3 Best Practices to Improve Your Flatbed Shipping Performance

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Flatbed shipping is an important contributor to the overall economy as several key industries leverage this solution for the movement of their critical freight. When it comes to flatbed shipping, each industry faces unique challenges in seasonality, regulation, competition, and scalability.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

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What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

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Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

ANCA Streamlines Procurement with the QAD Supplier Portal

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Inevitably, the procurement process is complex and challenging to manage. Machines can’t be built and shipped without having the right parts in inventory , but at the same time, keeping parts on the shelf consumes space and cash. Procurement System Improvement Goals. Recognizing the vital importance of procurement to their business, ANCA management set about finding a tool to help. Manage consignment inventory. Streamlined Component Procurement.

What is Drop Shipping? How does Drop Shipping work?

EMERGE App

If you’re that kind of person, then drop shipping is the thing for you. What is Drop Shipping? Drop shipping is a business method where you (store owner/ retailer) ship products directly from manufacturers or wholesalers to the customer. You don’t need to own a warehouse and pile up the inventories. In drop shipping, you are only responsible for marketing and sales of the products. How does Drop Shipping work? Benefits of Drop Shipping.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

I find that in this world of the global multi-national that procurement processes have become convoluted and increasingly complex. (In In my opinion, we have made procurement increasingly complex without adding value. In my research, I find that the companies with the most progressive procurement processes also have the most advanced customer supply chain process evolution.)Without The supply chain is vertically integrated and global shipping almost 2 million units daily.

5 Ways SMEs Can Improve Inventory Turnover

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To ensure your small business is operating efficiently, effectively managing inventory and meeting customers’ needs, you should aim to improve inventory turnover. Inventory turnover is the number of times a business sells and replaces inventory within a specified timeframe. The inventory turnover ratio is used to determine the effectiveness of inventory control and how long a business takes to sell its on-hand inventory stock. Procurement.

E-Commerce Shipping: Why Shippers Are Mastering E-Commerce to Go Omnichannel

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Unfortunately, shippers may overlook the biggest obstacle to omnichannel, developing effective e-commerce shipping practices. To avoid the retail apocalypse and achieve omnichannel success, shippers need to understand the challenges of e-commerce shipping, how it contributes to omnichannel success and a few tips to succeed in it. According to Stacey Rudolph of Business2Community, e-commerce shipping is complicated with an average return rate of 30 percent.

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff.

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A good portion of the value provided by automating procurement and payables processes comes from the labor and cost savings generated from fewer errors and less manual work. The procurement portal has to have enough transactional volume running thru it. For companies of this size and influence, supplier adoption of the procurement portal simply becomes a criteria for inclusion in the company’s approved vendor list (AVL).

What are the 3 Decision Rules for Inventory Control?

Unleashed

Effective inventory control is a process. It involves many areas of an organisation and is a delicate balance between the three categories of inventory costs. As one of a business’ greatest assets, inventory is also the cause one of the hardest decisions manufacturers, retailers and eCommerce businesses have to make. Therefore, it is important to establish a set of guidelines to improve inventory decisions and optimise inventory control.

The Ins and Outs of SDE Analysis in Inventory Management

Unleashed

Inventory control encompasses all aspects of managing a business’ inventory stock, from purchasing, shipping, receiving, tracking, warehousing and storage, turnover, and reordering. Inventory control is such a critical function for many businesses spanning every industry. Without effective inventory control methods, the supply chain can suffer , you risk not being able to meet customer demands adequately, and your business’ bottom line will reflect this.

Streamline Procurement Activities By Reducing Your Purchase Order Cycle Time

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The most effective way to streamline procurement activities is to include a well-considered purchase order cycle as part of your purchasing processes, one that allows you to plan for expenses and budget for the costs of doing business. The purchase order life cycle is the set of steps taken to process a purchase order to procure goods for your business and it includes the following steps: 1. Business Tips procurement purchase order purchase orders

The Supply Chain Detective™ and the Inventory Turnover Mystery!

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Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! As I settled into the job and started learning, and studying, the various Supply Chain metrics I was surprised when I looked at the Inventory Turnover performance of the company. Looking at recent and historical Inventory performance I could see that turnover always stayed around 5-6 turns with little variation. There was no mentorship given to promote the team and raise visibility to inventory. Subscribe Here!

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

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Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand Data Integrity to Reduce Inventory Costs.

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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. 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 Inventory Management is Paving the Path Forward in an On-demand World

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Inventory management in an on-demand world is one of the biggest challenges in the supply chain today. Inventory management involving brick-and-mortar stores as well as eCommerce is ever-evolving and more dynamic than ever before. This article looks at how inventory management is paving the path forward in an on-demand world and what this means for business owners. What if the distribution centre manages both store and eCommerce inventory stock?

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?

Inventory Success: 4 Steps to Optimize Your Supply Chain

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Inventory Success: 4 Steps to Optimize Your Supply Chain. A wise VP of Operations once told me that the primary reason someone in his position loses his job boils down to one thing – Inventory. Blame gets placed by having either too much or too little inventory. Too much inventory will tie up cash and could result in partial or total write-offs if the material needs to be scrapped or liquidated at fire sale prices.

Inventory Success: 4 Steps to Optimize Your Supply Chain

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Inventory Success: 4 Steps to Optimize Your Supply Chain. A wise VP of Operations once told me that the primary reason someone in his position loses his job boils down to one thing – Inventory. Blame gets placed by having either too much or too little inventory. Too much inventory will tie up cash and could result in partial or total write-offs if the material needs to be scrapped or liquidated at fire sale prices.

Back to Supply Chain Basics: Selling and Servicing Inventory

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The paraphrase I’ve applied to supply chain is “you buy the inventory, you transform the inventory and you sell and service the inventory.” In this last installment, I will concentrate on the basics of selling and servicing inventory. In today’s commoditized marketplace, customers have many choices of where they can procure product. As I’ve said earlier in this series , it all comes down to inventory visibility. Shipping options.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

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You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” This is why supply chain managers are always stressing over demand forecasts — something that tops the list of most critical inventory management practices. Shipping Overseas.

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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Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations. You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” And considering that our international tariff laws have been more dynamic in the past three years, shipping U.S.

Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While inventory levels and demand requirements continue to remain irregular, the most successful companies focus on technology, service networks, and expedited transportation options to overcome challenging market conditions. No one could predict how much uncertainty 2020 would bring.

Ocean Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2019

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This has been an interesting year for the ocean shipping industry. 2019 Ocean Shipping Trends. We saw tariffs and retaliatory tariffs enacted, leading many importers to ship earlier than normal to avoid paying higher tariffs. Besides front loading their shipping to avoid tariffs , importers are accelerating supply chain diversification by moving toward Southeast Asia. This continues to complicate procuring, executing, and managing chassis in general.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Developing Your Strategic Procurement Strategy

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There’s a tipping point where supply chain management is no longer enough: You need strategic procurement. Single-source procurement is efficient, but it’s also risky. The more your supply chain relies on a just-in-time inventory model, the more important it becomes to have a backup plan. Never assume that any supplier has the capacity to meet your demand or offer solutions for your strategic procurement needs. Unclog the bottleneck with strategic procurement.

Zara – The Benefits of Agile Procurement / Supply Chain

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The key to Zara’s ability to establish an agile Supply Chain rests on the following unique approaches: Procurement Methodology: Zara’s Procurement team doesn’t work on the number of finished clothes but on the quantity of raw materials needed to manufacture the clothes. Demand Forecasting: Zara reaps the benefits of very efficient inventory management models that help them determine the exact quantity of items needed for every store. They ship very small batches twice a week.

Marketing Supply Chain Solutions Post-COVID: Q&A with ToolsGroup CMO Caroline Proctor

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Global supply chains are fundamentally rearranging and there’s a lot of reflection on how the urge to optimize efficiency (whether it was offshoring manufacturing to keep labor costs down, or making supply chains very lean to cut inventory costs) made supply chains more fragile.

Allopneus.com Optimizes Inventory and Improves Competitiveness with ToolsGroup

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ToolsGroup supply chain planning software allows Allopneus.com to improve inventory quality while reducing storage space at its national distribution center by almost 20%. As a result, we need to have more than 20,000 SKUs in stock,” explains Pierre-Jean Coltat, procurement and planning manager at Allopneus. Inventory management is the key. Inventory management is the key to quality of service and competitiveness,” emphasises Coltat. “To NEWS RELEASE.

How to Make Your Business Punchout Ready!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Manage Procurement Spend Like It’s Your Own Business! A punchout catalog allows your clients to access your inventory right in your procurement system directly. All while this is happening your order through your supplier has been put in for the client, or the inventory has been pulled off to be shipped to the buyer. Many companies are choosing to implement a punchout system to lower their procurement costs. Hey Procurement! Subscribe Here!

Ocean Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2019

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This has been an interesting year for the ocean shipping industry. 2019 Ocean Shipping Trends. We saw tariffs and retaliatory tariffs enacted, leading many importers to ship earlier than normal to avoid paying higher tariffs. Besides front loading their shipping to avoid tariffs , importers are accelerating supply chain diversification by moving toward Southeast Asia. This continues to complicate procuring, executing, and managing chassis in general.

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Procurement Technology: An Update from Spend Matters in Baltimore

NC State SCRC

Today I travelled to Baltimore to attend the ISM/Spend matters Global Procurement Tech Summit. I will be speaking on procurement analytics tomorrow, but got to attend a set of great sessions over the first half of the day. The first speaker was Anne Rung, Administrator from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Next up was Dan Carrell, Vice President of Global Procurement at IBM.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

Low-cost country sourcing is a procurement strategy that falls under a broad category of procurement efforts called global sourcing. Shipping costs. While shipping is a fairly economical method, the overall cost analysis of low-cost country sourcing and domestic sourcing is critical to the overall cost equation. Sourcing internationally can create a complex supply chain that complicates your inventory? ?control

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping

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I’m Nerijus Poskus — Director of Pricing and Procurement at Flexport. 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. So the chartering companies are already receiving the ships back and they need to rent them. MSC is interested to charter those ships.