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ScottsMiracle-Gro Improves Distribution System in Sustainability and Customer Service

Supply Chain Network

to service the Company’s home center retail customers in northeastern U.S. By installing a warehouse in this region, the Company expects to improve its environmental footprint by reducing the number of miles traveled within its distribution network while also reducing costs and improving its customer service levels. The warehouse is part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s high-service distribution model that the Company began implementing across the U.S. A new 100,000-sq.

Utilizing a 3PL to Apply Transportation Management Best Practices For E-Commerce

Cerasis

E-commerce is expanding to reach $1 trillion by 2025, and demand for more products and services among the world’s shippers is keeping third-party logistics providers, like Cerasis, on their toes. As a result, shippers must understand the transportation management challenges in e-commerce.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

If you’re not able to clearly see, examine, impact and manage every aspect of your supply chain and inventory processes – order status, shipments, in-transit goods, trade documents, costs, exceptions and more – you might as well be operating with blinders on.

4 Challenges in Global Transportation Management

3rdwave

There are 4 fundamental areas where global transportation is challenged. Three of these challenges are variants on traditional transportation challenges and the last is relatively new but growing in importance. Transportation Cost Management. Information Accessibility.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

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.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Quality, service, costs, environmental and legislative issues are strategic issues that must be managed in addition to the operational challenges mentioned above. Customers want results. customer satisfaction.

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 ). To maintain your role in the global market, you need to understand how 3PLs contribute to an improve transportation networks. Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management. Why Do Supply Chains Need Transportation Management?

Top 5 Questions About Keeping Transportation In-House

Talking Logistics

Is this true for your in-house transportation management department? Why would you hand over your transportation management to someone else? There are viable reasons to outsource the system, people, or both; for example, your transportation requirements are not unique enough to staff a full department. Other segments in your business could be outsourced, but a core function like transportation planning within your supply chain might not be one of them.

What Should an LTL Transportation Management System Do for Me as a Shipper?

Cerasis

Rather than looking at it with only two options, shippers need a third solution; they need to take advantage of an LTL transportation management system (TMS), focusing on how leveraging today’s systems, like the Cerasis Rater , can maintain profitability and drive expenses down. What Modules Should an LTL Transportation Management System Offer? If you have an existing system, your new LTL Transportation Management System must have integration capabilities. “Unsustainable.”.

Quick and Easy Tips for Cost Reduction in Supply Chain Operations

Logistics Bureau

Getting the Service Policy Right. One of the fastest ways I know to burn money in Supply Chain management is not to have clear customer service policies or to have service policies that are poorly implemented and communicated. Customers are NOT all one size.

5 Examples of an Efficient Transportation Management System

4WL Consulting

With the rising cost of transportation, companies are desperately vying to look for an efficient systems and processes that make their teams more productive. These established companies now offer the benefits as a part of their service offering.

5 Supply Chain Mistakes that Handicap Business Performance

Logistics Bureau

If your business is currently falling victim to any of the following supply chain mistakes, corrective action will undoubtedly deliver improvements in cost, revenue, customer service and numerous other business performance factors. Increases in obsolete and/or excess inventory.

Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

Be Careful on Customer Service Automation. Customer service automation is an ongoing opportunity. The customer experience is rough. I suggest that all supply chain leaders call their support lines and accept responsibility for customer service.

Common Supply Chain Mistakes to Avoid

Logistics Bureau

And generally they are really expensive missed opportunities—expensive in financial terms, as well as in poor customer service and reduced sales! That’s why managing customer order sizes is so important! How well do you manage your Customer Service?

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Cerasis

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. The cloud offers unique benefits to shippers, vendors, customers and logistics providers. The basic benefit and reason for the cloud-based deployment of a TMS lies in storing information in a central location. Analytics use information to derive insightful, actionable ways to improve efficiency in the supply chain.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. achieving the same overall customer service level objective with far less inventory expense.

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Logistics Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

A KPI is an indicator (a metric) that you have chosen, and agreed with your partners and or customers, that will determine whether you are meeting your critical success factors. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). Shippers might use the following logistics KPIs: transportation cost per unit sold, total logistics cost as a percentage of sales, on time delivery, cost per pound, etc.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Be Using Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Adopt Transportation Management Software Today. Transporting goods seems straightforward, but to the experienced professional, it’s a complicated balance of success, unforeseen circumstances, and problem management. Strengthen Customer Relationships.

7 Hurdles to Well-Managed Inventory and How to Top Them

Supply Chain @ MIT

Inventory mismanagement. Ingrained attitudes can block better inventory practices. Depending on which corporate silo you belong to, inventory can be a liability, an asset, or something in between. These attitudes often stand between you and your inventory management goals.

10 Inventory Management Strategies to Transform Your Business

My Office Apps

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.

How Safety Stock Absorbs Demand Volatility

ToolsGroup

But companies can overcome this obstacle by positioning the right inventory across the supply chain to absorb such volatility. Surprisingly, there is an immediately available, relatively straight-forward alternative – fixing your inventory (safety stocks) to cope with the forecast uncertainty.

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How Can Transport Management Systems Help The Freight Industry?

Cerasis

Well, Transport Management Systems are exactly what the name suggests! TMS helps companies manage the transportation operations of their business, and so it’s no wonder that these systems are making their way into the Freight industry. Improvements in Customer Service.

Control Tower Visibility: Delivering Value in Transportation

Talking Logistics

Companies today are facing significant transportation challenges — tight capacity, rising rates, and more demanding delivery expectations from customers. Navigating through these challenges requires timely and accurate visibility to what’s happening in their transportation operations, which is where Control Tower visibility comes in. Control Tower Visibility: Creating a Positive Customer Experience.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

At SCI Logistics in addition to fulfilling millions of e-commerce orders on an annual basis, we also spend a significant amount of time studying the optimal methods of helping our customers serve consumers in Canada.

HCL Tech signs global alliance agreement with JDA Software Group

Supply Chain Network

From IIFL: “HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services provider, announced today that it has signed a global alliance agreement with the JDA Software Group, Inc, leader in supply chain management. This announcement expands HCL’s existing relationship with JDA thereby extending HCL’s offerings in professional services for industries such as retail, manufacturing, CPG and life sciences for the Americas and the Europe.

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

Cerasis

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.

Why A Successful Transportation Management Program Is Empowered By Data

Cerasis

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. The Use of Data to Create a Successful Transportation Management Program. However, this data is nothing more than a conglomeration of information without a purpose. Data Management and Transportation Services.

Is Your Supply Chain Customer-Centric?

DynaSys

Customer service is not just the business of sales and marketing, meaning the supply chain has an important role to play. If logistics are a cost center that needs to be optimized, the focus needs to be on the downstream customer. Which technology supports Customer Service?

[INFOGRAPHIC] The 7 Benefits of Made in USA Driven by Reshoring Movement, Technology, and Better Transportation Costs

Cerasis

Moreover, “Made in the USA” tags can win over domestic customers who want to feel good about their purchases. You can prepare by investing staff, inventory and equipment to meet increasing demand for domestic-made products. Manufacturing reshoring Transportation benefits of made in us

TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment.

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Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

Every week I’m interacting with more and more e-commerce professionals whose day to day job is coming up with the best methods of delivering Omni-Commerce solutions for their customers. Simply put Omni-Commerce is allowing your customers to effectively access, research and purchase your products in any manner they choose PC, mobile, tablet, kiosk, virtual store, in-store; and then deliver them, or have them available for pick up, when and where your customer would like.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

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.

Does Your Company Make Effective Use of a Transportation Management System?

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

You may have read numerous recent articles on the benefits of using a transportation management system (TMS) to manage freight. The opportunity to save significant expense, while also improving on-time service to customers, is just too compelling. It also provides the valuable capability to delight customers and increase revenues. It can be setup to run in three months or less without major changes in transportation management processes or practices.

5 Change Management Tips to Create a Strategic Transportation Management Mindset

Cerasis

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