How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity

Cerasis

The use of full truckload shipping is rising in popularity, resulting from its lower cost as compared to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. These rates will have natural implications for smaller shippers seeking to lower overall transportation and freight spend, and paired with a “blurred lines between peak shipping and shopping seasons,” shippers will experience increasing trouble when trying to procure full truckload capacity.

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.

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10 Tips Shippers Can Use to Reduce Costs in LTL Procurement with Better Request for Pricing Bidding

Cerasis

at Cerasis, we know a thing or two about the nuances of LTL procurement. We've schedule pick ups with the vendors of our shipper customers. LTL procurement is something we do very well. So we thought we would impart upon all the shippers out there some tips on how to reduce overall costs for effective LTL Procurement. 10 LTL Procurement Cost Cutting Tips. Analyze bids for optimal pricing and service scenarios. Logistics LTL ltl procurement

Multichannel Fulfillment & Shipping: Considerations for Wholesale Distributors & OEMs in the Transition From Single Channel Shipping

Cerasis

E-commerce has presented wholesale distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a crown opportunity for growth, but it comes at the cost of transitioning from single-channel shipping. Over the last year, average e-commerce sales have increased more than 15 percent, revealing the increasing demand for multichannel fulfillment and shipping. Adapting supply chain systems to succeed in multichannel fulfillment and shipping, also requires additional setup time.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Cerasis

As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work.

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. Missing Customer Service Clarity.

Ocean Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2019

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This has been an interesting year for the ocean shipping industry. 2019 Ocean Shipping Trends. The carriers would much rather deploy extra loaders as needed rather than introducing additional service strings. Rail service realignment. Ocean Shipping Technology.

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It’s Time to Welcome The Supply Chain CEO!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. Companies like Amazon are able to achieve major growth through a relentless focus on customer service. Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement.

Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them

TMC

It might be manufacturing , sales, or even customer service that cuts into your truckload lead times. Carrier Management Procurement Transportation Management Carrier Capacity Truckload truckload capacity Truckload Procurement

Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them

TMC

It might be manufacturing , sales, or even customer service that cuts into your truckload lead times. Carrier Management Procurement Transportation Management Carrier Capacity Truckload truckload capacity Truckload Procurement

Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Customer behaviors may change rapidly, and there are ongoing geopolitical disputes, such as the US-China Trade War, that impact the supply chain. Ability to leverage cross-docking and drop-shipping. Improved customer service. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

What Is the Impact of Big Data in the Transportation & Supply Chain Industries?

Cerasis

But nearly all of these processes revolve around a few common factors, reports DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, and you need to understand what they mean for the supply chain and transportation industries. . Better Shipping Options. .

Why We Bought Freightquote

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Ecommerce is going to be a bigger part of future supply chain services. Our recent acquisition of Freightquote brings us a talented team of logistics professionals who understand truckload, less than truckload, and intermodal services.

Tips for Effectively Managing E-Commerce Logistics

Cerasis

According to Roberto Michel of Logistics Management , the biggest challenge in e-commerce logistics revolves around the demand for additional last-mile delivery options and next-day shipping, if not same-day shipping. Offer multiple shipping options to consumers.

Supply Chain Quality: A Driver for Digital Transformation

Talking Logistics

Finished products have high ratios (average 50%) of sourced or procured product content. Ensuring receipt of Certificate of Analysis (CoA) and other regulatory compliance documentation has made digitization a requirement for customer service, audit management, and compliance. Streamlining communication among suppliers, customers, and manufacturing sites creates an enterprise-wide quality and compliance solution that minimizes costly product quality issues.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

OneSCM

As both manufacturers and suppliers are learning, the data silos that exist in most supply chain environments today make it challenging to adapt to the constant churn of product lines and accommodate frequent product customization requests. Technology research firm Gartner, Inc.

Supply Chain Management With Blockchain: How the Blockchain Enables Supply Chains to Focus on Customer Experience

Cerasis

Customer experiences have a vital bearing on the success or failure of today’s supply chains. Without political diversion, today’s companies must take an active role in increasing positive customer experiences and meeting stringent ethics and sustainable practices. Supply chain management with blockchain can help shippers and businesses focus on customer-centric practices and standards. Decreased shipping costs. Helping customers measure life expectancy.

What Is Driving Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the Cloud?

Cerasis

Since modern supply chain technologies can speed order fulfillment and shipping, technical limitations amount to poor customer service and limited, if any, visibility. Customer service levels. In most cases, consumers will expect free shipping altogether.

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2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

I find senior executives love to throw around superlatives like customer-centric, agile, efficient and responsive but lack the understanding of how the words translate to supply chain strategy in the real world. It has been awhile.

Top 5 Trends to Know to Compete with Amazon’s Supply Chain

Cerasis

Meanwhile, Lowe’s has created the LoweBot , which boosts customer service, explains Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest. More companies are turning to robotics to find new ways to bridge the divide between a dwindling number of customer service representatives, including store associates, and maintaining around-the-clock operations. Technology Will Reshape Procurement Practices. At Walmart, customers can even pick up orders without ever getting off the car now.

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Visibility: If Only I Could See

Supply Chain Shaman

Most deployments focus on functional excellence–manufacturing, transportation, customer service or procurement. The resources focused on B2B connectivity (usually located in IT) have little exposure with the deployments in customer sales and procurement teams.

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.

The Digital Transformation Journey: The Alignment of Industry, Company, and Technology

Talking Logistics

In today’s market, it is imperative for process businesses to pursue digital transformations to meet changing customer expectations, global market demands, and increased competition. Orders and shipments can be tracked and customers alerted if an order is late.

The Top 6 Reasons to Have a Good Inbound Logistics Program

Cerasis

Real-time data into an inbound logistics program helps your company ensure vendors are using the lowest-cost carriers as defined by your service level agreements with the carrier, not the vendor. In addition, you can use an inbound logistics program to reduce higher-cost shipments through freight consolidation and backhaul shipping, opening the door to even lower rates than you have previously negotiated with your carrier.

It’s time to welcome the supply chain CEO

Kinaxis

Over the past few decades, companies have realized that the way they bring products to market – from sourcing parts and services, to manufacturing, to shipping, to distribution – isn’t just a practical necessity, but an avenue for competitive advantage.

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

Cerasis

Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

One of these concepts that I hear a lot; but see few tangible examples, is the idea of “customer-segmented supply chain.” The discussion of customer-segmented supply chains happens often. Most supply chain planning teams do not know their customers.

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.

6 More Logistics Technology Trends Enabling Success in 2018

Cerasis

However, logistics focuses expressly on the movement and storage of products, while the supply chain goes into deeper detail, including manufacturing processes, procurement, and the flow of goods. Logistics Service Providers Will Increase Mobile App Adoption.

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All I want for Christmas is supply chain flexibility

Kinaxis

But for retailers, it’s a lot more complicated – they can’t just ask their customers to write letters to Santa; rather, they need a flexible supply chain to meet customer needs. Customer service. Procurement is risky business around the holidays.

How Is Your Supply Chain Chutzpah?

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain team takes and ships orders. Everyone claims that they care about the customer, but the system is ineffective. They focus on improving value to the customer.

Blockchain and Reverse Logistics: Recapturing Costs and More

Cerasis

Share information about potential savings to shareholders, as well as the impact on public image, resulting from better logistics within returns management, increasing customer service levels.

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

Cerasis

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. Are you holding your service providers and vendors accountable to specific KPIs? The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement.

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The Data Behind Amazon’s Logistics and Fulfillment Play

Freightos

In his 2017 annual shareholder letter , Bezos lauded “divinely discontent” customers as innovation drivers. These examples are from retail, but I sense that the same customer empowerment phenomenon is happening broadly across everything we do at Amazon and most other industries as well.

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How Last Mile Delivery Affects the Supply Chain

The Network Effect

The orchestration of processes and information for the procurement of goods to the “last mile” delivery to the customer is a required competency in today’s direct to consumer marketplace. Synchronization of information across systems provides the visibility that can help enable world class customer service. Event management and alerting are also becoming more common for proactive, outbound customer communications. By David Meyers.

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Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in this Digital Age?

OneSCM

As both manufacturers and suppliers are learning, the data silos that exist in most supply chain environments today make it challenging to adapt to the constant churn of product lines and accommodate frequent product customization requests. A digital supply chain management solution becomes a necessity for companies unwilling to compromise customer satisfaction or lose control of their quality and performance levels. Technology research firm Gartner, Inc.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

There are countless number of logistics service providers who offer many different types of broad and niche services. When a manufacturer’s product normally moves through the supply chain network, it is to reach the distributor or customer.