A common mistake is to believe that the terms “KPI” and “metric” are interchangeable. They are not. While all KPIs are metrics, not all metrics are KPIs. A metric is any measurement of a specific part of a supply chain operation. It can be as simple as the time of departure of a transport or …Read More
From groceries to gadgets, corrugated boxes have always been the predominant shipping container trusted to transport all kinds of products. Cardboard boxes are being deposited on doorsteps across America in record numbers! But what about the consequences of all that packing material?
Well, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of e-commerce transactions increased by …Read More
A third-party quality control service operates as a support for your supply chain. Whether you source locally or internationally, quality control requires constant attention. When your product must meet certain requirements to sell, verifying the capabilities of your suppliers is critical.
When it comes to quality control and assurance, your business should embrace the best services …Read More
Logistics Management is critical to the success of manufactures, importers, and distributors.
Whatever the size of your business, you must understand the importance of organized logistics to meet customer demands. Excellence in Logistics Management gives companies a competitive advantage over their competitors. Logistics decisions can be the differentiator between success and failure of a company. When …Read More
It’s no secret that transportation and delivery costs are a large part of manufacturing. While factories can work to reduce costs and create tight relationships to streamline their suppliers and customers, 3D printing options work to reduce the burden of delivery. By stationing local manufacturing centers in strategic markets the supply chain length is reduced …Read More
The children’s card game of “Go Fish” is a great guessing game, but not when you are running a global supply chain in the face of increasing congestion and delays.
It’s a great game to play with your kids, but bad to play with your 3PL partners.
Our clients are acutely aware of what is happening at …Read More
Over the past few weeks, the health concern in the news has brought to light how documenting processes and procedures for things is critical for all involved.
While certainly not drawing a parallel to the matters of life and death facing professionals on the front lines of public health, it does show how having instructions helps people do things …Read More
People in medicine are trained to treat the cause, not the symptoms. Prescribing drugs for abdominal pain in lieu of removing an inflamed appendix is not how a good doctor should treat a patient. Yes, they’re hurting, but why are they hurting?
The same is true throughout business.
Why did ‘x’ not happen?
Accepting a service failure “just because” …Read More
The greatest waste of time in business today is having to manually key data that resides in one system into another. Flex Logistics fights inefficiency at every turn (see our last post on our efforts towards lean / 5S) and prefers to share information with our customers via Electronic Data Interchange (or EDI). With this in …Read More
Without a doubt, several companies have driven major advances in e-commerce fulfillment, warehouse handling, distribution and shipping. The first is Wal-Mart who has innovated and found savings throughout the supply chain through technology and efficiencies (and chargebacks, just ask the people who sell to them). The second is Seattle-based Amazon, whose formerly $79 (now $99) …Read More