Omnichannel In Manufacturing: Why Manufacturers Are Following Retailers to an Omnichannel World

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Retailers are evolving, and supply chains must evolve with them. The application of omnichannel in manufacturing primarily focuses on the collaboration between suppliers, or vendors, and distributors. The Problem: Seamless Omnichannel Experiences Extend Beyond Retailer-Customer Relationships Keeping up with customers’ demands has natural implications for business-to-business sellers, including manufacturers.

10 Reasons to Consider a Transportation Management System (TMS)

The Network Effect

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Manufacturing Plant Site Selection: Where to Locate Your Manufacturing Plant

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Editor’s Note: This article comes from Steve Wright who works for Whirlwind Steel and shares his knowledge on manufacturing plant site selection. There are a number of factors to consider in manufacturing plant site selection to ensure you have the best location for your new plant. Unlike retail, office, or residential locations, a manufacturer must also consider various environmental regulations , workforce issues, and raw material availability, among other things.

Trends In Manufacturing: 5 Tangible Technologies are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Now

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Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017. In fact, rapid design and lightning-fast prototyping, reports Mark Dohnalek of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine , will allow manufacturers to design and produce products in a few days, if not hours. Manufacturing

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management.

Top 3 Priorities for Manufacturing Companies in 2018

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Companies are hoping to continue their revenue growth in 2018 by setting priorities for manufacturing in 3 key areas. KLR has released the results of its annual manufacturing industry outlook report , and the optimism following last year’s elections will continue straight through 2017. With promises of tax reform, decreased federal regulations and looser trade agreements, manufacturers have slowly seen revenue growth throughout the U.S. Manufacturing

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

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Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

How Can Technology be The Game Changer for Your Manufacturing Business?

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Coming back to the context of technology, and its significance in helping manufacturing businesses grow, it is to be mentioned that the benefits of adopting the resource are actually productive due to a lot of reasons. For example, manufacturers and production supervisors can consider roping in digital systems that can help them to monitor productivity, growth, and shortcomings simultaneously. The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond.

A Manufacturer’s Guide to E-Commerce Fulfillment Excellence

Talking Logistics

But while its impact on retailers has been well documented, e-commerce has also created new challenges and opportunities for manufacturers. How can manufacturers achieve e-commerce fulfillment excellence? Read more A Manufacturer’s Guide to E-Commerce Fulfillment Excellence. The post A Manufacturer’s Guide to E-Commerce Fulfillment Excellence appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

The $4,000 Transportation Question

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is part of a new series we’re launching called “Practitioner Perspectives” — commentaries written by supply chain and logistics practitioners from manufacturing and retail companies who want to share their insights and advice on industry trends and topics. The $4,000 Transportation Question. Which brings me to the title of this post, the $4,000 transportation question. Transportation Management transportation

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

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As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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[WHITE PAPER] Why Blockchain is Set to Transform Transportation Management

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Cerasis is excited to announce the release of an all new, exclusive, & educational resource “The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond” white paper! This is a must read for shippers & retailers alike to learn how blockchain can aid in achieving omnichannel supply chain goals! The applications of blockchain technology range from better management of the ELD mandate to improvements in overall transportation management.

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation expense can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.” Transportation cost drains drive up costs. Many companies are experiencing dramatic increases in transportation expense that have turned into cash and quality drains for their organization. Savvy financial managers know transportation cost can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.

The Top 5 Manufacturing Blogs of 2016 …So Far

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We continue our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories ( Freight , Manufacturing , Logistics , and Supply Chain ). Today's post will cover the top 5 manufacturing blogs from 2016 so far. Top Manufacturing Blogs from the First Half of 2016 So Far. The manufacturing blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2016 included several elements of manufacturing. 6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

Many retailers consider competing against Amazon their biggest challenge. While the impact of Amazon is real, it is only a thread in the larger retail competition tapestry. Amazon offers breadth, but brick and mortars offers “now”, and a tactile consumer shopping experience is still a retailer’s greatest asset. The ability to serve this demand is foundational to the success or failure of a retailer, but the challenge doesn’t hinge on the strategy leadership sets.

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The Expanding Use of E-Commerce for Manufacturing Companies

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How the Internet has transformed the manufacturing and order fulfillment process is no small secret. However, the realm of e-commerce for manufacturing companies is rapidly growing, and modern manufacturers are starting to see a shift from business-to-consumer (B2C) sales to business-to-business (B2B) sales. Manufacturing and shipping process have historically focused on producing a product, sending it to the store, and having a consumer purchase the product.

5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win

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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, our predictions’ post noted how manufacturers are having trouble with transforming customer input into responsiveness and enhancements to the customer experience. But, how do manufacturers turn their focus to the customer experience? Manufacturing

The Growing Demand for Flexible Transportation Solutions

Talking Logistics

Manufacturers and retailers face a variety of challenges and competitive pressures — whether it’s keeping pace with Amazon and Walmart; navigating through the various regulations and other factors that are impacting transportation capacity; or finding and retaining supply chain talent. What defines a flexible transportation solution?

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

What Is Retail Consolidation & Is It Right for You? Handling ever-changing consumer and retailer demands can be overwhelming—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers across the country or the world. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need. What is a retail consolidation program? Retailer compliance programs are unique to each company.

Analytics in Distribution and Manufacturing Taking Center Stage

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Part of this drive toward more interest in analytics in distribution and manufacturing comes from the ability of analytics to reduce inefficiencies dramatically and increase productivity in both physical and virtual sales environments. Furthermore, analytics are becoming more widely available through the cloud, and manufacturers and distributors of any size can reap significant benefits from implementing analytics in their operation, explains Eric Smith of Modern Distribution Management.

Retailers, Shippers, Manufacturers to Reduce Fashion Supply Chain Emissions

Material Handling and Logistics

Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, and others, including a major shipping company, have agreed to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. Industry suppliers will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and will phase out coal-fired boilers in their own companies and direct suppliers from 2025. The fashion industry took a large step on Dec.

The 2016 State of Manufacturing Industry Trends: E-Commerce, Robotics, & Analytics

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At the onset of 2016, we identified key trends to watch for in manufacturing, and as the year draws to a close, it’s time for an evaluation of our predictions to discover the state of manufacturing. The State of Manufacturing: eCommerce, Analytics, and Robotics. E-Commerce Grew More Important in Manufacturing. E-commerce was expected to become the dominant player for manufacturers in 2016 through the following: Increasing share of aftermarket parts sales.

Retail Distribution Center Automation: 6 Factors to Consider

C3 Solutions

This article is part of our Retail Program. Designed specifically to support global leaders by aiding in creating a strategic plan to help them win the retail game. Retail is moving at a pace we've never seen before. Today's retail operations superstars are the ones who know where and when to employ not only the newest, fastest technologies, but also the tried and true. That represents 14 percent of the world's overall retail sales of $25.038 trillion. [1]

Enterprise Labeling is Essential for Meeting High Traceability Standards

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Counterfeiting Regulatory Retail Manufacturing Labeling Transportation & Logistics Logistics Track & Traceability Standardization Barcode Labeling GS1Traceability around the world can help supply chains improve.

Trending Transportation News: February 2016

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Non-Manufacturing Grows for 72 nd Straight Month. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that non-manufacturing activity continues to point towards growth. ISM uses the NMI index to measure non-manufacturing growth and found the economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector continued to grow especially in finance/insurance, real estate/rental, agriculture, health care and public administration. Customer Expectations Overpower Retailer Capabilities.

Mobile Technology in Transportation Management & The Future Impact on the Supply Chain

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Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a series produced in partnership with Catavolt, who helps manufacturing organizations drive operational excellence with mobile apps. We encourage our audience to visit The Catavolt Blog for more relevant posts about mobility in manufacturing for best practices, tips, and great industry insights. However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. The Summary of Mobile Technology in Transportation Management.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

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Although e-commerce represents 10 percent of total retail sales, it has had an interesting effect. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices. As a result, brick-and-mortar retail has become more focused on digital inventory management, a building block in the road to omnichannel supply chains , than in the past.

3 Ways 3PLs Can Streamline Your Logistics

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Supply Chain Retail Manufacturing Transportation & Logistics LogisticsWhat does a 3PL bring to the logistics table?

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Why You Should Include Parcel in Your Omni-modal Transportation Management Plans

Talking Logistics

The consumer has benefitted immensely from the convenience of buying, picking up, and returning across any channel, but this has posed enormous challenges for retailers. Enabling a seamless cross-channel experience with a solid fulfillment capability is a great opportunity for retailers to provide differentiated customer service. Here are three reasons why you should consider integrating parcel into your transportation plans: 1. Global e-commerce sales are set to top $1.65

[e-Book] E-Commerce Logistics: Background & Considerations for Manufacturers & Distributors

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The flowering of e-commerce—while welcomed by most manufacturers and distributors/retailers—has introduced far more risk and complexity for logistics managers. Download the Background & Considerations for Manufacturers & Distributors to Set up an E-Commerce Logistics Practice E-Book! Logistics is the backbone of all manufacturers’ & distributors’ success. retail sales. Within e-commerce, unpredictability is a constant factor.

3 Reasons Continuous Innovation is Vital for Manufacturers, Shippers, and Businesses Alike

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Throughout the course of business, business owners, who may be in the manufacturing, retail, or in another industry, find themselves focusing on innovation. In fact, the annual ChainLink Research Study found innovation to be the top focus for those involved in the manufacturing community. Consider what could happen if a customer sues a business for failure to ensure safety for customers in a retail space. Business Advice Manufacturing innovation

Surviving the Retail Apocalypse

Enterra Insights

By now, most people are aware of the spate of retailer bankruptcies and store closures referred to in the press as the Retail Apocalypse. “For years now,” writes Ryan Lester, Director of Customer Engagement Technologies at LogMeIn, “traditional retail stores have been under attack. In fact, over 3,800 stores closed in the US in 2018 alone and we saw some of our most cherished and longstanding retail brands close doors forever.”[1]

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Guess Who Announced New Transportation Management Software (TMS) Functionality Yesterday

Talking Logistics

If I ask you to guess who announced new transportation management software (TMS) functionality yesterday, who would you guess? Yesterday, Ryder announced the launch of Ryder TranSync™— “a patent pending, automated technology tool used to provide Ryder Dedicated or Transportation Management Solutions customers with dynamic transportation planning.” and “What is a transportation management system?” 3PL Supply Chain Technology Trends Transportation Management Systems C.H.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

If you are buying widgets, there are many ways to make your purchase, from going to a retail location, ordering online or using a standard procurement software tool that allows you to order lots of widgets and receive them over a specified period of time. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

Fuel Retail: The Future

Repl Group

Fuel retail is evolving. Whether hybrid, electric or autonomous, the needs of these cars and their drivers demand a business model overhaul for fuel retailers. Here we explore how fuel retailers can start preparing for change now. Driven by agreements including the Paris Climate Change Treaty and the government’s Road to Zero cleaner transport strategy, the future is indisputably low emission. That’s an opportunity for retail development.”.