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


Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. ISO publishes guidelines for conformance to its standards. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? Inventory records, product specs, shipping documents contain errors. Shipping containers permit excessive empty space or product damage.

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Manufacturing and Logistics: Manufacturers Look towards Logistics Efficiency to Stay Competitive


A traditional viewpoint of manufacturers reveals many flaws in the efficiencies of standard shipping, transportation, and other logistics processes. Inherently, manufacturing and logistics go hand in hand. Manufacturers must receive raw material inbound and send out product to customers outbound. Yet, this model is growing old and inefficient, and manufacturers are being forced to re-evaluate logistics processes in order to stay competitive.

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Sustainable Manufacturing is the New Key to Profitability


Just a few years ago, sustainability in manufacturing was seen as a nice-to-have. Today, sustainable manufacturing is becoming a critical factor in a manufacturer’s ability to compete and maximize profitability. She noted that the research firm used to give sustainability a weight of 10% in scoring the top 25 manufacturing companies; this year the weight is 15%, and next year, it will be 20%. Sustainable Manufacturing Initiatives that Drive Cost Savings.

Outbound Tender Rejections Increase for the First Time Since March Peak

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This increase is a result of many states loosening or completely lifting virus guidelines for businesses. Produce shipping is showing signs of strengthening and should begin building activity for the remainder of the month before leveling off in June. Shipping in or out of Alabama should be back to pre-pandemic difficulty. When shipping to or from California, check to ensure that facilities are online and operational. Shipping to and from Florida should be undisrupted.

Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard: Preparing for July 2016 SOLAS Shipper Mandates

Talking Logistics

Shippers are required to communicate verified weights in a shipping document. According to the World Shipping Council’s guidelines on the law, “In order to address safety problems at sea and on shore arising from container shipments that have incorrect weight declarations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI Regulation 2 – Cargo information regarding a mandatory container gross weight verification.”.

This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

How long before Amazon announces that it is buying its own 18,000 TEU container ship? Speaking of container ships, there continues to be a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the new SOLAS requirements, which go into effect on July 1, 2016. Considering that there are multiple ports, countries and carriers each developing their own guidelines, the need for a global process standard is critical.

Freight Volume Rebounds to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Zipline Logistics

Shipping in or out of Alabama should be?back When shipping to or from California, check to ensure that facilities are online and operational. Shipping to or from Colorado should not be restricted.?? . If shipping to or from DC, ensure your supply chain partners can handle freight.?? . Shipping to and from Florida should be undisrupted.?? . The state has allowed all facilities to reopen if they follow proper social distancing guidelines.?? .

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Do they follow DOE guidelines? Transportation Cost Drain #4 - Supplier Shipping Terms. Supplier shipping terms are often under scrutinized because of the potential conflict with the buyer, purchasing department or vendor. Transportation Cost Drain #10 - International Shipping. Bill and his team engage as supply chain consultants helping manufacturers, distributors and others improve their supply chain.

How Would a Hard Brexit Impact UK/EU Trade?


Let’s take the example of goods being shipped from Germany to the UK. Manufacturers in the EU may be adversely impacted if they source raw materials from the UK. Thus, if a manufacturer is exporting to a non-EU country that has a free trade agreement with the EU, the goods would be subject to tariffs and cost more to land in that country. On 23 June 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

The Ecommerce Lifecycle with AJ Khanijow

The Logistics of Logistics

Prior to founding Fulfyld, AJ held business development and leadership positions in the manufacturing, technology, packaging, and consulting industries. Fulfyld integrates directly with e-commerce marketplaces and shopping carts to simplify your shipping process.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service


This measures the number of orders or order lines shipped on time and without backorders or shortages. This is calculated by dividing the total number shipped in full and on time by the total number scheduled. For example, use a product configurator rather than an engineering approval process, and use built-in parameters to ensure that order discounts are within guidelines. Very little has more impact on a company’s success than customer satisfaction.

The Effects of a Recall Can Be Minimized With a Connected Supply Chain


If the supply chain processes are not connected from the beginning to the end of the entire procurement, manufacturing and distribution processes, or “field to fork”, you will have a bumpy road. Transportation Vessels – Trucks, ships, rail cars, tankers, etc. Food and Beverage manufacturers have been putting lot numbers on products for years. It seems like there are more product recalls now than ever before.

7 Tips For Shipping Heavy Haul


Heavy Haul’ term in freight describes a shipment carrying unusually large and wide load, for example manufacturing equipment that exceeds the guidelines for legal dimensions (width, height or length) and/or weight limits in which case special equipment and specials permits are required to transport the load. Trucking company takes care of permits : In most cases, once contracted, the Carrier will take care of requesting permits and include them in the shipping cost.

Letter from the CEO: Market Update April 23, 2020


Carriers are starting to see that more shipping facilities are requiring the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Shipping facilities are requiring all individuals including drivers to wear a face covering such as a scarf, neck gaiter, bandana, or other type of mask, surgical mask or dust mask upon entering. Facilities continue to encourage all individuals to practice social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of 6 feet or more from others.

Blockchain and Reverse Logistics: Recapturing Costs and More


Manufacturers and shippers have a duty to ensure sustainability, reports Supply Chain Dive , and an effective sustainability program must consider what happens to products after their lifespan. In other words, the final resting place for products is the burden of manufacturers, and some products, such as smartphones and electronics, can pose a risk of harm to the environment and the personal information of device users.

How order aggregation can eliminate costs in the automotive supply chain

The Network Effect

Suppliers who ship either in truckload quantities or as part of a milk run may be requested to utilize future forecasted demand within their 830 authorizations to fill allotted space on the designated carrier. When there is a choice, the supplier should always ship the higher runner first. Manual replenishment may be approved when it is not possible to use one of the manufacturer’s designated replenishment methods. SMMt Ltd/Flickr.

Procurement and Suppliers on the Same Page: How to Craft an Effective Terms & Conditions Sales Document


Also, when using this website's particular services, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services, which may be posted and modified from time to time. All such guidelines or rules are at this moment incorporated by reference into the TOS. Reassuring people that their information is safe and that your company follows all the guidelines that the law demands will be comforting to readers.

E-Commerce Distribution: 10 Things Every Distributor Should Know About E-Commerce


However, do not be discouraged when some clients or customers decide to abandon ship in favor of Amazon. Overseas Manufacturing Is Not the Solution to E-Commerce Distribution Problems. Overseas manufacturing is more like opening a can of worms than opening doors if you plan on only selling your products in the U.S., While some overseas manufacturing can help your company, more customers are turning to products manufactured in the U.S.,

Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

Supply chain organizations within the automotive supplier industry contribute to manufacturing excellence in many ways, including quality, cost, and delivery to their OEM and subsystem customer base. Focused on outcomes, a competitive supply chain capability not only assures the on-time delivery of component material, but also the execution of inbound supply to ensure the shipment of quality finished goods at a competitive price while delivering on-target margins for the manufacturers.

Is the Food Supply Chain Breaking?

Enterra Insights

Meat and poultry employees have among the highest illness rates of all manufacturing employees and are less likely to report injuries and illness than any other type of worker, federal watchdog reports have found. Minnesota has already issued new guidelines for the meatpacking industry. Operating them safety requires implementation of guidelines similar to those issued by Minnesota in order to protect workers.

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The Importance of Supply Chain When Reopening the Economy

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As the stores were able to get more of these products in stock, they would sellout almost instantly forcing manufacturers and distribution centers to speed up manufacturing and operations to meet the demand. As people stop buying these products in high quantities the manufacturers are able to catch up. Historical shipping and receiving data from the past few months should provide an accurate forecast.

Why packaging plays a pivotal role in logistics?

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As soon as they are shipped, one can have control over what happens to it. The packaging manufacturers, if they make it uniquely for carriers and logistic companies, it will be pocket-friendly for the customer also. For example, Pallets are used across the world, but few countries like the EU have stringent guidelines when it comes to phytosanitary measures. . Packaging is an ever-evolving process.

CBD and Marijuana Logistics

Logichain Solutions

Shipping CBD Products Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, it is now legal to mail CBD products across the United States, but the laws and complexities involved in shipping these products still remain a bit hazy. You can now ship CBD products across the United States with USPS and some courier services, but certain guidelines must be followed. Companies that market and ship CBD products must be able to state where and who grew the raw material and how it was processed.

CBD and Marijuana Logistics

Logichain Solutions

Shipping CBD Products Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, it is now legal to mail CBD products across the United States, but the laws and complexities involved in shipping these products still remain a bit hazy. You can now ship CBD products across the United States with USPS and some courier services, but certain guidelines must be followed. Companies that market and ship CBD products must be able to state where and who grew the raw material and how it was processed.

Free Trade: Why U.S. Trade With Mexico and China Could Not Be More Different


manufacturing decline. Mexico’s manufacturing sector is integrated with U.S. For example, 40 percent of the inputs to finished manufactured goods in Mexico come from the United States. Jobs moved from Asia or elsewhere to Mexico provide significant value to the United States, as inputs to the manufacturing process (as well as consulting services, R&D, and other higher value-added work supporting the nearshoring company) are frequently produced by U.S.

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The Pandemic Motivates Changes in the Food Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

In addition to government guidelines for the food supply chain, the Consumer Brands Association (CBA — formerly the Grocery Manufacturers Association) started a review of supply chain infrastructure, particularly that portion associated with food industries. Retailers requiring additional resources to fulfill needs at grocery stores are provided links to sellers that have available product inventory, shipping/transportation services, supplemental labor, and warehousing services.

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Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on


As with any industry, food and beverage faces its own unique set of supply chain challenges, including: Expiring ingredients, manufactured product and packaged goods. The vendor is usually the supplier, a manufacturer or a distributor. However, when the company realized that inventory management is a costly activity, it approached Pampers manufacturer Procter & Gamble (P&G) to manage inventory at P&G’s distribution centers.

Omnichannel Retailing: The Savior of Non-Essential Retail for the COVID Crisis


Production and Manufacturing Shut Down. Almost all industries, be it fashion, communication, logistics, have encountered the brunt of this global pandemic, especially, the manufacturing, and production-based industries. The entire supply chain has gone for a toss as most production and manufacturing facilities are shut down uncertainly. Keeping inventory in the distribution centers seems a good strategy as this will reduce the time to ship the items to the customers.

CBD and Marijuana Logistics

Logichain Solutions

Shipping CBD Products. Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, it is now legal to mail CBD products across the United States, but the laws and complexities involved in shipping these products still remain a bit hazy. You can now ship CBD products across the United States with USPS and some courier services, but certain guidelines must be followed. Companies that market and ship CBD products must be able to state where and who grew the raw material and how it was processed.

8 DC and Warehouse Slotting Considerations for More Efficient Warehouse Operations


If you are a manufacturing company or distributor, you most likely are using a warehouse or distribution center to make sure you are able to store inventory, replinish store fronts, and easily send goods to customers or receive goods for manufacture or distribution. This would often be the case in a full pallet picking operation where a lift truck operator can only pick one pallet at a time before returning to the starting point or the shipping dock.

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Why investors are looking at supply chain technologies in 2020


A company we’ve been working with has just landed Walmart, who wants to make sure that its 40,000 suppliers are following the guidelines.”. There will be more in-country manufacturing and safety stock.

ABC Analysis of Inventory: Optimize Business Bottom Line


OptiProERP’s manufacturing ERP has a number of dashboards and tools to perform the analysis of your inventory to define the appropriate ABC classifications for you. Now, take a step back from the most basic guidelines, and consider the following questions: Does ABC analysis hold up at your company? What type of manufacturing industry do you represent? We believe, your ERP system simulates your manufacturing environment.

Walmart again Raises Chargeback Stakes

Enterra Insights

2] She wrote: “There’s no doubt about it: manufacturers who fail to meet a retailer’s vendor standards can get into financial trouble. After all, shave off $20 here for a short lot, $5 there for a cracked pallet and $10 over here for a mangled shipping label, and before long, it can run into real money. 5] Jarrod Davis, “ OTIF: Mastering Walmart’s On Time In Full Guidelines ,” Retail Details , April 2017

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The Story of UltraShip’s Temperature Tracking Innovation and the FSMA

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UltraShipTMS development teams studied the FSMA guidelines well ahead of the scheduled roll out of the new law and spent 12 months working to deliver the industry’s first TMS-integrated temperature tracking capability. . It’s interesting to see the extent to which the main themes of the FSMA are dependent on the transportation logistics functions in agriculture, food manufacture and production.

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What are the 3 Decision Rules for Inventory Control?


As one of a business’ greatest assets, inventory is also the cause one of the hardest decisions manufacturers, retailers and eCommerce businesses have to make. Therefore, it is important to establish a set of guidelines to improve inventory decisions and optimise inventory control. It is important that manufacturing, retail and eCommerce businesses have positive inventory control to sustain profitability over the long term. Effective inventory control is a process.