Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
Organic farmers face the same challenges as conventional farmers, as well as few more: the risks of contamination or commingling, as well as fraudulent competition. They’re addressing these challenges with technology and shifts in their supply chains.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
Ashley Tyrner sources fresh organic and natural produce, forms partnerships with farmers, works with shipping companies, and designs produce boxes that customers receive.
To combat foreign foodborne illnesses, the U.S. government recently introduced regulations to hold importers accountable for what is brought into the United States and sold to American consumers: The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Here, we examine the FSVP and what U.S.-based importers need to know to consistently and effectively ensure compliance.
It is exactly the wrong time to abandon a demand-driven approach to the supply chain.
Coffee has been a popular drink for centuries, yet its supply chain faces ongoing and emerging challenges, including fragmented production, commodity market instability, and climate change.
These key elements can significantly improve your foodservice supply chain, and ensure your brand is in the best position for success.
E-commerce grocery delivery is seeing massive growth, and is expected to continue to shake up the traditional grocery industry as online grocery sales are forecasted to account for as much as 20% of all grocery sales by 2025.
Customers expect immediate access to goods and services, and convenient delivery options. In short, it’s an on-demand economy. Companies must adapt and start optimizing their supply chains to stay competitive. Here’s how.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.
Healthful food — organic, vegan, non-GMO, local, sustainably or humanely raised, and allergen free, or any other variety — has captured attention and seen growing demand. Satisfying that demand, however, poses unique supply chain challenges.
To overcome the challenges that e-commerce presents to the supply chain, shippers need to succeed at omni-channel fulfillment. From leveraging brick-and-mortar stores to deploying an order management system, here’s how they can compete in an e-commerce world.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers deployed Janam’s mobile computers and transformed its distribution center operations. From improving efficiency and productivity, find out how the handheld devices boosted inventory control and customer satisfaction for the wholesale distributor.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers need to ensure safe handling procedures are in place to protect the food they handle.
More accurate forecasts enable better planning, lower inventory and manufacturing costs, and improved service levels.
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively.
Some expert advice to help shippers and carriers navigate the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
Excess inventory is a common problem that contains its own best solution: product philanthropy. Donating unwanted products to charity requires minimal time and labor, yet generates solid returns.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Retailers need new technologies and capabilities to operate in a new omni-channel world.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
Even before the final rulemaking of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is published and enforced, food shippers should take a proactive approach to make sure supply chains are compliant.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Avoid common inventory issues: inaccurate inventory counts, costly end-of-year write-offs, and lost inventory.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
SKU proliferation tops demand forecasting trends; U.S. government creates National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan; Trucking industry documents HOS impacts; 10 manufacturing and supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2014; 5 tips for mapping the supply chain; Spot market demand stays high into 2014; Logistics sector adopts big data
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
Fast food chain In-N-Out upgrades a new distribution center for improved loading dock safety and efficiency.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
By identifying the value-adds that brand and retail shippers want, logistics providers can position their offerings to bring millions in benefits to their customers and make the relationship stick, writes Greg White of Blue Ridge.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Facing increasing food safety and quality standards and soaring commodity prices, the restaurant industry turns to supply chain management to manage super-sized challenges.
Brian Hancock, president, North America for Martin-Brower, discusses the unique supply chain and distribution operations supporting the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
Grocery store chain United Supermarkets achieved its sustainability goals by certifying chain of custody within a tight-knit supplier network and integrating responsible practices into daily business operations.
The harsh economy is driving an increased need for top-notch supply chain management in the foodservice industry. Here, a look at how some restaurants are feeding their hunger for smart logistics strategies.
Prompted by new FDA regulations, shippers examine food transportation and distribution safety procedures.
Tomato canner Red Gold achieves 99-percent inventory accuracy with QuikTrac data collection software from Integrated Barcoding Systems.
Faced with processing more than 63,000 orders each year, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission turned to Aldata’s merchandizing optimization and demand-based replenishment.
In the midst of organizational change, furniture retailer Design Within Reach upgrades its demand forecasting and replenishment system to better control inventory.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
A growing consumer interest in locally grown food is changing the way many food companies source products. Food quality and safety concerns, transportation costs, and local economic development efforts are compelling restaurants, groceries, and wholesalers to engage smaller producers and localize their supply chains.
Avoid costly delays when shipping perishables with these tips from Crowley Maritime Corporation's Nelly Yunta and Kip Douglas
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
Polymer and fibers manufacturer INVISTA turned to a new inventory planning tool to meet recessionary challenges.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
Walmart is taking a new approach to their Angus beef supply chain.
Grocers are working to satisfy consumers’ growing demand for rapid delivery of everything from apples to watermelon. To accomplish this, they’re educating personal shoppers, developing new technologies to handle the last mile of delivery, rethinking their distribution networks and inventory planning, and partnering with technology companies.
Maturing systems, implementation expertise, and newly enacted tax incentives bode well for significant leaps in supply chain efficiency. Here’s why 2018 will be the year for technology ROI.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016. Even though SQF compliance isn’t federally mandated, the repercussions of failure to comply can be felt throughout the supply chain.
Globalization and technological advancements in refrigerated transportation systems and equipment are driving increased demand for temperature-controlled food across the globe.
Complying with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act has been a top priority for manufacturers and their 3PLs. Yet, more than one year later, one in five outside truckers arrive at our facility, often unknowingly, in violation of FSMA standards. Here’s how we can all get on the same page.
Here are five steps to consider when implementing the Internet of Things across the cold chain.
Profile of Michael Wasson, chief operations officer with Tosca, a leading provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions for retailers and suppliers that are focused on the perishable food supply chain.
Germany and Austria retailers display a balanced market of omnichannel practices.
Leadership profile of Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America.
Inbound Logistics continues to provide actionable content to help drive supply chain change.
News and trends impacting the food and beverage supply chain.
The second-busiest shopping season (after the holidays) gets ports bustling, retailers scrambling, and consumers wallet-busting.
By 2019 there could be 224 million digital shoppers in the U.S., and according to research by McKinsey, about 70 percent of those shoppers will choose the cheapest form of home delivery. Why? Because of increased consumer preferences and the evolution of warehouse-to-home delivery systems.
Advance ship notices (ASNs) can boost the retail supply chain’s ability to deliver what the consumer wants with speed and accuracy.
Church’s chicken was in the market to lower packaging material costs so they partnered with a food packaging specialist for a more cost effective solution.
As more and more consumers order delivered meals from restaurants or through pre-packaged meal kits, foodservice companies will need to focus on quality and safety as much as they do speed and cost-efficiency.
Build-a-bowl restaurants are proliferating. But supply chain professionals have their work cut out for them because the concept creates new challenges.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
In today's increasingly omnichannel marketplace, good visibility is vital throughout the supply chain. Here's how to maintain optimal visibility at 10 key touchpoints.
An unusually large customer order drives Hidaka to implement the Mobility Physical Inventory App from AIM Computer Solutions. Along with automating the inventory process, the solution provides accurate and timely information.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
How the TMS should evolve to increase end-to-end transparency and centralize your supply chain’s data.
The trends affecting supply chains require an agile approach.
Warehouses should use these techniques to maintain service level agreements—the guaranteed turnaround time for an order to go out—during peak demand periods.
The Global Food Safety Initiative is working to improve food safety across the globe through GFSI-recognized certification programs and its platform for collaboration, and by reducing redundant audits and developing food safety capacity around the world.
While the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 set the guidelines and rulemaking for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) in process, there are still gaps in compliance. Here's how to address them.
From bananas to grapes and cherries, get the flavor of the fruit supply chain with these fun facts.
Profile of Yone Dewberry, chief supply chain officer, Land O’Lakes
With a pull instead of a push replenishment strategy, golf ball maker Acushnet increased supply chain efficiency.
No hype here. These three technological innovations are already enhancing effectiveness, lowering operational costs, and increasing customer satisfaction in supply chain management.
Shippers should turn their attention to three frequently overlooked components of inventory record management to improve inventory accuracy and, ultimately, consumer satisfaction.