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Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing is the heart of today’s global supply chains, and decisions made on sourcing impact everything from transportation and shipping costs, to both social and regulatory compliance concerns. Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

Warehouse layout optimization tips to increase production

6 River Systems

Labor costs, on an average, constitute more than 65% of the expenses for a warehouse. It is a best practice to review the operation of your warehouse before implementing automation, but it also has a significant impact on production and operational efficiency. The processes in a disarrayed warehouse cannot easily be automated as automation heavily relies on warehouse layout optimization, as well as standardized processes and procedures. Warehouse Efficiency

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Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

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

6 River Systems

Every warehouse strives for efficient order fulfillment. There are many factors that can impact costs, from warehouse replenishment practices to the warehouse equipment deployed to support the fulfillment process. ” Meet Our Panel of Warehouse Pros: Nate Masterson. Read on to learn more about the best strategies to control and reduce your warehouse fulfillment costs. 1) Warehousing space and inventory control. Warehouse Efficiency

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

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? See what’s at stake when trying to ship perfect retail orders and how to avoid the potential for expensive problems. Simple Truck Issue Equals Retail Shipping Headache for Snack Company. A manufacturer of health-conscious snack foods was shipping product to its retail customer in Chino, CA.

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

6 River Systems

From investing in smart automation solutions like collaborative mobile robots to improve warehouse productivity to route and supplier optimization and outsourcing logistics to a 3PL , there are several strategies that can help companies reduce logistics costs. Efficient warehouse operations.

Peak Season Resurgence to Test Pared-Down Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

However, this year has the potential to be a real nightmare before Christmas if retailers are late in placing orders for goods that will feature as part of their high-profile seasonal ranges, expecting their sourcing and logistics partners to be able to deliver to extremely tight schedules with competition for limited freight transport space high. Many LSPs simply do not have spare trucks and warehouses to cope with unscheduled arrivals at ports any more. Source: City A.M. .

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Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model


The Solution: Systems Enabling An Omnichannel Retail Strategy Are Easier to Implement Than Ever The solution, for retailers struggling with omnichannel development and deployment, lies in advanced systems that utilize an open-source architecture. Such technology allows the integration of existing, legacy systems with newer platforms, including a software-as-a-service (SaaS) warehouse management system. Download White Paper.

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. For example, if my contract manufacturer is late with an order it can cause me to incur excess costs with the freighting and warehousing companies, respectively. This initially necessitated the expansion of our warehousing provision, revision of our stock rotation and warehousing policies and associated costs, which we had to bear.

3 Ways to Master Omnichannel through Logistics—and Why You Should


However, shipping times were longer, giving retailers more time to source and transport products. Buy online with standard shipping, or two-day shipping, or maybe even same-day. Free shipping. Today, an omnichannel retailer could have a larger distribution network comprised of multiple warehouse formats. For more 2018 Retail Logistics Trends download our white paper on the 9 trends to watch this year. . Omnichannel has been a buzzword for years.

Renewed Focus on Supply Chain Security as Hackers Target Container Terminals

BluJay Solutions

While there is no suggestion that the freight forwarders responsible for shipping the containers had any involvement, this case does highlight the ongoing risks associated with, as well as the weak links in, global supply chain security. Europol are warning that they expect this type of attack to increase, as criminals look for new ways of shipping illegal drugs into the region in bulk, so freight forwarders and their road transportation partners need to take the threat seriously.

5 Steps to Supply Chain Orchestration Success


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? In a perfect world, there is a single web and app-accessible portal through which warehouse workers and supervisors alike can immediately capture, share and analyze operational data across a number of different mobile and desktop devices. We call it a single source of “data truth.”

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


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. No longer is one bound to a desk 8:00 to 5:00 but rather now one can conduct business anytime, anywhere and in real time and in many cases it just starts by downloading an app.

Supply Chain Digest Presents the Best in Supply Chain Content.

Supply Chain Digest

Parcel Shipping. Warehouse Management Systems (. 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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The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog


So I spoke to everyone I knew in the field and looked through some other sources (Crunchbase, Jonathan Wichmann’s great list of logistics startups site, CB Insights and more) to come up with the ULTIMATE LIST of disruptive logistics startups. Download an Excel version of the list here for free ! Movers marketplace matching shipping requirement with freelance student drivers. airbnb), and to warehouse storage for absent small business owners. DOWNLOAD NOW!

The Top 5 Changes That Occur With AI in Logistics


Tractica Research estimates that the worldwide sales of warehousing and logistics robots will reach $22.4 Robots are locating, tracking, and moving inventory inside warehouses, they are conveying and sorting oversized packages at ground distribution hubs. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER. There’s no other way to describe it: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the world of logistics. That may seem like a cliché, or hype, or buzz, but it is true.

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.

Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management


Download White Paper. The same source also informed that the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Risk Index of 2016 was the highest since records have begun in 1995. Source: Deloitte We can provide lots more statistics and data , but the takeaway here is clear: effective supply chain risk management is critical for any organization to be successful in our ever-changing world.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

And here’s to hoping that 2018 results in even more significant advancements in the state of warehousing and transportation technology. Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: Exoskeletons Help Take a Load Off for Warehouse Workers. GEODIS, a third-party logistics provider (3PL), is using exoskeletons to support and protect employees’ backs at its warehouse in Venlo, the Netherlands. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.

12 Distribution Center Best Practices You Need to Implement Today


Download ebook. Thinking this way can yield new ideas that might relieve operational disruptions, seasonal fluctuations and more, such as using narrower racking in portions of your warehouse where you store slower-moving merchandise to make more room for critical operations. . The more you can eliminate sources of human error — such as taking notes on scraps of paper —?the

Holiday Sales Lead to Further Omni-Channel Growth. But can the Supply Chain Keep Pace?

BluJay Solutions

electronics giant Best Buy, with heavy promotion of seasonal deals being swiftly followed by thousands of cancelled orders in mid-December due to stock shortages, with customers given little time to source replacement gifts. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges - to read our hints and tips on avoiding the logistics nightmares we will no doubt begin to read about shortly. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

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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 days of managing supply chains through databases and changing information are over.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics technologies such as robotic warehouse systems make automation a reality, while drones improve last-mile delivery capabilities and better tracking with tools like RFID tags improve visibility throughout the supply chain. RFID tags and robotic warehouse systems generate and transmit data that, when combined with other data sources, allow companies to optimize the supply chain and make better predictions and forecasts to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line.

What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?


Its mission is to gather and integrate data from various sources and orchestrate it in such a way that it enhances supply chain visibility and efficiency. Giant retailers source from all over the world, and are typically designing and building robust, resilient solutions that control supply chain flows, and deal with disruptions, in real time. The South Korean multinational conglomerate had outsourced warehouse and distribution activities to several logistics service providers.

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

BluJay Solutions

In reality, retailers routinely pass the inventory risk to their suppliers, particularly since the phenomenal growth of multi-channel retailing, with direct dispatch (or drop ship) suppliers bulking up retailers’ online offerings without requiring a financial commitment or warehousing space. Utilize 3D printing to product a compatible power source for a batch and find out. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

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

Supply Chain Opz

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. For other distribution channels such as retail stores, direct sales and other distributors, Apple Inc will keep products at Elk Grove, California (where central warehouse and call center are located) and supply products from there.

Parcel TMS Analytics: There’s Gold in the Data


E-commerce is driving the demand for last-mile delivery, causing parcel shipping costs to increase at twice the rate of inflation. This effect is magnified as the expectation for low or free shipping and expanded delivery services is further established by Amazon. However for most shippers, parcel spend is poorly understood because shipping data is often locked up in point solution silos, such as carrier-provided systems and websites, in a variety of different formats.

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Agriculture in the City

Enterra Insights

”[2] To be fair, the USDA does offer a downloadable “ Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook ” and an “ Urban Agriculture ToolKit “ Why urban agriculture? ” Another company in this agriculture space is Freight Farm, which provides farmers the ability to grow vegetables in converted freight shipping containers equipped with the latest hydroponics and automated systems equipment.

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. When they were ready to expand into more fulfillment locations, they didn’t have to spend time sourcing new solutions. The FLEXE Supply team sourced additional warehouse providers in the FLEXE network—all of which were already running on the FLEXE software platform. With FLEXE, they have also reduced shipping costs.

Preparing Your Supply Chain for the Omni-Channel World (Part 3): Capturing and Reacting (in Nearly Real Time) to Moments of Truth

Supply Chain Nation

Warehousing. Figure 1 shows how various new data sources can enrich the demand-shaping effort. As companies consider more ship-to locations (local stores, shipment drop points, home delivery, etc.), additional stocking points and inventory buffers will need to be included in the distribution planning, warehousing and transportation management processes.

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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. Some of their biggest challenges lie in supply chain and logistics management, with many SMEs struggling to access shipping solutions and distribution networks controlled by gigantic enterprises that focus on serving similarly enormous customers.

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

Talking Logistics

With such widespread advances in digital help both inside and outside the warehouse, the modern supply chain should naturally gravitate toward proactive design. 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.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Download the app, and listen when you get a chance.). It took us three years to right the ship. We would aggregate the data into a data warehouse and we would then chart it and identify the trends. I do not think that most companies understand the concept or source of profit leakage. Slowly, more and more companies are waking up to the cold, and hard facts. Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes.

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 ). 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. Additionally, through network strategies, be sure to design your warehouses for flows. My iphone buzzed on my nightstand.

Transportation for the International Last Mile – How Easy is Global Parcel Carrier Coverage to Achieve?

BluJay Solutions

Parcel shipping solution providers such as Kewill look at carriers in two ways; those they invest in creating, developing and maintaining (core carriers) and others that might be created as a project carrier to meet the needs of a specific customer that are not maintained (non-core carriers). This complexity means it is impossible for any parcel shipping solution vendor to support all carriers globally. Download our eBook - Omni-Channel Retail – Top 3 Logistics Challenges.

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