Continuous Warehouse Optimization and The DC Technology Gap

Logistics Viewpoints

Many companies are achieving this transformation by adopting modular, elastic DC technologies – including AI and robotics – that provide continuous warehouse optimization without replacing their current monolithic and static warehouse systems.

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Scenario Modeling Is Now Crucial for Supply Chain Network Design

AIMMS

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many risks and uncertainties in supply chain networks. Current Technologies in Use for Supply Chain Network Design . Scenarios to assess DC closures and the impact of shutdowns .

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6 Checks Every Supply Chain Should Take To Stay Healthy

Gravity Supply Chain

6 ways supply chain health checks ensure streamlined operations, mitigate risk, minimize disruption, meet customer needs and protect the bottom line.

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Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

Kinaxis

Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. On the evening of the event, STEP Ahead recognized 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders at a gala in Washington, D.C. labor force, they equal only about 29 percent of manufacturing’s workforce.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. Supply Chain Index.

Why Use Augmented Reality in Your Warehouse or DC?

Talking Logistics

Aeronautics and automotive manufacturers have been implementing AR with heads-up displays for years now, but wearable AR technology has seen slower development and adoption. To see some of these applications in working form, SAP created a great video that you can see here: Kristi Montgomery is Vice President, Kenco Innovation Labs, a team dedicated to delivering value through technology transference, innovative processes, emerging technology application, and supply chain innovation.

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Why I Love Supply Chain Management

Logility

At that point in my life I probably had only heard the term “logistics” as related to the military and the term “supply chain management” hadn’t been coined yet. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, I went to work in the aerospace manufacturing industry as a test engineer. Again, logistics or supply chain management wasn’t part of my vocabulary or part of a long-term career plan. A fellow MBA student and I drove to D.C.

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COVID-19 Crisis and the New Supply Chain

RFgen

COVID-19 is forcing the supply chain to evolve into a new paradigm to fulfill needs of mass labor shortages, industry shut downs and consumer base living almost entirely at home. In the uncertain times ahead, we will rely on the new supply chain more than ever. Overview.

How TMS Supports Contactless Supply Chain Initiatives

Supply Chain Collaborator

Like most transformative innovations in supply chain automation, the end state – in this case, a completely touchless supply chain – is an aspirational goal. The pandemic has intensified the focus of supply chain professionals on the need to increase automation.

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Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive

GlobalTranz

2014 is coming to a close and as we herald in the New Year, shippers (manufacturers, retailers, and distribution centers) around the country are busy gearing up for the holiday season and have holiday logistics best practices on the brain. However, the diversity of the supply chain, and the importance of timely shipping and customer service, presents a unique challenge at best through several festive celebrations all year long. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume.

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8 DC and Warehouse Slotting Considerations for More Efficient Warehouse Operations

GlobalTranz

If you are a manufacturing company or distributor, you most likely are using a warehouse or distribution center to make sure you are able to store inventory, replinish store fronts, and easily send goods to customers or receive goods for manufacture or distribution. Chuck Intrieri, 3PL consultant, and long time Lean Supply Chain practitioner, offers his advice on distribution center or warehouse slotting effectively. Warehouse Slotting and DC Slotting Software.

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Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management: A Supply Chain Consulting Case Study. The order-to-fulfillment lead-time for a packaging manufacturer’s external distribution center was causing problems for its customers’ operations; immediate improvement was needed in order to maintain the business relationship. The project provided: Recommended plan for transferring from existing facility into the new DC without impacting customers or production operations.

Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive

GlobalTranz

2015 is coming to a close and as we herald in the New Year, shippers (manufacturers, retailers, and distribution centers) around the country are busy gearing up for the holiday season and have holiday logistics best practices on the brain. However, the diversity of the supply chain, and the importance of timely shipping and customer service, presents a unique challenge at best through several festive celebrations all year long. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume.

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With Covid-19 Supply Chain Professionals Are More Important Than Ever!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Supply Chain Should Lead the Boardroom … the Coronavirus Proves it! We see the mountains that they’re moving every day, and with the eyes of the world on Supply Chains, we’re confident that the profession will get the job done.

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Supply Chain Best Practices during a Quarantine

SupplyPike

Shortages, extreme demand, and panic buying are causing issues up and down supply chains. Times are tough, so we’ve gathered some guidelines to help your supply chain get back on track, or at least to shore it up during these challenging times.

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A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

When I started my business in 2012, I frequently wrote about the future using the moniker of Supply Chain 2020. We had just recovered from a recession, and my goal was to help supply chain leaders create a better supply chain by the end of the decade.

Simplify Supply Chain Forecasting

Logility

An improvement in forecast accuracy can have a significant impact on the bottom line by reducing inventory buffers, obsolete products, expedited shipments, DC space required and other non-value added work. Even if, and that is a big if, your manufacturing and distribution cycle time is less than or equal to your customer’s expected order fulfillment time you still have to plan for and acquire raw materials and components. Is 100% forecast accuracy attainable? Should it be?

Enabling Supply Chain Flexibility: Two Important (But Often Overlooked) Factors

Talking Logistics

And last month, we witnessed the havoc that winter storm Jonas unleashed along the east coast , dumping more than two feet of snow in Washington, DC, New York City, and other major cities, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and gridlock on the roads. El Niño and Jonas are the latest reminders that weather and other natural events, such as earthquakes, can lead to supply chain disruptions. Robinson freight forwarding supply chain flexibility

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How Locally Grown Products are Disrupting F&B Manufacturing

QAD

There is a developing trend that has been gaining steam in recent years that has the potential to seriously impact and “disrupt” food and beverage manufacturing. Disrupting the Larger Food and Beverage Manufacturer. The Washington D.C. Contract Manufacturing and Co-Packing.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. In order to accelerate the learning, this article has gathered 20+ most sought-after supply chain case studies, analyzed/categorized them by industry and the findings are presented. Manufacturing systems and regulatory compliance are considered to be very complex, coupled with the limited number suppliers due to the high barriers to entry.

Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Responsive Supply Chain article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Creating a Responsive Supply Chain in advance of the peak shopping season is a no-brainer.

A Blueprint for Digitalizing your Supply Chain?

Adexa

Supply chain digitalization is coming fast even though 70% of the companies are still in Maturity Stage 2 and 3, according to Gartner. To be able to make good decisions in real-time, you would need a Digitalized supply chain. Which means an accurate duplicate of your supply chain in digital form that behaves just like your supply chain, as a cockpit simulator does for an airplane. The post A Blueprint for Digitalizing your Supply Chain?

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From import tariffs to the next tsunami: how Prescriptive Analytics can help you build agility and resilience into your Supply Chain Network

AIMMS

What can Supply Chain leaders do to mitigate the risks that these disruptions bring to the Supply Chain? Businesses are constantly reminded that they need to be more agile and resilient in order to survive. But what does this mean when it comes to Supply Chain Network Design? Forward-thinking Supply Chain leaders can become more resilient if they try to anticipate future events, and have a contingency plan ready for when the event occurs.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the Future of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out Augmented Reality (AR) is Set to Transform Retail and the Supply Chain! Supply chain improvements over the last 15 years have been incremental at best. The advances we are making in the supply chain powered by Augmented Reality (AR) are going to be wildly disruptive. The supply chain community that leans into AR and gets it right will come out the clear winners for every perspective: simplicity, safety, quality and productivity.

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24 supply chain experts & business leaders reveal the #1 challenge of supply chain management (and how to solve it)

6 River Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that effective supply chain management is crucial to the success of a business. Globalization is fast becoming a headache for supply chain managers as more companies are diversifying their operations, especially manufacturing companies.

4 Features of an Improving Supply Chain

MIT Supply Chain

How does a supply chain keep on improving in a changing competitive environment? At the same time, supply chain knowledge is becoming more specialized. Understand your business and its competitive edge In 2103 Inditex opened a warehouse in its distribution center (DC) in Zaragoza, Spain. The DC handles Zara Woman product. million pieces a week – passes through the DC. This article is published in the summer 2014 issue of Supply Chain Frontiers.

Logistics KPIs Case Study: Whirlpool’s Supply Chain and Logistics Success Driven by Effective KPI Implementation

GlobalTranz

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales over $19 billion, more than 80,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing and technology research centers globally. With this varied inventory, plus a large direct sales force in more than 170 countries and an unpredictable sales cycle, effective supply chain management is critical for continued growth.

From import tariffs to the next tsunami: how Prescriptive Analytics can help you build agility and resilience into your Supply Chain Network

AIMMS

What can Supply Chain leaders do to mitigate the risks that these disruptions bring to the Supply Chain? Businesses are constantly reminded that they need to be more agile and resilient in order to survive. But what does this mean when it comes to Supply Chain Network Design? Forward-thinking Supply Chain leaders can become more resilient if they try to anticipate future events, and have a contingency plan ready for when the event occurs.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Jan. 7, 2020

Supply Chain Digest

US Manufacturing Sees Big Jump in December, Amazon Adds More Planes to Cargo Fleet, US Holiday Retails Sales See Modest Growth, We Need More DC Automation to Gain Space

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Toys“R”Us, Canada partners with SCI Logistics to Open New DC

Supply Chain Network

facility is strategically positioned to receive goods from overseas and domestic manufacturers who can now ship directly to British Columbia for distribution to local Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores. We are pleased to add value to the Toys“R”Us supply chain through the development of a scalable, flexible and dynamic solution,” said John Ferguson, president, SCI Logistics.

Creating a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks & Lulls

Veridian Solutions

Creating a responsive supply chain in advance of the peak shopping season is a no-brainer. A responsive supply chain offers greater flexibility with labor management , streamlines warehouse operations, reduces dock constraints, and much more. Managing the balance between peaks and lulls is essential, and supply chain leaders are starting to focus more on building responsive, proactive strategies well in advance of the peak holiday shopping season.

Digital Orchestration of Your Supply Chain Requires “3-D” Orchestration

Supply Chain Action Blog

There is a lot of buzz about the “autonomous” supply chain these days. The subject came up at a conference I attended where the theme was the supply chain of 2030. But, before we turn out the lights and lock the door to a fully automated, self-aware, supply chain “Ava Ex Machina” , let’s take a moment and put this idea into some perspective. I’ve heard the driverless vehicle used as an analogy for the autonomous supply chain.

Top 2016 Supply Chain Strategy Posts from the Supply Chain Link Blog

Arkieva

Over the past year, the Arkieva Supply Chain Link Blog provided thought leadership and informative posts on supply chain strategy tips, trends, and news. Just in case you missed some of our supply chain strategy posts , we’ve compiled a list of our popular supply chain posts from 2016 below (ranked based on shares and views). Here is a list of the Top 20 Supply Chain Strategy Blog Posts from 2016. Happy new year!

CPFR or Demand-Driven replenishment for your supply chain? Choose wisely….

The Network Effect

It seeks to align and synchronize demand, supply, and product cycles, as well as enable the ability to sense and shape demand to make a profitable demand response. Focusing on a single view of the consumer for all members of the extended supply chain requires an approach that includes retailers, manufacturers, and logistics providers to all be connected across a multiparty execution backbone that orchestrates a coordinated response to the end-consumer’s demand signal.

Valvoline’s road to a more proactive supply chain – and stronger customer relationships

Alloy

In North America, they operate two distinct supply chains for that: one to retailers (such as Walmart, O’ Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone) and another to installers (including Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers and other oil-change shops).

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