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Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Excess and obsolete inventory is a drain on resources, as is excessive safety stock. Managing an Inventory Investment. Inventory effectiveness measures the process that delivers the right part to the right place at the right time, while minimizing investment and meeting customer requirements. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business.

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, there are many top 3PL warehousing companies that handle warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and distribution services for companies of all sizes.

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The 10 Procurement Metrics that Matter in 2021

Unleashed

In simple terms business procurement is the process of locating and acquiring goods and services from external sources for the business to use. Procurement activities include planning, sourcing, and negotiation, along with risk management, legal and value analysis. What is procurement?

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. “Warehouse optimization starts with an efficient layout. Use slotting to minimize inventory loss.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider.

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.

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.

What is SKU? A complete guide to Stock Keeping Units

Unleashed

SKU codes are everywhere – built into sales and inventory management platforms, and broken down line-by-line in all sorts of inventory report. The process is sometimes also referred to as inventory optimisation, or product optimisation. Improve inventory forecast accuracy.

The Reorder Point Formula: Everything You Need to Know

Unleashed

A carefully calculated reorder point is therefore critical to good stock control, and keeps your key metrics looking healthy for your next inventory report. Growing product businesses should manage their stock using reliable inventory management software.

50 expert tips on improving warehouse efficiency & productivity

6 River Systems

Most warehouses are on an ongoing mission to maximize productivity by optimizing workflows, automating processes and reducing waste (both time and resources). Warehouses are complex operations with many moving parts and functions happening simultaneously, so while there are plenty of areas to improve productivity, it’s not always easy to determine where your efforts will pay off. More than 50% of your warehouse labor is in pick and pack, so start there.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

Requis

People are still worried about having efficiencies in their warehouses, making sure they’re laid out properly, and having the right processes. A lot of companies now will have regional hubs with just smaller satellite warehouses in each country.

A Handy List of Keys to Careful, Comprehensive Inventory Management

Supply Chain Action Blog

I’m sure there are a lot of ways to summarize a careful, comprehensive approach to inventory management. A ccess information and use it instead of inventory. The more you are able to accurately anticipate the demand from your end customer in the marketplace, the more you will be able to move, make, buy, and store the inventory that will sell quickly. This is perhaps the simplest, but yet most difficult aspect of careful, comprehensive inventory management. .

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 can be defined as below: “Inventory control is the function responsible for all decisions about all goods and materials in an organization. Inventory control often starts with how to know the demand of particular product. What is Inventory Cost?

7 Key Factors that Underpin the Success of your Inventory Optimization Initiative

Supply Chain Opz

From the most basic to the most advanced organization, Inventory Optimization is a critical goal and one which underpins the effectiveness of the supply chain operation. Inventory Optimization requires an organization to sustain and maintain the right mix of cost versus service. In this article we will examine inventory optimization processes as part of a structured sequential journey and examine seven of the key factors in delivering the optimal mix of stock.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Tom, the colorful warehouse manager, constantly heckled Frank for the increasing inventory levels while Ed, the quiet material/logistics manager, constantly questioned if there was a better way. The second step is to align metrics to the strategy.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52 Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, and Inventory Management are the hottest areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT adoption in manufacturing today. Source: Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation (38 pp., Source: Digital Factories 2020: Shaping the future of manufacturing (48 pp.,

5 Ways Real-Time Freight Analytics Create Competitive Advantages

Turvo

Articles Analytics Data Freight Intelligence KPI MetricsOne of the most significant challenges the shipping industry faces is related to real-time freight analytics. With more competition and increasing customer demands, new and improved data analysis and response methods are needed.

How to Achieve the Perfect Delivery

Logistics Viewpoints

What is the Perfect Delivery Metric? Improving on this metric will always involve a focus on people and processes, but often also includes implementing new, more robust, supply chain applications. The wrong metrics drive suboptimal behaviors and metrics can often be manipulated.

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The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.

synchrono

When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies, and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls, and even faxes. Regional Plant Networks can connect to Warehouse/Distribution Centers to better manage excess inventory and monitor status from Third Party Logistics (3PL) providers.

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Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

While there are many types of visibility (see Figure 1), the most common use case is either sourcing or transportation visibility. When they built the project, they did not realize that they did not have access to daily data daily for their third-party warehouses and contract manufacturing locations. 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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How to implement a supply chain management system

Unleashed

Cloud-based systems offer a cost-effective way to manage and monitor suppliers, inventory and more. Unleashed Software and accounting software firm Xero have a plug-and-play integration that allows you to manage the entirety of a business’s inventory and accounting processes.

3 Factors Driving Warehouse Management System Growth and What They Mean for You

RFgen

A variety of trends are coming together to transform the modern warehouse. Many of these systems involve warehouse automation. Growth in the e-commerce market is fueling dramatic changes in the warehouse. How they will distribute inventories across locations.

4 Strategies for Finding the Best Warehouse Employees

RFgen

Managers need to reference a variety of data sources to create standards for an open position. warehouse businesses added 5,100 jobs in October, 2015. ALSO READ: Addressing Talent Acquisition in the Warehouse ». Here are five best practices for warehouse staff hiring: 1.

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. Inventory Management Mistakes – 8 Horrors of Inventory Management. Let’s face off with these inventory management mistakes that may be lurking in your business right now. Horror 3: Disappearing Metrics.

21 logistics experts share the most important ingredients in developing an effective logistics strategy

6 River Systems

Inventory requirements for all raw, WIP and finished goods. The number and locations of required warehouses, distributors, etc. David Bakke David Bakke is a Logistics Expert at National Air Warehouse. Warehouse Operations

The evans365 Data Portal Provides Customers with Business Intelligence

3PL Insights

The tool provides warehouse customers a holistic view of their account activity, based on real-time data from Evans’ warehouse management system (WMS) and other data sources. It also tracks inventory turn rates. Is there a metric or graph that would make your life easier?

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How To Ensure Best Practice Use Of Your Business Intelligence Dashboards

Unleashed

Data is sourced in real-time from multiple areas providing a simplified visualisation of otherwise complex raw data, with readers having an at-a-glance overview of current KPIs. This dashboard collects key financial health indicators from marketing activities and displays financial metrics to provide senior management and investors with performance results to help them determine future marketing spend. Business Tips inventory management inventory reporting real-time reporting

Don’t Get Left Behind (Again) by Advanced Technology

QAD

Time and Inventory Management Advancements. Someone would take my punch cards and in a day or so enter the inventory into a card catalog of each item of material that I had used. It is becoming the replacement for a data warehouse.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

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. “Users can easily now look at your global or regional supply situation and quickly source alternates when required, but the key here is to practice your response. For many companies, the picking process represents as much as half of the operating cost of the warehouse.

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.

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. Source: Machine Learning – A Giant Leap for Supply Chain Forecasting, Material Handling and Logistics Conference (PDF, 28 pp., Source: Machine Learning & AI in Transport and Logistics, Frank Salliau & Sven Verstrepen Logistics Meets Innovation Vlerick Brussels – Nov.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017 : exoskeletons, autonomous forklifts, flying warehouses, last-mile delivery, and more. Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more. Warehouse Automation. Source ID. Content Summary: Honeywell and Carnegie Mellon Partner to Bring AI to the Warehouse. Source ID.

Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero

Logility

For example: Optimizing a distribution network not only reduces logistics costs but, in most cases, reduces carbon emissions through fewer transportation miles and/or less inventory holding costs. Source: Nielsen Product Insider, 10/20/2018.

DHL: ‘Sustainable e-commerce is not any oxymoron’

The Supply Chain Journal

The DHL paper, “ECO-mmerce: How online retail can build the sustainable supply chain of tomorrow,” highlights five key areas of importance: last-mile delivery, first- and middle-mile delivery, warehousing, packaging and returns. “I