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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy). CQI, TQM, Six-Sigma, Lean, etc.

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

The Logistics of Logistics

My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. The principles can be applied to anything, just like Lean and Six Sigma. It will be tricky to drive change because they are likely the CEO’s “dashboard metrics”. Many measurements are sacred to the board or other metric owners. Feel free to refer the metric owner to point number 3, after you have developed a meaningful alternative.

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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. Due to the enhanced visibility of data and metrics across peer groups, sales leads have improved their customer service by walking prospective customers through the operations process and comfortably answering any queries on how success is measured.

5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness

Cerasis

. Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for managing logistics effectiveness. In this article, I propose to have a look at several logistic skills that, besides the specific knowledge in this area, will help to maximize the logistics effectiveness. It is when an employee can honestly share his real views and thoughts regarding the problem or operational issue with all the performers involved in the logistics process.

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent partners that operate in unison to accomplish supply chain objectives. There should be metrics involved to monitor these objectives to ensure success across the supply chain. This sets the supply chain pace.

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Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve: The Process Industry Executive Agenda for 2016 and Beyond , a white paper published earlier this year by Elemica with research conducted by Adelante SCM. Although the research focused on the process industry, the content and recommendations we make apply to companies across all industries that want to make their supply chains more flexible and responsive.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

Cerasis

Today we continue our series on successfully working with a logistics company, often called a third party logistics company by focusing on how to properly understand the success of the engagement by knowing all the key performance indicators that a shipper could put in place. We will then finalize the series on logistics key performance indicator success management with practical techniques to carry through the academic subjects we've covered thus far. .

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

3 Tips in Choosing Supply Chain Management Services. 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? When a provider is well rounded in its supply chain management services, you’re able to benefit by: • The value and wealth of efficient opportunities in your supply chain.

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7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

In 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. Finding Best Supply Chain Books We've found that most recommendations for on the web are based on just personal opinion. Therefore, the challenge to establish the ranking method is to find a more economical data source and the unbiased metrics.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

The focus is to eliminate all wastes in the organization, improve processes, solve root cause problems, create a pull environment, and ensure that Lean Six Sigma (LSS) works for quality and daily problem solving using DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) and PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Act). These metrics would, of course, be aligned and are updated every hour. Specific metrics: process metrics and outcome metrics.

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Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months. Chuck specializes in Supply Chain Optimization, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and International Purchasing and Importing Consulting. He also writes for THE GOOD WORD, LinkedIn and other Supply Chain Blogs. The post Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

For years, supply chain leaders have struggled to achieve a sophisticated level of supply chain visibility that would drive continuous improvement, optimize spend and reduce risk. 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? Is Your Supply Chain Right for Managed Analytics?

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges

Transplace

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges. It’s a fascinating time in the logistics industry. I recently had the opportunity to discuss how to prepare your supply chain for capacity challenges with Adrian Gonzalez on an episode of Talking Logistics. At Transplace, Lean Six Sigma’s PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) model is ingrained within our DNA—and shippers can use this same method to keep ahead of obstacles in their own supply chain operations.

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

Cerasis

This is the first post in an ongoing series on effective KPI management from third party logistics consultant, Chuck Intrieri, of The Lean Supply Chain. . A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a logistics service provider and a customer that specifies, usually in measurable terms, what services the logistics service provider will furnish. Many logistics service providers will provide their customers with an SLA.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. In order to accelerate the learning, this article has gathered 20+ most sought-after supply chain case studies, analyzed/categorized them by industry and the findings are presented. Boeing and Airbus Supply Chain Strategy Boeing wants to encourage more flight frequency and direct route using a smaller capacity aircraft.

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

The relationship between a shipper and a logistics provider often starts as a transactional process. The shipper has an immediate need, which leads to a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) process then ultimately selects a third-party logistics (3PL) supplier to execute on that need. To thrive in today’s dynamic supply chain environment, it’s critical to continue challenging the status quo and to proactively find ways to drive innovation and optimization.

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges

Transplace

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Capacity Challenges. It’s a fascinating time in the logistics industry. I recently had the opportunity to discuss how to prepare your supply chain for capacity challenges with Adrian Gonzalez on an episode of Talking Logistics. At Transplace, Lean Six Sigma’s PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) model is ingrained within our DNA—and shippers can use this same method to keep ahead of obstacles in their own supply chain operations.

Logistics Management

LeanCor

The Key to Customer Satisfaction in Lean Logistics Management. However, this really got me thinking about on-time performance and standards in logistics management– I wouldn’t be a true lean logistics professional if it didn’t. Lean and six sigma teach us these terms as the basis for achieving high quality service to our customers in logistics management. If your current performance metrics show 90% – pet yourself (and your team!)

LEAN throughtout the Supply Chain

The Lean Supply Chain

The wine Supply Chain and 3PL/4PL: By Chuck Intrieri & Jesús Galindo de la Torre April, 2015. Supply Chain management is one of the main disciplines of any economic sector from manufacturing to distribution to retail. The life cycle of the product is an important consideration as it moves along the supply chain. The partners in the Supply Chain must brainstorm as a genuine team, to solve these, and other root cause problems.

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4 Common Supply Chain Cost Blowouts

Logistics Bureau

Whatever your supply chain role might be, monitoring and controlling costs is almost certain to be an important area of responsibility for you. However, when you’re busy with the day-to-day activities of keeping materials moving and fulfilling customer orders, it’s not difficult for increases in operational expenditure to go unnoticed until before you know it, you’re dealing with one or more supply chain cost blowouts. Outsourcing logistics to a third party provider.

Lean initiatives and the Supply Chain

The Lean Supply Chain

Cost Reduction Options: Top Managementknows that lean can add value, but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent partners that operate in unison to accomplish supply chain objectives. These objectives are accomplished as follows: 1. Eliminate all waste in the supply chain so that only value remains.

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8 Uses for Supply Chain Benchmarking and Their Most Valuable Benefits

Logistics Bureau

If not, you might be surprised at the many ways supply chain benchmarking can be used to understand performance, identify areas for improvement and actually turn those improvements into reality. You don’t have to wait any longer to learn why supply chain benchmarking is increasingly winning advocates in the commercial arena. 8 Most Beneficial Uses of Supply Chain Benchmarking. SEE ALSO: 5 Key Factors for Effective Supply Chain Benchmarking.

Consumer Demand Helping Drive 3PL Industry Growth

Talking Logistics

These demands put increasing pressure on retailers, who in turn, pass that burden onto their suppliers – further increasing complexity and intensifying pressure on supply chains. This has created what some in the industry are referring to as “supply chain impatience.”. In order to meet continually-changing consumer demands and expectations in an increasingly competitive market, shippers need a fast, efficient supply chain.

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Examples of How Supplier Quality Management System Implementations Pay Off

Cerasis

The first post in this series broke down what is supplier quality management and the steps to evaluate suppliers and the second post gave you insight into the metrics to look out for by 6 major industries. As the world is more distributed and players within the supply chain in transportation, manufacturing, and distribution are varied, applying a supplier quality management system in your business may allow you to stay more strategic and collaborative.

Real-World Scenario: Best Practices for Warehouse Contracts: Part One

Cerasis

When it comes to the logistics industry, whether it's transportation management contracts or warehouse contracts, there are a million moving parts, and as many questions. In the below is a real world example of a consultant coming to a third party logistics company with the goal of choosing a warehouse and 3pl provider. Currently they incur a annual spend of USD 380-420 Million for their warehousing needs, of which ~60% spend is for brand new six warehouses (average space of 1.5

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Seasoned Leadership in Action! An Interview with Paul Kretz, Head of SCM at Church & Dwight!

Supply Chain Game Changer

At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe. As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action” Interview series at Supply Chain Game Changer. I consider Paul to be an elite Supply Chain leader. That was really my first taste of Supply Chain and I have loved it ever since. They used to call it seagull logistics.

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Riva Krut, Chief Sustainability Officer from Praxair, discusses sustainable productivity

Supply Chain View from the Field

Riva emphasized that “We need to create metrics that we have intention to follow. And the metrics we care about deeply include zero waste on all our sites. We want a metric that leads to business value – and a leading indicator of business value. Skeptics Lean Six Sigma people dismissed this at first, noting that “we would have done that anyway.” ” Supply Chain Strategy Sustainability

What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation

EFT

1) Master Your Supply Chain. Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management. Digital technologies also allow management to see the weak points in existing operations and also notice trends in all facets of the supply chain from a global perspective. In turn this ultimately will reduce logistics and transportation costs and further drive inventory control measures to new levels.

What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation

EFT

1) Master Your Supply Chain. Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management. Digital technologies also allow management to see the weak points in existing operations and also notice trends in all facets of the supply chain from a global perspective. In turn this ultimately will reduce logistics and transportation costs and further drive inventory control measures to new levels.

Eliminating Your Excess Inventory

Loop Supply Systems

It leads to an inefficient supply chain that is riddled with waste, which in turn reduces profit, customer satisfaction, and everything else lean manufacturers work to improve. Clearly, optimizing inventory levels should be a high priority to any manufacturer and supply chain. Keep in mind that it is not always in your supply chain’s best interest to reduce inventory. loopPFEP , Loop Supply Systems ’ web-based PFEP software, is all of this and more.