The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking?

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service

QAD

Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. Unreimbursed Freight. Improving forecast accuracy can help improve DIFOT without increasing inventory.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. Inventory is both.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” Rising Freight Spend . With the rapid rise in omnichannel shopping and the need to fulfill those orders quickly, retailers must balance inventory positioning, the labor cost to fulfill the orders, and transportation costs.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

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A major freight company employs a team of meteorologists that works closely with its flight dispatchers and contingency coordinators, for example. Companies can then prioritize their mitigation efforts based on parameters such as value-at-risk, customer importance, and field inventory.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As a third party logistics company with a focus on better Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight management, we have several shippers who are in the manufacturing industry. The 5 "Golden Metrics" to Know in order to Drastically Improve Manufacturing Operations.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. This work is typically periodic to accompany a freight bid or an end-to-end project. Companies need multi-tier Available to Promise (ATP) and real-time inventory management.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. Of course, you’ll want to be courteous and professional with your feedback, but being open and honest with this metric can go a long way to solving problems between you.

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Interview for Metrics That Matter. My kitchen table is piled high with interviews for the upcoming book, Metrics That Matter. I recently interviewed him for my upcoming book, Metrics that Matter, that publishes in August 2014. How do you define the metrics that matter?

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030

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A new study by the SupplyChainDigest analyzing the main components of working capital: Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), Days Inventory Outstanding (DIO), and Days Payables Outstanding (DPO) revealed an uptick in DIO. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

The ideal TMS can maximize the efficiency of a warehouse and directly affect inventory management. As a result, the amount of inventory can be managed to reflect the consumer demand. Freight Consolidation. Sometimes, the lines between FT and LTL are blurred, especially when all LTL shipments are compiled into FT via freight consolidation. Mobile Access to KPIs and Metrics.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months. If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account.

Logistics Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

If you move freight for a living, you know the importance of logistics key process indicators (KPIs). A KPI is an indicator (a metric) that you have chosen, and agreed with your partners and or customers, that will determine whether you are meeting your critical success factors. Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. I sometimes use the terms KPI and metrics interchangeably, but they are not the same. Only the most important metrics can grow up to become KPIs.

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Service Level Agreement Defined

The Logistics of Logistics

Inventory Record Accuracy via Cycle Counting and Root Cause analysis. Each KPI has a specific measure or percentage to be reviewed based on your needs, examples : Inventory Records Accuracy: 98-100%, IT implementations: a specific timeline, Cost Reduction: 5% per quarter based on the Logistics provider’s expertise, Continuous Improvement initiatives: Going beyond the customer’s expectation: 5% improvements each quarter, etc.

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The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

The people on the ground–my contacts in the 3PL, freight forwarding and transportation industry–know that the labor strife is only a part of the larger story. Today, this is not a valid assumption, and most manufacturers lack the inventory buffers for inconsistent flows.

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LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). A key process indicator (KPI) is a metric that you have chosen that will give an indication of your performance and can be used as a driver for improvement. This means that while all KPIs are metrics, not all metrics are KPIs. Only the most important metrics can grow up to become KPIs.

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4 Long Term Ways to Save with Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping

Cerasis

So, your organization has decided to explore the benefits and perks of less than truckload freight shipping. The dedicated TMS can further eliminate the frustrations that occur with typical full-truckload (FT) shipments and small package freight by combining all KPIs and available options into a single, comprehensive tool. Overall Costs of Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping. Few shipping processes can be more complicated than managing Less than truckload freight shipping.

Guest Blog Part 2: Start Your eKanban Implementation with Value-stream Mapping and Engaging Your Suppliers

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With eKanban implementations, this can be any number of problems including excess materials on hand, slow inventory turns, too much scrap and more. If you’re not using a manual Kanban system, map the current inventory replenishment process.) Freight costs. Monitor your metrics.

Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment Spikes With Data Analysis

Cerasis

Lackluster insight into freight spend and poor freight management controls. Fortunately, data analysis allows Warehouse Managers to gain the insights necessary to create metrics to track performance, which are also known as key performance indicators (KPIs).

‘Best in Class’ Supply chain from a Road warrior perspective – Part 3

Kinaxis

Which metrics are most important? Everyone would agree that the big buckets of metrics are Service, Revenue, Inventory (Cash), and Cost, which support your company’s strategic goals. Why not let the order fulfillment representative understand how they may be affecting inventory?

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. Whatever your Industry you should be able to make comparisons to competitors, do benchmarking, and even compare yourself on key metrics across industries.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web Tools. Overcapacity in the global air freight market, increasing customer preference for lower-yielding shipping solutions, and a slowing U.S.

3PL Fulfillment Prices! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Third, 3PL fulfillment companies are also giving away less of their negotiated small parcel freight discounts. Inventory shrinkage decreased from the previous year to an average of 1.26%. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

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Tips for Maximizing Warehouse Space

Cerasis

Using New Technology for Maximizing Warehouse Space Is the Solution New technologies and warehouse automation are poised to enable warehouse managers to increase inventory without necessarily increasing space. Put brick-and-mortar storage space to use for extra inventory.

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

There should be metrics involved to monitor these objectives to ensure success across the supply chain. These metrics should be reviewed frequently to ensure supply chain success. o Space—holding places for unnecessary inventory. Inventory velocity and inventory reduction.

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Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

If your vendors do not understand your organization’s policies and procedures regarding inbound freight , how can they adhere to your needs? This means that a near-majority of companies are faced with the pitfalls of internal, low-guidance systems for managing both inbound and outbound freight. Approximately 54 percent of companies actively run metrics on inbound freight, but these metrics may be lacking. In other words, the term, “metrics,” can be deceiving.

Gartner’s 2018 Top 25 Supply Chains List! Is it Still Relevant?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Inventory Turns 3. (10%). Return on Assets (ROA) and Inventory turns are also a part of the scoring process. There is no question that the Supply Chain of any business usually has a significant impact on ROA and certainly on Inventory turns. Further an Inventory turn of 1.0

7 Pitfalls of Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

While FBA sellers weren’t held directly liable for this failure, thousands of FBA sellers were severely impacted when Amazon enforced last minute changes to their inventory storage policy just before the holidays. Amazon FBA Inventory Woes. Amazon FBA Inventory Swap.

Supply Chain Management Case Study

LeanCor

Current metrics included: Inter-Plant (Inter-DC) Freight Costs. Inventory Cover and Costs (Including Overflow and External Warehouses). Continue minimizing total delivered costs (production, inventory, freight). Reduce lead times and inventories.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

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. Omnichannel Supply Chain Metrics: What Should Supply Chain Leaders Measure?

Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

Supply Chain Shaman

We then rated companies on their ability to manage and improve a portfolio of metrics: operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). What suppliers need help with cost (LEAN, labor, freight,…)?

Supply Chain Personified! The Link Between Your Company Silos!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The responsibilities, metrics, skills, strategies and mandates for each function can cause people to put their functional focus ahead of the greater company objectives. Freight and Logistics Human Resources Procurement Supply Chain Management Business HumanResources Leadership SCM supplychai

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. Inventory records, product specs, shipping documents contain errors. There are excess inventories of some materials and shortages of needed. Holding areas are maintained for excess inventory. Employ a system that replenishes inventories by gauging actual rates of depletion.

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