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. What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs.

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. How do you balance metrics ? .

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

Cerasis

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. This KPI should be as high as possible, reflecting accurate inventory available for customers from suppliers. Other Critical OmniChannel Supply Chain Metrics to Track.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Supply chain visibility gives a clear view of inventory and the. activities involved in the transport of that inventory. next challenge is determining the right metrics to focus on. this process as determining what technologies will help get those metrics.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. When it comes to supply chain metrics, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

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. Implementing inventory optimization.

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

Alloy

Without this visibility into available inventory and focus on looking ahead to the future, you’ll find it hard to deliver the data-driven recommendations that retailers are looking for from their top partners. a case of phantom inventory that brands also need to watch out for.

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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.

6 Signs Your Business is Achieving Efficient Inventory Management

Unleashed

Did you know that better inventory management and control is one of the biggest parts of running a successful business and yet it is one that is often put on the back burner for misconceptions of that it is not a major profitable pursuit? Business owners know that holding inventory stock ties up a lot of cash, that’s why good inventory management is crucial for all businesses. When your inventory stock dips below the pre-set levels, you know it is time to order more.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. The supply chain is vertically integrated and global shipping almost 2 million units daily.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

Cerasis

In order to optimize manufacturing operations, or really just about anything, you need to have at your fingertips the best and most accurate manufacturing metrics around. The 5 "Golden Metrics" to Know in order to Drastically Improve Manufacturing Operations.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

What is vendor-managed inventory? VMI is the process whereby a supplier or vendor manages and replenishes inventory at a customer’s location at the levels required by the customer. The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor.

The Go-To List of Ways to Improve Inventory Management

Veridian Solutions

Today’s warehouse managers need better inventory management strategies. This is nothing new, but as the world has evolved, the ability to improve inventory management has evolved in stride. Supply chain leaders should follow these key strategies for ways to improve inventory management. Reduce On-Site Stock by Leveraging Drop Shipping. The best way to gain improved accuracy and insight into your inventory is to eliminate it from your purview.

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. Ironically, most companies are very entrapped in measuring and rewarding functional metrics which degrades overall improvement. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric.

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. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. Which Inventory Management KPIs Are the Best?

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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. Executives need to deal with inventory issues as they arise! Measure life cycle inventory cost.

The Beginner's Guide to Inventory Control and Management

Supply Chain Opz

What is Inventory Control? Here we will try to answer most common questions about Inventory Control and also provide additional resources you can use. What is Inventory Control? Inventory control often starts with how to know the demand of particular product.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). As a result, the amount of inventory can be managed to reflect the consumer demand.

Safety Stock Calculation For Your Wholesale & Distribution Business

EMERGE App

It commonly describes the additional stock that you keep in your inventory to reduce the risk of stockouts. You are wholly dependent on your suppliers, both local and overseas, to produce and ship the goods that you carry. Optimal Inventory Level. Introduction.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. The flows are typically linear and the analysis is on alternate modes and best shipping lanes. Companies need multi-tier Available to Promise (ATP) and real-time inventory management.

After your product ships (Part 1): Data retailers share and why it’s important

Alloy

But out of that weekly or daily data deluge, what are the crucial metrics? This metric is the best indicator of true demand because it measures when an end consumer actually buys a product, not just when a retailer places an orders, or sell-in.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. Be sure not to penalize or reward suppliers based on your choice of shipping method. Specific Quality Metrics. Inventory Levels.

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. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. As a result, brick-and-mortar retail has become more focused on digital inventory management, a building block in the road to omnichannel supply chains , than in the past. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection

Kinaxis

by Dr. Madhav Durbha Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection. A few days ago, the world’s seventh largest container shipping company by volume, Hanjin Shipping, filed for bankruptcy protection.

Inventory Backorders And Their Impact On Inventory Control

Unleashed

Effective inventory control is a balancing act between reducing the costs of holding too much inventory stock with the need to maintain enough stock to meet customer demand. Or perhaps you can ship part of a large order to customers that prefer to receive the available in-stock items and are happy to wait for the balance of stock. What is an inventory backorder? The impact of backorders on inventory control. Managing inventory backorders.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account. When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months.

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping

FLEXE

Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. Shipping a 40-ton container back in July or June used to cost about $700 — a 40-ton container. More than half of Hanjin’s ships were chartered.

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

I was at a customer last week that shipped to distributors and did not know the site of customer facilities. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips.

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Logistics Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

A KPI is an indicator (a metric) that you have chosen, and agreed with your partners and or customers, that will determine whether you are meeting your critical success factors. Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. I sometimes use the terms KPI and metrics interchangeably, but they are not the same. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.).

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Understanding How Aged Inventory Impacts Your Warehouse

Unleashed

Being able to understand the journey of your inventory stock and what it entails is a key part of inventory management. It’s also good to see if your inventory gets stuck on a part of its journey, Most often it pauses on the warehouse shelves. When you have a build-up of aged inventory in your warehouse this can cause problems for your business. Aged inventory can constrain cash flow and hinder new purchases. What is aged inventory?

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Michael answered his own question by pointing out that most companies have some combination of transportation management systems (TMS), warehouse management systems (WMS), order management systems (OMS) or an ERP that contain tremendous amounts of data that they can use to better understand service levels, freight spend, profitability, and many other metrics. One area that can quickly yield benefits is in parcel shipping.

An Inventory Audit Guide for Wholesalers and Distributors

EMERGE App

However, we shall soon see why an inventory audit is critical for businesses dealing with physical stock. You shouldn’t confuse an inventory audit with two popular means of tallying your stock: physical stock takes and cycle counting. What is an Inventory Audit.

Drivers of Modern-Day Warehouse Management System Adoption

Veridian Solutions

Inventory Visibility and Optimization, Including Reslotting and Order Streaming. Staying competitive with Amazon , Walmart, Target and other Big Box retailers requires an unmitigated level of inventory visibility and optimization.

Don’t Make These 8 Horrible Inventory Management Mistakes Before Halloween

EMERGE App

Not cleaning up the inventory skeletons in your closet can mean a difference between a ho-hum year and a bumper year. Here we’re going to cover some common inventory management mistakes that businesses make while winding up the year. Horror 3: Disappearing Metrics.

Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy. While some vendors might disagree with plans to implement and inbound shipping strategy to reduce your costs, remember that you must look out for your company first. Metrics and Auditing Prevent Overbilling and Overpayment to Vendors for Shipping Costs. Furthermore, your company must pay the costs of shipping , which may more than the carrier’s charges or double-billed.

Fulfillment: Where Should I Ship From?

DAT Solutions

In this post, we want to focus on a common question: when a seller stocks inventory in multiple locations, how does one decide which to use to fulfill an order? Many online retailers keep inventory in multiple locations. Customer experience — Weigh the two big factors: a) speed to get the item(s) to the customer and b) ability for multi-item orders to ship together. It also strives to ship multi-item orders together. .

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