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Reverse Logistics and the Power of Your 3PL!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Blog post originally published by Expak Logistics on [link] Permission to publish here provided by Morgan Dixon. For many companies, reverse logistics has become an integral part of their business plan, offering them the ability to maximize the efficiency of their operations. Generally, reverse logistics is defined as “the process of moving goods from their typical final destination for the purpose of capturing value, or proper disposal. Subscribe Here!

A Case Study in Reverse Logistics Optimization!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics? When one of the world’s leading manufacturers of personal computers set new goals for its European operations, ModusLink was there to help. Inadequate planning and execution resulted in excess and obsolete inventory and poor utilization of warehouse space. Configured a highly structured and efficient reverse logistics program to supplement demand inventory and reduce sourcing costs. Subscribe Here!

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The Complete Logistics Picture: The Role of Parcel in Reverse Logistics

Cerasis

Managing parcels for outbound shipping represents only a portion of a shipper’s overall logistics strategy. Freight spend must include parcel in reverse logistics spend, and major carriers are turning their attention to the value stream of proactive parcel management in reverse logistics. In fact, the top carriers actively invested in parcel in reverse logistics to offer more options to shippers, such as the $1.4

Reverse Supply Chains: Best Practices for Better Asset Recovery

Cerasis

Recovering your assets is a difficult task no matter what your occupation with reverse supply chains in the marketplace. Effective Reverse Supply Chains. As most warehouse strategies are formed to combat issues of product shortage or provide important accounting data regarding a product, technology has been created to help reverse supply chains and drive larger recovery by serving the business needs for selling surplus.

What’s the Difference Between Fulfillment and Replenishment?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Aside from the demand planning, customer order management, and supplier order management activities associated with Fulfillment most people traditionally think of Fulfillment in the context of the Warehouse or Distribution Centre. In a Warehouse all of the activities involved in sending INITIAL orders to Customers or Channels are considered Fulfillment. At a very crude level both involve the completion of orders in a Warehouse or Distribution Centre setting. Subscribe Here!

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

SCM encompasses the integrated planning and execution of processes required to optimize the flow of materials, information and financial capital in the areas that broadly include demand planning, sourcing, production, inventory management and storage, transportation — or logistics — and return for excess or defective products. These jobs could involve working in a Warehouse, Distribution Centre, Manufacturing operation, or in an Office environment, or all of the above.

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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. . However, despite formidable challenges, the logistics industry has been anything but stagnant. Bringing Freight Online In The Carrier Space. Carriers literally do the heavy lifting in international freight.

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. . However, despite formidable challenges, the logistics industry has been anything but stagnant. Bringing Freight Online In The Carrier Space. Carriers literally do the heavy lifting in international freight.

What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What’s The Difference Between Logistics and Supply Chain Management? What is the difference between Logistics and Distribution? Without consulting a dictionary both Logistics and Distribution suggest imagery involving the movement of goods. Let’s start by considering the common definitions that are used for each of Logistics and Distribution. Logistics. Comparing Logistics and Distribution. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

Cerasis

The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent enterprises within the logistics industry. Around the globe, different companies and organizations are continually looking for ways to design, bills, and sell robots for the logistics industry that do not impinge upon the Kiva hat. Driving Forces Behind the Increase in Use of Warehouse Robots.

Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The back bone of all of it is Digital Technology: The Internet of Things (IoT) End to End Digital Connectivity Cloud Computing Blockchain Big Data Artificial Intelligence Predictive Analytics Machine Learning Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Voice Activated Technology Wearable Devices Robotics 3D Printing and On Demand, Additive Manufacturing Cyber Security Autonomous Vehicles Drones Software as a Service (SaaS) and much more. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Impact of B2B E-Commerce on Manufacturers and Distributors.

Cerasis

Ultimately, B2B entities are experiencing dramatic impacts on distribution and manufacturing for several key reasons. For example, the Cerasis Rater enables B2B sales by allowing other B2B partners to request automatically reorders, retrieve freight rates and offer e-commerce fulfillment and shipment. In the past, software-as-a-service (SaaS) grew to dominate the manufacturing and warehousing industries. E-Commerce LogisticsE-commerce grew 10.2

The Great Maersk Shift

Freightos

The following is a 5,000 word exploration of Maersk’s strategic shift to end-to-end logistics services, based on open sources. Demand for ocean freight was lower than anticipated, and Hanjin Shipping, another top ten ocean liner, was already teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

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What Makes an Effective OS&D Strategy?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

A food and beverage manufacturer is shipping into a large retailer. In the process of unloading the freight, the dock workers notice that one pallet shifted during transportation and appears nearly ready to fall over. Maybe the product will be dropped at a local warehouse to be restacked, reworked, and redelivered. It also could mean that the driver needs to bring the freight back to the origin or another location so the product can be returned or sold to someone else.

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Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. According to the CSCMP's "State of Logistics" Report from 2015, logistics costs now make up over 8% of the GDP. Any percentage less for your business with logistics costs as a percent of your revenue, goes straight to the bottom line. . Logistics Cost Reduction by Focusing on Safety.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

3PL Basics: An Introduction to 3rd Party Logistics with Roberto Cadena

The Logistics of Logistics

3PL Basics: An Introduction to 3rd Party Logistics with Roberto Cadena. Robert Cadena and Joe Lynch provide an introduction to 3rd party logistics. 3rd party logistics services include 5 major categories: 1.) Warehousing 3.) Logistics 4.) Logistics 3.)

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Understanding E-Commerce Fulfillment: Definition, Process, Resources!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Keys to Success in Warehouse Management/Order Fulfillment! Now that your business has grown, you may outsource your fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) service. Shipping times and methods are part of your third-party logistics operations. You can expand and contract warehouse space as your business needs change. When you think of a fulfillment warehouse, you might imagine rows of shelves filled with products. See more on warehouse location below.)

What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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What is a 3PL? The Ultimate Guide Including Definitions of 1PL, 2PL, and 4PL!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution? Most people involved in logistics or supply chain related fields would have heard of the term 3rd Party Logistics or 3PL. I ‘m not sure however if many would be that familiar with the terms 1st Party Logistics, 2nd Party Logistics or 4th Party Logistics let alone even pondered the meanings of 1PL, 2PL or 4PL. 2nd Party Logistics (2PL). 3rd Party Logistics (3PL).

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics? Yet all of the functions that we now associate with Supply Chain have been around for a very long time: Planning, Inventory Management, Logistics, Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and many more. I worked in Materials Handling, Packaging Engineering, Warehouse Space Planning, Resource Planning, Procurement, Inventory Management and Control, Production Control, Systems Management and other areas.

Is Google the most innovative supply chain company in the world?

Freightos

Marketplaces such as Alibaba’s Tmall, caters to suppliers and manufacturers. Inventory management and replenishment as well as reverse logistics can now be managed by mobile as well as payments. yellowbox]Check out where the future of online sales for the freight industry is heading with this free white paper.[/yellowbox]. Technology Trend 2: 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing. This, in turn, could reduce shipping and air freight volumes.

What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics. Admiral King was no doubt surrounded by logistics activities and logisticians. He just didn’t know which functions were actually considered logistics. What is considered logistics vs what is considered supply chain? Logistics Services.

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10 Key Logistics & Procurement Supply Chain Practices to Know and Master to Reduce Spend.

Cerasis

Many suppliers and manufacturers may have existing, internal analytics tools, but using these tools for benchmarking processes may be ill-fated. This is comparable to the Holy Trinity of Manufacturing and Shipping discussed earlier this year in previous blog posts. Manufacturers must work to consolidate incoming supplies and outgoing shipments to make their incoming and outgoing freight more attractive to major carriers.

The Effect of Consumer Delivery Demands on Shippers and How Retail Compliance Programs Can Help

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Increasingly, they’re turning their sights to transportation and logistics—traditionally viewed as line item expenses, not core competencies—as a strategy to attract and keep customers in this new landscape. DC Velocity columnist Mitch Mac Donald recently noted , “some of the most amazing advances in logistics are coming from retailers that are scrambling to remain relevant (and, oh yeah, profitable) in a rapidly changing marketplace.”.

The 5 Most Popular Logistics Blog Posts for 2015….So Far

Cerasis

We will feature our 5 main categories all week: Logistics, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transportation, and Freight. Our goal is and will always be with the Cerasis blog to provide as much value through informative and education blog posts in several categories that are pertinent to those in the manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and freight industries. 5 Most Popular Blog Posts from the Logistics Category. Other Top Logistics Blog Posts.

How A Brewery Company Manages Contracted Transporters In Real-time

Abivin

As a big manufacturer, they follow a strict logistics process to manage transportation in real-time, which has been proven to improve efficiency and profit. Company logistics organization structure Logistics organization structure can vary from different companies and the demand to optimize general process. First, let’s take a look at the logistics optimization platform implementation to see how technology can change the whole logistics efficiency.

7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

EFT

Robots are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent enterprises within the logistics industry. Around the globe, different companies and organizations are continually looking for ways to design, bills, and sell robots for the logistics industry that do not impinge upon the Kiva hat. Driving Forces Behind the Increase in Use of Warehouse Robots. . However, robots are being actively used to reduce the number of staffers within the facilities of logistics operations.

Supply chain & logistics webinar

Proxima

Building a Modern Playbook for Supply Chain and Logistics Stardom. At our recent webinar, held with Supply Chain and Logistics consultancy Hatmill, Proxima’s Simon Geale welcomed Joe Metcalf, Johnathan Foster, Neil Jordan, and Simon Dixon to discuss their advice on the tools needed now to achieve supply chain and logistics success across: warehousing, automation, freight, and reverse logistics. Warehousing pressures.

Supply Chain Risk Management is a Cirque Du Soleil Calibre Act!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What if a hurricane destroyed our manufacturing building? Without raw materials, components, subassemblies, products or services a company will not be able to manufacture, distribute, sell and deliver to its customers. If there is only one supplier for your materials and the supplier has a problem in manufacturing, quality, allocation, or even financial solvency this can disrupt your supply lines. This should inform your plans for sourcing and logistics.

Report Points to Increase of Shippers Outsourcing Transportation Management Due to These 4 Core Benefits

Cerasis

Consider the many shippers who have outsourced transportation management and other logistics functions to third-party logistics (3PL) providers the past few years. A distributor or manufacturer’s strength is in making product—its focus is procurement and streamlining production, but without the capability to fulfill orders, it is doomed. third party logistics industry was at a healthy 4.5 Businesses today often need a bit of help moving their bottom line forward.

The Effect of Consumer Delivery Demands on Shippers and How Retail Compliance Programs Can Help

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Increasingly, they’re turning their sights to transportation and logistics—traditionally viewed as line item expenses, not core competencies—as a strategy to attract and keep customers in this new landscape. DC Velocity columnist Mitch Mac Donald recently noted , “some of the most amazing advances in logistics are coming from retailers that are scrambling to remain relevant (and, oh yeah, profitable) in a rapidly changing marketplace.”.

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. Logistics/Link Supplier Selection/Management. Reverse Logistics/Repair Operations.

Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

Cerasis

One of the most surprising parts of the episode showed a warehouse worker using a voice-automated picking system (see video below), and the worker would then scan the product with a scanner on the tip of his finger. Today, wearables are becoming increasingly popular, and these devices have the potential to radicalize the typical supply chain in forward and reverse logistics processes. Use of Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain and Manufacturing.