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Where are the choke points in your supply chain?

UPDATE: On Monday, March 29th, 2021, the Ever Given was freed and continued its journey northward, allowing for the passage of over 360 ships that had impacted about 15% of the entire world's container capacity. Bon Voyage!

Last week was the beginning of one of those rare weeks when you could tune into your daily news broadcast and hear your usual news readers interviewing supply chain analysts, shipping company representatives and logistics experts almost every day – a group of professional profiles that you almost never see on the national news!

Topics: News Warehouse Management Supply Chain warehouse safety

The Evolving Changes in Supply Chain Planning

With the disruptions in supply chains all over the world making headlines in mainstream news channels, it’s a good time to revisit some basics on Supply Chain Planning (SPC) given that we now see a lot of businesses being forced to devote a lot more attention to this critical skill area than they may have before – because they did not have to.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Planning

Prevent Theft in your Warehouse - (Inspired by Amazon News)

Theft from the supply chain is an old problem that even the newest facilities can’t entirely eliminate. A recent arrest in the Seattle area showed just how big a dent a small group of industrious thieves can make in even the biggest player in the industry.

Topics: Warehouse Management Supply Chain Security

Keeping Pace with Amazon in the Next Decade

Amazon Prime has set the standard for speedy delivery to consumers since 2005, putting pressure on brick-and-mortar and ecommerce retailers alike. Their more recent same-day shipping advancements as well as creative delivery options, like leaving packages inside consumers’ homes and vehicles have earned them notoriety as the preeminent retailer nationwide. These order fulfillment improvements have also drastically reset consumer expectations.

Topics: Supply Chain Shipping Speed Planning

Register Today: How to Win the Talent War in Supply Chain

Join Us on Friday, March 22nd 

With the growth of e-commerce, a strong economy, and a shortage of nearly 1M warehouse workers, the pressure to hire, train, and retain quality talent has never been more challenging.

Please join us Friday, March 22nd at Bryant University
& discover the new talent that will soon be ready
to join the supply chain workforce in 2019. 
Topics: Supply Chain Event Staffing WERC

The Hidden Costs of Reverse Logistics

While logistics is typically forward-facing, focusing on the details and costs associated with getting items produced and delivered to end users, reverse logistics is concerned with the analysis of products going in the opposite direction.

Moving items backwards in the supply chain is how companies recoup value from products that are not useful in their current state or location, making reverse logistics just as important for effective supply chain management.

Topics: Supply Chain Cost Reduction MotionMeter

The Growing Importance of Reverse Logistics

Reverse logistics is already a fast-growing element of manufacturing and distribution, but lacks the wider understanding it deserves. As a result, many businesses that are unwittingly executing on reverse logistics are missing an opportunity to make it a smooth, efficient and potentially profitable part of their business as they would expect from other process areas.

Topics: Manufacturing Supply Chain 3PL

An Introduction to Warehouse and Logistics Software – Part II

As we said in Part One, (Here, in case you missed it), a short series of articles on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)  we did had some excellent feedback that compelled us to share some similar info for the Warehouse and Logistics space. (See parts One, Two and Three here). While Part One focused on the major systems that would be better known and practically required for most growing businesses, this week we focus on some lesser-known specialty solutions that we think are both compelling in their intent and potentially important enough that they will become commonplace in the future.

Topics: Warehouse Supply Chain Green Manufacturing

Understanding MES - Manufacturing Execution Systems

In the first article of this series, we saw how the top level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) work in the factory to deliver benefits against business goals and requirements, managing the flow of production for final products and sub-assemblies. Now it is time to delve into deeper levels of MES, looking at other areas within the factory that MES manages, that enable the final production flow to work smoothly and effectively.

Topics: Manufacturing Supply Chain ERP

The Importance of Reverse Logistics in Your Supply Chain

What are reverse logistics? How do they affect your supply chain? What can you do to leverage reverse logistics and improve your bottom line?

Read more to find out how the return of goods can actually create potential profit for your company. Learn how to measure and assess your company’s reverse logistics system. Find out some of the benefits that come with a good reverse logistics workflow.

Topics: Supply Chain