The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

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? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

In the first episode of this educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer of LeanLogistics (a Talking Logistics sponsor) outlined the attributes of a strong transportation management foundation and how to build it. Transportation strategy is the second component, and that’s focused on positioning transportation to support your supply chain strategy (i.e.,

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[e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs

Cerasis

Furthermore, some data may be of minimal use without comparison to and identification of trends and collaborations between data from other transactions within a given warehouse or transportation system. 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.

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

Cerasis

BONUS: Download the Ultimate Guide to Transportation Reverse Logistics White Paper. Conventional logistics service providers had very few alternatives for reversing the channel; however, as the technology has progressed, companies using a robust, proficient reverse logistics system have benefited from: Reduced administrative, transportation and aftermarket support costs. Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management.

Transportation Management

LeanCor

The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. Transportation, like inventory, is necessary activity within logistics. Fast, efficient transportation explains a great deal about why cities develop where they do. Transportation Management Cost Consideration.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. Leverage the Right Technology as Part of Your Strategy.

Transportation Network Modeling: A Powerful Tool in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy

Talking Logistics

Outside of the Paris Agreement, the European Union (EU) has a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by around 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Cost reductions sometimes go hand-in-hand with GHG reductions, but some measures could increase transport costs. Supply chain network and transportation optimization can help make better sourcing and multi-stop route decisions that ultimately result in route design that balances low costs with higher service.

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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.

Building a Strong Transportation Management Foundation

Talking Logistics

Building a strong transportation management foundation is a critical pre-requisite for companies to execute their supply chain strategies and achieve their growth and financial objectives. In this first episode of an educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer from LeanLogistics outlines the attributes of a strong transportation management foundation and how to build it.

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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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. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans?

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

Cerasis

Transportation capacity problems have been a volatile issue over the past twenty years or so. The American Transportation Research Institute has already identified a problematic decline in trucking capacity over recent years. FTR’s Director of Transportation Analysis, Johnathan Starks warns that that the problem can be expected to intensify later this year if the economy strengthens. Strategies for Surviving the Capacity and Trucker Shortage.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

Second, they adapt over time as market structures and strategies evolve. We consistently see that companies focused on functional excellence–a focus within a functional silo like manufacturing, transportation or distribution– or singular metrics– like inventory or costs– underperform against their peer groups. The delivery against goals starts with leadership and a clear strategy. Reward teams for cross-functional metrics.

The Top 5 Transportation Management Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

Today's post will cover the top 5 Transportation Management blogs from 2016 so far. Top Transportation Management Blogs from the First Half of 2016 So Far. The transportation management blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2016 included several elements of the transportation management. From transportation management trends to creating a competitive logistical edge. 6 Transportation Management Trends for 2016.

Business Strategies to Recover After the Coronavirus

Vinculum

To cite another example, a company offering logistics services can connect with customers to offer probable solutions to the current transportation issues plaguing the global supply chain. New financial metrics, receivables, and even the number of days the capital can last are important considerations that should be taken into account when formulating a new business model. The post Business Strategies to Recover After the Coronavirus appeared first on Vinculum Group.

LeanCor in Inbound Logistics: 6 Simple Metrics for Tracking and Improving Carrier Performance

LeanCor

"While transportation service providers vary in size and ability, having an overall strategy to track carrier performance can drive long‐term operational and financial stability. Carrier Management Transportation Management supply chain insights

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.

Building a Strong Transportation Management Foundation [Episode Highlights]

Talking Logistics

Building a strong transportation management foundation is a critical prerequisite for companies to execute their supply chain strategies and achieve their growth and financial objectives. Chris discussed the components of an effective transportation management strategy, how to develop and manage successful carrier relationships, and the need for well-defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and business processes. Then look at how to deploy the strategy.

Why Reverse Logistics Systems and Transportation Management Should Be Considered Together

Cerasis

meaningful and accurate performance metrics. In the interest of both, businesses are increasingly tying reverse logistical operations to transportation management as a natural fit. Many companies now outsource transportation, accounting, logistics technology, accounting, and other systems management. TMS software in conjunction with a reverse logistics system provides necessary metrics, including: average travel distance per item.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

The client leaned across the table and asked, “Is a customer-centric supply chain strategy the same as a demand-driven supply chain strategy?” Drawing from the Whiteboard: Building Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies. I asked the group to think of demand-driven concepts as the enabler of customer-centric strategies. An example is the understanding of the shopper across the moments of truth in omnichannel strategies. It was an early morning.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

The links between these nodes are the freight, transportation and logistics players who move the goods throughout the Supply Chain. Trucks, Ocean Freighters, Planes, Rail, and Vehicle transportation all consume energy in the provision of their services. Overall there are key overriding factors to be considered in defining and optimizing any end-to-end Supply Chain strategy from an environmental perspective: Reduce waste and improve efficiencies. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

What’s the ROI Of Transport and Logistics Providers & A TMS?

Cerasis

Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers' reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater. There are many benefits that accompany the use of transport and logistics providers and their TMS systems.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

When we hear “transportation management system” at LeanCor, we don’t just think of software. Lean thinking can help organizations develop and maintain a fast, stable, efficient transportation management system. When shippers apply lean thinking to people, process, and technology in transportation, the results are significant. Are these practices part of your organization’s transportation management system?

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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. The realities of today’s complex global marketplace make fulfilling sustainability objectives anything but simple as companies navigate fulfillment, transportation and logistics challenges.

The Most Popular 16 Transportation Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

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. In fact, transportation management is our specialty as we’ve been providing our shipper customers with a web-based transportation management system and managed transportation services since 1998. Top 16 Most Popular Transportation Blog Posts of 2014.

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past month, I have been working alongside companies implementing digital strategies. There are many forms of decision support—price optimization, revenue management, transportation planning, spend management, network design. An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics. In this case, the metrics are operating margin and inventory turns. The strategy was to “milk maintenance revenue” and drive consolidation through debt.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

Seeing this, we decided that it would be helpful to compile a curated list of 50 of the best tips on logistics planning and strategy that we could find. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Maintain and expand your inventory management strategies. “Maintaining inventory accuracy is important for both your customer-facing systems and your internal ones.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. It should not be functional, with a narrow focus on a singular function like manufacturing or transportation. Based on the corporate strategy, the most efficient supply chain–with the lowest cost per case–may not be most effective. Stage 2: All about Transportation. It is usually driven by the logistics and transportation functions.

9 Key Considerations in an Effective Last Mile Delivery Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

What is your Strategy? Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Delivery Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. What is your Strategy? Subscribe Here!

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight

Cerasis

Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. Marketing in Logistics: 4 Elements of the Market Research Phase in a Sound Digital Marketing Strategy. Happy New Year!

Key Ingredients to Formulating a Winning Supply Chain Strategy in the Process Chemical Industry

Logility

Aligning and integrating key performance metrics across the extended supply chain can be difficult. So, although inventory tends to be a symptom of other supply chain factors; forecast accuracy, customer service objectives, supply chain network design, transportation mode selected, etc. One of the biggest supply chain expenses for any process manufacturer is transportation of ingredients to plants and transportation of finished products to customers.

5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

Talking Logistics

Do you have the right metrics? Metrics show how your supply chain is performing – providing they are the right ones to do the job. Inappropriate metrics can give a false or incomplete picture of supply chain performance. Second, what metrics are the best indicators of performance in terms of these goals? These are examples of metrics that may or may not support your goals. Benchmark your operation using the selected metrics.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. In the setting of strategy goals, executive teams often set unrealistic goals because they are not aligned with supply chain potential. While process industries focus on the efficient supply chain of mass production, marketing strategies focus on late-stage postponement strategies and customization.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Cerasis

Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. For the applications of a TMS, the connected nature of the cloud uses real-time data in algorithms and cross-sectional analyses to define the most elusive of metrics and key performance indicators ( KPIs ).

Last Mile Technology: How Technology & Transportation Management Aid in Efficient Execution of the Last Mile

Cerasis

These questions reflect why technology and effective transportation management, including the use of a transportation management system (TMS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is key to the efficient execution of last mile delivery and service. The information collected by a TMS should also be leveraged to optimize routes, resulting in fewer direct transportation costs, such as lower fuel and labor costs.