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The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy. The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. Many companies struggle with decisions such as “How many days of sales or inventory turns per year should we target? or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”. Structural inventory is a direct result of design choices.

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Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

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In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Leading manufacturers have proven that best-in-class strategic sourcing can create measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Inventory. Logistics. The post Strategic sourcing enters a new age.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains. Healthcare Logistics.

The Convergence of Logistics and Commerce (and Social Networking Too)

Talking Logistics

According to the article: Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services [emphasis mine], by helping these brands enable faster shipping. Yes, Symphony, a company that started out as a software company enabling the front-end of the e-commerce process, is now a third-party logistics provider (3PL) too. Source: Symphony Commerce website.

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

Cerasis

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. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

This Week in Logistics News (September 3-7, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Here I am doing my standard Talking Logistics intro through one of my favorite filters: How awesome would it be to discuss blockchain or the capacity crunch in transportation using this filter for an entire episode? Spark Delivery: Walmart’s Crowd-Sourced Delivery Platform.

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning – What It Is and How to Operate

USC Consulting Group

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) is a dynamic process in which the company’s operating plan is updated on a regular monthly or more frequent basis. Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning is done on an aggregate or family level, and covers a sufficient span of time to make sure that the necessary resources will be available. Objectives of Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning. Prerequisites for Performing Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources

Freightos

The Experts’ Choice of the Top Online Logistics Resources. So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. Experts’ Choice: Supply Chain and Logistics Email Newsletters. This is the experts’ selection – but if we had to choose just one, our go-to read is the fast-rising WSJ Daily Logistics Report.

7 Key Factors that Underpin the Success of your Inventory Optimization Initiative

Supply Chain Opz

From the most basic to the most advanced organization, Inventory Optimization is a critical goal and one which underpins the effectiveness of the supply chain operation. Inventory Optimization requires an organization to sustain and maintain the right mix of cost versus service. In this article we will examine inventory optimization processes as part of a structured sequential journey and examine seven of the key factors in delivering the optimal mix of stock.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Tom, the colorful warehouse manager, constantly heckled Frank for the increasing inventory levels while Ed, the quiet material/logistics manager, constantly questioned if there was a better way. Inventory Management market-driven value chains

This Week in Logistics News (July 20-24, 2015)

Talking Logistics

There was a lot of supply chain and logistics news this week, so let’s go straight to it. UPS Said to Be in Talks to Buy Coyote Logistics for $1.8 Bloomberg broke the news this week that UPS is reportedly in talks to buy Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion, which if it happens, would be another large deal in the third-party logistics (3PL) industry since December (see, for example, FedEx acquisition of GENCO and XPO Logistics acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle ).

Do You Understand Your Chief MRO Inventory Challenges?

Logistics Bureau

If your company is in the business of maintenance, repair, and operations, you should already be aware of the strengthening trend in service as a source of value , both in business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketplaces. Given this knowledge then, does your organisation place enough importance on the management of MRO inventory? If yours is one of them, and you’re wondering where and how to start getting a grip on MRO inventory, this post might help.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics can be traced all the way back to the Greek and Roman empires , but it’s undergone several major transformations as new technologies provide opportunities to more efficiently manage the movement and storage of goods. In the digital transformation age, logistics is once again undergoing a major shift. These technologies also contribute to a rise in big data and analytics in the logistics field. ” Meet Our Panel of Logistics Pros: Brian Jessup.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”. 3PL’s, Contract Manufacturing, Suppliers, Logistics providers…. Sure, we’re concerned, and in some cases stocking more inventory at local distribution centers. They want to assure the sourcing meets their “sustainable” expectations.

This Week in Logistics News (August 3-7, 2015)

Talking Logistics

This was a relatively quiet week for supply chain and logistics news, which is typical for August, so let’s go straight to it: Macy’s expands same day delivery to 17 cities as it challenges Amazon ( Reuters ). XPO Logistics Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results. Our ability to expand same-day delivery is rooted in local merchandise inventories at Macy’s stores, as well as a newly expanded delivery footprint of our partners at Deliv [emphasis mine].”.

This Week in Logistics News (July 6-10, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Now, for this week’s supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention: JDA Unleashes Powerful New Capabilities to Enable the Seamless Supply Chain. The other interesting technology news came not from a software vendor, but from a $26 billion manufacturing and logistics services company: Flextronics. Note: JDA Software is a Talking Logistics sponsor. The post This Week in Logistics News (July 6-10, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Supply Chain Management: How to Optimize the Process

USC Consulting Group

Start at the front end with planning and scheduling, inventory management, and strategic sourcing. From there, identify the most cost-effective distribution and logistics options to further enhance your supply chain management. Here at USC Consulting Group, we’ve been working with organizations across numerous industries for 50 years, helping them transform their operations and optimize their supply chain.

Jobs and Career Paths in Supply Chain and Logistics

Logistics Bureau

Are you fresh out of college or university and planning to enter the supply chain or logistics profession? Source: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2017 Survey. Of course the same is true in many professions, but is particularly so in the arena of supply chain and logistics. Types of Job in Supply Chain and Logistics. There are many job types in supply chain and logistics, so to simplify things, it’s best to categorize them in some way.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Logistics is no exception. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. Here is our glossary of top logistics terms to know. Logistics Terms for Pros to Know. Audit — In logistics, an audit refers to the process of examining, adjusting, and verifying freight bills for accuracy. Benchmark — In logistics, benchmarks refer to KPI thresholds set by an organization to measure supply chain performance.

2013 Third-Party Logistics Study

Supply Chain Movement

The success of the third-party logistics industry is evident in the generally high marks given to 3PLs by respondents to a survey as part of the 2013 17th Annual Third Party Logistics Study, which identifies trends and explores how both 3PLs and shippers are using these relationships to improve and enhance their businesses and supply chains. Shippers report spending an average 12% of revenues on logistics, and an average 39% of that figure is spent on outsourced logistics services.

How BT is Building a Connected Supply Chain Amidst Ongoing Transformation

AIMMS

We spoke with David Mackenzie , Transformation & Inventory Director at BT, to learn more about this shift and the role AIMMS has played in enabling it. The other part of my role is supporting the inventory management functions within BT Group, driving decision-making around what we buy, when we buy, and where from. Our inventory managers work with demand and supply forecasting across our business. It has helped us dynamically optimize our engineer sources as we go.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Luckily, the current movers and shakers of the logistics and supply chain world are all too happy to dole out sage advice in the form of blog posts, interviews, podcasts — you name it. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Logistics personnel and supplier management pointers.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Source: Evan, Flikr. “I I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. But I was right with some of my other predictions, especially my prediction that we would see a rise in cyber attacks in 2017, with supply chain and logistics operations becoming new targets. UPS Joins Top Alliance To Create Blockchain Standards For Logistics. SophiaTX Open Source Platform to Integrate SAP, Blockchain.

A Better Approach to Supply Chain Segmentation?

ToolsGroup

Most companies segment their supply chain by breaking it down according to operational and logistical metrics. Gartner research director Jennifer Loveland calls it end-to-end segmentation, where you determine first what your customers want, then create end-to-end models—from sales through sourcing, delivery, and customer service—to serve them. This type of segmentation lets you group customers by similar drivers and trade-offs, like price, lead time and lot size.

A “Swiss Army Knife” of Supply Chain Talent Requirements: Views from a Former Wolfpack Student

NC State SCRC

He then went into global imports for the central purchasing group in Raleigh. He became a director at that point, working with sales planning, inventory planning, and financial planning, and pulling together the Sales and Operations Planning team, as well as introducing new products and eliminating obsolescence. In 2013 we had $8M of raw material inventory – due to poor purchasing, poor safety stock decisions, and a lot of WIP in the system.

TMS: The Mighty Software What Is TMS and How Does It Work?

GTG Technology Group

Each type has its pros and cons that could make it right or wrong for the specific needs of the individual or group. The better side of this idea provides important delivery, inventory, and cash flow aspects to businesses and drivers. Another way TMS works well with companies and their drivers is by lowering their inventory requirements. Sources: [link]. appeared first on GTG Technology Group. What Does TMS Stand For?

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My first focus was on China sourcing. News coverage showcases the differences between logistics and supply chain management. China was the source of over 90% of PPE.) To adapt, I recommend that companies form two groups: Operational/Business Continuity Group.

It’s About Time for a new “World Class Supply Chain” Paradigm

NC State SCRC

As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. This was the first intelligent database system at the time that allowed me to look at a “deck” of the current buy for a commodity group for our production buy. I started by looking at no more than 10 commodity groups, and looked at the production buy across these commodity groups.

Five Benefits of Upgrading Your Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Waste would be a thing of the past, inventory and financial management systems would work to perfection, and revenues would flow in. When the ARC Advisory Group surveyed logistics managers, more than 40 percent said if they had to shut down their TMS and return to previous processes, their overall costs would increase between 5 percent and 10 percent. Sources: [link]. Delaying Upgrades Is Holding Back Your Transportation Company.

European Supply Chain Directors Forum 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Organisation: Accucore Group. The event is comprised of an agenda of original case studies, inspirational keynote sessions, interactive workshops and specialist working groups. Our members include: VPs/Directors/Group Heads in: Supply Chain. Logistics. Sourcing. More information>> Events accucore group collaboration corinthia hotel culture European supply chain directors forum event Forum manucore Prague Procurement supply chain transformation

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. The focus in supply chain groups was not on how to design the operations so that they were more effective; instead it was about the use of best practices to maximize the value of what we had.

Building Value Networks. Stopping the Backward Slide.

Supply Chain Shaman

GXS purchased Inovis, OpenText purchased GXS, Descartes Systems Group purchased numerous assets to form the GLN (Global Logistics Network), and TrueCommerce purchased Datalliance. (If I lovingly call this group the network wannabes. In the 1980s, I had a flip phone. (On

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How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

Key factors influencing inventory levels, supplier quality, demand forecasting, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, production planning, transportation management and more are becoming known for the first time. Source: Machine Learning – A Giant Leap for Supply Chain Forecasting, Material Handling and Logistics Conference (PDF, 28 pp., Source: DHL, Artificial Intelligence in Logistics, 2018 (PDF, 45 pp., Journal Of Business Logistics , 37 (1), 6-17.

A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - January 2016

EFT

Source: US BEA). . Source: US DOC & Census Bureau) Consumer Confidence The Consumer Confidence Index increased to 96.5 Source: The Conference Board) (The consumer confidence index is based on a monthly survey of 5,000 U.S. Source: US DOL) . . Source: US Census). .