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. What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? Monitor Warehouse Capacity.

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Veridian Solutions

Automation in the warehouse is essential to meeting the growing demand of e-commerce and the blending of traditional supply chain channels into the omnichannel supply chain. 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? A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

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? Essentially, shippers need to track these 11 metrics. On-Time Deliveries Are King of Last Mile Metrics.

Top 10 Features of an Autonomous Warehouse

3PL Insights

It’s said that an autonomous warehouse functions much like the way autonomous vehicles navigate the road. Robots move on their own throughout a warehouse, maneuvering around obstacles—they stop for human workers, pick up crates, and move them from one location to the next, moving through a packing system that may see very human hands. These robots fulfill the picking and packing at Amazon warehouses, continuing to refine Amazon’s process. Supply Chain Warehousing

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.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy.

Warehouse Audit and Survey

The Lean Supply Chain

Warehouse Optimization/Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation Consultant. No one should roam the warehouse and take parts for samples/sales unless they notify the warehouse staff. What Warehouse Management System (WMS) do you use? Chuck Intrieri.

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

Talking Logistics

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. Break down your supply chain functional silos. This advice is not new.

Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment Spikes With Data Analysis

Cerasis

The capacity crunch continues, and the ELD mandate has lowered the number of trucks available. Warehouse Managers and logistics services providers need to have an estimate of the projected demand for all given times.

5 Reasons to Synchronize Your WMS and TMS

Supply Chain Nation

Leveraging the capabilities from your Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management System (TMS), while synchronizing pre-built adaptable workflows can help reduce costs, improve throughput and enhance the customer experience. Creating an active interoperability between the planning activity and the ever-changing dynamics of the execution ecosystem, including transportation planning and warehouse fulfillment activities, can combat this challenge.

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

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon to invest in French firm’s technology for self-driving forklifts (Reuters) Warehouses Test a New Breed of AI Robots (WSJ – sub. Robots in the Warehouse.

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 Factory’s Outputs

OneSCM

It’s a well-known fact that “visibility” governs your entire supply chain operation from the plant floor to the warehouse and distribution center; really, all the way to the end customer.

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26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics technologies such as robotic warehouse systems make automation a reality, while drones improve last-mile delivery capabilities and better tracking with tools like RFID tags improve visibility throughout the supply chain. Warehouse Efficiency

6 Important Tips For Effective Logistics Management

Cerasis

Procurement of the goods at the warehouse, and lastly, Delivery of the goods at the destination. Whether it’s the delivery guy or the warehouse manager, everyone should be perfect in their respective field of work. Warehouse Management. This includes: Cycle time metrics.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

5 Tips for Warehouse and Distribution Center Management Success You MUST Instill Today. 10 Advantages of Slotting Optimization in Warehouses. As new technology evolves, slotting optimization in warehouses will grow easier.

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Choosing the right target means defining your metrics, such as measuring carrier performance. Does the company have the required warehouse space, dock capacity, warehouse personnel, etc.?

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The “First Five” Industrial Manufacturing Trends of 2017

Cerasis

Logistics providers need to know when products will be available, and warehouses must send information back to the manufacturer to ensure supply and demand fluctuations are easily met. However, the limitations of company-specific ERP systems are starting to stifle manufacturing capacity, so manufacturers will need to look for new systems, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) offers to stay competitive, explains Mark Humphlett of Manufacturing and Business Technology magazine.

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 Factory’s Outputs

OneSCM

It’s a well-known fact that “visibility” governs your entire supply chain operation from the plant floor to the warehouse and distribution center; really, all the way to the end customer.

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How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers

Cerasis

The days of re-slotting and warehouse at the time of its creation have ended. 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.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Peak Season Success Built on WMS Efficiency

Veridian Solutions

How Poor WMS Efficiency Affects Holiday Supply Chain Capacity. In addition, warehouses suffer from a disadvantage. warehouse is 34 years old, explains Michelle Fischer via Inbound Logistics. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. Older warehouses are not designed to handle the strain created by e-commerce and omnichannel-driven holiday shopping practices. Warehouse Management

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Peak Season Success Built on WMS Efficiency

Veridian Solutions

How Poor WMS Efficiency Affects Holiday Supply Chain Capacity Poor WMS efficiency has a disastrous effect on supply chain success. In addition, warehouses suffer from a disadvantage. warehouse is 34 years old, explains Michelle Fischer via Inbound Logistics. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. Older warehouses are not designed to handle the strain created by e-commerce and omnichannel-driven holiday shopping practices.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

As we head towards what many experts are citing as a 2017 carrier capacity crisis and growing demands from consumers to keep them happy call for shorter delivery cycles, the traditional strategy of procurement cost saving and shipment consolidation opportunities have to be supplemented through innovative solutions, to deliver the best bang for the buck. Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. It’s also important to have flexibility in generating metrics.

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

Cerasis

He has threatened to unwind major trade agreements, penalize logistics companies that move operations overseas, including manufacturing and warehousing services, and stifle companies’ plans for growth in emerging markets. Furthermore, Big Data will transform how companies view operations through a combination of internal and external metrics, merging all processes from procurement logistics with last-mile delivery.

The 5 Most Popular Logistics Blog Posts for 2015….So Far

Cerasis

Some of the key points within the State of Logistics Report include the cost of logistics in the US, managing capacity, and addressing the trucker shortage. 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. >>> Read More & View the Metrics.

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

Cerasis

True, they may know how to roll out big data in a single warehouse, or they may have heard their competitors used branded systems for implementing this new technology. Mostly, this reflects the skills and actual working capacity of employees.

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

Cerasis

Integrated warehouse management system. This feature involves proficient use of data warehousing, dashboard functionality and report generation in standard or custom formats.

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“1+1=3? Opportunities in Logistics (Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2015 Conference)

Talking Logistics

The journey to become “the UPS of Big Box” involves not only enhancements to Sears’ transportation processes and technologies, but also its warehousing processes and technology, which were very outdated and poorly integrated with downstream delivery systems.

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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. Warehouse Managers and logistics services providers need to have an estimate of the projected demand for all given times. Fortunately, data analysis allows Warehouse Managers to gain the insights necessary to create metrics to track performance, which are also known as key performance indicators (KPIs). A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

The Top Logistics Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

From Third Party Logistics, Warehouse information, Technology, and KPIs. 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. Warehouse Statistics and KPIs Every Logistics & Warehouse Manager Should Know.

5 Easy Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

TMC

Do you have the right metrics? Metrics show how your supply chain is performing—providing they are the right ones to do the job. Inappropriate metrics can give a false or incomplete picture of supply chain performance. What are your warehouse fill rates and lead times?

Integrating ERP and TMS: Why Your Business Needs Both Systems

Cerasis

This feature was named more often than all other features including supply chain visibility , warehouse management and eCommerce. TMS software keeps track of metrics better attuned to the industry, such as fuel trends, number of late shipments, transit times and more.

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Clorox Successfully Implements a Program for Value Chain Segmentation

Supply Chain Shaman

When I became a warehouse leader at Clorox to manage bleach and salad dressing in the same warehouse facility, I struggled with the marked difference of the rhythms and cycles of the products being managed in and out of the same warehouse facility.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, my mailbox was bombarded with the news of tentative agreement of the settlement of the nine-month labor conflict between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). port capacity and are critical for Asian trade.

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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

OneSCM

It’s a well-known fact that “visibility” governs your entire supply chain operation from the plant floor to the warehouse and distribution center; really, all the way to the end customer.

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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. Michael provided a lot of additional examples, helpful metrics, and suggestions for getting started, but as usual, I don’t have the time or space to summarize all of them here.

Top 8 software every FMCG company should invest in

Abivin

Cutting costs in transportation has always been a concern for FMCG companies due to the huge capacity and fast-paced movement of the industry. FMCG is a versatile and rapidly changing industry.

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

Cerasis

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 CHAINalytics.com.