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

Cerasis

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.

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?

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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 ). 2: Audit Strategy.

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.

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

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal operational systems and customer satisfaction levels. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? Lean Manufacturing Planning and Implementation.

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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. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

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.

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

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

Cerasis

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.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

Seeing this, we decided that it would be helpful to compile a curated list of 50 of the best tips on logistics planning and strategy that we could find. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Study the needs of your supply chain in order to make informed predictions. “Many manufacturers practice demand-driven logistics, meaning they are focused on their customers’ buying signals. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment.

Key Ingredients to Formulating a Winning Supply Chain Strategy in the Process Chemical Industry

Logility

Process manufacturers face a highly complex supply chain challenge. Add to these factors such as razor-thin margins, SKU-proliferation, globalization, and products that tend to be heavy, bulky and/or expensive to move and it quickly becomes apparent why process manufacturing supply chains are very challenging. There are several key ingredients in formulating a winning process manufacturing supply chain.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

In its simplest form, fourth-party logistics is a model in which manufacturers hand over the entirety of the organisation and oversight of their supply chain to a 4PL provider. the digitisation of manufacturing. Ambient and/or temperature-controlled storage of supplier freight.

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

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.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

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.

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9 KPIs to Track for Proper Freight Management

Cerasis

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.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

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

Cerasis

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.

4 KPIs to Measure the Success of Your New Sustainability Strategy

AFFLINK

Even more challenging is establishing goals and metrics for this ever-moving target. We've suggested four of the most valuable key performance indicators (KPIs) to determine whether or not your sustainable supply chain management strategy is meeting your intended outcomes. Less-than-truckload ( LTL ) freight classification is a shipment based on the density of the products shipped.

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

Arkieva

Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. The Sustainable Freight Action plan released by California governor Jerry Brown outlines a long-term 2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transportation system. Targets for 2030 Include: Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030. Foster future economic growth within the freight and goods movement industry.

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.

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?

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). In this installment, I’d like to talk about strategies for rolling out an eKanban project that have proven successful for me. Strategies for Getting Suppliers on Board.

How Supply Chain Efficiency Can Cut Costs for Food Ingredient Shippers

Zipline Logistics

An effective supply chain strategy that controls costs is crucial because margins for ingredient manufacturers are typically thin. It is crucial to understand your customers’ order cadence so that you can shape your inventory strategies around their volume and velocity. If you have a co-manufacturer in the southeast that providers consistent business, then you want their orders to ship from nearby warehousing. Blog Post Cost Savings Strategies Industry Trends

‘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. In Part 1 , I wrote about company culture and making decision trade-offs using metrics, alignment of objectives, and the need to measure past, present and future performance. Recognize achieving the optimal goal for each metric requires trade-offs.

Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

Some cite a lack of visibility or lack of control for reasons to not manage inbound logistics, and while proponents of “increased visibility” argue more information begets more effective inbound logistics strategy, its meaning gets lost in the murky waters of the internet. If your vendors do not understand your organization’s policies and procedures regarding inbound freight , how can they adhere to your needs? In other words, the term, “metrics,” can be deceiving.

[PODCAST] Shippers Who Excel at Recruiting Talent Improve Innovation, Culture, & Service

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s The Freight Project Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes Teresa Obinger, the Cerasis Human Resources Manager. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” We’ll publish every Tuesday right on the Cerasis blog and Freight Institute. We hope you enjoy this episode of The Freight project podcast! Innovation & Strategy Resources for Shippers.

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

Whatever your Industry you should be able to make comparisons to competitors, do benchmarking, and even compare yourself on key metrics across industries. 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. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out Brand Protection – The Definitive Role of the Supply Chain!

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need. The right shipping strategy is vital to ensure your products are where they need to be when they need to be there, especially in times of disruption. We can help you begin or enhance a retail consolidation program by combining your freight with freight from other companies who are also shipping to the same retailers.

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. As we head towards what many experts are citing as a 2017 carrier capacity crisis and growing demands from consumers to keep them happy call for shorter delivery cycles, the traditional strategy of procurement cost saving and shipment consolidation opportunities have to be supplemented through innovative solutions, to deliver the best bang for the buck.

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. New e-commerce strategies threaten UPS, FedEx ( Reuters ). Con-way Freight announced this week that it has enhanced its Mexico service offering with the introduction of real-time, door-to-door online tracking, a 24-hour Customer Resource Center and new web tools for tendering and managing shipments moving to and from Mexico.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

When the world changes around you, and when it changes against you, what used to be a tailwind is now a headwind — you need to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.”. Create a culture of flexibility in manufacturing/ sourcing strategy.

The Top Logistics Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

We continue our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories ( Freight , Manufacturing , Logistics , and Supply Chain ). Our first post covered the Top 5 Freight Management blogs of 2016. It was also evident that many folks wanted more information around KPIs and Metrics, as our top 5 included two posts from this sub-category. e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs.

Sustainable Logistics Practices Can Serve as a Differentiator for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Sustainability is an often-discussed concept that can be a reliable source of differentiation for CPG manufacturers. In the meantime, one of the best ways for manufacturers to find fuel efficiency improvements and emission curbing opportunities is through route optimization.