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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?

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

Cerasis

Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. 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? This requires a new broad look at the business of transportation supply chain, including supply chain management, logistics, & procurement.

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Touchless Fulfillment and Shipping!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Touchless fulfillment and shipping article, and permission to publish here, provided by Jenis Sheth. The transportation & logistics industry found new ways to go touchless during this pandemic. One such instance is that of the transportation & logistics industry.

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.

How Adding Ship-from-Store to an Omni-channel Strategy Changes the Retail Network

Talking Logistics

Integrating a ship-from-store strategy can enhance customer service and serve as an important competitive differentiator. The challenge is determining if and when a ship-from-store strategy makes sense and how to best enable this fulfillment option without impacting store productivity and service. Ship from store has gained traction based on changing shopper expectations and buying trends. How does implementing a ship-from-store strategy impact the supply chain network?

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Each blog post written is distributed into groups that reach the supply chain community as well as professionals in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and more.

How Does Transportation Affect Logistics?

Abivin

Transportation is an inseparable component of logistics. While the sights of trucks and trains carrying products of a company or parked at a business facility are common, few people understand how much the economy depends on economic and reliable transport. Image Source) 1. What is transportation? Transportation is one of the largest industries in the world. This process begins with the supply chain to the shipping of the finished product to the consumer.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

If you’re not able to clearly see, examine, impact and manage every aspect of your supply chain and inventory processes – order status, shipments, in-transit goods, trade documents, costs, exceptions and more – you might as well be operating with blinders on. Or how about if you need capacity for a shipment – broadcast it across the social media outlets and you are likely to find space for your products to ship.

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%. This ensures goods are shipped right the first time.

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

One of the most consistent ways to find savings in transportation is through flexibility. But in the world of retail transportation, very few shippers have the ability to be flexible with their deliveries. What Does that Mean for Your Retail Shipping Efforts?

Improving inventory management

EFT

What’s more plenty on the retail side have found themselves with held inventory but it suddenly locked away in stores that people could no longer frequent, browse and shop from. This has pushed inventory management far up the agenda for a host of companies seeking to properly get a handle on what is where in their logistics train and where problems the next blockage might occur. In his opinion the way you do that is “By putting inventory close to customers.

Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management

Cerasis

Therefore, more companies have partnered with third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) to achieve greater supply chain savings and presence in such markets through enhanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ). To maintain your role in the global market, you need to understand how 3PLs contribute to an improve transportation networks. Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management. Why Do Supply Chains Need Transportation Management?

The World’s Largest Brands Are Using Inventory Accuracy and Yard Automation to Fight COVID-19 Chaos

PINC

In an uncertain world where supply chain disruption is becoming a certainty, here’s how good inventory management enabled by automation can help companies gain the supply chain visibility they need to keep the wheels turning. Whether they’ve sent their workforces home to work remotely, scaled back their operations, or scrambled to find alternative supply sources, organizations across all industries are implementing new measures to offset the impacts of COVID-19.

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

Cerasis

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. For shippers, this means finding a way to handle changes in inventory and replenishment, as well as managing outbound freight and reverse logistics. Shippers should work with multiple carriers and tap into the value of both LTL and intermodal shipping too.

4 Challenges in Global Transportation Management

3rdwave

There are 4 fundamental areas where global transportation is challenged. Three of these challenges are variants on traditional transportation challenges and the last is relatively new but growing in importance. Transportation Cost Management. However, where transportation management traditionally focused on the basics of moving “boxes” or “packages”, today it is much more strategic. Transportation information is foundational to managing any global supply chain.

How To Choose Transportation Mode In Logistics

Abivin

Transportation is an integral part of Logistics. A company cannot function well without being able to ship products across the supply chain. In logistics, transportation can be defined as a function of planning, scheduling and controlling activities related to mode, vendor, and movement of inventory into and out of an organization. A traffic manager must decide whether the shipper should own and operate its own transportation fleet or utilize for-hire carriers.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

In this article, leading experts from various sectors in transportation industry will discuss transportation trends you should take a closer look. James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. Are there other transportation trends to watch and why

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Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends. Especially since many retailers have already purchased and shipped their goods ahead of the looming tariff changes. Without a collaborative material management program, companies face an increased risk of inventory mismanagement.

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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7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.

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.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

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.”

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. Getting into transportation is a different topic entirely, one that demands a separate, more intricate look. Transportation Manager. Inventory Managers. Transportation

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. But inventory strategy goes beyond assortment choices alone.

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products. Best-in-class global transportation is based on command and control competencies that create flexible and resilient transportation capabilities.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

more near-shoring and larger, less frequent shipments to minimize transportation costs). 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?

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)

3rdwave

In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. It supports the ability to consolidate multi-vendor/PO shipments to optimize total shipping costs.

Combat Rising Transportation Costs and Driver Shortage With Supply Chain Analytics

Savi

Supply Chain Challenges: Freight Volume Rising, Driver Shortage Growing The shipping industry plays a critical role in world economics. Its immense power stems from its ubiquity–in every sector, you will find shipping and a supply chain. An essential component of the shipping industry is trucking, which many companies and industries prefer because of its low cost, refrigeration potential, and fast delivery time. driver shortage Featured shippers transportation cost

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.

Four Reasons Why You Should Be Using Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Adopt Transportation Management Software Today. Transporting goods seems straightforward, but to the experienced professional, it’s a complicated balance of success, unforeseen circumstances, and problem management. Keeping track of the entire system requires a small army, unless a company installs transportation management software (TMS). Here are the top benefits of adopting the latest transportation management software. Sources: [link].

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

Three supply chain lessons for businesses coping with COVID-19

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Despite past lessons from 2003’s SARS outbreak and 2011’s Fukushima tsunami about the hidden weaknesses in their supply chains, companies are challenged to manage logistics concerns stemming from sourcing strategies and risk management. Current supply chain designs have predominantly followed a one-size-fits-all philosophy, on the assumption that raw materials are readily available for sourcing and production globally.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” It is rare today to read the Wall Street Journal or listen to an earnings call without hearing about the impact of rising transportation costs. The second question we get is what strategies can we implement to lower our transportation costs.

Why A Successful Transportation Management Program Is Empowered By Data

Cerasis

Today we continue our long series and look at teaching shippers how to remain strategic when it comes to logistics and their transportation management program. Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. The Use of Data to Create a Successful Transportation Management Program. Data originates from one of two primary sources: individual sensors gathering data or manual entry of data.

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. Ultimately, we expect the extra costs will likely fall on consumers for goods shipped around the world.