Improving the Transportation Solve: Jointly Optimizing across Inventory and Transportation

Logistics Viewpoints

When a company is looking to reduce their freight spend, while maintaining or improving service levels, there are two main paths they can take. They can buy and implement a transportation management system (TMS). Or they can outsource transportation planning and execution to a 3PL that provides managed transportation services (MTS).

Transport Management System: Making your Logistics Supply Chain Successful

20Cube Logistics

TMS (Transport Management System) is one such automation that is helping manage and automate the operations by providing visibility into the transportation activities. Better inventory management : Manage orders and shipments in real-time.

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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.

Inbound Freight Trends for 2020: A Commitment to Improving Vendor Relations

Cerasis

The leading inbound freight trends for 2020 reveal a stronger push to improve inbound logistics efficiency and lower barriers to inventory management stress. The post Inbound Freight Trends for 2020: A Commitment to Improving Vendor Relations appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Inbound Freight Trends Inbound Freight Trends

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Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Cerasis

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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Inventory Management

LeanCor

Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. If we’re going to get inventory into consumer hands the same day they place the order, the inventory has to be 1) available and 2) less than 8 hours away. This requires us to push the boundaries of current inventory management practices, or hold lots of inventory network-wide.

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation expense can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.” Transportation cost drains drive up costs. Many companies are experiencing dramatic increases in transportation expense that have turned into cash and quality drains for their organization. Savvy financial managers know transportation cost can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively. Freight terms are negotiable.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle. Any supply chain’s success is closely linked to the appropriate use of transportation.

Re-valuating The Supply Chain: Transportation Execution Driven By Innovation In Uncertain Times.

PINC

As markets demand not only efficiency but agility and adaptability from supply chains in our current reality, supply chain executives have been heavily investing in automated execution and real-time visibility technologies to continue moving inventory and delivering on customer expectations.

Inbound Freight Collaboration: How a TMS Creates Harmony Between Shippers, Vendors, and Carriers

Cerasis

These consequences include higher freight spend, poor dock scheduling, increased carrying cost of inventory and more. The post Inbound Freight Collaboration: How a TMS Creates Harmony Between Shippers, Vendors, and Carriers appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Inbound Freight TMSToday’s supply chains suffer from egocentric mindsets.

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.

[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management

Cerasis

How Big Is the Problem Of Inbound Freight Management? Inbound freight management is receiving a lot of attention as businesses continue to look for ways to manage shipping costs. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money and even reduce confusion.

Four Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Inventory Planning and Sustainability

ToolsGroup

I think it’s time we started spreading the good news: when you harness demand and inventory planning to slash unnecessary expenses and improve service to customers, you also reduce waste and support sustainability. Having the right inventory in the right location brings a variety of waste-reduction benefits. The place to start for a more efficient inventory stocking strategy is better understanding your demand so you can precisely predict how much goods you need, where and when.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Utilizing a 3PL to Apply Transportation Management Best Practices For E-Commerce

Cerasis

In the age of e-commerce, maintaining the status quo will result in failure, disgruntled customers and added expenses, but shippers that leverage 3PL resources to apply transportation management best practices for e-commerce , as listed below, can navigate the issues that arise in e-commerce and achieve sustained profitability. As a result, shippers must understand the transportation management challenges in e-commerce. Lowered freight spend.

3PL Basics: The 11 Transportation Services with Jeremy Thone

The Logistics of Logistics

3PL Basics: The 11 Transportation Services with Jeremy Thone. Joe Lynch and Jeremy Thone discuss the 3PL basics: the 11 transportation services provided by 3rd party logistics providers. BrokerWare is a transportation management system (TMS) for Non-Asset Based Freight Brokers.

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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.

How to Prepare Transportation for Holiday Returns

PLS Logistics

Freight Inventory Customer Experience Omni-ChannelThe holiday season is upon us, and retailers must be prepared to avoid seasonal challenges. One major obstacle facing retailers: the rising number of e-commerce returns. Return rates have amplified as the percentage of internet sales continues to develop. The shift to e-commerce sales, especially during the holidays, prompts impulse buying and a greater chance of the customer’s later regret, which results in higher return rates.

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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E-Commerce Freight Consolidation & Desconsolidation: Understanding the Role of Intermodal Freight Shipping for Successful E-Commerce Logistics

Cerasis

For shippers, the best way to handle the e-commerce logistics surge lies in e-commerce freight consolidation and deconsolidation. E-Commerce Growth Is Incompatible With Stagnate Freight Shipping Strategies E-commerce growth can boggle the mind. Unfortunately, shippers using traditional freight shipping strategies, including limited use of Intermodal freight shipping, will result in added expenses and delays in moving e-commerce freight.

Freight Data Trends for 2019 and How a TMS Will Grow in Value

Cerasis

The application of data can help shippers gain control of shipping costs and make informed decisions, and the top freight data trends for 2019 exemplify how the use of a transportation management system (TMS) can further this cause. Shippers need to consider how the freight data trends will affect dropshipping, omnichannel shipping, reporting capabilities, and much more. As omnichannel shopping becomes the standard for consumers, the use of freight data will excel.

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Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Controlling inventory flow is a top priority among warehouse managers, and gaining control over inventory drives warehouse efficiency. Controlling Inventory Flow Begins With Liquidate Nonessential Products. The first step to controlling inventory flow effectively is liquidation of all non-essential products, explains Paul Trujillo of Business2Community. This will help to prevent the reordering of slow-moving products and ensure optimum inventory levels.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. What is vendor-managed inventory? The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor. Better transportation planning.

Improving inventory management

EFT

Factory closures, blank sailings, massive cuts to air freight, reduced warehouse capacity and more have hit business-as-usual and often turned carefully calibrated chains on their head. In his opinion the way you do that is “By putting inventory close to customers.

What’s the Difference Between Freight Management and Logistics Management?

Supply Chain Game Changer

In business it is not uncommon to hear the words “Logistics Management” and “Freight Management” thrown around interchangeably. “Logistics” and “Freight” both conjure up imagery associated with the movement and transportation of goods whether by truck, car, rail, ocean liner or any other form of transportation. What is Freight Management? But what activities are thus considered to be a part of Freight Management?

LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

For freight, managing black swan events, like risk mitigation , means finding problems that are on the verge of causing disruption and taking advantage of resources to minimize their impact. Shippers need to know why freight black swans are increasing, how using LTL to intermodal shipping options can reduce their incidence, and a few best practices to keep the use of intermodal from becoming a black swan itself. Transit times are longer than just transportation time.

Transportation Trends: What’s Going on in the Trucking Industry?

PINC

Here are the top trucking trends that all shippers should be aware of, according to The American Transportation Research Institute. Coming into 2019, issues like the tariff wars, driver shortage, and rising freight rates were high on transportation managers’ radar screens. Freight rates have leveled off (and even retreated, in some cases). Reefer freight rates continue to drop, with a current national average of $2.14 Terrill Transportation Inc.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Each blog post written is distributed into groups that reach the supply chain community as well as professionals in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and more.

[PODCAST] Why Digital Tools to Optimize Inventory Management Allows Supply Chain Execs to Stay More Strategic at Every Link in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode, we welcome Margaret Bendis, US Marketing Specialist for a company called EazyStock a cloud-based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that optimizes inventory management. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” We’ll publish every Tuesday right on the Cerasis blog and Freight Institute. Inventory Management Logistics Podcast Supply Chain

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.

How to Use a TMS to Manage Inbound Transportation (And Gain Visibility)

PLS Logistics

Inbound freight management is multifaceted and can eat up more than 40% of the average organization’s annual freight budget, according to Aberdeen Group. Since inbound freight savings have a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line, shippers that make it a supply chain priority reap inventory efficiencies, cost containment and enhanced productivity and service. Download Inbound Freight Cost Management ebook. Visibility TMS Inbound Freight

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Shipping Less-Than-Truckload Freight in E-Commerce: Shipping Online Is More Than Just Parcel Shipments

Cerasis

According to Logistics Management, more parcel carriers are moving heavier parcel shipments to less-than-truckload freight in e-commerce because they’re overwhelmed. This creates a wonderful opportunity for shippers to eliminate the middleman costs by considering the use of less-than-truckload freight options for e-commerce. Why Are Shippers Looking to Less-Than-Truckload Freight in E-Commerce? Apply Standard Shipping and Handling Costs to Freight Quotes.

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.

Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?

ToolsGroup

Industry analysts have pointed out an obvious fit with inventory optimization. If retailers optimize their inventory—dynamically aligning their supply chains to changing customer preferences and behavior—they can position inventory to satisfy demand at the lowest possible cost. These analytics flow to the software's multi-echelon inventory optimization component to place the inventory by location and SKU—favoring the DC location for predicted online demand.