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? On-Time Shipping.

What is LTL Shipping?

SupplyPike

Learn about: Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping Advantages of LTL Factors determining shipping rates. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is a system of transporting a smaller shipment than a typical truck filled with one order. Get better shipping rates.

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Why Parcel or Small Package Auditing Is Important for Shippers

Cerasis

However, some continue to refute audits, but take a look at what could be going on in your operation without small package auditing. Shippers May Be Overpaying, Which Affects Small Package Auditing. Shippers pay up to 5 percent more when small package auditing is not completed, explains Jared Fisher of PARCEL Media. In shipping, fuel surcharges, toll costs and expenses can change rapidly. Accountability and Visibility Are Critical Parts of Modern Shipping.

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

Talking Logistics

While we live in an age where same-day delivery and free shipping have become customer expectations, we also live in an age where dimensional weighting and quarterly accessorial increases have become a reality from the carrier. Use the Correct Metrics. Cost per package is rising.

What are Ecommerce Shipping Zones?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Shipping Zones article originally published by, and permission to publish here provide by Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com. Carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS use shipping zones to determine the shipping cost of a package. Shipping Zone Definition.

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?

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window, and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window, and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). Contract negotiation is becoming a major factor in shipping.

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

Cerasis

Whether you are a retailer, carrier, cloud services provider, or eCommerce merchant, Amazon not only effected the landscape of e-tail but the landscape of shipping and logistics as a whole. And keeping up with the parcel shipping of these customers does not come without a price.

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Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

Talking Logistics

Nulogy’s CEO, Jason Tham, kicked off the event by talking about courage and why it’s so important today for consumer packaged goods companies (“brands”) and their contract manufacturing partners (“suppliers”). Patrick McGovern (Bell-Carter Packaging).

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. Ironically, most companies are very entrapped in measuring and rewarding functional metrics which degrades overall improvement. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric.

Replenishment 201: Monitoring Store-Level Inventory

SupplyPike

Instocks are an incredibly important metric to keep track of as well. These metrics will help you examine your instocks on a corporate level. Have you been shipping your orders in full? Are you routing and shipping them on time?

Parcel Shipping: Dimensional Weight and the Post-GRI Blues

Talking Logistics

We’ve seen a stiff general rate increase (GRI), increases to the carriers’ fuel surcharges indices, and probably most importantly, a radical change to the way Dimensional Weight (DIM Weight) logic is applied to Ground packages.

Walmart OTIF Fundamentals

SupplyPike

Walmart suppliers are no longer graded on a single OTIF metric, though it is still tracked and available. Rather, you must meet each OTIF-related metric to avoid fines. Prepaid orders are shipped by you. OTIF Metrics.

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Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Michael answered his own question by pointing out that most companies have some combination of transportation management systems (TMS), warehouse management systems (WMS), order management systems (OMS) or an ERP that contain tremendous amounts of data that they can use to better understand service levels, freight spend, profitability, and many other metrics. One area that can quickly yield benefits is in parcel shipping.

Logistics Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

A KPI is an indicator (a metric) that you have chosen, and agreed with your partners and or customers, that will determine whether you are meeting your critical success factors. Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. I sometimes use the terms KPI and metrics interchangeably, but they are not the same. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). Only the most important metrics can grow up to become KPIs.

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The Best LTL KPI for Measuring Freight Damage

The Logistics of Logistics

Damaged packaging, small scratches, and loose pieces are all upsetting to the receiver and the end customer so they should be documented and measured, even if there isn’t a freight claim filed. With LTL shipping, shippers are more likely to experience freight damage, because the freight is unloaded and loaded more than a dedicated full truck. If freight damage is over 1%, there is something seriously wrong with the packaging, loading / unloading process or the carrier.

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Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy. While some vendors might disagree with plans to implement and inbound shipping strategy to reduce your costs, remember that you must look out for your company first. Metrics and Auditing Prevent Overbilling and Overpayment to Vendors for Shipping Costs. Vendors control the processes, and packages may show up unannounced or outside of preferred times.

WMS and Cycle Counting: How to Reach Inventory Management KPIs

Veridian Solutions

A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track. The carrying cost of inventory KPI should also consider added expenses, like labor costs to manage inventory, insurance, and both packaging and shipping costs. As a result, Warehouse Managers may need to integrate picker performance metrics with this KPI. Metrics and KPIs Warehouse Management

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4 Long Term Ways to Save with Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping

Cerasis

So, your organization has decided to explore the benefits and perks of less than truckload freight shipping. The dedicated TMS can further eliminate the frustrations that occur with typical full-truckload (FT) shipments and small package freight by combining all KPIs and available options into a single, comprehensive tool. Let’s take a look at how the TMS impacts the costs of shipping over the long term in four critical areas.

Safety Stock Calculation For Your Wholesale & Distribution Business

EMERGE App

You are wholly dependent on your suppliers, both local and overseas, to produce and ship the goods that you carry. Fresh fruit and vegetables, packaged foodstuffs, and medicines come to mind. So use your common sense when dealing with inventory metrics. Introduction.

My Parcel Invoice Said What?! Why Parcel Invoice Auditing Software is Paramount in your Logistics Technology Stack

Cerasis

Parcel shipping makes up a major portion of the total transportation and shipping industry, and the volume of parcel invoices coming into even small shippers can be overwhelming. This is where parcel shipping auditing software from an accredited vendor, like Cerasis, comes into play.

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Chainalytics Creates New Metrics for Demand Planning Consortium. In related news, Maersk downgraded its forecast for ocean shipping demand. This Week in News Chainalytics cloud computing container shipping Descartes Systems Group HighJump Software Maersk NetSuite UPS

LTL Carrier Scorecard with Key Process Indicators (KPIs)

The Logistics of Logistics

The LTL carrier scorecard becomes a roadmap for driving LTL shipping improvements. Key Process Indicators vs. Metrics. A metric is any standard of measurement (number of carriers, inventory turns, average shipment weight, etc.). A key process indicator (KPI) is a metric that you have chosen that will give an indication of your performance and can be used as a driver for improvement. This means that while all KPIs are metrics, not all metrics are KPIs.

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6 Best Practices for eCommerce Warehousing

Cerasis

It stands to reason that compliance requirements , such as the EDI 856 Advanced Shipping Notice, will continue to become more important. Use Metrics to Track Progress and Order Fulfillment Processes. Having metrics to track progress and productivity is only half of the battle.

Actionable Insights: Operating Expenses

QAD

For example, it’s obvious to most people that the cost of components on the bill of materials is part of the product cost, but what about other costs such as cutting oils that help equipment run more smoothly, or packaging for shipping the finished product?

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Inbound Parcel Freight: What Are the Top Considerations for a Shipper?

Cerasis

Growth of e-commerce is expected to result in a 20-percent increase in parcel shipping in 2018, reports Tom Hazel of Parcel MEDIA. For example, a transportation management system (TMS), like the Cerasis Rater , is designed to handle inbound parcel freight management, as well as other over-the-road shipping modes. Shippers should begin tracking inbound freight metrics , especially among inbound parcels.

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

How Gen Z's Consumer Expectations Drive New Supply Chain Trends

AFFLINK

Gen Z has grown up with two-day and same-day shipping. This has driven many companies to engage in last mile shipping services: rather than shipping to stores, more companies are having to ship directly to consumers. Large stores are seeing failing metrics for this reason.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

Special programs—new product launch, promotional packaging, and samples—are often managed as marketing programs using offline processes (usually spreadsheets). To maximize value—price to tangible book, functional metrics need to be reset to focus on reliability. It has been awhile.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

meaningful and accurate performance metrics. Managing all costs associated with moving, handling, and shipping returns and/or replacements, in conjunction with warehousing functions, amount to a logistical enterprise that often is not among a company’s core competencies.

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.

Counterfeit products are exploding on Amazon

NC State SCRC

Other products that have been counterfeited include consumer staples such as laundry detergent, baby formula, and other products that use packaging collected from trash cans – cleaned up, repacked with fake product, and resold.