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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. For Pedro Paiva, Operations Director, EMEA for major footwear manufacturer Alpargatas, which owns the Havianas brand, they “Estimate that we will lose between 30% and 50% of sales this year.”.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management.

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Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

has become a major oil and gas producer , which has been to the advantage of fabricators that serve not only drilling and extraction, but also heavy transportation. Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback. Manufacturing manufacturing tips

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

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.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimizing fab operations is achievable with machine learning. Bottom line: Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimize manufacturing operations to the shop floor level. New products are proliferating in manufacturing today, and delivery windows are tightening.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. 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. Each blog post written is distributed into groups that reach the supply chain community as well as professionals in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and more.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

If you’re not able to clearly see, examine, impact and manage every aspect of your supply chain and inventory processes – order status, shipments, in-transit goods, trade documents, costs, exceptions and more – you might as well be operating with blinders on. Gaining end-to-end visibility across your transportation processes delivers: $32.00 in Freight Cost Savings Per Shipment: Logistics Sourcing activities improve negotiated rates.

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. This has pushed inventory management far up the agenda for a host of companies seeking to properly get a handle on what is where in their logistics train and where problems the next blockage might occur. In his opinion the way you do that is “By putting inventory close to customers.

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%. The connecting element is the availability of transport details and accurate data.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The post How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Lean Manufacturing Supply Chain lean cultureToday I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it?

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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.

Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management

Cerasis

The high-revolution has given emerging markets the opportunity to become fully developed, increasing the number of consumers and manufacturers. Therefore, more companies have partnered with third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) to achieve greater supply chain savings and presence in such markets through enhanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ). To maintain your role in the global market, you need to understand how 3PLs contribute to an improve transportation networks.

The World’s Largest Brands Are Using Inventory Accuracy and Yard Automation to Fight COVID-19 Chaos

PINC

In an uncertain world where supply chain disruption is becoming a certainty, here’s how good inventory management enabled by automation can help companies gain the supply chain visibility they need to keep the wheels turning. Whether they’ve sent their workforces home to work remotely, scaled back their operations, or scrambled to find alternative supply sources, organizations across all industries are implementing new measures to offset the impacts of COVID-19.

Supply Chain Analytics- Towards Intelligent Manufacturing

ThroughPut

Supply Chain Analytics aims at enhancing the manufacturing operational efficiency and overall operational effectiveness by enabling informed data-driven decisions across the factory floor. With valid Supply Chain Analytics, manufacturers now have real-time accurate data to make strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. It also encompasses the complete supply value chain right from sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and logistics. Sourcing-.

Additive Manufacturing continues to Mature

Enterra Insights

For nearly a decade, pundits have been touting the transformative effects of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). ”[1] Most analysts include additive manufacturing in their list of technologies that collectively are fostering the next industrial revolution, which is often referred to as Industry 4.0. Timms correctly points out even if additive manufacturing overcomes some of its remaining challenges, it won’t ever completely replace traditional manufacturing.

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. Source: [link].

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How To Choose Transportation Mode In Logistics

Abivin

Transportation is an integral part of Logistics. In logistics, transportation can be defined as a function of planning, scheduling and controlling activities related to mode, vendor, and movement of inventory into and out of an organization. A traffic manager must decide whether the shipper should own and operate its own transportation fleet or utilize for-hire carriers. Commodities can be transported by land, air, water and pipeline.

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.

What is the meat of the matter for manufacturers of meat products?

DELMIA Quintiq

Meat manufacturers usually suffer from the lack of cross-functional visibility as well as cross-company visibility. Everything starts and ends with the planning department, resulting in a high-stress environment for planners at meat manufacturing facilities: If a customer’s order was missed, or if there’s a raw material shortage, the blame is placed on them. What is distracting meat manufacturers from building efficient plans?

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

NC State SCRC

Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Sandwiched between warehouse and distribution center, manufacturing is where the value gets added. However, improvement opportunities abound and the right solutions can yield end-to-end improvements throughout the manufacturing enterprise. Improving Performance in Manufacturing.

5 Ways of Creating Resilient Supply Chains in Manufacturing

ThroughPut

They are more reliable, tune in well to volatilities and help build the necessary trust between the manufacturer and the final customer. A resilient supply chain has great visibility and the agility to shift sourcing, manufacturing and distribution activities around fairly rapidly. A recent study by Gartner suggests that only 21% of manufacturers believe that they have a highly resilient network. Create a Single-Source of Truth.

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5 Ways of Creating Resilient Supply Chains in Manufacturing

ThroughPut

They are more reliable, tune in well to volatilities and help build the necessary trust between the manufacturer and the final customer. A resilient supply chain has great visibility and the agility to shift sourcing, manufacturing and distribution activities around fairly rapidly. A recent study by Gartner suggests that only 21% of manufacturers believe that they have a highly resilient network. Create a Single-Source of Truth.

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Supply Chain Optimization Software – A Comprehensive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

Supply chain optimization is a key component of the manufacturing supply chain process, helping companies control their input costs to be able to provide effective goods or services to their customers. Inventory control. Supplier inventory management. Transportation planning.

How A Brewery Company Manages Contracted Transporters In Real-time

Abivin

As a big manufacturer, they follow a strict logistics process to manage transportation in real-time, which has been proven to improve efficiency and profit. In this article, we will take a deeper insight into how one leading brewery company can effectively manage all contracted transporters in real-time. Image Source 2. How the company manages all contracted transporters in real-time a. Image Source d.

10 Signs A Food & Beverage WMS Needs Help

IQMS

Bottom Line: Food and beverage supply chains are the fuel that drives the growth of every food & beverage manufacturer today. When a legacy WMS system is only delivering a fraction of the data it has the potential to, there’s often a parallel dynamic of a food & beverage manufacturer needing richer functionality and better compliance reporting than in the past. The post 10 Signs A Food & Beverage WMS Needs Help appeared first on IQMS Manufacturing Blog.

4 Supply Chain Areas to Examine in the Face of Disruption

QAD

Increasingly, we see manufacturers placing less emphasis on cost savings and more importance on supply chain adaptability, risk management and speed. The desire is to create flexible sourcing and connected supply chain networks that effectively respond to customers’ issues and expectations. The following are four key areas that can help manufacturers mitigate supply chain risks and build adaptability for future shocks. . Reevaluate Lean Inventory.

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5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

Cerasis

Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. While leading manufacturers continue to review the scope and potential benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things the majority asserts Megan Crouse of Manufacturing.net , continue to debate the effectiveness and capacity to implement IIoT solutions in today’s manufacturing processes. IIoT’s Greatest Impacts on Manufacturing.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. A very common challenge they face here is the lack of visibility into all supply chain costs, and most often only focus on some of the most obvious supplier- and transportation-related expenses. Transportation costs. Inventory costs. Inventory management-. Transportation strategy.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. A very common challenge they face here is the lack of visibility into all supply chain costs, and most often only focus on some of the most obvious supplier- and transportation-related expenses. Transportation costs. Inventory costs. Inventory management-. Transportation strategy.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. A very common challenge they face here is the lack of visibility into all supply chain costs, and most often only focus on some of the most obvious supplier- and transportation-related expenses. Transportation costs. Inventory costs. Inventory management-. Transportation strategy.

Supply Chain Optimization Software – A Comprehensive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

Supply chain optimization is a key component of the manufacturing supply chain process, helping companies control their input costs to be able to provide effective goods or services to their customers. It also evaluates the various possibilities such as the best plants to manufacture the required product lines. It involves the application of processes and tools to ensure the optimal operation of a manufacturing and distribution supply chain. Inventory control.

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.