Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

Why Get a Product Sourcing Agent?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Product Sourcing Agent article and permission to publish here provided by Joyce Chen at Epic Sourcing. Your manufacturer is the backbone of your company; it regulates your inventory, which determines how consumers perceive and communicate with you. Functions of a Sourcing Agent.

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Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

What is Inventory Management? For Manufacturing it’s about carrying zero or minimum inventory. For Logistics the focus is on high inventory turns. Inventory Management is about having a right balance of expectations from different functions of the supply chain. Inventory Management is a function that should always be in sync with your supply chain strategy and in turn depends on your overall business strategy. What does it mean for inventory?

Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. These are the must-haves for any effective freight sourcing team. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement

EFT

It has been a huge challenge to understand what is changing moment-to-moment, let alone predicting what will happen, so eft by Reuters sat down in a webinar with experts working at the coalface of inventory planning and distribution to understand what can be done to survive and thrive. Visibility is the centrepiece … not only in terms of where my inventory is, in which channel, and where to move it, but also in consumer demand, and how can I be ahead of that game and forecast the demand?”

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy. The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”.

Static Inventory an Untapped Source of Working Capital

Supply Chain @ MIT

Inventory management policies that fail to keep pace with shifting product demand can lock up valuable working capital, especially in volatile markets. By dynamically managing inventory without compromising service levels, companies can free up these unexploited reserves of working capital. A research project* at the Zaragoza Logistics Center, Zaragoza, Spain, has developed models for […].

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How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.

Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. Source: “Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights,” Adelante SCM & LEGACY SCS.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective. Let’s compare the strengths and weaknesses of both international and domestic sourcing options. International Sourcing. Reaping the benefits of international sourcing.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. Many companies struggle with decisions such as “How many days of sales or inventory turns per year should we target? or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”. Structural inventory is a direct result of design choices.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

ivalua

In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Leading manufacturers have proven that best-in-class strategic sourcing can create measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Inventory. Logistics. The post Strategic sourcing enters a new age.

Talking Logistics: PINC and project44 Partnership Commentary

PINC

labor / scheduling), improved customer service, reduced inventory, and reduced transportation costs (linehaul, detention, etc.).”. And yet, according to Logistics Management ’s most recent Technology Usage Study, only 8% of companies are currently using a yard management system (YMS).

5 Tips to Improve Omnichannel Inventory Management

Unleashed

That includes the importance of robust inventory management to retail. Ensuring you don’t fail at order fulfilment begins with understanding your inventory and supply chain. In an increasingly complex eCommerce world, keeping track of inventory is tricky. Many brands are turning to omnichannel inventory management to meet the challenge. We’re going to share five tips to help you make omnichannel inventory work for you. What is Omnichannel Inventory Management?

Need for warehouse in logistics

Vinculum

Whereas it’s not the sexiest of subjects, storage and inventory storage affects everything from efficiency managing inventory to obtaining orders delivered to customers on time. Storing inventory is putting specific merchandise in selected locations.

Pursuing a Career in Logistics and Supply Chain

Logistics Bureau

Because there is such a wide spectrum of logistics and supply chain jobs available, it is best to categorise them in the following way: planning, manufacture, sourcing, and delivery. Sourcing. Strategic Sourcing Manager. Purchasing & Inventory Clerk.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

Improving inventory management

EFT

What’s more plenty on the retail side have found themselves with held inventory but it suddenly locked away in stores that people could no longer frequent, browse and shop from. In his opinion the way you do that is “By putting inventory close to customers.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

Requis

Supply chain and logistics consultant, educator, and podcast host Rob O’Byrne has over 40 years of supply chain experience. He has been helping companies design more profitable supply chains for over 25 years, most of them as founder and CEO of Logistics Bureau.

Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. 23 million dollars in total healthcare logistics cost savings; how would that make you feel? Constructing a total cost model and performing a Greenfield analysis to identify optimal distribution center locations and transportation network allowed the LeanCor engineers to identify $23M total healthcare logistics cost savings for a healthcare product distributor. Improved service levels with overall inventory reduction.

Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

TPSynergy

Inventory Visibility. Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation. ERP and Inventory Visibility. Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility.

2021 Strategies for Inventory Management and Supply Chain Recovery

EazyStock

Optimize Inventory. Start with a detailed overview of what inventory is currently in your supply chain. Next comes crafting an inventory management plan to mitigate your greatest risks. Blog Demand Forecasting Industry News Inventory Optimization

[VIDEO] Logistics Beacons: Using Proximity As A Logistics Oversight Service

Cerasis

The global logistics industry generates $9.1 The global Third Party Logistics (3PL) industry generates $750 Billion in revenue as a part of that figure. These are huge numbers that represent the movement of every good across the globe and the reason we are seeing the rise of Logistics Beacons as a way to increase logistics and supply chain visibility. . There is no larger industry in the world than logistics. Tagging Moving Cargo with Logistics Beacons.

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Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions

Cerasis

Below I will outline how a vendor managed inventory model, in conjunction with reverse marketing, value analysis, and collaboration will achieve supply chain cost reductions. Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions. A means of optimizing Supply Chain performance in which the manufacturer is responsible for maintaining the distributor’s inventory levels. The distributor maintains the inventory plan.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

Cerasis

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Try using a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).

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Logistics KPIs Case Study: Whirlpool’s Supply Chain and Logistics Success Driven by Effective KPI Implementation

Cerasis

We conclude our ongoing series in talking about effective KPI management by giving you a real live Logistics KPIs management case study from Whirlpool's engagement with a logistics service level provider. The Reiterated Importance of Understanding and Managing KPIs in Business and Logistics Management. We hope the following case study shows you the proverbial proof in the pudding of effective Logistics KPIs management. . What core Logistics KPIs would you track?

Inbound Logistics

LeanCor

Planning a Lean Inbound Logistics Strategy. At LeanCor, we refer to our inbound logistics solutions as lean logistics engineering. The lean logistics engineering process incorporates several complex factors including volume fluctuations, sourcing changes, and lead, window, and service times to determine transportation modes, sourcing locations, freight consolidation, trailer loads, route combinations, and freight sequences.

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

USC Consulting Group

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) is a dynamic process in which the company’s operating plan is updated on a regular monthly or more frequent basis. 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. Objectives of Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning. Prerequisites for Performing Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning.

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.

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. Source: “Tech in Asia” – https://www.techinasia.com.

The Top 5 Changes That Occur With AI in Logistics

Cerasis

There’s no other way to describe it: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the world of logistics. Here are the top five ways in which Artificial Intelligence is transforming the logistics industry as we know it: 1) Predictive Capabilities Skyrocket When AI in Logistics is Implemented The capabilities of AI are seriously ramping up company efficiencies in the areas of predictive demand and network planning. Logistics

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. Managers can control the operation efficiently as the relevant information comes from different sources, timely and all the members have access to its current updates.

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?

LeanCor

How can companies calculate the right inventory quantity and send it to the right place at the right time with such seasonality involved? Don’t be fooled by the scary mask – it is possible through rigorous supply chain planning, a sufficient inbound and outbound logistics network, and a supporting inventory control system. Here are 3 tips to help you develop an inventory control system based on flow to the customer: 1. Where will you keep the inventory?

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Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends. Companies that have too much inventory on-hand right now are struggling to clear out space ahead of the season, slashing prices and concerning stakeholders as profit margins creep downward.