The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand


Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance


3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Promise time, lead time, cycle time, transit time, delivery time, unloading time, processing time, queue time, quality assurance time, processing time, turnaround time, receiving time, and shipping time to the customer, (and I bet you could think of more "times" to measure!). 10 Soft Metric Considerations in Measuring Supply Chain Performance.

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Midstream Transportation Trends: The Future of Oil and Gas Industry

PLS Logistics

Despite the 2014 oil and gas price drop crisis and the rush around alternative fuel sources, the future of the oil and gas industry remains bright and has a steady pace of growth and increasing demand. More than four billion metric tons of oil and produced every day worldwide, with oilfield companies still generating the […]. Blog midstream oil and gas oil oil and gas oil and gas logistics oil and gas shipping oil and gas supply chain oil prices

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Why Collect Shipping Doesn’t Work for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Collect shipping or customer pick-up (CPU) delivery options are an often promising solution for brands working with large, nationwide retailers. . What is Collect Shipping or Customer Pick-Up Pricing?? . Collect Shipping and Loss of Supply Chain Control .

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. The Supply Chain Index will have a numeric rating of all public companies by industry sector for these three factors. My journey of sharing these insights with clients has culminated in the writing of my second manuscript, Metrics that Matter. How do you balance metrics ? .

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs


Transportation Management Data Insights Lead to Collaboration, Reduced Shipping Costs, & Beating the Capacity Crunch In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : The value to a business to have an executive in charge of driving change and innovation. Why collaboration between all entities in the shipping process is really the key to success in effective transportation management.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping


Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). Contract negotiation is becoming a major factor in shipping.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

When I moved into industry, and the real world, I managed engineering teams. The flows are typically linear and the analysis is on alternate modes and best shipping lanes. Figure 3 is a good overview of the current state of network design in the industry. I then pack my bags and scoot out the door to sign books and discuss the research completed for the S upply Chain Metrics That Matter book at the ISM event on Thursday, May 14th in Atlanta.

10 Inventory Metrics You Need to Know Right Now


You can with inventory metrics. Why should you care about inventory metrics ? With these indicators, you can benchmark your operations performance over time and against the industry average. We think these are the top 10 inventory metrics that you need to know right now. Top Ten Inventory Management Metrics. Customer Order Fill Rate = Orders that are Shipped in Full / Total Number of Orders. Cycle Time = Actual Ship Date – Customer Order Date.

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


by Jeswin Philip The Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI forecasts that the US Food and Beverage industry will experience a 2.9 % CAGR through 2022. The report also mentions that the global growth rate is almost double that of the US food industry. As with any industry, food and beverage faces its own unique set of supply chain challenges, including: Expiring ingredients, manufactured product and packaged goods.

Visibility and Control Critical for Supply Chain Success in Post-COVID Retail Environment

Zipline Logistics

He touched on the current state of the trucking and logistics industries, as well as technological advancements that have paved the way for modern, visible, and controllable supply chains.? . How those industries have advanced during the past few decades .

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

The Logistics of Logistics

A KPI is an indicator (a metric) that you have chosen, and agreed with your partners and or customers, that will determine whether you are meeting your critical success factors. White Paper: The Essential Guide to LTL Shipping Improvement: Action Plan and Metrics for Rapid Transformation. These non-traditional team members often come from other industries and work far from headquarters. They stay abreast of industry changes, threats and opportunities.

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3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping


Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. Allows carriers to think better and is slowly automating this industry that has been behind for the last 20 years. Shipping a 40-ton container back in July or June used to cost about $700 — a 40-ton container. More than half of Hanjin’s ships were chartered. So the chartering companies are already receiving the ships back and they need to rent them.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Every industry has its own set of terms that are exclusive to the space. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Carriage — In maritime shipping, carriage refers to the movement of cargo on a vessel after loading and before unloading. Collect Shipping — A type of billing that charges the consignee with freight costs rather than the consignor.

Parcel Shipping: Dimensional Weight and the Post-GRI Blues

Talking Logistics

If you ship printed matter, hardware, or any other products with high density, you may not be impacted at all. Performing packaging studies to ensure that you are using an optimum box mix given your order metrics is always a good idea. This is still not a practical solution, particularly for shippers that may be filling orders from multiple ship-from locations, but it is at least worth considering through a cost/benefit analysis.

Publix Vendor Guidelines Updated for On-Time Delivery

Zipline Logistics

Publix , just like many others in the industry, has beg un monitoring its suppliers’ delivery performance. . It measures on-time delivery performance and tracks metrics through a supplier scorecard given to all vendors working with Publix. . Publix calculates this metric monthly and reported to vendors. . On-time delivery performance is one of the most critical metrics for Publix suppliers to master. Photo Credit: The Catalyst .

E-commerce spurring drive for innovation in third-party logistics industry


Third-party logistics professionals looking to take advantage of these developing channels will need a partner to help provide the ultimate customer experience, shipping needs, reporting metrics, and more. The State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry report gives 3PLs the required insight to stay current and meet these expectations." .

Sustainable Logistics Practices Can Serve as a Differentiator for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Consolidation can bring about supply chain improvements that allow for more sustainable practices and hit key metrics with retailers like OTIF and MABD requirements, improving customer relationships. Tracking Key Metrics to Drive Performance Improvement .

Upcoming Changes to Walmart On Time in Full (OTIF) Program: What You Need to Know

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Suppliers will be held to the current compliance metrics through September 14, 2020, and new metrics and financial penalties for non-compliance begin on September 15, 2020. In this ever-changing marketplace, consumer and retailer demands are constantly evolving.

Sam’s Club Updates Appointment Scheduler and OTIF Standards

Zipline Logistics

It currently just uses on-time metrics to grade suppliers and the store’s retail buyers can base purchasing decisions on a brand’s delivery performance. Typically, they evaluate standard metrics like on-time delivery, inventory management, missed shipments, lead time, and costs. The OTIF program also tracks several other related metrics like in-full percentage, early percentage, late percentage, and unfilled percentage. Have set ship dates and less variance in transportation.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics


Editor's Note: As a third party logistics company with a focus on better Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight management, we have several shippers who are in the manufacturing industry. In order to optimize manufacturing operations, or really just about anything, you need to have at your fingertips the best and most accurate manufacturing metrics around. However, effectively measuring, analyzing, and improving upon those manufacturing metrics is more complicated than it may seem.

How to Improve Your OTIF Score: 15 Tips for On-Time and In-Full Delivery

Zipline Logistics

Delivering on-time and in-full is essential to success and a metric used by retailers when evaluating partnerships with vendors of all sizes. But first, let’s look at the background of OTIF metrics and why they came to be. According to a report from McKinsey & Co , “The US food retail industry loses an estimated $15–20 billion in sales every year because items are out of stock or otherwise unsaleable.”. OTIF metrics are not universal.

The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.


Worse still, much of the data that could give manufacturers a complete, end-to-end view of their supply chain already resides within the systems of these partners; as much as 80 percent of it, according to some industry estimates. The result is expensive; using faster shipping methods to get the part back on the shop floor. Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages.

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Drivers of Modern-Day Warehouse Management System Adoption

Veridian Solutions

Demand for more warehouses is evident throughout the industry. As the industry expands, the ability to fulfill orders and move product will affect customer service and profitability. The days of using legacy systems and manual processes are inefficient and ineffective at handling the strong demand placed upon the industry by the growth of e-commerce and omnichannel. eCommerce Metrics and KPIs OmniChannel Retail Supply Chain Warehouse Management

Fulfillment: Where Should I Ship From?


Customer experience — Weigh the two big factors: a) speed to get the item(s) to the customer and b) ability for multi-item orders to ship together. Inventory potential — This is a bit more complicated because it is based on projecting information about the next order for an item as part of the decision-making process for how to ship this item. It also strives to ship multi-item orders together. . Industry Trends fulfillment jason goldberg logistics shipping

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The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Our network efficiency improvement equates to avoiding nearly 41,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking about 7,900 cars off the road. Why aren’t more shippers engaged in collaborative shipping? Last Friday, the U.S.

Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning


Failed SCM implementation causes shipping errors. WMS failure causes Adidas to under ship by 20%. Every company today runs on data – the key to using your data is choosing the right metrics for visibility into your supply chain. Metrics.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” One area that can quickly yield benefits is in parcel shipping. For example, a company may be using two- or three-day express shipping to ship parcels over a short distance where they probably would have arrived in the same time using ground.

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges


It’s a fascinating time in the logistics industry. Data, Metrics and Communication. In order to reach true network optimization, shippers need to utilize the right analytics and business intelligence, and there are a few key metrics that help paint an overall picture. Are your carriers shipping what they said they were going to ship, or are they shipping more/less? Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges.

Most Popular US Food Trends

Zipline Logistics

To determine the pandemic’s impact on US consumers, our team of CPG-focused logistics professionals analyzed the percentage change in shipping volume for several common household goods during a yearlong period from June 2019-June 2020. We saw an 84% decrease in order volume shipped.

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Fast Shipping Will Put Us on Fast Track to Environmental Responsibility

Multichannel Merchant

According to a Pitney Bowes study, an overwhelming 91% of consumers will leave a business when shipping isn’t free or fast enough for them. While these two trends may seem to conflict, the truth is that fast shipping, if correctly managed, can be a powerful tool for reducing a company’s carbon footprint and helping the fight against global warming. Free and fast are also the top two reasons shoppers choose a particular store, and younger shoppers value fast shipping above all else.

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges


It’s a fascinating time in the logistics industry. Data, Metrics and Communication. In order to reach true network optimization, shippers need to utilize the right analytics and business intelligence, and there are a few key metrics that help paint an overall picture. Are your carriers shipping what they said they were going to ship, or are they shipping more/less? Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

As we traced the process that could exist using channel data, the conversation changed… DuPont served two primary markets–automotive and the building industry. There is more in-transit inventory–sitting on the water in larger ships, in-transit through international sourcing strategies, or work with contract manufacturers–as a result, to avoid inventory write-offs, the foot needs to hit the brake faster. Volatility. Demand redefined.

Why Samsung Might Turn to Blockchain for Its Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

Companies in the logistics industry have been taking an extra-hard look at blockchain because it can accurately automate many of the current functions that require much slower and more costly human interaction. In total, the company’s logistics division, Samsung SDS, will take on 1 million shipping units and 488,000 tons of air cargo. Business Strategy Alignment Global Supply Chain Management Global Trade & Economics Quality & Metrics Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt.

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

Talking Logistics

Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. In the enterprise software world, Netsuite is becoming the Pitbull of the industry, with various supply chain and logistics software vendors forming partnerships with the company to help expand their presence in the small and midsize business (SMB) market. In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand.