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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. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

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. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

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The Importance of LTL Freight Management in your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consumers now have higher expectations regarding their purchase experience—convenient pickup and delivery options; an increased demand for accurate, real-time visibility to their order; and easy to use, low cost transportation purchasing options are critical.

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 ).

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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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 . It is rare today to read the Wall Street Journal or listen to an earnings call without hearing about the impact of rising transportation costs.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Companies that integrate reverse logistics systems into their logistics systems distinguish themselves from competitors in: effective management of inventory availability and cost. meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit. Logistics Reverse Logistics Transportation Management reverse logistics systems

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

Managing adverse weather conditions is part and parcel of transportation planning. 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. Professor Yossi Sheffi is Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics.

Importer/Exporters vs Freight Forwarders/3PL – Levelling the Playing Field

3rdwave

Too often – make that almost always – importers and exporters (BCOs – Benefiticcial Cargo Owners) are dependent on their NVOCC, Freight Forwarder or 3PL (3PL) to provide them with visibility into their global supply chains. 3rdwave Transportation

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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?

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

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.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

The key difference between the two can perhaps be explained in the following example: A 3PL provider working with a paint manufacturer may package and store products as well as transport them to retailers and/or customers. Ambient and/or temperature-controlled storage of supplier freight.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Cerasis

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. This means managing shipments and inventory can be simplified and taken with you, giving you renewed freedom in operating your business. Historically, TMSs were out of reach for companies moving less than $100 million in freight , but cloud-based systems give everyone a fair chance at the best rates.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). 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. Mobile Access to KPIs and Metrics.

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.

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)

3rdwave

In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. Managing the complexity of global transportation requires human capital, time, and/or money.

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

Arkieva

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. Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030. California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. From the research, we know that when organizations have source, make and deliver reporting to the same leader, that supply chain performance improves (intersection of operating margin and inventory turns).

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)

3rdwave

In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. Managing the complexity of global transportation requires human capital, time, and/or money.

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

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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What is the FMSCA’s Unified Registration System (URS) And What is the Impact on Transportation & Logistics Management?

Cerasis

Effective transportation management can be a hassle. Transportation managers must keep up with the ship dates of inventory, where inventory is currently located in the transportation process, what insurance information is being used and appropriated for each shipment, and many more factors. Let's take a look at what this rule does, why it’s going into a fact, how it will affect the existing fleets, and its implications for the future of transportation.

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How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

Another option is to work in a warehouse, or in transport, or maybe in customer service where you are dealing with people all the time. A common route into supply chain management is a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, or international transport.

IMO 2020 is Here. Are You Ready?

Supply Chain Game Changer

This regulation will see the largest reduction in the Sulphur content of the transportation fuel under taken at any time in the history. Under this regime, the primary responsible party in the freight market will be the vessel owner or operator. million metric tons annually. New fuel will likely cost more than current bunker fuels and fuel surcharges will likely be added by carriers & its expected to increase freight rates by at least 15% to 30% in 2020.

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. You may have to learn how to navigate a new software, or your organization may simply need additional training on a new transportation management system (TMS). 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.

TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment. Often, the deployment of transportation management software systems or TMS systems is a great aid in reducing overall hard and soft transportation costs.

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Q4 2020 Freight Market Update: Preparing for 2020 Peak Season

Zipline Logistics

The past three quarters have been anything but typical for the freight market and the domestic economy at-large. The arrival of COVID-19 sent freight volumes skyrocketing to keep up with panic buying at retailers nationwide. What Is Driving the 2020 Freight Market?

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping compliance requirements in mind, requires a strategic approach. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need. Activities such as these help the retailer improve efficiency, lower inventories, focus on an omni-channel approach, and respond most effectively to the consumer’s demands.

[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. Our job at Cerasis is to optimize transportation management for these manufacturing shippers so that in turn, they can focus on their own core, the process of manufacturing. However, effectively measuring, analyzing, and improving upon those manufacturing metrics is more complicated than it may seem.

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “ cutting out the middleman “ Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. Think about the typical set of objectives and metrics associated with managing a Supply Chain. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

The 5 Benefits of Hybrid SaaS TMS

Cerasis

New, innovative technology platforms have greatly sped the expansion and evolution of transportation as well as logistic solutions. The transportation management system, or often referred to as TMS, is a great example of how this technology is being used to create a more interconnected space both digitally and physically. The transportation feature functionalities can be compared to what many recognize as on premise solutions. Technology TMS Transportation

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. I don’t think that the ports are up to the challenge of moving the high-levels of freight with larger ships without rethinking unloading space, equipment and flows. The flows assume that transportation can move without an interruption.