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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? On-Time Shipping.

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.

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What are Ecommerce Shipping Zones?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Shipping Zones article originally published by, and permission to publish here provide by Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com. Carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS use shipping zones to determine the shipping cost of a package. In the continental US, most carriers break down the country into seven shipping zones, (numbered 2-8). ECommerce businesses need to pay attention to shipping zones. Shipping Zone Definition. Shipping zones aren’t fixed.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account. Chuck specializes in Supply Chain Optimization, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and International Purchasing and Importing Consulting. The post Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Logistics

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. What is vendor-managed inventory? The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor. Maintaining optimum inventory levels.

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. 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. There are countless number of logistics service providers who offer many different types of broad and niche services. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

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.

6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement

Cerasis

We continue our series on strategic shipping by going into detail of the 10 main areas that shippers can turn to in order to have a strategic logistics and transportation management mindset. Today we will go into detail on using the available data created in the processing of shipments within transportation management and other related logistics management for continuous improvement. . Shipping processes revolve around a million-trucks-worth of data. Metrics and KPIs.

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

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

Needs for efficient reverse logistics systems continue to increase as e-commerce claims greater market share, and as so many traditionally functioning businesses grow and inevitably incur increasing volume of returns. This presents opportunities for developing new revenue streams, an exciting challenge to logistics professionals. Need For Reverse Logistics Breeds Opportunity. Efficiently managing reverse logistics is a daunting challenge for many businesses.

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.

The Supply Chain Detective™ and the Inventory Turnover Mystery!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! The company I had just joined went to market declaring that it was a world leader in Distribution and Logistics. As I settled into the job and started learning, and studying, the various Supply Chain metrics I was surprised when I looked at the Inventory Turnover performance of the company. We would cover organization, metrics, performance, plans, strategies, and more, all in as much detail as was necessary.

Outsourcing Logistics: Does It Make Sense for Everyone?

Cerasis

The benefits of outsourcing logistics processes to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) are well documented. As the world’s economy has become increasingly complex, it has become impossible for a single entity to control all of the warehousing, transportation and administrative tasks that come with shipping and managing inventory. Basic Facts to Understand Before Outsourcing Logistics. This may include the following: Better inventory management.

21 logistics experts share the most important ingredients in developing an effective logistics strategy

6 River Systems

There are several elements in an effective logistics strategy, with the ultimate goal of identifying the most cost-effective service levels and developing plans and processes that enable the company to operate as close to those optimal service levels as possible. in the logistics industry.

Ultimate guide to warehouse logistics: Enhance organization, movement, and management

6 River Systems

Warehouse logistics is the heart of any supply chain operation, assimilating and dispatching goods to ensure availability and timely delivery. One of the best ways to reduce shipping costs and ensure fast delivery is by optimizing warehouse logistics. What is warehouse logistics?

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Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

Cerasis

Today we continue our series on successfully working with a logistics company, often called a third party logistics company by focusing on how to properly understand the success of the engagement by knowing all the key performance indicators that a shipper could put in place. We will then finalize the series on logistics key performance indicator success management with practical techniques to carry through the academic subjects we've covered thus far. .

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. From the research, we know that when organizations have source, make and deliver reporting to the same leader, that supply chain performance improves (intersection of operating margin and inventory turns). It is usually driven by the logistics and transportation functions. The flows are typically linear and the analysis is on alternate modes and best shipping lanes.

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. The WMS guides the overall order and inventory replenishment on the factory floor. The Software is usually used alongside or integrated with a Transportation Management System or an Inventory Management System.

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. The WMS guides the overall order and inventory replenishment on the factory floor. The Software is usually used alongside or integrated with a Transportation Management System or an Inventory Management System.

Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers often forget about the possible savings through an effective inbound logistics strategy. In addition, managing vendors and inbound logistics can feel like a lot of work for little gain, yet the possible savings by implementing an inbound logistics program can add up through these key ways. Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy. This is the obvious benefit of having the power to control inbound logistics.

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. Be sure not to penalize or reward suppliers based on your choice of shipping method. Specific Quality Metrics. Inventory Levels.

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.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Logistics is no exception. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. Here is our glossary of top logistics terms to know. Logistics Terms for Pros to Know. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Audit — In logistics, an audit refers to the process of examining, adjusting, and verifying freight bills for accuracy. Consignor — The originator of shipped products.

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. In reality, the actual savings and return tend to be closer to 10 percent, reports Inbound Logistics.

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

Talking Logistics

Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. FTR Shippers Condition Index notes pending HOS changes could cut productivity ( Logistics Management ). 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.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains. Healthcare Logistics.

Top Logistics Articles of 2015

Cerasis

We continue our top articles from each of our main 5 categories today by covering the top 10 logistics articles that were the most viewed in 2015. We write to five main categories on the Cerasis blog: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Top Logistics Articles of 2015. Here are the top 10 logistics articles from the Cerasis blog with the 10th most read to the most read published in 2015. Logistics

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. Inventory tracking and 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. Inventory tracking and 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. Inventory tracking and management.

3 Steps to Achieving Predictive Logistics

Talking Logistics

A reporter recently asked me how, in my view, the shipping industry would make money in the coming years. In the past, growth came from scale: mega-ships, port infrastructure, and buffer. Defining Smarter Logistics. The shipping industry is highly complex and nuanced; improving predictions requires a platform custom built for the logistics industry. . This is the power of predictive logistics. .

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics to Acquire 3PD, the Largest Provider of Heavy Goods, Last-Mile Logistics in North America. As I’ve commented in previous postings, if you are a 3PL or transportation company and you’re not involved in cross-border shipping with Mexico, then you are missing out on a growing business opportunity (see Reuters article from December 2012). Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics can be traced all the way back to the Greek and Roman empires , but it’s undergone several major transformations as new technologies provide opportunities to more efficiently manage the movement and storage of goods. In the digital transformation age, logistics is once again undergoing a major shift. These technologies also contribute to a rise in big data and analytics in the logistics field. ” Meet Our Panel of Logistics Pros: Brian Jessup.