The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

GlobalTranz

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?

[e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs

GlobalTranz

Take a look at how a business can use technology, metrics, and services to improve transportation processes, which range from supplier shipping to route optimization. We hope you enjoy this comprehensive look into data, business intelligence, metrics, and the CORE KPIs every shipper and manufacturing or supply chain professional should know in order to continually improve business practices and reduce overall costs.

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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. A high level of unreimbursed freight shows that the team is taking extraordinary measures to satisfy customers. Companies can use these metrics to help ensure they are doing everything possible to satisfy their customers at a manageable and sustainable cost. Unreimbursed Freight.

Metrics and Issues to Consider in SQM (Supplier Quality Management) By 5 Big Industries

GlobalTranz

In the first post our long tme guest blogger, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chai n, gave us 5 core metrics to evaluate supplier performance using supplier quality management and a 4 step process to execute. In today’s post, Chuck will take it a step further and break down metrics and issues to look out for by 5 main industries: Pharmaceuticals. Review of SQM Metrics and Issues Across 5 Core Industries. #1: Trend Metrics Collected per Site.

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

GlobalTranz

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 ).

Stranger things: Air cargo becomes value play over ocean freight

The Supply Chain Journal

The price for shipping goods by air is nearly double what it was before the COVID pandemic, but ocean freight has become so expensive – and even slower – in recent months that air cargo actually seems like a relative bargain to many companies.

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Manufacturing Labor Productivity: A Vital Metric to Spur for American Manufacturing to Compete

GlobalTranz

Two weeks ago the Bureau of Labor Statistics handed down some pretty dismal news for American manufacturing—news that was largely overshadowed by the façade of job growth numbers. Yes, American manufacturing is adding jobs. And that’s very dangerous, especially because that decline extends to the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing: A Global Competitive Landscape… Can the US Keep up? Durable manufacturing has been the predominate force behind the steady U.S.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. Disaggregate freight spend data. When analyzing freight spend, the devil is in the details.

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight

GlobalTranz

Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. 8 Most Common Reasons Why You May Receive a Freight Claim Declination Letter. Happy New Year!

Stealing your own freight: O’Hare cargo delays force drastic measures

The Supply Chain Journal

Shipment volumes at O’Hare have exploded in the past 18 months as businesses turn to air transport for critical imports of personal protective equipment, replenishment of depleted inventories and to overcome manufacturing and ocean supply chain disruptions.

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Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

A major freight company employs a team of meteorologists that works closely with its flight dispatchers and contingency coordinators, for example. When Cisco saw news of wildfires in Colorado in 2012, it wasn’t concerned, because it had no manufacturing or suppliers in the area. The post Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky appeared first on Connect Blog by TMC, a division of C.H.

The Importance of LTL Freight Management in your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

You need a less than truckload freight management strategy. Why is LTL freight management important to your supply chain? Leveraging a suite of solutions for less than truckload (LTL) freight has become the cornerstone of successful supply chain strategies.

The Digital Freight Ecosystem Part 2: What’s Bringing Freight Online

Freightos

The Digital Freight Ecosystem. Part 2: What’s Bringing Freight Online. In the first part of this article , Dr. Schreiber observed that freight is still largely offline and examined why freight digitalization has been so complicated. . Bringing Freight Online In The Carrier Space. Carriers literally do the heavy lifting in international freight. Customer management can be expensive and hands-on, especially in an error-prone industry like freight.

Peak Freight Preparedness: Creating New Value Through Performance Management

Intelligent Audit

To maintain efficiency, supply chain leaders need to understand a few things about how peak freight preparedness always goes back to leveraging shipping data and creating new value through performance management. Peak Freight Preparedness Hinges on Efficient Management.

The Digital Freight Ecosystem Part 2: What’s Bringing Freight Online

Freightos

The Digital Freight Ecosystem. Part 2: What’s Bringing Freight Online. In the first part of this article , Dr. Schreiber observed that freight is still largely offline and examined why freight digitalization has been so complicated. . Bringing Freight Online In The Carrier Space. Carriers literally do the heavy lifting in international freight. Customer management can be expensive and hands-on, especially in an error-prone industry like freight.

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.

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

GlobalTranz

Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. Top Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014. Like last year, reshoring and the idea of a US Manufacturing comeback, or revivial, or rennaisaince (whatever you want to call it) was of huge interest to our readers of the Cerasis blog. Is Manufacturing Really a Good Career Choice?

Most Read Manufacturing Articles of 2015

GlobalTranz

It is that time of year again where we feature the most viewed articles on the Cerasis blog in each of the six main categories we write about: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. . Most Read Manufacturing Articles of 2015. We will first start with the top Manufacturing Articles that were published in 2015. It is very clear that the most popular articles in the manufacturing category are mainly focused on technology.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts.

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

GlobalTranz

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. We relay on guest bloggers and the expertise of others for manufacturing best practices.

FreightWaves Classics: Port of Portland helps serve the Pacific Northwest… and beyond

The Supply Chain Journal

Potash is a nutrient used to manufacture fertilizer; it is one of the dry bulk products moved through T-5. million metric tons to 7.5 million metric tons.

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. He is responsible for manufacturing, procurement, supply chain planning, logistics, quality, social responsibility and final product engineering. I recently interviewed him for my upcoming book, Metrics that Matter, that publishes in August 2014. Which metrics do you think matter to supply chain excellence?

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

GlobalTranz

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka.

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Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

The previous decade has seen many companies, mainly those handling manufacturing operations, change how sourcing of direct materials is executed – from an administrative function to a somewhat strategic procurement approach that has seen the creation of a new position “the Chief Procurement Officer.” There’s been a shift from executing daily freight transactions to integrating top-level corporate planning and procurement strategies.

The Reorder Point Formula: Everything You Need to Know

Unleashed

A carefully calculated reorder point is therefore critical to good stock control, and keeps your key metrics looking healthy for your next inventory report. When it’s the right time to manufacture more products. Business Tips inventory metrics inventory reporting stock reorder

ArcBest sees August tonnage dip in efforts to bolster LTL service

The Supply Chain Journal

The company didn’t specifically say it has embargoed service to any customers or locations but the industry as a whole has been working to keep nontraditional LTL freight out of its networks. Table: Q3 LTL operating metrics; company reports. manufacturing sector.

Old Dominion says share gains drive tonnage, revenue higher in Q3

The Supply Chain Journal

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line announced Tuesday that volumes and yields grew at an accelerated clip during August. Table: Q3 LTL operating metrics; company reports. The August Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index increased 40 basis points to 59.9%.

How to measure the performance of a manufacturing plant?

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Posted by Abhay Dhall, Associate Consultant (Manufacturing Vertical), Infosys Limited In my previous blog , I spoke about the need for companies to create a value stream map for their processes in order measure, control & improve their processes. There are some important metrics which help make informed decisions on improvement initiatives. A basic yet powerful metric that usually is a good indicator of operating performance of a manufacturing business is the cycle time.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

GlobalTranz

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka.

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10 Issues Keeping Manufacturers and Distributors Up At Night for 2015

GlobalTranz

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.

9 KPIs to Track for Proper Freight Management

GlobalTranz

In modern manufacturing and transportation, savings are everything. However, if you know what critical freight management KPIs or key performance indicators to track, you can know exactly how to change processes to decrease costs, which will result in savings for the end user. According to a National Cooperative Freight Research Program report, Performance Measures for Freight Transportation , the following graph breaks down how other respondents rate the cost of logistics.

FreightWaves Classics: Fallen Flags – Southern Pacific Railroad

The Supply Chain Journal

Southern Pacific #6235, still wearing the classic “Black Widow” livery, leads a westbound freight out of San Jose, California during June 1965. The Southern Pacific and Rock Island worked closely to carry passengers and freight between Chicago and Los Angeles.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

Reducing freight costs, improving supplier delivery performance, and minimizing supplier risk are three of the many benefits machine learning is providing in collaborative supply chain networks. The manufacturing industry leads all others in the volume of data it produces on a yearly basis. Also, machine learning is leading to more accurate measures of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), a key metric many manufacturers and supply chain operations rely on.

Pandemic Lessons For Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Shaman

Advanced planning evolved with a focus on modeling manufacturing constraints. More and more cargo shifted to ocean transport until the container imbalances resulted in issues with “rolling the freight” from ship to ship despite confirmed bookings.

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

synchrono

Through this guest blog series, my intent is to share some of my experiences implementing supplier quality and Lean manufacturing initiatives by focusing on eKanban systems. My first post offered advice for planning an eKanban rollout (advice that could be applied across any Lean manufacturing project). Too often, I see manufacturers get excited about the destination of best-practice process improvement without carefully considering the starting point. Freight costs.