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.

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics

Cerasis

Creating more sustainable logistics is even more important for the trucking industry. Sustainable Logistics | Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics. Robinson and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. However, while technology evolves to allow better tracking of carbon footprint, there’s a potential to substantially improve overall with sustainable logistics by addressing a less often discussed but insidious problem.

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Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

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

Cerasis

With the purpose of optimizing supply chain efficiency and asset recovery rates, applying a reverse logistics system has increasingly become a tool that positively impacts profitability as well as assisting an organization in meeting sustainability goals. With the growth of sustainability initiatives , more companies have adopted the use of recycled materials in production and have developed procedures for the responsible disposal of products that cannot be recycled or reused.

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.

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.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Once implemented, Lean has to be sustained.

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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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5 supply chain management tips for retail for sustained profitability

6 River Systems

These are the two factors that are essential for the long-term sustainability of any retail business, and achieving them requires implementing smart supply chain management tips and strategies. Here are five supply chain management tips for the retail industry to bring in sustainable profits.

Cloud-Based TMS Helps Develop Sustainable Relationships in Transportation Logistics

Supply Chain Collaborator

The June issue of American Shipper magazine published an article by Cook on developing sustainable relationships which this blogger found to be compelling because most of the advice his piece provides can be realized via the use of good, cloud-based TMS software. Nothing makes transportation managers more unsettled than the unknown. In the end, all participating parties are able to make clear-eyed assessments about the value each brings to a transportation program.

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.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

Only supply chains that are agile, adaptable, and aligned provide companies with sustainable competitive advantage.” 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. Reward teams for cross-functional metrics.

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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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.

4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Talking Logistics

Managing transportation — the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations — is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party.

‘Balancing Green’: What’s the Cost of Sustainability?

Supply Chain Brain

Some push for sustainability at any cost. Our guest is Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II professor of engineering systems at MIT, and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He discusses the findings of his new book, Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To). Show notes : Yossi Sheffi’s book , Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To) Stream or download podcast here.

Riva Krut, Chief Sustainability Officer from Praxair, discusses sustainable productivity

Supply Chain View from the Field

Riva Krut spoke at NC State today, and shared the exciting story of sustainable productivity at Praxair. The company covers a lot of different segments, and with a mission of making the planet more productive, they have developed many sectors around technologies to sustain and protect our planet. We prefer not to transport our product, yet we do a lot of trucking transportation, and drive many miles. They also seek $112M from sustainable productivity.

Achieving Sustained Transportation Savings: Practical Advice for C-Level Executives

Talking Logistics

The quest to identify and achieve transportation cost savings is an ongoing one for transportation and logistics executives. It’s also a focus area for CEOs and CFOs because of transportation’s impact on the bottom line. What is the main roadblock to achieving sustained transportation savings? I can give you countless examples of how this impacts transportation costs.”.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize

3rdwave

Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics. While the Logistics transactional activities – such as freight quotation management, freight contract management, shipment execution and transportation tracking – are important, in and of themselves, these individual activities fail to deliver to their potential if they are not orchestrated, synchronized and communicated. What is Digitization?

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.

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.

Easier than reducing carbon footprint – 5 Steps to make a dent in the Huge and Hidden Cost of CPG Sustainability

Cerasis

LTL gets even trickier according to a report by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. . However, while technology evolves to allow better tracking of carbon footprint, there’s a potential to substantially improve overall logistics sustainability by addressing a less often discussed but insidious problem. There’s an alarming paradox in the world of consumer packaged goods sustainability. From shareholders to consumers, sustainability has created broad value. .

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Talking Logistics

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. According to the press release : The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 Last Friday, the U.S.

Why Logistics and Transportation Should Digitize

3rdwave

Logistics is a highly procedural function with clearly defined responsibilities and performance metrics. While the Logistics transactional activities – such as freight quotation management, freight contract management, shipment execution and transportation tracking – are important, in and of themselves, these individual activities fail to deliver to their potential if they are not orchestrated, synchronized and communicated. What is Digitization?

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. However, the stories of success are largely project improvements or improvements in vertical supply chain efficiency in manufacturing or transportation. It is seldom a story of the translation of supply chain transformation to improve dynamic organizational capabilities or sustained balance sheet results.

The blockchain revolution: audit efficiency & trust in sustainably certified supply chains

Provenance

This report was a collaboration between Provenance , the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the ISEAL Alliance. It documents ideas for how certifiers can leverage blockchain technology to reduce audit inefficiency, create a single source of truth for chain of custody (CoC) tracking and support sustainability data reporting. Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Provenance kick-off the two day workshop. Improving sustainability data reporting.

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. Understand Transportation Cost Structure.

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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. Given the current market conditions, it is more critical than ever to elevate transportation procurement from a tactical to a strategic level. Adopt performance metrics for carriers.

Supply Chain Management:Growing interest in sustainability from.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sustainability Services. « Growing interest in sustainability from asset intensive organizations - Part 1 | Main | Asset in Enterprise Asset Management » Growing interest in sustainability from asset intensive organizations - Part 2. We reached out to many of our Infosys colleagues to get their views on the scope of sustainability within asset intensive organizations. About Us. Contact Us. Newsroom Investors Careers. Infosys Labs. Industries. Industries.

TMS Systems: The 3 Core Areas & 9 Main Features to Expect Upon Evaluation

Cerasis

Efficient management of transportation plays a major role in determining the success rate of an organization’s distribution system. Transportation incurs massive cost to the company thereby making the company strive hard towards achieving maximum returns on investment. Often, the deployment of transportation management software systems or TMS systems is a great aid in reducing overall hard and soft transportation costs.

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Retreads are Good For Truckers…and Good for the Environment!

NC State SCRC

The American Transportation Research Institute estimates that of the total cost per mile of driving a rig that drives between 80,000 and 125,000 miles per year, the average cost (including drivers wages and benefits) is $1.593 per mile, or which tire cost are $ 0.043 a mile, and fuel costs are $.403 Using retreads can save money, regardless of the metric fleets are using to measure their business performance. Examples of metrics include the following: Cost per driver hour.

This Week in Logistics News (February 17-21, 2014)

Talking Logistics

White House Directs the EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to Set the Next Round of Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. According to the product sheet , “Oracle Global Trade Intelligence provides a dashboard view into the unique metrics by which your customs and compliance operation measures success. This is not only leading to stockouts, but also higher transportation rates.

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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? The intelligent curation, organization and analysis of key data points is now providing executives with data-driven recommendations to build and sustain a next-generation supply chain. How well is my transportation routing guide performance?

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

Cerasis

Cerasis provides the skills necessary to evaluate the present transportation supply chain, identify any inefficiencies, and suggest a program that will reduce costs and mitigate potential disruptions. Within this partnership, Cerasis provides a holistic view of the transportation supply chain, thereby initiating a gating process for creating a higher level of value. What are the best transportation buying solutions? 3PL Logistics Transportation 3pl services

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The “First Five” Industrial Manufacturing Trends of 2017

Cerasis

However, age-old means of collaborating, such as emails and faxes, are insufficient to sustain the industry in 2017. This will lead to the creation of more metrics and business-intelligence tools to help improve manufacturing operations. Actionable Metrics Will Enhance Operations, Reducing Costs. The ability to access information and insights from Big Data naturally leads to actionable metrics. Metrics are like Big Data; they can appear useless.