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


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.

6 Recent Trends in Manufacturing Technology to Increase Agile Responsiveness, Continuous Improvement & Customization


and the push toward green, sustainable alternatives to traditional manufacturing will continue to dominate the market, asserts Stuart Hall of Global Manufacturing, Green initiatives are more than just a political ideal. Customization Will Replace Traditional Inventory Management.

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. .

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


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


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.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage


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.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

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With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end.

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


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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Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency


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. Implement Continuous Review Systems for Reordering.

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. Precursor technology enables continuous improvement in warehouse management. Share information, to increase visibility and responsiveness of all parties involved.

5 Engagement Strategies in Managing a Relationship With a Transportation Management 3PL


This is our 9th post in our strategic transportation management and logistics series. When selecting a transportation mangement 3PL to aid you in a robust and effective transportation management strategy , defining the rules of engagement is critical to success. When you do engage and hire a 3PL for effective transportation management, it is vital that you look at this relationship as a partnership and not a commodity.

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


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. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock.

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[e-Book] How To Shift From Tactical To Strategic Logistics and Transportation Management To Create A Competitive Advantage


We release our second e-book today by focusing on strategic logistics and transportation management creates a competitive business advantage for shippers. Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. This is especially relevant for third-party logistics and transportation management service providers, whose service fee is based on reducing cost and streamlining the shipper’s supply chain.

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs


Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions.

10 Inventory Management Strategies to Transform Your Business

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10 Inventory Management Strategies to Transform Your Business. As balance sheet assets go, inventory is often the largest item. Getting inventory levels right is a challenge. Managers face the challenge of implementing effective inventory management strategies.

Why A Successful Transportation Management Program Is Empowered By Data


Today we continue our long series and look at teaching shippers how to remain strategic when it comes to logistics and their transportation management program. Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. 6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement. The Use of Data to Create a Successful Transportation Management Program. Data Management and Transportation Services.

What does the Future of Transport Management Systems Look Like? A Look To 2018 and Beyond


Whether you call it a transportation management system, TMS, or transport management system, we have you covered on the State of TMS in our first post , the 4 key process enablers in the second post , and in today’s post we will cover what the future holds for transport management systems.

How Effective Logistics and Transportation Management Leads to Scalability in Business Operations


We continue our ongoing "Strategic Shipper" series, with our 8th post in the series. We feel that if more shippers took a strategic look at shipping versus a tactical one, they will reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, and remain competitive. As an easy way to catch up on the series, you will find the below posts on effective and strategic logistics and transportation management: . 10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage.

Let’s Celebrate: The Western Growers Transportation Program Turns 10

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Let’s Celebrate: The Western Growers Transportation Program Turns 10.Transportfolio. Transportation is (and always has been) a fundamental issue for fresh produce. So we created the Western Growers Transportation Program (WGTP). Creating a transportation program for members.

Don’t Fear Optimization (It’s Just a Word)

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Author’s Note: The following is the forward I wrote for a new textbook published by MercuryGate (a Talking Logistics sponsor) on “ Modern Technology for Transportation Optimization ,” which is available for purchase on Our transportation operations are simple and straightforward.”

5 Change Management Tips to Create a Strategic Transportation Management Mindset


This is the final post in our strategic shipping or transportation management series. Stemmed from our first post on covering these 10 areas of focus for shippers to have a strategic transportation management mindset in order to create a competitive advantage, we went ahead and went into detail on each of those 10 posts. Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. 3PL Logistics Transportation Management change management

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit


This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. A Transportation Management System (TMS) optimizes freight to utilize the most effective lanes and routes.

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL


The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. For example: Inventory Record Accuracy has to be 98-100% accurate daily. One of the goals of the SLA/KPI should be Continuous Improvement or Kaizen (LEAN initiative). Jobs and processes should be improved daily by brainstorming, Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and Value Engineering by both parties, as cross-functional teams.

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners


o Transport—unnecessary movement of product. o Space—holding places for unnecessary inventory. o Inventory—inactive raw, work-in-process, or finished goods. o Packaging—containers that transport air or allow damage. Inventory velocity and inventory reduction.

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4 Ways to Improve Inventory Management and Delivery (Webinar)


As an online retailer, there are other ways to attract and retain customers—much of which comes down to inventory management across your fulfillment network to improve your delivery promise. Below are four steps you can take to improve inventory management and delivery.

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As an organization committed to a culture centered on employee safety, continuous improvement and exceeding customers’ expectations, it was evident that they needed to optimize the network in order to exceed these goals. The waste led to multiple issues, including: Excess inventory.

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


Containers arrive at the port of Antwerp, and are transported by truck to a nearby inland terminal (BCTN) which is next door. In turn, these containers sit for about 5 days before being transported to the Nike distribution center next door and stocked inside the DC.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow


Walmart would not have the ability to provide such low prices and have consistent inventory in the over 5,000 stores in the United States and over 1.3 The retailer also instituted cross-docking at its warehouses, a method that moves inventory directly from arriving or departing trucks.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management


More findings on the cloud cargo transportation and warehouse management systems you may discover on the web. The cloud-based supply chain software can be customized to suit your industry, your transportation , freight-forwarding and warehousing specialty, import-export regulations.

Minimizing Supply Chain Disruption Through Analytics: A Brief Guide


This insight can be used to improve supplier relationships and gain shareholder support for new system implementations, upgrades, and additional use of modern technology. The Solution: Minimizing Supply Chain Disruption Requires Analytics The only way to successfully minimize supply chain disruption is through continuous improvement. Continuous improvement can permeate every aspect of supply chain management, ranging from vendor management to reverse logistics.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain


Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. I use a method I call managing for daily improvement or MDI. Is the team not improving as much?

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7 Strategic Performance Business Practices with 3PL KPIs and 4 KPI Problems to Solve


We continue our series on understanding the 3PL KPIs (Key performance indicators) from 3PL consultant, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain as it relates to the engagement with a 3PL. Sales, Inventory, and Production Planning (SIOP) should be used for business planning and strategy in the shipper, 3PL relationship. Are we improving? Process improvements and Continuous Improvement Opportunities.

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6 Supply Chain Disciplines to Enable Profitable Growth

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Supply chain management spans many functions and processes, including demand planning, sourcing, merchandising, supplier relationship management, inventory management, inbound and outbound transportation, distribution management, and store operations.

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However, this is critical to level the flow of materials, improve supplier order rates, and prevent redundancies and waste. It contains all the information necessary to make informed decisions about transportation, packaging, inventory, placement, ordering quantities, and handling.

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. That means the company is sitting on inventory for one week, so the number of reorders decrease. As the KPI decreases, carrying costs decrease, improving profitability and efficiency. Warehousing and Transportation Costs.

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Is Seamless OmniChannel Possible? How to Avoid Supply Chain Technology Hiccups


This naturally creates a large pool of data, and 3PIs have the technology to leverage this data to build and improve omnichannel supply chains. Leverage Inventory as Data When systems communicate, they create inventory data, but actual inventory can be turned into data points and metrics to understand the flow of products. Improve Inventory Management Through Analytics and Integration Inventory management is only as good as its level of visibility and optimization.

Logistics KPIs Case Study: Whirlpool’s Supply Chain and Logistics Success Driven by Effective KPI Implementation


KPIs or Key Performance Indicators are a core practice of measuring the effectiveness and for continuous improvement in any business outsourcing model. KPIs for Cost Reduction and Continuous Improvement was created.