How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Lean is a challenge to implement.

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Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. Back in December 2012, for example, Apple announced that it is investing $100 million to build some of its Mac products in the US. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. One is the thought process around best-cost sourcing versus least-cost sourcing.

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How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Cindy Banker with ProCorr Display and Packaging who is bringing us some great insight on how to reduce product damage. If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. In this article, we have highlighted the most common, but often overlooked elements to consider. How you pack your products in the box is key to product damage control.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. When you break it down, Jeff Bezos figured out how to do three seemingly contradictory things at once: deliver exceptional service levels, at the lowest cost possible, and manage complexity.

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How Sourcing has Reemerged in a Covid-19 World

Jaggaer

For the first three months after Covid-19 hit, virtually every sourcing project , in every sector , was put on hold while companies tried to assess the situation and how best to deal with the epidemic. Diversify Your Sourcing Needs. COVID-19 Sourcing

How To Improve Shippers' Communication With Carriers And Customers?

Abivin

With increasing demand from consumers, the FMCG industry needs to respond to customers’ demands in a limited amount of time without loss of quality [1]. Facilitate real-time communication. ,, Image source. Automate routine procedures to reduce complexity.

How to Integrate with Industrial Internet of Things Technologies

Cerasis

As advances in technology make it more cost-effective to deploy IIoT, industries will need to acquire a strategic approach to integrating new sensor data with pre-existing data environments. Now, more than ever, industries are seeking simple integrations with controls, automation, and data analytics visualization software to harness the power of the Industrial Internet of Things and realize attractive operational and competitive benefits for their business.

How to Design a Successful Apparel Supply Chain

Logility

Planners need to contend with inconsistent consumer buying behavior, the need to satisfy multiple channels, complex sourcing options and proliferating “sub-seasons,” collections and assortments. These are just a few of the challenges apparel manufacturers and retailers must overcome to operate at peak performance and compete in today’s dynamic market. Here is a four-step approach to help you jumpstart your supply chain results.

Sourcing and Procurement in Supply Chain Management

EC Sourcing Group

Sourcing and Procurement in Supply Chain Management. The terms “ sourcing” and “procurement” in supply chain management are often used interchangeably, although they are not quite the same. It refers to the entire process of sourcing and contracting with suppliers to gather all of the services and goods you need to make that final product. Sourcing is but one step in the procurement process. The accounting department then has to review the PO.

Expert Explains How to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply Chain Opz

Over the years, supply chain professionals have been trying to improve supply chain efficiency so they can gain an edge over the competitions. Companies seeking to further improve their supply chain efficiency will have to continue fighting their old foe – variability – albeit in a set of new clothes. One emerging way to combat demand variability is to locate (some) manufacturing closer to the customer.

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How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Wholesale Business

EMERGE App

They act as an intermediate party between manufacturers and retailers. If you plan to start a wholesale venture, and you execute it right, then my friend you are in for some great profit margins! Once you decide the product that you will be wholesaling, you have to find the perfect supplier. You must keep your best interests in mind and select the best alternative according to it. Quality of product, shipping timings and so on vary according to your choice of supplier.

How to Move Beyond Spreadsheets

SupplyPike

Excel can’t hold a flame next to the modern, cloud-based retail analytics platforms that are now available. Ready to dump spreadsheets once and for all? Excel offers virtually no advanced reporting capabilities or option to view the encompassing picture of your supply chain. This lack of top-view reporting typically forces users with little data analysis experience to rely completely on analysts to do all the heavy lifting.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. Due to the rapid change in global business environment, managers find it difficult to gain the edge over competitors. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations. Keep it Simple : It’s important to not over complicate things.

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Chinese New Year Shutdown 2020: How to Prepare

ShipBob

The upcoming Chinese New Year is on January 25, 2020, but the holiday shutdown can affect production times at China’s manufacturing companies for as long as two months as many workers travel back to rural villages to celebrate with friends and family. For those of us who rely on shipping and manufacturing businesses, the Chinese New Year shutdown is an event that we need to be aware of (and prepared for) in advance to avoid delays that could be catastrophic to our businesses.

How to Reduce Fraud in Logistics

Shipchain

So many resources are wasted on trying to negate the issues, and although numerous risk analytics systems have been developed to try to improve the situation, nothing has proven foolproof. Blockchain technology may be the closest thing we have to a solution, and therefore, it has the potential to drastically change the industry as we know it. It could be financial abuse, theft, or illicit transactions such as bribery, just to name a few.

How to Improve Manufacturing Floor Data Collection

Cerasis

To log, track and trace everything’, your vision of a better manufacturing floor. Here’s how you can improve manufacturing floor data collection, long-term. A key component of any manufacturing process is data collection. Your ability to track stock levels, keeps tabs on shipping dates and monitor costs are essential to any smooth running manufacturing plant. Improving Manufacturing Floor Data Collection.

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How To Choose Transportation Mode In Logistics

Abivin

A company cannot function well without being able to ship products across the supply chain. It also allows companies to cross geographic lines between where products are produced and where they are consumed. In logistics, transportation can be defined as a function of planning, scheduling and controlling activities related to mode, vendor, and movement of inventory into and out of an organization. To simplify this method, take a postal organizations for example.

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

This increases the urgency for 3PLs to leverage on the best market trends to increase logistics flexibility. This is due to the diversification in the production schemes of manufacturers. On the other hand, there is always the demand to deliver on the highest level of quality possible. So, a lot of manufacturers require 3PLs to agree to service levels that are challenging for large operations. How would that impact their current operations?

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The Complete Guide To Calculating Total Manufacturing Costs

Unleashed

To calculate total manufacturing cost you add together three different cost categories: the costs of direct materials, direct labour and manufacturing overheads. However there’s a lot more to properly calculating total manufacturing costs than just knowing the formula.

Understanding the Importance of Strategic Sourcing

USC Consulting Group

Sourcing is a key component of your Supply Chain – perhaps the most important part. As companies are navigating an increasingly turbulent yet robust economic climate, businesses in manufacturing, mining and metals, food and beverage, and other industries are looking for ways to reduce raw material procurement spending and offset rising material costs. That’s where Strategic Sourcing comes into play. Back to top ?.

How To Start Your Brewery On The Path To Success

Unleashed

billion by 2024, according to Business Wire. Knocked back just 7% in sales volumes during the height of 2020 lockdowns, according to Unleashed Software’s own data, the beer industry overall has shown remarkable resilience – for somewhat obvious reasons – and appears likely to continue its expansion. We’ll also break down the specific details of what it takes to build and grow a successful craft brewery business. Areas to seek expert input.

How to harness complex value chains in an uncertain and hyper-connected world

DELMIA Quintiq

The race between nations to supply goods and services across a global marketplace is continuing unabated. The fourth industrial revolution — a technological transformation that fundamentally alters the way we live and work on a scale and scope never experienced before — exemplifies the future of production, manufacturing and services. This creates a climate of uncertainty over the readiness of existing businesses to respond to change, and their ability to thrive for years to come.

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How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka.

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Experts Suggest How to Slash Supply Chain Risk Properly

Supply Chain Opz

To tackle risks timely, we invite experts to explain what strategy really works. Christopher Tang, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Anderson School and Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM) As supply chains become more complex, companies find their supply chains more vulnerable to both foreseeable uncertainty risks and unforeseeable disruption risks. Use dynamic pricing to manage demand of similar products.

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4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

Industrial IoT and big data are converging to enable demand-driven 'smart supply chains.' The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago.

Why Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience

ivalua

Today in many executive boardrooms, the conversation often centers on how to improve the overall customer experience. Simply put, it’s a lot more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep one. And if you produce multiple products, selling into your existing customer base is far easier than making that first sale to a new customer. So how do you economically keep and grow existing customers? Blog Featured Strategic Sourcing Supplier Management

What is Manufacturing ERP?

OptiProERP

What distinguishes Manufacturing ERP from other ERP systems? ERP started in the manufacturing industry, but it headed off in new directions. Many ERP vendors built their systems purely for finance and accounting, some for warehouse and supply chain management, many for governments and non-profits, to name just a few. Manufacturers need all these functions, but they also need so much more. Defining Manufacturing ERP. So what is Manufacturing ERP today?

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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

USC Consulting Group

The plans take into account projections made by the sales and marketing departments, the resources available from manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, and finance, and are directed toward hitting the company’s objectives. 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. To whom do we sell (markets, customers)? Understanding How to Operate.

10 Ways Machine Learning Can Improve Manufacturing Today

IQMS

AI has the potential to create $1.4T to $2.6T to $2T in supply-chain management and manufacturing. By 2021, 20% of leading manufacturers will rely on embedded intelligence, using AI, IoT, and blockchain applications to automate processes and increase execution times by up to 25% according to IDC. Machine learning improves product quality up to 35% in discrete manufacturing industries, according to Deloitte. to $2.6T

How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Guest Post from Erwin Hermins

Kinaxis

by Melissa Clow Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine’. The author, Erwin Hermans, vice president of supply chain services, describes the areas to consider when turning your supply chain into an innovation engine: An Enabler for New Business Models. Tune the Supply Chain to the Demand. How to Take an Idea into Practice. Let’s look at how the old way of thinking can change.

Sugar Beet Shortages Could Impact Food and Beverage Manufacturing

QAD

One October, when I was about 10 years old, my family and I traveled from the east coast of the United States to Michigan for a relative’s wedding. My mother, a Michigan native, told me that those were sugar beets and that they were used to make sugar. However, according to the USDA, 35% of the world sugar production comes from sugar beets. How Do Beet Sugar Shortages Affect Food and Beverage Manufacturers?

How To Effectively Run A Distribution Business In Indonesia?

Abivin

Image Source) I. They are individual companies working on behalf of another in being an intermediary between manufacturers and retailers. Commonly, retailers are connected with manufacturers in a collaborative relationship through distributors. Therefore, distributors are important to manufacturers in expanding market and looking for new opportunities. It is caused by the growth in number of vehicles due to rapid increase in population. Image Source ) 2.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka.

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Managing Threats And Opportunities With Cognitive Sourcing

LevaData

As digital innovation takes the forefront when it comes to customer experience and engagement, new connections between brand managers, manufacturing, and sources of supply are rapidly emerging. There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding this, but one thing is sure – as markets grow more volatile, companies will have to innovate to stay ahead of the game. Geopolitical Uncertainty and New Sources of Volatility.