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.

Put on Your “There Has to Be a Better Way” Glasses: Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

Everybody agrees that driving continuous improvement is important, especially in transportation management, but in many cases, companies are so consumed with their day-to-day activities that it’s difficult for them to find the time for it. Bill’s comment echoed what I wrote a couple of years ago in Forget Innovation, Just Execute Better : As an industry analyst, my focus is generally on the road ahead, on the what’s next, on the greener grass beyond the fence.

Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

Our goal is to build a guiding coalition to think differently to improve outcomes. Today only 12% of supply chain teams are driving improvement, performing better than their competitors and driving value (as determined by Price to Tangible Book Value).

Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

Talking Logistics

Driven by customer demand, organizational changes and issues, a focus on sales, customer retention, globalization and other time-consuming challenges, companies are being steered away from supply chain innovation.

The Best Time to Kick Off a Continuous Improvement Initiative


Prosperity is perhaps one of the greatest obstacles to continuous improvement in manufacturing. When things are going well, we don’t feel the need to make improvements quite as keenly. There really is no better time to make improvements than when things are going well.

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean


These formerly sacrosanct topics need to be addressed by leadership (those with the power to change them) before your journey can continue. But to prevent stagnation at a higher level, leaders must carry the torch of continuous improvement tirelessly and relentlessly.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

The Logistics of Logistics

Innovation and new technology are obviously important, but when evaluating a 3PL, go with the one that excels at blocking and tackling. White Paper: The Essential Guide to LTL Shipping Improvement: Action Plan and Metrics for Rapid Transformation. Process is the first step in continuous improvement. Habit 6 – Continuous Improvement. The best 3PLs never stop learning and improving.

Don’t Confuse Excellence with Perfection

Talking Logistics

Excellence almost always falls short of perfection, and it’s that gap that motivates us to improve, that inspires us to innovate, that humbles us and strengthens our character. Business Advice Life Stories Apple Apple Watch continuous improvement early field failure analysis EFFA iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Lexus Little League For a long time, one of my favorite corporate taglines was Lexus’ “ The relentless pursuit of perfection. ”

Demand Driven Manufacturing in the Engineer-to-Order Space


Aligning Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Practices. Synchronization of data improves processes, production flow and visibility. In addition to automation, effective ETO technology solutions drive engineering innovation.

3 Reasons Continuous Innovation is Vital for Manufacturers, Shippers, and Businesses Alike


Throughout the course of business, business owners, who may be in the manufacturing, retail, or in another industry, find themselves focusing on innovation. In fact, the annual ChainLink Research Study found innovation to be the top focus for those involved in the manufacturing community.

Demand-Driven Technologies Evolved


When I first began instituting demand-driven practices in the late 90s, we were into creating pull, eliminating waste, and getting on a path of continuous improvement. By John Maher.

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

The Logistics of Logistics

Every industry seems to have its silver bullet for creating improvement. My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. With that being said I’d like to share my thoughts on what causes some improvement efforts to succeed and others to fail. Implementing Improvement Initiatives. He states that innovation is really just a remix of existing parts. Their improvements were a remix.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Managing Carrier Capacity in an Improving Economy. The post Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Today, What is Innovation?


Steve Brady starts another great series, this time focusing on innovation as it becomes ever so challenging in today’s technology-centric world. Innovation. Perhaps even a bit of bewilderment, asking yourself “just what is innovation anyway?” People drive innovation.

The Next Generation of Excellence: Agility, Culture, Innovation


We use this relative positioning to derive high-value improvement initiatives that will lead us up the maturity curve. Improvement work is the stuff of 80-hour work weeks, but is it strategic? Innovation as Excellence. What is the “innovation index?”

The Next Generation of Excellence: Agility, Culture, Innovation


We use this relative positioning to derive high-value improvement initiatives that will lead us up the maturity curve. Improvement work is the stuff of 80-hour work weeks, but is it strategic? Innovation as Excellence. What is the “innovation index?”

3 Benefits of Innovating Global Supply Chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Earlier this year we talked about tips for hosting an innovation challenge. Today, we will dig into why investing in innovation matters. Driving a culture of innovation is essential to our growth. The idea of innovation is not new to C.H. Living a culture of innovation.

Focused Innovation for Market Success


People are often confounded about innovation, claiming that you can’t program ideas. The reality is that you can, by applying focused innovation techniques, and it all starts with understanding your customers’ needs. Answering that question is the first step to focused innovation.

Keys to Successful Shop Floor Digitization


However, here are three use cases to consider: Empowering Continuous Improvement. This leads to less works-in-progress and shorter lead times, freeing-up space otherwise occupied by delayed production orders while improved cash flow delights the company’s Finance department.

Fostering Innovation in the Workplace


Almost every organization recognizes the need for innovation, yet many of those same organizations do their best to squash innovation whenever it dares to emerge unbidden. If you recognize the value of innovation, here are a few ideas to help bring it to light.

Do Companies Really Expect Their Suppliers to Be Innovative?

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

This headline raises an interesting question that Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium tackled recently in a published survey on supplier scorecards for innovation. We learned that nearly 80% of companies utilize supplier scorecards to monitor and continuously improve supplier performance.

Innovation at Sherwin-Williams Never Rests


Paint manufacturer and retailer Sherwin-Williams credits kaizen, or continuous improvement, for their decades of success

Investing in Manufacturing Innovation & Competitiveness: Will the next Silicon Valley be located in the United States?


Editor's Note : In this guest blog post from Adams Nager, of ITIF (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation) , he stresses the importance of fostering innovation and spurring competitiveness of American Manufacturing by focusing on more R&D from both the public and private sectors. The area experienced explosive growth after the invention of the silicon semiconductor sparked waves of manufacturing innovation. Innovation Driven By Concentrated Industry Clusters.

Bayer, Deere, and ARC Provide Feedback on Student Capabilities that Drive Innovation


That, coupled with the Innovation Showcase in Nelson Hall,, featuring two winning teams in the undergraduate and graduate divisions, made me proud to be a faculty member working with the great students and industry partners that are part of this collaborative partnership. Along the way they also referenced the books “How Google Works” and “Team of Teams” Innovation. Firms need to innovate constantly or fall behind. What is Innovation?

What Remains the Same?

Supply Chain Shaman

” He continued, “Great mass marketing used be our differentiator, but now the barriers to entry have changed. Locate them in an innovation center, not a function. Challenge them to build new capabilities working with innovative technology leaders. It is Saturday.

The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time I am very keen on the subject of supply chain innovation right now, for a variety of reasons. First, CEOs across the globe are putting innovation as the top or near top priority for the companies they run. It’s pretty simple why: innovation is what drives the growth and attractive margins. Supply chain in turn obviously has a key role to play in overall corporate/product innovation. First Thoughts.

Request for Partnership | The new RFP for technology solutions

BluJay Solutions

Which is a big reason why companies continue to turn to Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to help digitize and integrate their supply chains for future success. Understanding how a provider plans to innovate and grow helps determine that alignment with long-term goals.

Complete Innovations and the Xata Turnpike Solution Join AT&T’s Portfolio of Mobility Applications for Businesses

Supply Chain Network

AT&T* today announced the availability of three leading mobile transportation and dispatch management applications from Complete Innovations and Xata Corporation, enhancing AT&T’s portfolio of fleet management solutions. ” The Complete Innovations and Xata Corporation products join AT&T’s award-winning portfolio – ranked number one for Next-Generation Fleet Management Solutions by business decision-makers in 2010.(1). About Complete Innovations Inc.

Supply Chain Movement 22 – Logistics Outsourcing

Supply Chain Movement

Unilever wants to improve its planning and differentiation. they want logistics service providers to offer full service on a global scale and are demanding more technological innovation. 32 | Management: Disruptive Changes start with social innovation.

Descriptive, Predictive & Prescriptive Analytics


This is the first step towards setting up continuously improving processes. This is a critical step towards identifying problems and improving the overall supply chain performance. They are gaining maturity and they are becoming the norm in a lot of companies, helping them improve their decision-making process on an everyday basis. How it is changing the demand planning game?

The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf… The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack!


The “natural rule” of evolution emphasizes open and free trade and open forces of competition, which can spur innovation and continuous improvement.

European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Building next-generation supply chains – Supporting growth through innovative and responsive strategies. Key topics that will be addressed at the 16th Annual Supply Chain and Logistics Summit include: Improving demand management planning and customer collaboration. Moving beyond existing approaches to Continuous Improvement and Lean in order to engrain them at the heart of your business. Benchmarking your operation against leading examples of supply chain innovation.

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The ROI of Persistence

Supply Chain @ MIT

Supply chain innovation (SCI) is attracting a lot of attention, and given the pace of technological change, it’s understandable that companies are on the lookout for the Next Big Thing. Take, for example, how Niagara Bottling LLC has progressed along the innovation path.

Unleash Your Employees’ Ideas to Truly Change the Game!

Supply Chain Game Changer

They also have tremendous ideas on how to improve those processes, how to improve your metrics, and how to achieve your objectives. We could only achieve those objectives if we had all of our employees on board and helping us improve the business. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Digital Supply Chain: Making The Leap With A Ball and Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Leaders will work with technology innovators to build the network of networks ensuring interoperability between networks. There is continuous pressure on costs. Figure 3: Continuous Improvement Programs.