Why Supply Chain Managers & Procurement Should Collaborate

Cerasis

The roles of logistics and procurement in an efficient supply chain cannot be overstated. According to Paul Myerson , reports Industry Week, up 70 percent of a company’s costs come from procurement and logistics operations. Meanwhile, this large volume of expenses is directly related to 80 percent or a company’s working capital via inventory and accounts payable. So, why do supply chain managers not take advantage of this data with respect to procurement?

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. Inventory is both.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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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.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle. Any supply chain’s success is closely linked to the appropriate use of transportation.

Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

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

Cerasis

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?

IoT Inspired Smart Warehouses Are Reinventing Inventory Management

Cerasis

The internet allows for unlimited scalability and boosted efficiency in warehouse inventory management. The so-called “smart warehouse” takes advantage of these defining factors by connecting systems to streamline inventory management and overall productivity. Integrate all supply chain systems, increasing savings in transportation management, procurement and everywhere in between.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. Let’s back up a bit before we specifically address EDI in transportation. EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents.

Transportation, Planning, and Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Talking Logistics

But when PwC asked CEOs in a recent survey ( Global Retail and Consumer Goods CEO Survey: The Omni-Channel Fulfillment Imperative ) what areas most needed their additional attention to achieve omni-channel fulfillment, 88 percent said it is their transportation and logistics operations.

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.,

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%. The connecting element is the availability of transport details and accurate data.

Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016

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Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016. URL: sapinsiderevents.wispubs.com/2016/Vienna/SCM-PLM-MFG-Procurement-CRM/. Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016, sponsored by SAP, is the most important educational event of the year for organizations using SCM, PLM, manufacturing, and procurement solutions to fortify their business operations and infrastructure with proven methodologies and measurable, value-driven results.

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The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean

Cerasis

From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. Consequently, all processes, including inventory management, logistics, data analytics and ongoing performance management, as reiterated by the staff of Supply Chain 24/7, improvement, can be optimized, creating a more efficient, direct and intelligent supply chain network. Procurement’s Role Did Become More Important.

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

Cerasis

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.

Where Do the Savings from Managed Transportation Services Come From?

Talking Logistics

Managed transportation service providers work to deliver transportation solutions to maximize service at the lowest cost through people, process, and technology. The process involves investigating the current transportation activities and engaging in new opportunities for cost-savings while optimizing service levels. A recent ARC Strategies study on managed transportation services found, on average, MTS can save a company between 2 and 10 percent of its transportation spend.

[e-Book] How To Shift From Tactical To Strategic Logistics and Transportation Management To Create A Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

We release our second e-book today by focusing on strategic logistics and transportation management creates a competitive business advantage for shippers. Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. This is especially relevant for third-party logistics and transportation management service providers, whose service fee is based on reducing cost and streamlining the shipper’s supply chain.

Streamlining and Automating the Procure-to-Pay Process

Talking Logistics

Streamlining and automating the procure-to-pay (P2P) process is something many companies are focused on, especially those dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of suppliers and high volumes of purchase orders, shipments, and invoices. The order procurement black hole. I began my discussion with Omar by asking him to share some of the challenges procurement people are dealing with in the procurement process. Episode Highlights Elemica P2P procure-to-pay

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

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Supply Chain involves planning, execution, physical flows of goods, the flow of information, processes, financial management, sourcing, logistics, procurement, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, repair and recycling, business management and much, much more. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Shippers: One Action Could Save You Millions on Inbound Transportation Management Costs

BluJay Solutions

But even in doing so, one area that is overrun with inefficiency is often overlooked – inbound transportation management. The top 8 improvements we have seen achieved in inbound transportation are: Cost savings from: More efficient use of equipment and fuel. Lower inventory levels.

E2open Acquires Transportation Management Systems Provider Cloud Logistics

E2open

Cloud Logistics Brings Same-Day, Rapid-Deployment Transportation and Logistics Management to E2open’s Industry Leading Business Network. AUSTIN, TX – October 1, 2018 – E2open , the one place in the cloud to run your supply chain, today announced the acquisition of Cloud Logistics, a leading innovator of transportation management systems (TMS) for the global supply chain market. in the March 2018 Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems. MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds. Transportation will become more variable; and even scarce. Work closely with transportation carriers. Last year transportation price increases were 2-5%.)

Is it time to integrate your supply chain design with execution?

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its inventory management and where and how well it deploys inventory to optimize customer service levels and profitability. its transportation management and how well it continually procures, plans, executes and monitors freight. Inventory management.

5 Procurement Management Tips for the New Kid on the Block?

AFFLINK

In much the same way, any business seeking success in the procurement management environment should address the fundamentals first. Procurement management accountability builds from having processes and quality controls that meet or surpass customer expectations.

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Yet all of the functions that we now associate with Supply Chain have been around for a very long time: Planning, Inventory Management, Logistics, Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and many more. SCM #SupplyChain #Technology #Logistics #Freight #Purchasing #Procurement #Business.

Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

For the CFO, end-to-end is a focus on transactional flows like order-to-cash and procure-to-pay. Most are clueless about driving a better-planned order flow from tactical planning to procurement or transportation planning or how to improve forecast-value-added (FVA) processes.

Time to turn around inventory falls by two days says new report

EFT

The median time for retailers to move returns back to inventory ready for resale has fallen from 2017 to 2018, from a median of seven days down to five days. Gabi Weisel, Director Global Indirect Procurement, Estée Lauder.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

The attractiveness of 3D printing for manufacturers and retailers/distributors centers around reducing both lead times and the risks involved in holding inventory. Our January blog post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4 A few years ago, when the market was similar to today, I wrote about a Fortune 500 company that could have saved millions of dollars in transportation costs by putting its freight out to bid.

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2019)

Talking Logistics

Based on the top Talking Logistics posts and videos this quarter, it’s clear that transportation management remains a hot topic of interest — everything from how to navigate the twists and turns of the market to how to leverage transportation management systems (TMS) and emerging technologies to drive continuous improvement. Even our most popular post, which dealt with excess inventory and yard management, had a transportation bent to it. Excess Inventory?

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Optimizing Retail Supply Chains to Meet Demand and Reduce Costs

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Change your thinking on retail procurement. Robinson can offer Managed Procurement Services and assess the entire end to end pipeline of your retail model, looking at each element holistically to see how changes in one piece of the process could lead to changes in another.

The 4 Key Processes Enabled by a Transport Management System (TMS) in 2015

Cerasis

We continue our series on the “State of the Transportation Management Systems” today with our post on the 4 key processes enabled by the use by shippers of a transport management system or TMS. A Transport Management System brings Needed ROI & Efficiency.

7 Questions: How Oil and Gas Companies Can Save on Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

But if you answer “yes” to any of them, you may be making common supply chain errors that can dramatically increase transportation spending. Do your suppliers pay the shipping costs for your procurement material? Do you use the same transportation method whenever you ship?

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The Supply Chain Game Changer Job Board!

Supply Chain Game Changer

It includes functional areas such as Procurement, Purchasing, Freight, Logistics, Planning, Material Handling, Inventory Management, Cash Flow Management, Quality Management, Diversity, Customer Support, Systems Design and Deployment, Business Process Engineering, and Business Management.

What Are Some of the Necessary Skills of Great Inventory Managers?

Unleashed

If optimal inventory control is imperative to maintaining a successful, sustainable and profitable business, then it’s obvious that capable inventory managers play a crucial role in achieving this. Inventory managers are responsible for leading a team of workers as they manage the flow of inventory stock in, through and out of the business. Great inventory managers. It is important for inventory managers to understand what products they are managing.