The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand


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.

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?

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

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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.

Why Parcel or Small Package Auditing Is Important for Shippers


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.

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

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According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 That cut packaging weight by 28% and allowed IKEA to fit 128 lamps on a pallet that previously took just 80. The move translated into a package size that is 50% smaller, removing 7,477 trucks from the roads annually , and a price tag that is 14% lower.

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


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 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.

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


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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23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping


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.

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

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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.

Parcel Shipping: Dimensional Weight and the Post-GRI Blues

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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.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

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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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Reducing Costs in Shipping with a Focus on Inbound Logistics Strategy


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.

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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Ship a Pallet in 15 Easy Steps: Quick Guide to Pallet Shipping for Beginners


How to Ship a Pallet Step-by-Step: Choose the Pallet Type & Size, Package & Prepare Your Pallet for Shipping. You’re new to pallet shipping, and want to save time and money by doing things yourself. This guide for pallet shipping is designed for beginners.

WMS and Cycle Counting: How to Reach Inventory Management KPIs

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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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Safety Stock Calculation For Your Wholesale & Distribution Business


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.

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


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.

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


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)

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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


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.

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


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.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

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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.

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A truly efficient and effective Supply Chain must include a strategy, plans, business processes, and performance metrics that incorporate disintermediation and the elimination of waste! Think about the typical set of objectives and metrics associated with managing a Supply Chain.

Why Robust WMS Functions Maximize Parcel Fulfillment During Peak Season

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However, changing customer behaviors, including the increased demand for more e-commerce deliveries thanks to Amazon’s rollout of free, next-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, could push the industry further than the last year. Meanwhile, most e-commerce packages are sent via parcel, and a traditional WMS cannot successfully manage a parcel-exclusive strategy. As with any practical use of technology, metrics will also play a role in determining success, notes Supply Chain Brain.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

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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

Counterfeit products are exploding on Amazon


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.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics


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.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together


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.

5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win


In addition, customers are continuing to demand lower prices and free shipping. In other words, manufacturers need analytics from point-of-sale systems, transportation metrics and more. Manufacturers have always struggled to know their customers.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

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Managing bid packages, for instance, can be time consuming and complex. It is easy to understand why strategy is often set aside to meet immediate needs of getting product shipped out the door. Large and mid-size shippers typically have procurement personnel but may lack coordination across shipping locations. When conducting a bid package, carriers may suggest alternate options that could create efficiencies for both parties. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

Managing Logistics for The World’s Largest Company with Gary Sostack

The Logistics of Logistics

We assist 3PLs with their bid packages to corporations, and we work with corporations who don’t see supply chain as their core activity. [01:20] Then, we buy and ship it to get oil out of the ground. The expected metrics were part of the contract. [00:38] Please introduce yourself and your company. I’m Gary Sostack, President and Founder of ElementaLogistics LLC.

What Less-Than-Truckload Data Should a Shipper Track?


How do shippers know if their carrier selection process for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is working? Unfortunately, there are thousands of less-than-truckload data points shippers can track, but the most prominent indicators include these LTL metrics.

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The Importance of Carrier Selection in E-Commerce


While competition is good, it is often forgotten when thinking about shipping. We’ve discussed the importance of using parcel shippers , multi-carrier shipping programs and joint-ventures with Magento Freight Shipping in the past, but the importance of carrier selection is taking center-stage once more. You need to have multiple carrier options available for selection to keep the price point and shipping cost of your products down. More Shipping Lanes and Availability.

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