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Reverse Logistics and the Power of Your 3PL!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Blog post originally published by Expak Logistics on [link] Permission to publish here provided by Morgan Dixon. For many companies, reverse logistics has become an integral part of their business plan, offering them the ability to maximize the efficiency of their operations. Generally, reverse logistics is defined as “the process of moving goods from their typical final destination for the purpose of capturing value, or proper disposal. Subscribe Here!

A Case Study in Reverse Logistics Optimization!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics? The application of advanced forecasting and planning methodologies improve inventory management in a critical, high-volume repair business, dramatically reducing costs and fulfillment cycles while improving customer satisfaction. When one of the world’s leading manufacturers of personal computers set new goals for its European operations, ModusLink was there to help. Reduced spare parts inventory levels by 52 percent or $2.3

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Reverse Supply Chains: Best Practices for Better Asset Recovery

Cerasis

Recovering your assets is a difficult task no matter what your occupation with reverse supply chains in the marketplace. Effective Reverse Supply Chains. This excess of inventory can often pose as a problem when companies already have a long list of issues to tackle to remain relevant in the market. Such tools, like the Cerasis Reverse Logistics product , which is newly released, allow an employee to procure and dispose of surplus product from more than one location.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

SCM encompasses the integrated planning and execution of processes required to optimize the flow of materials, information and financial capital in the areas that broadly include demand planning, sourcing, production, inventory management and storage, transportation — or logistics — and return for excess or defective products. These jobs could involve working in a Warehouse, Distribution Centre, Manufacturing operation, or in an Office environment, or all of the above.

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31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats

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Many off-shore manufacturers have returned to the U.S., Those changes, along with high costs of transporting materials and finished goods to and from overseas locations, make the value of reshoring likely to become a compelling financial reality for many manufacturers. manufacturers hurried to produce off-shore, believing significant cost reductions and huge profits would follow. 70% of manufacturers indicate that volatile energy costs are a major concern.

Is Your Supply Chain A Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

Supply Chain Game Changer

From planning to negotiating to buying, from moving goods to processing goods, and from managing data to managing inventory. Lean for instance is equally applicable in Supply Chain as it is in Manufacturing or anywhere else. The Supply Chain in the Financial sector is different from Manufacturing and Distribution for instance. The Cash Cycle is a function of the days of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Inventory and Capital Expenditures. Subscribe Here!

Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS)!

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I began my career working in a manufacturing plant within an international company that was completely vertically integrated. From component manufacturing through to subassembly manufacturing and end product assembly they did it all. Within 10 years the company experienced a number of site closures and declared that manufacturing was no longer a core competency. We had phenomenal, global capabilities in Logistics and Procurement. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

What’s the Difference Between Fulfillment and Replenishment?

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Whether the order is sent to an end consumer, another company, a Retail store, a Manufacturing facility or another Distribution Centre, the process of sending product to that customer is Fulfillment. When you are Replenishing those goods you are engaging processes associated with Inventory management, re-order points, stocking levels, order lead times, transit times, purchase order changes and more. Subscribe Here! Email Address. From Click to Ship in 4 Minutes!

What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution?

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Check out What’s The Difference Between Logistics and Supply Chain Management? What is the difference between Logistics and Distribution? Without consulting a dictionary both Logistics and Distribution suggest imagery involving the movement of goods. Let’s start by considering the common definitions that are used for each of Logistics and Distribution. Logistics. Comparing Logistics and Distribution. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

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The back bone of all of it is Digital Technology: The Internet of Things (IoT) End to End Digital Connectivity Cloud Computing Blockchain Big Data Artificial Intelligence Predictive Analytics Machine Learning Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Voice Activated Technology Wearable Devices Robotics 3D Printing and On Demand, Additive Manufacturing Cyber Security Autonomous Vehicles Drones Software as a Service (SaaS) and much more. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

The Top 6 Trends in Logistics Impacting Shippers in 2017

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The election is over, but the race is just starting for logistics providers. From Amazon to hyper-local retailers, 2017 will be a year of intense scrutiny and pressure on logistics providers. Fortunately, your organization can get ahead of the learning curve by knowing what trends in logistics to watch for this year. The Top 6 Trends in Logistics Impacting Shippers in 2016. Autonomous Trucks Will Drive Logistics Forward. Logistics

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10 Issues Keeping Manufacturers and Distributors Up At Night for 2015

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As we get settled into this new year, we thought we’d share observations from conversations we’ve had with manufacturers and distributors recently. In fact, in order to combat these ever pressing issues and competition, we recently shared our insights on trends for 2015 facing manufacturers and distributors on the Cisco-Eagle Blog. Rather than Count Sheep, Manufacturers and Distributors Should Face these Issues. Manufacturers are also doing more to influence end-customers.

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

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Check out What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics? Yet all of the functions that we now associate with Supply Chain have been around for a very long time: Planning, Inventory Management, Logistics, Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and many more. I worked in Materials Handling, Packaging Engineering, Warehouse Space Planning, Resource Planning, Procurement, Inventory Management and Control, Production Control, Systems Management and other areas.

The (Internet of Things) IOT Supply Chain Benefits Now Coming Clearer

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Most manufacturing processes heavily rely on the use of machinery. However, over the course of several months, this slight change in pressure could cause permanent damage to the machine, or it may cause additional problems for other aspects of the manufacturing process. For example, a machine may need to have a specific part replaced every three months, but periods of increased demand could mean the manufacturing entity is placed at maximum capacity.

Supply Chain Risk Management is a Cirque Du Soleil Calibre Act!

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What if a hurricane destroyed our manufacturing building? Without raw materials, components, subassemblies, products or services a company will not be able to manufacture, distribute, sell and deliver to its customers. If there is only one supplier for your materials and the supplier has a problem in manufacturing, quality, allocation, or even financial solvency this can disrupt your supply lines. Inventory Performance. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic!

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China was locking down hundreds of millions of people and closing manufacturing facilities. As China is the largest manufacturing country in the world the economic repercussions were really starting to be felt. And with less manufacturing output there were fewer container ships leaving Asia full of goods meaning activity in ports in North America and Europe would slow down rather quickly. Automotive manufacturers are looking to manufacture ventilators.

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E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce

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By 2020, the value of B2B e-commerce will surpass $1 trillion, and manufacturers, distributors, retailers, reverse logistics managers, third-party freight brokers and logistics services providers are working to keep up with the trend. E-Commerce Is Spurring Record Growth in Logistics E-commerce has made it impossible to meet the status quo with traditional technologies, and still, some shippers have not yet implemented e-commerce and TMS solutions.

The Effect of Consumer Delivery Demands on Shippers and How Retail Compliance Programs Can Help

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Explosive growth of ecommerce means huge volumes of goods are moving from suppliers to distribution centers, stores, and residences, and, in the case of returns (it is estimated shoppers returned $385 billion worth of inventory in 2017), back again. Increasingly, they’re turning their sights to transportation and logistics—traditionally viewed as line item expenses, not core competencies—as a strategy to attract and keep customers in this new landscape.

What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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3PL Basics: An Introduction to 3rd Party Logistics with Roberto Cadena

The Logistics of Logistics

3PL Basics: An Introduction to 3rd Party Logistics with Roberto Cadena. Robert Cadena and Joe Lynch provide an introduction to 3rd party logistics. 3rd party logistics services include 5 major categories: 1.) Logistics 4.) based transportation and logistics providers.

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How A Brewery Company Manages Contracted Transporters In Real-time

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As a big manufacturer, they follow a strict logistics process to manage transportation in real-time, which has been proven to improve efficiency and profit. Company logistics organization structure Logistics organization structure can vary from different companies and the demand to optimize general process. First, let’s take a look at the logistics optimization platform implementation to see how technology can change the whole logistics efficiency.

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

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Marketplaces such as Alibaba’s Tmall, caters to suppliers and manufacturers. Inventory management and replenishment as well as reverse logistics can now be managed by mobile as well as payments. yellowbox]Check out where the future of online sales for the freight industry is heading with this free white paper.[/yellowbox]. Technology Trend 2: 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing. This, in turn, could reduce shipping and air freight volumes.

What Should an LTL Transportation Management System Do for Me as a Shipper?

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That is the word being used to describe the state of the logistics industry in 2017, reports William B. Last year, the 2016 State of Logistics Report alluded to rising shipping volume, partially responsible for decreased overhead costs, as a driving force behind declining overhead costs across all modes of shipping. To achieve these results, a quality LTL-based TMS must include the following modules: Reverse Logistics. Freight Estimate Optimization.

What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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The Effect of Consumer Delivery Demands on Shippers and How Retail Compliance Programs Can Help

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Explosive growth of ecommerce means huge volumes of goods are moving from suppliers to distribution centers, stores, and residences, and, in the case of returns (it is estimated shoppers returned $385 billion worth of inventory in 2017), back again. Increasingly, they’re turning their sights to transportation and logistics—traditionally viewed as line item expenses, not core competencies—as a strategy to attract and keep customers in this new landscape.

Understanding E-Commerce Fulfillment: Definition, Process, Resources!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Now that your business has grown, you may outsource your fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) service. Shipping times and methods are part of your third-party logistics operations. There are four basic components of the e-fulfillment process: ECommerce store and fulfillment center integration Receiving and inventory management Order fulfillment Returns processing. Receiving and Inventory Management. Of course, no inventory means no sales.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

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The nodes in the Supply Chain are those facilities that are involved in the end-to-end manufacture, processing, distribution, and consumption of goods. Supplier and Company Manufacturing facilities, Warehouses, Distribution Centres, Retail outlets, Return and Repair operations and Consolidation points are all Supply Chain nodes which use resources to perform their processing activities. The manufacturing and processing operations at your Suppliers also drive energy consumption.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. According to the CSCMP's "State of Logistics" Report from 2015, logistics costs now make up over 8% of the GDP. Any percentage less for your business with logistics costs as a percent of your revenue, goes straight to the bottom line. . Logistics Cost Reduction by Focusing on Safety.

Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

Cerasis

Today, wearables are becoming increasingly popular, and these devices have the potential to radicalize the typical supply chain in forward and reverse logistics processes. Additionally, the rise of third party logistics providers is helping the same organizations attain the same cost and efficiency of their bigger competitors. Use of Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Do you ever watch Undercover Boss?

8 Ways Collaboration in Supply Chain Reduces Bottlenecks & Optimizes Results

Turvo

Used properly, collaboration enables better procurement, efficient shipment management, transparency, proactiveness, improved customer experience around delivery, and a team prepared to handle reverse logistics management. Therefore, what both shippers and logistics providers need to reduce bottlenecks in the supply chain and optimize results is a collaborative logistics platform with collaboration built alongside every supply chain process from order to cash.

Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020

Logistics Bureau

Rob O’Byrne makes an early start with his round-up of supply chain and logistics trends that might make industry headlines in the coming year. His observations include trends in first and last-mile logistics, and the increase in SMEs entering global markets. 2020 Supply Chain and Logistics Trends: What’s Around the Corner? Again, this might include recycling or refurbishing items damaged in storage or transit, or placing undamaged returns back into a sales inventory.

Green Supply Chain Management - Infosys Blogs

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Industrial Manufacturing. Logistics and Distribution. What is Green Supply Chain Management : Green Supply Chain Management is all about delivering products and services from suppliers, manufacturers to end customers through material flow, information flow and cash flow in the context of environment. Lean Manufacturing is eliminating waste in every stage of supply chain. It is the best practice to be followed since it reduces inventory, saves space and energy.

Three Mega Trends Driving Supply Chain Transformations

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We recently participated in two conferences that both focused on this topic: Transparency 18 , a freight visibility summit hosted by FreightWaves, and the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference —Move to Mastery: Innovate, Disrupt, and Scale the Digital Supply Chain. One of the main drivers behind increased supply chain complexity is that the line between manufacturing and retail is blurring.