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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. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

Omnichannel Supply Chain Metrics: What Should Supply Chain Leaders Measure?

Cerasis

The answer lies using these omnichannel supply chain metrics to carefully track and improve operations continuously. Inventory Accuracy. This is a simple key performance indicator (KPI), another name for metrics, to track. It refers to the in-stock or out-of-stock accuracy of supplier inventory. This KPI should be as high as possible, reflecting accurate inventory available for customers from suppliers. Other Critical OmniChannel Supply Chain Metrics to Track.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. The handful of companies in the top quartile of working capital performance had working capital expenditures as a percentage of overall revenues of between 6% and 10%.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Companies need to carefully manage the asset and mitigate the waste.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

Transportation Management

LeanCor

The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. These companies have deadlines to get their cars from one country to another, and supply us all with the bigger and better car every year. Transportation, like inventory, is necessary activity within logistics.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

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. Transport.

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.

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.

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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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans?

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

Kinaxis

Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. What is vendor-managed inventory? The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor. Better transportation planning.

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. Revenue data is sourced from the companies’ websites and market research platforms such as Macrotrends.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. Third, they align the interests of all the firms in the supply network so that companies optimize the chain’s performance when they maximize their interests. Only supply chains that are agile, adaptable, and aligned provide companies with sustainable competitive advantage.”

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. When I sat down to write the book, Bricks Matter, I believed that companies had used supply chain technologies to reduce operating margin and improve inventory turns. What I found was erratic results with many companies going backwards. In fact, I now know that nine out of ten companies are stuck. Here I share his insights: Philippe, which supply chain metrics do you think matter?

Logistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching

Supply Chain Collaborator

Shippers who automate transportation logistics but fail to include yard operations in the solution design are operating with enormous visibility gaps. Shippers must realize that not all transportation delays take place on the road. Shippers must realize that not all transportation delays take place on the road. The critical metrics managed with YMS for improved resource planning include: Inbound and outbound dock door scheduling. Asset management/inventory controls.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. In the research for my inventory optimization report, the lowest level of satisfaction with multi-tier inventory optimization is with clients of the SAP inventory solution (previously purchased from SmartOps).

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

By using data to stock items with higher forecasted demand, they can reallocate cash that would normally be tied up in poorly performing inventory, avoid margin erosion from markdowns and dead stock, and increase overall on-shelf availability metrics. Yet paradoxically retailers front-load inventory to the store, under the belief that goods must be on the shelf to sell. The challenge is that once it's forward-deployed, it's not always cost effective to re-position inventory.

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Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

My second observation is that for 96% of public companies supply chain excellence is slip-sliding away. The supply chain is complex non-linear system that is easily thrown out of balance through a focus on functional metrics. Stop the Focus on Functional Metrics.

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. meaningful and accurate performance metrics. Asset depreciation also offers significant profit potential to some companies.) In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

By that I mean the time measured from the instant a company realizes it will be hit by a supply chain disruption to the time the incident actually takes place. In other words, the amount of warning time during which the company can prepare for and mitigate the disruption. Examples of the latter include a latent product defect that wreaks reputational damage, or a cyber bug that steals company secrets.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. As a result, supply chain leaders focus on unrealistic goals of inventory or costs, they will throw the system out of balance. However, the stories of success are largely project improvements or improvements in vertical supply chain efficiency in manufacturing or transportation. 2) Focus on a balanced portfolio of metrics.

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?

Understanding Supply Chain Management

SupplyPike

Essentially, supply chain management is the administration and control of the movement of goods between companies and end customers. . These activities can involve storage and transport of inventory or supplies, monitoring of day-to-day activities, the preparation behind these processes, and blending these different components throughout the supply chain. Five Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain. Inventory Map. Learn about.

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What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past month, I have been working alongside companies implementing digital strategies. In most companies, I find, that there is an organizational imperative, but no consensus on the goal. Instead of pushing innovation forward, I see companies using the term “digital” as a path for IT spending. When we study 600 public companies by peer group, at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin, only 5% drive improvement. Definitions: Provocateur.

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. Choosing a suitable software for your FMCG firm is necessary as it must be tailored for complicated and multi-tier distribution systems involving numerous distributors, retailers, the company and its end users. A transportation management system might be the key to lessen your burden.

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. For instance, platforms such as Uber Carriage and Cargomatic enable real-time, cost-effective, on-demand transport arrangements to the other business logistics services, which brings great competitiveness to this industry. TMS provides 3PL companies with the opportunity to look back and analyze past decisions through data storage capabilities.

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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. Over time, companies acquired assets. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. Companies talk about the need to be proactive, and agile. Supply chain design looks very different by company. Stage 2: All about Transportation.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Cerasis

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. This means managing shipments and inventory can be simplified and taken with you, giving you renewed freedom in operating your business. Cloud-Based Solutions Let Even the “Smaller, Newer” Companies Compete With Established Companies. Historically, companies .

Warehouse Management Software – A Blueprint for Warehouse Excellence & Inventory Management

ThroughPut

A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is one that helps plan, control, and manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations in a warehouse along with the guidance of inventory movement, optimizing order picking, and shipping of customer orders. The WMS guides the overall order and inventory replenishment on the factory floor. The Software is usually used alongside or integrated with a Transportation Management System or an Inventory Management System.

Warehouse Management Software – A Blueprint for Warehouse Excellence & Inventory Management

ThroughPut

A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is one that helps plan, control, and manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations in a warehouse along with the guidance of inventory movement, optimizing order picking, and shipping of customer orders. The WMS guides the overall order and inventory replenishment on the factory floor. The Software is usually used alongside or integrated with a Transportation Management System or an Inventory Management System.

Actionable Insights: Purchasing Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

Next, we will provide an overview of the Purchasing Inventory Effectiveness Action Center as well as the associated key performance indicators (KPIs). Inventory is one of the most important assets a manufacturing company has to manage.