Across the global economy, consumers are wanting more. In fact, it is not just a desire for more; it a demand. Consumer actions are shaping how shippers and carriers interact, ranging from contract negotiation to exploring new technologies. With the rise of Amazon, consumers have also been able to access an endless product array at historic, record-low shipping costs.
In supply chains, omnichannel solutions are often used interchangeably with multichannel solutions. On the surface, both forms of supply chain operations seek to provide multiple sales channels to consumers. However, understanding the elements of omnichannel vs. multichannel supply chain is essential to maximizing profit margins in a tightening economy.
After Google’s autonomous car has crashed in Mountain View, many critics have jumped to the conclusion that the whole idea behind autonomous vehicles in logistics is unsafe. They’ve forgotten to mention that Google’s autonomous vehicles have driven more than 1,4 million miles, without a single incident.
We work with a lot of manufacturing companies and one of the questions we get most often is ‘Why do we need to blog’? Often followed by ‘How do we blog for manufacturing’? A word about what a blog is. When manufacturers think about manufacturing blogging, they think about writing, and along with public speaking, writing produces an almost visceral reaction in many people.
Shippers increasingly burdened by unexpected “air taxes” levied by carriers
Everyone has had the experience of opening up a box and finding it mostly filled with bubble wrap and other packing material. Carriers hate this because eCommerce volumes are straining their capacity and having to ship air in containers wastes space and cost them money.
Manufacturing efficiency relies heavily on the equipment used. If equipment isn’t functioning at peak performance, then the yield it is outputting won’t cover the initial cost of investment. To determine the efficiency of the equipment, OEE is the industry standard on how to measure productivity and achieving OEE is critical to your success.
Content marketing is a form of inbound marketing in which vendors publish digital content to attract customers who are searching for products and services like theirs. If done right, it is highly effective in growing brand awareness, generating and converting leads, and driving sales and repeat business. Think content marketing isn’t for supply chain and logistics businesses? Guess again.
In a blog post earlier this year, we noted how since the election, more manufactures have expressed interest in reshoring and avoiding offshoring entirely. However, manufacturers are considering other ways of improving factories and supply chains as well. Across the U.S.
Medical devices go through several different phases before they’re ready for final distribution. Initial design and prototyping, quality assurance and full-on production are all required to develop safe, reliable and efficient devices. To complicate things further, some devices – particularly those made for the medical industry – require sterilization.
More companies are actively engaging with consumers in search of the ultimate omnichannel sales experience as the strength of online sales increase, reports Supply Chain Quarterly. Unlike traditional supply chains, omnichannel supply chains rely on the successful integration and application of data, process standardization and high-tech tools to ensure a seamless flow of information and products.