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Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan


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.

It’s Time to Connect Manufacturers and Suppliers within the Value Network

DELMIA Quintiq

A manufacturer’s operations are constantly exposed to the risk of inconsistent supply. Upheavals in one country can heavily impact manufacturers worldwide, too. Manufacturers realized that they had no backup plans for the production of components critical to their operations. To avoid throttling or temporarily shutting down production plants in the event of a massive disruption, manufacturers need to strengthen relationships within their global sub-tier supplier networks.

Omnichannel In Manufacturing: Why Manufacturers Are Following Retailers to an Omnichannel World


The application of omnichannel in manufacturing primarily focuses on the collaboration between suppliers, or vendors, and distributors. The Problem: Seamless Omnichannel Experiences Extend Beyond Retailer-Customer Relationships Keeping up with customers’ demands has natural implications for business-to-business sellers, including manufacturers. Manufacturers still using disjointed processes and operating in functional silos are unable to keep up with demand.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail


As e-commerce growth accelerates, shippers are working overtime to manage available inventory. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. As a result, brick-and-mortar retail has become more focused on digital inventory management, a building block in the road to omnichannel supply chains , than in the past. Download White Paper.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015


has become a major oil and gas producer , which has been to the advantage of fabricators that serve not only drilling and extraction, but also heavy transportation. Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback. Manufacturing manufacturing tips

7 Reasons ERP Systems Can Increase the Productivity of Your Manufacturing Industry


The manufacturing industry is experiencing a global boom, and this is the very reason that modern manufacturers need a great ERP solution to improve efficiency. The Manufacturing Industry Faces a Number of Challenges in its Daily Functioning ERP systems can augment smooth workflow and speed up inventory management, manage market fluctuations and supply chain issues. The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER.

[e-Book] How To Shift From Tactical To Strategic Logistics and Transportation Management To Create A Competitive Advantage


We release our second e-book today by focusing on strategic logistics and transportation management creates a competitive business advantage for shippers. You can download our first e-Book, "The Future Of Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing: How Technology Is Transforming Industries" here. Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost.

Scaling Digital Manufacturing From Pilot To Production


92% of all manufacturers say they are either on the same level as or ahead of their peers when it comes to Digital Manufacturing. 68% of manufacturers are making Digital Manufacturing their highest priority today. Analytics for quality management and inventory optimization are the pilots most likely to progress to production rollouts. You can download the report here (PDF, 24 pp., Key takeaways from the digital manufacturing study.

What is the meat of the matter for manufacturers of meat products?

DELMIA Quintiq

Meat manufacturers usually suffer from the lack of cross-functional visibility as well as cross-company visibility. Everything starts and ends with the planning department, resulting in a high-stress environment for planners at meat manufacturing facilities: If a customer’s order was missed, or if there’s a raw material shortage, the blame is placed on them. What is distracting meat manufacturers from building efficient plans? Download it here.

Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016. Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016, sponsored by SAP, is the most important educational event of the year for organizations using SCM, PLM, manufacturing, and procurement solutions to fortify their business operations and infrastructure with proven methodologies and measurable, value-driven results. Date: 22-24 June, 2016. Venue: Austria Center Vienna, Austria. Organisation: SAPinsider.

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The Top 5 Manufacturing Challenges in 2018


The manufacturing challenges in 2018 were evident. These are the most commonly faced manufacturing challenges to the industry in the US in 2018. Manual handling and safety Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry, and it’s vital that manufacturers are aware of health and safety regulations. Manufacturers must find ways to help lower the risk of injury. The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER.

Manufacturing And Cloud Reluctance: What We Learned


Manufacturing and cloud reluctance is not a recent issue. Recently, our company has generated some reports of internal data and surveyed a collection of companies to better get an idea of trends in the manufacturing industry. One report dealt with the buying trends of companies in the market for MRP Software , while the other surveyed 154 manufacturers who shared their thoughts on their active use of technology. So what’s the hold up in manufacturing? In manufacturing?

5 Tips for Writing a Transportation Management Plan


Every transportation firm sees the utility of having a transportation management plan. It is essential in organizing activities in the transportation industry effectively and efficiently. The challenges that the transportation industry faces are enormous. Thus, it becomes inevitable for transport companies to devise a transportation management plan that factors in all these variables. The Freight & Transportation Management Trends to Know in 2018.

Why Are LTL Transportation Networks Evolving in Light of New Technology?


Rising costs of LTL transportation networks is nothing new. Dimensional pricing is becoming the standard, and shippers need to understand how LTL transportation network must evolve to keep up with demand. What’s Driving Demand on LTL Transportation Networks? Many forces are affecting LTL transportation networks, ranging from e-commerce to the trucker shortage. Download White Paper. The post Why Are LTL Transportation Networks Evolving in Light of New Technology?

3 Tools to Minimize Waste: A Boon to Lean Manufacturing Strategies


Lean manufacturing is one of the leading waste minimization technologies inside a manufacturing industry. Most of the manufacturing industries have already incorporated lean manufacturing strategies to undermine the non-additive materials from their products. The 3 Most Important Tools for Lean Manufacturing Strategies 1.) The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond. Download eBook. Lean Manufacturing

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Shippers: One Action Could Save You Millions on Inbound Transportation Management Costs

BluJay Solutions

But even in doing so, one area that is overrun with inefficiency is often overlooked – inbound transportation management. The inbound transportation management function is formed when companies take control of inbound freight from suppliers – consolidating loads, planning continuous moves and negotiating with carriers directly instead of paying for whatever shipping services the supplier chooses. Lower inventory levels. Improved manufacturing processes.

You are Here!


Like visitors to the Mall of America, manufacturers looking to apply Lean principles start in the same place. Their “directory” is the 8 types of waste identified in Lean: Overproduction – Manufacturing more than is needed to fill customer orders. Inventory – Excess material and WIP. Transportation – Unnecessary movement of material through the facility/supply chain. To learn more, download The Changing Role of ERP in Manufacturing. .

Time to turn around inventory falls by two days says new report


The median time for retailers to move returns back to inventory ready for resale has fallen from 2017 to 2018, from a median of seven days down to five days. of retail respondents report that their average time to restock returns is three days or less, marking out a clear focus on agility of inventory that can accommodate a more e-commerce-centric environment and a higher returns volume. . To find out more about the state of retail in 2019, download the free report now.

How To Start Your Brewery On The Path To Success


Leveraging the best manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, maximising productive efficiency, and accessing management expertise early , are the strategies that will set the best apart. How many stock-outs, an event that caused inventory to be exhausted? How many due to transport issues? Stock & Inventory Control. Assign a serial number to ensure you know where they’ve gone and when they come back into your inventory.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

Yet the potential for manufacturers and retailers/distributors to streamline and simplify production and distribution processes as well as increasing the possibilities for customization of products is clear, and media and industry interest in how to harness this technology to drive innovation is gathering pace. The attractiveness of 3D printing for manufacturers and retailers/distributors centers around reducing both lead times and the risks involved in holding inventory.

[e-Book] The Benefits & How to Execute an E-Commerce Logistics Practice for Manufacturers & Distributors


In this second part of our e-commerce logistics e-book series ( get part 1 about considerations & background here ) we’ll go more in-depth of all the benefits going online and opening another sales channel gives manufacturers and distributors. Download the The Benefits & How to Execute an E-Commerce Logistics Practice for Manufacturers & Distributors E-book. Manufacturers should streamline their order management by adopting B2B eCommerce for several reasons.

A Year Without Oktoberfest, Yet New Opportunities Exist in the Beer Industry

DELMIA Quintiq

Some manufacturers saw a complete devastation of their keg businesses. Beer manufacturers that mainly relied on on-premise consumption are beginning to rethink their business models. As such, manufacturers need to produce smaller batches with shorter production runs.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense


Download white paper. Multiple manufacturers, multiple relationships, multiple distribution models, multiple contracts. This newfound visibility allows participants in a supply chain to proactively optimize components of their processes (like inventory management, staffing decisions, and a thousand more) to support an efficient and agile product path. Outcomes: improved inventory management; More accurate determination of re-order points; Better on-shelf availability.

Adelante SCM and PINC Launch the First Annual State of Yard Management Report


This year’s report focuses on the impact of digital yard management on enterprise transportation costs and capacity. The report brings clarity to key industry questions such as How important is having digital yard management capabilities in helping you achieve transportation objectives?

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Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

I find most companies are good at pockets of planning–demand planning, supply planning, transportation planning, material planning or plant scheduling, but the flows are not connected. Each are good at localized planning within a focused area of demand, supply, network design, transportation planning, material sourcing or finite scheduling. Few implementations of planning connect to procurement and transportation.

Don’t just cope with complexity. Master it instead.

DELMIA Quintiq

Imagine this: You’re a food & beverage manufacturer who wants to run a promotion for your chocolate milk drink and you need to decide between a 10% and 20% price decrease. From our experience, we see that agile companies have a clear advantage over the competition, able to offer higher service levels while keeping inventory levels lower. Download the e-book now and be inspired to master complexity in your operations.

This Week in Logistics News (October 23-27, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Kuebix Announces the First Free Multimodal Transportation Management System (TMS). Prime members can pre-order the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Amazon Cloud Cam and one of several compatible smart locks by leading lock manufacturers Yale and Kwikset. stores to replenish inventory faster and save employees time when products run out.” My daughter and I are heading on a road trip this afternoon to visit a couple of universities.

The Indispensable Role of WMS in Reverse Logistics


Download White Paper. Such practices will ensure accurate inventory and avoid instances of overstocking resulting from returns. Ranging from a WMS with reverse logistics to the transportation management system , an integrated system increases visibility and ensures just-in-time stock. Submit damaged merchandise or merchandise with manufacturer-defects back to the supplier or vendor for credits or recycling.

The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management


To reduce delays and maintain competitive advantages, retailers and manufacturers, as well as warehouse managers, must learn how to identify common and unique challenges and overcome them by applying the key best practices to each issue. Download White Paper. Disparate systems mean disparate visibility into inventory, but bringing systems together enhances productivity and reduces the need to manage multiple sites through multiple systems.

Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains


A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. Download white paper. It is designed to dramatically decrease the time required for any entity to convert assets, such as accounts receivable, real estate, inventory, equipment, and commodities into cash. Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers.

The future of supply chain is… industry operating network backbones?

The Network Effect

For example, take a company that manufactures product in the US based on components supplied from Indonesia. This in-transit inventory can be tracked as being held in a ‘moving warehouse’ and is used to plan customer order fulfilment, enabling deliveries to be planned with the customer. For example a consumer goods manufacturer may configure the backbone to monitor the service provisioning of their third party logistics provider.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017


Today, is day two of our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation Management , Freight. This year, most were interesting in supply chain optimization - from distribution to inventory management - and Key Performance Indicators. Download: The Impact of Big Data in the Supply Chain & Transportation Management Industry Webinar Replay, Transcript & Presentation.

Key Ingredients to Formulating a Winning Supply Chain Strategy in the Process Chemical Industry


Process manufacturers face a highly complex supply chain challenge. Add to these factors such as razor-thin margins, SKU-proliferation, globalization, and products that tend to be heavy, bulky and/or expensive to move and it quickly becomes apparent why process manufacturing supply chains are very challenging. There are several key ingredients in formulating a winning process manufacturing supply chain. Again a system-wide approach to inventory optimization is the way to go.

[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management


In this all new e-book, shippers will take away an understanding of inbound freight management to reduce costs, increase control, and gain more visibility into the front end of the supply chain function of transportation. Download the Inbound Freight Management E-Book: Fill out the Form Below. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post [e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

CH Robinson Transportfolio

At LogiChem, attendees interacted through roundtables and panel discussions on topics that identified best practices around inventory and supply chain metrics, third party logistics provider (3PL) management, rail logistics strategy to combat the driver shortage dilemma, and a host of other topics. The chemical supply chain continues to faces significant challenges, with more global and complex supply chains, leaner inventories, and rising customer expectations.