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LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans


Shippers need to know why freight black swans are increasing, how using LTL to intermodal shipping options can reduce their incidence, and a few best practices to keep the use of intermodal from becoming a black swan itself. For shippers, this means finding a way to handle changes in inventory and replenishment, as well as managing outbound freight and reverse logistics. DOWNLOAD THE FREE RESOURCE HERE. DOWNLOAD CALCULATOR.

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

Big box stores now keep a low, agile inventory that is built for quick turnaround and replenishment from its suppliers. To keep that inventory properly supplied and functioning as intended, stores now require that vendors have basically error-free supply chains. What Does that Mean for Your Retail Shipping Efforts? There are many moving parts in retail shipping. What Does the Demand for Perfection in Retail Shipping Equate to? Complete Guide to Costco Shipping.

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What is Inventory Management?


What is Inventory Management? Inventory management, in a nutshell, describes your efforts to manage, assess and report on the flow of your stock of goods. You might be using pencil-and-paper, spreadsheets or sophisticated inventory management software to do this. Nowadays it refers to inventory management software because computational power is needed to effortlessly calculate, for example, landed costs for purchases and CBM for your packing lists. Drop Shipping.

Selling on Shopify for Beginners: Sourcing, Designing, and More


What’s my shipping strategy? Source your products. Before you build an online store, you need to source your products. There are several avenues you can take to source products from working with local stores or suppliers to wholesale distributor options.

WooCommerce and Inventory Management Software


Then we’ll examine why you need a robust inventory management system behind WooCommerce. We’ll move on to present EMERGE App as an inventory management solution and the benefits of them working together. WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. A major reason for WooCommerce’s popularity is the free and open-source nature of the product, extensions, and plugins. EMERGE App is one such add-on for inventory management.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk


This key supplier had been identified and sure enough, you have a second source primed and ready to go. We have a problem.” The alternate source uses the same supplier in Taiwan. Adding to this challenge is the reluctance of suppliers to share their sources with their customers for competitive reasons. Efficiency programs like lean drove us to reduce suppliers and cut inventory.

5 Steps to Supply Chain Orchestration Success


Aggregate data is completely visible so executives know exactly how much inventory they have. Receivers know when items have shipped and what size shipment to expect and when. Can you see and manage your entire global supply network from one single source? We call it a single source of “data truth.” Download: The OneSCM Workflow Engine is Your Key to Complete Supply Chain Orchestration.

Procurement Technology: An Update from Spend Matters in Baltimore


On software, there is a move towards government-wide software licenses, to begin to appoint individuals to manage software license inventory, and establish government-wide solutions that are smarter on refresh cycles. 22,000 sourcing events. $50 An example was provided to show how a requisition can be generated in 90 seconds and drive locked in savings through a preferred source, and avoids over-specifying the requirement.

How To Start Your Brewery On The Path To Success


How many stock-outs, an event that caused inventory to be exhausted? Stock & Inventory Control. Assign a serial number to ensure you know where they’ve gone and when they come back into your inventory. Fulfillment and Shipping (e.g. you ship for an online distributor who doesn’t hold physical stock). Connect your sales people with your live inventory system wherever they are. Download the pdf here.

Countdown to Black Friday: It’s the Final Countdown, So Get Your Shipments Up in the Air

CH Robinson Transportfolio

It adds efficiency and flexibility to your supply chain and better equips you to quickly replenish inventory throughout the holiday shopping season as consumers sweep through aisles or fill their online shopping carts. Inventory carrying costs and the opportunity to capture market share—especially relevant during Black Friday, when consumers are ready to spend and expect to get their hands on the products on their shopping lists—can offset freight costs.

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Warehouse layout optimization tips to increase production

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse layout and implementing an effective inventory management strategy helps to: Improve warehouse organization Improve the accuracy of order picking Save time and money Enhance efficiency and productivity Ensure customer satisfaction Warehouses come in many sizes and shapes, and many facilities serve specific functions. Before any inventory is placed inside, companies should assess the building and surrounding space.

23 logistics professionals share the #1 way to reduce logistics costs

6 River Systems

We follow a stringent procedure to organize inventory in our warehouses. Dealing with inventory is a significant driver of logistics costs, so simplifying your inventory processes with barcoding is a great way to lower costs.

Supply Chain Digest Presents the Best in Supply Chain Content.

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Inventory Management/Optimizat. Parcel Shipping. Watch our companion Video and download others Megatrend Executive Briefs at Supply Chain Digest is the industry’s premier interactive knowledge source, providing timely, relevant, in-context information. Search. or Search by TOPIC. Select Topic. Bar Coding/Label Printing. Compliance Networks. Consumer Goods and Retail Supp. Demand Planning/Forecasting.

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12 Distribution Center Best Practices You Need to Implement Today


Download ebook. Unfortunately, you might have problems with inventory shrinkage that you don’t even know about and won’t have to face until an order picker comes up short, and one of your customers has to look elsewhere. The more you can eliminate sources of human error — such as taking notes on scraps of paper —?the Reducing touches in shipping might mean your pickers “pick” to a shipping receptacle instead of an intermediate carton or tote.

RFID in the Supply Chain: Fizzling Technology or the Future of Effective SCM?


More recently, with the rise of interconnected systems, the analytics to derive value from those systems seems, and decreased costs, RFID is resurrecting as a solution for increasing supply chain management (SCM), visibility into processes, and reducing inventory tracking costs. Download white paper. According to Atlas RFID, Active RFID tags require a power source, and therefore can initiate communication with a reader (beacon).

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VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Download the app, and listen when you get a chance.). Inventory Turns. Better performance in inventory turns than the peer group average for the period studied. VTech drove significant improvement in operating margin through the recession of 2007-2009 and then drove improvement in both inventory margin and operating margin for the period of 2010-2012 with some regression in the period of 2013-2015. It took us three years to right the ship.

What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?


The idea of a supply chain control tower emerged in 1990’s, triggered by the need to view and control the movement of goods in factories, distribution centers and pipeline inventories. The most significant role of a control tower is to provide a live view into the vitality of the complete chain, across many functions – manufacturing, inventory, demand planning, logistics, customs clearance, etc. Online shipping management?

Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain & Logistics: Looking to Examples Across Industries for Better Understanding


DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. Retail Blockchain – Applications of blockchain technology in the retail supply chain go back to the sourcing of a product, validity, sustainable practices during manufacturing, movement through international trade, returns management, and recycling or reclamation of raw materials. The technology is an incorruptible ledger, which can be applied to virtually all supply chain processes , ranging from inventory management to shareholder proceedings.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015


Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains. Inform yourself on these trends by downloading the Capgemini/Penn State/Panalpnia 2013 18th Annual 3PL Study.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense


Download white paper. Instead of having to deal with an ineffective point-to-point communication system like EDI and the complexity of reconciling multiple data sources with multiple permission models, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provides a singular mechanism to securely integrate, harmonize, and synchronize data for all participants. Outcomes: improved inventory management; More accurate determination of re-order points; Better on-shelf availability.

Why Forecasting is Important in the Supply Chain


Within a supply chain, forecasting is the prediction of what to expect in the short and long term for inventory, orders, production, etc. This takes into account customer demand, and looks into supply details like Bill of Lading, and sourcing info to give valuable information on inventory and how best to fulfill orders. For them, its important to know how and when their order will be shipped. What is Forecasting?

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

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Apple Inc purchases raw materials from various sources then get them shipped to an assembling plant in China. From there, assembler will ship products directly to consumers (via UPS/Fedex) for those who buy from the Apples Online Store. Inventories can become obsolete or exceed the anticipated demand. Some components are currently obtained from the single or limited sources. Inventory Turnover. Inventory Turnover of Amazon vs Apple Inc. NAVIGATE.

Amazon’s 3D Printing Trucks: A Quixotic Quest for Zero Delivery Time?

Talking Logistics

Source: Amazon patent filing. It discusses, for example, the inclusion of 3D manufacturing instructions in a product catalog associated with an electronic marketplace (such as, which customers can buy and download for their own uses, as well as other fulfillment scenarios, such as customers printing the ordered items at home with their own 3D printers: In embodiments, the service provider can instruct delivery of the MOD [Manufactured-On-Demand] item to the users.

Is Google the most innovative supply chain company in the world?


Inventory management and replenishment as well as reverse logistics can now be managed by mobile as well as payments. What started out as an app to obtain taxi service, its name has now become synonymous for instant, real-time fulfillment whether its ordering Chinese take-out, socks or flowers, one simply downloads an app, place an order, track it in real time and in many cases rate the experience and/or driver or delivery person. million units shipped.

A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

You reduce cost, you eliminate opportunities for error, you reduce time, you reduce inventories, and you strengthen your Supply Chain’s ability to operate in the face of any disastrous situation. You download their app, take the goods off the shelf as you need and as you leave the store your purchases are automatically billed to you. Drop shipping is another great example. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

To see the what I built, check it out on SlideShare or view/download it in the SCI Community ). Q: Is it only inventory disrupting the agility resulting from inaccurate forecasts by S&OP? In the supply chain, variability and volatility come from many sources. The best way to start the design of an agile supply chain is to look at the sources of variability and market volatility that your supply chain encountered in the prior year.

Excel, ERP and Legacy Apps, Oh My! What Technology is Supporting Your S&OP Process?


For example, with Excel you can’t easily: Integrate information from many sources. The multi-million dollar ERP system does all the essential jobs it was designed for: taking, making, shipping and accounting for customer orders. No accounting for outside value, such as inventory being purchased, assembled or shipped by third parties. Download your own copy here. by Lori Smith Can the S&OP process be done without technology?

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The Top 5 Changes That Occur With AI in Logistics


Robots are locating, tracking, and moving inventory inside warehouses, they are conveying and sorting oversized packages at ground distribution hubs. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. Such figures cannot be easily improved at the source, so algorithms are being used to analyze historical data, identify issues and improve data quality to the level where significant transparency on the business is gained.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in. The focus is on channel data: price; inventory positions; and policies. It is about much, much more than Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI ) or Collaborative Forecasting and Replenishment. It was an early morning. I cradled my cup of tea in my hand. It had been a long night.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Thankfully, digitization of inventory and technology like real-time shipment tracking from 3PLs are taking the pinch out of switching for these companies. While civil unrest could slow down production or shipments in a foreign country, natural disasters can accomplish just as much shipping disruption in North America. Even Canada, a country that’s not exactly famous for shipping disasters, was virtually cut in half by a single unexpected bridge collapse in 2016.

Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020

Logistics Bureau

Instead, it continues, to include the entire lifecycle of a product, from sourcing of raw materials, to the return and recycling of the product, and reintroduction of recycled materials into the manufacturing or production process. Again, this might include recycling or refurbishing items damaged in storage or transit, or placing undamaged returns back into a sales inventory. International shipping is complicated, and documentation requirements hard to understand.

23 warehouse pros reveal the best ways for warehouses to control & reduce fulfillment costs

6 River Systems

It’s also very efficient, meaning it will allow your employees to process more orders on a hourly basis with virtually impossible odds of shipping the incorrect products to your customers. Choose software that facilitates the valuation and control of permanent inventories based on inputs or outputs, with automated stock alerts, that is versatile and independent of the type of business. Define normal parameters and fine-tune the physical inventory system.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: First Self-Sailing Electric Cargo Ship Set to Launch. It’s believed to be the first autonomous and fully electric cargo ship, and it’s estimated that it could save up to 40,000 truck journeys per year. Source ID.

Lull Case Study: Order Fulfillment that Doesn’t Keep You Up at Night


Limited Shipping: Dropshipping wasn’t designed for order fulfillment, which impacted Lull’s delivery promise, as well as everyday operations. With FLEXE, Lull gained a software platform to manage inbound and outbound shipments while tracking real-time inventory levels across their FLEXE network of fulfillment centers. Visibility and control over shipment trends and inventory levels helps the Lull team make more informed decisions on inventory allocation and management.

Don’t Be Afraid of S&OP: Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart your S&OP Process


End users are searching Google and downloading every bit of S&OP material they can get their hands on. All sources agree that one of the first steps to prepare for a successful journey up the S&OP maturity curve is mastery of demand. Do you know where your inventory is in this network? Do you know why you are holding that inventory? This is how we steer the ship. The 70% Enigma.