Weighing raw materials and goods is a part of every manufacturing unit and supply chain warehouse. Initially, goods were weighed before they were loaded and after being unloaded. Chances of discrepancies in such cases were higher which impacted the company. Thus, weighing processes had to be optimized in warehouses to achieve efficiency, productivity and profitability.
A lot of logistics professionals use the terms warehouse and distribution center interchangeably. Some of them even say that “there is effectively no difference between a warehouse and a distribution center”. So, how different is a distribution center from a warehouse? Let me tell you upfront that they are as different as a modern 21st century supply chain is from a traditional supply chain.
Ignorance is a profit center for carriers. There—it’s been said.
Getting the best shipping rates for your company is an impossible task if you don’t know what the carriers really want out of you. To put it simply, you just want a good deal and the carrier wants a good margin. But who has the advantage in contract negotiations?
The less you know about the carrier’s cost and pricing structure, the less likely you are to optimize your end of the deal. Continue reading to learn about carrier cost models and how you can position your company for a better shipping agreement.
Reverse outsourcing. Cutting out the middle man. Not using the usual suspects. These are what shippers retailers, manufacturers, and others are doing. At the same time, 3PLs and logistics service providers (LSPs) are dealing with and competing in a commoditized industry where price is the key differentiator.
Goods-to-person technology facilitates more accurate and efficient order fulfillment, with goods-to-robot solutions hot on its heels.
The European Smart-Rail project launched this May with nearly 6 million Euros (around $7 million) of funding from the European Commission (EC), aims to make the mode a better option for commercial freight in Europe.
Nineteen organizations are participating in the project, which has an overarching goal of improving freight logistics rail services from the point of view of the shipper in five key areas of performance: reliability, delivery time, cost, flexibility, and visibility. The project is divided into work packages that are coordinated by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
While many companies chase the lowest cost carrier for their freight moves, the performance data suggest that this is a short-term gain that has serious long-term implications for service. This fact was also confirmed by all of the shippers that are interviewed for this year’s study.
Just about every supply chain uses trucks to move their goods. In fact, 70% of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Until driverless trucks pick up momentum in the marketplace, that means that 70% of all freight tonnage is in the hands of a truck driver (or truck drivers) at some point in the journey from origin to destination. At a basic level, truck drivers are the essential foundation for supply chain expertise.
5 Tests Every Manufacturer Should Run Quarterly. Addressing these readiness factors won’t always be comfortable. But for the enterprising factory manager building a business, they’re crucial and unavoidable.
Warehouse perceptions have changed considerably over the past two decades. It wasn’t long ago that users perceived the four walls as just that a fixed, immovable force that served as the nexus for any distribution network. Today, such representations are increasingly obsolete largely because of forces beyond the four walls. Cloud computing, e-commerce, omnichannel management, big data, and last-mile logistics are reshaping today’s distribution facility.