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Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, there are many top 3PL warehousing companies that handle warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and distribution services for companies of all sizes. Many metrics can be used to determine the top 3PL warehousing companies, such as company revenue, the number of warehouses, total warehouse square footage , etc. Warehouse Operations

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. Transport.

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50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. “Warehouse optimization starts with an efficient layout. Upgrade your warehouse equipment.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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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.

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. Of course, you’ll want to be courteous and professional with your feedback, but being open and honest with this metric can go a long way to solving problems between you.

3 Initiatives Driving Sustainable Transportation and Logistics Management

Supply Chain Nation

Recent studies have shown that transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Department of Energy calculated that CO2 emissions from transportation surpassed two billion metric tons ; it’s hard to imagine what that number looks like today. Using a modern transportation management tool that fuses flexibility into distribution networks is effective in creating cleaner, smarter transportation strategies.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Transportation takes time. The need to transport parts also drives inventory up, creates a need for space to store those parts, and uses energy for more forklift time and warehouse heating. The list of additional waste generated by transportation goes on and on. Right Source.

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Why A Successful Transportation Management Program Is Empowered By Data

Cerasis

Today we continue our long series and look at teaching shippers how to remain strategic when it comes to logistics and their transportation management program. Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency. The Use of Data to Create a Successful Transportation Management Program. Data originates from one of two primary sources: individual sensors gathering data or manual entry of data. Metrics.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52 Source: Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation (38 pp., Source: Digital Factories 2020: Shaping the future of manufacturing (48 pp., Machine learning is predicted to reduce costs related to transport and warehousing and supply chain administration by 5 to 10% and 25 to 40%, respectively.

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

Abivin

Selecting the correct software system for the business helps to attain process efficiency, gain visibility into the supply chain, and decrease general transport costs. One of such software is transportation management system (TMS) which is a subset of supply chain management regarding transportation operations (Mei & Eliot, 2017). TMS has become an indispensable tool in a growingly competitive and complex transportation landscape.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Source: “The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management,” webcast presentation by Adrian Gonzalez, Adelante SCM. Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Marketing — these functional groups, for the most part, continue to operate independently from each other, each driven by their own objectives and metrics. For example, I remember speaking with the Director of Transportation Services at a large CPG manufacturer a few years ago.

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6 Transportation Management Trends for 2016

Cerasis

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry , and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application of transportation management technologies. Transportation Management Trends transportation management trends

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

Cerasis

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. Commonly, companies struggling to independently manage transportation and logistics quickly discover that it's a full time job.

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

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon to invest in French firm’s technology for self-driving forklifts (Reuters) Warehouses Test a New Breed of AI Robots (WSJ – sub. Robots in the Warehouse. Source: “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation,” Adelante SCM & BluJay Solutions, 2018. New in Transportation Management Systems (TMS).

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017 : exoskeletons, autonomous forklifts, flying warehouses, last-mile delivery, and more. Warehouse Automation. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

“Users can easily now look at your global or regional supply situation and quickly source alternates when required, but the key here is to practice your response. “As for your internal systems, real-time inventory management helps you manage your fulfillment warehouses. After all, one of the more difficult aspects of managing warehouses is what to do with excess inventory, so you need to reduce it as much as possible.” Warehouse Operations

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. For example, if my contract manufacturer is late with an order it can cause me to incur excess costs with the freighting and warehousing companies, respectively. This initially necessitated the expansion of our warehousing provision, revision of our stock rotation and warehousing policies and associated costs, which we had to bear.

Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

The advent of transportation management systems (TMS) in the 1990s introduced near-infinite metrics and data points into the supply chain yet brought with it more questions than answers: How do we centralize the data? In its simplest form, managed analytics combines transportation data, along with several other databases, into a central data warehouse and applies a sophisticated set of analytical tools and algorithms.

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.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

More findings on the cloud cargo transportation and warehouse management systems you may discover on the web. The cloud-based supply chain software can be customized to suit your industry, your transportation , freight-forwarding and warehousing specialty, import-export regulations. Managers can control the operation efficiently as the relevant information comes from different sources, timely and all the members have access to its current updates.

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

When sourcing supply chain management services, think about the provider’s approach to people and processes. Focus on total logistics cost reduction (transportation, warehousing, and inventory). Choosing the right target means defining your metrics, such as measuring carrier performance. Here are some general questions to ask when sourcing supply chain management services: Does the 3PL provide the services required?

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Green Logistics: How to deliver efficiently while minimizing carbon footprint

Abivin

Source The process and involvement of logistics department in every organization have become an essential part to the economic development for a long time now. According to World Bank report, efficient logistics refer to transport, storage and conveyance of products to the ultimate consumers from the companies at minimal costs. Green logistics has a significant role in the trade process, transport and deliver the goods.

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

While there are many types of visibility (see Figure 1), the most common use case is either sourcing or transportation visibility. When they built the project, they did not realize that they did not have access to daily data daily for their third-party warehouses and contract manufacturing locations. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips.

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Global Trends in Digital Supply Chain - 2018 Review

Abivin

Source In the year 2018, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Analytics have evolved into the kind of “can’t do without” technology. But what happens when you can’t process a huge amount of data coming from different sources? Source In 2018, companies continue to rely on data to make decisions in logistics. Cleaner ships, trains, planes and trucks combined with automation and clean technology in cargo handling and warehousing operations are accelerating.

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

He is an industrial engineer with a diploma in transportation and logistics from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven. Over the period of 2009-2015 only 88% of companies made improvement on the “Supply Chain Metrics That Matter.” (The The Supply Chain Metrics That Matter are a portfolio of metrics which correlate to higher market capitalization. The composite of metrics includes growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital.)

5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have

Abivin

For instance, platforms such as Uber Carriage and Cargomatic enable real-time, cost-effective, on-demand transport arrangements to the other business logistics services, which brings great competitiveness to this industry. This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

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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. 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.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

In my experience, companies find themselves in difficulties with suppliers by either taking the cheapest quote looking for the one-off score (when that approach is not the best solution for the sourcing at hand) or by treating that supplier business as a subservient partner (in name only) even when the rhetoric espoused is we partner with our supply base. If not, what actions are you taking to consolidate formats, sources and tools? Warehouse Efficiency

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The design of the conference includes tours of several modern warehouses and centers of excellence. 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. 5 A Focus on Functional Metrics Throws the Supply Chain Out of Balance. It has been awhile.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Every decision becomes more impactful based on these metrics. Robinson experts act as an extension of your team when it comes to contract management, transportation, warehouse services, consolidation, last mile delivery and fresh produce sourcing—allowing you to optimize your entire supply chain holistically. Product alignment: Geography and transportation. With foodservice providers shuttered, it’s been an uncertain year for many.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

To create flexible and balanced supply chain organisation, it is necessary to integrate strategy, processes, metrics, and technology enterprise wide and across customers, suppliers, and service providers. Develop methodologies to measure risk for each supply chain node, warehouse, factory, supplier, geography, or transportation node. To improve your capability to manage demand shifts and customer expectations it is mandatory to have dual sourcing.

50 expert tips on supply chain management

6 River Systems

Warehouse managers face numerous challenges, as well, such as the need to keep goods flowing in and out of the facility while enabling associates to practice social distancing measures. One is time to recover (TTR), the time it would take for a particular node in the supply chain — a supplier facility, a distribution center, or a transportation hub — to be restored to full functionality after a disruption. Develop alternative sources and diversify value chains.