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The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

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? Data Distribution Logistics Supply Chain distribution center metric

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

Cerasis

While conventional logistics optimizes the flow of goods from producer to consumer, reverse logistics manages the processes for inverting that flow to deal with returned parts, materials and products from the consumer back to the producer. For instance, a growing number of cell phone manufacturers have established procedures in place for consumers who wish to return an older model and ensure that the device is refurbished or recycled rather than dumped into the local landfill.

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

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. For clarity, in measuring supply chain performance, we should be focusing on: inventory, working capital, and time.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Reason #9 Relentless pursuit of one supply chain metric at the expense of other metrics. Yet, these are similar instructions as what is passed down to the supply chain from executives focused on a specific supply chain metric. Why do companies focus on reducing a specific metric?

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. Therefore, it is paramount for you as a logistics and supply chain professional to have a keen sense of how to properly evaluate a supplier. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM.

Logistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching

Supply Chain Collaborator

What if I told you were unwittingly undermining all the time, cost and effort your organization has invested in logistics IT solutions like TMS and optimization tools? Read on to find out what may currently be missing from your supply chain logistics program. Yard management is a crucial piece of any successful logistics management practice with significant implications for efficient supply chain planning. Asset management/inventory controls.

Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency

IQMS

The Warehouse Inventory Management Software market grew to $1.4B Warehouse Inventory Management software and systems help reduce infrastructure costs and enable the reallocation of existing IT resources to drive productivity improvements, according to IDC. Warehouse Inventory Management Software is seeing increased adoption as manufacturers expand globally through mergers, acquisitions, and regionally-focused manufacturing strategies.

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

Kinaxis

Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. As with any industry, food and beverage faces its own unique set of supply chain challenges, including: Expiring ingredients, manufactured product and packaged goods.

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

What is Logistics Management Software? Logistics Management Software is one that helps drive the logistics function of an organization by managing the actual flow of materials, goods, and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. Blog logistics management

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

What is Logistics Management Software? Logistics Management Software is one that helps drive the logistics function of an organization by managing the actual flow of materials, goods, and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. Blog logistics management

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

What is Logistics Management Software? Logistics Management Software is one that helps drive the logistics function of an organization by managing the actual flow of materials, goods, and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. Blog logistics management

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

These metrics would, of course, be aligned and are updated every hour. The metrics are also manual as automatic metric systems cannot retrieve the information at an hourly frequency as these metrics are process inputs and not outputs. Next, you would have management supporting this effort during their daily Gemba walk, reviewing these hourly metrics. Specific metrics: process metrics and outcome metrics.

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Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. When I sat down to write the book, Bricks Matter, I believed that companies had used supply chain technologies to reduce operating margin and improve inventory turns. We are currently mapping the progress of all public manufacturing, distribution and retail companies on three factors: Strength: Year-over-year improvement on operating margin and inventory turns for the past six years.

Speed up your eCommerce Business with Inventory Management Software

Vinculum

Inventory management plays a vital role in building a sustainable, scalable and profitable eCommerce business. No matter how expert you are, how bigger or smaller your business may be, what products you sell, or who do you serve, lack in your inventory management can bring bigger challenges in your business success. Thus, inventory Management Software is really an essential tool for your business to gear itself up. What is Inventory Management System?

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. If you are familiar with the term logistics, then you undoubtedly know it conjures up a different meaning to different people , different countries, and different companies even. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing

IQMS

72% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is essential for streamlining and making inventory reconciliation more efficient. Manufacturing is now a digitally driven business where data, insights, and intelligence have become the most valuable asset a company has.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

Companies can then prioritize their mitigation efforts based on parameters such as value-at-risk, customer importance, and field inventory. When Cisco saw news of wildfires in Colorado in 2012, it wasn’t concerned, because it had no manufacturing or suppliers in the area. Professor Yossi Sheffi is Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts.

Defining Your Own Logistics Competitive Weapon

Talking Logistics

For a long time, C-level executives viewed supply chain management, especially the logistics function, as a cost center. You have to think and act beyond cost manage and find ways to leverage supply chain and logistics as a competitive weapon — that is, look for ways to leverage supply chain management to drive top-line growth, increase market share, and enhance customer loyalty. Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Amazon Prime logistics supply chain

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

ThroughPut

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. Easy-to-follow metrics.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

In the below article I propose to have a look at the main benefits and advantages of the cloud-based logistics management. Each industry has its peculiarities, among the others, in the logistics, manufacturing, and supply. It incorporates your resources from every stage of the logistic process in the real-time. The cloud-based logistics is a “pay-per-use” model. The cloud-based logistics grants a more realistic assessment of the company’s ability to perform.

Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

With the added pressure to lower costs to end-users, your customers, it’s no surprise that the need for increased scrutiny and cost reductions among inbound logistics partners, your vendors, has gone rogue. Some cite a lack of visibility or lack of control for reasons to not manage inbound logistics, and while proponents of “increased visibility” argue more information begets more effective inbound logistics strategy, its meaning gets lost in the murky waters of the internet.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Frank, the line manager for manufacturing, dominated the meetings. Tom, the colorful warehouse manager, constantly heckled Frank for the increasing inventory levels while Ed, the quiet material/logistics manager, constantly questioned if there was a better way.

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

synchrono

Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies, and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls, and even faxes.

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

ThroughPut

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 can a Warehouse Management Software help manufacturers?

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

Cerasis

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. Our job at Cerasis is to optimize transportation management for these manufacturing shippers so that in turn, they can focus on their own core, the process of manufacturing. We relay on guest bloggers and the expertise of others for manufacturing best practices.

Seeking Logistics Perfection

Enterra Insights

Logistics professionals could adopt that statement as their motto. Half-a-decade ago, Apptricity analysts wrote, “In the world of supply chain and logistics management, perfection remains an elusive goal. ”[1] Between then and now, logistics has become a focal point in today’s e-commerce environment; but, the perfect order remains the elusive ideal. “Logistics companies cannot afford not to be innovative,” he explains.

Eliminating Your Excess Inventory

Loop Supply Systems

Eliminating Your Excess Inventory. Excess inventory is experienced by nearly every manufacturer – and it’s a big problem. Inventory is one of the 7 Lean Mudas (Japanese term for ‘waste’). It leads to an inefficient supply chain that is riddled with waste, which in turn reduces profit, customer satisfaction, and everything else lean manufacturers work to improve. COST OF EXCESS INVENTORY. Now think about all of your inventory.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Veridian Solutions

As e-commerce growth accelerates, shippers are working overtime to manage available inventory. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. As a result, brick-and-mortar retail has become more focused on digital inventory management, a building block in the road to omnichannel supply chains , than in the past. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. Of course, you’ll want to be courteous and professional with your feedback, but being open and honest with this metric can go a long way to solving problems between you.

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Interview for Metrics That Matter. My kitchen table is piled high with interviews for the upcoming book, Metrics That Matter. He is responsible for manufacturing, procurement, supply chain planning, logistics, quality, social responsibility and final product engineering. I recently interviewed him for my upcoming book, Metrics that Matter, that publishes in August 2014. Which metrics do you think matter to supply chain excellence?

Top Talking Logistics Videos and Posts in 2018

Talking Logistics

As 2018 comes to an end, a quick thank you to all of our readers, followers, and sponsors for another great year of learning and conversation on Talking Logistics. The numbers speak for themselves: 49 episodes produced in 2018, totaling more than 1,200 minutes of conversations with thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. Our logistics team looks forward to your industry updates and GREAT music selections.” — Robert G.,

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain & Logistics Executives

Talking Logistics

If you’re a supply chain or logistics executive and you’re looking for ways to improve as a leader this year, here are my five recommendations: 1. You have to equate the value proposition to metrics the CFO understands and cares about, such as working capital, cash flow, and other items linked to the company’s P&L and balance sheet. For a long time, C-level executives viewed supply chain management, especially the logistics function, as a cost center.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

Key factors influencing inventory levels, supplier quality, demand forecasting, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, production planning, transportation management and more are becoming known for the first time. Source: Machine Learning – A Giant Leap for Supply Chain Forecasting, Material Handling and Logistics Conference (PDF, 28 pp., Source: Machine Learning & AI in Transport and Logistics, Frank Salliau & Sven Verstrepen Logistics Meets Innovation Vlerick Brussels – Nov.

Logistics Simplified: Three Keys to Solving Your Supply Chain Problems

Material Handling and Logistics

However, manufacturers, 3PLs and others in the supply chain often get lost in the details. Then look at key metrics like total line items per order, picks per hour, and cost per pick per SKU to identify weak links and the most opportunistic areas for improvements.