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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?

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

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The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? This requires a new broad look at the business of transportation supply chain, including supply chain management, logistics, & procurement.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

Procurement Leading Pharmaceutical Companies Through the Pandemic

Jaggaer

From early on in the Covid-19 pandemic , and for pretty obvious reasons , procurement in healthcare and pharmaceuticals has been in the spotlight like never before. Sourcing of alternate suppliers 57% Managing supplier risk (e.g.

From Exports to Delivery: Simplifying PPE Shipping

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Over the past several months, China has been the main source for PPE. For a closer look at how China’s regulations impact PPE shipping, check out our recent PPE exporting video featuring our director of product development, Vincent Wong. And due to the nature of the shipping industry, these regulations can change quickly—especially for medical grade equipment. As you might imagine, this has drastically changed normal market conditions for air shipping.

Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Many different terms, such as less-than-truckload (LTL), procurement and transportation management, describe supply chain management processes. For example, transportation management often focuses on the journey of products after manufacturing. Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. What Is Procurement Management?

Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Understanding today’s transportation market. Transportation capacity, namely truckload, is highly fragmented. Finding the sourcing, shipping, and delivery options you want, especially in times of disruption, starts with providers that can support your supply and demand requirements.

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. Transport optimization typically reduces spend by 5-15%. This ensures goods are shipped right the first time.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. When quick shipping is a must, having the ability to respond to a high volume of orders from many locations requires a denser infrastructure than most retailers have.

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Freight Procurement Solutions Are Transforming Supply Chains

Jaggaer

Why You Should Consider Freight Procurement Sourcing Solution. Procuring raw materials or finished goods is one thing, but the processing of moving those goods from one place to another brings its own set of challenges. Whether you’re in charge of ordering the “things” or managing how and where those things get from A to B, both sides of the procurement equation stand to benefit from freight procurement automation.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. When quick shipping is a must, having the ability to respond to a high volume of orders from many locations requires a denser infrastructure than most retailers have.

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Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

To prepare, stratify your suppliers into strategic, single source and high volume flows. Attempt to find alternate sources from geographical areas that are not projected in the path of Florence. Transportation will become more variable; and even scarce.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Cerasis

As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work. However, modern technologies are dramatically changing procurement trends and how procurement professionals operate and their role in the company. As a result, procurement seemed to have a technical speed limit.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.”

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Why do transportation budgets fail? It’s a thorny topic, even for transportation professionals trying to trace an increase back to its source. Imagine what it’s like for senior executives who have no background in transportation as they try to understand it. At a CSCMP conference session, participants offered case after case of how business decisions—both unintentional and intentional—can wreak havoc on transportation spend.

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions. Getting into transportation is a different topic entirely, one that demands a separate, more intricate look. Transportation Manager. Transportation Director. Transportation

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations. You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” And considering that our international tariff laws have been more dynamic in the past three years, shipping U.S.

Global TMS: An Always-Evolving Roadmap

Talking Logistics

This complexity is certainly evident in global logistics and ocean shipping, where shippers encounter many barriers to enabling a streamlined process, including: Inefficient Processes : A lot of shippers resort to manual processes to procure capacity and communicate shipment details with the many parties involved in ocean movements. Anthony has 16+ years of transportation and software experience.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. 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.

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

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While knowing where food is sourced, how it’s transported, and other supply chain questions may not feel like it has much to do with efficiency, you might be surprised. Maybe the need for multiple SKUs is affecting how you ship.

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Freight Consolidation for Full Truckload: The Hidden Gem of Full Truckload Shipping

Cerasis

Full truckload shipping is generally less expensive than other over the road transportation modes. Instead of throwing in the towel, shippers can leverage full truckload shipping to ship LTL shipments in the back of a full-size van or trailer. Unfortunately, the surrounding LTL shipping has resulted in an unusual problem; shippers are turning to LTL-exclusive shipments, which can significantly drive up freight spend.

How Blockchain Could Create the 'Autonomous Container'

Supply Chain Brain

There’s nothing new, for example, about a carrier’s ability to monitor the interior temperature and humidity of a shipping container while in transit. Ettl says that drawback can be addressed through the use of Hyperledger , an open-sourced collaborative effort to develop blockchain technologies across industries. One can imagine a world in which blockchain becomes an indispensable part of tracking and monitoring all types of containers, via multiple modes of transportation.

10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic!

Supply Chain Game Changer

And with less manufacturing output there were fewer container ships leaving Asia full of goods meaning activity in ports in North America and Europe would slow down rather quickly. Borders were closed, air travel curtailed if not suspended outright, cruise ships were quarantined, tourism plummeted, restaurants and theatres were closed, and entertainment and sporting events and leagues were cancelled. This Supply Chain mapping must also include your transportation service suppliers.

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COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Logistics Bureau

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. The pandemic, however, has exposed the risk, like never before, of concentrating sources in one location—especially when it’s far away from a company’s headquarters and markets.

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Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

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. By aligning elements of a supply chain to various geographies, it’s simple to drive efficiency and reduce shipping timelines.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Instead of having to deal with an ineffective point-to-point communication system like EDI and the complexity of reconciling multiple data sources with multiple permission models, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provides a singular mechanism to securely integrate, harmonize, and synchronize data for all participants. Source ] Blockchain can help mitigate these losses and their associated disputes. Blockchain Omnichannel Supply Chain Transportation Management

The Origins of Category Management

Supply Chain View from the Field

This impacted transportation costs, resins, chemical feedstocks, and a whole bunch of other areas. Chrysler didn’t have the leverage that Ford or GM did –and so they leveraged it and got them to drop ship steel directly into the suppliers. They would bid and source only part at a time! I was fortunately enough to have a fascinating discussion with Steve Zimmer, who currently leads a team at US Car.

Carriers, You’re in the Information-Handling Business Too (Takeaways from McLeod Software User Conference 2015)

Talking Logistics

At the recent McLeod Software User Conference , however, I delivered a keynote address to over 1,000 attendees, and most of them were carriers and transportation service providers. How do you plan for the future of transportation? I answered that question by focusing on three trends in the spotlight today — 3D printing, driverless trucks, and drones — and how they might impact WHAT is shipped, WHERE it’s shipped to and from, and HOW it’s shipped.

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

Supply Chain Brain

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). For the transportation function alone, Schneider Electric had some 1,450 suppliers. customs, shipping lines and a lead logistics provider. “We’ll

Moving Up The Corporate Ladder, Does Your Freight Spend Have A Seat At The Table?

4WL Consulting

The previous decade has seen many companies, mainly those handling manufacturing operations, change how sourcing of direct materials is executed – from an administrative function to a somewhat strategic procurement approach that has seen the creation of a new position “the Chief Procurement Officer.” ” Similar transformational patterns have also been seen in the transportation industry.

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It’s About Time for a new “World Class Supply Chain” Paradigm

NC State SCRC

As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. Over time, the terms “strategic sourcing” and “logistics integration” were coined, which largely involved combining volumes of requirements from across the business, grouping them into large bids, and driving down costs due to larger quantity discounts achieved. Leveraging and strategic sourcing has gotten in the way of that.

Top 10 Global Supply Chain Risks

Supply Chain Game Changer

Risk management strategies of yesteryear are ineffective in the changing landscape, and no type of transport can avoid risks. For instance, the bankruptcy of South Korea’s 7th largest shipping company (Hanjin Shipping) led to a dramatic reduction in global supply chain shipping capacity. Shippers need to re-evaluate ocean route use and determine which carriers can increase shipping in anticipation of tropical storms. Transport Loss. Subscribe Here!

Twitter Insights from GT Nexus Bridges 2015 Conference

Talking Logistics

One area in particular, which both Sean Feeney and Kurt Cavano (Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at GT Nexus) highlighted in their keynote presentations, is Transportation Management Systems (TMS). On top of this platform, GT Nexus has provided various transportation management applications, such as transportation sourcing, which has been a strength for the company, especially in facilitating ocean transportation bids. Transportation Analytics.