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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. But what are some of the unintended consequences retailers are experiencing by jumping in without a plan?

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

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Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

Requis

Sourcing has probably been the biggest thing over the last decade or two, coupled with that reduction in local manufacturing of course. Sourcing is now predominantly overseas: China is one of the big sourcing countries of course, along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

Last Mile Metrics: 11 Metrics to Measure in Last Mile Logistics

Cerasis

Using technology to improve last mile metrics is essential to driving last mile costs down, but how do shippers know if the technology is helping or hurting? The answer to this question lies in using last mile metrics to track key performance indicators and target levels of service to ensure accountability, visibility and continued reduction of costs in last mile delivery. Essentially, shippers need to track these 11 metrics. On-Time Deliveries Are King of Last Mile Metrics.

Understanding Supply Chain Management

SupplyPike

These activities can involve storage and transport of inventory or supplies, monitoring of day-to-day activities, the preparation behind these processes, and blending these different components throughout the supply chain. With rising consumer demand, retailers are under pressure to stock the merchandise in demand or lose consumers to another who can fulfill the same demand. Five Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain. Learn about.

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Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

The key difference between the two can perhaps be explained in the following example: A 3PL provider working with a paint manufacturer may package and store products as well as transport them to retailers and/or customers. 3) Ecommerce and Multi-Channel Retail. Transport.

21 Vendor Metrics Your Supplier Scorecard Might be Missing

Supply Chain Cowboy

But is your scorecard missing key metrics? It includes a free Excel template that you can modify to match exactly what metrics you want to measure. While some of these metrics might not apply to your business model, there’s definitely a few to add if they measure something important to you and your customers. In fact, many big-box retailers are uncomfortable being more than 30% of a supplier’s revenue base. Specific Quality Metrics.

BluJay Launches Transportation Modeling Application, Blazes Trail as First TMS Provider to Build Modeling Solution on LLamasoft Cloud Platform

BluJay Solutions

Holland, MI – June 2, 2020 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services, announces the launch of its Transportation Modeling application, built in collaboration with LLamasoft , the leading provider of AI-powered supply chain analytics software. BluJay’s Transportation Modeling uses data generated through the network and applications within the larger BluJay ecosystem. BluJay’s Transportation Modeling application leverages LLamasoft’s llama.ai

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

[PODCAST] Why Shippers Looking for Capacity & High Service Levels Need the Right Carrier Mix & Logistics Fundamentals Focus

Cerasis

On today’s episode we welcome Andrew Lynch, Co-Founder & President of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning logistics service provider that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods and food and beverage products. In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : How in the retail space it is vital that marketing, sales, and the supply chain & logistics teams collaborate to achieve shared goals of consistent logistics.

Food Trends That Could Have an Impact in 2021

Zipline Logistics

Those cutting-edge technologies are enabling companies to create personalized nutrition plans for users based on biological metrics. Increased Sourcing Transparency . Consumers have shifted purchasing trends to favor products that use more sustainably sourced food ingredients.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Hunt Transport acquires home delivery firm for $100M (CCJ) Key By Amazon adds garage and business delivery, new locks and Ring compatibility (TechCrunch) Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries (CNBC) Autonomous trucking startup TuSimple is taking 3 to 5 commercial trips a day (TechCrunch) Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do (WSJ – sub. Rakuten Super Logistics, a division of Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc.,

The Elegance of the Costco Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Having worked at a Retailer myself I have first hand knowledge of the challenges there can be in running a Retail Supply Chain. As such we wrote The Hidden Complexity of the Retail Supply Chain to share some of these experiences. Many retailers easily carry tens of thousands of SKUs. This is a massive source of efficiency. Costco has given retail selling space the dual role of also serving as storage space. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

For December 2015, retail sales were the lowest since 2009. The Amazon Impact is having an impact on Wal-Mart and retail in general. I expect a somber mood at the National Retail show. As a result, both retail and consumer products processes are being redefined. Consider the recent news… Why the closure of retail stores? Retailers can no longer have their heads in the sand, but neither can consumer products manufacturers.

BluJay Launches Industry-first Freight Market Index, Powered by Transportation Network Data

BluJay Solutions

Unique set of transportation rate, capacity, and service KPI benchmarks provides intelligence to inform decisions for shippers and carriers. Holland, MI – November 7, 2019 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network, announces the launch of the Freight Market Index , a monthly report providing transportation market intelligence for shippers, carriers, and industry professionals.

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

4WL Consulting

The previous decade has seen many companies, mainly those handling manufacturing operations, change how sourcing of direct materials is executed – from an administrative function to a somewhat strategic procurement approach that has seen the creation of a new position “the Chief Procurement Officer.” ” Similar transformational patterns have also been seen in the transportation industry. Blog Logistics Outsourcing Transportation Spend Uncategorized

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

req’d) How Blockchain Could Benefit Levi’s Worker Well-Being Initiative (Sourcing Journal) Companies Plan for Tariffs, More Paperwork in Case of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit (WSJ – sub. req’d) New Job for Robots: Taking Stock for Retailers (WSJ – sub. Uber Freight: Transportation Facility Brand Managers. In short, this trend could give rise to a new transportation role: “Transportation Facility Brand Manager.”.

Sustainable Logistics Practices Can Serve as a Differentiator for CPG Brands

Zipline Logistics

Sustainability is an often-discussed concept that can be a reliable source of differentiation for CPG manufacturers. Now, when most think of sustainability, they think of ethical sourcing or environmentally friendly packaging. Considering Alternative Transportation Modes.

The Trends Shaping Supply Chain and Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

Talking Logistics

getting buy-in from drivers and other stakeholders) and implementing appropriate metrics to measure and drive performance.). Another dimension of business intelligence is mashing together different data sources, such as weather, traffic, and trade data to generate new insights, which is part of the reason why Descartes acquired Datamyne this past December. (As What is the #1 technology topic Descartes CEO Ed Ryan gets asked about?

Five Steps to Seamless Omni-Channel

Supply Chain Nation

Over the past few years, the retail market has evolved into a customer-centric model that is reshaping all areas of the industry. Customers are now relying on digital channels in ways that we’ve never seen before, completely changing the consumer shopping journey and making retailers rethink their plans for fulfillment and customer demands. Being at the forefront of consumer experience, retailers are at the leading edge of this change. Retail omni-channel

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Tell Me Why

Supply Chain Shaman

Amazon’s because of their breath in physical and digital supply chain, innovation in material handling, transportation, etc and their vision completely disrupting the industry. Traditionally, the focus has been on building efficient organizational silos for make, source or deliver. As a result, tor most companies, the goals are unclear and the financial metrics are not well-understood. This year-over-year comparison, enables visualization of performance on two metrics.

Delivery is the Product: Takeaways from Transplace’s Shipper Symposium 2018

Talking Logistics

It’s the reason why On Time In Full (OTIF) is a critical supply chain metric today. My point of view: success in this industry, whether you’re a technology-based startup or an incumbent, depends on three things: building critical mass; remembering that transportation is not a commodity and that relationships matter (and taking this reality into consideration in your operating model); and measuring and controlling the quality of the end-customer delivery experience.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. Toward that end, we would like to provide you with four types of updates: 1) what we are seeing in the transportation marketplace, 2) what our customers are experiencing, 3) some best practices we recommend with regard to bidding, and 4) the actions we are taking to protect our employees and community. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update.

If You Spend a Week with a Carrier’s Driver

Talking Logistics

Last week, BBC News published an article highlighting the poor conditions and low pay drivers who haul freight for IKEA and other retailers in Western Europe have to deal with, particularly drivers brought over from poorer countries by trucking firms based in Eastern Europe. is not as bad as in Europe (there isn’t a similar source of “cheap labor” drivers here — or you can argue that all drivers are equally underpaid here), but drivers in the U.S.

One Man’s Trash: How Blockchain Can Target Food Waste to Help End World Hunger

Material Handling and Logistics

For organizations that source products from suppliers in remote regions, blockchain can provide clarity in an otherwise murky journey from harvest to retail. billion metric tons—gets lost or wasted. What’s more, net food losses in developed countries (222 million metric tons) equate to nearly all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa yearly (223 million metric tons).

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Focus on supply chain flexibility in the tough times of covid-19

EFT

As sourcing is disrupted and demand fluctuates, corporations are having to adapt their supply chain more than ever before. We started to shift our mentality” said Jason Glover, Director of Global Sourcing at Harry’s, an e-commerce start-up for men’s grooming products. “We’re

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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Source ID. Source ID. Content Summary: Personal Mover Transports Employees around BMW Plant. To eliminate some of this traveling BMW’s R&D group developed a Personal Mover solution—a one-person means of transport for covering short distances within an operating site. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.

A Great Wall and China – Trump Trade Plans Impact Food, Retail Shippers

Supply Chain Collaborator

Wherever you stand on the results of the recent Presidential election, one thing is absolutely clear – there are likely to be many changes holding great potential to affect your transportation management strategies in unpredictable ways. These changes will impact calculations of such critical transportation and logistics metrics as lead times, delivery schedules, routes, mileage and a host of others. The sourcing of goods may shift quickly away from Pacific Rim manufacturers.

3 Things to Consider When Weighing Your (Delivery) Options

FLEXE

Matching Amazon’s delivery promise isn’t possible for most retailers, nor does it make sense. Assumptions and intuition don’t drive business decisions, quantifiable metrics do. Oppositely, a luxury clothing retailer may offer more delivery options that account for both immediacy (need new shoes for tomorrow’s event) and also the willingness to wait (want new shoes, but not for tomorrow).

3 Things to Consider When Weighing Your (Delivery) Options

FLEXE

Matching Amazon’s delivery promise isn’t possible for most retailers, nor does it make sense. Assumptions and intuition don’t drive business decisions, quantifiable metrics do. Oppositely, a luxury clothing retailer may offer more delivery options that account for both immediacy (need new shoes for tomorrow’s event) and also the willingness to wait (want new shoes, but not for tomorrow).

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. Typically, it accounts for the planning of demand, production, distribution, and transportation. Air Freight — Transportation of products via air transportation methods. Cargo — Product carried during transportation. Claim — In freight, shippers can retroactively charge carriers for damages or loss to transported products.

Five Steps to Seamless Omni-Channel

Supply Chain Nation

Over the past few years, the retail market has evolved into a customer-centric model that is reshaping all areas of the industry. Customers are now relying on digital channels in ways that we’ve never seen before, completely changing the consumer shopping journey and making retailers rethink their plans for fulfillment and customer demands. Being at the forefront of consumer experience, retailers are at the leading edge of this change. Retail omni-channel

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Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

The rankings are based on a composite score based on the opinions of Gartner’s analysts; a group of peer voters (mostly supply chain practitioners, professionals and experts; in the interests of full disclosure, I myself am part of the peer panel); some metrics, including return on assets, inventory growth and revenue growth; and a corporate social responsibility (CSR) component score. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric. Source ID.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Public awareness and mass retailer initiatives have driven major sustainability efforts over the last two decades among CPG manufacturers. Driven by aggressive targets and retailers’ “supplier scorecards,” their progress has been enabled by advances in materials engineering and manufacturing technology. Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex.