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

Cerasis

Lean is a new way of doing business. For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste (where waste is defined as any non-value added process) and bringing value to the customer , beyond the customer’s expectations. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE.

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How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. 10 Soft Metric Considerations in Measuring Supply Chain Performance. Customer Service Levels : When it comes to how a shipper defines the value of a logistics provider or 3PL to the bottom line, there are often several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Logistics Metrics taken into consideration.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Supplier Quality Management processes and how to evaluate your suppliers from Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain. Therefore, it is paramount for you as a logistics and supply chain professional to have a keen sense of how to properly evaluate a supplier. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

Lean thinking can help organizations develop and maintain a fast, stable, efficient transportation management system. When shippers apply lean thinking to people, process, and technology in transportation, the results are significant. We partner with a third party logistics provider to manage our transportation management. We have formally educated, experienced, and disciplined logistics professionals on our transportation team.

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? Lean is a new way of doing business. The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste to bring value to the customer, beyond the customer’s expectations (where waste is defined as any non-value added process). The goal in Lean Transportation is to use the ‘Eight (8) Right’s: Right Materials.

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How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. Get Lean the Easy Way. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka. Lean success doesn’t mean approaching 100 percent machine utilization.

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How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. Get Lean the Easy Way. In it’s purest form, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and increasing quality and consistency — despite the pundits who insist you can be lean only if you can spell and pronounce words such as kaizen, kanban and heijunka. Lean success doesn’t mean approaching 100 percent machine utilization.

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The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.

synchrono

When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies, and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls, and even faxes. The result is a single – visible – version of the truth that enables a more compliant, consistent, Lean, and waste free supply chain.

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21 logistics experts share the most important ingredients in developing an effective logistics strategy

6 River Systems

There are several elements in an effective logistics strategy, with the ultimate goal of identifying the most cost-effective service levels and developing plans and processes that enable the company to operate as close to those optimal service levels as possible. in the logistics industry.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

The links between these nodes are the freight, transportation and logistics players who move the goods throughout the Supply Chain. Low cost sourcing is a predominant reason for this geographically dispersed network. Do they have a plan to get all of their energy needs from sustainable and renewable sources? And one of the fundamental objectives in any Lean program is the need to reduce waste. Logistics/Link Supplier Selection/Management. Subscribe Here!

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Luckily, the current movers and shakers of the logistics and supply chain world are all too happy to dole out sage advice in the form of blog posts, interviews, podcasts — you name it. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Logistics personnel and supplier management pointers.

Looking for Growth in Lean Times? Look North to Canada!

Supply Chain Network

There’s no getting around it, times are tough and we may still be in for more of these lean times for years to come. Every company is looking for that elusive source of growth to keep driving the top line, or at least to replace any shrinkage in business from the downturn. But in difficult times growth can be a hard thing to find and merchants both online and offline need to be creative and on the lookout for any potential sources of new growth.

Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

The research, produced by Adelante SCM and presented by BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor), was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption, and company performance. To gain insights on that question and more, Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions conducted a web survey of supply chain and logistics professionals in March 2018. Logistics Service Providers Focus on Delivering Innovation.

Embedded 3PL Relationship: What is it & Why is it Vital to Ultimate Shipper Success?

Cerasis

Outsourcing Logistics, and embedding a 3PL into a shipper/customer who give a dedicated representative who handles all of the details for the shipper. The current Logistics Manager or Purchasing Manager at the company may be resentful: “Do I really need a 3PL or company representative to help do my job, and, frequently the point of contact for relations with carriers? The current Logistics or Purchasing Manager wants an answer as to “WIIFM?” 3PL Logistics 3PL Relationship

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Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

The advent of transportation management systems (TMS) in the 1990s introduced near-infinite metrics and data points into the supply chain yet brought with it more questions than answers: How do we centralize the data? Most systems are flexible enough to merge data from external sources into the algorithm architecture. Dale McClung is Director of Design Solutions at CLX Logistics, LLC.

Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

The previous decade has seen many companies, mainly those handling manufacturing operations, change how sourcing of direct materials is executed – from an administrative function to a somewhat strategic procurement approach that has seen the creation of a new position “the Chief Procurement Officer.” All in all, using technology and a defined sourcing process goes a long way towards providing benefits for companies that constantly seek to cut on operating costs.

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Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

When the world changes around you, and when it changes against you, what used to be a tailwind is now a headwind — you need to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.”. Identify sourcing plant/s which can back-up each other in times of disruptions.

Easier than reducing carbon footprint – 5 Steps to make a dent in the Huge and Hidden Cost of CPG Sustainability

Cerasis

Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex. LTL gets even trickier according to a report by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. . However, while technology evolves to allow better tracking of carbon footprint, there’s a potential to substantially improve overall logistics sustainability by addressing a less often discussed but insidious problem. Logistics

COVID-19 to cause drastic shifts in supply chain management

EFT

In law firm Foley & Lardner LLP’s new report ‘Accelerating Trends: Assessing the Supply Chain in a Post-Pandemic World’ 70% of manufacturing executives expect their supply chains to move away from a focus on low costs and lean inventory.

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

When sourcing supply chain management services, think about the provider’s approach to people and processes. Do they embrace a methodology like lean, six sigma, or operational excellence? Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Building the lean culture to drive and sustain continuous improvement. Because businesses have unique logistics needs, an easy solution is not a solution at all.

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7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Therefore, the challenge to establish the ranking method is to find a more economical data source and the unbiased metrics. Books We Recommend - Purchasing Book - Six Sigma Books - Operations Management Book - Inventory Control Book - Lean Books - International Business Book Last review and update: January 30, 2020In this article, we rank books based on their influence, popularity, recency and practicality and then we come up with the list of the best supply chain books.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

The changing role of IT organizations in supply chain management

Kinaxis

I will lean on the Supply Chain Planning space as an example and relate to the broader shifts in the role of IT in supply chain management. As bulk of the action in enterprises shifted from within the four walls of the company to outside the company due to increased use of contract manufacturing and third party logistics (3PL), traditional technologies built on ERP foundation came up short.

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

He is an industrial engineer with a diploma in transportation and logistics from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven. Over the period of 2009-2015 only 88% of companies made improvement on the “Supply Chain Metrics That Matter.” (The The Supply Chain Metrics That Matter are a portfolio of metrics which correlate to higher market capitalization. The composite of metrics includes growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital.)

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015

Cerasis

As we head into 2016, we are featuring our most read articles of 2015 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. The new year will then bring series on trends and on the state of some of the business functions and technology used in proper transportation and logistics management. Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory. INFOGRAPHIC] Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014.

The Elegance of the Costco Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! Fewer SKUs and suppliers mean less complicated logistics. This is a massive source of efficiency. By working with suppliers to optimize the amount of product on a pallet Costco is able to reduce handling, maximize truck capacity utilization, and lower logistics costs. Eliminating all unnecessary touches and hand-offs enables Costco to run a very lean and efficient Supply Chain.

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Get Ready for Holiday Now … Make It Boring (From A Supply Chain Perspective)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Focus on your key cost, quality and delivery metrics. They must understand the physical size of those skus, the promotional strategy, and the supplier sourcing, delivery and replenishment plan. You should conduct Lean kaizen events and redesign your business processes to support the objectives of improved service at lower cost and higher volumes. Manage Your Logistics Network. Retail #ECommerce #SupplyChain #SCM #Business #Omnichannel #Logistics. Subscribe Here!

Technology and the Supply Chain: What Does the Future Hold?

Kinaxis

Big business are jumping on the bandwagon too – utilizing collaborative distribution, reverse logistics and cooperative sourcing to lower costs, improve efficiency and better optimize their supply chain. WEF notes 2025 as the year the sharing economy will reach its tipping point into the mainstream market, but I’d lean toward seeing this impact your supply chain a whole lot sooner as the number of new startups in this space continues skyrocketing.

Shippers Dissatisfied with 3PLs’ Dinosaur Technologies

Supply Chain Collaborator

The third party logistics (3PL) model, while critical to smaller, low-volume shippers, has never been the best option for organizations shipping moderate-to-high volumes of freight. Purveyors of logistics IT solutions have been warning of the shortcomings of 3PL tech for years. The output of recent research confirms the rudimentary logistics IT solutions offered by 3PLs leaves many gaps and much to be desired. .

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Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration – How ERP Falls Short

synchrono

Despite promises of ERP panaceas, none has an ideal solution for supply chain collaboration, supplier visibility, or the ability to access and aggregate voluminous amounts of real-time data from multiple sources. To address the market need for end-to-end supply chain visibility and collaboration , manufacturers need a solution that will connect to many data sources, such as logistics, supply chain management, lean production, inventory/warehouses, distribution, and transportation.

How to Build Better Supply Chain Finance Goals With Analytics

Turvo

Unfortunately, the data of the past is not always the best source for action today. That is what the COVID-19 pandemic revealed—a supply chain that was so lean and fixated on a belief that nothing could bring operations to a grinding halt that it forgot the importance of resilience, agility, and flexibility. Provide supply chain partners with KPIs and metrics to help them improve service levels and better meet your expectations.

Training for the Next Triathlon. Insights for You?

Supply Chain Shaman

Abby and I are writing an e-book on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter. Likewise, in today’s supply chain environment, I find that supply chain leaders favor a single function of logistics, manufacturing or sourcing. Over the last decade, the only metric that we have improved in the supply chain is revenue/employee, a measurement of productivity. Companies that are not looking holistically at metrics are stuck. It is harder to understand lean body mass.

Changing Mental Models

Supply Chain Shaman

We have used Lean process systems and swim-laned ourselves to death. The most common reporting relationship in the supplier organization is to a leader of supply (focus on logistics, distribution, materials sourcing and customer service). The focus has been on sourcing and managed costs. Some helpful reports include: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: The Cash-to-Cash Cycle. Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept. However, the overall implementation of strategic sourcing is a bit different between the two companies. The result is that the forecast accuracy is improved because a demand planner has an additional source data to make a better decision. Cost of inbound logistics is not taken into account.