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26 warehouse pros reveal the most important factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse

6 River Systems

The world of logistics is increasingly driven by technology , with artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation among the biggest logistics trends today. That said, there are many factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse.

Executing Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies

Supply Chain Shaman

Definition: “Customer - centric is an approach to doing business that focuses on providing a positive customer experience both at the point of sale and after the sale in order to drive profit and gain competitive advantage.” What is a Customer-Centric Organization?

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

Cerasis

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.

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Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Needs for efficient reverse logistics systems continue to increase as e-commerce claims greater market share, and as so many traditionally functioning businesses grow and inevitably incur increasing volume of returns. Need For Reverse Logistics Breeds Opportunity. customer satisfaction.

A Recommended Approach to Warehouse Layout and Operational Design

Logistics Bureau

Is your warehouse full of pallets sitting on the aisle instead of up in the racks? Is your warehouse operation inefficient? Does your warehouse storage and layout design desperately need optimisation? Perhaps it’s Time to Review Your Warehouse Design.

3PL Logistics Companies Up Services to Continue to Meet the Needs of Shippers

Cerasis

Although 3PL Logistics Companies or 3PLs were around before the recession, companies realized the short-term savings of outsourcing logistics, transportation, and freight management to 3PLs quickly, and the age of the rise of the logistics provider was born.

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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. We will then finalize the series on logistics key performance indicator success management with practical techniques to carry through the academic subjects we've covered thus far. .

Seeking Logistics Perfection

Enterra Insights

Logistics professionals could adopt that statement as their motto. Half-a-decade ago, Apptricity analysts wrote, “In the world of supply chain and logistics management, perfection remains an elusive goal. ”[1] Between then and now, logistics has become a focal point in today’s e-commerce environment; but, the perfect order remains the elusive ideal. “Logistics companies cannot afford not to be innovative,” he explains.

The Top 6 Reasons to Have a Good Inbound Logistics Program

Cerasis

Most transportation costs in a company arise from inbound logistics cost. If other words, the costs associated with transportation of items from vendors make up the biggest portion of will transportation costs, reports Amy Roach Partridge of Inbound Logistics. Part of the problem lies in misconceptions around inbound logistics, including manual, data-intense processes and added stress. Customer Service and Satisfaction Rates Increase as Overall Product Costs Decrease.

A Case Study in Reverse Logistics Optimization!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics? The application of advanced forecasting and planning methodologies improve inventory management in a critical, high-volume repair business, dramatically reducing costs and fulfillment cycles while improving customer satisfaction.

Reverse Supply Chains: Best Practices for Better Asset Recovery

Cerasis

As most warehouse strategies are formed to combat issues of product shortage or provide important accounting data regarding a product, technology has been created to help reverse supply chains and drive larger recovery by serving the business needs for selling surplus.

25 supply chain experts reveal the best tactics to optimize a supply chain

6 River Systems

Getting customers what they want, in a timely manner and at the lowest possible cost (without sacrificing quality) is the foundation of any product-based business. Things are produced on time, on standard and exceeding customer expectations in the process. Warehousing.

Digital Freight in 2019: The Next Chapter

Freightos

Eighty three percent of customers lacked shipment visibility and an average spot quote took four days. A marked increase in logistics tech startups (and funding), introduced new tools, more noise, and external innovation that was sufficient to push for a very real change.

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

Talking Logistics

These teams then can identify the root causes that created shortfalls in reaching goals and ensures that the solution is documented. Employee and Customer Benefit. MDI comes with great benefits on both the employee and customer fronts.

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

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Whatever the reason, if you’re searching for a third party logistics provider (3PL) for the first time, you’ll want to have a keen understanding of what they are and how they work before choosing one to help with your logistics challenges. Freight Services Logistics Supply Chain 3PL

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Top Logistics Terminology

3PL Insights

There’s a lot of terminology thrown around in the warehouse and beyond—in transportation, fulfillment, value added, and other logistics services. It’s recommended to study these terms to make day-to-day life in the logistics industry a little easier.

11 Tips on How to Select a WMS

Veridian Solutions

The use of a warehouse management system (WMS) offers critical benefits to retailers and supply chains. According to Inbound Logistics , each WMS may contain hundreds of talking points, ranging from inbound freight management to customer service. Each vendor chosen should meet the minimum requirements within your requirements document, but requirements are subject to change. The Key Steps to Selecting the Best Warehouse Management System.

Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a two part series about how to get your logistics and transportation practices in order in time for holiday shipping or peak season crunches. The first post covered how you can get the DC or warehouse ready for the holidays or peak seasons. .

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

To coordinate, contracts can be made with direct links in the supply chain, but how can organizations coordinate with the suppliers’ suppliers or the customerscustomers? However, commonly used KPIs used by supply chain executives are usually focused on logistics performance (e.g.,

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6 Tips on Becoming a Shipping Coordinator

Cerasis

Documentation As a shipping coordinator, you will need to keep many different types of documentation on file. Being able to identify which document you need at what time and keeping good records are part of this job.

Why Your Supply Chain Isn’t Best in Class

Logistics Bureau

And only 2% ever reach that exclusive ‘club’ of offering best in class service at much lower costs than their competitors! Their performance in terms of cost and service put them at a real competitive disadvantage sadly. 4 – Fixing Warehouse Capacity Issues.

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Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is our second post in a two part series about how to get your logistics and transportation practices in order in time for holiday shipping or peak season crunches. The first post covered how you can get the DC or warehouse ready for the holidays or peak seasons. .

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

Companies will carry inventory masquerading as service parts, repair items, administrative suppliers, automobile fleets, and a host of other types of assets that are managed by setting and maintaining certain levels. Whenever decisions are made in purchasing, marketing, manufacturing, o r customer service, inventory levels across these asset types will be impacted. As indicated, a significant difference is that Lean systems question the need for logistics activities.

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What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

Keith postulated the need to connect logistics to business strategy through a new concept termed supply chain management. Instead, the focus was on building a one supply chain culture with a focus on the customer. Annette brought a keen focus for the customer using tailored supply chains to the company that many would argue was an aging brand. A movement in cost or customer service has an impact on inventory. Logistics: Strategic Issues. Daily I see one.

Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management

Cerasis

Therefore, more companies have partnered with third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) to achieve greater supply chain savings and presence in such markets through enhanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ). For example, companies partnering with 3PLs can maintain control of order and load sizes, decrease accessorial charges and provide higher service levels to customers.

3 Things you Need to Know about Your Supply Chain (Plus an Extra One)

Logistics Bureau

For those CEOs and other execs who don’t know much about supply Chain or logistics management, I’d like to highlight the four key areas to really keep an eye on. Quite simply, your supply chain needs the right products at the right service at the right cost… Click To Tweet.

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Jaro Caban: “Establishing S&OP is a challenging journey”

Supply Chain Movement

It’s hard to imagine that Cargill began as a grain storage warehouse in Iowa, USA, in 1865. I split this off from global sourcing because we had plenty of buyers but not enough planning and logistics so service and documentation was failing.

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Successful TMS Implementations Begin 6 Months Before Project Kick-off

Talking Logistics

It begins with a strategy project that documents the current state process, information, and data flows. An ERP is over-customized and IT did not realize it until they started integration and found out that 17 business processes are driven by legacy applications.

Supply Chain Education: What Skills Do Your Staff Need?

Logistics Bureau

Our blog posts and articles here at Logistics Bureau are almost always written to inform, but this time we’re writing with a request for information. Supply chain documentation. Topics include: Warehouse design and setup.

Guest Blog: 13 things you need to know about freight forwarding

NC State SCRC

Today’s guest blog is from John Stuart of the International Logistics Center. He shares some interesting information about freight forwarding, that anyone in logistics should be aware of. Freight forwarding companies, like the International Logistics Centre, coordinate the shipment of goods from one destination to another using a range of carriers, including air freight , ocean freight , road fright and, in some cases, railway freight.

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Third Party Logistics Companies Checklist for Choosing and Qualifying a 3PL

The Lean Supply Chain

Expectations of performance: • Customer service: Use of VOC=Voice of the Customer techniques to satisfy your customers: on tome delivery to your customers. • Transportation: asset/non-asset? Include all possible services you may require. • Payment terms.

Digitization and the Future of Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Motorized coaches and cars bring passengers to their stores and restaurants and modern transportation systems ship their handmade goods to a broader customer base. Nikos Papageorgiou, Vice President of Customer Success at Slync, writes, “Supply chain digitization is already showing significant impact for those willing to invest. ” They are: “Lack of coordination across global locations, acquisitions, external partners and customers or consumers.”

Adding Value to Your Supply Chain: Seven Cardinal Sins to Avoid

Material Handling & Logistics

Companies need to come clean and eliminate common supply chain offenses to deliver the greatest value to their customers. From the product to its condition and even documentation, the demand for excellence involving all parts of the process has intensified.

BrownFlynn and EcoVadis Launch First U.S. EcoVadis Supplier Training

EcoVadis

The course material included an overview of the EcoVadis Questionnaire and Assessment, EcoVadis’ main Scoring Principles and Methodology, and how to use the Customer Service resources offered by EcoVadis. Providing the right type of supporting documentation for every question.

Is Your Company on top of its Inventory Planning Game?

Logistics Bureau

Good inventory planning supports a number of vital business objectives including: Customer service and satisfaction. Customer dissatisfaction. Where necessary, this includes vendors and supply chain partners such as 3PL logistics providers.