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Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

PINC

While social distancing rules, shutdowns, and high demand for certain product groups are top-of-mind right now, employee and driver safety should also be factored into an organization’s overall pandemic response. live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.).

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.

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Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

If you’re not able to clearly see, examine, impact and manage every aspect of your supply chain and inventory processes – order status, shipments, in-transit goods, trade documents, costs, exceptions and more – you might as well be operating with blinders on. Or how about if you need capacity for a shipment – broadcast it across the social media outlets and you are likely to find space for your products to ship.

Too Much Focus on E-Commerce Shipping Practices? The Important Reminder That Logistics Fundamentals Still Matter

Cerasis

Unfortunately, e-commerce shipping practices, although different from traditional retail shipping, still fall short. Supply chain leaders need to understand why logistics fundamentals will continue to shape e-commerce shipping strategy. What’s Wrong With E-Commerce Shipping Practices? Minor improvements in the warehouse management system can help fulfill more orders, but the entire process will fail without a focus on the transportation strategy.

3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

LeanCor

Before our recent webinar, “Transportation Management: Driving improvements in cost, quality, sales, and delivery,” we conducted a transportation bench-marking assessment to discover industry trends and areas of opportunity in transportation management. Participants were then grouped into specific performance levels depending on their total points for the categories of People, Process, and Technology. transportation cost).

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management. Inventory is not only a critical part of supply chain management; too often it is the main cause of a painfully incremental progression toward effective and genuine supply chain management. Reading this article will enable you to see inventory from a perspective contrary to most conventional views defining inventory as an asset. Why can inventory reduction lead to organizational success?

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

Four Reasons Why You Should Be Using Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Adopt Transportation Management Software Today. Transporting goods seems straightforward, but to the experienced professional, it’s a complicated balance of success, unforeseen circumstances, and problem management. Keeping track of the entire system requires a small army, unless a company installs transportation management software (TMS). Here are the top benefits of adopting the latest transportation management software. Stop Holding Your Company Back!

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions. Getting into transportation is a different topic entirely, one that demands a separate, more intricate look. Transportation Manager. Inventory Managers. Transportation

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

Talking Logistics

It’ll come to me eventually, but in the meantime, here’s the news that caught my attention this week: Kewill Acquires the IBM® Sterling Transportation Management System (TMS). The MetaPack Group Acquires U.S. Shipping Vendor ABOL Software to Help Retail Customers Drive International Sales. Shipping startup Shyp comes to New York and soon Miami (VentureBeat). UPS, FedEx Want Retailers to Get Real on Holiday Shipping (WSJ – sub.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. Transport.

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? Lanehub Adds Backhaul Assist to Collaborative Transportation Network.

Global Trade Networks Create a Single Version of the Truth for Retailers

Talking Logistics

Drop shipping is becoming more and more popular among retailers as the “Amazon effect” creates intense pressure from customers for quick delivery. Retailers are willing to take the risk associated with releasing the inventory management and fulfilment process so product moves faster. So what are some of the benefits of drop ship as a method of fulfilment? . Drop ship offers the retailer the ability to offset an extended product offering without having the space to store it.

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Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Thankfully, digitization of inventory and technology like real-time shipment tracking from 3PLs are taking the pinch out of switching for these companies. While civil unrest could slow down production or shipments in a foreign country, natural disasters can accomplish just as much shipping disruption in North America. Even Canada, a country that’s not exactly famous for shipping disasters, was virtually cut in half by a single unexpected bridge collapse in 2016.

This Week in Logistics News (September 12-16, 2016)

Talking Logistics

If so, I invite you to attend two of the sessions that I am participating in, both related to transportation management: TMS 4 SMB: A Case Study with Carhartt. TMS solutions recently evolved to not only solve complex transportation problems for large shippers, but to also better meet the needs of the SMB market. Speakers: Brian Nichols, Vice President, Solutions, Knight Transportation; John Martin, Director of Sales Engineering, MercuryGate International, Inc.;

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Descartes’ GLN, route planning and transportation management solutions and deep domain expertise can help our retail, distribution and manufacturing customers in managing their global and local inbound logistics and delivery operations.”. . In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand. This Week in News Chainalytics cloud computing container shipping Descartes Systems Group HighJump Software Maersk NetSuite UPS

5 More Common Sense, Yet Often Forgotten Basics for Less Than Truckload Shipping

Cerasis

A few months ago we wrote a tongue in cheek post about 5 Upfront Tips you can do to save on less than truckload shipping (a capitalization of Less than truckload). We say “tongue in cheek” because when we have distributed some of the fundamental and basic best practices around tips when shipping LTL, experts in social media, primarily LinkedIn Groups, would state how rudimentary, 101, or basic the tips were. LTL less than truckload shipping

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

Groups throw-out concepts. While there are many types of visibility (see Figure 1), the most common use case is either sourcing or transportation visibility. I was at a customer last week that shipped to distributors and did not know the site of customer facilities. For example, only 29% of manufacturing companies can access total cost data and 31% struggle to see the impact of business decisions on inventory. Groups rally around the concept of real-time.

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This Week in Logistics News (May 11-15, 2015)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Alibaba Group Announces Strategic Investment in Chinese Logistics Company (MarketWatch). Walmart To Test A Free, Three-Day Shipping Service That’s Half The Price Of Amazon Prime (TechCrunch). March 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Shipping Line CMA CGM Signs Deal for Cuba Logistics Hub (WSJ – sub. Song of the Week: “Ship To Wreck” by Florence + The Machine.

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How To Keep Your Supply Chain Moving Fast as Fuel Costs Rise

Elementum

In today’s blog we’re taking a look at what this means for shipping costs, and how retailers can fortify their operations against price hikes. Why are shipping costs growing? Response of shipping companies. Shipping costs hit an all-time high earlier this year.

What does the Future of Transport Management Systems Look Like? A Look To 2018 and Beyond

Cerasis

Whether you call it a transportation management system, TMS, or transport management system, we have you covered on the State of TMS in our first post , the 4 key process enablers in the second post , and in today’s post we will cover what the future holds for transport management systems. As a TMS provider, Cerasis also provides the services related to transport management: freight claims , freight accounting , carrier relations , and more.

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. With order management tools and a network of warehouses , Symphony says its offerings will make it easier for large companies to provide two-day shipping or even same-hour delivery in major metropolitan areas.

The 4 Key Processes Enabled by a Transport Management System (TMS) in 2015

Cerasis

We continue our series on the “State of the Transportation Management Systems” today with our post on the 4 key processes enabled by the use by shippers of a transport management system or TMS. The popularity of the use of transport management system (TMS) has been growing steadily in the last few years. However, its usage is yet to reach a point where shipping professionals consider it indispensable for their business.

Functions of a Warehouse Management System – All You Need to Know

Vinculum

The transportation and logistics management industry are no exception as it has witnessed a significant shift in terms of day-to-day operations. With the assurance of inventory-related data transparency, a WMS reduces manual errors and also looks after the stock control management as well.

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Supply Chain Shaman

Thirty percent of companies have supplier development groups. It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds. Transportation will become more variable; and even scarce. Work closely with transportation carriers.

What is the FMSCA’s Unified Registration System (URS) And What is the Impact on Transportation & Logistics Management?

Cerasis

Effective transportation management can be a hassle. Transportation managers must keep up with the ship dates of inventory, where inventory is currently located in the transportation process, what insurance information is being used and appropriated for each shipment, and many more factors. Let's take a look at what this rule does, why it’s going into a fact, how it will affect the existing fleets, and its implications for the future of transportation.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Here are some excerpts from the article: The retailer wants suppliers that ship full trucks of products to deliver orders within a specified two-day window 87% of the time, up from an 85% rate it targeted previously. Back in July 2017, I interviewed Bennett Adelson, the former CEO of MacroPoint (which was later acquired by Descartes Systems Group, a Talking Logistics sponsor) about OTIF and how it is driving demand for visibility solutions.

6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement

Cerasis

We continue our series on strategic shipping by going into detail of the 10 main areas that shippers can turn to in order to have a strategic logistics and transportation management mindset. Today we will go into detail on using the available data created in the processing of shipments within transportation management and other related logistics management for continuous improvement. . Shipping processes revolve around a million-trucks-worth of data.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

We will define some of the most prevalent in transportation for those of you who have ever found yourself confused by the terminology. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Air Freight — Transportation of products via air transportation methods. Cargo — Product carried during transportation.

Keys to a Successful Dropship Implementation

Talking Logistics

Manufacturers and distributors are looking to expand their sales channels and get more of their brands in the hands of customers to generate loyalty, which can mean drop shipping on behalf of retailers looking to expand their product assortments. This will increase the customer’s product and shipping options. These are typically with regards to onboarding and transportation requirements. Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - enVista Retail drop shipping dropship enVista

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The 5 Benefits of Hybrid SaaS TMS

Cerasis

New, innovative technology platforms have greatly sped the expansion and evolution of transportation as well as logistic solutions. The transportation management system, or often referred to as TMS, is a great example of how this technology is being used to create a more interconnected space both digitally and physically. The transportation feature functionalities can be compared to what many recognize as on premise solutions. Technology TMS Transportation

3PLs – The Catalyst in the Growth of Brands

Vinculum

3PL retailing share storage and labor costs for many customers and allocate the appropriate storage space and labor time needed to store inventory and complete orders. Track orders and inventory in real time. 3PL providers, such as additional product shipping departments for customers, 3PL support brands of quality control, compliance and safety in stock. Some 3PLs include branded inserts, shipping labels, and confirmation emails that require customers to remain genuine.

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Building Value Networks. Stopping the Backward Slide.

Supply Chain Shaman

Like a rocket ship traveling to Mars, a new press release popped into my email each day. GXS purchased Inovis, OpenText purchased GXS, Descartes Systems Group purchased numerous assets to form the GLN (Global Logistics Network), and TrueCommerce purchased Datalliance. (If

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Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning

Logility

Failed SCM implementation causes shipping errors. WMS failure causes Adidas to under ship by 20%. in inventory write-down and 20% drop in stock value. Warehousing and transportation costs. COGS, Total Supply Chain Cost, Productivity, Returns Rates, Carry Cost of Inventory.

Insight on how 3PL handles eCommerce Returns for B2B and B2C Retail Brands

Vinculum

It refers to any service contract that includes inventory storage and management,picking and packing, freight forwarding,shipping, distribution, customs brokerage, contract management, IT solutions, cross-docking etc.