This Week in Logistics News (August 19-23, 2013)

Talking Logistics

I went to Home Depot earlier this week to return a purchase, and the customer in front of me wanted to exchange a defective power tool with the same model, but he couldn’t find any on the shelf even though the store’s inventory system said 5 units were in stock. Manhattan Associates Launches 2013 Inventory Optimization Release. Con-way Manufacturing, SmartTruck Systems and Kevin Rutherford Unveil State-of-the-Art Trailer.

Renegade Riposte

Supply Chain Shaman

I get called frequently to talk to supply chain leadership teams about inventory. Often the CEO hires a strategic consultant to audit the supply chain, and they roll through the organization making inventory promises. What CEO does not like the concept of reducing inventory? However, there is much, much more to inventory management today than there was ten years–or five– years ago. Inventory is a sign off end-to-end of supply chain health.

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The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

There is a need to re-shore where possible, and relocate manufacturing and supplier relationships. With the rise of the global multi-national, Asian flows are essential to today’s manufacturing operations. Today, this is not a valid assumption, and most manufacturers lack the inventory buffers for inconsistent flows. Uncategorized cargo global trade inventory ports supply chain visibility

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

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and HOUSTON, Tex. A North American-based survey of nearly 200 supply chain professionals from top CPG, distribution/wholesale, food and beverage, manufacturing, and retail companies found that 58% of respondents are still in the exploring or evaluating phases of digital transformation. Our customers overcome demand volatility and supply chain complexity for outstanding service levels with reduced inventory. PRESS RELEASE.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. The Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages. to Asia export bookings, especially in markets with low container inventory. Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update. With the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), vulnerabilities in supply chains continue to be exposed.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages. to Asia export bookings especially in markets with low container inventory. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update.

How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. The manufacturing PMI and non-manufacturing NMI summarize supply managers’ reports as to how their organizations fared in the past month with regard to a set of key business metrics. Production, new orders, and inventories of input materials comprised the second group.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS

TMC

The trade-offs are especially critical for destinations in a “battleground” region that stretches from Detroit in the north to Houston in the south. The preferred amount of inventory held on ships and trucks depends on constraints such as the value of the cargo. If high-value items are being shipped, it’s important to minimize inventory levels. New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS.Connect by TMC.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

Behind the scenes during the tumultuous disaster season of 2017, building materials manufacturers leaned heavily on dynamic digital tools to supply recovery efforts. The urgent phone call to the building materials manufacturer came as yet another hurricane was churning its way toward landfall during the record storm season of 2017. Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area.

29 warehouse & automation experts share insights on how warehouse robots will impact industry employment

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Sarah Boisvert @fablabhub Sarah Boisvert is the author of The New Collar Workforce and founder of Fab Lab Hub that offers Digital Badges for skills such as 3D printing, robotics, CAD design and AI in manufacturing. “Robots have been successfully used in manufacturing for…” …decades and expansion to warehouse applications is a natural extension of their functions.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. That means the company never handles the shipments, or has to put them into inventory or reship the freight.

Get Your Supply Chain Back on Track in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Material Handling & Logistics

While the eye of the storms have passed (we hope; the latest news is that Tropical Storm Nate could develop into a hurricane this weekend), their effects will be felt for months to come, particularly as they caused closures at major ports including the Port of San Juan, the Port of Houston, the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Savannah. Beyond that, assessing the state of inventory and machinery (What’s unusable?

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20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

“Identify your production and supply chain methods first…” For instance, if you’re following the Lean Production Method, it means that you don’t need to stock minor accessories because most of your inventory consists of the finished products. When we had to redesign our warehouse a few years ago due to expanding inventory, we pushed on ahead without seeking feedback from our staff.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

AI will be able to survey an area or room and create an accurate inventory in seconds, including weights and volumes, and determine damage on items. “Data science can bring great gains for…” Logistics efforts of retailers and manufacturers. Companies can accurately forecast demand, timely order raw materials and manage inventory more efficiently.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

NC State SCRC

Even if AAP or other auto part companies wanted to move production, there is no manufacturing capacity in the US or anywhere else, so creating redundancy in this case is very difficult. Andrew Partis shared his views from ThermoFisher, a global contrat manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry. Bill H: “We have two trade zones in Oklahoma and Houston, and are under construction to produce one in Corpus Christi. That is the best gauge of where we should be manufacturing.

2017 in Review: Disruptions Drive Rates Up

DAT Solutions

companies also ratcheted up manufacturing of petroleum byproducts, including plastic resins, which typically move in vans. Then the retailers took over, shuttling goods to stores via private or dedicated fleets, to balance inventories in time for Thanksgiving weekend. Even in January, which used to be a sleepy month in freight transportation, there's continued demand for vans, as retailers re-stock inventories to accommodate those gift card-bearing shoppers.

World's Most Important Chemical Made Rare Commodity by Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

manufacturing of essential items from milk jugs to mattresses. in Baytown outside Houston, and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Chemical and plastics buyers can continue operating only so long without replenishing their inventory, Ahmed said. Given the complexity of the ethylene manufacturing process, and the need to carefully assess damages to ensure safe restarts, it may take many more weeks for production to reach pre-Harvey levels, IHS Markit said in a report Thursday.