The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand


Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping.

Walmart OTIF Metrics


We’ve discussed the basics of OTIF and the fundamentals of OTIF before, but we thought we’d drill down deeper into the individual metrics. First, we’ll start by reviewing the basic goals of OTIF, and then we’ll dive into each metric and the compliance issues of each metric. We are only covering Supplier Accountability OTIF metrics. This Pro date represents when shipping documentation is processed and may be days after the actual goods arrive.


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


3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Promise time, lead time, cycle time, transit time, delivery time, unloading time, processing time, queue time, quality assurance time, processing time, turnaround time, receiving time, and shipping time to the customer, (and I bet you could think of more "times" to measure!). 10 Soft Metric Considerations in Measuring Supply Chain Performance.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World


The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers


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

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service


Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. This measures the number of orders or order lines shipped on time and without backorders or shortages. This is calculated by dividing the total number shipped in full and on time by the total number scheduled. Choosing Metrics. Everything has a cost, and every decision affects multiple metrics.

Using Shipping Data for Peak Season Preparedness Relies on Actionability

Intelligent Audit

Shippers should expect a surge in shipping volumes and tight capacity due to a historic rise in e-commerce transactions. These factors are driving shipping costs higher and shippers need to prepare. According to Supply Chain Dive , shipping “prices have fluctuated wildly.

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What are Ecommerce Shipping Zones?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Shipping Zones article originally published by, and permission to publish here provide by Jake Rheude at Carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS use shipping zones to determine the shipping cost of a package. In the continental US, most carriers break down the country into seven shipping zones, (numbered 2-8). ECommerce businesses need to pay attention to shipping zones. Shipping Zone Definition. Shipping zones aren’t fixed.

Safety Stock Calculation For Your Wholesale & Distribution Business


When you’re running a busy wholesale and distribution business, you face the risk of stockouts every day. You are wholly dependent on your suppliers, both local and overseas, to produce and ship the goods that you carry. The formula is simply the difference between your average sales and maximum sales, allowing for production and shipping time. On a good hot summer’s day, you can ship out about 128 of these beer can coolers to your retail customers.

Why On-Time Shipping Performance Continues to Be Critical

Intelligent Audit

On-time shipping performance remains one of the most critical factors for shippers of choice. On time shipping performance can have a direct and consequential effect on logistics and shipping and can be impacted directly in many ways. When trying to maintain timely order delivery and protocols, some common challenges and issues that can cause delays in the logistics and shipping timelines should get noted. Not enough planning before, during, and after shipping.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. We are currently mapping the progress of all public manufacturing, distribution and retail companies on three factors: Strength: Year-over-year improvement on operating margin and inventory turns for the past six years. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. How do you balance metrics ? .

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


A demanding distribution network comprised of producers, distributors and retailers. The customer shares data such as point of sale (POS) data, customer forecasts, current inventory levels, and inventory target levels, which will be used to develop an appropriate distribution plan by the vendor. Through this arrangement, Walmart would tell P&G how much stock was moving out the distribution centers to its stores; P&G would identify how much to replenish and when.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. I helped to implement early versions of Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP). (I I ran distribution centers for the next fifteen years. The focus is where are the right locations for factories and distribution centers? The focus is to rationalize the flows from the distribution center to the customer.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash


This article breaks down the main characteristics of a fast fashion supply chain and then walks you through a handful of ideas for mastering fast fashion distribution affordably. The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S.

Replenishment 201: Monitoring Store-Level Inventory


Instocks are an incredibly important metric to keep track of as well. There are three instock metrics to keep in mind: Current Instock Percent: measurement of valid stores that have at least one unit on hand Current Replenishable Instock Percent: measurement of daily forecasted demand against current on hand store inventory. These metrics will help you examine your instocks on a corporate level. Have you been shipping your orders in full?

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash


This article breaks down the main characteristics of a fast fashion supply chain and then walks you through a handful of ideas for mastering fast fashion distribution affordably. The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S.

After your product ships (Part 1): Data retailers share and why it’s important


But out of that weekly or daily data deluge, what are the crucial metrics? This metric is the best indicator of true demand because it measures when an end consumer actually buys a product, not just when a retailer places an orders, or sell-in. One of our most popular metrics is Future Lost Sales Dollars, which is derived by combining sales price with forecasted demand, inventory on hand, and inventory in transit.

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping


Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. So large companies/small companies use us, sometimes, as their distribution network. And, sometimes, as their compliment, as a flexible compliment to their existing infrastructure, again, in warehousing and distribution services. Shipping a 40-ton container back in July or June used to cost about $700 — a 40-ton container. MSC is interested to charter those ships.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. Distribution to Woolworths supermarkets and beyond.

9 More Warehouse Key Performance Indicators for 2020

Veridian Solutions

Internal Operations—Inventory Carrying Costs: Calculating inventory carrying costs is perhaps the most important metric of all. Suppliers—Backorder Rate: The backorder rate is an equally important metric and warehouse key performance indicator for supply chain management. Suppliers—Lead Time: While the lead time may not seem like an important metric to track, insights into supplier lead-times help supply chain leaders better plan replenishment.

Why Samsung Might Turn to Blockchain for Its Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

In total, the company’s logistics division, Samsung SDS, will take on 1 million shipping units and 488,000 tons of air cargo. Business Strategy Alignment Global Supply Chain Management Global Trade & Economics Quality & Metrics Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt. SC Analysis & Consulting High-Tech/Electronics All Logistics Transportation & Distribution Global Logistics

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Upcoming Changes to Walmart On Time in Full (OTIF) Program: What You Need to Know

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Suppliers will be held to the current compliance metrics through September 14, 2020, and new metrics and financial penalties for non-compliance begin on September 15, 2020. This program is focused on end-to-end quality within distribution and fulfillment networks.

Walmart OTIF Fundamentals


Walmart OTIF is generally calculated by dividing the total number of Vendor Packs , or cases, that are received at the Distribution Center (DC) within the delivery window by the total number of cases ordered. Walmart suppliers are no longer graded on a single OTIF metric, though it is still tracked and available. Rather, you must meet each OTIF-related metric to avoid fines. Prepaid orders are shipped by you. OTIF Metrics.

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The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.


The result is expensive; using faster shipping methods to get the part back on the shop floor. Regional Plant Networks can connect to Warehouse/Distribution Centers to better manage excess inventory and monitor status from Third Party Logistics (3PL) providers. Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages.

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Drivers of Modern-Day Warehouse Management System Adoption

Veridian Solutions

Aside from building new warehouses, major retailers, such as Sam’s, have transformed traditional shopping centers into new distribution centers. As the talent shortage worsens, supply chain executives will be forced to adopt a new warehouse management system capable of managing scarce labor resources and deploying automation in warehouses, distribution centers, and logistics networks alike. Automation in Warehouses, Distribution Centers, and Logistics Networks.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash


The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S. It spends another week getting through a regional DC network, put away, and only then is ready for picking and distribution to retail stores.</p>

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Our network efficiency improvement equates to avoiding nearly 41,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking about 7,900 cars off the road. Why aren’t more shippers engaged in collaborative shipping? Last Friday, the U.S.

Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning


Failed SCM implementation causes shipping errors. WMS failure causes Adidas to under ship by 20%. Maybe, but what is certainly clear from the examples is that the complexity of modern supply chains requires better visibility into every phase of production and distribution.

4 Long Term Ways to Save with Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping


So, your organization has decided to explore the benefits and perks of less than truckload freight shipping. Let’s take a look at how the TMS impacts the costs of shipping over the long term in four critical areas. Overall Costs of Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping. For an organization to justify the cost of using Less than truckload freight shipping, the topic of return on investment usually crops up.

Fulfillment: Where Should I Ship From?


Customer experience — Weigh the two big factors: a) speed to get the item(s) to the customer and b) ability for multi-item orders to ship together. Inventory potential — This is a bit more complicated because it is based on projecting information about the next order for an item as part of the decision-making process for how to ship this item. It also strives to ship multi-item orders together. . Industry Trends fulfillment jason goldberg logistics shipping

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Publix Vendor Guidelines Updated for On-Time Delivery

Zipline Logistics

It measures on-time delivery performance and tracks metrics through a supplier scorecard given to all vendors working with Publix. . Publix calculates this metric monthly and reported to vendors. . The Florida-based grocer requires that all suppliers schedule delivery appointments at its distribution center to get product into its supply chain. Orders going into a distribution center must be palletized and comply with Publix standards.

How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

It touches many departments, from production, procurement, shipping, accounting, and finance to marketing, warehousing, research and development, and sales. Recommend ways to enhance performance metrics such as inventory, delivery, and overdue orders.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Carriage — In maritime shipping, carriage refers to the movement of cargo on a vessel after loading and before unloading. Collect Shipping — A type of billing that charges the consignee with freight costs rather than the consignor. Consignor — The originator of shipped products.

Sam’s Club Updates Appointment Scheduler and OTIF Standards

Zipline Logistics

It currently just uses on-time metrics to grade suppliers and the store’s retail buyers can base purchasing decisions on a brand’s delivery performance. One large Sam’s Club distribution center (DC) is already using the new system. Typically, they evaluate standard metrics like on-time delivery, inventory management, missed shipments, lead time, and costs. Order Cadence at Sam’s Club Distribution Centers. Distribution centers can approve non-compliant appointments.

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Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration - The Next Gen Supply Chain Intelligence

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration is an integral part of Fusion Supply Chain Management, which performs the Centralized decomposition/disintegration to itemize intricate orders into separate, interconnected fulfillment design targeting the multi- network, division and partner fulfillment networks. Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration Features :-. Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration Capabilities :-.