The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

GlobalTranz

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?

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

GlobalTranz

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.

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

GlobalTranz

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. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. For clarity, in measuring supply chain performance, we should be focusing on: inventory, working capital, and time.

The 10 Procurement Metrics that Matter in 2021

Unleashed

This is often managed with the help of supplier management software or inventory management software. For example, industries like transportation and logistics, technology or consumer goods will focus more on supplier collaboration. What is procurement?

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. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

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?

Transportation Management

LeanCor

The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. Transportation, like inventory, is necessary activity within logistics. Fast, efficient transportation explains a great deal about why cities develop where they do. Transportation Management Cost Consideration.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

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

GlobalTranz

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. 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 ).

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

GlobalTranz

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.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

GlobalTranz

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans?

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

In the first episode of this educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer of LeanLogistics (a Talking Logistics sponsor) outlined the attributes of a strong transportation management foundation and how to build it. Transportation strategy is the second component, and that’s focused on positioning transportation to support your supply chain strategy (i.e.,

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. What is vendor-managed inventory? The benefits of the vendor-managed inventory process include: Enhanced visibility for vendor. Better transportation planning.

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.

Logistics Metrics You Didn’t Know You Should Be Watching

Supply Chain Collaborator

Shippers who automate transportation logistics but fail to include yard operations in the solution design are operating with enormous visibility gaps. Shippers must realize that not all transportation delays take place on the road. Shippers must realize that not all transportation delays take place on the road. The critical metrics managed with YMS for improved resource planning include: Inbound and outbound dock door scheduling. Asset management/inventory controls.

How to calculate safety stock – with formulas and examples

Unleashed

Ideally, once a safety stock figure is set for each product, an inventory management system such as Unleashed is used to manage stock within ideal levels. Safety stock is a buffer of inventory held to protect against stock-outs.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

By using data to stock items with higher forecasted demand, they can reallocate cash that would normally be tied up in poorly performing inventory, avoid margin erosion from markdowns and dead stock, and increase overall on-shelf availability metrics. Yet paradoxically retailers front-load inventory to the store, under the belief that goods must be on the shelf to sell. The challenge is that once it's forward-deployed, it's not always cost effective to re-position inventory.

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Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

GlobalTranz

Companies that integrate reverse logistics systems into their logistics systems distinguish themselves from competitors in: effective management of inventory availability and cost. meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit. Logistics Reverse Logistics Transportation Management reverse logistics systems

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. Inventory Map. Learn about.

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Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

Managing adverse weather conditions is part and parcel of transportation planning. Companies can then prioritize their mitigation efforts based on parameters such as value-at-risk, customer importance, and field inventory. Professor Yossi Sheffi is Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. The post Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky appeared first on Connect Blog by TMC, a division of C.H.

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.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last six years, we studied the connection between business results (growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)) and the link to company characteristics. We consistently see that companies focused on functional excellence–a focus within a functional silo like manufacturing, transportation or distribution– or singular metrics– like inventory or costs– underperform against their peer groups.

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

GlobalTranz

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. In the research for my inventory optimization report, the lowest level of satisfaction with multi-tier inventory optimization is with clients of the SAP inventory solution (previously purchased from SmartOps).

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?

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. Of course, you’ll want to be courteous and professional with your feedback, but being open and honest with this metric can go a long way to solving problems between you.

3 Ways to Accelerate Your Inventory Management

RFgen

TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Current State of Inventory Management. Integrate and Optimize Inventory Workflows. Implement Inventory Management Software. Integrate ERP Data with Inventory Processes. The Current State of Inventory Management. Increased inventory visibility.

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. .

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. As a result, supply chain leaders focus on unrealistic goals of inventory or costs, they will throw the system out of balance. However, the stories of success are largely project improvements or improvements in vertical supply chain efficiency in manufacturing or transportation. 2) Focus on a balanced portfolio of metrics.

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.

Warehouse Management Software – A Blueprint for Warehouse Excellence & Inventory Management

ThroughPut

A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is one that helps plan, control, and manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations in a warehouse along with the guidance of inventory movement, optimizing order picking, and shipping of customer orders. Easy-to-follow metrics.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

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. 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.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

GlobalTranz

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. This means managing shipments and inventory can be simplified and taken with you, giving you renewed freedom in operating your business. Thus, you can rest assured your inventory predictions and visibility will continue to grow in accuracy and precision.

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

When we study 600 public companies by peer group, at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin, only 5% drive improvement. There are many forms of decision support—price optimization, revenue management, transportation planning, spend management, network design. An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics. In this case, the metrics are operating margin and inventory turns. of revenue on IT are we improving inventories.