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.

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).

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Why Transportation Procurement is More than an Event

Talking Logistics

Sometime in the last half of 2018, the transportation market began to soften. The shift began, and in procurement we saw an increase in bid activity that has continued into 2019. Transportation Procurement: Things to Keep in Mind. Continue the conversation.

Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

Talking Logistics

Depending on your industry sector, transportation and logistics costs (as a percentage of sales) may range up to 14% or even higher for companies with an inefficient or outdated logistics set-up. 3PL Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - GEODIS 4PL continuous improvement GEODIS logistics costs

Getting Smart on Transportation: The Role of Market Intelligence in Procurement and Continuous Improvement

Talking Logistics

With ongoing cost pressures and capacity concerns, keeping a pulse on the transportation market, and understanding your position in it, is more important than ever. Leveraging market intelligence is not only important during a procurement engagement, it’s also critical for identifying and executing continuous improvement opportunities. How can you leverage market intelligence into an effective and competitive procurement strategy?

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?”

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.

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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Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive


Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. The Battle of the Forms Continues in the Court Room.

Report Points to Increase of Shippers Outsourcing Transportation Management Due to These 4 Core Benefits


This is especially true when outsourcing transportation management, as transportation can include a large part of your overall supply chain and business costs. Consider the many shippers who have outsourced transportation management and other logistics functions to third-party logistics (3PL) providers the past few years. The slowest demand for 3pl services will be in outsourcing transportation management, Armstrong stated.

[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.

5 Procurement Management Tips for the New Kid on the Block?


In much the same way, any business seeking success in the procurement management environment should address the fundamentals first. Procurement management accountability builds from having processes and quality controls that meet or surpass customer expectations.

Finding Global Transportation Optimization Opportunities

Talking Logistics

When considering your global transportation network, do you have the infrastructure needed to effectively and efficiently optimize it? Will you need to procure equipment and bookings using forecasts, then re-plan again with the actual orders? Can you then measure the results and use the measurements for continuous improvement? What measurements can be taken, then compared and then improved upon?

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2019)

Talking Logistics

Based on the top Talking Logistics posts and videos this quarter, it’s clear that transportation management remains a hot topic of interest — everything from how to navigate the twists and turns of the market to how to leverage transportation management systems (TMS) and emerging technologies to drive continuous improvement. Even our most popular post, which dealt with excess inventory and yard management, had a transportation bent to it.

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Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4 How should shippers and carriers respond to the ebbs and flows of the transportation market?

More than an Event

BluJay Solutions

Tips for procurement, opportunities for continuous improvement. Sometime in the last half of 2018, the transportation market began to soften. The shift began, and in procurement we saw an increase in bid activity that has continued into 2019. Transportation.

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

Talking Logistics

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.”

Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

As noted by Inbound Logistics , “Many manufacturers start assembling products, mapping out product specs to determine capacity needs, and working with their transportation and distribution partners on reliable and cost-effective logistics solutions up to six months in advance.”.

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


Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. A large part of procurement is finalizing the contract and then the follow through of the determined deliverables in that agreement. The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. Continuous improvement is so vital, we've also made it a Cerasis core value. .

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The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. All of a sudden, everyone is “knocking on the door” of procurement and logistics, asking for cost improvements. However, a number of presentations identified significant opportunities to drive out cost through asset productivity and logistics improvements.

Supplier Risk Management: 4 Things To Look Out for During On-Site Evaluations


Editor’s Note: We continue our collaborative blog series with Ben Goldwasser of Spendrix, a company who helps shippers determine which carriers operate best in certain regions, and conditions, allowing you to be more thorough.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit


This emerging trend of technology use will continue to weed out inefficiencies and further logistics cost reduction but also allow for a more strategic mindset in logistics. . A Transportation Management System (TMS) optimizes freight to utilize the most effective lanes and routes.

This Week in Logistics News (July 20-24, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Simply put, Descartes continues to aggressively pursue a roll-up strategy in the Global Trade Management (GTM) space, focusing on all “3 Cs” — Compliance, Content, and Connectivity. 3PL Mergers/Acquisitions Retail Retail Trends This Week in News Transportation Management Systems BearWare C.H.

Developing the Business Case for Supply Chain Optimization

Talking Logistics

Supply Chain Optimization is a widely-used term in the industry, and while many companies understand its potential to drive cost savings and service improvements, they don’t know where to start or how to justify the investment. A similar value proposition exists from a continuous improvement standpoint, or as Derrick put it, “If you don’t have a baseline, you really can’t tell if you’re improving.”. Did the transportation group do a good job [consolidating loads]?

Five Keys to Cold Chain Success with Tyler Hildebrand

The Logistics of Logistics

I’m Tyler Hildebrand and I am an account executive at Reliable Transportation Solutions in Cincinnati, OH. As a freelance marketer, I often worked closely with clients in the transportation and logistics space, so I began to understand the business. Continuous improvement.

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The Essential Reference Guide for a Supply Chain Leader


Moreover, Supplier Development promotes ongoing improvements that are intended to benefit both your company and supplier(s).It It is important to note that the above focus does not take into account short-term efforts to improve cost, quality or delivery issues with supplier(s) to meet companies’ expectations. Supplier Development focuses on long terms systematic improvement to attain sustained performance. 50% improvement) min. improvement on Supplier DPPM.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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All Third Party Logistics Providers Are Not Created Equal

Supply Chain Network

More than 20 years later the Third Party Logistics or 3PL business continues to grow around the world and therefore logistics professionals at almost all firms? ig fan of procurement when used prudently and for the appropriate commodities and services. Real Continuous Improvement.

Letter from the CEO: 2019 Outlook & Strategies to be Successful


In 2018, the demand for truck capacity far exceeded the supply, causing spot market transportation rates to skyrocket. Tender acceptance and routing guide compliance will improve. Letter from the CEO: 2019 Outlook & Strategies to be Successful.

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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IoT Inspired Smart Warehouses Are Reinventing Inventory Management


Precursor technology enables continuous improvement in warehouse management. The Reward: How to Make the Most of Smart Warehouses While improving operational efficiency, smart warehouses also have wide-ranging benefits for the entire supply chain. Integrate all supply chain systems, increasing savings in transportation management, procurement and everywhere in between.

FreightWaves Live Recap: A Logistics Technology Renaissance


During the conversation, they discussed some of the innovations currently happening at Transplace surrounding our best-in-class technology, brilliant people and continuous improvement processes. The transportation industry is currently in an exciting and revolutionary time.

Using Lean Management for Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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


Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. Transportation is measured just as a cost rather than what it does for the rest of the organization.