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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.

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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.

E-Commerce Shipping: Why Shippers Are Mastering E-Commerce to Go Omnichannel

Cerasis

The answer lies in developing omnichannel experiences for customers, unifying the online and brick-and-mortar experience into a seamless shopping journey. Unfortunately, shippers may overlook the biggest obstacle to omnichannel, developing effective e-commerce shipping practices.

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce

Cerasis

By 2020, the value of B2B e-commerce will surpass $1 trillion, and manufacturers, distributors, retailers, reverse logistics managers, third-party freight brokers and logistics services providers are working to keep up with the trend. E-Commerce Logistics Technology TMS Transportation

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. Let’s back up a bit before we specifically address EDI in transportation. EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents.

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.

Editor’s Pick: Is it Time to Operationalize Ship From Store?

Talking Logistics

Today’s post is from Manhattan Associates highlighting four methods for operationalizing scalable, labor-efficient and associate-friendly ship-from-store processes. Many did it to make use of excess inventory. Still others did it to satisfy the fast growth of online sales without buying more inventory. Regardless of these initial reasons, ship from store has become an omni-channel mainstay. Free shipping.

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management. Inventory is not only a critical part of supply chain management; too often it is the main cause of a painfully incremental progression toward effective and genuine supply chain management. This inventory builds.

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. Transportation Cost Management.

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?

Too Much Focus on E-Commerce Shipping Practices? The Important Reminder That Logistics Fundamentals Still Matter

Cerasis

Unfortunately, e-commerce shipping practices, although different from traditional retail shipping, still fall short. Supply chain leaders need to understand why logistics fundamentals will continue to shape e-commerce shipping strategy. What’s Wrong With E-Commerce Shipping Practices? Minor improvements in the warehouse management system can help fulfill more orders, but the entire process will fail without a focus on the transportation strategy.

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

Cerasis

Last year, the 2016 State of Logistics Report alluded to rising shipping volume, partially responsible for decreased overhead costs, as a driving force behind declining overhead costs across all modes of shipping. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping has been amid a capacity crunch. More consumers are ordering products through e-commerce platforms, and the demand for no-cost shipping by consumers has become critical to the foundation of today’s omni-channel businesses.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

However, Amazon is shaking up the mix by seeking to make today’s e-commerce practices obsolete, and shipping and logistics providers need to understand why. Consumers are also expecting more of manufacturers and shipping companies.

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.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). As a result, the amount of inventory can be managed to reflect the consumer demand.

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. New features can be deployed automatically, eliminating traditional constraints on internal IT departments and remote customer service centers.

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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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 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.

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. Preventing shortages and keeping shipping costs down can also be a problem. Drop Shipping.

Declining Inventories: Are Shippers Improving E-Commerce Fulfillment?

PLS Logistics

The 27 th Annual State of Logistics Report shows that inventory levels are down and logistics costs are rising. Given the extreme demands of the hundreds of millions of online consumers who expect free shipping and fast delivery, e-commerce interrupts transportation budgets and regular shipping strategies. In 2015, transportation costs rose 1.3% Retailers, manufacturers and suppliers hold inventory to reduce costs and/or to improve customer service.

Is it time to integrate your supply chain design with execution?

JDA software

Customer expectations for product availability and seemingly endless purchasing channels are driving many companies to move product faster and smarter than ever before. its inventory management and where and how well it deploys inventory to optimize customer service levels and profitability.

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.

Protect Your Bottom Line With a Smart Supply Chain Design Strategy

Talking Logistics

So, what can companies do to try to operate more efficiently, keeping costs low and service levels high? Use Transportation Optimization to Get a Handle on Transportation Costs. So why are transportation costs increasing?

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. In today’s data-driven transportation systems, data entry should primarily be an automated process. Data Management and Transportation Services.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. Have the service provider clear their dock daily and bring freight to a consolidation point for shipment. Why is Vendor Management Key to a Global Shipping Strategy?

5 Ways an Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy Can Improve Customer Experience

Cerasis

According to Randy Strang of Supply Chain 24/7, a survey of the most important parts of a shopping experience found customers’ expectations are more than meets the eye. What’s Wrong With Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy and Customer Service?

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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Stasis

Supply Chain Shaman

I was involved in early Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) pilots. In my work at Clorox we were starting to ship to Walmart using Retail Link. Companies are shipping fewer and fewer cases using VMI processes. Most of the VMI processes report through customer service.

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Functions of a Warehouse Management System – All You Need to Know

Vinculum

The transportation and logistics management industry are no exception as it has witnessed a significant shift in terms of day-to-day operations. With the assurance of inventory-related data transparency, a WMS reduces manual errors and also looks after the stock control management as well.

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. With these two points in mind, it is surprising that any company shipping goods today would not make effective use of a TMS. 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.

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.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This can be costly in man hours, customer service (goods needed cannot be processed), accidents (safety): unloading a container and the forklift dies: the pallet slips off the forklift tines which can injure employees. Focus on the Customer.

The Benefits of Using A TMS to Ship Small Package Freight

Cerasis

A transportation management system (TMS) is often considered an ideal choice for less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FT) shipments. Optimized Routes Reduce Delays in Shipping. Shipping hundreds of small packages pose challenges for shippers. Therefore, the only way to effectively compete with Amazon’s rapid shipping is by ensuring small packages are assigned to the most appropriate, faster route through a dedicated TMS.