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?

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. Companies that have too much inventory on-hand right now are struggling to clear out space ahead of the season, slashing prices and concerning stakeholders as profit margins creep downward.

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.

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.

Winning the Inventory Battle in the Consumer Products Industry

Logility

Depending on the source, it is widely reported that anywhere from 50 to 85% of new products fail to achieve success. reduction in finished goods inventory (days). reduction in transportation costs (percent of sales). Capability 2: Optimize New Product Inventory.

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. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

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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Inventory Management Mistakes: What Supply Chain Leaders and Managers Need to Know

Veridian Solutions

Inventory management mistakes constitute a significant cost contributor in today’s supply chains. According to Rod Daugherty of Manufacturing.net , the costliest problem is due in large part to poor inventory visibility and planning. Failure to understand inventory needs.

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.

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Supply Chain Movement

To anticipate and respond to high customer demand, a modern Transportation Management System (TMS) needs to optimize inventory allocation. A TMS with inventory allocation enables shippers to monitor shipments down to the package level. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management.

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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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.

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. Best-in-class global transportation empowers an organization to optimally manage its supply chains dynamically and holistically.

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. Best-in-class global transportation empowers an organization to optimally manage its supply chains dynamically and holistically.

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?

Combat Rising Transportation Costs and Driver Shortage With Supply Chain Analytics

Savi

Today’s driver shortage is helping to drive transportation costs higher. Some sources recorded up to a 20 percent annual demand increase for large truckload carriers and fleets. As the chart indicates, truck transport costs rose sharply in 2017 and aren’t slowing down.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Transportation takes time. The list of additional waste generated by transportation goes on and on. Right Source.

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Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

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. For example, demand planning does not flow to procurement or transportation. Current Levels of Inventory.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

Too many companies get locked into traditional processes and a familiar vicious cycle: unable to reliably forecast an increasing number of SKU combinations, they load up on inventory to accommodate long-tail, erratic demand. Blog Inventory Optimization Supply Chain Planning Featured

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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. For example, only 29% of manufacturing companies can access total cost data and 31% struggle to see the impact of business decisions on inventory.

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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. Sources: [link]. Stop Holding Your Company Back!

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.

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. TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

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.

Chain of Custody: The source of control in global supply chains? – IoT Beyond the Buzz

Global Trade Management

The problem is, that most of supply chain and security managers are so busy just keeping dots connected that they tend to forget to consider that every dot and connection represents a source for a new risk itself. For example: The increased transparency along the physical supply chain enables organizations to improve financial supply chain operations and reduce inventory levels & working capital. Chain of custody is a term often thrown around as a buzzword.

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. The reality is that most companies do a poor job of managing the global transportation process…if they manage it at all.

Five Benefits of Upgrading Your Transportation Management Software

GTG Technology Group

Delaying Upgrades Is Holding Back Your Transportation Company. Waste would be a thing of the past, inventory and financial management systems would work to perfection, and revenues would flow in. Many supply chain and transportation management problems begin at the warehouse.

What’s wrong with Strategic Network Design?

ToolsGroup

It optimizes the network, but it doesn’t optimize inventory across the network – a shortcut that can lead to a different network once the inventory is optimized. Inventory may be forward deployed or “ risk pooled ” further back in the supply chain.

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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. Managing the complexity of global transportation requires human capital, time, and/or money.

How Safety Stock Absorbs Demand Volatility

ToolsGroup

But companies can overcome this obstacle by positioning the right inventory across the supply chain to absorb such volatility. Surprisingly, there is an immediately available, relatively straight-forward alternative – fixing your inventory (safety stocks) to cope with the forecast uncertainty.

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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. Utilize 3D printing to product a compatible power source for a batch and find out.

Inventory Control Impacts Profit: Make It A Positive Impact

Unleashed

Inventory control is something that all businesses need to get right, particularly as it is directly correlated to influencing business profitability. Factors such as how you source and store inventory stock and your approach to inventory control impacts profit. Therefore, effective inventory control is vital to maximising operational efficiency and in turn, profitability. Here’s how: Control inventory costs. Manage inventory levels.

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030

Arkieva

A new study by the SupplyChainDigest analyzing the main components of working capital: Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), Days Inventory Outstanding (DIO), and Days Payables Outstanding (DPO) revealed an uptick in DIO. New Study Shows a Rise in US Company Inventories. Source: Commerce Dept.

Still Managing Exceptions Manually? How a TMS Can Help

Talking Logistics

In the good old days, your transportation management system (TMS) could manage nearly all of your transportation workflows. The heart of this exception management is extended visibility into your transportation execution.

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Optimizing Retail Supply Chains to Meet Demand and Reduce Costs

CH Robinson Transportfolio

The best solutions will be unique to each situation and result in standardized ordering, helping ensure that the puzzle pieces of warehousing, pick and pack, procurement, transportation, and consolidation fit together cleanly to lead to lower costs and less work.