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Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

Cerasis

While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes. With 7 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) tied up in inventory, reports the 21 st Century Supply Chain Blog , your organization must go beyond the analytics and understand the broad impact of analytics in your company. Optimized Inventory Builds Credibility.

The Answer Isn’t More Truck Drivers – It’s More Information

Talking Logistics

Competition for drivers is fierce and companies are being forced to raise pay, offer sign on and retention bonuses, and constantly look over their shoulders to see if the competitor is going to come after drivers they’ve worked hard to retain.

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Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Cerasis

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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Logistics Companies

LeanCor

Does Your Logistics Company PFEP? Creating standard ordering processes is crucial for a logistics company to provide value to its customer. It’s the foundation for planning inventory levels, packaging, storage, delivery frequency, routes, cell and equipment layout.

How AI and the IoT Can Change Transportation Management

Cerasis

The percentage increase describes consumer applications, but the idea of connected vehicles should garner interest from other sectors such as shipping, logistics, and transportation. As applied to transportation management, that automated decision-making ability is critical.

Utilizing a 3PL to Apply Transportation Management Best Practices For E-Commerce

Cerasis

Transportation Management Challenges in E-Commerce Although e-commerce represents an excellent opportunity for shippers, it results in the creation of additional challenges in managing freight spend and moving products. Benchmark existing freight spend and use of transportation modes.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

Cerasis

Today we continue our series on successfully working with a logistics company, often called a third party logistics company by focusing on how to properly understand the success of the engagement by knowing all the key performance indicators that a shipper could put in place. Before we fully get to establishing a framework effective KPIs when engaging with a logistics company, we must take a step back and understand how to apply the creation of stakeholder value.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. Staying Strategic in the Warehouse with Better Inventory Flow. Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Companies must also consider the potential impact of returns and warehouse capacity. Transaction-Based Movements Inventory Flow.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to implement this visibility, it is crucial that companies take into consideration many elements. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

The business landscape is ever changing, numerous innovations have allowed companies to transcend borders and become global entities. Global leaders should retain suppliers with vested interest in the long-term success of the company.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology

Cerasis

There are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory. As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. But, there are additional levels of inventory management in between. Automated Inventory Management Technology.

Top 5 Ways Inventory Tracking Technology Is Evolving

Cerasis

In fact, a recent survey of economic experts, reports Jeff Wacker of Retail TouchPoints, found up to 59 percent of retailers are making plans to invest in technology, which includes inventory tracking technology. Inventory Tracking Technology Leverages Internal and External Real-Time Data.

Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

With the uncertainty surrounding trade wars and tariffs, increasing sales is one way to mitigate the potential negative impact on a company’s bottom line and reassure investors that you can weather the storm. The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends.

Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Controlling inventory flow is a top priority among warehouse managers, and gaining control over inventory drives warehouse efficiency. Controlling Inventory Flow Begins With Liquidate Nonessential Products. The first step to controlling inventory flow effectively is liquidation of all non-essential products, explains Paul Trujillo of Business2Community. This will help to prevent the reordering of slow-moving products and ensure optimum inventory levels.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

To build more powerful relationships, extending across a critical mass of trading partners, companies need to utilize a robust platform like a supply chain operating network, which leads to increased visibility for continuous improvements in company performance, agility, and differentiation.

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.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

Several good friends in consulting roles are sharing information on SAP HANA from SAP Insider; and this morning, LLamasoft announced the acquisition of the LogicTools assets from IBM. The company is early in building an enterprise-class solution with robust APIs and role-based security.

Lost Warehouse Inventory? What to Do and When to Write It Off

Cerasis

No one wants to think about lost warehouse inventory, and it can be organizationally frustrating to determine the best process to find, research, and rectify inventory discrepancies. One of the primary reasons a company implements a warehouse management system (WMS) is to know the exact location of their inventory; if the inventory is not there, one might think it is easy to just write that inventory off the books. Book Inventory Changes Immediately.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. Let’s back up a bit before we specifically address EDI in transportation. EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents.

Preventing 3 Common Inventory Control Issues

Unleashed

For large corporations or SMEs, correctly managing your inventory stock is imperative to achieving an efficient, sustainable and profitable business. Inventory control , however, brings with it many issues but with the right tools, some of the common ones are easily managed. Problems include product stockouts that result in lost sales opportunities and unhappy customers and product spoilage or dead inventory stock which will incur unnecessary costs and tie up storage space.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

What is vendor-managed inventory? VMI is the process whereby a supplier or vendor manages and replenishes inventory at a customer’s location at the levels required by the customer. The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor.

IoT Inspired Smart Warehouses Are Reinventing Inventory Management

Cerasis

The internet allows for unlimited scalability and boosted efficiency in warehouse inventory management. The so-called “smart warehouse” takes advantage of these defining factors by connecting systems to streamline inventory management and overall productivity. Share information, to increase visibility and responsiveness of all parties involved. Integrate all supply chain systems, increasing savings in transportation management, procurement and everywhere in between.

4 Benefits Shippers Realize when Transportation EDI is Utilized in a TMS

Cerasis

As a shipper in today’s growing market, there are many advantages to shifting to the use of transportation EDI with your transportation providers or 3PLs. 4 Main Benefits of Transportation EDI Utilized by Shippers within a TMS.

Centralised Inventory Management: Is it right for you?

Unleashed

Inventory management is a game changer when it comes to retail profitability. When your inventory is managed well, other parts of your business reap the benefits. However, the importance of inventory management isn’t always appreciated and can be overlooked by business owners. This is interesting because, from a financial point of view, inventory is one of your greatest assets. If you overstock your inventory, this becomes a liability.

The Digital Transformation Journey: The Alignment of Industry, Company, and Technology

Talking Logistics

Inventory stockpiling is starting to occur based on prices and supply/demand curves. Companies looking to contain logistics costs have to use creative solutions, like digital technologies to overcome price increases and capacity shortages.

Digital logistics: how manufacturing companies can profit

Quintiq

The underlying question is: How can information technology processes and results in production logistics be improved? At the same time, executives of the industrial company wanted to raise planning quality. The company decided on Quintiq’s planning solution.

The Impact of Mobile Commerce on Distribution Companies

Cerasis

Distribution companies are going to have some of the biggest impacts from mobile commerce. These effects will change standard processes, and some companies may not make it through the mobile revolution. According to Clean Link , avoiding necessary updates within a given distribution system may result in information bottlenecks and lead to problems for the end-user. In other words, you site can no longer survive as a two-page or three-page information-only site.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Companies that integrate reverse logistics systems into their logistics systems distinguish themselves from competitors in: effective management of inventory availability and cost. Asset depreciation also offers significant profit potential to some companies.)

Is a 3PL Service Provider Right for Your Company? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

Cerasis

Recently, they started a series featuring MBAs in the supply chain space , and this post really stood out to us as Cerasis is a 3PL service provider focused on Transportation Management. . 4 questions to ask when determining if a 3PL Service Provider is right for your company.

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Retail Inventory Management Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Warehouse

Cerasis

The wrong retail inventory management strategy increases carrying costs and makes it impossible to stay competitive. Common obstacles encountered when it comes to effective inventory management include having poor visibility into fast-moving versus slow-moving product, extensive travel times between bin locations, and lost revenue due to poor labor productivity. Count all physical inventory, using technology where possible. Customize your inventory management strategy.

Top 8 software every FMCG company should invest in

Abivin

Here are the top 10 softwares other than ERP that every FMCG company should invest in to improve their quality and quantity of products and services. Cutting costs in transportation has always been a concern for FMCG companies due to the huge capacity and fast-paced movement of the industry.

5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have

Abivin

Introduction Third-party logistics provider (3PL) is a company that provides outsourced logistics services to other organizations. This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery.

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