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. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? On-Time Shipping.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service


Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. This measures the number of orders or order lines shipped on time and without backorders or shortages. This is calculated by dividing the total number shipped in full and on time by the total number scheduled. Choosing Metrics. Everything has a cost, and every decision affects multiple metrics.

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 Carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS use shipping zones to determine the shipping cost of a package. In the continental US, most carriers break down the country into seven shipping zones, (numbered 2-8). ECommerce businesses need to pay attention to shipping zones. Shipping Zone Definition. Shipping zones aren’t fixed.

New online insight hub revealed to increase intelligence resources for supply chain decision makers


The Insight Hub doesn’t just give us an opportunity, for the first time, to house all this industry leading content in one place, it also gives us the scope, resources and platform to create, commission and curate a far broader collection of business-critical intelligence than ever before. This means if success for you is getting your content in front of fifty spot-on people then we’ll target them directly and use these lead generation metrics to measure success.

Are Your Manufacturing Metrics Meaningless?


In any manufacturing environment, delivering what you promised when you promised is good business, so measuring this metric makes sense. However, as simple as this metric should be to measure, it can get complicated. Bob in sales promises a customer that their order will be shipped by the 15 th of the month. Making Manufacturing Metrics Meaningful Again. Orders can be shipped the next day with no extra effort. Guidebook: Metrics for Action Guide.

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs


Transportation Management Data Insights Lead to Collaboration, Reduced Shipping Costs, & Beating the Capacity Crunch In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : The value to a business to have an executive in charge of driving change and innovation. Why collaboration between all entities in the shipping process is really the key to success in effective transportation management. Transportation Management Data Downloadable Resources.

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.

Multi Carrier Shipping: 8 Ways to Avoid the Shortsightedness Of Chasing The Least Cost Carrier


When you are looking to choose a carrier when it is time to ship your freight, it might seem obvious to go with the carrier that provides you with the lowest “sticker price.” The best practice, even speaking broadly, in the world of LTL shipping and most modes, is to have a multi carrier shipping mind set. 7) Using a Multi Carrier Shipping Transportation Management Solution. 8) Employing Carrier Relationship Management in Multi Carrier Shipping.

After your product ships (Part 1): Data retailers share and why it’s important


But out of that weekly or daily data deluge, what are the crucial metrics? This metric is the best indicator of true demand because it measures when an end consumer actually buys a product, not just when a retailer places an orders, or sell-in. another important difference to ensure you’re spending your time and resources on where they’ll make the biggest impact, whether it’s deciding what problems to address or what products or geographies to focus on.

5 Strategies for Successfully Outsourcing Shipping Logistics

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Be prepared to discuss your desired metrics and future expansion plans. A Day in the Life of a Logistics Onsite Resource. The post 5 Strategies for Successfully Outsourcing Shipping Logistics appeared first on Transportfolio. Often in my work in the C.H. Robinson Green Bay office, customers will ask us how they can improve the odds that their logistics outsource will be a success.

9 More Warehouse Key Performance Indicators for 2020

Veridian Solutions

Internal Operations—Inventory Carrying Costs: Calculating inventory carrying costs is perhaps the most important metric of all. Suppliers—Backorder Rate: The backorder rate is an equally important metric and warehouse key performance indicator for supply chain management. Suppliers—Lead Time: While the lead time may not seem like an important metric to track, insights into supplier lead-times help supply chain leaders better plan replenishment.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics


In order to optimize manufacturing operations, or really just about anything, you need to have at your fingertips the best and most accurate manufacturing metrics around. In today's post, we share 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics that all manufacturing companies should understand to improve plant operations quality. However, effectively measuring, analyzing, and improving upon those manufacturing metrics is more complicated than it may seem.

Drivers of Modern-Day Warehouse Management System Adoption

Veridian Solutions

As the talent shortage worsens, supply chain executives will be forced to adopt a new warehouse management system capable of managing scarce labor resources and deploying automation in warehouses, distribution centers, and logistics networks alike. Seasonal and sudden changes in product demand and variety mean warehouses must continuously reslot items to reduce pick times and ship products faster. eCommerce Metrics and KPIs OmniChannel Retail Supply Chain Warehouse Management

Do I Have Your Attention Yet? Driving the Need for Culture Change!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most significantly the product we were shipping to that customer was going into one of their new products. But as you look at your metrics and they are falling short of your targets, or if you are looking at your strategy and wondering if you can implement it, always consider the Culture within your organization and determine whether you need to drive Culture change to get the results you want. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Seasoned Leadership in Action! An Interview with Paul Kretz, Head of SCM at Church & Dwight!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Have balanced, relevant and valid metrics. Plus, metrics protect you. How should you innovate on the product side for the E-Commerce space with such things as shipping ready packaging? Change Management Human Resources Interview Supply Chain Management Business Distribution ECommerce Leadership Logistics Retail SCM supplychainSubscribe Here! Email Address.

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Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! (Videos)

Supply Chain Game Changer

And problems in harvesting, quality standards, storage, shipping costs, and handling all create food waste. On top of the obvious concerns about food waste (which include the waste of water, land, and other resources used to produce,process, and handle the food) it is also notable that only 3% of wasted food is actually composted. Everyone in Supply Chain has experienced being asked to improve some metric by 25% or more. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

Supply Chain Insights

The implementation of a common ERP system seems to often be thought of as a necessary step to be able to have visibility to the supply chain – how much product is being made/shipped and when, how much product is there on hand at any given time, when did certain transactions happen (root cause investigations), etc. What specific policies, processes, and metrics in the supply chain would achieve success in this strategy?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Strategic view of shipping. Highly effective shippers see a well-run shipping function as a competitive advantage. First, the routine, day to day shipping is improved through good written and verbal communication. A highly effective shipper will use metrics or key process indicators (KPIs) to monitor logistics performance.

[PODCAST] How Shippers Can Compete Against Rising Transportation Costs & Competition Using Data


Resources to Download to Help Mitigate Rising Transportation Costs. 8 Big Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping. Transportation Metrics that Matter the Most for Shippers to Track to Improve Performance. Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode we welcome Hannah Testani, Chief Operating Officer of Intelligent Audit , a global logistics and freight audit company.

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Download Finished Goods Delivery Performance Report Template

Insights Solutions Global

Free to download Finished Goods Delivery Performance Metrics Report The optimum situation would be all your models and products are shipped on-time and on-demand. Resources TemplateBut, yes, there is always a but, things aren’t always go as you planed. How can you tell the goods delivery performance? What criteria do you need? The answers are all […]. The post Download Finished Goods Delivery Performance Report Template appeared first on Insight Solutions Global.

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

I was at a customer last week that shipped to distributors and did not know the site of customer facilities. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. The average company has five-to-seven Advanced Planning Systems (APS) and twelve Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions. We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips. As we waited for coffee, silence hung heavy in the air.

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Ultimate guide to warehouse logistics: Enhance organization, movement, and management

6 River Systems

According to research conducted by BigCommerce , the top three factors that influence consumers’ online purchasing decisions are convenience, cost and free shipping. One of the best ways to reduce shipping costs and ensure fast delivery is by optimizing warehouse logistics.

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The Top 5 Transportation Management Blogs of 2016 …So Far


Maintaining the best possible fleet for your shipping needs requires vigilance and the tracking of specific measures across their performance. Yet, all metrics and scorecards are not equal, and you need to know what metrics should be included in your carrier scorecard. The Top 10 Most Common LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers. According to Joe Lynch , shippers face many challenges and problems in LTL shipping.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This added area of focus can leave many operators feeling strapped for time and resources. Today, many in the restaurant industry take advantage of outsourcing to lower resource costs, increase efficiency, and gain greater expertise.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together


Product travel in reverse of their original paths from the seller to buyers’ locations, after which they may undergo disassembly and disposal or recycling, or repair or refurbishment, testing, packaging, warehousing, resale, shipping, customer support, and other reverse logistical processes executed by the seller outsourced services. meaningful and accurate performance metrics. Use the 3PL checklist to identify your company’s resource needs.

How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software


The buyer is notified if: a) A supplier has acknowledged a PO with changes, b) If a supplier hasn’t shipped material in a timely manner, and/or. They are concerned about lack of resource alignment across supply chain functions and disconnects between purchasing and operations/manufacturing. ” As we’ve seen in other reports, on time delivery from suppliers is one of the most important metrics observed by executives today.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

No metric should be measured in isolation, and functional metrics should be replaced with the balanced scorecard metrics shown in Figure 2. To maximize value—price to tangible book, functional metrics need to be reset to focus on reliability. Examples include first pass yield, schedule adherence, hands-free orders, orders shipped complete, and minimization of waste. 5 A Focus on Functional Metrics Throws the Supply Chain Out of Balance.

Getting the Full Value Add from 3PL Services by Avoiding Commoditization or Transactionalism


This can be especially critical for shipping LTL , which requires capabilities to optimize the shipping process for multiple clients along the same chain. This holistic logistics approach will seek to identify what resources will be needed to implement projects and work to determine the allocation of those resources. For instance, will the client and the 3PL share resource allocation or will one partner assume more responsibility than the other?

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The Top Logistics Blogs of 2016 …So Far


It was also evident that many folks wanted more information around KPIs and Metrics, as our top 5 included two posts from this sub-category. e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs. Take a look at how a business can use technology, metrics, and services to improve transportation processes, which range from supplier shipping to route optimization.

Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning


Without baseline metrics on what you want to improve on and why, how can you be confident your strategy is working? And because machine learning systems get smarter over time, having a consistent method of measurement is even more important to ensure you can accurately track how outcomes and ROI are improving against established metrics. It’s critical to understand the skills and resources you’ll need for success before kicking off your project.

Where have all the Truckers Gone? 10 Strategies for Shippers to Fight the Capacity and Trucker Shortage


will face shortages in trucking resources again , predominatly a trucker shortage, in the near future due to an array of developments that may cause shippers to find loads left on the ground, shipping costs rapidly escalating, and shrinking profit margins that stun stakeholders. Stark explains that both contract rates and spot rates are increasing, and the fourth quarter shipping season will likely exacerbate the situation.

[PODCAST] Why Transportation Management Data Has Carriers & Shippers Forging Collaborative Relationships to Beat the Capacity Crunch


In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : How the access to more data in transportation management is allowing carriers & shippers to have fact-based conversation that are resulting in improved relationships and thusly more efficient shipping, profitability, and access to available capacity. Transportation Management Data Resources. Transportation Metrics that Matter the Most for Shippers to Track to Improve Performance.

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”


Inventory records, product specs, shipping documents contain errors. Shipping containers permit excessive empty space or product damage. Insufficient metrics employed by many business leaders often reflect only on areas like production labor efficiency and equipment usages—focusing inordinate amounts of emphasis on improvement in these isolated areas and failing to identify performance issues throughout the company.

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Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency


Warehouse Inventory Management software and systems help reduce infrastructure costs and enable the reallocation of existing IT resources to drive productivity improvements, according to IDC. Improving inventory management accuracy and visibility requires a focused approach to capturing the most valuable metrics of performance and then tracking their performance over time. Streamlining Pick, Pack, and Ship Operations Across All Locations.

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? Knowing the proper metrics and data points to track promotes cost-effective shipping practices and can improve vendor, carrier and consumer relationships, reports Merrill Douglas of Inbound Logistics. 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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