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50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. Not only does warehouse optimization result in a healthier bottom line, but it also improves key warehouse metrics like accurate orders and on-time delivery. Of course, warehouse optimization isn’t something you do just once; it’s an ongoing process, and a complex one at that.

Collaboration? When It Comes to Cash-to-Cash, We Don’t Know How to Walk the Talk

Supply Chain Shaman

Inventory, in this time of uncertainty, is the organization’s most important buffer to protect against variability. However, organizations are not good at managing inventory. Cash-to-Cash Metrics. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric: (Days of Receivables+Days of Inventory)-Days of Payables=Cash Conversion Cycle. In times of growth, when companies are funding inventory builds, cash is needed. Inventory. Days of Inventory by Industry.

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WMS and Cycle Counting: How to Reach Inventory Management KPIs

Veridian Solutions

Greater control and efficiency in modern warehouse management rests on the reliability and accuracy of your inventory management processes. Warehouse Managers need to understand the challenges of cycle counting, how the right KPIs can help, and how to leverage WMS and cycle counting best practices to develop the best inventory management KPIs. Failure to track replenishment and procurement activities. Which Inventory Management KPIs Are the Best?

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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.

The Last Mile Really Does Begin with the First Pick From Your Warehouse

Veridian Solutions

As explained by Supply Chain 24/7 , digitalization of the logistics industry, including warehousing, continues to drive the market. So, warehouse leaders must consider two sides of the first touchpoint—the stage of picking the item and the actual inbound logistics of how it arrived in the warehouse or distribution center. How Procurement Contributes to Improved, End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency. In a sense, it’s all linked to effective inventory management.

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: You’re All Responsible for It!

NC State SCRC

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its first ever “Executive Roundtable on Excess and Obsolete Inventory” on the NC State campus on October 25, 2017. In the end, excess and obsolete inventory occurs because of mistakes, mis-aligned decision-making, and lack of consideration of the cost of inventory in countless decisions, including product design, sales forecasting, sales and operations planning, and lack of awareness. Measure life cycle inventory cost.

How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

It touches many departments, from production, procurement, shipping, accounting, and finance to marketing, warehousing, research and development, and sales. You could pick up a job as a warehouse picker, a forklift driver, or even a truck driver. Manage inventory levels.

Assessing the True Return of Procurement Transformation on Total Shareholder Return: A Tough Proposition

NC State SCRC

In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “ The Procurement Value Proposition “, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key. Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek to provide an answer to the question “how far along are you relative to your peers in your procurement transformation journey”, and “which processes are lagging compared to your peers?”

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What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation

EFT

Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management. However, the digital warehouse allows employers to notice recurring patterns or highlight areas that need improvement. What may take months to find reviewing logs and ledgers can be exposed in minutes with real-time data warehousing. Future warehouses are expected to reach new levels of automation. The warehouse of the digital age is synonymous with automation.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, and Inventory Management are the hottest areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT adoption in manufacturing today. Kearney’s recent study of the future of production find that manufacturers are evaluating how combining emerging technologies including IoT, AI, and machine learning can improve asset tracking accuracy, supply chain visibility, and inventory optimization.

What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation

EFT

Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management. However, the digital warehouse allows employers to notice recurring patterns or highlight areas that need improvement. What may take months to find reviewing logs and ledgers can be exposed in minutes with real-time data warehousing. Future warehouses are expected to reach new levels of automation. The warehouse of the digital age is synonymous with automation.

Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning

Logility

in inventory write-down and 20% drop in stock value. Every company today runs on data – the key to using your data is choosing the right metrics for visibility into your supply chain. Warehousing and transportation costs. Metrics.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Every decision becomes more impactful based on these metrics. Moving and storing product inventory at warehouses close to restaurant locations can reduce transit time and ensure that as business ramps up, your supply management will be aligned to increasing volume needs.

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “ cutting out the middleman “ Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. A truly efficient and effective Supply Chain must include a strategy, plans, business processes, and performance metrics that incorporate disintermediation and the elimination of waste!

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

All of the above (and other down-stream KPIs and processes) are heavily influenced by the accuracy of a demand forecast: if the demand forecast is much more accurate, a company is more likely to have the right product, in the right quantities in inventory and will have less of the products in inventory that is not required. Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

Implement supply chain actions, including with internal procurement teams, with suppliers and through broader collaboration, and develop measurable targets for these efforts. NetSuite has launched a supply chain snapshot feature that’s a central part of any control tower that shows all of your inventory and related transactions with the ability to filter by subsidiary, location, etc. Think about how your warehouse might look in 2030. Warehouse Operations

The Supply Chain Team’s Impact on Capital Projects

NC State SCRC

In industries that are going through a lot of Capital Expenditure investments, including construction of pipelines, LNG facilities, and mining operations, the role of procurement on the success of the organization is somewhat different. Here are some of the areas where procurement has the opportunity to make an impact. Supply chain development, logistics excellence and standard processes will ensure that we utilize supply chain assets such as inventory more effectively.

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Supply Chain Collaboration – The New Way to Drive Value!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Supply chain collaboration is a hot topic today and no wonder: companies that collaborate effectively across the supply chain have enjoyed dramatic reductions in inventories and costs, together with improvements in speed, service levels, and customer satisfaction. Sixty-five percent of procurement practitioners say procurement at their company is becoming more collaborative with suppliers, according to The Future of Procurement, Making Collaboration Pay Off, by Oxford Economics.

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. Gaining greater contextual intelligence using machine learning combined with related technologies across supply chain operations translates into lower inventory and operations costs and quicker response times to customers.

25 supply chain experts reveal the best tactics to optimize a supply chain

6 River Systems

From raw materials sourcing to warehouse operations , logistics technology , order fulfillment and beyond, there are dozens of points throughout the supply chain, all of which contribute to overall supply chain efficiency. William Crane, Founder & CEO of IndustryStar Solutions , is an entrepreneur and experienced executive in supply chain with demonstrated results starting, launching and enhancing procurement, logistics, supplier quality and manufacturing companies globally.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Supply Chain for an Efficient Holiday Rush

OneSCM

Businesses need to be prepared for demand spikes, so what can efficient directors of warehouse supply chains and warehouse managers do to get ready for the holiday rush? Smart supply chain directors collate and make sense of data metrics, using technology to eliminate data silos. A highly functional supply chain has increased visibility of freight, location of products, and inventory. Amazon is changing the game by outsourcing its inventory management.

Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems

NC State SCRC

Contract analytics can provide a summary view on performance and pricing deviations, risks, statistics (expiry, renewal and pending), procurement and sales metrics. In a presentation at the EMPOWER conference held in Orlando, a large utility shared how procurement had used the decision-making algorithm embedded in the Emptoris suite of tools to guide users into the appropriate contractual mechanism.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

This year, most were interesting in supply chain optimization - from distribution to inventory management - and Key Performance Indicators. We want to make sure that supply chain practitioners, as well as manufacturers, understand how all of these technologies are affecting the entire supply chain, including the supply chain & procurement side of a manufacturing operation. 5 Tips for Warehouse and Distribution Center Management Success You MUST Instill Today.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The design of the conference includes tours of several modern warehouses and centers of excellence. Granular data by volume is a must to be able to manage replenishment, network design, and inventory targets. Companies that directly connect financial data to supply chain data without creating a feasible plan at an item/location level rate themselves significantly lower on S&OP effectiveness creating higher costs, levels of inventory and order short shipments.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

Cut inventory costs Be it a brick and mortar store or an online business, inventory is always present and it costs money. You also have to consider storage costs, warehouse maintenance costs, ordering new items, packaging, vendor costs — all these require spending money. To avoid skyrocketing inventory expenditure, you need to keep accurate inventory count. This will prevent overstocking and understocking, saving you unnecessary inventory and storage costs.

7 Supply Chain Challenges That Exist Today

4WL Consulting

This heightens the need for having a global procurement network which can support and respond to a company’s supply chain needs in a timely manner. However, many chief procurement officers claim that it is becoming more and more difficult to select a strategic supplier who offers consistent global quality and local service. #2 A lean manufacturing environment should involve a shorter lead time, lesser inventory and improved throughput.

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Podcast: Marcia Williams on Supply Chain Optimization and Digital Transformation

Requis

Today, as the founder and managing partner of USM Supply Chain Consultants she has put her expertise in supply chain, procurement, finance and project management to work to help her clients achieve greater profitability. I started doing procurement; that was my area at Alcoa and at Cummins.

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

It helps coordinate the various supply chain activities, which include the complete range of procurement, development, implementation, commercialization, and delivery of the goods or services to the market. This involved procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military facilities, services, materials, and personnel. The objective now was to fulfill orders, smooth distribution of products, storage, and warehousing. Warehouse and order management.

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

It helps coordinate the various supply chain activities, which include the complete range of procurement, development, implementation, commercialization, and delivery of the goods or services to the market. This involved procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military facilities, services, materials, and personnel. The objective now was to fulfill orders, smooth distribution of products, storage, and warehousing. Warehouse and order management.

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

It helps coordinate the various supply chain activities, which include the complete range of procurement, development, implementation, commercialization, and delivery of the goods or services to the market. This involved procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military facilities, services, materials, and personnel. The objective now was to fulfill orders, smooth distribution of products, storage, and warehousing. Warehouse and order management.

Navigating the Supply Chain Management Fault Line

Supply Chain Shaman

This transfer of ownership reduced the effectiveness of procurement. Drones in warehouses using machine learning for real-time inventory and self-driving vehicles are transforming logistics. Stalled progress on metrics: 90% of companies find themselves stuck on key supply chain metrics (cost, inventory, growth, ROIC). Tremors. Seismic shifts. Supply chain management technology has a fault line. It is growing.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Digital transformation is not seen as a singular activity but a set of interrelated activities that span across people, process, technology, policy, and metrics,” said George Fowler, group vice president in Spinnaker’s Supply Chain business unit. Our customers overcome demand volatility and supply chain complexity for outstanding service levels with reduced inventory. PRESS RELEASE.

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Green Logistics: How to deliver efficiently while minimizing carbon footprint

Abivin

As the logistics process includes transportation and resources, the whole process also needs some other major activities like inventory management, procurement, warehousing, order fulfillment and distribution. So as per the experts, green logistics can be enabled in the companies by following purchasing process activities, production process, warehouse management, transportation management and EMS.

How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?

Cerasis

True, they may know how to roll out big data in a single warehouse, or they may have heard their competitors used branded systems for implementing this new technology. Inventory location and management. Transportation modes used in procurement and shipping. Changes in the design or layout of the warehouse or alterations to the truck schedule may require the cooking duties of a certain worker to change at a moment's notice.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

As we head towards what many experts are citing as a 2017 carrier capacity crisis and growing demands from consumers to keep them happy call for shorter delivery cycles, the traditional strategy of procurement cost saving and shipment consolidation opportunities have to be supplemented through innovative solutions, to deliver the best bang for the buck. Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. As your business changes, so will your metrics requirements.