The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking?

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. Here I share his insights: Philippe, which supply chain metrics do you think matter?

Is the Package Under your Tree?

Supply Chain Shaman

At that time, manufacturers talked about customer-centric supply chains, but were afraid to aggressively adopt ecommerce strategies. Manufacturers, today, are aggressively pursuing e-commerce strategies. Could your package be delivered by taxi? Details matter.

Metrics and Issues to Consider in SQM (Supplier Quality Management) By 5 Big Industries

Cerasis

In the first post our long tme guest blogger, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chai n, gave us 5 core metrics to evaluate supplier performance using supplier quality management and a 4 step process to execute. Review of SQM Metrics and Issues Across 5 Core Industries. #1:

5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win

Cerasis

Manufacturers have always struggled to know their customers. Unfortunately, this means manufacturers face an even greater challenge, as more customers translate into greater use of customer service. But, how do manufacturers turn their focus to the customer experience?

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. The supply chain is a complex system with finite, and non-linear relationships between supply chain metrics that drive balance sheet results.

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

Talking Logistics

From May 2016 through the end of August 2017, “17 CEOs of public Big Food manufacturers and retailers had departed, or announced their intention to,” according to an article published last September in Fortune. Patrick McGovern (Bell-Carter Packaging).

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. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. Lean Manufacturing manufacturing machine

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Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. However, the stories of success are largely project improvements or improvements in vertical supply chain efficiency in manufacturing or transportation.

Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect

Cerasis

retailers conducted by NRF and Forrester Research surveyed the key metrics of 195 apparel, footwear, general merchandise, home furnishings and personal care retailers, and determined that the average cost to fulfill an order is $10 (shipping + fulfillment costs).

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Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

The AMR Top 25 was the first methodology that tried to connect financial metrics with supply chain excellence. It elevated the discussion on supply chain excellence and drove more discipline and rigor in the use of financial metrics.

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. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. Lean Manufacturing manufacturing machine

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Smart Sensors and the IIoT Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

Cerasis

as well as the Industrial Internet of Things , manufacturers are using technology to enhance their operations in ways they never before thought possible to get manufacturing efficiency. The IIoT has already proven itself as a highly effective tool in the manufacturing sector, and we've only seen the beginning of what this technology is really capable of achieving. A System of Smart Labels and Sensors To Enhance Manufacturing Efficiency.

Summary of Development and Manufacture Contracts in the Aerospace and Defense Industries

NC State SCRC

The type of contract of interest in this report is for Development and Manufacture contracts in the Aerospace and Defense industries. Specific Risks in Development and Manufacture Contracts in the Aerospace and Defense Industries.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The number one question that I am asked today by manufacturers across all industries is “How can I improve customer service?” Special programs—new product launch, promotional packaging, and samples—are often managed as marketing programs using offline processes (usually spreadsheets).

Bottles, Barrels and the Business of Beverage Distribution

Logistics Bureau

Meanwhile, consumers remain eager to try new drinks with new flavours and ingredients, encouraging start-ups to enter the market and compete with established beverage manufacturing and distribution. Packaging hazards. Improvements in visibility and metrics are also popular goals.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. Over the period of 2009-2015, only 88% of companies made improvement on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. (As

Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

It is now our fifth year of analyzing balance sheets to understand which companies are outperforming their peer groups on the metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while driving improvement.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

There’s an alarming paradox in the world of consumer packaged goods sustainability. The hard-won progress in incremental reduction of packaging material and waste is reduced by the related increase in damaged and unsaleable product. Throwing a single complete unsaleable product in a landfill naturally, obviates even large percentage reductions in packaging which is itself a relatively small portion of a complete product.

L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

The award, based on beating the industry peer group on rate of improvement on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while outperforming their peer group, is tough to achieve.

Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

Unfortunately, we find most companies are moving backwards on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter™ or making progress on singular metrics versus driving performance improvement on a balanced portfolio of supply chain metrics that correlate to market capitalization. (If

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

Cerasis

There’s an alarming paradox in the world of consumer packaged goods sustainability. The hard-won progress in incremental reduction of packaging material and waste is reduced by the related increase in damaged and unsaleable product.

Equation and Unleashed help Golden Goose achieve full visibility over their bottom line

Unleashed

We’ve been a Partner since 2011, working with manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in NZ and Australia. Golden Goose is the parent company of Howler Hotdogs — one of the country’s largest manufacturers of hotdogs (not American hotdogs, but battered sausages on a stick).

Understanding Your Safety Stock Calculations

Demand Solutions

If you manufacture or distribute products, it's safe to assume that you have a specified safety stock level— or at least we certainly hope you do. If your business is one of them, what is the basis for your "rule of thumb" metric?

Why It Matters

Supply Chain Shaman

Both companies provide packaging materials to the food manufacturing industry. Owens Illinois provides glass products and Sonoco Products provides flexible packaging. ” As a supplier three to four levels back in the supply chain, life as a packaging provider is tough.

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

The script will be distributed to CFOs of apparel, consumer packaged goods, and food/beverage companies next week. There are three reasons why: Vertical excellence—having the best manufacturing, procurement or transportation function—has not worked. Aligned Metrics.

Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

Supply Chain Shaman

In our work on the Supply Chains to Admire report , we tracked the progress of manufacturing, retailing and distribution companies for the period of 2006 to 2013 and 2009-2013. When I think back, at the beginning of the decade, it was about designing the product for manufacturing.

Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?

Logility

In 2005, I engaged with Sonoco Products, a packaging products and services company, to initiate some work on Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Packaging suppliers are under pressure for costs. Alignment on a Metrics Portfolio.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. When a manufacturer’s product normally moves through the supply chain network, it is to reach the distributor or customer.

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

Kinaxis

by Jeswin Philip The Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI forecasts that the US Food and Beverage industry will experience a 2.9 % CAGR through 2022. The vendor is usually the supplier, a manufacturer or a distributor.

Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?

Logility

In 2005, I engaged with Sonoco Products, a packaging products and services company, to initiate some work on Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Packaging suppliers are under pressure for costs. Alignment on a Metrics Portfolio.

Supply Chains to Admire – 2016 Results

Supply Chain Insights

Unfortunately, we find most companies are moving backwards on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter™ or making progress on singular metrics versus driving performance improvement on a balanced portfolio of supply chain metrics that correlate to market capitalization. (If

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. Managing bid packages, for instance, can be time consuming and complex. A survey conducted by American Shipper in April 2015 found that about 60 percent of manufacturing and retail shippers plan to expand their trucking carrier base; roughly 40 percent plan to expand their ocean carrier base.

2018: What Will It Look Like?

Supply Chain Insights

This includes SCOR, APICs, Gartner Top 25 Supply Chains, Gartner Hierachy of Metrics, etc. One of the impacts of the swirl of WalMart buying Jet.com, Petsmart buying Chewy.com, and Albertson’s focus on packaged meals (Plated), is signaling the trend. I hate prediction articles.

Mush

Supply Chain Shaman

As a result, the metrics have to be viewed together as a pattern over time. In the journey, the supply chain leader needs to improve the potential of a portfolio of metrics. I find value in looking at these metrics together.

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

As with the logistics category where we featured 15 most popular blog posts vs. the 10 we covered in the top manufacturing blog posts and supply chain blog posts , we write so many transportation blog posts in that category, we are going to feature the 16 most viewed transportation blog posts.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

Each industry has its peculiarities, among the others, in the logistics, manufacturing, and supply. The cloud-based logistics has lots of metric tools.