Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations


The shortage of workers is causing companies to look at non-traditional sources, including individual with a criminal record. Articles Current Trends in Production Labor Sourcing Director's Blog Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Hot Topics Logistics Outsourcing Production Labor Sourcing SCM Research Transportation Planning Warehouse managementA group of executive joined SCRC faculty and staff for a one-day workshop held on February 28, 2019.

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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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What’s Driving the Increase in Transportation Management Technology Spend?

Talking Logistics

DC Velocity and Descartes have conducted a transportation benchmark study for the last two years to help transportation professionals understand what is driving the market, and how the strategy and tactics of top performers differ from the rest of the pack. Figure 1: Transportation IT Spend Change Next 2 Years (Source: Descartes). Figure 2: Top 4 Regulatory/Industry Changes (Source: Descartes). Figure 3: Top 3 Business Drivers for Expanded TMS Use (Source: Descartes).

How Locally Grown Products are Disrupting F&B Manufacturing


It means buying food that is sourced and/or grown within a geographical location that could be considered “local”. The “locally grown” movement has been fueled by the perception that locally grown, produced and sourced foods contain many benefits. The Washington D.C.

Spotlight on PROMAT 2019: USA trends in DC Equipment and Digital Consciousness

Logistics Bureau

In this article, I will give you a glimpse of some of the distribution centre (DC) trends and technologies that Australian firms should be aware of. THE TOP TWO CHALLENGES FACING DC OPERATORS. Yet they have found their way into DC for a different purpose. Process of collecting, cleansing and organising data from multiple supply chain sources. This article, written by Mal Walker , Manager at Logistics Bureau, in the March/April 2019 issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions.

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How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Conventional retailers’ supply chains often lack the distribution center (DC) network needed to handle modern consumer demands for speed and convenience. Food and Beverage Managed Procurement Services (MPS) Produce Sourcing Temperature Controlled Cold Chain Cold Chain Management Cold Chain Shipping Grocery Grocery Retail Managed Procurement Managed Procurement Services Managed Supply Chain MPS Produce Retail Temp Controlled Temp Controlled Shipping

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Ivalua NOW 2020 to Showcase How Organizations Can Transform the World with Smart Procurement


The event will bring hundreds of procurement, supply chain and finance leaders together on May 4-6 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of May 28, 2015

Supply Chain Digest

Chief Procurement Officers Living Large, Nat Gas Trucks and Methane Leaks, Walmart Sources Local Big Time in China, DC Costs as a Percent of Sales

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Global Chemical Company Uses PINC YMS to Cut $1.5 Million in Detention and Demurrage Fees


The Chemours Company adopts a yard management system that has helped organize the chaos of managing a high-volume DC. As a result, it struggled with numerous logistical and supply chain issues, including no single source of truth for data and insights.

Scenario Modeling Is Now Crucial for Supply Chain Network Design


Scenarios to assess DC closures and the impact of shutdowns . Another use case we see for scenario modeling in the current context is evaluating new sourcing locations. You can study optimal sourcing locations while minimizing both production and distribution costs.

Kanban boosts logistics transportation services with additional trailers

Kanban Logistics

warehousing, manufacturing logistics, fulfillment, rework), these transportation services can streamline and simplify operations by using Kanban as a single source distribution partner. Kanban Logistics has recently added 8 trailers to its fleet, bringing its total number of trailers to 25.

Supply and demand production challenges with new products


Alternative sources for parts. The TKR is calculated as follow: TKR i =MC i /DC i [1]. Where i is working week, MC is count of different manufactured items in week i, and DC is count of different demanded items in week i. by Iman Niroomand Supply chain performance depends on the matching of product features with supply chain features. When a new product hits the market, the existing supply chain that is optimal for a given set of product lines will not stay optimal.

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Reader Question: Reducing Sort Lanes to Reduce DC Costs

Supply Chain Digest

Content Being Accessed: Reader Question: Reducing Sort Lanes to Reduce DC Costs. Supply Chain Digest is the industry’s premier interactive knowledge source, providing timely, relevant, in-context information. Search. or Search by TOPIC. Select Topic. Bar Coding/Label Printing. Compliance Networks. Consumer Goods and Retail Supp. Demand Planning/Forecasting. Distribution/Centers. ERP Systems. Global Logistics. Green Supply Chain. Inventory Management/Optimizat.

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Distribution in China takes a detour

Supply Chain Movement

China is not only an attractive market in terms of sourcing and manufacturing but also for the sale of goods due to the rapid growth of its middle class. Regional DC. It therefore opened a regional distribution centre (DC) for those three countries, based in the same free trade zone as its existing factory. Just like Bugaboo, the Danish company Foss opened a new DC in a free trade zone, albeit in Shanghai. Sonne explains that the new DC offers numerous benefits.

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The Amazon Revolution, Part II: Tuning Your Multichannel Supply Chain to Compete


They must be able to drive fulfillment through distributed order management that defines sourcing and fulfillment policies and logic, as well as make high-frequency, inter-depot transfers across channels to balance inventories as demand evolves dynamically. The inventory optimization is powered by real-time algorithms that analyze daily demand to generate the in-store or DC inventory buffers, calculating the optimal service point. An Amazon recruiting poster.

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Building Supply Chain Resiliency with Richard Sharpe

The Logistics of Logistics

Richard writes the DC Velocity blog on Analytics and Big Data. Building Supply Chain Resiliency with Richard Sharpe. Richard Sharpe and Joe Lynch discuss building supply chain resiliency.

A Humble 2020 Procurement Resolution – Transform the World 


The key is to be ambitious in digitization goals and realize 100% digitization across all spend, all suppliers and the full source-to-pay spectrum is both possible and essential. Source: Executing A Successful Procurement Transformation, April 2019, Forrester (commissioned by Ivalua).

How to interpret demand-sensing data

The Network Effect

While being driven directly by high frequency POS/consumer data at the SKU/shelf/location level will generate the highest forecast error reductions, the mathematics around pattern recognition and predictive analytics will also drive significant levels of improvement if applied by other supply network nodes including retail DC’s, manufacturing DC’s, or any integrated suppliers. Nic McPhee/Flickr. Note, this is part five in a series on demand sensing. Part one is here.

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Distribution Center for 2021


Sources Cited. [1] 1] DC Solutions Brochure. [2] Warehouse management and ensuring that it operates at its optimal level is no easy task. Operations are often multi-faceted, with many different tasks, shifting inventory locations, and new challenges with each passing day.

How to Move Forward with Reverse Logistics

Talking Logistics

A few examples of processes to integrate during unloading include: The distribution center (DC) team needs to be watchful and catch any number of possible problems such as missing or damaged cartons, wrong quantities, etc. If noticed during the handling process when coming off the truck in the DC or in the loading process for delivery, any damaged product needs to be removed immediately.

One version of the truth in S&OP – Our collective memory


The events of 6th January 2021 in Washington DC are still fresh in the mind. We can, if we are brave, eliminate mail as a source of decision or memory. It is easy for the online chat function to become another source of communication that has to be searched, in addition to email.

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How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping


If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Partitions made from corrugated material can reduce packaging usage and unit costs, while also offering several additional benefits: If you are shipping fragile items or smaller parts, partitions offer a reliable source of protection.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Source: Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019. Source: Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 , The reality is that inventory data is spread out across multiple systems, multiple trading partners, and multiple locations.

The Internet of Things and the Retail Industry

C3 Solutions

Inventory control inside the retail DC is not typically done with roving robots, although Walmart did try drone-based stock taking in the warehouse a few years ago. 13 More typical is sensor-based tracking using RFID on pallets or cartons to count and locate stock within the DC.

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


The 4PL helped to integrate Maytag operations through consolidating DC networks, optimizing routing of DC shipments , determining optimal fleet size and operating network, combining collocated Maytag and Whirlpool RDS locations and integrating the Hi/Lo network to improve product availability and fill rates.

Does Your TMS Support Rail’s Unique Requirements?

Talking Logistics

Most tier 1 transportation management systems (TMS) are built around providing visibility to and optimization for full truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) modes, primarily into and out of a Retail or Consumer Packaged Goods DC network. Preparing a rail shipment relies on the base data (or data source) to take carrier route codes, rail junctions and transfers into account when planning routes.

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

From the inventory managers, to the demand analysts, to the strategic sourcing specialists and everywhere in between. But DC centres are full of product, and stores are stocked every day. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

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How Will Peak Season Logistics Management Evolve During Disruption?


Furthermore, unifying supply chain data within a single source of truth and applying big data analytics go together. The pressure to better manage and evolve peak season logistics before the holidays has never been higher in this era of uncertainty.

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. The El Niño weather pattern, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be among the strongest on record , is already causing flooding and mudslides in California.

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Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

The work done by Terra Technology, in my opinion, is one of two accurate sources of benchmark data on forecasting in the industry. Companies that have successfully implemented demand sensing to improve the forecast at the warehouse DC have reduced inventory on the balance sheet by 10% within two years. This week I interviewed Robert Byrne, Founder of Terra Technology , on the results of their fourth benchmarking study on forecasting excellence.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. The result is that the forecast accuracy is improved because a demand planner has an additional source data to make a better decision.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. is one of the industry’s most respected logistics sources. The businessman’s news source of choice, global export and import volumes (as well as buying trendings) are key to informing supply chain professionals. DC Velocity. Sourcing Innovation.

Ivalua NOW Virtual Event to Showcase the Role of Procurement In Meeting Today’s Business Challenges


April 15, 2020 – Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions, today announced that its marquee annual event, Ivalua NOW 2020 , will transition from a physical event in Washington D.C.

Push vs. Pull in your supply chain…what’s the difference?

The Network Effect

This is a weekly forecast at best, and is from the DC to the store. Since goods only flow downstream to cover immediate need, the preponderance of the inventory remains further up the supply chain, closer to the source. Loren Kerns (Flickr). Today‘s supply chains are undergoing significant pressures to become more “demand-driven”. Retailers, distributors and manufacturers are forced to choose the approach they hope will make them the most profit.

The Importance of International Transportation Visibility in a Global Pandemic


I just got off a call from the Director of Supply Chain with a retailer who is experiencing major angst because many of their products are directly or indirectly sourced overseas. His indirect supply chain is sourced through 3rd party importers who sell them on a DDP basis.