January, 2019

Inventory Control Techniques for Effective Warehousing

SIPMM Professional Publications

Warehousing is the act of storing goods that will be sold or distributed later. While inventory control refers to “all aspects of managing a company’s inventories like purchasing, shipping, receiving, tracking, warehousing and storage, turnover and reordering.”

The wider impacts of Brexit in the UK

Insight Into Action

Why it’s not just logistics supply chains that directly trade between the UK and the EU that will be affected. In the UK, we have already seen the uncertainty leading up to the Brexit withdrawal date impacting the financial markets and the value of the GBP.

Don’t Wing It:  How Your Order Fulfillment Solution Is Like Flying an Airplane

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When I became a private-instrument-rated pilot, I strongly suspected it would help me overcome my fear of flying. And it did). What I didn’t know was that it would also equip me to be a better product fulfillment professional.

Lessons from Driving a Forklift

The Lean Thinker

The spring and summer of 2000 were a long time ago, but I learned some lessons during those months that have stayed with me. In fact, the learning from that experience is still happening as I continue to connect it to things I see today.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Cycle Counting Process

Cyzerg

The cycle counting process is one of the most tedious warehouse tasks, but is an important process to control for the prevention of potential sale losses. These losses stem from out-of-stock situations, which are brought on by inaccuracies in the inventory.

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4 Tips To Cut Costs In A Warehouse

Cerasis

Maximizing profits is the main point of running a business. If you’re running a warehouse, this will probably be your main goal, too. Competition is plentiful, and you’re always on the lookout for a way to get ahead.

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Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

AIMMS

Heineken is one of the world’s best-known beers. But for HEINEKEN International, the famed lager is only one of its products. The company owns more than 165 breweries around the world.

FULFILLMENT FOR DUMMIES: What Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Order Fulfillment Process

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

For online retailers, processing and delivering orders eats up a huge chunk of operating expenses. That’s why it pays to know as much as you can about this critical function. But here’s the problem: You’re a busy entrepreneur.

The Key to Leadership is Consistency

The Lean Thinker

In this video clip, author and speaker Simon Sinek articulately explains why the things that matter most aren’t measurable, nor can they be created over the short term. Watch the video, then I’d like to extend his thought process into continuous improvement.

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Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Shipper hackles rise as Hong Kong box terminals announce operating alliance

Supply Chain and Logistics

Sam Whelan penned a report on the alliance of four companies managing terminals at the Kwai Tsing terminals in Hong Kong. Apparently shippers are furious. They believe there will be collusion and rates will rise as a result. Rates are … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Shipping Strategy Supply Chains alliances China performance port management ports supply chains transportation

20 Things to Know About Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Artificial intelligence is a hot technology. But is is a complex subject. This article seeks to explain the concepts, and simplify them, by focusing on how these technologies are used in supply chain management. The post 20 Things to Know About Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Technologies

8 Ways for Truck Drivers to Eat Healthy While Driving

Cerasis

When you are driving a big rig you need to eat quickly so you can keep on moving. Sometimes you do not have time to stop for a good healthy meal.

Limping to war

Logistics in War

Preparedness and its paradoxes. By David Beaumont. Over time we lost strategic agility. Our units became hollow. Our ability to operate away from the Australian support base degraded dangerously. Our capacity to generate, sustain and rotate forces eroded.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Amware CEO Appears on Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Amware Fulfillment’s CEO, Harry Drajpuch, recently appeared on the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast to talk about all things fulfillment and promote Amware’s Fulfillment for Dummies eBook. You can listen to the interview here or search for "Entrepreneurs on Fire" within your favorite podcast app.

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Creating Resistance As You Go (Don’t)

The Lean Thinker

The role of “change agent” is actually a role of leadership. Leading change is difficult work that involves changes in the norms, routines, working relationships, behavior within and between groups.

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Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology

AIMMS

Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel producers. In fact, it’s very likely that Tata Steel plays a role in your life today, by providing raw material for the car you drive, the house you live in and the roads you drive through.

Why the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Desperately Needs Blockchain

Logistics Viewpoints

The Supply Chain from farm to table continues to increase in complexity with pressures from changing customer interests, regulatory controls, and global competition. Blockchain can aid in assuring a secure way to achieve traceability. The post Why the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Desperately Needs Blockchain appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Food & Beverage Industry Track and Trace blockchain

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blogs of 2018

Cerasis

Today, we continue our series highlighting our top blog posts of the year! We always enjoy the end of the year as it allows us to see what our readers really love.

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Extending Supply-Chain Innovation to the Small Farmer

Supply Chain Brain

State-of-the-art technology for managing global supply chains is beginning to percolate down to the individuals who need it most: small farmers in developing economies

The Wind(y City) at Your Back: Ten Reasons Why A Chicago Fulfillment Center Makes Sense

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

It’s often referred to as Second City. But when it comes to transportation and fulfillment, there are many reasons why Chicago is second-to-none.

Scientific Thinking vs. The Scientific Method

The Lean Thinker

My recent post, “ …but where is the problem solving? stirred up quite a bit of conversation and traffic. I would like to dig a little deeper into what “good problem solving” actually looks and sounds like – beyond the forms and tools. Underlying all good problem solving is scientific thinking. With it, I am constantly comparing what I think with what I observe , and looking at differences as evidence that what I think might need revision.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Is Automation the Answer to Last-Mile Delivery Pains?

Bringg

Automating your delivery operations chain is critical if you want to meet the new status quo for customer experience while maintaining profitability. Here’s why. Recently, we wrote about the ways in which rising customer demands are redefining last mile delivery across multiple industries.

2019 is the Year for Blockchain in Supply Chain Management, but Will it Have Legs?

Logistics Viewpoints

Starting in September 2019, Walmart will require suppliers of fresh, leafy greens to implement real-time, traceability of products back to the farm by participating in the Food Trust Consortium. The Food Trust consortium, run by IBM, is focused on using Blockchain for Supply Chain technologies. The post 2019 is the Year for Blockchain in Supply Chain Management, but Will it Have Legs? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Track and Trace blockchain IBM Walmart

What Are Dark Warehouses and What Do I Need to Know?

Cerasis

Demand to increase efficiency in warehouse management is at an all-time high. Warehouse managers also face challenges with finding and retaining the right talent, as well as added pressure from customers and shareholders alike.

What are supply chain professionals using to make network decisions? 

AIMMS

Part I in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . How does you r network design compare to others ?

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.