AI-powered supply chain analytics software. BluJay’s Transportation Modeling uses data generated through the network and applications within the larger BluJay ecosystem. BluJay’s Transportation Modeling application leverages LLamasoft’s llama.ai

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. Instead, I think that it needs to be holistic to balance the trade-offs of source, make and deliver together. Stage 2: All about Transportation.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Source: “The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management,” webcast presentation by Adrian Gonzalez, Adelante SCM. Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Marketing — these functional groups, for the most part, continue to operate independently from each other, each driven by their own objectives and metrics. For example, I remember speaking with the Director of Transportation Services at a large CPG manufacturer a few years ago.

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Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

The advent of transportation management systems (TMS) in the 1990s introduced near-infinite metrics and data points into the supply chain yet brought with it more questions than answers: How do we centralize the data? In its simplest form, managed analytics combines transportation data, along with several other databases, into a central data warehouse and applies a sophisticated set of analytical tools and algorithms. How well is my transportation routing guide performance?

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.

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. New in Transportation Management Systems (TMS).

BluJay Launches Industry-first Freight Market Index, Powered by Transportation Network Data

BluJay Solutions

Unique set of transportation rate, capacity, and service KPI benchmarks provides intelligence to inform decisions for shippers and carriers. Holland, MI – November 7, 2019 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network, announces the launch of the Freight Market Index , a monthly report providing transportation market intelligence for shippers, carriers, and industry professionals.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

To create flexible and balanced supply chain organisation, it is necessary to integrate strategy, processes, metrics, and technology enterprise wide and across customers, suppliers, and service providers. Identify sourcing plant/s which can back-up each other in times of disruptions.

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.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Every decision becomes more impactful based on these metrics. Product alignment: Geography and transportation. With driver shortages and temperature-controlled capacity at a minimum, transportation itself is a critical element of any supply chain.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The organization, tightly capacity-constrained failed to forecast and build capacity ahead of market demand. No metric should be measured in isolation, and functional metrics should be replaced with the balanced scorecard metrics shown in Figure 2. To maximize value—price to tangible book, functional metrics need to be reset to focus on reliability. The two primary buffers in the supply chain are manufacturing capacity and inventory.

One Man’s Trash: How Blockchain Can Target Food Waste to Help End World Hunger

Material Handling and Logistics

For organizations that source products from suppliers in remote regions, blockchain can provide clarity in an otherwise murky journey from harvest to retail. billion metric tons—gets lost or wasted. What’s more, net food losses in developed countries (222 million metric tons) equate to nearly all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa yearly (223 million metric tons).

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Focus on supply chain flexibility in the tough times of covid-19

EFT

As sourcing is disrupted and demand fluctuates, corporations are having to adapt their supply chain more than ever before. We started to shift our mentality” said Jason Glover, Director of Global Sourcing at Harry’s, an e-commerce start-up for men’s grooming products. “We’re

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Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

When sourcing supply chain management services, think about the provider’s approach to people and processes. Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Choosing the right target means defining your metrics, such as measuring carrier performance. Here are some general questions to ask when sourcing supply chain management services: Does the 3PL provide the services required? 3 Tips in Choosing Supply Chain Management Services.

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The Flexibility Test

BluJay Solutions

In terms of transportation, COVID-19 imposed its will on the supply and demand side of the marketplace almost instantly during the first series of shutdowns. Carrier rates, transportation supply and demand initially appeared to be stabilizing toward seasonal norms.

Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

Supply Chain Shaman

Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19. As I poured the dog food into the bowl for my pups, I wondered if I was going to have to switch kibble due to the looming issues of sourcing taurine—a health additive in many pet foods. The answer is to increase modeling, evaluate sourcing strategies, and build the right push/pull decoupling points.

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. More creative, flexible, diversified mode selections and models are emerging as shippers seek ways to offset truckload capacity constraints and ensure their supply chains can wring out the efficiency needed to meet increasingly short delivery windows.

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. Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Air Freight — Transportation of products via air transportation methods. Capacity — In trucking, the term refers to available trucks in any given market. Cargo — Product carried during transportation.

A perfect supply chain?

Kinaxis

by Matt Benson If your 3PL supply chain problem was to deliver 400,000 items daily from supplier to customer and your on-time in full metric was a six-sigma target standard of 1 failure per million, how would you do it? What If I was to also constrain the resources you had at your disposal and said you only had 5000 transportation vehicles and your delivery slot was just 1 hour and that your delivery window was always 12pm until 1pm?

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Many metrics can be used to determine the top 3PL warehousing companies, such as company revenue, the number of warehouses, total warehouse square footage , etc. Revenue data is sourced from the companies’ websites and market research platforms such as Macrotrends.

[WHITE PAPER] 4 Strategic Considerations when Considering Offshoring Parts of your Supply Chain

Cerasis

One mistake companies often make is focusing on the lowest purchase price per item instead of considering the total landed cost of sourcing from offshore suppliers. Total landed cost includes such cost factors as transportation, port charges, duties and taxes, insurance, and material. Use key metrics and a scorecard system to understand if product is flowing as planned.

8 Things Companies Get Wrong in Supply Chain Management

Logistics Bureau

Confusing Strategic with Single (Sourcing). Single sourcing is a supply chain trend which can easily lead to mistakes for small and medium-sized businesses, especially if it’s chosen as a strategy without regard to the potential risks.

5 fundamental ways to reduce Last mile Delivery Costs

Abivin

The term “last mile” is more than just a buzzword in the logistics and supply chain industry, concerning the transportation of goods to the final destination. You can measure your fleet performance with 5 key metrics for last mile delivery. However, the inefficiency of delivering goods and difficulties in reaching end users trigger last mile problems by dint of high transportation expenses. Source 1. Source 3.

8 Things Companies Common Mistakes in Supply Chain Management

Logistics Bureau

Confusing Strategic with Single (Sourcing). Single sourcing is a supply chain trend which can easily lead to mistakes for small and medium-sized businesses, especially if it’s chosen as a strategy without regard to the potential risks. It’s certainly something to consider if you currently maintain a single-sourcing strategy. Ignoring the importance of metrics and KPIs to monitor supplier performance. Snapping up future air transportation capacity.

Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems

NC State SCRC

Contract analytics can provide a summary view on performance and pricing deviations, risks, statistics (expiry, renewal and pending), procurement and sales metrics. By asking a series of questions regarding the type of requirement the buyer was sourcing, an artificial intelligence tool guided the user through a decision-tree that led them to use the right contract and the right tool. This is a key component of the sourcing initiative.

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

Talking Logistics

Kuebix Announces New Service to Provide Shippers More Truckload Rates and Available Capacity. New Transportation Solutions from project44 and Kuebix. According to the press release: This new offering provides API-based integrations into top domestic and international parcel capacity providers — over 115 major market and regional carriers across the globe, including FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, Royal Mail, Hermes, Deutsche Post, and more. I’m back from vacation.

3 Logistics Trends Point to Cloud TMS Adoption by SMBs in 2016

Supply Chain Collaborator

The Collaborator has been reviewing respected sources of industry analysis to gain perspective on the trends being predicted to materialize in supply chain logistics for 2016. Gartner suggests the growing emphasis on wringing efficiencies from the supply chain will drive the adoption of more complete, single-source solutions. Trend 3) The Role of BI and Data – Logistics IT solutions are adept at collecting all manner of data relevant to transportation management.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. Boeing and Airbus Supply Chain Strategy Boeing wants to encourage more flight frequency and direct route using a smaller capacity aircraft. They want to utilize high capacity airplane to help airlines drive the operating cost down.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Completed in 2012, the ERP project forced the company to standardize organizational design, roles, and metrics. Hong Kong has a lot of city transport, lengthy lead times, containerized products, and is much more fragmented when compared to the North American market. Nick formed a tight-knit implementation group with business users, and technologists used the backbone of SAP ERP to source master data and transactional flows from SAP and into Orchestr8.

Ocean Carrier Alliances: What You Need to Know

Talking Logistics

Carrier Alliances: Alliances cover multiple VSAs and carrier members jointly operate and decide on major service routes, new services being introduced, transit/service levels and capacity controls. These alliances are: Source: Transplace. More effective management of existing capacity. Mollie Bailey, LCB Director, International, Transplace, has more than 20 years of international transportation experience.

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