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


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. Supply chain leaders must be ready to implement big data and leverage it to improve their companies without any delay or inhibition This may sound impossible and frightening, but they must only understand how big always goes back to these two, simple principles of measurement, review, and action.

How TMS Analytics Can Lead to Actionable Insights & Continuous Improvement


“What can you do to improve your company?”. That is a loaded question, loaded with innuendo, desire, financial concerns, questions about the state of the road and weather and much more, but the ways you improve your company are becoming easier to see. Modern, cloud-based analytics systems within transportation management systems ( TMSs ) have redefined how you strive for continuous improvement. Analytics may also be used to drive improvement in your equipment.


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6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement


We continue our series on strategic shipping by going into detail of the 10 main areas that shippers can turn to in order to have a strategic logistics and transportation management mindset. Today we will go into detail on using the available data created in the processing of shipments within transportation management and other related logistics management for continuous improvement. . For example, uncleaned data may reflect a problem with warehouse zone A picking times.

Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement


Non-value added items should be removed from these processes to ensure there are optimal opportunities for flow through these improvements. It is not enough to just reduce waste in one area (for example receiving) while the warehousing strategy and outbound strategies do not align. This is to ensure each member of the system (warehousing, transportation, and inventory strategy) is moving toward the same goal simultaneously. By: David Sherman, CTL.

Lean Warehousing


Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. Before we start talking about Lean Warehousing, can you tell us a little bit about LeanCor Supply Chain Group? Sure, LeanCor is a trusted supply chain partner that delivers operational improvement and measurable financial results. LeanCor is committed to continuous improvement and fully recognizes performance is measured by real results. 2, or tactical lean warehousing.

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3PL Warehousing 101

Kanban Logistics

The modern warehouse offers much more than basic storage. While you can build and staff your own warehouse and perform these services yourself, more and more companies see the value in handing warehousing operations off to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

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Continuous Warehouse Optimization and The DC Technology Gap

Logistics Viewpoints

But there is a technology gap between gleaming new automated facilities and tens of thousands of existing warehouses and distribution centers that pre-date the warehouse building boom of the past 5-10 years. Modular Vs. Monolithic Warehouse Systems.

5 Predictive & Immersive Logistics Tech Trends Driving Continual Improvement


For example, a pair of glasses might populate product picking information to laborers in a warehouse. Consider this example. A person reads a list of 8 pieces of information quickly, much like the automated handsets of today’s warehouse technologies. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post 5 Predictive & Immersive Logistics Tech Trends Driving Continual Improvement appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Warehousing KPIs

The Logistics of Logistics

To effectively and efficiently manage a warehouse, you need to use warehousing KPIs. Below is a listing of commonly used warehousing KPIs. A key performance indicator (KPI) is a metric that you have chosen that will give an indication of your performance and can be used as a driver for continuous improvement. Selecting Warehousing KPIs. Every warehouse is different with different goals and objectives, so choosing just the right warehousing KPIs is tough.

5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

Talking Logistics

What is your warehouse fill rates and lead times? These are examples of metrics that may or may not support your goals. For example, setting a goal of 100% truck utilization might be desirable, but the way your logistics function is structured, or the nature of your business model and markets, might dictate that a realistic goal is 80% truck utilization. Continuous checks on compliance. Consider, for example, a situation where carrier capacity is starting to tighten.

10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations


It goes without saying that warehouses need to find ways to prioritize workplace safety for the health and productivity of the workforce. But what are some ways organizations can streamline operations for improved results overall? The following is our top 10 list of ways warehouses can drive more efficient and productive warehouse operations: Consider Automation. Focus on Continuous Process Improvement. Manufacturing Warehouse warehouse operations

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KPIs for Your Warehouse: How to Choose and Use Them

Logistics Bureau

Is your business one that operates distribution centres and other warehouse facilities to maintain control of inventory? If so, you’re probably engaged in the eternal search to make warehouse processes faster, easier, less expensive, and safer. 1) Speed up the Warehouse.

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Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

Talking Logistics

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) thrives on the notion that there is always room for improvement, and it looks to eliminate defects that can hinder the flow of a process from moving toward its performance end goal. The question to pose instead is “How can we improve?” This is accomplished with help of the people who touch every part of daily operations through a process called managing for daily improvement. Continuous Improvement from the Bottom Up.

Real-World Scenario: Best Practices for Warehouse Contracts: Part One


When it comes to the logistics industry, whether it's transportation management contracts or warehouse contracts, there are a million moving parts, and as many questions. In the below is a real world example of a consultant coming to a third party logistics company with the goal of choosing a warehouse and 3pl provider. each) and the rest 40% spend is for 25 warehouses (anywhere between 300,000 to 1 Mn. Looking at the Core Components of a Warehouse Contracts.

Are Industry 4.0 and Lean Manufacturing Mutually Exclusive?

USC Consulting Group

Many companies these days are using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve processes and enhance output. tech has helped workers make smarter, more well-informed decisions about how to continuously improve and enhance production through PDCA, meaning “Plan-Do-Check-Act.”

Ultimate guide to warehouse logistics: Enhance organization, movement, and management

6 River Systems

Warehouse logistics is the heart of any supply chain operation, assimilating and dispatching goods to ensure availability and timely delivery. One of the best ways to reduce shipping costs and ensure fast delivery is by optimizing warehouse logistics. What is warehouse logistics?

Creating a Culture That Engages and Retains Warehouse Employees


Many workers are moving from other industries to warehousing, creating an opportunity for employers in this space. While interest is high for warehousing roles, the challenge of retention exists. Work in the warehouse can be demanding. Many warehouses have either long-term, tenured staff or new employees, with not many others falling in-between that range. It can appear challenging to engage employees at the warehouse.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

The relationship will not work without trust and Continuous Improvements through constant communication in your relationship. When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months.

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. One of the root causes for variations in cycle counting on hand in the warehouse versus on hand in the computer is: theft! You can’t create a truly Lean warehousing process if you don’t have effective processes to supply materials to the floor. Chuck Intrieri.

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5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips

The Logistics of Logistics

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips. For example, you could create colour coded orders or pick lists that indicate customer priority. For example, consider selecting a few samples when you receive products and quality check the items. Consider setting a quality control at the following stages of production: - when receiving and throughout warehouse process. - For example, make this part of your weekly or daily routine. Continuously improve operations.

23 warehouse pros reveal the best ways for warehouses to control & reduce fulfillment costs

6 River Systems

Every warehouse strives for efficient order fulfillment. There are many factors that can impact costs, from warehouse replenishment practices to the warehouse equipment deployed to support the fulfillment process. ” Meet Our Panel of Warehouse Pros: Nate Masterson. Read on to learn more about the best strategies to control and reduce your warehouse fulfillment costs. 1) Warehousing space and inventory control. Warehouse Efficiency

6 Tried and True Best Practices for Lean Warehousing


Taking a standard approach to lean warehousing drives tangible and measurable results. Here are six key practices that have proven successful in lean warehousing. Mapping allows you to reduce lead time and improve quality through identifying and eliminating waste and non-value-add process steps. Most importantly, it provides a road map to improve the business. There are several tools you can use to develop proper facility layout and material flow in lean warehousing.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Technology in the Warehouse

Logistics Bureau

Imagine stepping back in time to visit a large warehousing operation in 1990. Now imagine what the distribution center of 2045 will look like if technology continues to disrupt logistics as profoundly as it has done since the 1990s. To save you from a meltdown, let’s take a brief journey through warehouse operating developments from 1990 to 2045. 1990: A Fine Vintage for Warehouse Operators. Welcome to our tour of a logistics warehouse in the late 20 th century.

IoT Inspired Smart Warehouses Are Reinventing Inventory Management


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. Warehouse managers must understand why changes of standards and use of the Internet of Things (IoT) are needed and how smart warehouses can meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

8 DC and Warehouse Slotting Considerations for More Efficient Warehouse Operations


If you are a manufacturing company or distributor, you most likely are using a warehouse or distribution center to make sure you are able to store inventory, replinish store fronts, and easily send goods to customers or receive goods for manufacture or distribution. Many of our shipper customers have asked us for content related to better warehouse or distribution operations. First Things First, Do You have all The Tools To Set You Up for DC Or Warehouse Slotting?

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The Importance of Standard Work in Warehousing and Distribution


Why Standard Work in Warehousing and Distribution? Standards are essential for understanding the current condition of a process, supporting continuous improvement, and measuring improvement. Some typical warehouse functions can include: Receiving. The reason that standardized work is so important in warehousing and distribution (or operations in general) is that it allows us to understand variance in our processes and to make appropriate corrections.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles


This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand "Hidden Costs" in the Warehouse Cost Reductions Quest.

Improving Warehouse Productivity Part 1: Achieving Scalability to 1 M+ Order Throughput With Data & Technology

Veridian Solutions

The e-commerce revolution, omnichannel, personalized services and products, SKU proliferation, the Amazon Effect, and many other factors influence throughput in your warehouse. To start, supply chain leaders should follow these best practices to attain 1 million+ orders filled, by improving warehouse productivity and throughput through the use of technology and data. Warehouses should also leverage big data analytics to understand activities.

22 HR & management professionals share the most effective ways for managers to retain their best warehouse workers

6 River Systems

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the warehousing and storage industry grew from 1,133,900 to 1,194,400 from May 2020 to June 2020. Answers to these questions can help you develop a plan to retain those star warehouse workers. Lead by example.

Why Robust WMS Functions Maximize Parcel Fulfillment During Peak Season

Veridian Solutions

WMS Use Increases Warehousing and Transportation Efficiency. While warehouses today deploy some level of automation, the value of automation in managing warehouse efficiency, scalability, and effectiveness will become paramount in 2020. As the 2019 holiday shopping season approaches, shippers need robust WMS functions to handle the complexities of warehouse and transportation management. These include: Improved customer experience.

Multiple Variable Standards: The Brains Behind Your Labor Management System (LMS)

Logistics Viewpoints

How to Get the Most Out of Your Labor Management System Using Engineered Labor Standards to Impact Warehouse Output. Ask yourself, are you able to gauge fluctuating factors in your warehouse, such as pick density, case sizes, slotting arrangements and other variables?

What Is Transportation Optimization and What Does It Have to Do With Managed Transportation


That means identifying areas of waste, overlap and large volumes and enabling continuous improvement through the use of transportation metrics to track performance. Leveraging data for continuous improvement makes transportation optimization more synonymous with managed transportation.

The Top Supply Chain KPIs to Know


This scenario exhibits why tracking the right supply chain KPIs enables continuous improvement. If all components are present, the consumer is less likely to have a problem, and your business continues fulfilling the next order. If the same product can achieve a lower cash-to-cash cycle time of two days, it creates an opportunity to spend profits on reordering product, other products or improving marketing. Warehousing and Transportation Costs.

5 Things to Look for When Vetting Logistics Transportation Services


As logistics continues to grow more lucrative to the customer experience, 3PLs are playing an increasing role in the supply chain. The right partner will also work with your team to implement changes based on data-driven recommendations and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

What is a 3PL & How Can One Benefit Your Business?

CH Robinson Logistics

Typically, 3PL providers are integrated into a company’s warehousing and transportation procedures. They often collaborate with multiple 3PLs (transportation and warehouse 3PLs), asset-based carriers, and warehouses utilized by the business.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 26-30, 2015)

Talking Logistics

In other news this week… DHL successfully tests Augmented Reality application in warehouse. The second most popular blog post that we published last year on Talking Logistics was Wearable Devices: The New User Interface for Logistics Software , where I highlighted the emergence of next-generation wearables in the warehouse that combine smart glasses with voice recognition, video, GPS, scanning, and other capabilities.

Mastering Profitable Omni-Channel Logistics, Despite Disruptions

Logistics Viewpoints

For example, they might browse products online, but visit a brick-and-mortar store to finalize their selection. Another powerful omni-channel market force continues to be the “Amazon effect.” In this climate, it is important to take actions to improve delivery responsiveness and speed.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Tips for improving customer experience. Companies can boost holistic supply chain management by working with all stakeholders to develop a roadmap for consistent, continuous and collaborative improvement.” One reason is that doing so can improve communication and collaboration.

3 Reasons A Retail Consolidation Program Leads to Better Supply Chain Outcomes

CH Robinson Logistics

Working with a trusted retail consolidation provider can improve on time in full compliance, support evolving consumer demand, and help meet. Similarly, these same providers offer value added services, like crossdock and warehousing, to simplify your shipping experience.

People, Assets and Technology: The 3 Pillars of Supply Chain Productivity

Logistics Bureau

If you’re looking for ways to improve productivity in your company’s supply chain, the answers will probably lie in the way people, assets and technology —the three pillars of productivity—are managed. Improving the strength of any single pillar will add to the integrity of the others and productivity will improve. For example: Are you using all the vertical space in your warehouses? Standardise business processes to eliminate variation and improve efficiency.