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In a perfect world, manufacturers with global supply chains would be able to keep inventory off their books right up until it is sold—and deliver those goods to customers from local distribution centers to provide the fast delivery that customers expect. And while the supply chain...

There’s a lot of capital tied up in traditional supply chain operations. And in particular, capital tends to get tied up in processes related to managed inventory, goods in-transit, and forecasting for expedites. Until recently, there were few supply chain solutions capable of mitigating these...

Poor inventory management is a major contributor to supply chain cost. Traditional inventory management processes, while effective, leave several logistics and performance gaps that can reduce an organization’s profitability: Global process inconsistency among supply chain partners Forecasting errors related to overproduction of inventory when demand...

It’s well known that inventory management is a key driver of supply chain value. No other logistics area contributes as much to supply chain cost reduction. Unfortunately, the average business’s inventory management strategy has struggled to keep pace with the global, multi-party outsourcing of the...

Modern supply chains are always changing. The state of the industry is evolving, with more businesses adapting their supply chain infrastructure to try to create competitive advantage. But in a world of globalized and complex supply chains, this is no easy task. Even modest supply...

Transportation expenses are a significant part of supply chain costs. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the most difficult variables to optimize. Cost-efficient transportation relies on each supply chain vendor to route inventory along optimal distribution routes, but in our era of globalized supply chains, optimized shipping...

Greater capacity is an understandable goal in supply chain optimization, but current the current state of inventory management makes it nearly impossible to achieve. Businesses struggle to meet customer needs during periods of peak demand, and they invest substantial sums in increasing capacity to meet...

Many third-party logistics (3PL) companies promise to optimize the supply chain through minor tweaks to established workflows. And while most supply chains have plenty of room for improvement, fine-tuning optimizations are not enough these days to provide true competitive advantage. According to 2016 research by APICS,...

In part one of our series on environmental assessment, we discussed the concept of “following the frog” and how transportation logistics providers must make sustainability a priority in supply chain optimization. Here, we’ll review how these providers can begin these assessments and what steps can be...

Logistics are all about efficiency. And of the numerous efficiency metrics that logistics companies monitor daily, we posit a new one: “Does your transportation logistics company follow the frog?” Follow the Frog What exactly does it mean to follow the frog? Those familiar with environmental sustainability may already know. “The...