Why Using Reusable Packaging Can Be the Most Effective Way to Save Time and Money in Your Global Supply Chain

Cerasis

Reusable packaging may be the one most effective way you can manage your costs better. It seems that no matter what industry you are in there is more and more buzz about the advantages of using reusable packaging and rightfully so. Using Reusable Packaging Is The Right Thing to Do.

5 key trends affecting the Consumer Package Goods industry

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Private labels have gotten better with packaging and presentation, in addition to value for money. These cross regional flows and increased sourcing options add to supply complexity. Biodegradable packaging and retrieval of unconsumed products is becoming critical for CPG companies.

Is “In-Sourcing” the Answer to Rigid, Enterprise Software?

The Network Effect

Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” CIO.com. “Packaged Software Just Doesn’t Serve Big Businesses Well… ” But technology hasn’t kept up, and McNamara sees no alternative but for Target to build their own solution. ‘The world of packaged software just doesn’t serve big businesses well,’ [Mike McNamara] says. Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” CIO.com.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

Directworks

In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Packaging. The post Strategic sourcing enters a new age.

Report of Key Apple Suppliers Skirmishing Over Control of New Chip Packaging Technology

Supply Chain Matters

High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supplier Collaboration Apple iPhone supply chain Apple supply chain integrating product innovation and supply chain strategy managing delicate supplier relationships SiP technology Supply chain Matters blog system-in-package technology

Sourcing promotional products the right way

Claritum

However, it is important for companies to manage the process of sourcing promotional goods effectively. A lot of time and energy can be spent inefficiently sourcing the goods, which can be bought from a huge variety of suppliers at vastly differing prices and quality. Single source.

Solving the Emerging Market Packaging Puzzle

Supply Chain @ MIT

Packaging shields products from damage and theft, differentiates the brand, and is a source of information for consumers. It also adds cost to the value chain, particularly in fragmented markets where buyers have diverse packaging needs. The Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI) has developed two optimization models that help companies find the most cost-effective packaging format for emerging markets.

How Inbound Logistics Networks Can Be a New Source of Savings

Supply Chain @ MIT

In an age where customers are expecting faster deliveries and increased flexibility, consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are constantly looking to evolve their supply chains.

2017 Industry Specific Prediction- Consumer Packaged Food and Beverage Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

In our recently unveiled 2017 Predictions for Industry Supply Chains (Available for complimentary downloading in our Research Center), we elected to include Consumer Packaged Food (CPG) and Beverage supply chains in our industry-specific predictions.

Package Your Way to Supply Chain Cost Reductions

Logistics Bureau

There are a number of less well-explored possibilities to consider, one of which is the way in which your company packages its materials and products for transportation. Of course packaging is a necessary supply chain expense, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find cheaper options.

Mushroom Based Packaging Supplies. Fad or The Future of Shipping?

AFFLINK

Packaging has been a source of frustration and the object of jokes ever since the days when you practically needed a Swiss Army knife and a jackhammer to open a new CD case. Today, packaging is once again getting a lot of attention, and not just for user-friendliness.

Bubble Wrap Loses Its Pop for Logistics Cost Savings

Talking Logistics

Transportation and Sustainability Benefits of New Bubble Wrap (Source: Adelante SCM based on info from WSJ article). which highlights how IKEA is designing its packaging with shipping in mind).

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

Talking Logistics

Nulogy’s CEO, Jason Tham, kicked off the event by talking about courage and why it’s so important today for consumer packaged goods companies (“brands”) and their contract manufacturing partners (“suppliers”). Source: Nulogy. Patrick McGovern (Bell-Carter Packaging).

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window, and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

E2open

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window, and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ). alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open.

Locally Sourced and Organic…”*Where You Can!”

NC State SCRC

I had an interesting discussion with an expert in the food industry, and we discussed some of the emerging trends going on in food packaging and local sourcing for food. The food expert I spoke with noted that many of the food packaging companies are beginning to add the term Locally Sourced and Organic. However, many of these same packages show a very, very, small asterisk – with the words “where we can” at the bottom.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? Drones will have a breakout year — not in delivering packages to consumers, but in the Yard and Warehouse. One of the biggest opportunities to reduce transportation costs and carbon emissions is to reduce the number of trucks required to ship products by developing smarter packaging and product designs.

Free Shipping is Costing More (As Small Packages Flood Delivery Networks)

Talking Logistics

percent last year, spending on package delivery services jumped 10 percent [to $86.3 Parcel volumes rose 6 percent last year as online retailers flooded delivery networks with small packages destined for individual consumers in their houses, apartments, offices, and dorm rooms.

This Week in Logistics News (September 6 – 12)

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Food & Beverage Industry Global Trade Procurement/Sourcing Retail This Week in News We’ve written a lot about the truck driver shortage here at Logistics Viewpoints and the impact that this could have on the global supply chain moving forward. Often times we forget about, or simply don’t think about, everything and everyone that makes it possible for us to get the goods we desire. The shortage could […].

Campbell Soup to Acquire Garden Fresh Gourmet

Supply Chain Matters

This Supply Chain Matters posting serves as a backdrop to our ongoing commentaries focused on the consumer packaged goods industry, specifically the dramatic business challenges being posed by consumers demanding fresher and more natural sources of ingredients.

Crisis Among CPG Producers and Their Associated Supply Chains Continue: Three Important Strategies

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters continues in our efforts to update readers on the extraordinary market challenges and headwinds impacting large consumer goods packaged food producers. In August of 2014, we called attention to a profound week of statements and blunt reality impacting this industry and specifically, blunt statements from the CEO’s of prominent packaged foods producers.

Surging Package Volume Explains Why Drones Make Sense

Techgistics

Source: Amazon. This may be inaccurate, as order lines would vary from order to order and some orders contain many small items that are packaged in a single box while other orders need to be split across multiple boxes.

How a Supply Chain Success Coach Can Guide You to Breakthrough Performance

CHAINalytics

This is especially true if they manage dynamic, complex, integrated supply chains that require a holistic view–from the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer–and span activities across planning, sourcing, manufacturing, delivery and packaging.

Pretty Is as Pretty Does?

Supply Chain Shaman

In fact, unsuspecting consumers would never guess at the issues that the package on the shelf represents for the sustainable supply chain. The package in consumer products is designed to market the product. The package is designed, redesigned and tweaked over and over again throughout the launch process. The package and the process of package development is a major source of corporate waste. While the development of a package sounds simple, it is not.

I’ll Have Waffles, Eggs, and a Package to Deliver (Roadie Partners with Waffle House)

Talking Logistics

Source: Roadie website. The post I’ll Have Waffles, Eggs, and a Package to Deliver (Roadie Partners with Waffle House) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

FedEx Elects Not to Match UPS in Holiday Peak Period Parcel Surcharges

Supply Chain Matters

FedEx has now elected not to add additional package surcharges for parcels during specific pre-holiday surge weeks that span Black Friday through the Christmas holiday. The carrier instead plans to hike fees for any larger dimensional packages shipped during the peak holiday period later this year. Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics FedEx Supply chain Matters blog

The Implications of FedEx’s Proposed Dimensional Pricing Change

Supply Chain Matters

For readers who are not familiar with dimensional pricing in transportation, the price of moving the package is pegged to the overall volume vs. primarily the weight of that package. Currently, dimensional pricing for FedEx is applied to packages that measure three cubic feet or greater. The proposed rate hike will apply to all ground shipped packages. The argument has been that higher cubed packages require added handling, logistics and transportation expense.

UPS Q1 Operating Results Imply Renewed Focus on Profitability- Implications for Online Fulfillment

Supply Chain Matters

Earlier this week, global package delivery provider UPS reported its first quarter operating results and provided a succinct message to online e-commerce customer fulfillment providers that the provider will protect its profitability in servicing this segment.

Breaking Transportation News: FedEx Announces Intent to Acquire TNT Express

Supply Chain Matters

Global package delivery and transportation provider FedEx announced today it has reached a conditional agreement of intention […]. Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics FedEx acquisition of TNT Express FedEx acquisitions global transportation and logistics trends Supply chain Matters blog

Investing in More Organic, Sustainable and Ethical Food Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters has featured numerous prior commentaries regarding the difficult challenges and structural business challenges facing large consumer packaged goods producers and their associated supply chain ecosystems. Yet while the industry continues to respond with severe cost cutting and a sense of crisis, the industry may well be overlooking the more important strategic need […].

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Compounding U.S. Port Congestion with Little Concerted Industry Actions

Supply Chain Matters

Today, The Wall Street Journal announced the launching of an editorial vertical to be termed WSJ Logistics Report, with the prime sponsor being global package delivery provider UPS whom will supplement this site’s dedicated subject-matter coverage with sponsored content, (supposedly to be cleared labeled). Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics blog commentary on the state of U.S.

The U.S. Postal Service Suddenly Changes the Dynamics of Parcel Shipping and Online Commerce

Supply Chain Matters

The agency aggressively cut shipping prices involving small packages in what the Wall Street Journal described as: “.aiming The steepest rate cuts are targeted to large volume shippers with packages of less than 5 pounds, with cuts involving other package weights and volumes. This week, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) suddenly changed the dynamics related to shipping costs in B2C/B2B online commerce and the beneficiaries may well be online customers and mass retailers.

FedEx Acquisition of TNT Express Clears European Regulatory Approval

Supply Chain Matters

In April of 2015, global package delivery and transportation provider FedEx announced its intention to acquire Europe based TNT Express in all cash offering for TNT stock. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics FedEx acquisition of TNT Express Supply chain Matters blogAt the time the transaction represented an implied value for Netherlands based TNT of approximately $4.8 billion. Last week a major regulatory hurdle was cleared regarding this acquisition. […].

This Week in Logistics News (February 21 – 27)

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Global Trade Inventory Management Just for Fun Labor Logistics Outsourcing Omni-channel logistics Procurement/Sourcing Retail This Week in News The times they are a-changing. This week’s news reflects some major changes, especially in the retail world. The West Coast port work stoppage has come to an end with a formal agreement in place after 9+ months of discussions.