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Software Tools Optimize Logistics

by Administrator12. November 2014 11:17

Software Tools Optimize Logistics | The Dependable Companies


With the rise of logistics companies came the advent of logistics software. There are now hundreds of logistics software options for companies to choose from. Logistics software provides tools to control the supply chain management (SCM), including managing all inventory, freight pick-up, tracking, delivery, and all transportation details. Logistics software can also include freight brokerage and bidding software, which manages business aspects such as bid and contract management.

SCM logistics software will typically divide tasks within the supply chain into similar categories. For instance, inventory control features in the SCM software manage supply levels, purchase orders, order fulfillment, historical quantities, and future forecasts. Transportation management features typically include route optimization, shipment consolidation, automated carrier selection, dispatch scheduling, and tracking of goods while being delivered. Warehouse management features can include barcode or RFID scanning, and tools to help with smart storage decisions and inventory transfer.

While most logistics software comes with inventory control, transportation and warehouse management, some additional categories of features can help with specialized tasks and situations. Import and export support features help with customs, currency exchanges, trade regulations, taxes, and factors affecting international cargo. Risk management features help with insurance claims, processing accidents, lost freight, driver history evaluation, and other risk factors along the supply chain. Finally, SCM software can include integrated accounting features to help with billing, quotes, invoicing, and currency transactions, and customer relationship management features to help provide sales and marketing support.

When selecting SCM software amongst the hundreds of logistics software options, research will be key in helping to prioritize which software features are indispensable for your business. Logistics software can be even further tailored to a specific industry, such as the apparel industry, be customized for the size of the company, or specialize in a unique feature such as enhanced GPS tracking with geo-fence alerts and an in-cabin feedback system.

Choosing the appropriate logistics software will be a vital decision for any company, and will ultimately determine the everyday functionality of its supply chain operations.


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What is Supply Chain Management?

by Administrator17. October 2014 14:52

What is Supply Chain Management? | The Dependable Companies


Supply chain management (SCM) is becoming a business byword because companies have found that effectively managing the supply chain does not happen by accident. Experts use analytic tools to make and evaluate plans that can save significant money and increase productivity. There are many important ways that a third party can aid businesses with their supply chain. Two of these ways include: resource assistance and strategic decision making.

Whether your company has temporary or long term resource assistance needs, a supply chain management firm can help. They can transport and store goods for you in addition to making recommendations on how to make the process more effective. You can depend on a firm to help you through an expansion until you complete a new warehouse, or you can rely on them as a permanent supply chain solution. Regardless of your needs, you will likely find a firm that is suited to bringing you expert assistance at a reasonable price.

Strategic decision making can be best when done by experts. The supply chain is a complex system that covers every step a product goes through from the raw materials to the goods or services received by your end consumers. The way your business interacts with others to produce and deliver your products may not be as fixed as you assume it is. There may be opportunities that you are missing out on which would incorporate a larger portion of the overall supply chain. In addition to evaluating this type of question, supply chain management considers every step a product or service requires within your company.

Questions such as how long raw materials should sit in your warehouse and how best to reduce the number of days it takes you to produce a product may be best evaluated by someone outside your company. Third party logistics can provide seasoned professionals who are removed from the potentially mistaken assumptions that drive your business. There may be ways to improve your supply chain process that you have never considered.


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Logistics Companies in Los Angeles: Key Players in the Global Supply Chain

by Administrator28. May 2014 11:09

Logistics Companies in Los Angeles: Key Players in the Global Supply Chain | The Dependable CompaniesHome to some of the largest transportation hubs in the world, Southern California is a major player in regional, national, and worldwide trade. For this reason, many businesses are targeting logistics companies in Los Angeles as a means of outsourcing portions of their increasingly complex global supply chains.

Trade is the lifeblood of a globalized economy. Since the onset of mass online purchasing, trading is now a monumental enterprise based on intricate theoretical models and run by an extensive network of players. Once governed by distance, global commerce has evolved alongside technology, population growth, and transportation. Ultimately, more people means more business, which means more goods need to be moved.

Like the supply chain, logistics management is requiring more automation to coordinate vast systems of people. Since the mid 20th century, businesses have been looking to providers with the right technology and network to handle whatever portion of their chain they wish to outsource. While this may strictly be the physical movement of goods, larger providers can potentially run a company's entire logistical operation from origin to consumption, handling all aspects of procurement, warehousing, shipping, and reverse flow. In effect, this initiates a partnership between a company and the provider, allowing the company to reduce its assets and focus directly on its bottom line.

Managers may also consider where their material is coming from and to where goods are being shipped. With easy access to some of the world's busiest air and sea ports, logistics companies in Los Angeles can offer a unique advantage to those who receive raw material from overseas, or likewise export their final products. Such a network is also well positioned for regional flow to major West Coast cities and onto other national destinations.

Finally, clients likely want to know whether a potential provider is asset or management-based. While the latter can supply the managerial and technological aspects of moving a product, the physical shipping is further outsourced. On the contrary, asset-based companies utilize their own people, warehouses, and equipment, and can thus offer customizable and traceable shipping options; they act as the sole point of contact.

With global trade at a new level of complexity, businesses are finding cost-effective solutions through logistics companies in Los Angeles. A joint venture with a capable provider can allow a business to focus on its customers and boost its bottom line.

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Utilizing Social Media to Power Supply Chain Solutions

by Administrator29. April 2014 14:31

Utilizing Social Media to Power Supply Chain Solutions | The Dependable Companies


Social Media provides a foundation for businesses to share and broadcast knowledgeable information and opinions to a particular target audience and market; thus, it also captures significant data about what's trending and "buzzing" within a market, as well as how consumers think, shop, vote, and spend their free time. And, because of this, many companies have jumped into the social media swimming pool in hopes to improve their supply chain solutions and operations.

Deborah Catalano Ruriani of Inbound Logistics highlights ten tips from Candi Hane, vice president of technical product management and product manager for logistics at the supply chain technology provider Elemica, on how to utilize social media to work in your supply chain advantage.

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The 3PL Leveraged Spend Fallacy

by Administrator29. April 2014 11:19

The 3PL Leveraged Spend Fallacy | The Dependable Companies


Steve Banker, contributor writer for Forbes, was talking to the CEO of a 3PL provider that co-manages logistics and transportation services. After the CEO mentioned that the company has over a billion dollars in freight under management, Banker begged the "somewhat rude question" of: "What does it matter how much freight is under management?"

He then proceeds to justify his question saying that, "When 3PLs talk about being able to leverage their freight spending to get better rates for their shipper customers, I'm always skeptical. This is not like Walmart getting a price break based on volume buying from their suppliers. If the carrier's network does not line up with shipper origin and destination locations, the carried can't offer good rates."

And, like Banker, many logistics and supply chain management experts would agree. To continue reading, click here >>

Dr. Dale Rogers Discusses Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions

by Administrator19. March 2014 14:45

Dr. Dale Rogers, a Foundation Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Nevada, discusses logistics and supply chain solutions and management:

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Nokia Makes Ecological Choices in Logistics Management

by Administrator4. March 2014 15:22

In this video, Nokia gives examples of the ecological choices in logistics management they made at production sites and supply chain, before phones are made available in stores. At Nokia, we like to use locally manufactured components -- this means less transportation and consequently, less carbon dioxide. Instead of planes, they prefer ships. They believe that by putting the right small things together, you can create something with a big difference, like a phone or a better environment.

The Science of Warehousing and Distribution Center Design

by Administrator4. March 2014 14:49

The Science of Warehousing and Distribution Center Design | The Dependable Companies


A leading aspect of efficient supply chain management has, and always will be, how a warehousing and distribution center is designed. These days, it's becoming a "science," says Russ Meller, vice president of research and development with Fortna. Here he explains what this means:

"The science of warehousing and distribution center design involves using mathematical models to estimate picking productivity, then scaling the resulting values to a larger group within the warehouse. The key lies in combining the automation of financial models with basic calculations and processes in facility design. By bringing those together, you’re able to design a more efficient and productive facility that gets to the bottom line of the organization," says Meller.

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What is 3PL Warehousing?

by Administrator24. February 2014 13:19

What is 3PL Warehousing? | The Dependable Companies


Is shipping a key feature of your business?  Do you have a lot of products to ship and no place to store them?  If so, you may want to consider a third party logistics provider.  Third party logistics, commonly called 3PL, is a way of having all of your shipping, warehousing, and packing needs handled by one company for one low price.  Some providers even offer services like tracking and security for your products.  There are a few central services that any third party logistics provider will take care of for your business.


The first service provided by any logistics firm is 3pl warehousing.  This means that they offer storage space for your items, in order for them to then be shipped out.  Having your products stored off-site means that you will have more space for your business.  These warehouses are safe, secure, and many companies offer space in a variety of locations.  Multiple locations help to keep shipping costs low for you and your customers.


The next step in the shipping process that is handled by a third party provider is packing.  Making sure your product is safe and secure within the packaging is ideal in shipping.  No one wants to receive a broken product, after all.  Logistics providers make sure that every package is secure enough for shipping.


Distribution is possibly the most important service offered by a logistics provider.  In the distribution process, the provider makes sure that your products go out to your customers on time.  They verify that everything is going to the addresses provided and that the right quantities are leaving the warehouse.  Basically, they take care of all the hassle associated with shipping and distribution.

The key to any shipping business is the use of a third party logistics provider.  An excellent 3PL provider will offer your business the security of knowing that all of your warehousing, packing, and distribution needs are handled.  You will never have to worry about your products or shipping again.


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Supply Chain Management Headaches Don't Have to Be Yours!

by Administrator24. February 2014 11:25

Supply Chain Management Headaches Don't Have to Be Yours | The Dependable Companies

Given the complexities of global commerce today, supply chain management responsibilities could literally keep you up at night. Overseeing an evolving configuration for your distribution network, deciding and continually updating your distribution strategy, keeping logistical costs down, keeping everyone involved informed; not only are these all enormously complicated tasks, but these are also only the tip of the iceberg. Luckily, if you are trying to bring a product to market, you can outsource these headaches and let established firms with reliable networks bear the burden. 

Outsourcing your supply chain management is one the single most effective things you can do in order to stay competitive in the global market. It allows you to focus on making the best product you can while satisfying customer demand. Meanwhile, let someone else handle the particulars of moving your raw materials into production, coordinating transport from various parts and material suppliers into assembly and packaging, and getting your finished merchandise out towards the consumer.

Whether you are in the business of making candy, office supplies, sports equipment, or whatever else, your core competencies are not necessarily in determining delivery schemes and international inventory  positioning. Your company can remain flexible by reducing its ownership of distribution channels and certain sources for raw materials. This is achieved by trusting and collaborating with other agencies and partners whose specialties keep your supply chain running smoothly.

A perfect example would be any situation involving a trade-off. Suppose you need to decide between shipping a full truckload as opposed to a less than truckload (LTL). Full truckloads are more cost-effective on a per-pallet basis, however there will be additional storage costs on the receiving end for the larger quantity of goods. This is one small piece of a very large puzzle, the rest of which would need to be taken into account before making this decision. No matter how you look at it, this is not the area of expertise of candy-makers or sports jersey printers. When it comes to supply chain management, outsourcing is the way to go.

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