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How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Jeff: We all know that globalization is affecting the supply chain and companies don’t have the same flexibility with local resources as they did a decade or two ago. But that’s not the only shift in manufacturing.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Jeff: We all know that globalization is affecting the supply chain and companies don’t have the same flexibility with local resources as they did a decade or two ago. But that’s not the only shift in manufacturing.

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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. When a logistics company sets new standards for ordering, it requires major changes in the way the customer’s team members work and how suppliers receive orders. Building a PFEP (Plan for Every Part) file is one of the most effective ways for a logistics company to create standardization in an ordering process.

Revealing the Value of Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense

DELMIA Quintiq

What aerospace manufacturers need is agility in their design and production processes to help mitigate the variability in supply and demand. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one innovation in which aerospace companies have significantly invested to try to address some of their unique challenges.

6 Questions To Ask 3rd Party Logistics Companies for 2015 and Beyond

Cerasis

With an ever-increasing pool of third-party logistics (3PL) providers to outsource shipping needs to, understanding how to select the best 3PL is the difference between reaching your existing customers and gaining a new market share. Many different factors have been previously discussed on specific details of selecting a 3PL , but have you truly learned how to identify the top-notch 3rd Party Logistics Companies from the fly-by-night, intermediary 3rd Party Logistics Companies?

Inventory Replenishment Underway

Logistics Trends and Insights

Census Bureau inventory data, for June, indicates the need for inventory replenishment as the seasonal-adjusted sales to inventory ratio declined to 1.37 Total business inventories declined 2.3% for June/May while inventories declined 5.8% Inventory Replenishment.

Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

What is Inventory Management? For Manufacturing it’s about carrying zero or minimum inventory. For Logistics the focus is on high inventory turns. Inventory Management is about having a right balance of expectations from different functions of the supply chain. Inventory Management is a function that should always be in sync with your supply chain strategy and in turn depends on your overall business strategy. What does it mean for inventory?

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.

[e-Book] E-Commerce Logistics: Background & Considerations for Manufacturers & Distributors

Cerasis

The flowering of e-commerce—while welcomed by most manufacturers and distributors/retailers—has introduced far more risk and complexity for logistics managers. Download the Background & Considerations for Manufacturers & Distributors to Set up an E-Commerce Logistics Practice E-Book! Download part 1 of a 2 part e-commerce logistics e-book series by filling out the form below. Logistics is the backbone of all manufacturers’ & distributors’ success.

What is Inventory Shrinkage?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Shrinkage article and permission to publish here provided by Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com. There are many terms for inventory shrinkage: warehouse shrinkage, product shrinkage, loss of product.

Omnichannel In Manufacturing: Why Manufacturers Are Following Retailers to an Omnichannel World

Cerasis

The application of omnichannel in manufacturing primarily focuses on the collaboration between suppliers, or vendors, and distributors. The Problem: Seamless Omnichannel Experiences Extend Beyond Retailer-Customer Relationships Keeping up with customers’ demands has natural implications for business-to-business sellers, including manufacturers. Manufacturers still using disjointed processes and operating in functional silos are unable to keep up with demand.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Cerasis

As e-commerce growth accelerates, shippers are working overtime to manage available inventory. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. As a result, brick-and-mortar retail has become more focused on digital inventory management, a building block in the road to omnichannel supply chains , than in the past.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Management Best Practices article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. Source: “Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights,” Adelante SCM & LEGACY SCS.

What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a collaborative blog post series about mobility in manufacturing & logistics along with Catavolt, who helps manufacturing organizations drive operational excellence with mobile apps. We encourage our audience to visit The Catavolt Blog for more relevant posts about mobility in manufacturing for best practices, tips, and great industry insights. appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

Trends In Manufacturing: 5 Tangible Technologies are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Now

Cerasis

Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017. In fact, rapid design and lightning-fast prototyping, reports Mark Dohnalek of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine , will allow manufacturers to design and produce products in a few days, if not hours. Manufacturing

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

ToolsGroup

With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitized essential tasks like inventory planning. It’s about learning to transition from long-held inventory systems and processes, having new conversations across logistics and sales, and the shifting role of supply chain planners. This article will share five things you need to know about optimizing inventory in the digital age.

Talking Logistics: PINC and project44 Partnership Commentary

PINC

Here’s more from the press release: Distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing plants are looking to improve gate velocity, optimize driver turnaround times, and reduce costs while becoming Shippers-of-Choice. Source: Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (August 28, 2020).

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

How A High-Tech Manufacturer Navigated The Pandemic

Logistics Viewpoints

From a supply chain perspective, a robust supply chain digital transformation would involve end-to-end visibility of inventory in motion and inventory at rest in near real-time. And that inventory […].

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Manufacturers Should Focus on This Most Critical Component for Manufacturing Operations Excellence

Cerasis

We conclude this two part series about manufacturing operations excellence by consultant Chuck Intrieri, by outlaying why manufacturers should focus on a critical component that will help sustain manufacturing operations excellence for years to come. What is Driving Sustainable Manufacturing Operations Excellence? What is the most important part of manufacturing? The most important resource in manufacturing is people.

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A Systems Approach to Inventory Management. Inventory Management. Inventory is not isolated to raw materials and finished goods. Companies will carry inventory masquerading as service parts, repair items, administrative suppliers, automobile fleets, and a host of other types of assets that are managed by setting and maintaining certain levels. The problem is that almost every function inside an organization can affect inventory levels. Inventory Strategy.

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Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

All metal fabricators realize that they have to do some analyses before the company purchases equipmen t or hires new people, but now there seems to be a new intensity about the process. Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback.

Longer Lead Times Forecasted: Don’t Get Caught Behind The Curve

AB&R

Blog Company News Manufacturing Transportation & Logistics customer service inventory labels manufacturing productivityLonger Lead Times Forecasted. Don’t Get Caught Behind The Curve.

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks.

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Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

PINC

In these uncertain times, companies are turning to technology to help them comply with social distancing rules and to keep their workers and drivers safe in any conditions. The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before. sees technology as a key enabler for companies that are implementing new driver and safety measures. “As live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.).

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. It had a fascinating mention of " Additive Manufacturing " (AM) and how it could be a game changer.

The Bionic Supply Chain: The human, robotics, drones inventory management workforce.

PINC

If you happen to be in the Toronto area or are planning to attend the Distribution Logistics Summit in the first week of November in Toronto, Canada, I would like to invite you to attend the panel titled The Bionic Supply Chain. According to industry experts, there are two primary well-known forces driving investments in technology in the supply chain and logistics industry: Customer demands and workforce shortage.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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Taking a Holistic View on Inventory May Lead to Change in Strategy

Talking Logistics

Inventory optimization has always been a challenge while designing and planning a supply chain. A variety of barriers can impact an effective inventory strategy, such as working in functional silos and demand/supplier volatility¹. The good thing is that companies are beginning to appreciate the importance of inventory form and function instead of narrowing it down to just setting optimal safety stock targets. Asking the Right Inventory Questions.

31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats

Cerasis

Many off-shore manufacturers have returned to the U.S., And, according to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, 54% of companies with above one billion in revenues are now considering reshoring. Those changes, along with high costs of transporting materials and finished goods to and from overseas locations, make the value of reshoring likely to become a compelling financial reality for many manufacturers. Engineering isn’t disconnected from manufacturing.

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

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. The core competency of these companies is logistics , and they do it well. Read on to learn more about the top revenue-earning 3PL warehousing companies in 2020.

Understanding Inventory Weighted Average Cost and Inventory Valuation

ShipBob

It’s hard to determine if you’re going to reach revenue goals if you don’t know much your inventory is worth. For ecommerce businesses, keeping track of inventory and its value is crucial. Since so many variables play into determining the value of inventory (e.g.,