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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The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean

Cerasis

From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. Consequently, all processes, including inventory management, logistics, data analytics and ongoing performance management, as reiterated by the staff of Supply Chain 24/7, improvement, can be optimized, creating a more efficient, direct and intelligent supply chain network. Agile = The New Lean.

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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? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management?

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Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

Cerasis

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. In order to avoid excess inventory and keep your business lean, you must understand the pace of movement of each product. Understand Lean Principles and How to Use them to Cut Out "Waste". Top Management must commit and focus on Lean.

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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. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

Using Lean Management for Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Why Agility is Trumping Lean! Lean management article originally published by Veridian at [link] Permission to publish here provided by Jason Rosing. What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex. Creating more sustainable logistics is even more important for the trucking industry. Sustainable Logistics | Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics. Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. From shareholders to consumers, sustainable logistics has created broad value. Logistics

Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence

Gravity Supply Chain

Articles Gravity Technology humantouch digital supplychain digitize futureproof flexibility flexible transparency visibility sourcing procurement distribution fulfillment logistics retail manufacturing cost warehouses warehousing carriers lean agile platform data BigData silo silos ecosystem tools speed efficiencyThere’s no need to do the maths; we’ve got the answer for you!

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EMC runs a lean operation: Playing hockey with doughnut holes

Supply Chain View from the Field

Brent Taylor, who I met the week before at Procurement Leader’s, took me on a tour of the plant. ” To cope with this hockey stock effect, EMC has a highly lean and flexible manufacturing facility. Customer Relationship Management Design for Supply Chain Inventory Management Logistics I had the opportunity to visit EMC’s manufacturing facility in Apex, NC this afternoon.

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Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The 3 Pillars of Digital Procurement! You can outsource your Manufacturing, Distribution, Procurement, Logistics, Accounts Payable, Transportation Management, Systems and more. We had phenomenal, global capabilities in Logistics and Procurement. The first problem was that no matter who we talked to at the company to introduce the service, including CEOs and CFOs, the next step always involved us getting referred to the Procurement department.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain. According to the CSCMP's "State of Logistics" Report from 2015, logistics costs now make up over 8% of the GDP. Any percentage less for your business with logistics costs as a percent of your revenue, goes straight to the bottom line. . Logistics Cost Reduction by Focusing on Safety.

6 More Logistics Technology Trends Enabling Success in 2018

Cerasis

In today’s blog post we continue our look at the logistics technology trends that will shape 2018. In our first post on this subject, we addressed the 5 automated logistics technologies that will serve as the foundation of the transformation to the digital logistics & supply chain landscape. In this post, will go to how shippers and logistics providers will lean on 6 more trends to make gains in the months to come.

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The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “ cutting out the middleman “ Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. Business Process Optimization Freight and Logistics Lean Process Improvement Procurement Supply Chain Management Productivity improvementSubscribe Here!

What is Inbound Logistics and How Can a 3PL Help?

Kanban Logistics

What is inbound logistics? See, there’s a big difference between handling inbound logistics yourself and outsourcing it to a trusted North Carolina third-party logistics (3PL) provider that knows the manufacturing industry. What is inbound logistics?

[e-Book] The Most Impactful Supply Chain & Logistics Trends in 2017

Cerasis

The reality is that the speed at which the supply chain & logistics industries are changing are breathtaking. Download the all new Cerasis e-book "The Most Impactful Supply Chain & Logistics Trends in 2017" by Filling out the Form Below. It is vital that, despite all new technology, we as supply chain & logistics practitioners are leaning on tried and true practices. e-Books Logistics Supply Chain

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Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

As noted by Inbound Logistics , “Many manufacturers start assembling products, mapping out product specs to determine capacity needs, and working with their transportation and distribution partners on reliable and cost-effective logistics solutions up to six months in advance.”. As explained by Logistics Management , the upcoming peak season is already throwing a wrench into supply chains across the country. supplychainmanagement #procurement #logisticsmanagement.

5 Tactics for Transforming Your Supply Chain into a Lean, Mean, Green Machine

AFFLINK

In recent years the evolution of the green supply chain or green procurement, have become incredibly popular. Implementing green procurement practices can seem overwhelming. In a related move, UPS, the shipping and logistics company, recently added 700 18-wheeler trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources

Freightos

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. Experts’ Choice: Supply Chain and Logistics Email Newsletters. This is the experts’ selection – but if we had to choose just one, our go-to read is the fast-rising WSJ Daily Logistics Report. Ti Logistics Briefing.

What Exactly Is Reverse Logistics?

Supply Chain Game Changer

And then at some point all of these activities were included under the banner of “Reverse Logistics” What on earth is Reverse Logistics? So What Is Reverse Logistics? The term “Reverse Logistics” was first coined by James R. I was certainly familiar with Repair, Recycling, Reclamation, Salvage and ReUse to that point but Reverse Logistics seemed like an odd phrase. But once explained the phrase Reverse Logistics made sense.

Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

Talking Logistics

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) thrives on the notion that there is always room for improvement, and it looks to eliminate defects that can hinder the flow of a process from moving toward its performance end goal. He also served as Director of the Ryder Logistics Network and Vice President of the Gulf Region for Intermodal Trucking Company. He then led the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) for Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in Iraq and Kuwait.

This Week in Logistics News (March 23-27, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Now, on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Penske Logistics Reaches Agreement to Acquire Transfreight North America. This week it was Penske Logistics announcing that it is acquiring Transfreight North America from Mitsui & Co., Transfreight offers customized logistics solutions that include network optimization / rationalization solutions. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Streamline your Entire Distribution Centre or Warehouse at One Time!

Supply Chain Game Changer

We had to lean out the operations and improve productivity. Check out Global Process Excellence (Part 4) – Introducing Lean In Retail … Start in the Backroom! Lean #SupplyChain #ProcessExcellence #SCM #Logistics #Distribution. Selected as one of the Top 75 Supply Chain blogs, and one of the Top 25 Procurement blogs, on the Internet. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Agile Supply Chain! Why Agility is Trumping Lean!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! Once, the lean supply chain was considered to be the most effective form of manufacturing and supply chain management. Unfortunately, many supply chain entities do not understand or fail to grasp the full scope and concept of agility and how and it functions in relation and contrast to a lean supply chain. Let’s take a look at how the agile supply chain is quickly replacing the lean supply chain. Subscribe Here!

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The Ins and Outs of Manufacturing Around the Holidays

USC Consulting Group

According to The Wall Street Journal, in autumn 2017, Nintendo began ramping up supply chain processes for its new Switch video console, which had suffered from logistical issues, making it harder to acquire after its release date earlier that summer. and China , a conflict that has complicated raw material procurement practices, Logistics Management reported.

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Value Stream Mapping the Current State Process!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Specifically the company was going to carry a dramatically different set of products which required a new set of capabilities in Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Marketing, Procurement, Inventory Management, Retail Operations and Logistics. . We decided to attack this by introducing the Lean technique of Value Stream Mapping to the organization. The company had no experience in Lean process improvement. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

SCM encompasses the integrated planning and execution of processes required to optimize the flow of materials, information and financial capital in the areas that broadly include demand planning, sourcing, production, inventory management and storage, transportation — or logistics — and return for excess or defective products. supplychainmanagement #humanresources #procurement #logistics #jobs. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

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Value Stream Mapping your Current State Process!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Specifically the company was going to carry a dramatically different set of products which required a new set of capabilities in Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Marketing, Procurement, Inventory Management, Retail Operations and Logistics. We decided to attack this by introducing the Lean technique of Value Stream Mapping to the organization. The company had no experience in Lean process improvement. Retail #Ecommerce #Lean #SupplyChain #SCM #Leadership #Business.

European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2014

Supply Chain Movement

European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2014. The European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit has established itself as one of the leading meetings of its kind in the world. Designed for and built in conjunction with senior supply chain and logistics leaders from multiple regions and industries, the event will provide a mix of expert case studies, interactive debate and in depth topic master classes. Mark Foscoe, Group Logistics Manager, Mitsubishi Electric.

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A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! As we articulated in our article A Don’t Touch Strategy Will Dramatically Lean Out Your Supply Chain! According to the Lean philosophy any activity that does not transform goods and add value that an end consumer will pay for should be considered waste. While you still need people to load and unload trailers the number of people exposed to and touching logistics can be reduced.

LEAN initiatives IN THE OFFICE!

The Lean Supply Chain

Why implement Lean in the Office? If you think Lean only applies to industry and manufacturing processes, you are wrong! The research and development department, procurement, production control and logistics, human resources and information technology departments are all “support” services. In conclusion, everyone within a manufacturing firm, or any other type of firm, is concerned by the notion of Lean “Office”.

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10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a Procurement sourcing methodology which entails taking into account all aspects of doing business with a supplier, not just unit costs. TCO models can include variables such as unit price, Accounts Payable terms, cost of quality, lead times, technological value, logistics costs, management costs and more. As such we have had decades of philosophy associated with lean inventory management, just in time delivery, and inventory minimization.

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Is Your Supply Chain A Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Lean for instance is equally applicable in Supply Chain as it is in Manufacturing or anywhere else. From the inbound perspective he Supply Chain team typically procures raw materials, expedites their delivery. The Supply Chain arranges for the appropriate logistics, and negotiates terms and conditions with Suppliers, audits Suppliers, and deals with quality strategies and issues. From the outbound perspective the Supply Chain also arranges logistics and delivery.

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. A large part of procurement is finalizing the contract and then the follow through of the determined deliverables in that agreement. The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. Many logistics service providers will provide their customers with an SLA.

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Our 2018 Top 10 List!

Supply Chain Game Changer

And we were selected as one of the Top 25 Procurement blogs in the world. 3 Key Trends in E-Commerce Logistics! As quickly as anyone can place an order online the entire system only works if the Supply Chain and Logistics teams can fulfill that order to a customer’s expectations. The Future of the Chief Procurement Officer … Is Already Here! Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out The Baby Supply Chain!

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