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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.

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.

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What is LTL Shipping?


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.

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.

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?

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together


meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit. Logistics Reverse Logistics Transportation Management reverse logistics systems

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014


We trudge on with our top posts from our main blog categories by page view for all of 2014 from the Cerasis blog by featuring another area Cerasis is an expert in: Transportation. These tips include how you yourself can better manage your transportation department and maximize resources.

The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems

The Logistics of Logistics

The Top 10 Transportation Management Systems. Each year as businesses of every size and industry fight to broaden market share the same old questions haunt the boardrooms, “How can we reduce transportation costs? The answer almost always requires close scrutiny of a companies supply chain infrastructure and the status of its Transportation Management System (TMS). Transportation Management Systems. IBM Sterling TMS package. JDA Transportation Manager.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

Companies across all industries are dealing with rising transportation costs and a key question many CEOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives are asking is, “What can we do to better manage and control our freight spend in today’s market?” It is rare today to read the Wall Street Journal or listen to an earnings call without hearing about the impact of rising transportation costs. The second question we get is what strategies can we implement to lower our transportation costs.

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.

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)


In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. The reality is that most companies do a poor job of managing the global transportation process…if they manage it at all.

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.

Top 5 features to look for in a Transportation Management System (TMS)


Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

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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Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

We will define some of the most prevalent in transportation for those of you who have ever found yourself confused by the terminology. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Cargo — Product carried during transportation.

3 Easy to Implement Technology Functions of a TMS that Streamline Transportation Management Practices


Here at Cerasis, there are numerous technologies that we offer that are designed to help simplify the way your transportation management practices. Using a Transportation Management System to Streamline Transportation Management Practices.

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)


In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. It supports the ability to consolidate multi-vendor/PO shipments to optimize total shipping costs.

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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7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

Transportation has followed the same evolutionary pattern, moving upstream from day-to-day freight transactions to an integral component of top-level corporate planning and procurement strategy. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging. Managing bid packages, for instance, can be time consuming and complex. Large and mid-size shippers typically have procurement personnel but may lack coordination across shipping locations.

7 Freight Costs Considerations That Will Have Shippers Rethinking In-House Transportation Management


In the complex world of modern transportation, companies lacking the experience to professionally handle the intricacies of transportation management are sure to find controlling shipping costs an extreme challenge. Here are just some of the typical issues that businesses encounter in undertaking self-management of freight transportation management. Shipping costs impact all departments' budgets. 3PL Freight Transportation Management freight costs

What Are White Glove Services in Transportation Management?


However, the term, white glove service, and transportation management sounds a bit odd in an industry dedicated to getting packages to consumers at the cheapest costs possible. While major carriers, like UPS, tend to drop the package off at a client’s doorstep, often without any notification or knock, it just does not go the extra mile. As a result, white glove services and transportation management are starting to become a major trend, and shippers need to know why.

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.

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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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. You may have to learn how to navigate a new software, or your organization may simply need additional training on a new transportation management system (TMS). 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.

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. The damage and closures caused by major storms can close down factories, damage infrastructure and put a stop to air and road transport. Introduction.

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

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. Gain Control Small Package Process Through Metrics, KPIs and Enhanced Accounting Features.

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. In this space, the role of using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS), which includes a WMS, has become vital to success.

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. appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

” Similar transformational patterns have also been seen in the transportation industry. Both Large and Mid-sized shipping companies rely on procurement personnel. This is helpful for transportation planning as more focus is placed on future happenings.

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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.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. The expectation is that two mega ships will arrive at the ports to pick up empties this week as the equipment is needed in China.

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.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on


by Jeswin Philip The Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI forecasts that the US Food and Beverage industry will experience a 2.9 % CAGR through 2022. Better transportation planning. Optimize to reduce transportation spend, while maximizing shipment efficiency.

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.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics


Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and 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. And the effort has certainly reduced the volume of primary and secondary packaging which enters the waste stream.