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. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping.

[e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs

Cerasis

Take a look at how a business can use technology, metrics, and services to improve transportation processes, which range from supplier shipping to route optimization. We hope you enjoy this comprehensive look into data, business intelligence, metrics, and the CORE KPIs every shipper and manufacturing or supply chain professional should know in order to continually improve business practices and reduce overall costs.

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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. Promise time, lead time, cycle time, transit time, delivery time, unloading time, processing time, queue time, quality assurance time, processing time, turnaround time, receiving time, and shipping time to the customer, (and I bet you could think of more "times" to measure!). 10 Soft Metric Considerations in Measuring Supply Chain Performance.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service

QAD

Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. This measures the number of orders or order lines shipped on time and without backorders or shortages. This is calculated by dividing the total number shipped in full and on time by the total number scheduled. Choosing Metrics. Everything has a cost, and every decision affects multiple metrics.

Multichannel Fulfillment & Shipping: Considerations for Wholesale Distributors & OEMs in the Transition From Single Channel Shipping

Cerasis

E-commerce has presented wholesale distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a crown opportunity for growth, but it comes at the cost of transitioning from single-channel shipping. Over the last year, average e-commerce sales have increased more than 15 percent, revealing the increasing demand for multichannel fulfillment and shipping. Adapting supply chain systems to succeed in multichannel fulfillment and shipping, also requires additional setup time.

Are Your Manufacturing Metrics Meaningless?

synchrono

It seems not a week goes by when I don’t hear from someone in manufacturing: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Of course, there is a lot of truth to that statement, but as someone who spends all day, every day, helping manufacturers gather real-time data for better operational performance, I believe the statement is incomplete. In any manufacturing environment, delivering what you promised when you promised is good business, so measuring this metric makes sense.

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. Manufacturing lean manufacturing

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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. In addition, customers are continuing to demand lower prices and free shipping. But, our predictions’ post noted how manufacturers are having trouble with transforming customer input into responsiveness and enhancements to the customer experience. Manufacturing

Why On-Time Shipping Performance Continues to Be Critical

Intelligent Audit

On-time shipping performance remains one of the most critical factors for shippers of choice. On time shipping performance can have a direct and consequential effect on logistics and shipping and can be impacted directly in many ways. When trying to maintain timely order delivery and protocols, some common challenges and issues that can cause delays in the logistics and shipping timelines should get noted. Not enough planning before, during, and after shipping.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

The first story is about a large regional food manufacturer. The second story is about a regional beverage manufacturer. The supply chain team is subservient to manufacturing, with the plant managers believing that they understand supply chain management basics.

Why Collect Shipping Doesn’t Work for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Collect shipping or customer pick-up (CPU) delivery options are an often promising solution for brands working with large, nationwide retailers. . What is Collect Shipping or Customer Pick-Up Pricing?? . Collect Shipping and Loss of Supply Chain Control .

Data and Digitization in Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Manufacturing has been the lifeblood of the global economy for hundreds of years. Because manufacturers have historically moved factories to regions featuring cheap labor and few regulatory restrictions (sometimes referred to as outsourcing or offshoring), a misconception has arisen about the importance manufacturing to national economies. ”[1] Manufacturing becomes even more relevant to advanced economies thanks to data and digitization.

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Manufacturers, Technology, and the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

Manufacturers have historically found themselves at the cutting edge of technological advances. It’s surprising, then, to read stories encouraging manufacturers to jump aboard the Digital Age technology bandwagon. ” He noted, “Each of these technologies will fundamentally change how products are manufactured.” 2] It makes perfect sense that manufacturing must adapt to the digital age. Manufacturing Cycle Time.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. We are currently mapping the progress of all public manufacturing, distribution and retail companies on three factors: Strength: Year-over-year improvement on operating margin and inventory turns for the past six years. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. How do you balance metrics ? .

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. Top Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014. Like last year, reshoring and the idea of a US Manufacturing comeback, or revivial, or rennaisaince (whatever you want to call it) was of huge interest to our readers of the Cerasis blog. Is Manufacturing Really a Good Career Choice?

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs

Cerasis

Transportation Management Data Insights Lead to Collaboration, Reduced Shipping Costs, & Beating the Capacity Crunch In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : The value to a business to have an executive in charge of driving change and innovation. Why collaboration between all entities in the shipping process is really the key to success in effective transportation management.

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

synchrono

Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. Worse still, much of the data that could give manufacturers a complete, end-to-end view of their supply chain already resides within the systems of these partners; as much as 80 percent of it, according to some industry estimates. Frustrated manufacturers report having no idea they were down to the last box of parts.

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21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. Be sure not to penalize or reward suppliers based on your choice of shipping method. Specific Quality Metrics.

Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection

Kinaxis

by Dr. Madhav Durbha Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection. A few days ago, the world’s seventh largest container shipping company by volume, Hanjin Shipping, filed for bankruptcy protection. A lot of the products being shipped by Hanjin are headed to US and European retailers getting ready for the holiday season (toys, electronics, clothing, furniture, etc).

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As a third party logistics company with a focus on better Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight management, we have several shippers who are in the manufacturing industry. Our job at Cerasis is to optimize transportation management for these manufacturing shippers so that in turn, they can focus on their own core, the process of manufacturing. We relay on guest bloggers and the expertise of others for manufacturing best practices.

How to calculate safety stock – with formulas and examples

Unleashed

The reorder point is the level of stock at which you ought to reorder more stock (or components, in the case of manufacturers). Safety stock levels for manufacturers. The safety stock formula is used to set ideal stock levels for manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors.

What is SKU? A complete guide to Stock Keeping Units

Unleashed

They are absolutely mission-critical in any warehouse, manufacturing or retail environment because they simplify the act of inventory management and analysis by ensuring that your people speak with a common language. Second, avoid copying your supplier or manufacturer’s codes where possible.

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. The role of logistics management software here is to create a viable solution that can help manufacturers easily manage the flow of things for better accuracy, to ensure that the right product reaches the right person at the right place and time. What is Logistics Management Software?

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. The role of logistics management software here is to create a viable solution that can help manufacturers easily manage the flow of things for better accuracy, to ensure that the right product reaches the right person at the right place and time. What is Logistics Management Software?

Logistics Management Software – A Complete Handbook for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

From a manufacturing perspective, logistics management software facilitates effective planning of the supply chain itself and implementation of the final delivery to the end consumers. The role of logistics management software here is to create a viable solution that can help manufacturers easily manage the flow of things for better accuracy, to ensure that the right product reaches the right person at the right place and time. What is Logistics Management Software?

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts.

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. 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.

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50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight

Cerasis

Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. What is Kanban and How Can it Aid in Lean Manufacturing? Top 4 Manufacturing Issues in America – Part 1 of 2.

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. 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.

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Quality Improvement in Manufacturing: Relief for Operations Manager

ThroughPut

Most importantly for ThroughPut, manufacturing and logistics operations in the industrial world are about to pick back up until Christmas. Nothing was really in our control, and we had to make it work with existing teams & existing resources in our existing situations (during invasions, offshore on a ship, knee-deep in Oklahoma mud & the usual). The only real metric that ticks for an Entrepreneur is burn rate. Fall has begun.

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping

FLEXE

Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. Shipping a 40-ton container back in July or June used to cost about $700 — a 40-ton container. More than half of Hanjin’s ships were chartered. So the chartering companies are already receiving the ships back and they need to rent them. MSC is interested to charter those ships. Those are indications that they don’t run a tight ship.

Manufacturing and Cyber Security: A 5 Step Process to Create Internal and Customers’ Peace of Mind

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As we see the transition to digital manufacturing and the use of the cloud and other web-based systems, manufacturing and cyber security continue to collide. Cyber security is rapidly becoming a dominant concern for manufacturers and consumers. However, cyber security has become a critical component of effective management in manufacturing. When Did Manufacturing and Cyber Security Come Into Focus?

How Microsoft & ThroughPut are helping Global Manufacturers increase Output during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and how every Operations Professional can help

ThroughPut

Automotive manufacturers are remobilizing to produce ventilators. In fact, in the last 6 weeks alone, I have personally been to the front lines of Yokohama, Milan, New York, and San Francisco , working alongside some of the world’s most professionally-committed food manufacturing & distribution, plastics manufacturing, and industrial operations personnel. Our constraint is not our ability to help global manufacturing at scale, but to help global manufacturing in time.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

The machine learning algorithms in IBM’s Watson platform were able to determine if a shipping container and.or The manufacturing industry leads all others in the volume of data it produces on a yearly basis. Also, machine learning is leading to more accurate measures of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), a key metric many manufacturers and supply chain operations rely on.