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.,

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.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same.

Inventory Management

LeanCor

I propose three strategies that should get us closer to the goal, but require operational commitment of our supply chain and our company culture as a whole. Inventory Management Strategy. Transportation costs and capacity constraints must be considered.

Transportation Management

LeanCor

The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. Transportation Management Cost Consideration.

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.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. Leverage the Right Technology as Part of Your Strategy.

E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Challenges to Consider for Perfect Implementation

Cerasis

The path to perfect implementation of a new e-commerce shipping strategy is not always clear, and it comes with several challenges that can undermine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of e-commerce.

Protect Your Bottom Line With a Smart Supply Chain Design Strategy

Talking Logistics

Here is how these companies are using transportation optimization, inventory optimization and demand modeling as part of their supply chain design strategy to tackle the price factor head-on. Use Transportation Optimization to Get a Handle on Transportation Costs.

What Your Inventory Reveals about Your Reverse Logistics

PLS Logistics

With the popularity of online shopping, the supply chain has become more multifaceted, increasing the importance of an organization’s reverse logistics strategy and inventory management practices. Logistics Transportation Supply Chain Inventory

When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance

ToolsGroup

But we have also seen companies misinterpret the lean message when it comes to inventory. It's good to trim bloated inventory and free up working capital. But inventory optimization can actually contribute to a lean environment.

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5 Ways an Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy Can Improve Customer Experience

Cerasis

The importance of an omnichannel supply chain strategy cannot be overstated. What’s Wrong With Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy and Customer Service? This is the core of an effective omnichannel supply chain strategy; variety and options define customer experiences.

How AI and the IoT Can Change Transportation Management

Cerasis

The percentage increase describes consumer applications, but the idea of connected vehicles should garner interest from other sectors such as shipping, logistics, and transportation. As applied to transportation management, that automated decision-making ability is critical.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

A vigorous supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy can assist organizations in maximizing partnership value, minimize risk, and manage costs through the entire supplier relationship lifecycle.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

We first did an overview of the 10 areas of strategy a shipper must know in order to stay competitive. Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ” ― Michael E. However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." ― Winston Churchill. Sound strategy starts with having the right goal." ― Michael Porter.

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.

Utilizing a 3PL to Apply Transportation Management Best Practices For E-Commerce

Cerasis

Transportation Management Challenges in E-Commerce Although e-commerce represents an excellent opportunity for shippers, it results in the creation of additional challenges in managing freight spend and moving products. Benchmark existing freight spend and use of transportation modes.

10 Inventory Management Strategies to Transform Your Business

My Office Apps

10 Inventory Management Strategies to Transform Your Business. As balance sheet assets go, inventory is often the largest item. Getting inventory levels right is a challenge. Managers face the challenge of implementing effective inventory management strategies.

Advantages and Pitfalls of Push and Pull Strategies in Distribution Networks

Kinaxis

The most common strategies for moving from upstream to downstream sites are push and pull strategies , or some mix of both. A pull strategy is when customer demand drives the entire production process. Let’s put the concepts of push and pull strategies into a real-world example.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! What is Lean Inventory Management? Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?

ToolsGroup

Industry analysts have pointed out an obvious fit with inventory optimization. If retailers optimize their inventory—dynamically aligning their supply chains to changing customer preferences and behavior—they can position inventory to satisfy demand at the lowest possible cost.

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.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

The ability to serve this demand is foundational to the success or failure of a retailer, but the challenge doesn’t hinge on the strategy leadership sets. Here are three things that retailers can do to align strategy and execution. Editor's Note: There will be no blog post next week.

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[PODCAST] Why Digital Tools to Optimize Inventory Management Allows Supply Chain Execs to Stay More Strategic at Every Link in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

On today’s episode, we welcome Margaret Bendis, US Marketing Specialist for a company called EazyStock a cloud-based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that optimizes inventory management. What is the future of digitization as it relates to inventory management.

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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Top 5 Ways Inventory Tracking Technology Is Evolving

Cerasis

In fact, a recent survey of economic experts, reports Jeff Wacker of Retail TouchPoints, found up to 59 percent of retailers are making plans to invest in technology, which includes inventory tracking technology. Inventory Tracking Technology Leverages Internal and External Real-Time Data.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end.

Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Controlling inventory flow is a top priority among warehouse managers, and gaining control over inventory drives warehouse efficiency. Controlling Inventory Flow Begins With Liquidate Nonessential Products. The first step to controlling inventory flow effectively is liquidation of all non-essential products, explains Paul Trujillo of Business2Community. This will help to prevent the reordering of slow-moving products and ensure optimum inventory levels.

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?

How To Choose Transportation Mode In Logistics

Abivin

Transportation is an integral part of Logistics. 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.

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation expense can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.” Transportation cost drains drive up costs. Many companies are experiencing dramatic increases in transportation expense that have turned into cash and quality drains for their organization. Savvy financial managers know transportation cost can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

Not surprisingly, each challenge requires its own focus, strategy and best practices to overcome. What is vendor-managed inventory? VMI is the process whereby a supplier or vendor manages and replenishes inventory at a customer’s location at the levels required by the customer.

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.

4 Ways to Optimize Your Shipping Network Strategy

Cerasis

When creating a strategy to optimize your shipping network, you must keep in mind that each new warehouse should accomplish 3 goals: Decrease your cost per package Lower the amount of time your customers wait for their packages Optimal redistribution of packages to new and existing warehouses These factors should result in a determination of how many new warehouses you should add, and where. A shipping network strategy must consider shipping profiles for different times of the year.

4 Benefits Shippers Realize when Transportation EDI is Utilized in a TMS

Cerasis

As a shipper in today’s growing market, there are many advantages to shifting to the use of transportation EDI with your transportation providers or 3PLs. 4 Main Benefits of Transportation EDI Utilized by Shippers within a TMS.

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.