Metrics and Issues to Consider in SQM (Supplier Quality Management) By 5 Big Industries


In the first post our long tme guest blogger, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chai n, gave us 5 core metrics to evaluate supplier performance using supplier quality management and a 4 step process to execute. Review of SQM Metrics and Issues Across 5 Core Industries. #1:

The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Freight Damage

The Logistics of Logistics

Cost, on time performance and billing accuracy don’t mean much if the carrier damages the freight. To minimize freight damage, begin measuring it with the damage free shipments KPI. Be sure to measure all damage not just freight claims filed. Damaged packaging, small scratches, and loose pieces are all upsetting to the receiver and the end customer so they should be documented and measured, even if there isn’t a freight claim filed.

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Inbound Parcel Freight: What Are the Top Considerations for a Shipper?


Managing inbound parcel freight has increased in complexity with the global rise of e-commerce. Amazon has mastered inbound parcel freight management as part of its third-party marketplace, and small and mid-sized shippers are struggling to keep up. While part of the larger scheme for global economic growth, inbound parcel freight has become a top priority for shippers. What’s Causing Problems With Inbound Parcel Freight Management?

LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). A key process indicator (KPI) is a metric that you have chosen that will give an indication of your performance and can be used as a driver for improvement. This means that while all KPIs are metrics, not all metrics are KPIs. Only the most important metrics can grow up to become KPIs.

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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. The dedicated TMS can further eliminate the frustrations that occur with typical full-truckload (FT) shipments and small package freight by combining all KPIs and available options into a single, comprehensive tool. Overall Costs of Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping. Few shipping processes can be more complicated than managing Less than truckload freight shipping.

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030


Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030. Foster future economic growth within the freight and goods movement industry.

Guest Blog Part 2: Start Your eKanban Implementation with Value-stream Mapping and Engaging Your Suppliers


For an eKanban project, this would involve documenting the flow of the current, manual Kanban process. (If Next, document the process for the future state – using an eKanban system – and note the gaps. Freight costs. Monitor your metrics. by Jim Shore.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

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Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web Tools. Overcapacity in the global air freight market, increasing customer preference for lower-yielding shipping solutions, and a slowing U.S.

7 Easy Steps to Create an Inbound Vendor Routing Guide


It manages inbound freight, not unlike the incoming blood supply from the lungs, and pumps it out to the remainder of your supply chain. For each weakness or issue, provide instructions on how to avoid delays and ensure adherence to appropriate carrier selection and freight classification. This includes accounting for variances in freight classification and cost due to increasing use of dimensional (DIM) pricing models.

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL


It can take months to negotiate a complex SLA/KPI document, as you go back and forth with your logistics provider so the document becomes a “win-win” for both parties. After the SLA/KPI is an approved document by both the customer and logistics provider, this document and its contents need to be reviewed monthly to begin with, and quarterly thereafter. All KPIS have metrics to measure.

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Getting the Full Value Add from 3PL Services by Avoiding Commoditization or Transactionalism


Since its inception, the 3PL industry has offered its services as single commodities or transactions rather than developing a holistic methodology that optimizes its services through aggregated capabilities such as freight rate negotiation and economies of scale.

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Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together


meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In such cases, it’s advisable to look to experts in freight management, logistics, and reverse logistics systems implementation to optimize customer service and maximize potential profit.

How Do You Measure “Free Time” Across Your Global Supply Chain?

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This is where metrics can get a little fuzzy. However, the reality was that the 4% metric was misleading. Keeping international shipments moving on schedule requires the management of multiple regions, ports, languages, government regulations and numerous documents.

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10 Ways You Can Save Money On FTL


Let’s face it, freight costs are rising as a result of the capacity crunch and driver shortage. The supply chain is one of the largest cost centers for any business, so finding ways to save on truckload freight is a top priority.

What is the FMSCA’s Unified Registration System (URS) And What is the Impact on Transportation & Logistics Management?


Now, that’s not even counting the dozens of registration numbers and tracking numbers that must be meticulously kept up with and found and used on documents A, B, and C, but a different number is needed for the second page of document B and document E when properly vetting carriers.

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”


Inventory records, product specs, shipping documents contain errors. Insufficient metrics employed by many business leaders often reflect only on areas like production labor efficiency and equipment usages—focusing inordinate amounts of emphasis on improvement in these isolated areas and failing to identify performance issues throughout the company. ” appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Blockchain might not be able to solve, cure, or save everything as the hype suggests, but there are certainly applications where the business case makes more sense, such as global trade because of the many different parties, documents, regulations, and financial transactions involved.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize


A best-case analog scenario is that information is maintained in “Word”, spreadsheet, or PDF documents. Digitization is more than email or a scanned document. Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize


A best-case analog scenario is that information is maintained in “Word”, spreadsheet, or PDF documents. Digitization is more than email or a scanned document. Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics.

I am MAD!

Supply Chain Shaman

We can connect through EDI, but a document has latency and limitations for unstructured data. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

Examples of How Supplier Quality Management System Implementations Pay Off


The first post in this series broke down what is supplier quality management and the steps to evaluate suppliers and the second post gave you insight into the metrics to look out for by 6 major industries.

[WHITE PAPER] 4 Strategic Considerations when Considering Offshoring Parts of your Supply Chain


Use key metrics and a scorecard system to understand if product is flowing as planned. Once you’ve chosen that partner, document all of your requirements regarding order volumes, product specifications, and operational details in the contract.

Supply Chain Goals: Gracefully Overcoming the Hurdles of Global Sports Events

BluJay Solutions

million shipped items and 60 metric tons of air freight.*. When the processes are digitally automated, companies can manage their documents in a central hub and file electronically with the various customs authorities.

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3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System


Any waste that exists needs to be documented, and problem solving needs to happen around the waste. In addition, they need to commit to create daily route designs, complete real-time track and trace, generate real-time metrics, and complete daily problem solving.

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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. Last Friday, the U.S.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction


Let's talk about the outputs, or desired metrics worth measuring, in each category of what a logistics company might provide. Cerasis is squarely focused on transportation management through technology and managed services , however, there are logistics companies who offer fulfillment, warehousing, freight forwarding, and more. Common pitfalls are not reviewing the SLA/KPI living document frequently enough with a logistics company.

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


The VMI concept is well documented with a real-world example in Michael Hammer’s best-selling book, Reengineering the Corporation. For example, jointly develop performance management metrics so that any adopted strategies benefit all parties involved — not just a single entity.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?


Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) measure how well the shipper-transportation provider does in daily continuous improvement. Any detected waste needs to be documented and followed by problem-solving. Create daily route designs, complete real time track and trace, generate real-time metrics , and complete daily problem solving. “ The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize ”: Shigeo Shingo. Lean is a new way of doing business.

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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more. We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

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Mobile apps can generate reports and monitor performance metrics. They don’t really have the resources to build a safe supply chain, but they can count on larger freight businesses who offer big data capabilities to their customers.

3PL providers and shippers struggling to improve agility as infrastructure and workforce readiness hampers capabilities finds study


Freight/supply chain transparency. Freight/supply chain transparency. The majority of shippers (71%) and third-party firms (72%) recognize its influence on key retailer metrics such as consumer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

The Data Asset & The Way You Do It


He shared some metrics with me from another sector of software that were quite startling to me. You may have some important documents stored in a filing system. Blog Business Insights Freight Broker Trucking

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What is a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? How does an SLA work with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?

The Lean Supply Chain

It can take months to negotiate a complex SLA/KPI document, as you go back and forth with your logistics provider so the document becomes a “win-win” for both parties. Both parties will know how the partnership is moving along based on hitting the targets in this SLA/KPI document.

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Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

Q: What will be the role of the freight companies in the supply chain agility? Freight companies and alternate modes are key elements of agile networks. Q: For a business who perhaps has not done a sufficient job defining and documenting their supply chain strategy, how would you suggest they get started so that all the key elements are covered? Q: What is the best metric to begin analyzing when starting to evaluate Supply Chain agility?

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

In addition, users are able to view events of a shipment, imaged documents, and can email their account representative with questions on a particular move.

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The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems

The Logistics of Logistics

The JDA Transportation Manager offers several powerful applications including Fleet and Freight Order Management to create work plans for private or 3PL fleets as well as inbound shipment collaboration. Pitney Bowes is an industry mainstay and a long time developer of shipping software and hardware for documents, packaging and mailing services catering to parcel shipping and business supply. The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems.

6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up (2018 Update)

Logistics Bureau

Offshoring cost advantages were often a delicate matter in any case: lower worker wages had to be balanced against increased freight charges, duties, taxes, and damages during transit. Unlike accounting, which functions according to precisely documented principles, supply chains often depend as much on experience and judgment to work optimally as on mathematical models. Trend identification is a tricky business.