LTL Capacity Best Practices in Times of Tight Freight Capacity

Cerasis

The capacity crunch has been a core concern of shippers for several years, but as 2018 draws closer to the holiday shopping season, it will become a bigger problem. LTL capacity has routinely been used as a source of added capacity when full truckload becomes unavailable.

Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

AIMMS

This means we help the team answer questions about global production footprint design, such as “where should we build our breweries,” “where should we invest in capacity,” “how much capacity should we build on which location,” “what kind of equipment should we invest in” and “when should we invest.”.

5 pieces to the global capacity management puzzle

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois Recently I was watching a video interview with David Thomas, the Director of Global Capacity Planning for Ford Motor Company. Among other things, he’s been leading the charge at Ford to deliver a global capacity management solution.

Report of Scaling Back of Plans to Expand Capacity of Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Supply Chain Matters

A published report by the Nikkei Asia Review, without citing sources, indicates that Tesla Motors , and its battery technology provider Panasonic are suspending plans to expand the capacity of the U.S.

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

Cerasis

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. Listen to “Why Shippers Who want to Find Capacity & Keep Service Levels High Must have the Right Carrier Mix & Focus on the Logistics Fundamentals” on Spreaker. Capacity & Carrier Metrics Resources to Download.

Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

AIMMS

This means we help the team answer questions about global production footprint design, such as “where should we build our breweries,” “where should we invest in capacity,” “how much capacity should we build on which location,” “what kind of equipment should we invest in” and “when should we invest.”.

How Tech can Tackle Capacity

Parade

How many times do we let real business opportunities slide because we lack the capacity? While we can find new capacity in a flash, trust is a different story. New technology is entering the transportation industry every day to address our capacity insecurities.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

ivalua

In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Strategic Sourcing Requires Collaborative Working Arrangements with Key Suppliers.

Tapping Into Private Fleet Backhaul Capacity

Talking Logistics

In today’s challenging transportation environment, the more avenues shippers have to find and secure capacity, the better. While there is currently considerable investment and effort to add capacity to the market, there’s also a lot of wasted capacity such as empty private fleet backhauls. How can shippers tap into this source more efficiently? For shippers, the challenge is getting visibility to the capacity that is available at reasonable rates.

Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Talking Logistics

While these approaches can certainly deliver a significant return on investment (ROI), other strategies that can positively impact their transportation network are often overlooked – for example, thinking more strategically about capacity. Make it a part of your larger transportation strategy and achieve a meaningful and sustainable ROI with creative, tailored and comprehensive capacity solutions. Big or small, capacity solutions are not one-size-fits-all.

Why Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience

ivalua

However, few manufacturers ever sit back and ask, “How can our procurement or strategic sourcing initiatives contribute to the overall customer experience?” I would argue that, if you’re in manufacturing, strategic sourcing is the first place to start shaping the customer journey.

Reinforcing Data on Ocean Container Rate Hikes and Capacity Shifts

Supply Chain Matters

This week's World Container Index from Drewry Advisors is further reinforcing data on double-digit ocean container rate hikes and shifting capacity strategies. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and LogisticsIndustry supply chains are likely feeling the pressure and so are global regulators.

Five Ways to Be a Shipper of Choice: Lessening Capacity Crunch Impact with a TMS

Talking Logistics

Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: trucking capacity is tight, really tight. Shippers are paying higher rates, and even with offering higher rates many shippers are seeing rejected loads from the same carriers they relied on for capacity in the past. As trucking companies work to add equipment and to attract drivers, they are carefully choosing which shippers are first in line for the limited capacity they do have available.

Troubling News in Global Ocean Container Capacity Reductions

Supply Chain Matters

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Be more Strategic about Your Supply Chain Sourcing

Transportfolio

A strategic approach to sourcing what you need to keep your business moving can help avoid disruptions and stay competitive in today’s competitive market. So just how strategic are you when it comes to sourcing transportation capacity?

A Warning from European Shippers as to Existing Ocean Container Capacity Disruption and Spiking Rates for Exporters

Supply Chain Matters

The European Shippers Council warned of pending industry supply chain disruption for exports from Europe caused by capacity limitations and spiking ocean container freight rates. Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics global transportation and logistics trends global transportation industry disruption supply chain management industry analyst advisory services Supply chain Matters blog

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Change Management in Moving from Tactical to Strategic Sourcing

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had the opportunity to host a panel of Chief Procurement Officers at the Zycus Horizons 2015 meeting on October 5, 2015, on the subject of the journey organizations take in moving from tactical to strategic sourcing. We are moving to a model where we focus less on the tactical things and the strategic sourcing, and are looking at revenue drivers around innovation to create a more sustainable model.

Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent

Supply Chain Matters

Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Ford Motor Company Ford Supply Chain strategic production sourcing in Mexico Supply chain Matters blog supply chain strategic sourcing strategiesIn August of 2014, we initially alerted our Supply Chain Matters readers to the growing attractiveness of Mexico as a North America based Manufacturing and export hub for the global automotive industry.

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Shippers of Consumer Products Impacted Most by Capacity Crunch

Cerasis

Most all shippers have felt the recent tightening in capacity. The Great Capacity Crunch: The Current State, Future Outlook, & How Shippers Can Thrive in Any Capacity Crunch. As you can imagine, with a tight transportation market, it’s become even more difficult for vendors to source reliable trucks. Retraining staff on what’s acceptable could positively impact the reputation of your facility and/or product, and ultimately help shippers score capacity.

The Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn’t Apply to Commercial Shipping

Supply Chain Collaborator

More than a year ago, the Supply Chain Collaborator blog examined the trend toward crowd sourcing and wondered aloud whether an “Uber for commercial shipping” was imminent. With capacity at a premium, carriers today are very strategic in what business they’ll accept.

How Technology Empowers Freight Brokers to Work Smarter, Not Harder, to Drive Profitability

Talking Logistics

Brokers use many sources to find capacity. Tom next mentioned that in working with Trucker Tools, they became aware of their solutions for handling capacity. Their Smart Capacity tool allows us to digitally connect with carrier systems to understand their capacity so we can make faster, smarter decisions on load coverage,” explains Tom. His interesting response was that, “We didn’t implement Smart Capacity because we were ready for it.

Incorporating Supplier CSR Ratings In The Sourcing Process: The Basics

EcoVadis

Now that sustainability has risen to be one of the most highly visible topics for customers and stakeholders, management teams face the challenge of “How do you incorporate CSR ratings in the sourcing process?”. Today we welcome a guest blog post from procurement practitioner.

Finding Truckload Capacity: Insights on Managing the Spot Procurement Process

Talking Logistics

Data from various sources indicate that truckload capacity is starting to tighten. For example, here’s some data from Wolfe Research published earlier this year: When capacity gets tight, shippers tend to leverage the spot market more. When it comes to finding spot capacity, a lot of shippers still “dial for diesels” — that is, they pick up the phone and call a bunch of carriers.

Sustainable Supply Chain Summit 2015, 10-11 November London

Supply Chain Movement

Back now for its 10th year, it’s the go to event for professionals working in supply chain, procurement, sourcing, sustainability or CSR. Sustainable Supply Chain Summit 2015. Date: 10-11 November, 2015. Venue: Tower Brigde Hilton, London. Organisation: Ethical Corporation.

California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

DAT Solutions

California's weather—good or bad—has a major impact on truckload capacity. The demand for reefers impacts van capacity too, as reefers often haul van freight in the slow season until they’re pulled away by the increased demand—and prices—of refrigerated freight.

Finding Truck Capacity Is More Than Location Data: The Carrier Intelligence Game

Parade

A robust carrier intelligence system uses a mixture of data sources that crosses multiple data sets, multiple systems of record like a Transportation Management System (TMS), a Carrier Management System (CRM) and other valuable information pools like government safety records.

Bangladesh Working Conditions: A Human Rights Issue? Or a Supplier Capacity Issue?

Supply Chain View from the Field

The problem stems from the fact that Walmart (as well as other retailers like Target, JC Penney, Nordstrom’s and others) source products from tier one suppliers – and audit these suppliers, require them to comply to a code of conduct, and seek to drive enforcement to the tenets of a code of conduct as identified by the ILO. This is not only an industry standard, but is now considered an essential element of low cost country sourcing, thanks to the pressure on retailers.

Current and Forecasted Severe Flooding Across the U.S. Midwest Adds to Risks of Agricultural Supply and Surface Transportation Disruption

Supply Chain Matters

That will once again place additional capacity demands on rail and truck capacity as well as additional costs. Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics Supply chain Matters blog U.S. Severe flooding in the U.S.

In Automotive Industry, Mexico is Indeed Becoming A North America and Export Production Center

Supply Chain Matters

In a previous Supply Chain Matters commentary in early July, we noted a rising tide of production sourcing investments in Mexico among global based automotive OEM’s. Automotive OEM’s BMW, Honda, Mazda,Volkswagen’s Audi Group, and a partnership among Nissan and Daimler had each announced Mexican production sourcing decisions that amounted to billions of dollars of investment.

Added Political Developments Related to Brexit Add to Uncertainties

Supply Chain Matters

However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, a longer extension that drags on the specifics of trade practice agreements among the UK , the EU , and other nations will invariably lead to the need for added, more definitive decisions related to production supply sourcing and distribution.

The Implications of U.S. Justice Department Dismissal of Alleged Ocean Container Shipping Cartels Has Multiple Consequences

Supply Chain Matters

Alliance networks allow carriers to leverage multiple carrier ship capacity, thus a single vessel can transport containers tendered in any alliance carrier. The alliance gains added efficiency in that before the alliance, each carrier shis would sail at partial capacity. A U.S.

What Can A Newborn Teach You About Supply Chain?

The Supply Chainer Report

Here, your supplier sourcing selection should be very careful, in contrast than diapers, some formulas are not available in all the retailers and they are uniquely sold in specific drug stores.

A Follow the Money Broken Link for Global Container Shipping Lines

Supply Chain Matters

The ocean container shipping industry continues to manage its way out of an ongoing multi-year condition of too much excess shipping capacity. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics global transportation and logistics trends Supply chain Matters blogHowever, one of the prime European banks that was instrumental in financing ship acquisitions is bearing the risk and now the consequences.

Becoming demand-driven on command

Supply Chain Movement

Use multiple sources of demand data in the forecast, and build a demand signal repository to harmonize and synchronize demand data from multiple sources. It was the end of a long day. My feet were tired, and I was glad to find a quiet stool in the corner of the conference center.

The Stream of UK Based Automotive Industry Announcements are Not Solely Related to Brexit

Supply Chain Matters

Auto workers across the United Kingdom have been reeling from a series of cascading announcements regarding global auto maker’s cutbacks of capacity and production.