Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now… Robotics

Logistics Bureau

From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways—function and form included. Affected by changes in production, procurement and distribution methods, warehousing has continually been pushed and pulled in different directions. Just-in-time techniques have led to more products arriving directly from manufacturing to the end-customer, shrinking warehouse use. Where to Do Your Warehousing. Who Will Do Your Warehousing?

Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives


A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. In today's modern society, often, the stop gap in efficient productivity in your warehouse is typically one of two things: bad process & getting caught up in the weeds of tactics. 5 Key Areas to Focus on in the Pursuit of Warehouse Cost Savings.

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What Does Augmented Analytics Mean for Procurement?


And that, of course, includes procurement professionals. So, let’s examine Gartner’s words in more detail, but from the specific perspective of procurement. As is well known, procurement generates massive volumes of data. In the past, if a procurement professional wanted to run a query against data to determine what might happen in future (e.g. An obstacle to more rapid progress is the lack of relevant skills in many procurement organizations.

How Banks Can Improve Transparency in Procurement for Better Compliance


Procurement in Banking also faces unique challenges due to the tough regulatory compliance environment that sets limits on how Banks can achieve goals like cutting costs. The bank’s Chief Procurement Officer may want to change vendor. But if (as is likely) the vendor is also a customer, for example one that recently received finance for a new warehouse, the Chief Operating Officer and customer relationship managers may have other ideas.

Contingent Workforce is a Major Focus for Procurement


Brian Hoffmeyer from IQ Navigator, a procure to pay solution, spoke today at IBM’s Empower event on this trend, and the implications for procurement. I had the opportunity to sit in on this presentation and get some takeaways… Several factors are driving the move towards contingent labor. Contingent labor spans everything from temporary warehouse workers, consultant, and project workers. The number of workers who are “contingent is growing rapidly.

Assessing the True Return of Procurement Transformation on Total Shareholder Return: A Tough Proposition


In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “ The Procurement Value Proposition “, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key. Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek to provide an answer to the question “how far along are you relative to your peers in your procurement transformation journey”, and “which processes are lagging compared to your peers?”

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The UNICEF Supply Chain

SCM Research

I was very impressed by interesting presentations about UNICEF’s supply chain and the processes of their almost fully automated warehouse. Practice Humanitarian Logistics Logistics Procurement Supply Chain ManagementLast week, I visited UNICEF’s Supply and Logistics headquarters in Copenhagen, together with my International Logistics Management students from Copenhagen Business School.

Procurement Dashboards – 2020 analytical vision


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Follow our 5 steps for 2020 procurement dashboard vision. Follow our 5 steps for 2020 procurement dashboard vision. Why build procurement dashboards? With the huge amount of business information available and data visualisation tools to use, dashboards have become essential tools for Procurement. Identifying the key information requirements for your procurement dashboards is critical.

Focusing on Efficiency: Setting Foodservice Up for Success in Changing Market Conditions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Often, these areas of opportunity present themselves when your organization or the market is fluctuating. Collaboration combined with the scale to offer new technologies and execute on advancements in transportation, warehousing, and operational areas can set your business apart.

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Supply Chain Event 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Supply Chain Event is the cutting-edge trade event of the year, presenting new solutions and technologies to optimize operations for an audience of 3000 supply chain managers and project officers. With benchmark business case presentations and opportunities to network with experts, software publishers and hardware suppliers, Supply Chain Event – a trade show, conference program, and business forum rolled into one – is a chance to drive digital transformation projects forward.

Ultimate guide to technologies that are transforming supply chains

6 River Systems

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning A variety of other technologies, such as robots and advanced warehouse management systems, leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for data-driven decision-making. Robotics enabled with AI and ML augment the work of humans in warehouses and distribution centers. Inventory optimization: Coupled with demand forecasting, predictive analytics enables warehouses and DCs to optimize inventory levels.

Procurement Dashboards – 2020 analytical vision


5 steps for 2020 procurement dashboard vision. Why build procurement dashboards? Then you could benefit from building procurement dashboards. With the huge amount of business information available and data visualisation tools to use, dashboards have become essential tools for Procurement. Identifying the key information requirements for your procurement dashboards is critical. Start by considering what your procurement dashboards need to contain.

WMS Cybersecurity: Top 7 Reasons to Think of Security During Implementation

Veridian Solutions

Supply chain management is filled with risks, and Warehouse Managers need to start thinking about WMS cybersecurity during implementation, explains Cerasis, processes too. Warehouse Managers that take the time to consider cybersecurity during new system implementations can ensure the best possible outcomes. Focus on warehousing and logistics. Risks aren’t limited to warehousing either. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

24 supply chain experts & business leaders reveal the #1 challenge of supply chain management (and how to solve it)

6 River Systems

“I predict we will see a greater adoption of automated tools assisting, rather than replacing, humans in specific roles within our supply chains: warehouse, manufacturing and distribution.” ” For example, collaborative mobile robots like Chuck by 6 River Systems leverage AI and machine learning to optimize pick routes in real-time and prioritizing tasks based on current conditions on the warehouse floor. Warehouse Operations

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. Break down your supply chain functional silos. This advice is not new.

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50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

“With better communication tools present, businesses can also build their collaborative rapport across the supply chain to eliminate confusion. Implement supply chain actions, including with internal procurement teams, with suppliers and through broader collaboration, and develop measurable targets for these efforts. “As for your internal systems, real-time inventory management helps you manage your fulfillment warehouses. Warehouse Operations

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Exhibitors at Multimodal represent every logistics sector – road, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, storage services. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Multimodal 2015. Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Venue: NEC Birmingham. Organiser: Clarion Events.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Supply Chain involves planning, execution, physical flows of goods, the flow of information, processes, financial management, sourcing, logistics, procurement, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, repair and recycling, business management and much, much more. These jobs could involve working in a Warehouse, Distribution Centre, Manufacturing operation, or in an Office environment, or all of the above. supplychainmanagement #humanresources #procurement #logistics #jobs.

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The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was joined by one of my former NC State students, Scott Frahm, who sat in on a few of the presentations. The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. All of a sudden, everyone is “knocking on the door” of procurement and logistics, asking for cost improvements. Other presentations at the conference included a discussion of compliance in the global supply chain.

Embracing the Macro Growth in Micro Supply Chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This rapid growth is presenting new challenges for stakeholders across the grocery and perishables industry and fresh opportunities to capture additional market share. . Warehouse operations located closer to retail stores help keep coolers stocked with appealing “fresh-to-go” selections, allowing grocers to refill these foods quickly. Managed Procurement Services (MPS Retail grocery ecommerce sales are up about 35% year-over-year.

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Streamline your Entire Distribution Centre or Warehouse at One Time!

Supply Chain Game Changer

That had contributed to the nature of the present layout since making only incremental changes suboptimized the overall efficiency of the operation over time. Selected as one of the Top 75 Supply Chain blogs, and one of the Top 25 Procurement blogs, on the Internet. The post Streamline your Entire Distribution Centre or Warehouse at One Time! Subscribe Here! Email Address.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

With how quickly new technology, tips and warehouse management techniques are emerging, wouldn’t it be nice to take a page from someone else’s book? Boot Barn @bootbarn In 2016, Boot Barn improved operations at its distribution center in Fontana, California by implementing HighJump’s Warehouse Advantage WMS. As of mid-2017, 80% of the company’s shipments out of its warehouse were going to areas other than California and New York. Warehouse Efficiency

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

And every one of these activities involves multiple participants from various levels of suppliers to warehouses to distribution centres to ocean carriers to trucking companies to rail carriers to retail stores and ultimately to end customers. Unless there is some value-added processing involved in moving goods to another distribution centre or warehouse then enabling the direct shipment (ie. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Want Success?

Spreadsheets – A History and a Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most of us create, use, present and work with at least one spreadsheet each and every day. I was transferred to a new job as the Company’s Warehouse Space Planner. With over a dozen warehouse facilities in operation, pending implementation of a new Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS), changing product lines and skus, and an increasingly global supply base this was an exciting opportunity for me. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems


Contract analytics can provide a summary view on performance and pricing deviations, risks, statistics (expiry, renewal and pending), procurement and sales metrics. In a presentation at the EMPOWER conference held in Orlando, a large utility shared how procurement had used the decision-making algorithm embedded in the Emptoris suite of tools to guide users into the appropriate contractual mechanism.

WES in 2020: Why Combined WES and WMS Functions Build Supply Chain Power

Veridian Solutions

There was a time when warehouses were simpler and easier to manage. Now, the strong demand for e-commerce, SKU proliferation, and supporting systems enable warehouses to rival the size of a large shopping mall. Functions traditionally left solely under the realm of a warehouse management system (WMS), such as inventory management, are no longer distinct from those of warehouse control systems (WCS). Therefore, an omnichannel warehouse is the only solution.”.

5 Strategies for Retailers to Combat the Coronavirus Impact


Meeting their real-time expectations can rather present better avenues for retailers in these trying times of declining sales. With this, retailers can also save a lot on costs in terms of stock procurement. Automated Catalog Listing Inventory & Order Management Omnichannel Experience Warehousing & Fulfillment Multi-brand Retailers 3PLs Sellers Industry Insights eCommerce Corona Virus Covid-19 Retail Industry

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

The list is presented in the order the responses were received in: 1) Andreas Wieland , Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School Successful supply chain management means that organizations are well-orchestrated in an end-to-end value network. That said, implementing Lean concepts would undoubtedly be part of that strategy, for example, - Lean Warehousing : Many firms (both retailers and manufacturers) are now aggressively rolling out Lean in their warehouse operations.

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Optimising M&M Spares Supply Chain – LogiSYM August 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Additionally, M&M SBU has created a closed-loop process for monitoring procurement and warehouse activities to support the fulfilment of the sales plan. 10% increase in both forecast accuracy and revenue. 15% decrease in inventory. 10% increase in service levels.

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Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Robots, drones, conveyance and automatic sortation are elements of present day and future supply chains that will continue to evolve. Additionally the ability of computers to learn and analyze will allow for the creation of information analyzed and presented to those in need. This will include every step and process within the manufacturing line, warehouse or distribution centre of your company or that of one of your suppliers. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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

6 River Systems

This should tell us if the supplier values those things our organization does and provide some measure of present competency and direction and investment in future competencies. Cut inventory costs Be it a brick and mortar store or an online business, inventory is always present and it costs money. You also have to consider storage costs, warehouse maintenance costs, ordering new items, packaging, vendor costs — all these require spending money. Warehouse Efficiency

Is it time to say goodbye to RFIs?


Procurement then pulls together a summary file with the vendors’ different scores for the supply chain decision maker to evaluate. As Lora Cecere writes , “RFPs and PowerPoint presentations are the worst way to buy decision support technologies like supply chain planning.” “Most companies ask the wrong questions and consequently have the wrong discussions.” M anage stock in the warehouse and manage spare parts . Supply chain software is changing.

Lars Syberg : “Taming Tigers’ supply chain is a real challenge”

Supply Chain Movement

It is present in 21 countries, has over 325 stores, and over the last five years sales have grown 40% per year, reaching DKK 1.75 I’ve been setting up a simple S&OP process that involves the expansion, procurement, finance and supply chain departments. I’m directly involved with inbound, outbound and warehousing as well as sourcing, most of which is done in the Far East. If you’ve not been into a Tiger store yet, it probably won’t be long before you do.

A Journey to the Cloud Enables the Push to a Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

At Schneider Electric , the global purveyor of energy management and industrial automation systems, the cloud presented an opportunity to undertake a wholesale digital transformation of its supply chain. At the time, it was operating across a platform of approximately 125 enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, 30 warehouse-management systems (WMS) and a smattering of transportation-management systems (TMS). The company’s array of WMS software presents a particular challenge.

The Changing Landscape of Real Estate in the Logistics Industry

Logistics Bureau

This article delves into the changes that new commercial business models, customer expectations, and technology are bringing about in the logistics environment, focusing particularly on how those changes are impacting the planning, procurement, design, layout, and operation of distribution centres. Instead of shipping orders consolidated onto pallets bound for retail outlets, the warehouse is the point of origin for small orders dispatched directly to customers’ homes.