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3PL Warehousing 101

Kanban Logistics

The modern warehouse offers much more than basic storage. While you can build and staff your own warehouse and perform these services yourself, more and more companies see the value in handing warehousing operations off to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider. In this article, we’ll examine all that 3PL warehousing entails, while helping you find a 3PL partner that’s right for your business. Types of 3PL Warehousing. The Warehouse Management System.

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What to Look for in a Food Logistics Services Warehouse

Kanban Logistics

If you’re looking for a warehousing provider to store your food products, you’re looking for more than storage space – you’re looking for an expert that will protect the integrity of your products. To help you find your food logistics services expert, we’ve identified 5 key questions to ask your prospective partners. 5 questions to ask your food logistics services provider. Your provider will manage your warehousing operation with its warehouse management system (WMS).

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What to Look for in a Food Distribution Warehouse Provider

Kanban Logistics

Makers of all types of products turn to third-party logistics (3PL) providers to optimize warehousing and distribution operations in order to meet modern supply chain demands. In this article, we’ll examine the many things you’ll need to look for in a food distribution warehouse provider to not only optimize your operations – but do so safely as well. A big part of most food logistics operations involves temperature and climate control. Food Logistics Warehousing

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7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

In the below article I propose to have a look at the main benefits and advantages of the cloud-based logistics management. More findings on the cloud cargo transportation and warehouse management systems you may discover on the web. Each industry has its peculiarities, among the others, in the logistics, manufacturing, and supply. It incorporates your resources from every stage of the logistic process in the real-time. Logistics

6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement

Cerasis

We continue our series on strategic shipping by going into detail of the 10 main areas that shippers can turn to in order to have a strategic logistics and transportation management mindset. Today we will go into detail on using the available data created in the processing of shipments within transportation management and other related logistics management for continuous improvement. . Using data in logistics to generate an accurate forecast of shipping processes sounds complex.

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

BluJay Solutions

If supply chain is the ultimate team sport, nothing tests the game strategy and teamwork like a worldwide event. Preparations for this athletic mega event have been at full throttle for a long time. With 32 countries facing off in 64 soccer matches, everything must be perfectly coordinated so as not to mar the magic of the event. Massive sports events, such as the World Cup, involve Herculean tasks that few people see.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. It is usually driven by the logistics and transportation functions. Forty years ago as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Luckily, the current movers and shakers of the logistics and supply chain world are all too happy to dole out sage advice in the form of blog posts, interviews, podcasts — you name it. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Logistics personnel and supplier management pointers. Warehouse Operation

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics can be traced all the way back to the Greek and Roman empires , but it’s undergone several major transformations as new technologies provide opportunities to more efficiently manage the movement and storage of goods. In the digital transformation age, logistics is once again undergoing a major shift. These technologies also contribute to a rise in big data and analytics in the logistics field. ” Meet Our Panel of Logistics Pros: Brian Jessup.

The 5 Most Popular Logistics Blog Posts for 2015….So Far

Cerasis

We are a bit past the halfway mark for 2015, but since this marketing manager's vacation is this week, we have decided to make sure we still have our usual "Top Posts for the first half of the year" annual event (read, these are easier to schedule while we are out!). . We will feature our 5 main categories all week: Logistics, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transportation, and Freight. 5 Most Popular Blog Posts from the Logistics Category. Other Top Logistics Blog Posts.

How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

You are not alone, especially as in the time since we first penned this article, one huge and unforeseen event has raised awareness of the global importance of this vital sector—and shown it to be an attractive career choice. Review logistical functions and identify potential weaknesses.

This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

And with that, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Walmart Toughens Delivery Demands for Suppliers (WSJ – sub. The thing that makes supply chain and logistics so exciting and frustrating and challenging is that just when you think you’ve figured something out or have it under control, the world changes on you. P&G and Wayfair: More Shippers Taking Direct Control of Logistics Operations.

22 HR & management professionals share the most effective ways for managers to retain their best warehouse workers

6 River Systems

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the warehousing and storage industry grew from 1,133,900 to 1,194,400 from May 2020 to June 2020. We did this by tying metrics to their workload and included those metrics in our weekly all-hands meetings.

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Veridian Solutions

Automation in the warehouse is essential to meeting the growing demand of e-commerce and the blending of traditional supply chain channels into the omnichannel supply chain. Unfortunately, warehouse capacity around the country is tight, but available capacity is only being used at rates shy of 70 percent. How can warehouse capacity be both tight and utilized less than 100 percent? A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? The need to transport parts also drives inventory up, creates a need for space to store those parts, and uses energy for more forklift time and warehouse heating. Read Also: 10 Warehouse Productivity Tips for Reducing Downtime Today! Using Metrics/Key Performance indicators that measure how well the shippers and transportation providers do promotes daily continuous improvement.

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E-commerce spurring drive for innovation in third-party logistics industry

EFT

With both the rise of e-commerce and the increasing expectations of a consumer-like experience for B2B, 3PLs are experiencing pressure to evolve regardless of their customers says the Third Party Logistics Report. The most successful 3PLs are leveraging warehouse management systems with advanced mobile scanning functionality and analytics to improve order accuracy, efficiency and gain insight into workforce productivity.

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.

5 Reasons to Synchronize Your WMS and TMS

BlueYonder

Leveraging the capabilities from your Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management System (TMS), while synchronizing pre-built adaptable workflows can help reduce costs, improve throughput and enhance the customer experience. Creating an active interoperability between the planning activity and the ever-changing dynamics of the execution ecosystem, including transportation planning and warehouse fulfillment activities, can combat this challenge.

Supply Chain Visibility: A Precursor to Insight and Optimization

Talking Logistics

The most common goals of supply chain visibility include the following, but as your company completes this exercise, be sure to include quantifiable metrics: Reduce business and supply chain risk. For companies with existing supply chain technology, it is likely not necessary to collect new data, but to take a fresh look into a data warehouse through unused add-on and field functionalities. Cosmas Hoefnagels is Vice President of CLX Logistics Europe.

5 Reasons to Synchronize Your WMS and TMS

BlueYonder

Leveraging the capabilities from your Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management System (TMS), while synchronizing pre-built adaptable workflows can help reduce costs, improve throughput and enhance the customer experience. Creating an active interoperability between the planning activity and the ever-changing dynamics of the execution ecosystem, including transportation planning and warehouse fulfillment activities, can combat this challenge.

25 supply chain experts reveal the best tactics to optimize a supply chain

6 River Systems

From raw materials sourcing to warehouse operations , logistics technology , order fulfillment and beyond, there are dozens of points throughout the supply chain, all of which contribute to overall supply chain efficiency. William Crane, Founder & CEO of IndustryStar Solutions , is an entrepreneur and experienced executive in supply chain with demonstrated results starting, launching and enhancing procurement, logistics, supplier quality and manufacturing companies globally.

Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero

Logility

For example: Optimizing a distribution network not only reduces logistics costs but, in most cases, reduces carbon emissions through fewer transportation miles and/or less inventory holding costs.

Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

While most companies have been able to make progress in one of these two critical metrics in the period of 2006-2013, they have not been able to make progress on both together. Will your UPS store or Third-party Logistics (3PL) provider, through printing on-demand, become the new provider of parts for industrial equipment? Will wearables, voice, internet of things, and robotics redefine warehouse management to reduce costs to pick goods by 30-40%?

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. But I was right with some of my other predictions, especially my prediction that we would see a rise in cyber attacks in 2017, with supply chain and logistics operations becoming new targets. UPS Joins Top Alliance To Create Blockchain Standards For Logistics. Kenco Group (a Talking Logistics sponsor) is a great example. Source: Evan, Flikr. “I

Profitable Agility: Part 2 of Agility and Resilience in Supply Chain Execution

BlueYonder

This blog is based on an article that recently ran in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics & Procurement, “ Supply chain agility: An imperative in an unpredictable world.”.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Supply-chain resilience requires a risk-aware culture to establish and maintain strong defensive layers against unknown risks, as well as respond more quickly in the event of a severe crisis or operational threat. Let me start with a quote from a great leader!!

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

The Flex CEO, and board members are corporate leaders of this competitive event. While Kaizen events and continuous improvement (CI) projects provide breakthrough results, these are often not sustained. These metrics would, of course, be aligned and are updated every hour. The metrics are also manual as automatic metric systems cannot retrieve the information at an hourly frequency as these metrics are process inputs and not outputs.

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More Insights on Deploying the Digital Supply Chain

NC State SCRC

A presentation by Ed Smith from DHL resulted in a lot of interest, especially around emerging technologies related to use of “Google glasses” in the warehouse, the productivity tools (such as the follow-along cart), and pallet building visioning tools that could help warehouse workers build a safer and more solid pallet in real time. The need to be able to track events and disasters, and the ensuing need for real-time collaboration in the face of these events was discussed.

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Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

Supply Chain View from the Field

To give you an idea of what this is doing, the classic retail metrics, “same store sales” and “sales per square foot”, are no longer being reported by Macy’s department stores. To have this capability, involves having the technology integration to make it look like my event…not somebody else’s event. As noted earlier, order fulfillment is now using retail stores as warehouses. Inventory and Warehouse data.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Peak Season Success Built on WMS Efficiency

Veridian Solutions

However, in 2018, the days of sales had evolved even further, becoming a week-long event that started the day before Thanksgiving and continued through Green Monday. In addition, warehouses suffer from a disadvantage. warehouse is 34 years old, explains Michelle Fischer via Inbound Logistics. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. Extensive logistics solutions. Warehouse Management

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Peak Season Success Built on WMS Efficiency

Veridian Solutions

However, in 2018, the days of sales had evolved even further, becoming a week-long event that started the day before Thanksgiving and continued through Green Monday. In addition, warehouses suffer from a disadvantage. warehouse is 34 years old, explains Michelle Fischer via Inbound Logistics. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. Extensive logistics solutions. Warehouse Management

Peak Freight Preparedness: Creating New Value Through Performance Management

Intelligent Audit

Remember that throughput is the total volume of products picked from warehouse shelves, packaged, and sent out into the logistics web. The 2020 peak season is a record-shattering event, as described above. Disruption is the new normal in supply chain management.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

With new supply chain innovations , trends in logistics technology and advancements like automated robots making a big impact on operational efficiency, it seems that supply chain optimization is within reach for more companies than ever before. Treating suppliers like true partners is important, but most important when our business is in a slump (for example, some cyclical event). What is our supply chain mission; and what metrics and targets reflect it? Logistics 5.

IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

million metric tons annually. As carrier begins to adjust their rates, then down hierarchy players such as NVOCCs, LSPs, Trucking, Warehousing etc. Like the ones caused by the escalated tariffs, the changes caused by IMO 2020 will require importers and exporters to work with logistics experts to find solutions that preserve the integrity of supply chains and the profitability of their businesses. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

50 expert tips on supply chain management

6 River Systems

Warehouse managers face numerous challenges, as well, such as the need to keep goods flowing in and out of the facility while enabling associates to practice social distancing measures. “As the logistics industry faces extraordinary pressures, maintaining a culture of compliance is more critical than ever. Establishing protocols, metrics, organizational owners, and related processes can empower organizations to respond more effectively when faced with a crisis.”