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Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources

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The Experts’ Choice of the Top Online Logistics Resources. So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. is one of the industry’s most respected logistics sources. Shipping Gazette Daily News. Since 1974 with industry-leading expertise in, well, American shipping. World Civil Aviation Resource Net.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced. In the final part of my inventory management best practices series, I take a look at some additional practices that are important, or even crucial , to successful supply chain efforts.

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Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. These are the must-haves for any effective freight sourcing team. Freight Shipping Intelligence.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective. Let’s compare the strengths and weaknesses of both international and domestic sourcing options. International Sourcing. Reaping the benefits of international sourcing.

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

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Source: Gartner Research. Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments. Traditional ABC inventory models segment inventory into A, B and C categories based on annual consumption value. As we showed in a previous blog, it’s not the only way to segment your inventory, nor nearly the best. Inventory Optimization

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.

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

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Sourcing has probably been the biggest thing over the last decade or two, coupled with that reduction in local manufacturing of course. Sourcing is now predominantly overseas: China is one of the big sourcing countries of course, along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

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Inventory Visibility. Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation. ERP and Inventory Visibility. Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility.

New online insight hub revealed to increase intelligence resources for supply chain decision makers

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The Insight Hub doesn’t just give us an opportunity, for the first time, to house all this industry leading content in one place, it also gives us the scope, resources and platform to create, commission and curate a far broader collection of business-critical intelligence than ever before. In addition, you can’t really understand the full picture of supply chain risk without listening to a webinar we ran entitled: COVID-19: Implications on Inventory Planning, Sourcing and Procurement.

What is Inventory Optimization?

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What is inventory optimization? You’ve heard of inventory management, and you probably already have some inventory management practices implemented in your supply chain. So what is inventory optimization? According to Wikipedia, inventory optimization is: “a method of balancing capital investment constraints or objectives and service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while taking demand and supply volatility into account.”.

LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

For freight, managing black swan events, like risk mitigation , means finding problems that are on the verge of causing disruption and taking advantage of resources to minimize their impact. Shippers need to know why freight black swans are increasing, how using LTL to intermodal shipping options can reduce their incidence, and a few best practices to keep the use of intermodal from becoming a black swan itself. DOWNLOAD THE FREE RESOURCE HERE.

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. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand Data Integrity to Reduce Inventory Costs. Source: [link].

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How Artificial Intelligence and Global Economic Factors Affect Inventory Optimization

ThroughPut

Through the targeted use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and other technologies, leading global innovators are constantly trying to enhance the effectiveness of their inventory management. What one can’t ignore, however, is all the external factors that also directly, and indirectly, affect inventory processes.

What is Inventory Management?

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What is Inventory Management? Inventory management, in a nutshell, describes your efforts to manage, assess and report on the flow of your stock of goods. You might be using pencil-and-paper, spreadsheets or sophisticated inventory management software to do this. Nowadays it refers to inventory management software because computational power is needed to effortlessly calculate, for example, landed costs for purchases and CBM for your packing lists. Drop Shipping.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

However, Amazon is shaking up the mix by seeking to make today’s e-commerce practices obsolete, and shipping and logistics providers need to understand why. Customers have the option to have products shipped to home or the store, and this eliminates any confusion about how much space is needed within each store. Consumers are also expecting more of manufacturers and shipping companies. Shipping and Logistics Providers Seek to Attract Millennials.

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.

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?

Optimizing Inventory Management for Online Retail

RELEX Solutions

While traditional inventory limits may not apply to many online retailers, they still need to make smart, data-driven decisions about what to stock if they want to attract and retain a loyal customer base. E-commerce inventory management should never be approached as a one-time or even as a periodic decision. Online retailers should be applying the wealth of data available to them toward a fact- and cost-based inventory model. Subscribe to similar resources.

3 Reasons to Take Your Inventory Management to the Cloud

DSI

With the holiday season in full gear, businesses race to keep up with customer demand and as a result, inventory management challenges rise to the forefront. To protect your bottom line, you need to know what’s in stock, what’s on order, and where and when it’s shipping—in short, you need real-time visibility into your inventory. Taking inventory management to the cloud builds on the expected benefits associated with a cloud deployment. Inventory Management Analytics.

Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The decision by President Trump to tell 3M to stop shipping masks to Canada and Latin America is astonishing given that all of humanity is facing the same crisis. Trump’s action with 3M raises questions for any country about what their Strategic Stockpiles should be and whether future sourcing decisions and actions should be based on parochial nationalistic needs or magnanimous global needs. No other country has the expanse of resources that the U.S. Subscribe Here!

How IoT connectivity can strengthen the world’s supply chains

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Supply chain disruptions are coming from new sources and at a more rapid pace. Lost or damaged shipments can significantly impact your bottom line when you factor in costs and resources associated with product loss, replacement inventory, and logistics operations.

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Predictions for 2019: What Will the Year Have in Store for Global Shipping?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

With the continued increase in supply chain complexity and greater pressure to keep inventories lean and accelerate shipments, is your supply chain ready for what 2019 has in store? Change in fuel sources may cause delays and higher costs. The road to compliance will likely affect schedules as vessels dry dock to change fuel sources. Using the low-sulfur fuel could lead to high demand of a limited resource, which will be more expensive than standard fuels used today.

Supply Chain Should Lead the Boardroom … the Coronavirus Proves it!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Additionally the lack of availability of goods to ship, and the spread of the actions to contain the virus in the transportation sector, have drastically reduced the amount of goods being shipped to points of demand. Consider that over 90% of all goods are shipped over the ocean. With fewer ships and goods arriving in destination ports around the world there are fewer goods to be further transported by truck or rail. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Coronavirus Exposes Global Supply Chain Fragility!

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By extension with fewer goods coming in from suppliers inventory levels will be drying up. The exposure to inventory disruption is certainly a function of the length of the inventory pipeline for any company. At some point finished goods inventory will be depleted to the point where companies are unable to fulfill customer orders, in turn impacting their financial results and by extension the global economy. Most specifically Human Resources must be a part of the team.

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‘Supply Chain Opportunities in China’ – 24 juni 2015

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China: from sourcing location to an end market. Rietdijk, SVP Global Sourcing – Vestas. Using China as a central transhipment platform for your regional / global distribution and mixing and shipping goods from various suppliers and origins into China will be main aspects of this discussion. Rietdijk, SVP Global Sourcing – Vestas. Order and stock optimization of your Chinese Inventory. How do you optimize your inventory levels in the volatile Chinese market?

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3 Types of Warehouse Management Systems

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If your employees do not have an efficient tool to manage their inventory and warehouse, this is serious because your business is at stake. A standalone WMS can be used to manage inventory only.

Predictions for 2019: What Will the Year Have in Store for Global Shipping?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

With the continued increase in supply chain complexity and greater pressure to keep inventories lean and accelerate shipments, is your supply chain ready for what 2019 has in store? Change in fuel sources may cause delays and higher costs. The road to compliance will likely affect schedules as vessels dry dock to change fuel sources. Using the low-sulfur fuel could lead to high demand of a limited resource, which will be more expensive than standard fuels used today.

Inventory Control Techniques that Help Save You Time

Unleashed

The success of your business centres on the ability to effectively manage your inventory stock and to do it in a way that is both timely and efficient. Time is a limited resource in any organisation and inefficiencies in its management can have a negative impact on your operating processes and your ability to deliver to consumer demands. cient warehouse operations lead to wasted time, double handling of inventory stock and order processing delays. Automated inventory control.

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. I was at a customer last week that shipped to distributors and did not know the site of customer facilities. For example, only 29% of manufacturing companies can access total cost data and 31% struggle to see the impact of business decisions on inventory. We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips.

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7 Tips to Manage Seasonal Inventory and Product Demand Fluctuations

Unleashed

Inventory management requires an initial effort to get right, but once you’ve established effective inventory control, ongoing management is much easier, particularly for businesses prone to seasonal spikes or significant periods of peak demand. If a product is in season, inventory stock can fly off the shelves. So how do you stay in control of inventory during the highs and lows of seasonal demand ? Categorise seasonal inventory.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

This key supplier had been identified and sure enough, you have a second source primed and ready to go. We have a problem.” The alternate source uses the same supplier in Taiwan. Adding to this challenge is the reluctance of suppliers to share their sources with their customers for competitive reasons. Efficiency programs like lean drove us to reduce suppliers and cut inventory.

COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Logistics Bureau

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. The pandemic, however, has exposed the risk, like never before, of concentrating sources in one location—especially when it’s far away from a company’s headquarters and markets.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? Like oil prices, interest rates impact supply chain policies and decisions, especially with regards to inventory. Will interest rates continue to climb in 2016, and if so, what impact will it have on inventory levels? There will be a lot less air shipped in boxes, trailers, and containers next year.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

Be sure not to penalize or reward suppliers based on your choice of shipping method. Overall lead times will of course go down if you start using express shipping. However, if the supplier chooses the shipping method, then including it might be a good idea. Inventory Levels. Letting your suppliers know how much of their product you have sitting in your warehouse can help them know when to suggest further orders or delay orders to keep you inventory at target levels.

How Big Data is Changing Supply Chains

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In conjunction with the latest analytics technology, big data enables companies to quickly gain useful knowledge from massive volumes of structured and unstructured data from multiple sources. Data can enhance customer satisfaction dramatically, as it allows supervisors to pick the most ideal shipping methods, utilize the best carriers, reduce the potential for damage and halt delays – all leading to improved service. Today’s blog is written by guest blogger, Lisa C.