Removing the barriers to optimized distribution planning

Quintiq

Suboptimal distribution planning continues to be a barrier to gaining more value in the oil & gas industry. Every oil & gas company is unique, and with each company comes a unique distribution reality. Distribution Oil & Gas

How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers

Cerasis

Today, warehouse managers face an endless battle with a growing number of products and limited storage capacity, and among distribution center managers, the challenge of warehouse slotting is even more difficult. Innovative Slotting Optimization Practices Enable Waveless Picking Too.

How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

At the event, James Rice, MIT, spoke on innovation, and his reflections on Clayton Christensen’s 1997 classic business book, the Innovators Dilemma. This is disruptive innovation. The spark from Invention to Innovation is slow.

Warehouse & Distribution Center Management: 5 Tips for Success

Cerasis

Today, Carl writes about his 5 tips for success Warehouse and Distribution center management. In order to maintain a successful distribution center in this business environment, you have to run an efficient operation in which you are constantly moving product and satisfying your customers. Many logistics experts assert that warehouses and distribution centers are virtually the same operation, but experts like Cliff Holste at Supply Chain Digest insist that they are not.

Travel Time Is Key to Lowering Labor Costs in Your Distribution Center

Cerasis

Travel time in the warehouse represents one of the biggest costs in modern distribution centers. Like transportation management for shipped product, effective labor management and lean processes in the warehouse are key to lowering labor costs in your distribution center. Effective Control and Management of Travel Time For All Orders Reduces Distribution Center Costs Control and management of travel time is based on reducing the amount of time to fill orders. Distribution

The Future of the Distribution System: The New Distribution System: Part 3 of 3

Cerasis

In part 3 of the 3-part series, Jake discusses the New Distribution System and where the industry is headed. The New Distribution System. Drivers of New Distribution Technologies. Three factors are driving the adoption of new distribution technologies. Distribution

The Future of the Distribution System: The Current State: Part 1 of 3

Cerasis

In part 1 of the 3-part series, Jake discusses the current state and potential issues that arise with your current distribution system. Between these segments is the distribution system. In some industries the producers have taken over the distribution of their products.

5 Key Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

Talking Logistics

When we speak to supply chain leaders about innovations in their supply chain, it’s not always about drones, self-driving trucks, or automated warehouses. Identify which partners are innovative vs. a commodity through their capabilities.

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Logistics, Innovation, and the Future

Enterra Insights

Daniel Gagnon, Vice President of Marketing, Global Logistics and Distribution, at UPS, writes, “This fast-paced, new world of change in logistics is happening because businesses and consumers are demanding better (faster) service at a lower-cost-to-serve.”[1] ”[1] He believes all of these innovations are good things. “More than any other time in history,” he concludes, “technology and innovation are here to make it happen.”

Innovating Spare Parts Logistics

Logistics Trends and Insights

Meanwhile, in 2016, UPS announced a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 UPS Stores across the U.S By Ian Kerr, The Postal Podcas t and Cathy Morrow Roberson.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

The company views its distribution network and stores as its greatest competitive weapon against competitors like Amazon. Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Distribution Centers.

A Historic Year of Innovation for NFI: 2018 Highlights

NFI

This year was one of innovation and technology, as NFI continued to invest in growing its capabilities and expertise. Supply Chain 3pl Distribution TransportationThis past year, NFI celebrated its 86th year in business.

Creating an Innovative Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

An oft-heard business battle cry is: Innovate or die! Weaver observes, “We have seen many businesses over the past several years run into problems due to a lack of supply chain innovation, slow reaction to changing market conditions and a resistance to change.” ” What drives supply chain innovation? Edwin Lopez ( @EdwinLopezT37 ), editor of Supply Chain Dive , asked a number of supply chain professionals, “What drives supply chain innovation?”

5 Disruptions Shaping the Digital Transformation in Distribution and Logistics

Supply Chain Nation

Below are 5 disruptions shaping the digital transformation in distribution and logistics. Digitalization is transforming every aspect of business across all industries, particularly impacting the distribution and logistics industries.

Discovering the Power of Distributed Logistics

Supply Chain Network

The future of fulfillment is fast approaching and it’s now all about mastering something called Distributed Logistics! What is Distributed Logistics? Interesting you say, but why would anyone want to move to a Distributed Logistics network?

Supply Chain Innovation: The Latest Gartner Supply Chain Predictions

ToolsGroup

He offered the example of consumer products manufacturers beginning to participate in shared distribution networks to reduce costs and use fewer resources.

Supply Chain Innovation: Plan or Perish in the “Cold Chain”

ToolsGroup

Findus Sverige AB is one of Sweden’s leading food companies, producing and distributing more than 800 finished goods items. Note: There will be no blog post next week due to summer holidays. If it’s hot in August, you can duck in and out of air-conditioning.

A year of innovation ahead

Supply Chain Movement

2015 will see an increased focus on innovation by supply chain and logistics companies as the pace of change in the industry accelerates. E-commerce, of course, has created opportunities for logistics providers, as retailers develop multi-channel distribution strategies.

Disrupting Logistics: 4 Innovative Blockchain Startups to Watch in 2018

Techgistics

The inherent nature of blockchains - decentralized, immutable distributed ledgers, and not reliant on intermediaries - are perfect for supply chains. Source: The Daily Dot. The global logistics market is predicted to reach US 15.5 trillion in 2023.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities. We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes.

Warehouse of the Future: The Adoption of Technology within the Distribution Center – Part 2 of 3

Supply Chain Nation

In part 1 of this blog series, we took a look at how innovation is changing the supply chain and the evolution of different warehouse types and processes. In part 2 of this 3-part series, which is based around The Warehouse of the Future report, we’re going to take a deeper dive into the adoption of technology within the distribution center (DC), how technological innovation processes in DCs are poised to change over the next few years and the path and obstacles to automated DCs.

20 Manufacturing Blogs Every Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Distribution, and Logistics Professional Should Read

Cerasis

If you are a regular reader of the Cerasis blog, you know our goal is to educate and inform those in the manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, logistics, and transportation space with best practices, trends, and industry news so that we can create a community of people. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post 20 Manufacturing Blogs Every Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Distribution, and Logistics Professional Should Read appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Building strong relations through innovation & co-creation in China

Supply Chain Movement

And innovation and co-creation can save companies up to €200,000 and 10 weeks of product development work. Product development and innovation activities should not be restricted to Europe. If you are among them, you could benefit from European-Chinese co-creation and innovative design thinking to gear up your business for the future. After all, you’ve done all the interesting and innovative work yourself already, right? The Design Thinking Innovation Model.

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Executives see AI, Cognitive Analytics and Cloud as the Path to Innovation and Speed to Market

JDA software

While executives value their current toolsets highly, and maintaining legacy systems is their number 2 investment priority, the ability to collaborate and innovate are their two lowest-rated internal capabilities.

Companies in Asia Pacific Eager to Innovate with Supply Chain Optimization

AIMMS

There are innovative firms that are setting the standard for innovation and successful analytics adoption, but as Actionable Intelligence expert Keith B. White paper: Optimization as a Catalyst for Innovation.

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Amazon’s Supply Chain Innovation Delivers Results

Kinaxis

According to the article, “Amazon continues to reinvest all of its free cash flow into growth initiatives rather than shareholder dividends and to pioneer innovative approaches, such as delivery drones.” by Alexa Cheater There’s no denying Amazon is a Goliath in the online marketplace.

Creating Resiliency Through Innovation

Supply Chain Nation

It stands to reason that our response to this change has to reach beyond traditional thinking into the innovative. “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” ” — Albert Einstein.

Supply Chain Innovation: How to Build an Award-Winning Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

Last month, Lennox Residential was runner-up in the 2015 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Supply Chain Innovation competition, arguably the top supply chain award in North America. Innovative Technology. Source: Supply Chain Digest.

DiManEx partners with Wipro to offer Distributed Manufacturing Services

DiManEx

Building on its extensive consulting and engineering experience, Wipro will collaborate with DiManEx to offer services for the distributed manufacturing of 3D printed parts and provide a digital inventory of parts for its clients.

The Alcohol Supply Chain is Brewing with Innovation

Supply Chain Link

Distribution Supply Chain Transportation 3pl Cross-Border GlobalIn 2014, there were 252 billion liters of alcohol purchased around the world 1. The alcohol industry is extremely diverse offering endless variety and flavors.

Innovation – is Analytical

EFT

Steve Brady’s series on innovation continues, this time on the analytics of innovation. "All businesses, no matter how strong they seem to be at a given moment, ultimately fail - and almost always because they failed to innovate." McCraw, Prophet of Innovation.

Transportation Innovation 2018

EFT

Tompkins International (Tompkins) recently led a two-hour workshop on logistics technology innovations. Autonomous technology has been used in manufacturing and distribution centers for years where AGV are used for moving product throughout a warehouse.

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

NC State SCRC

Prediction: Small is Beautiful : Innovation will Increasingly Be Found in Small Companies. Just like the economist Schumacher predicted years ago in his incredible book, the biggest shifts will come from the smallest companies. This is how innovation ultimately occurs.

Innovating spare parts logistics with 3D printing

EFT

Meanwhile, in 2016, UPS announced a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 UPS Stores across the U.S 3D printing is revolutionising the way spare parts is managed.

Job opening: Associate Director European Distribution at Astellas

Supply Chain Movement

Associate Director European Distribution. In this position you will co-develop, document and implement the supply chain strategy in relation to the transport and distribution process of the European products. You will promote distribution services to affiliates and guard the quality of the distributed products in order to optimize the distribution process and deliver the products to affiliates and customers.