May, 2015

The Manufacturing Renaissance: This Ain’t Your Grandpappy’s Manufacturing Industry

Cerasis

Manufacturing Renaissance?…… …… But, Change is Bad… Right? Humanity walks a pathway between the past and the future. When a society does not understand the mistakes and innovations of the past, it will experience them once more in the future.

Highlights from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference 2015

AIMMS

This month, I had the pleasure of attending Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix. The theme of the event was “ The Art of Supply Chain: Creative Solutions for the Next Generation.” Its agenda included over 60 sessions covering the full spectrum of supply chain—from strategy and planning to distribution and logistics. In almost every way this is a large and very professionally run conference with over 1500 attendees, everything you would expect from a Gartner event.

Inventory to Sales Ratio is Not Showing a Pretty Picture - Macroeconomic Monday is Back!

10xLogistics

All the data I am seeing is indicating some real softness in the economy. At first, people thought it was the weather and then we went to the port strike.

The Future of 3PL and Mobile Technology

Apparel Logistics

Mobile technology is changing the world of business. Today's workers are more untethered and on the go than ever, working on smartphones and tablets from airports, hotels, coffee shops—anywhere they happen to be. In an industry that's all about managing the supply and distribution of materials and goods, it's no surprise that mobile technology is becoming the go-to tool for efficiency and economy for third party logistics providers

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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.

Yemen: How is WFP supporting the humanitarian community?

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WFP/Sasha Hafez. 1) Setting-up a strategic staging area in Djibouti for rapid dispatch of food and relief items.

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4 Companies Driving Transportation Technology Innovation

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Historically, new technologies have been slow to come to, and be adopted by, the transportation industry. However, several innovative companies are challenging this norm.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

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When someone hears the company name “Walmart” several things come to mind from a pop culture standpoint. From the bullying of getting small town business out of business, to the famous “People of Walmart,” to the genearl low approval rating by consumers.

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

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Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 3 Core Supply Chain Management Trends Gearing Up to Change SCM Forever

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Jabil sponsored a global Dimensional Research survey to capture hard data on current experiences, challenges and trends with the supply chains of electronics manufacturing companies.

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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.

Why Are There Fewer US Manufacturing Jobs Today? 4 Driving Forces to Understand

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With the release of the May 8, 2015 Jobs Report , many businesses and employees within the manufacturing industry have grown concerned. According to the report, the average number of total US manufacturing jobs in the United States changed very little since April.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Manufacturing Innovation Hubs Revitalize American Manufacturing

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The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain. We have an employment skills gap , an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance.

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[Infographic]: How Visual Aids Can Improve Safety in the Workplace

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Today we bring you some digestible information around safety in the workplace. Our aim at Cerasis continues and will always be to provide the most important information to those in the manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and logistics industry.

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Supply Chain Visibility Not Just a Requirement for the C-Suite, But a Responsibility in Management

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Transparent supply chain management and effective supply chain visibility is a critical tool in a company’s continued growth and successful brand image.

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Digital Disruption: Closing the Connectivity Gap in Manufacturing with Digital Operations

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A global marketplace is emerging that represents a huge opportunity for manufacturing. But the market is segmented, demanding specialization that will be tough for traditional manufacturers to handle.

7 Distribution Operations Issues Highlighted in Industrial Distribution’s 68th Annual Survey

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The results have been tabulated for the 68th annual Survey of Distribution Operations. This report is crucial in determining the direction in which the distribution business is headed.

The 4 Step Process to Integrate a New TMS into Existing Logistics Systems from a TMS Provider

Cerasis

Human civilization once viewed the supply chain as a simple, easy-to-understand process. One person provided a resource, such as steel, to another group of people, who then sent along the items to the final person in the chain.

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Using Big Data to Drive Manufacturing Sales: 3 Big Takeaways from the USMTO Reports

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How Can USMTO Reports Help Drive Manufacturing Sales and your Bottom Line? The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) data report is compiled monthly by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Who is Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)?

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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.

4 Possible Supplier & Carrier Risk Areas to Check During Pickups & Deliveries

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Is a 3PL Service Provider Right for Your Company? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post, republished with permission, from the Fronetics Supply Chain & Logistics blog. Fronetics is an inbound digital marketing agency specializing in the supply chain and logistics verticals.

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5 Areas of Focus to Personalize the E-Commerce Experience in an Omni-Channel Supply Chain World

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Editor’s Note: Omni- and multi- channel is transforming transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. And omni-channel isn’t just for retailers anymore.

Value-adding Features of a Great Freight Rating System Within a TMS

Cerasis

Freight rating software is a necessity for shippers and 3PLs. There is more at stake in the choice of a freight rating system. One that is integrated with TMS offers more value for customers and better leverage when negotiating contracts with additional features providing the latest data.

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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.

4 Sneaky Accounting Errors That Can Drive Up Your Freight Broker Bond Cost

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from Lance Surety Bond , a provider of freight broker bonds, among many others. Cerasis holds a $250,000 freight broker bond, and all 3PLs who handle transportation management must have a freight broker bond in order to do business.

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

Cerasis

In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. In order to implement this visibility, it is crucial that companies take into consideration many elements. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Supplier Quality Management processes and how to evaluate your suppliers from Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain. We have talked a great deal about the evaulation of suppliers on our blog and this post continues that great tradition. When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands.

The Bold Pursuit of Chasing Your Dreams in Business….Oh What Dreams May Come

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Hopefully, it won’t surprise you for me to tell you that most of our office hours this year have been focused on filing tax returns and cutting our clients’ taxes to the bone !But But here’s where some of our thinking here at eTruckerTax might surprise you a little. You see, running a business with success requires more than just protecting yourself against overpaying needless income taxes, tax audits and profit-sucking overhead.

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.