Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. And earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about how the toy maker K’Nex has moved most of its manufacturing operations from China to its factory in Pennsylvania.

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Bonus: Top 11 thru 20 Most Popular Manufacturing Blog Posts

Cerasis

However, with most of our customer base in the manufacturing field, with the remaining in distribution and other industries, we thought it was vital that we featured some of the other manufacturing blog posts that were also popular in 2014. Manufacturing manufacturing blog posts

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America

Freightera

Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among ‘Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America’ along with Uber Freight and Convoy. The exception may be North America, where Frost & Sullivan predicts that it will be shared by several leading solutions.

Trade Wars Put U.S. Small Business on the Front Line

Supply Chain Brain

This means investing in international markets and sourcing from international locations. Of the nearly 73,000 manufacturing firms in the United States that exported in 2015, more than 70,000 (or 96.4 percent) were categorized as small or medium-sized manufacturers, of which more than 44,000 (or nearly 61 percent) were manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees. manufacturers with global supply chains will survive and not become victims. North America

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing

IQMS

72% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is essential for streamlining and making inventory reconciliation more efficient. Manufacturers are prioritizing real-time monitoring to attain the goals of increasing product quality, reducing time-to-market and attaining faster revenue growth.

Small Business Manufacturing in America: Innovate, Design, Develop and Manufacture

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had a remarkable interview with a medium sized supplier today, that has truly found a business model which I believe holds a promise for a new industrial revolution in North America. The approach is built on one of America’s most important capabilities that makes it stand out globally: the ability to generate ideas and bring them to market. I believe this is the new model for American manufacturing.

Is Mexico the World's Next Manufacturing Hub?

Elementum

Mexico may become the global manufacturing nerve center if the country plays its cards right. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, Mexico ranks number eight out of 40 countries including Canada, Sweden, and Vietnam.

Strategic sourcing and ‘big data’

ivalua

Big data is more than a buzz term, and if you are a strategic sourcing professional, it is a concept that should not be ignored. Within the manufacturing industry, data can now be gathered quickly in amounts that were unfathomable a generation ago.

Industry 4.0’s Potential Needs To Be Proven On The Shop Floor

IQMS

99% of mid-market manufacturing executives are familiar with Industry 4.0, Mid-market manufacturers getting the most value out of Industry 4.0 Defining How Mid-Market Manufacturers Derive and Deliver Value. Manufacturers are most motivated to evaluate Industry 4.0

Supply Chain Management:Importance of Proactive Master Data.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Industrial Manufacturing. Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. In my current project about a year ago, North America region Supply Chain Planners were having major concerns related with flawed planning resulting from incorrect or no Source of Supply (SoS) for receipt elements such as Purchase requisitions &/or Planned orders. About Us. Contact Us. Newsroom Investors Careers.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

Supply Chain Brain

is working with its manufacturing partners to increase output by 50 percent by this summer, said Mike Messersmith, general manager for U.S. Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage.

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Supply Chain Brain

One strong incentive for bringing the money home is the availability of financial technology products, including working-capital marketplaces, that speed up payments to suppliers while letting manufacturers hold onto their cash for longer periods of time. Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog All Technology North America

Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing teams used to manage the supply chain group. Today, in most organizations, the supply chain team manages manufacturing. The irony is that fewer and fewer people within the supply chain team understand manufacturing. As I work with teams to envision the new tomorrow, I find fewer people know the basic concepts of manufacturing planning–cycle inventories, freeze duration, slush period, bottlenecks and constraints.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth

IQMS

Like manufacturing, warehouses, and the systems that manage them, are going through an inflection point. The fastest growing manufacturers are integrating these four technologies through their entire supply chains to achieve higher levels of accuracy and responsiveness relative to competitors.

The Ever Increasing Role of Robotics in Transforming Manufacturing

Cerasis

When was the last time you thought about robotics being used in manufacturing? The role of the robot is no longer to simply provide the brunt force in manufacturing but to extend and work with humanity to create is superior, usable, and life-sustaining solution. However, the role of robotics in manufacturing is here to stay, and manufacturers need to understand how nearly all robotic benefits can be summarized in these two aspects.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

In attendance are manufacturing representatives from BASF, BerryGlobal, Corning, Covestro, Grace, Evonik, Intel, Monsanto, and Smith’s Detection. Technologists and manufacturers working together to try to define multi-tier processes to redefine B2B.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. Each state has a rich manufacturing economy. To prepare, stratify your suppliers into strategic, single source and high volume flows. Expect tight capacity across North America.

Top Insights about Supply Chain Network Design – benefits, tips and what your competitors are doing

AIMMS

Determining how to optimize the flow of goods throughout your supply chain network from source to demand – where do you buy and make goods, where do you store them, and how do you optimally move them through the network. .

Innovating Spare Parts Logistics

Logistics Trends and Insights

Meanwhile, in 2016, UPS announced a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 UPS Stores across the U.S By Ian Kerr, The Postal Podcas t and Cathy Morrow Roberson.

An Interview with Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser

CH Robinson Transportfolio

I’m speaking, of course, of the growing number of companies who are either making a choice to manufacture in America by never offshoring in the first place or moving manufacturing back to America from overseas. My ties to manufacturing date back to my grandfather.

Blockchain is Coming to Transportation – Here’s How

Talking Logistics

A modern, multi-modal Tier 1 TMS can now take data from all sources, cleanse it and use it. With the ELD mandate, some companies are plugging into ELD manufacturers and retrieving data off the ELD or the carrier’s system (which gets it from their own ELD devices).

Supply Chain Innovation: How to Build an Award-Winning Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

Source: Supply Chain Digest. Last month, Lennox Residential was runner-up in the 2015 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Supply Chain Innovation competition, arguably the top supply chain award in North America. Source: Lennox.

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs

Elementum

Sourcing products and raw materials from locations that are near the end-market helps reduce transportation costs. This go-to-market strategy makes manufacturing far more cost efficient. Around a 26 percent increase is expected for this trend, significantly in Europe, while onshoring will increase in North America. Single sourcing is the practice of consolidating all supply chain needs (as much as possible) to one shipping or logistics company.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Source Wikipedia. Consumers became more loyal to retail brands, and retailers increased the number of products manufactured and marketed as house brands. Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail.

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs

Elementum

Sourcing products and raw materials from locations that are near the end-market helps reduce transportation costs. This go-to-market strategy makes manufacturing far more cost efficient. Around a 26 percent increase is expected for this trend, significantly in Europe, while onshoring will increase in North America. Single sourcing is the practice of consolidating all supply chain needs (as much as possible) to one shipping or logistics company.

Coach, Nike & Other Retailers Take Sales Direct to Customers

Supply Chain Nation

This week: More brands are taking their sales pitch direct to consumers; HP is transforming supply and manufacturing using 3D technology; new Old Navy stores show retail is far from dying; a shortage of truck drivers is raising prices; and IBM is using blockchain tech to help fight unethical practices in sourcing jewelry and precious metals. HP Drives Supply & Manufacturing Transformation with 3D Technology.

My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

There are two groups: one in North America and one in Europe. Together, we are testing use cases combining cognitive computing, blockchain, open source analytics, and Internet of Things (IOT). The internal dissonance within the manufacturing organization is deadly.

Innovating spare parts logistics with 3D printing

EFT

Meanwhile, in 2016, UPS announced a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 UPS Stores across the U.S 3D printing is revolutionising the way spare parts is managed.

Rethink your Business Strategy by Rethinking Your Supply Chain

CH Robinson Transportfolio

When I talk to worldwide businesses in Asia, Oceania, North America, or anywhere else, their chief concern is always the same: how do we meet our customers where they are to get them the products and services they want, all while keeping our own business strategy central?

Plant-location decisions and potential supply chain risk

Kinaxis

The outcome is expected to either significantly impact an existing automotive supplier network or prompt manufacturers and suppliers to move or begin operations. Toyota will be better positioned to respond to the growing North American market.

Logistics Trends Part 3

BluJay Solutions

Third Trend: Regionalization, Near-sourcing and Emerging Markets. . Also in terms of changing patterns of goods flows, it seems that manufacturing and retailing is making a return from globalization to regionalization of supply chains.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

The Timken Company Bridges the Gap between Supply Chain, Finance, Manufacturing, Sales, and Marketing to Drive Supply Chain Excellence. Annette Clayton’s vision as a newly minted SVP of Supply Chain (now COO for North America) is coming to fruition. These balanced metrics overlay the functions of source, make and deliver. Daily I see one. You probably also have them in your mail. What is it?

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Factors like global trade and a customization trend in manufacturing have altered the “straight shot” supply chain forever. While civil unrest could slow down production or shipments in a foreign country, natural disasters can accomplish just as much shipping disruption in North America.