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? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

Logility

Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?” ” To manage a supply chain containing complex dependencies between teams, departments and partner companies across international boundaries requires a rich set of metrics. However, companies often have too many independent metrics that can cause conflicts amongst competing supply chain functions. Functionally isolated metrics lead to sub-optimized supply chain performance.

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Omnichannel Supply Chain Metrics: What Should Supply Chain Leaders Measure?

Cerasis

There is no easy way to say it; single-channel retail is dead. The answer lies using these omnichannel supply chain metrics to carefully track and improve operations continuously. Inventory Accuracy. This is a simple key performance indicator (KPI), another name for metrics, to track. It refers to the in-stock or out-of-stock accuracy of supplier inventory. When considering the timeliness of a shipment in this KPI , you can derive an order completion metric.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

Many retailers consider competing against Amazon their biggest challenge. While the impact of Amazon is real, it is only a thread in the larger retail competition tapestry. Amazon offers breadth, but brick and mortars offers “now”, and a tactile consumer shopping experience is still a retailer’s greatest asset. The ability to serve this demand is foundational to the success or failure of a retailer, but the challenge doesn’t hinge on the strategy leadership sets.

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Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Metrics that Matter became a three year research project. I hired a research assistant to look at balance sheets and looked at performance and really tried to figure out which metrics mattered. We interviewed supply chain leaders and in the middle of that I decided that I would write this book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

Cerasis

Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management. To monitor progress against its reverse logistics management plan, a company needs metrics that measure the financial impact of returns on the firm and on other members of the supply chain. Measures such as amount of product to be reclaimed and resold as is, or percentage of material recycled, are examples of such metrics. Energy used in handling returns : This metric is used in sustainability programs.

Replenishment 201: Monitoring Store-Level Inventory

SupplyPike

This month, we thought we’d dig in a little deeper and look into monitoring store-level inventory. Traited Not Valid: The item is on the modular but is not replenishing because the store manager might decide not to order the item for her store due to reasons like low sales, too many returns, too much inventory, etc. With our Retail Intelligence software, you can graph traited and valid store counts over time and quickly spot changes in the Performance Report.

Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

But the sheer complexity of supply chain networks, and the impact design decisions have on operational performance, makes supply chain inventory management aligning inventory investments with on-time customer delivery and margins a major challenge. The equivalent of 7% of America’s GDP is tied up in inventory, and accounts receivable and payable. Implementing inventory optimization. The challenges of inventory optimization can be immense.

Retail Inventory Shrinkage Remains a Problem

Enterra Insights

Retail Shrinkage is a serious retail challenge, especially when its causes can’t be accurately determined. For the last few years, inventory shrinkage has annually cost U.S. retailers just under $50 billion combined. Paul Trujillo ( @TruPaultx ), a Product Marketing Manager at Informatics, reports, “According to the National Retail Federation, there are five main ways for your supply to disappear.”[1] Inventory shrinkage strategies.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ). The definition of this metric is similar to the way it sounds. Quality affects many different parts of the business, so it is critical to establish a comprehensive metric that provides visibility into the most important areas of operations.

Retail Store Location Planning ? Creating Balance, Driving Profit

Logility

The fundamental challenge in retail is one of balance. The sheer complexity of modern omni-channel retailing makes this difficult. Given how critical this balance is, I am amazed when I hear many retailers rely on a combination of spreadsheets and assumptions to drive the plan. Retail covers a broad range of products, go-to-market methods and consumer experiences. While this may be true, “mix” remains a thorny problem for most retailers.

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Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain is a complex system with finite, and non-linear relationships between supply chain metrics that drive balance sheet results. In our analysis, only one out of ten companies successfully improves operating margins and inventory turns at the same time. We find that companies can improve one, but not two of the metrics. Teams struggle to drive improvement in both metrics at the same time. Inventory Turns.

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. Although e-commerce represents 10 percent of total retail sales, it has had an interesting effect. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. eCommerce Inventory Management Retail

Retail Link – How Does It Help?

SupplyPike

Learn all about: What Retail Link is and who can use it The challenges of Retail Link What reports and tools Retail Link has to offer. Retail Link provides you all this. Retail Link is also a way Walmart monitors its suppliers. With Retail Link, suppliers can handle their own products by tracking their supplier data , involving sales and inventory volume, percentage of stock, trade margin, and inventory turnover. Retail Link Optimization.

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. A demanding distribution network comprised of producers, distributors and retailers. What is vendor-managed inventory? Maintaining optimum inventory levels.

Speed up your eCommerce Business with Inventory Management Software

Vinculum

Inventory management plays a vital role in building a sustainable, scalable and profitable eCommerce business. No matter how expert you are, how bigger or smaller your business may be, what products you sell, or who do you serve, lack in your inventory management can bring bigger challenges in your business success. Thus, inventory Management Software is really an essential tool for your business to gear itself up. What is Inventory Management System?

The View from Finance: Freeing Up Cash with Inventory Optimization

ToolsGroup

If you (or your boss) are measured by your company's Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) or a similar metric, then you want to turn assets into cash. Inventory optimization is one proven way to do it. Inventory is an untapped, cash-rich asset. Most companies have some form of supply chain systems to manage inventory from production through delivery. Of course, you need inventory. Inventory is what you make, what you sell. Inventory Optimization

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.

Understanding Supply Chain Management

SupplyPike

These activities can involve storage and transport of inventory or supplies, monitoring of day-to-day activities, the preparation behind these processes, and blending these different components throughout the supply chain. With rising consumer demand, retailers are under pressure to stock the merchandise in demand or lose consumers to another who can fulfill the same demand. Five Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain. Inventory Map.

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Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions. To help you understand the importance of tracking this metric we’ll illustrate several ways the value of your stock can change. What is inventory revaluation?

Inventory and forecast data from retailers: After your product ships (Part 2)

Alloy

Part 1 of this series highlighted four of the most important retailer data points that suppliers need to maintain an efficient supply chain and maximize sales opportunities: Unit Sales (Net), Dollar Sales (Net), Price, and Retailer COGS. In this post, we’ll describe four additional key data points from retailers, which fill in the supply side of the equation and are critical to make the demand insights actionable. analytics data retail supply-chain consumer-goods

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What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

What Is Retail Consolidation & Is It Right for You? Handling ever-changing consumer and retailer demands can be overwhelming—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers across the country or the world. Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping compliance requirements in mind, requires a strategic approach. What is a retail consolidation program? Retailer compliance programs are unique to each company.

Logistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching

Supply Chain Collaborator

Its absence is felt when easily avoidable yard-based delays lead to down time for manufacturing operations, product spoilage for food shippers and inventory shortages for retailers as a few examples. The critical metrics managed with YMS for improved resource planning include: Inbound and outbound dock door scheduling. Asset management/inventory controls. The post Logistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching appeared first on UltraShipTMS.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. The concept of the Effective Frontier is that best in class companies align functional metrics to balance growth, cost, inventory and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) performance while balancing customer service metrics. Ironically, most companies are very entrapped in measuring and rewarding functional metrics which degrades overall improvement.

Trends 2019: Retail

Enterra Insights

I’m certain a lot retail executives wish they had the power to stare into a crystal ball and see the future. Such a gift would have spared many of their companies from the consequences of the retail apocalypse. ”[1] If Pitassi is correct, the big question is: What does it mean to be “fit” in the retail sector? Retail trends. When most people think about the retail sector, they visualize transactions between merchants and customers.

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

Smaller, more agile companies outperform the larger and well-known brands in the retail, beverages, food, and pharmaceutical industry sectors. It is not as simple as trading-off inventory, cost, and customer service. In the Supply Chains to Admire analysis, the focus is to understand the relative performance of a company within a peer group of growth, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). (We I watch the news channels on mute. The reason?

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain is complex non-linear system that is easily thrown out of balance through a focus on functional metrics. They rock back and forth in improving singular metrics but struggle to improve a portfolio of growth, margin, inventory performance, and asset utilization.

4 inventory replenishment methods

6 River Systems

Maintaining proper inventory levels is critical if you want to keep your customer satisfaction rates high. The average American retailer has an inventory accuracy rate of 63%. Using the right inventory replenishment methods. These rules and processes are also used to determine how much stock to add to your inventory by reordering and how much back stock to move to your active inventory. Not every inventory replenishment method works for every business.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions. To help you understand the importance of tracking this metric we’ll illustrate several ways the value of your stock can change. What is inventory revaluation?

Is it Advantage Organized Retail in India?

Logistics Trends and Insights

Guest post by a former UPS colleague and now independent consultant with a particular specialty in India, e-commerce and retail. There has been a sea change in the Indian Retail landscape over the past ten years. While all the attention is focused on the impact of online retail – until recently a metro phenomenon, most pundits have ignored the potential impact of organized retail as they move from the major metro’s & Tier 1 to Tier 2/3 cities. India retail Retail

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Omni-channel Emerging as Top Retail Logistics Issue

Supply Chain Network

RILA Supply Chain 2014 will highlight this ongoing evolution from a discrete multi-channel stream to a full track entitled Omni-channel which includes the 4 interesting presentations identified below: The Impact of Omni-channel to the Retail Supply Chain & the Total Customer Experience. David Sisco, Vice President Retail Marketing, UPS. All of these look like great sessions being lead by retail practitioners working on the frontline of the omni-channel retail revolution.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Retail

Enterra Insights

Retail transactions are some of the oldest human activities. The next arena of exploration for the retail sector is artificial intelligence (AI). Arthur Zaczkiewicz ( @arthurzaczkiew1 ) observes, “Retailing is being forced to change as consumer preferences shift and technologies such as artificial intelligence power a new breed of company that brings to market products, services and an overall shopping experience that shoppers demand and are delighted by.”[1]

5 supply chain management tips for retail for sustained profitability

6 River Systems

Today, anyone can start a retail business with a couple of clicks on a laptop from a café. Manufacturing companies have the option of selling directly to consumers without the help of any retail middle men.