March, 2020

Blockchain Technology – 4 Questions to Consider Before Adopting it

Morai Logistics

Blockchain technology could be critical to supply chains going forward, but its implementation shouldn’t be taken for granted. Blockchain, despite the many concerns remaining around it, continues gaining traction in the world of supply chains. This interest is only being accelerated by the increased digitization of supply chains operations by businesses. As such, increasingly, companies are either entering the consideration phase or early adoption phase in regards to the technology.

Pick and Pack Process: Challenges and Optimization

Cyzerg

The pick and pack process is one of the crucial warehouse processes that can affect your perfect order rate. Failing to optimize it will lead to delayed order fulfillment and, eventually, reduced customer satisfaction. So, in this article, we will be discussing the definition of the pick and pack process, the challenges associated with it, and some ways to optimize the process. Warehouse Operations

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Coronavirus Measures Lead Amazon Sellers to Explore Alternatives to FBA

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Amazon has just announced that it is barring independent sellers from shipping items other than medical supplies, household staples and other priority goods to its warehouses until at least April 5. Get details in this Business Insider article. The retailer is transforming its operations to adapt to the Coronavirus pandemic, prioritizing items in highest demand. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) order fulfillment

Truckers have a role to play in fighting coronavirus spread

Truck News

Over the last few weeks, it has been impossible to go online, turn on the TV, or listen to the radio without being immersed in news media coverage of the Covid-19/coronavirus epidemic. The severity of the situation has been difficult … Health & Safety Transportation coronavirus Health and Safety Newsletter

New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. To do this, teams are finding that they need to perform network assessments more regularly and in-house. Scenario modeling is emerging as a key capability. To help you start 2021 strong, we updated our popular Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings.

The Digitization of Customer Order Channels

Talking Logistics

If you’re a supplier, nothing makes you happier than receiving a customer order—and the more orders you get, the better. However, there are many different ways for customers to transmit those orders, from highly automated approaches to manual entry. What challenges does this create for suppliers? How can technology and digital networks streamline and automate. Read more The Digitization of Customer Order Channels.

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Is Microfullfillment the Answer to Rising Online Grocery Costs?

Logistics Trends and Insights

by Amy Wunderlin. Online orders represent a small percentage of the $800 billion grocery industry—about 3.5% of food and beverage sales, according to market researcher Forrester. The potential, however, is immense, with eMarketer projecting that e-commerce sales of food and beverage ($22.63 billion in 2019) will double by 2022. But meeting that rising demand and evolving customer expectations come at a cost.

How 3PLs can keep your supply chain operations moving during COVID-19

West Coast and California Logistics

When a disaster strikes such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a time when your business will truly need the support of its supply chain partners. Many 3PLs are showing that they will go to great lengths to ensure the continuity of customers’ operations. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways your 3PL can keep your products flowing during this crisis – and what you can do to help. Third Party Logistics 3PL

Are You Considering Purchasing Electric Trucks? There is a Lot to Think About

Logistics Viewpoints

Companies with sustainability initiatives related to reducing greenhouse trucks often consider purchasing electric trucks. But companies need to pay attention to more than the purchase price. In particular, considerations surrounding the charging infrastructure can be complex. The post Are You Considering Purchasing Electric Trucks? There is a Lot to Think About appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Transportation electric trucks

Warehouse Slotting: Low-Hanging Fruit for Labor Savings

Kane is Able

After inventory costs, labor is your biggest cost bucket in the warehouse. If you can increase efficiency on the warehouse floor, it’s realistic to drive labor costs down up to 20% – even without automation. That money drops straight to the bottom line. Labor savings are a product of reduced time and touches, and there are dozens of strategies you could pursue to achieve these objectives. But one strategy – warehouse slotting – is both under-rated and under-utilized.

The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

Building Strategic Partnerships with 3PLs and Carriers with Don Dovgin

The Logistics of Logistics

The post Building Strategic Partnerships with 3PLs and Carriers with Don Dovgin appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Podcast

The Key to Innovation is Iterate and Test

The Lean Thinker

Key points from this great TED talk by Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab. You can’t plan the path, you can only set the direction. He talks about the “compass” guiding a project that followed a route which was totally unpredictable. There was no way to plan out the path to success from the beginning. Instead, at each step, they asked “Where are we now?” ” “What do we need to do next?” ” “What’s in the way of doing that?”

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Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Replenishment Process

Cyzerg

The warehouse replenishment process pushes managers to walk a very thin line between understocking and overstocking. Failure to replenish inventory properly can stem from not having the right tools, unpredictable markets, and a lack of performance measurements in place. So, here are some of the best practices and tools that warehouse managers can use to optimize their inventory replenishment process and increase efficiency. Warehouse Operations

Multi-Channel Madness: How to Pick the Best Omni-Channel Distribution Partner

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Normally, March Madness in basketball would be reaching its fevered pitch right about now. But this year it has been replaced by another kind of madness, which we’re all fighting through together. But we were feeling wistful about not being able to build a 2020 bracket, so we decided to apply our bracketology skills to help solve a difficult challenge: how to choose an omni channel distribution partner. The wrong partner can do serious, lasting damage to your business. Multi Channel Fulfillment

How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

The Autonomous Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort to reduce congestion on the city streets, built a beer pipeline under the streets. The pipeline is capable of carrying […].

How Technology Drives Track-and-Trace Trends in Food Logistics

Food Logistics

Here’s how the demand for real-time visibility and technology improvements drive growth in track-and-trace options. 3PL/4PL

Robots are Shaping the Future of Warehouse Operations

Kuebix

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics have all become hot topics when it comes to the future of the supply chain. Advanced robotics are already being utilized in warehouses around the world. As robots continue to prove themselves through real-life applications, this field of technology is on course to solidify its presence in warehousing. Here […]. The post Robots are Shaping the Future of Warehouse Operations appeared first on Kuebix.

Simon Sinek – Remote Teaming Tips

The Lean Thinker

How Remote Teams Can Connect Meaningfully – Simon Sinek – March 20, 2020. We are all being pushed into the zone beyond our knowledge base right now – having to rapidly adapt and adjust to different ways of working together. This morning Craig Stritar forwarded a cool little video to me from Simon Sinek’s YouTube channel.

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Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Orchestrating the Supply Chain Platforms

SIPMM Professional Publications

The supply chain today is becoming globalized where multiple parties are involved in the manufacturing value chain from order fulfillment to delivery. Companies pursuing growth will have to strategize to deal with this emerging global trend and complexity that promises quicker lead times, increased options and expanded product portfolios. According to insights from McKinsey, by […]. The post Orchestrating the Supply Chain Platforms appeared first on SIPMM INSTITUTE.

Why are E-retailers with a Single Shipping Fulfillment Center at Risk?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Internet Retailer recently polled 100 E-retailers about their fulfillment networks. According to the survey report , about half of those businesses deliver orders nationally from a single shipping fulfillment center. Not only does this strategy limit delivery speed and increase parcel shipping costs, it creates huge risk of a wholesale business interruption. Logistics Outsourcing Parcel Transportation eCommerce Fulfillment order fulfillment

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Start Planning for the Coronavirus Now! 20 Things to Keep in Mind

Logistics Viewpoints

Start making your contingency plans for coronavirus immediately. Here are 20 things to keep in mind. The post Start Planning for the Coronavirus Now! 20 Things to Keep in Mind appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Risk Management coronavirus

ACT Research: COVID-19 Impacts North American Commercial Vehicle Markets

Food Logistics

The N.A. CV OUTLOOK is a robust report that forecasts the future of the industry, looking at the next 1-5 years. Safety & Security

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

Getting Through the COVID-19 Crisis: Advice for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals

Talking Logistics

Back in December, when we were making supply chain and logistics predictions for 2020, none of us envisioned the situation the world finds itself in today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it’s all said and done, there will be many lessons learned, but the question right now is: How can supply chain and logistics. Read more Getting Through the COVID-19 Crisis: Advice for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals.

Ghost Victories – an excerpt from Upstream by Dan Heath

The Lean Thinker

The link to the image takes you to the Amazon listing for the book. If you happen to order it, I get a small kickback, no cost to you, Just FYI. Dan Heath has just published a new book, Upstream : The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. I just got the book, and am reading it now. I think there is going to be a lot of good material to discuss here. But this post is about a marketing email with an excerpt really resonated with me, and I want to discuss that.

Shortages in Medical Supplies Linked to Imports

Logistics Trends and Insights

Disruptions in global trade have impacted businesses across all industries as well as by consumers at the cash register. Tariffs, political upheaval and more have caused many to rethink their stance on globalization. But perhaps the biggest mind shift will come from the pandemic as the death rate climbs around the world. Medical supply shortages are being reported across the U.S. and in other countries. Indeed, here in the U.S.,

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Eliminate Marketing Collateral Chaos with Custom Kitting

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

If you were interviewing for a new job, you would dress appropriately – in effect, “package” yourself – in order to make a favorable first impression on your potential new boss. Marketing collateral is often your company’s first tangible contact with prospective customers. Shouldn’t it be attractively packaged, too? Spoiler alert: the answer is “yes.” And the best way to do that is through custom kitting. Marketing Fulfillment packaging

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!