How to Determine if Your Distribution Fulfillment Strategy is Working

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Knowing that your distribution fulfillment strategy is working gives you a better insight into how your business is performing. This is important for reducing order fulfillment errors, improving your inventory management and remaining competitive. The post How to Determine if Your Distribution Fulfillment Strategy is Working appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Distribution Supply Chain Distribution Fulfillment Strategy

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

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It is easy to make analytics the cornerstone of warehouse and distribution center management. While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes. Siloed Data Must Be United for True Supply Chain Inventory Optimization. Better Inventory Management Needs Complete Control. Optimized Inventory Builds Credibility.

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7 Distribution Technology Trends Worth Discussing

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Modern distribution technology has significantly changed how suppliers get their products to end-users, and consumers are driving changes in how Distributors use technology to better their business processes. As a result, you need to understand what distribution technology trends, as explained by Advantage Business Media and Lindsay Konzak of Modern Distribution Management , are being seen in today's distribution network and how they will impact future operations.

The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

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Many of the following distribution center metrics to track closely mirror those found within transportation and manufacturing, but this listing will focus on those involved in distribution centers. Distribution centers have a tendency to become like the lost cousin when compared to other aspects of the supply chain, but they play a valuable, constantly-needed role to ensure the timely delivery of merchandise to retailers, customers, and others.

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

How many distribution centers do we even need, and is that number feasible? If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked. Join Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations at Helix and an experienced global supply chain strategist, as she walks through the key questions to a successful and efficient distribution network.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. A demanding distribution network comprised of producers, distributors and retailers. What is vendor-managed inventory? Maintaining optimum inventory levels.

Optimizing Inventory Is About Improving Service While Lowering Inventory. Wait, What?

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Equally mystifying to people is the concept of inventory optimization. I explain to people that if they’re getting this process right, overall service levels should go up by 3-5% as overall inventory levels decrease by 15-30%. ABC was okay for managing inventory, but not optimizing it.

12 Distribution Center Best Practices You Need to Implement Today

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You know better than anybody that the layman would probably never believe how complicated distribution center management can be. Below are 12 distribution center best practices and other ideas to help you look for ways to make your operations and work environment sing like the well-oiled machines they are. . Order picking and distribution of any kind is a time-sensitive business, but when workers feel rushed, corners get cut —?and Distribution

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

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Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Now consider that by not optimizing your inventory from a global vantage point you may be creating, if not outright chaos, a much less efficient network than you could have. The basic approach to inventory optimization.

Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

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How Do You Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan? They care if you have the inventory they want when they want it. But carrying too much inventory can reduce profits and might not be practical for some items such as fresh goods.

Removing the barriers to optimized distribution planning

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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. While some companies may be content to manage their distribution planning with a 20-year-old spreadsheet from an unknown author, chances are that they are missing out on potential savings by not looking deeper at the possibilities. Distribution Oil & Gas

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

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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

How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers

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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. So, distribution center managers who leverage strategic slotting optimization technology could cut picking costs by up to 50 percent. The revenue of a given distribution center is directly related to its carrying costs. Distribution Supply Chain Technology

Inventory Management Beyond the Mystery (Ebook)

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Inventory is everywhere you look. Everyone and every company has inventory of some kind or another. In your cupboards and closets, attics and basements at home you have an inventory of goods. Inventory makes the world go around. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The technology world moves at a quicker pace than the world of manufacturing and distribution. The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. The rise of the global multinational has greatly impacted inventory requirements.

Analytics in Distribution and Manufacturing Taking Center Stage

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Part of this drive toward more interest in analytics in distribution and manufacturing comes from the ability of analytics to reduce inefficiencies dramatically and increase productivity in both physical and virtual sales environments. Furthermore, analytics are becoming more widely available through the cloud, and manufacturers and distributors of any size can reap significant benefits from implementing analytics in their operation, explains Eric Smith of Modern Distribution Management.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

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Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Now consider that by not optimizing your inventory from a global vantage point you may be creating, if not outright chaos, a much less efficient network than you could have. The basic approach to inventory optimization.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

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What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. But the sheer complexity of supply chain networks, and the impact design decisions have on operational performance, makes supply chain inventory management aligning inventory investments with on-time customer delivery and margins a major challenge. Implementing inventory optimization.

Inventory Management

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Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. If we’re going to get inventory into consumer hands the same day they place the order, the inventory has to be 1) available and 2) less than 8 hours away. This requires us to push the boundaries of current inventory management practices, or hold lots of inventory network-wide.

Drone-Powered Digital Inventory

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Even though 90% of inventory is stationary in the supply chain, according to industry experts, inventory accuracy at distribution centers, warehouses, and plants ranges from 89% to 99% *. That’s because most of the inventory management process is still a manual activity. innovation inventory robotics Logistics Viewpoints warehouse drones

Consignment Inventory Management: The Complete Guide

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There are different ways for retailers to get and sell their inventory. The most common being where a retailer purchases their inventory and stocks it in their warehouse for the customers to buy. However, consignment inventory can be a risk-free option for the retailer.

The shape of a supply chain distribution network

Kinaxis

by Iman Niroomand Today, I’d like to discuss distribution networks shapes. A distribution network is a channel that a company uses to get its products from the manufacturer to the end customer. The shape of this distribution network could vary from a small and simple size network to very complicated networks such as power grid network. Among these factors, response time gets higher weight in establishing the distribution shape.

The Impact of Mobile Commerce on Distribution Companies

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Distribution companies are going to have some of the biggest impacts from mobile commerce. According to Clean Link , avoiding necessary updates within a given distribution system may result in information bottlenecks and lead to problems for the end-user. Also, updates are starting to become routine and frequent, so avoiding even a few updates could cause problems in your distribution network. Inventory Management Is More Data-Based. Distribution E-Commerce Logistics

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Management Best Practices article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

A Better Approach for Changing Your Supply Chain Network and Balancing Inventory Levels

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Determining the impact of manufacturing and distribution network changes on inventory levels, and the storage space that inventory will require, is a key function of supply chain network design. But, knowing exactly what you are optimizing though is essential to getting the … The post A Better Approach for Changing Your Supply Chain Network and Balancing Inventory Levels appeared first on Chainalytics.

What is Inventory Forecasting?

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What is Inventory Forecasting? Wait, what has this got to do with inventory forecasting? The Goldilocks Principle of having something that is not too hot and not too cold has been used for everything from the search for habitable Earth-like planets to inventory management, and of course, the perfect porridge temperature. I’ll show you that inventory forecasting is not some dark art that is mastered by a few consultants. So, what exactly is inventory turnover?

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

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Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

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Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. Staying Strategic in the Warehouse with Better Inventory Flow. Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Warehouses should also consider implementing these best practices to ensure effective warehouse management and maintain control and flow of inventory.

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

Four ways Inventory Optimization can address tighter supply constraints

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When supplies get tight, inventory optimization can help focus production around the most critical products while reducing requirements for other items. Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) looks at the end-to-end supply chain to enable users to make more informed decisions about the location, amount and type of inventory. Inventory (both finished goods and materials) can then be allocated to more critical demand. Inventory OptimizationAs the (U.S.)

Wholesale Distribution: Any Way You Want It?

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Recently, I was listening to Journey, another of my favorite groups, while reading about the current state of the Wholesale Distribution Industry. The wholesale distribution industry in the US alone includes about 420,000 establishments with combined annual sales of more than $8 trillion. Read More: Building a Profitable Wholesale Distribution Supply Chain . Optimize Your Inventory: Too much inventory leads to discounting, obsolescence and write-offs.

Best Practices to Get More Throughput and Capacity Out of Your Distribution Centers

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Increased demand on your distribution centers from improved e-commerce sales, changing seasons, or other shopping patterns can limit your throughput. While expanding capacity with new construction is certainly one solution, other ways exist to get more throughput and capacity in distribution centers without major overhauls to existing operations. Small improvements can have significant impacts on your distribution center. Distribution Supply Chain

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

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Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.