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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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. Warehousing eats up about 25% and transportation 60%.

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How to Optimize Reverse Logistics!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Optimize Reverse Logistics article and permission to publish here provided by Raanan Cohen at bringg.com. If you think reverse logistics isn’t relevant to your business, think again. How can you optimize reverse logistics?

22 warehouse pros share the biggest mistakes made with inventory management (and how to avoid them)

6 River Systems

Managing warehouse inventory, on its face, seems a simple concept: Keep enough stock on hand to fulfill orders, but not so much stock that your warehouse is filled to the brim with inventory that won’t move for months (or years). Warehouse Management

Warehousing Made Easy: How to Meet Ever-Changing Customer Demands

Supply Chain Nation

Warehouse managers are under a lot of pressure to maximize throughput, minimize cost, optimize labor productivity and meet shipping deadlines, and do so in a way that keeps each and every customer happy, which is a tough task. The Rapidly Changing World of a Warehouse Manager. Consumers are the new boss and are driving rapid change, and warehouse managers need to stay ahead of this if they want to stay profitable and competitive.

WMS and eCommerce: How to Use Supply Chain Technology to a Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

eCommerce is growing faster than ever, and everyone is working to find the latest and greatest way to overcome their competitors. The application of supply chain technology is essential to maintaining a competitive advantage in the height of eCommerce growth. Warehouse Managers need to understand the challenges of maintaining a competitive advantage, how technology can help, and a few best practices in leveraging technology.

Mobile Robotics in the Warehouse

Talking Logistics

From Grey Walter’s Tortoises to Shakey the Robot , scientists have been working for years to automate processes and alleviate hard labor on humans. While these older mobile robotics were technologically restricted to follow a path from point A to point B, today’s robots are becoming more and more advanced and more likely to replace human labor. One of the bots’ most intriguing feature is the ability to move goods to a person vs. a person to the goods.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

NC State SCRC

Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Sandwiched between warehouse and distribution center, manufacturing is where the value gets added. To be fair, many warehouses have benefited from new technology. Improving Performance in Manufacturing. Improving Performance in Warehousing.

How To Keep Medical Supplies Moving With ERP Remote Access

IQMS

Today’s GII’s products are helping to equip medical professionals with the tools they need to battle COVID-19 and save lives. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, GII replaced its legacy manufacturing resource planning (MRP) software with a DELMIAWORKS manufacturing ERP system in order to avoid the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes that resulted from using two different systems to manage the company. Global Interconnect Inc.

How to build an automated warehouse system: which new technologies do you need and why?

6 River Systems

Many warehouses are seeking ways to leverage automation for better efficiency, but building an efficient automated warehouse system requires careful selection of the right technologies. Achieving efficiency requires choosing technologies that integrate well and work seamlessly together to fully optimize your processes. Without interoperability, data remains siloed and you can’t benefit from a comprehensive, bird’s-eye view of your warehouse operations.

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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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.

Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives

Cerasis

A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. With the myriad of tasks and personell, a director or manager must oversee, how on earth are they to get everything done? 5 Key Areas to Focus on in the Pursuit of Warehouse Cost Savings. Use cross-functional teams to solve problems.

A Comprehensive Warehouse Safety Guide!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Blog post originally published, and permission to publish here provided by, Adam Robinson at [link]. When it comes to the state of working in America, warehouses have seen a huge increase of workers with over 1,000,000 total since the start of 2018. With this trend looking to continue into the next couple of years, it’s time to examine the state of the industry, especially when it comes to safety with all of these new employees entering the field.

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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How to Reduce Last-Mile Delivery Costs

20Cube Logistics

Last-Mile Delivery is a keyword in the supply chain logistics industry with respect to moving of consignment to its final destination. Now the question is, how can a business reduce the cost of last-mile delivery? Let’s look at the few essential ways through which the last mile cost can be reduced to a large extent. might make the driver helpless to find the alternative and optimal route.

26 warehouse pros reveal the most important factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse

6 River Systems

As warehouses embrace technology to optimize the supply chain and reduce fulfillment costs , many companies are considering making the move to an automated warehouse. That said, there are many factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse. ” Meet Our Panel of Warehouse Pros: Alexandra Zelenko. In the warehouse, human error is inevitable. Consequently, the automated equipment needs to be future-proof and adaptable.

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.

24 supply chain experts & business leaders reveal the #1 challenge of supply chain management (and how to solve it)

6 River Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that effective supply chain management is crucial to the success of a business. Moreover, it’s vital to the health of the global economy. The pandemic crisis had global ramifications felt throughout the entire supply chain, from raw materials to finished products, and for many companies, building the resiliency needed to weather such storms has become the #1 challenge of supply chain management. How to solve it?

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?

How to Keep Your Small Business Supplied Through COVID-19

AFFLINK

Bleak, though it may seem, the fallout would be far worse if not for essential businesses that risked their safety to keep the midnight oil burning. To ensure that top-line growth is profitable, small business leaders will need to expand supplier relations and lower acquisition costs while protecting the health of their employees. Here’s how to stay safe and well-stocked through COVID-19: Mitigate Exposure to COVID-19.

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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How to develop a competitive advantage through supply chain planning

6 River Systems

According to the market research firm, Gartner , “Supply chain planning (SCP) is the forward-looking process of coordinating assets to optimize the delivery of goods, services and information from supplier to customer, balancing supply and demand.” Behemoths like P&G leverage digital technologies in the supply chain to gain their competitive edge. Today, every business is capable of leveraging technology to improve operational efficiency.

How to Enhance Your Product Labelling Strategy

Unleashed

Running an efficient warehouse is a top priority and often sought after by business owners. There’s a ream of solutions to help you find this elusive efficiency. But when you’re looking around for different strategies to keep your warehouse at its best, you really don’t need to reinvent the wheel. It’s time to look into barcode labels. If you’re already using them, it’s time to look at how to enhance your labels.

Two Kinds of Supply Chain Risk and How to Prepare for Them

ToolsGroup

But there is another kind of supply chain risk that isn’t as newsworthy and yet can also be important to the company. These are usually not global events, but disruptions that are internal to the company or at least specific to the company’s supply chain. These include both downside impacts, but also the risk of missed upside opportunity - often lost revenue when insufficient inventory renders a business unable to seize on, for example, an unexpected demand peak.

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.

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

3 Tools to Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles. We often find companies (and suppliers to those companies) are skeptical of implementing lean manufacturing principles. But I would challenge them to ask themselves, do they have inputs? Do they have processes and people to transform those inputs into outputs? Although the application of lean is virtually inexhaustible, here are three tools leveraging lean manufacturing principles to help you get started.

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Warehouse Management Software – A Blueprint for Warehouse Excellence & Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Warehouse Management Software? A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is one that helps plan, control, and manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations in a warehouse along with the guidance of inventory movement, optimizing order picking, and shipping of customer orders. It helps manufacturers effectively control and administer warehouse operations right from the entry of goods or materials into the warehouse until they move out.

Warehouse Management Software – A Blueprint for Warehouse Excellence & Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Warehouse Management Software? A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is one that helps plan, control, and manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations in a warehouse along with the guidance of inventory movement, optimizing order picking, and shipping of customer orders. It helps manufacturers effectively control and administer warehouse operations right from the entry of goods or materials into the warehouse until they move out.

How To Effectively Run A Distribution Business In Indonesia?

Abivin

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. They also provide accurate, complete and on time information and reporting relates to operational, market and competition.

The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management

Cerasis

Warehouse management is not a simple task, and warehouse managers face difficult challenges. Even when orders are low, standard operations continue to grow with each passing day. Since consumers have the ability to shop online 24 hours/day and 7 days/week, the challenges of warehouse management do not stop when the brick-and-mortar stores lock their doors for the day. Stop trying to manage multiple warehouses from multiple systems, and plan for challenges.

Supply Chain Success in India: How to Choose the Right Site Locations

CHAINalytics

Karthik Ravikumar | Manager, Supply Chain Design | and | Prateek Chauhan | Manager, Supply Chain Strategy & Operations | Chainalytics Site selection–choosing the right siting location(s) from a mix of potential candidates for manufacturing, warehousing or distribution–is one of the foundations of a solid supply chain network design and an optimized supply chain strategy anywhere in the world.

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Supply Chain Innovation: How to Build an Award-Winning Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

What does it take to create an award-winning supply chain? The two companies’ shared similarities—bold initiatives, transformative supply chain changes, big results and innovative technology—help answer the question—How to build an award-winning supply chain. As a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, Lennox Residential’s business strategy depends on exceptional parts availability and customer service.

How To Improve Stock Availability

EazyStock

The global marketplace is constantly evolving due to political, economic, technological and social factors. As small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) try to remain competitive, many are coming up against inventory management challenges. Complex supply chains as businesses rely on a vast network of manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Growing product portfolios as businesses continue to expand and customers demand ‘more choice’.

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RFID Asset Tracking and RTLS: How to Elevate Your Supply Chain

AB&R

Once installed, RFID asset tracking and RTLS operate with little to no human intervention. When combined with RFID tags and cloud-based software , RTLS gives you the opportunity to monitor your inventory, assets, and equipment at all times. One key feature of RTLS is that it goes beyond just real-time tracking in that it can pinpoint the exact location of your assets from a few meters to within a few feet. Some benefits include: How to implement RFID asset tracking and RTLS.