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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced. In the final part of my inventory management best practices series, I take a look at some additional practices that are important, or even crucial , to successful supply chain efforts.

Understanding E-Commerce Fulfillment: Definition, Process, Resources!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A 2018 study found that free shipping was the number one feature for online shoppers. In addition, shipping costs are a major factor in shopping cart abandonment. Speed matters also: 25 percent stopped orders when shipping was too slow. Shipping times and methods are part of your third-party logistics operations. Your orders should flow directly to the people who will pack and ship them. Receiving and Inventory Management. What is drop shipping?

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Trends In Manufacturing: 5 Tangible Technologies are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Now

Cerasis

Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017. In fact, rapid design and lightning-fast prototyping, reports Mark Dohnalek of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine , will allow manufacturers to design and produce products in a few days, if not hours. Manufacturing

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

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Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments. Traditional ABC inventory models segment inventory into A, B and C categories based on annual consumption value. As we showed in a previous blog, it’s not the only way to segment your inventory, nor nearly the best. Lord calls this “situational inventory”.

The Complete Guide To Calculating Total Manufacturing Costs

Unleashed

To calculate total manufacturing cost you add together three different cost categories: the costs of direct materials, direct labour and manufacturing overheads. Expressed as a formula, that’s: Total manufacturing cost = Direct materials + Direct labour + Manufacturing overheads.

3 Best Practices to Improve Your Flatbed Shipping Performance

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Flatbed shipping is an important contributor to the overall economy as several key industries leverage this solution for the movement of their critical freight. When it comes to flatbed shipping, each industry faces unique challenges in seasonality, regulation, competition, and scalability.

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. cuts inventory costs.

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4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. It had a fascinating mention of " Additive Manufacturing " (AM) and how it could be a game changer.

3 Inventory Control Techniques to Improve and Maintain Inventory Accuracy

Unleashed

Inventory accuracy is vital to an organisation’s long-term success. Profits depend on the sale of inventory stock and if you don’t know what or how much you are selling then you could be missing an opportunity to maximise sales. Having poor and inaccurate inventory control can be costly because it causes issues such as unplanned stock-outs, the shipping of wrong products to customers, wasted resources trying to locate misplaced items and inventory shrinkage.

Why Medical Device Companies Need End-to-End Inventory Visibility

DSI

The constant and rapid movement of inventory in the medical device industry wreaks havoc on manual, paper- and spreadsheet-based systems. Inventory visibility gaps result in missed orders or excessive safety stock. Benefits of end-to-end inventory control include: Productivity.

E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Challenges to Consider for Perfect Implementation

Cerasis

The path to perfect implementation of a new e-commerce shipping strategy is not always clear, and it comes with several challenges that can undermine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of e-commerce. Shippers need to understand these challenges, the characteristics of an e-commerce shipping strategy and a few best practices to overcome such issues. Determine e-commerce shipping costs and pricing models. Integrate your platform with shipping systems.

RFID and IoT Providing Double Benefits for Automotive Manufacturers

Cerasis

RFID, which usually comes in the form of a miniscule chip that utilizes radio waves in the identification and tracking of specific people, objects, tools or vehicles, offers a number of benefits to the manufacturing industry in general. This technology is able to bolster supply chain and inventory management by using a digital database of raw materials, finished goods, and current production cycles. It’s also useful in enterprise resource planning and shipping logistics. .

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.

Analytics in Distribution and Manufacturing Taking Center Stage

Cerasis

Part of this drive toward more interest in analytics in distribution and manufacturing comes from the ability of analytics to reduce inefficiencies dramatically and increase productivity in both physical and virtual sales environments. Furthermore, analytics are becoming more widely available through the cloud, and manufacturers and distributors of any size can reap significant benefits from implementing analytics in their operation, explains Eric Smith of Modern Distribution Management.

WordPress Ecommerce Shipping: Scaling Your Online Store Through Shipping

ShipBob

Even more, WooCommerce offers flexible shipping options and settings, including the opportunity to work with tech-driven order fulfillment companies and other platforms that can help you grow your business. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about shipping for your WooCommerce store, including WooCommerce shipping setup, available plugins, and ecommerce fulfillment options. Shipping on WordPress: your top 3 options. Table Rate Shipping Pro.

E-Commerce Shipping: Why Shippers Are Mastering E-Commerce to Go Omnichannel

Cerasis

Unfortunately, shippers may overlook the biggest obstacle to omnichannel, developing effective e-commerce shipping practices. To avoid the retail apocalypse and achieve omnichannel success, shippers need to understand the challenges of e-commerce shipping, how it contributes to omnichannel success and a few tips to succeed in it. According to Stacey Rudolph of Business2Community, e-commerce shipping is complicated with an average return rate of 30 percent.

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. Inventory beyond ERP. 3PL stores inventory and ships on behalf of the customer.

Real-Time Inventory Management: 5 Ways Advanced Computer Analytics Will Transform Traditional Inventory Management

Cerasis

Manufacturers have always struggled to obtain the most accurate inventory levels possible. A need for real-time inventory management has arisen, but until now, we didn't have a way to make it a reality. In our predictions’ blog post from earlier this year, we noted how customization will begin to replace traditional inventory management, and essentially, customization goes back to using computer analytics to generate a more accurate, successful view of inventory management.

New online insight hub revealed to increase intelligence resources for supply chain decision makers

EFT

The Insight Hub doesn’t just give us an opportunity, for the first time, to house all this industry leading content in one place, it also gives us the scope, resources and platform to create, commission and curate a far broader collection of business-critical intelligence than ever before. In addition, you can’t really understand the full picture of supply chain risk without listening to a webinar we ran entitled: COVID-19: Implications on Inventory Planning, Sourcing and Procurement.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty

QAD

But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? How does a manufacturer organize operations to meet unexpected demand shifts without creating inefficiency for the rest of the year? Bad weather disrupts shipping, earthquakes put plants out of production and the political environment can shift quickly. But inventory is expensive. These include: Enterprise Resource Planning.

What is Inventory Optimization?

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What is inventory optimization? You’ve heard of inventory management, and you probably already have some inventory management practices implemented in your supply chain. So what is inventory optimization? According to Wikipedia, inventory optimization is: “a method of balancing capital investment constraints or objectives and service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while taking demand and supply volatility into account.”.

Shipping Technology: Non-Tech Savvy Shippers Lose Advantage Over Time?

Cerasis

What happens when shippers simply forgo implementing shipping technology, and how can shape their future demise? Shippers Must Weigh In-House Versus Off-the-Shelf Shipping Technology Solutions. The first struggle with implementing shipping technology in an enterprise goes back to considering in-house versus outsourced tech solutions. In modern shipping, there are numerous off-the-shelf tech solutions and platforms that can enhance a company’s productivity.

Inventory Management Techniques That You Need to Know About

EMERGE App

Not Another List of Inventory Management Techniques. I want to start by saying that this is not an exhaustive list of all the possible inventory management techniques available for all industries. Rather, it’s a carefully curated list of inventory management techniques that work for our wholesale and distribution customers around the world. What we will cover are practical inventory management techniques that: Our customers use; and. What is Drop Shipping?

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory

Logility

Well to my surprise, I fired up the Google machine and, using the manufacturer and model number, I quickly found a company that specializes in providing genuine obscure OEM parts. Now, being a supply chain person, I ask myself, just how much inventory does this company have to maintain to have a part for a 17-year old refrigerator sitting on the shelf and ready to ship? Long-tail inventory strategies concentrate on managing the B, C, D, etc.

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).

What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a collaborative blog post series about mobility in manufacturing & logistics along with Catavolt, who helps manufacturing organizations drive operational excellence with mobile apps. We encourage our audience to visit The Catavolt Blog for more relevant posts about mobility in manufacturing for best practices, tips, and great industry insights. Logistics Manufacturing Technology Transportation internet of things

Manufacturers, Technology, and the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

Manufacturers have historically found themselves at the cutting edge of technological advances. It’s surprising, then, to read stories encouraging manufacturers to jump aboard the Digital Age technology bandwagon. ” He noted, “Each of these technologies will fundamentally change how products are manufactured.” 2] It makes perfect sense that manufacturing must adapt to the digital age. Manufacturing Cycle Time.

A Global Shift for Manufacturers: Industries with Increased Demand

USC Consulting Group

However, with manufacturers and supply chains across the world reeling with the ongoing problems the pandemic has presented, we are seeing a definite shift in the ways business is conducted. Manufacturing. As a result, manufacturers are shifting to domestic sources.

What Is an Inventory Management System & Its Role in Omnichannel Fulfillment?

Veridian Solutions

Supply chain leaders often interchangeably refer to both a warehouse management system and an inventory management system as one and the same. However, systems used to manage inventory refer to the combination of technology, including hardware and software, for the following: Product identification Product matching to orders Data analysis Product labeling and management Documentation Reporting . Challenges of Limited Inventory Management Capabilities.

The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs

Talking Logistics

E-commerce has blurred the lines between retailers, wholesale distributors and manufacturers. Cloud-based applications that manage e-commerce and enterprise resource planning (ERP) have lowered the barrier to entry for small- to medium-sized companies, and fueled an explosion of innovative products and high growth organizations. This allowed OYO Sports to efficiently pick multiple orders with one pass through the warehouse and pre-label for shipping.

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

Cerasis

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. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand Data Integrity to Reduce Inventory Costs.

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ERP System to Help Improve Your Pick, Pack, and Ship Activities

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How an ERP System Can Help Your Pick, Pack and Ship Activities. Read on for some essential tips on how to improve your warehouse and shipping activities. Traditional product placement layouts, such as grouping products based on the manufacturer or the type of product, are largely inefficient and time-consuming. By placing the frequently picked products closer to the shipping area, warehouse staff can easily and quickly pick the items on demand.

Is High Pallet Safety Stock Hurting Your Supply Chain?

Roambee

It calls for more throughput, more efficiency, more savings, and less transit time through lesser laxity and optimum utilization of resources. real-time shipment visibility Returnable Asset Tracking Iot Solution Track Reusable Packaging Reusable/Returnable Assets Automotive FMCG Retail Returnable Shipping Assets Management Real-time Inventory Management 3PLs & Logistics Pharma Industrial Manufacturing Food & Beverage Chemicals

What is Inventory Management?

EMERGE App

What is Inventory Management? Inventory management, in a nutshell, describes your efforts to manage, assess and report on the flow of your stock of goods. You might be using pencil-and-paper, spreadsheets or sophisticated inventory management software to do this. Nowadays it refers to inventory management software because computational power is needed to effortlessly calculate, for example, landed costs for purchases and CBM for your packing lists. Drop Shipping.

7 types of manufacturing wastes and how to reduce them

Unleashed

Manufacturing waste is something business owners often overlook, yet left unchecked, it can cost a business a significant amount of money. From transportation waste, inventory waste, defective products and more, waste can accrue in a range of areas across the company.