Best Practices: Inbound Logistics - Driving Costs Out of the Supply Chain

This paper discusses best practices observed from the most successful inbound logistics programs of manufacturing organizations in the automotive industry and among consumer packaged goods manufacturers. It also discusses the role of third-party logistics (3PL) service providers in terms of transportation and warehousing.

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Reverse Logistics for Service

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Reverse logistics management for service requires specialized software that accounts for many transactions and processes unique to installed base support. By implementing a configurable solution that automates the end-to-end reverse logistics cycle, service organizations can increase productivity, improve the customer experience, and significantly reduce costs. Find out more. Read More

What Keeps You Up At Night? 7 Logistics Challenges, and How to Solve Them

Even in the best of economic times, those in the transportation industry face daily obstacles—such as unstable fuel costs, providing superior customer satisfaction, improving driver and resource productivity, and maintaining healthy business growth—that keep executives up at night. Let’s address the seven most important logistics challenges (and figure out how you can sleep peacefully)! Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth

For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.  Read More

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Find out how an established lawn and garden product manufacturer transformed production processes, improved supplier communication and inbound delivery quality, and drove lower raw material inventories. The key? A collaborative web-based solution to manage critical inbound supplier forecasts, orders, and shipments. Read More

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One of the most neglected areas of the manufacturing and retail supply chain is the inbound logistics segment. Following best practices and creating a collaborative allows companies to save money and streamline operations. Read More
 
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