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5 Supply Chain Tools That Deliver a Competitive Advantage

Today’s businesses face unprecedented challenges. In addition to meeting the rising demands of consumers, the specialized requirements of complex products, and a lingering public health crisis, there are ongoing strains placed on the supply chain. To respond to these challenges, companies are looking for ways to leverage various solutions along the supply chain to drive automation, collect data, reduce costs, and create efficiencies.

 

Topics: Supply Chain IoT 3D Printing Automation

6 Benefits of Reverse Logistics

Costs associated with the supply chain process have always been a concern for businesses. But those aspects of business results are magnified when the supply chain is suddenly rife with trouble.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Reverse Logistics

12 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Reverse Logistics Provider

If you’re in the business of moving products from Point A to Point B, logistics matter. Being able to efficiently fulfill the needs of your target audience is directly related to your ultimate business success.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Reverse Logistics

Managing the 5 R’s of Reverse Logistics

For many organizations, handling reverse logistics can be challenging. If you think about it, most supply chains are created to get products from point A to point B, not bring them back in the other direction.

 

Online ordering has made shopping so simple that customers expect an equally hassle-free returns process. While product returns might be one of the costs of doing business, how you handle the 5 Rs of reverse logistics can impact how much this process will affect your company’s overall results.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Warehouse Efficiency Reverse Logistics

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

What’s Trending in Labeling?

If you have always been a big fan of following futuristic trends, then twenty years ago you might have assumed that by this year peel and stick labels would be a thing of the past and your products and packages would be engraved by lasers. The reality is that as supply chains have gotten more sophisticated and Ecommerce continues on its decades-long growth trend, “labels” have not only NOT gone away, they are more prolific and ubiquitous than ever – and more important than ever.

Aside from a growth trajectory with no visible end, here are some of the labeling trends we think are important to be aware of today.

Topics: Trends Supply Chain Labeling

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