Logistics/Supply Chain Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

To TWIC or to Twerk, now that's a question
Do you need a TWIC or do you need to twerk? That depends. Do you require unescorted access to US port facilities? Or are you dancing hip hop? Or both.

The Secret Supply Chain Of Bees
Bees are the perfect metaphor for supply chain managers. But they're disappearing. And without them, we will, too.

Selecting A Third Party Logistics (3PL) Provider
These third party logistics companies offer services that can allow businesses to outsource part of all of their supply chain management function.

Cross Docking In The Warehouse - Logistics
Cross docking not only reduces material handling, but also reduces the need to store the products in the warehouse. In this article, the different types, benefits and products suitable for cross docking are examined.

Supply Chain Management - Introduction to SAP
Market and technology leader SAP's ERP Operations solution has become the software backbone that contributes to companies ability to achieve efficiency in the supply chain.

How Much Do You Know About The Panama Canal?
The Panama Canal is an important passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But the limitations of the original canal has meant that larger container ships were unable to use the canal and so an expansion project was needed.

Manugistics Software for Supply Chain Management
This article looks at the rise and fall of Manugistics, a company focused on supply chain planning software, and its purchase by JDA Software in 2006.

Request for Proposal Document (RFP)
The first step in finding a vendor is to create a Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP should contain in detail every aspect of the business requirement.

Export Processing Zones (EPZ)
Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are strategies for economic development in developing nations and is used to attract foreign investment to create jobs, expand the industrial base, introduce technology and job creation.

Food Supply Chain
The food supply chain is garnishing more attention as consumers are concerned about outbreaks of foodborne diseases as well as issues such as the horse meat being identified in packaged foods in Europe. As with other industries, food retailers and manufacturers have to be more knowledgeable about the suppliers they use and where their product originates.

Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) was a database that identified suppliers excluded from receiving Federal contracts. The system was replaced by the System for Award Management (SAM) in 2012.

Ethics in Purchasing Materials and Services
Every day the media has reports of cases of unethical business practices that involves the purchasing of materials or services in almost every country in the world. Although we like to think that the people who determine contracts and purchasing agreements are fair and ethical, there are some that will accept coercion that may affect the award of contracts that are worth thousands of dollars to those that are worth millions of dollars. This article looks at the ethics involved in purchasing.

Inbound Quality Inspections in the Supply Chain
Quality is important in the supply chain, especially in monitoring of quality, the inspection of items that arrive at the facility from your suppliers.

Continuous Improvement Tools - Total Quality Management
Total Quality Management is an approach to quality in a business that seeks to improve quality and performance to meet or exceed customer expectations.

Overview of Order and Setup Costs for Companies
There are a number of costs that make up the total inventory costs for a company, including ordering costs and setup costs. Find out what they entail.

Commodity Carrier Pricing and Rates
Commodity shipping can and does involve a complicated price structure. This article takes a look at carrier rates and how they are developed.

Transport Documentation - Logistics and Supply Chain
These documents include the freight bill, the bill of lading and the FOB terms of sale. This article examines these transportation documents.

Getting to know the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was published to harmonize rules for each of nine transactional areas that pertain to commerce and commercial law.

Warehouse Zone Storage Decisions
When storing items in a warehouse, it is sometimes advantageous to store together materials that have similar characteristics, i.e. by use or size.

Efficient Packaging in the Warehouse
Packaging can be extremely elaborate. It can be an art form to entice you to make a purchase. This article looks at the packaging used in the warehouse.

Process Control Systems (PCS)
Process control systems (PCS) can be supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), programmable logic controllers (PLC), or distributed control systems (DCS), and can gather and transmit data obtained during manufacturing.

Project Management Certification
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is an organization dedicated to the education of project managers so they have skills to perform required tasks.

When Should You Use Scrum Methodology?
Scrum project management methodology was developed to allow teams to work together to get products developed. It allows complex projects to be completed in a short timeframe.

SAP Sales & Distribution: Company Customer Integration
The SAP sales and distribution function is part of the logistics area and contains the processes that help a company integrate with their customers.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
To ensure that your company provides the best customer service, examine the elements of customer relationship management software (logistics CRM).

Quality Inspections in the Supply Chain
Issues in production need to be addressed early in order to correct problems. This article examines the use of quality inspections along the supply chain.

Route Planning for Logistics and Distribution Companies
Logistics businesses need to become efficient in the way that they plan their transportation routes.

Commercial Vehicle Size and Weights
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is responsible for the federal size and weight regulations for commercial vehicle weight limits.

Six Sigma Concepts: The DMAIC Problem Solving Method
The DMAIC problem-solving method can be used to help with issues, usually by professionals in the organization who have reached green belt level.

Open Source ERP
Open source software has gained a significant foothold in the business work and it is natural that open source ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions are the next evolutionary step in the process. The open source ERP and CRM solutions can be purchased by a company and used as is. This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of open source ERP software.

Autobahn System In Germany
The Bundesautobahn system, commonly known as the autobahn, is well known across the world as roads that have no speed limit, but around 40% of the BAB has no speed limit.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and SAP
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming more prevalent in the manufacturing industry as its benefits can be used to greater enhance the accuracy of data collection and ID of products.

Pick To Light Warehouse Systems
Companies that operate fast moving and complex warehouses are constantly looking at technology and processes that increase the efficiency of the warehouse like a

Corn Starch Packaging
Companies are becoming aware of the environmental impact of polystyrene packaging and need to find suitable green alternatives, like corn starch packaging.

Pick To Voice Warehouse Systems
By implementing a

History of Federal Express (FedEx)
FedEx, previously known as Federal Express, is a major player in the package delivery market and a direct competitor to global leader UPS.

Quality in the Purchasing Process
Quality is an important part of the supply chain, whether it is quality inspections or checking quality as raw materials and parts enter the factory.

Planning the Layout of Your Warehouse
The layout of a warehouse may need to be changed to accommodate new product lines or to add greater flexibility to the warehouse operations.

Reverse Logistics - Customer Returns
Reverse Logistics can be defined as activities associated with a product after a point of sale. This article examines the elements of reverse logistics.

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) are regulations pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies follow to ensure proper manufacturing processes.

Hazardous Materials in the Warehouse
This article examines the subject of various hazardous materials in your warehouse and the regulations in place for their safe use.

International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS)
International commercial terms or Incoterms are a series of sales terms that are used by businesses throughout the world. Incoterms are used to divide transaction costs and responsibilities between buyer and seller.

Benchmarking Supply Chain Operations
Benchmark supply chain is key. Company operations should be constantly reviewed to identify where improvements can be made or deficiencies eliminated.

Warehouse Safety - About OSHA Standards
Safety in American warehouses is regulated by a series of standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly known as OHSA.

Calculating Safety Stock - Logistics / Supply Chain
Safety stocks ensure you have sufficient quantities of material in stock. Safety stock provides coverage for unexpected customer demand, damage in the warehouse or quality issues found in production.

Strategic Supply Chain Management Introduction
The strategic supply chain processes that management has to decide will cover the breadth of the supply chain, including product development and more.

Measures of Warehouse Productivity - Supply Chain
Warehouse productivity is a number of measurements that management will analyze to monitor the performance of their warehouse operations.

Implementing a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
The basic principle of a WMS is to provide information to allow efficient control of the movement of materials within the warehouse.

Operating a Procurement Card Program
The procurement card, or P-card, is a form of company credit card that makes it easier for employees to purchase goods and services.

Why Your Small Business Needs A Supply Chain Strategy
A small business owner has a lot of tasks to focus on. Should optimized supply chain management be one of them? Yes.

Do I Need Fewer Suppliers, Or More Of Them?
Is it better too have a lot of suppliers or just a few? Optimized supply chain helps answer that question, with more than just it depends.

The Living Supply Chain Glossary
Supply chain terminology, defined. Get definitions and explanations of the most common vocabulary you will come across in the supply chain field.

Six Sigma Basics - Supply Chain
If you have no idea what Six Sigma is, you're not alone. Motorola implemented Six Sigma in the 80s as a way to seek process improvements in its operations.

Total Cost of Ownership - Manufactured Parts
Total Cost of Ownership - Manufactured Parts. How much does my manufactured part really cost me?

What Is "Supply Chain Optimization"?
What is supply chain optimization? Everyone wants an optimized supply chain, but what is it? And how do you know when you have it? Optimize today!

Documentation Needed for TWIC
As of July 1, 2015, you will need to show proof you're eligible to apply for the TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) measure.

What Jon Stewart and Bill Simmons Teach Us About Supply Chain
Can you replace Jon Stewart and Bill Simmons with optimized supply chain?

Supply Chain Mgrs Make Awesome Parents (No They Don't)
Supplier Relationship Management, Inventory Control - Supply Chain Management Has Got This Parenting Thing Down.

The NFL vs. The NBA
Supply chain figures out which cooler – The League or The Association

I, Twitter
If supply chains were shackles, then Twitter set me free.

How Alien Tech Will Optimize Supply Chain Performance
Supply chain optimization will benefit the most from the latest alien technology assimilation.

The PB&J's Of Supply Chain
All of supply chain lessons explained by using a PB&J sandwich. Optimize your supply chain - from sourcing to production planning to customer service.

The Mount Rushmore of Supply Chain
The Mount Rushmore of Supply Chain. Is your company’s logo sculpted onto supply chain’s historical - albeit imaginary - monument?

50 Shades of Supply Chain
From SRM to S&M and all the gray in between. Optimize your supply chain today before your supply chain optimizes you.

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Arrangement
Vendor Managed Inventory is a process where the vendor creates orders for their customers based on demand information that they receive from the customer.

Ways to Make Your Warehouse Environmentally Sound
Many companies are looking to green warehousing operations as a way to make environmentally sound decisions. Here's how to help your company go green.

Introduction to the Green Supply Chain
The public have become more aware of environmental issues and consumers are asking companies about their environmental policies. Starting to create a green supply chain can add to the bottom line.

Reducing Waste in the Supply Chain
Reducing waste has become a key component of any cost reduction program. There are a number of processes that can be used in order to reduce waste in a company’s supply chain.

Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)
The 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, required that by February 3rd, 2009, fifty percent of all cargo carried on passenger aircraft in the US had to go through a security screening. The TSA developed the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP), a voluntary program designed to move the screening process to shippers, third-party logistics providers, air forwarders, and independent screening services.

Six Sigma Terminology
Six Sigma is a business management strategy that was initially developed by Motorola in the 1980’s, and now is used in many Fortune 500 companies. It is used primarily to identify and rectify errors and defect in a manufacturing or business process. Six Sigma uses a number of quality methods and tools that are used by professionals within the organization who have been trained on Six Sigma techniques. This articles explains some of the common terms used in Six Sigma projects.

Cycle Counting In The Warehouse - Sampling Technique
Cycle counting is a popular inventory counting method that allows businesses to count a number of items in a number of areas within the warehouse without having to count the entire inventory.

Operational Supply Chain Management
Operational supply chain decisions are made at business locations that affect how products are developed, sold, moved, and manufactured.

Warehouse Logistics - Order Picking
Order picking is the activity by which a small number of goods are extracted from a warehousing system to satisfy independent customer orders.

Reorder Methodologies in Manufacturing
Although most automated planning systems are based on the materials requirement planning (MRP) method, there are other methods that planners can use which are examined in this article.

Total Quality Management (TQM) Approach
Total Quality Management (TQM) is an approach that seeks to improve quality and performance which will meet or exceed customer expectations.

Strategic Supply Chain Forecasting for Manufacturers
This article examines forecasts in the supply chain with statistical and non-statistical methods, which companies use to ensure a profitable business.

Measuring Capacity in Manufacturing
Capacity is often defined as the capability of an object, whether that is a machine, work center or operator, to produce output for a specific time period.

Measuring Purchasing Performance
Measuring purchasing performance is important as a reduction in the cost of raw material and services can allow companies to competitively market prices.

How Can Cross Docking Save Me Money?
Cross docking reduces costs by shipping material as it is received. Cross Docking is a viable tool used to optimize supply chain.

Just in Time (JIT) - Glossary Definition
Just in Time or JIT method creates the movement of material into a specific location at the required time, i.e. just before the material is needed in the manufacturing process.

Maintenance, Repair, and Operating Supplies (MRO)
MRO items are consumed as part of the production and plant maintenance process. Supply chain teams manage MRO's and optimize manufacturing ops.

What is a Public Warehouse?
A public warehouse provides short or long-term storage to companies that require additional warehouse space.

Lean Supply Chain Management - Expert Guide
Lean supply chain management should be considered by businesses who want to streamline their processes by eliminating non-value added activities.

Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management can be simple or complex, but all supply chains contain similar elements and are managed in a similar way.

Creating Logistics Strategy for Supply Chain Management
The supply chain constantly changes. Learn how to adapt your logistics strategy for your supply chain management.

Guide to Less Than Truckload (LTL) Carriers
Trucks can move large items faster than rail as the shipment is not dependent on the railroads timetable. Learn about the Less Than Truckload (LTL) sector.

Ariba - Spend Management Solutions Company
Ariba, founded in 1996 by Keith Krach, offers procurement departments the opportunity to manage, monitor and analyze purchasing expenditures.

Introduction to Lawson ERP System Software
Lawson Software offers an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that has been ranked as the number one ERP software product for cost per user.

Logistics Functions in SAP Business Software
SAP is the third largest software supplier in the world. SAP delivers scalable solutions that enable its customers to further advance industry best practices.

Introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS)
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) v12 is an internet enabled product that can be managed from a single site with a single data center and single database.

Negotiation In The Purchasing Process
Negotiation can be as simple as trying to obtain a discount on a case of safety gloves through to the complexities of major capital purchases.

Origins and Principles of Lean Manufacturing
After WWII, Japanese manufacturers adopted production and quality procedures from US industry and expanded the principles to reduce waste in the manufacturing process.

Pallet Storage Methods in the Warehouse
There are a number of pallet storage methods to store pallets efficiently. This article examines several of these methods that are commonly used.

Public Warehousing in the Supply Chain
Extra warehouse space is sometimes required due to seasonal inventory, warehouse re-organization or warehouse damage. Learn about public warehousing here.

Sales and Operations Planning: An Overview
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a process where executive level management reviews projections for demand, supply, and the financial impact.

Tactical Supply Chain Management
Tactical decisions are made within the construct of the wider reaching strategic supply chain decisions that are made by company management.

Introduction To Vendor Evaluation
How can supply chain teams reduce costs while improving quality? Try a vendor evaluation tool. The evaluation of vendors can be determined by using a number of criteria, derived from transaction data or observations.

Warehouse Best Practices - Supply Chain Efficiency
Though best practices vary between industries and by the products shipped, there are a number of best practices that can be applied to most companies.

Market Segmentation
Market segmentation is the identification of parts of the market that are different. Segmentation gives a company a greater ability to better satisfy the needs of its customers. However, not all customers are the same and each has unique characteristics and requirements that may not be found in any other customer. This article examines some of the elements of market segmentation.

Product Life Cycle
A product life cycle can be very short or very long. Learn the different stages of the product cycle.


ISO 9000 Certification - Description
This article looks at the procedure that a company must follow to achieve ISO 9000 certification. Though the process is long, it is often worthwhile.

The Classifications of Forklift Trucks
Recent technology has led to new hybrid forklift vehicles that are environmentally friendly. This article looks at the different classes of forklifts.

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is where the buyer provides information to a vendor and the vendor takes responsibility for maintaining inventory.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Companies that have implemented Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), often do OEE as a part of an implementation of other manufacturing improvement procedures.

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM)
Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is a part of lean manufacturing that allowed companies to progress beyond 1970s just-in-time (JIT) methodologies.

Walmart's Strategic Initiatives: Project Impact
Walmart's Project Impact is based on three strategic initiatives that will improve customer benefits - Save Money, Live Better; Win, Play, Show; and Fast, Friendly, Clean.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Transactions Overview
EDI is important for companies as it reduces the cost of sending documents. A paper PO requires resources to print the PO, fax it, or post it to the vendor. EDI automatically sends the electronic document to the vendor.

Change Management - Why David Bowie Sang About It
Optimize your processes or turn and face the strange. Ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you're gonna get older. And so will your supply chain, unless you optimize it now.

I Inherited A Supply Chain Grease Fire, Now What?
How do you optimize a supply chain grease fire? Start by figuring out just how big of a grease fire your supply chain is.

How To Comply With The Drug Supply Chain Security Act
The DSCA facilitates the exchange of information at the individual package level about where a drug has been in the supply chain. How can you hope to comply?

Should I Get My Supply Chain MBA?
Is a Supply Chain MBA an indispensable ticket to punch? Do you want to spend your career delivering to you customers on time, while saving your company money? Then, yes.

7 Ways To Optimize Your End-to-End Supply Chain
If your company makes a product, or procures a product, or procures then makes a product that you then sell to a customer, you have an end-to-end supply chain that might need optimizing.

Supply Chain Mailbag - Small Business Owners Edition
Small Business Owners have supply chain questions. Customer service, inventory control, supply chain optimization - all for the small business owner.

Holiday Logistics Statistics
Supply chain and holidays go together like a 1 pint container and 2gallons of milk. Supply chain can handle it all - but you're going to need to plan.

Small Business Supply Chain - Spud Fish and Chips
How did the owners of Spud double their supply chain throughput? In supply chain, one plus one can sometimes mean a number that you never imagined.

Why is my MRP telling me to order that?
Your MRP wants to optimize your supply chain. Trust it. It is not there to mock you. If it's sending you a buy message, don't ignore it.

Zootopia, Zoolander or Zooply Chain?
Can watching movies optimize your supply chain? If you’re watching the right movies, it sure can. Optimize your supply chain and family movie night!

Supply Chain Software - POOL4TOOL
A supply collaboration platform for your end-to-end supply chain. Optimize your supply chain by integrating functions from product development to quality and supplier management.

Why Won't My Suppliers Do What I Want?
Before your suppliers can do what you want them to do, they have to know what you want. Optimize your supply chain with transparency and communication.

Does My Small Business Need Supply Chain Help?
Is there a way to tell if I should get supply chain help for my small business? Does a small business even have a supply chain to worry about?

Will Supply Chain Save Chipotle?
Can supply chain turn Chipotle's fortunes around? Please, Chipotle, I'm jonesing for a sofritas burrito. Optimize your supply chain and win me back.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character or IKEA Product?
Can you tell the difference between supply chain, Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters and IKEA products? It might be harder than you think.

Why isn't my MRP telling me to order that?
Your MRP isn't mocking you and it isn't stubborn. It is software and all it wants to do is help you optimize your supply chain.

Interview With A Supply Chain Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Should you pursue your Six Sigma certification? Will a Six Sigma certification help optimize your supply chain? This Green Belt thinks so.

Is it my MRP or MR. T?
Can you tell the difference between your MRP and Mr. T? One optimizes your supply chain while the other pities the fool who doesn't have an optimized supply chain.

The Luck Of The Irish Tax Break
It may be a long way to Tipperary but the tax savings may make the trip worthwhile. Your global supply chain should be optimizing low tax geographies.

Is Our Food Supply Safe?
In the U.S. alone, our food supply has to feed 320 million people. Is there anyway for a food supply chain to do that safely?

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Agriculture
Agricultural imports and exports are a significant component of the NAFTA agreement and this article examines the agricultural trade between the three NAFTA partners.

What is Kanban?
A supply chain optimization tool, kanban is a lean or just-in-time manufacturing scheduling system that helps improve production processes.

Where Are Your Supply Chain's Hidden Costs?
Knowing what your supply chain costs today is the only way to optimize it tomorrow.

Inventory Classification Basics
Classifying your inventory is as easy as A, B, C. Inventory control is at the core of supply chain optimization.

How To Calculate A Re-Order Point
Optimize your supply chain by knowing how much to re-order and when.

Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Have 100% Inventory Accuracy
Optimized supply chain is impossible without knowing what you have on-hand. How do you know if what you think your inventory count is - is accurate?

Is Lean Manufacturing Still Relevant?
Lean Manufacturing emerged as a continuous improvement discipline after World War II. Is it still relevant in today's global manufacturing world?

How To Obtain A TWIC Card
How to obtain a TWIC card, which is issued by the TSA as an ID for workers requiring unescorted access of port facilities and vessels regulated under the MTSA.

Why Is My Supplier Late?
Why Is My Supplier Late? The Top 3 Reasons Suppliers Are Late & What You Can Do About It

Supply Chain Be Nimble, Supply Chain Be Quick
A nimble supply chain can be your competitive advantage.

COGS - Cost of Goods, Bads and Uglies
What is COGS? How do I quantify it? What is it really telling me?

How Do I Measure On-Time Delivery?
The many ways to measure this all-important supply chain metric. Before you can optimize your supply chain, you need to know them all.

Cycle Count or Physical Inventory?
Should I conduct 100% physical inventories or cycle count (or both)?

Total Cost of Ownership – Purchased Parts
If you buy Part A for $10 and sell it to your customers for $15, you make a $5 profit. Right? Wrong.

Which Supply Chain Metrics Are Right For Me?
Life is like a box of supply chain metrics. Except you should really know what you are gonna get.

How To Terminate A Contract
Breaking up is hard, especially in supply chain. To optimize a supply chain, sometimes you need to tear up a contract and start over.

Free Six Sigma Courses
Links to lean six sigma certification courses but do your homework first. Lean six sigma certification is critical to supply chain optimization.

7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Supply Chain
Spring is the right time to dust off those metrics and spruce up your on time delivery. Optimize your supply chain (again) now!

What is Continuous Improvement (and is it Kaizen)?
Kaizen and Continuous Improvement are supply chain optimization processes. Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement work together.

Lean Six Sigma Vs. Six Sigma
Is Lean Six Sigma the evolution of Six Sigma? Six Sigma eliminates defects and improves the quality of a process. Does Lean Six Sigma improve that?

Supply Chain Lessons from “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
Did you inadvertently create a superpower bent on destroying humanity? Turn to supply chain for help.

How To Get Real Time Supply Chain Metrics
Metrics that tell you how you did yesterday are 24 hours too old. Optimize your supply chain by using real-time supply chain scoreboards.

Super Supply Chain: Stark Industries vs. Wayne Enterprises
Fighting crime? Easy. Optimizing supply chain? Now that takes super powers.

Heart Burst Capacity
Attention restaurants and movie theaters: A Saturday night Valentine’s Day is your Black Friday.

The Best (Supply Chain) Movies of 2014
Customer satisfaction, product delivery, optimized costs – supply chain scores at the box office!

Listening To Viagra
Supply Chain Optimization Rises To The Occasion

Swimming Laps In The Infinity Pool
Life and supply chain optimization and a 10-year-old's take on it all.

I Wrote This Entire Article While Standing
Sitting is the new smoking. Don't be a SLOb! Optimize your supply chain or take a walk - either way, stay physically and fiscally fit.

How Supply Chain Will Make Kraft-Heinz Succeed
Who’s up for optimizing a new $28B supply chain? Kraft-Heinz will have its challenges. 3G Capital knows that optimizing its supply chain is key.

Supply Chain Management Introduction
Supply chain management can be simple or complex, but all supply chains contain similar elements and are managed in a similar way.

Supply Chain Management Tiers
Next level details of supply chain optimization. Getting your customers what they want, when they want it (without breaking the bank) is next level!

How To Use the Supply Chain/Logistics Section
How to use the Logistics/Supply Chain site. Optimize your supply chain today and start contributing to your company's revenue and earnings.

Links In The Supply Chain
Optimize Your Supply Chain Management With Supply Chain News & Supply Chain Updates From Around The Web

So You Want To Be A Supply Chain Manager?
Optimize supply chain for a living? Where do I sign up?

Keep Calm and Carry Inventory (But Not Too Much)
The key to supply chain optimization unlocked by a World War II slogan (and the movie Fight Club)!

UPDATES Transportation Worker Identification Credential TWIC
Updates to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an identification credential for all workers requiring unescorted access of port facilities and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act, or MTSA.

Commercial Truck Vehicle Classification Guide
Commercial trucks on US highways can be classified based on their gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The classification is divided into 8 classes.

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7 Supply Chain Hacks That Can Save You Money
Optimized supply chain saves companies money. It can do the same for you in your day-to-day life.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Kittens will meow unit you give them what they need. Customers are your kittens.

Kittens, Puppies, or Supply Chain?
Sure kittens and puppies are cute, but can they control your cost of goods and guarantee on time delivery to your customers?

Demand Planning
With the right demand planning, you don't have to jump every time a customer's forecasts or orders change.

Supply Chain Optimization
Can supply chain optimization compete with really cute kittens?

On Time Delivery
If left unchecked, poor on-time delivery can gnaw away at your company's reputation, repeat orders and revenue.

Supply Chain Metrics
Nothing warms the heart like reliable supply chain metrics.

Supply Chain Managers
Puppies chase their own tails. Supply Chain Managers shouldn't. Supply chain optimization should keep supply chain managers from running in circles.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
When you are the customer, your suppliers should be employing serious SRM to keep you as happy as you keep your customers.

Is There Risk In Your Supply Chain?
Pressure test your supply chain with this risky slideshow

DMAIC - Six Sigma
Six Sigma and DMAIC. Logistics/Supply Chain.

Champion - Six Sigma
The Champion's role in Six Sigma.

Black Belt - Six Sigma
The Black Belt's role in Six Sigma.

Green Belt - Six Sigma
The Green Belt's role in Six Sigma.

Your Product
How protected is your supply chain - and your company's financial health - if your product supply is disrupted by your own product?

Proprietary Information
Is your supply chain putting your company's intellectual property at risk?

Parallel Production
Is your supplier making 11,000 when you ordered 10,000 and selling the extra 1,000 in a secondary market?

Is your supply chain sustainable? Do we even understand what that means?

Natural Disasters
How protected is your supply chain - and your company's financial health - if a natural disaster struck your suppliers?

Man-Made Disasters
How protected is your supply chain - and your company's financial health - if a man-made disaster struck your suppliers?

Other Man-Made Disruptions
How protected is your supply chain - and your company's financial health - if a man-made disruption impacted your suppliers?

Six Sigma
Six Sigma terms can be confusing, so here are some frequently used Six Sigma terms and their definitions.

Sponsor - Six Sigma
The Sponsor's role in Six Sigma. Logistics/Supply Chain.

Change Agent - Six Sigma
The Change Agent's role in Six Sigma.

Big Y and Little y - Six Sigma
Big Y and Little y in Six Sigma.

Sole Sourcing
Do you only have one supplier for your most critical items?

Financial Risk
How protected is your supply chain - and your company's financial health - if a financial disruption impacted your product supply?

Executive Leadership - Six Sigma
Executive Leadership's role in Six Sigma.

Master Black Belt - Six Sigma
The Master Black Belt's role in Six Sigma.

Cycle Counting
Most companies use cycle counting as a way to help manage their inventory. But did you know that you cycle count, too?

If you’re looking to cut costs, you can’t be emotional about it. Is it time to find another barber or cable company? Use this supply chain hack now.

RFQ (Request For Quote)
The RFQ is the the supply chain pro's bread-and-butter tool for re-sourcing. My mom calls it

Contract Termination
As hard as supply chain pro’s work to negotiate contracts, it’s amazing to see how meaningless contracts can be.

Supplier Negotiation
I once watched a customer at The Gap ask a store clerk, “What’s the best price you can give me for this belt?”

Six Sigma Your Day!
Six Sigma your day! Doesn’t that sound fun? Okay, first of all – you might need to know what Six Sigma is.

Re-Order Points
Learning to manage re-order points – just like a supply chain pro – can help lower your grocery spend.

Reducing the Number of Vendors
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains why your company should reduce the number of vendors in your purchasing database.

Implementing a World Class Purchasing Strategy
This step-by-step guide will show you the key points to helping your company implement the key elements of a world-class​ purchasing strategy.

Rationalization of Existing Data
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step shows where the rationalization of data is used.

Take Advantage of Vendor Incentive Programs
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains what your company can do to get the most from the relationship with your vendors.

Implement Vendor Evaluation
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step shows that implementing a vendor evaluation program will help your purchasing staff with contract negotiations.

Hire Purchasing Professionals
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains why your company should employ purchasing professionals to implement your world class purchasing strategy.

Centralized Purchasing
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains why your company should consider centralizing your purchasing function.

Getting the Most from Vendors
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains what your company can do to get the most from the relationship with your vendors.

Maximizing Technology
Implementing a world class purchasing strategy will allow your company to stablize or even increase profits at a time when your costs are rising. This step explains why your company should implement suitable purchasing technology to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Production Routing Shows the Flow of Required Work
The purpose of routing is to establish the optimum sequence of operations so that manufacturing is performed at the lowest cost and in the fastest time.

In Praise Of Being An A**Hole
In supply chain, as in life, certain types of people have an advantage. When you're negotiating purchase prices, being a first class Hole helps.

The NBA's All-Time (Supply Chain) Greats
Who are the all-time NBA greats when viewed through supply chain's prism? How do I optimize my supply chain management? Learn more.

The Terrifying Beauty of Parenthood
Supply chain management, parenting, heartbreak and metrics. Raising kids might be as painful and satisfying as achieving 100% inventory accuracy.

Why Managing Your Tier II Suppliers Is Critical
Tier II Supplier Management Is Critical To Supply Chain Optimization, which is getting your customers what they want, when they want it and spending as little as possible doing that.

Stockout Costs, and Effects on the Supply Chain
When a business has a stockout, it means that with no inventory of a certain item, production has to be stopped or a customer order will not be fulfilled.

Where Are Your Customers? The End of Your Supply Chain?
Are your customers at the end of your supply chain? They better be there - and in the middle of your supply chain, and at the beginning of supply chain.

Inventory Management, Using the SAP System
Inventory management is the process of efficiently monitoring the flow of products into and out of a warehouse. Here we describe the system used by SAP.

Who's Winning - Your Supply Chain or this Parasite?
From supplier to 3PL to customer. Supply chain perfection or a parasitic life cycle? Optimize your supply chain by following this parasite’s example.

Reducing Transportation Costs
Transportation costs are a major target to reduce and there are a number of strategies that can be used by management to help reduce costs.

Is Your Company Another Pickup BBQ Gone Horribly Wrong?
Is what happened to this pickup what’s happening at your company? Optimizing your supply chain requires planning. And maybe a fire extinguisher.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Supply Chain
Who's winning - the Cavs or your Supply Chain? An optimized supply chain maximizes revenue. An optimized Cavs team maximizes wins.

verywell. Logistics/Supply Chain.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
The TWIC is issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an identification credential for all workers requiring unescorted access of port facilities and vessels.

Supply Chain Options: Back Order Versus Backlog
You want one of these but not the other one. Optimize your supply chain by knowing the differences between back order and backlog.

Introduction to Purchasing in SAP
Businesses have to purchase items to manufacture finished goods or to provide services. Before a purchasing department can purchase material in SAP the department's infrastructure must be configured.

SAP Extended Warehouse Management of Supply Chain
SAP ERP, or SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is a component of the SAP SCM business suite which contains standard warehouse management.

Big Data, Big Brother and Small Ball
Do optimizing supply chain and winning championships require the same tools? If you're using data analytics to predict how your supply chain is going to succeed - then, yes.

Standard for Wood Pallets - Warehouses
In the US there are millions of pallets in use and most are made from wood. There are voluntary guidelines and this article looks at these standards.

Vendor Managed Replenishment
When a manufacturing company uses components for finished goods, they find they can spend a lot of time in forecasting, ordering, and receiving items.

SAP Supplier Relationship Management
This article explains in depth about the SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) application, which can connect a company with its supply base.

How to Deal with Customer Complaints
There are ways in which customer complaints should be dealt with to ensure that the customer will remain your customer, and order from you again.

Purchase to Pay Process Overview (P2P)
Companies carefully look at their P2P process in order to reduce overall costs, enhance operational performance, and make improved financial decisions.

Types of Bills of Materials in Manufacturing
A bill of materials is used in the manufacture of a product and should contain raw materials, sub-assemblies, sub-components, and parts.

Best Approaches to Finding New Customers
There are a number of ways in which companies can find and retain customers, from cold calling to collaborating with other firms.

Airborne Express - History and Description
This article looks at the history of the Airborne Express company. It was founded in 1946 to fly fresh flowers from Hawaii to the US Mainland.

Blame It On Sushi
Your integrated and optimized supply chain team needs defined roles & responsibilities - not confusion as to who's doing and what and when.

Logistics Network Modeling and Techniques
A new logistics network will take into account the location elements like customer market, labor pool, quality of life, and government incentives.

Small Business Guide to Manufacturing
Organizations like the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) promote small manufacturers and lobby to assist with legislation and federal programs.

Supply Chain Performance Metrics
Many companies use supply chain performance metrics that are easy to calculate but may not give a true indication of how the supply chain is performing.

Maximizing Warehouse Space Utilization
Companies can reduce costs and improve efficiency of warehouses by maximizing the space, ensuring that it is possible to store as many items as possible.

Inventory Classification in the Warehouse
Many companies use some kind of ranking system to classify their materials and inventory in the warehouse, such as the ABC classification.

Manufacturing Process - Introduction and Resources
When a manufacturing company begins production of a new material, it has a choice as to the manufacturing process it uses based on multiple factors.

Plant Maintenance Tips in SAP Software
Plant maintenance function covers 3 areas of maintenance, inspection, prevention & repair. See an overview of the SAP Plant Maintenance functionality.

Master Scheduling Tracks Manufacturing Output
Master scheduling is the detailed planning process that tracks manufacturing output and matches this against customer orders that have been placed.

Why Customer Service Is Crucial for Business
Without excellent customer service, an item may never be purchased. This article looks at the key elements of a world class customer service strategy.

Introduction to SAP Quality Management (QM)
This article gives an overview of the SAP quality management component, commonly known as QM, which is an integral part of the logistics function.

Inbound and Outbound Deliveries in SAP
This article gives an overview of the inbound and outbound delivery processes in SAP, including inbound deliveries, shipments, and goods receipts.

Purchasing Organizational Structure
The way in which a purchasing department is structured is directly dependent on the way in which the company operates and can vary greatly.

Inventory Carrying Costs - Components & Considerations
The cost of carrying inventory is used to help companies determine how much profit can be made on current inventory over a period of time.

Exporting Goods and The Global Supply Chain
This article examines the ways (including logistics crm) in which domestic companies can export their products to new global markets across the world.

SAP Production Planning as Part of Logistics Function
Production Planning is an integral part of the logistics function in SAP PP, and fully integrated with other components like Materials Management (MM)

Your Small Business Supply Chain Survival Kit
Supply chain survival is as simple as shipping your customers what they want, when they want it - and spending as little money as possible getting that done.

100 Is The New 99.5
If your supply chain isn’t doing all it can do to optimize revenue to satisfy your customers, maybe your supply chain isn’t giving 100%.

Is Star Wars The Greatest Supply Chain Story Ever?
The Star Wars canon represents excellent supply chain story telling - but is it the greatest supply chain story every told?

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
Companies require quality in part of every link in the supply chain, whether it is raw material at a vendor's facility or finished goods delivered to a customer. LIMS is vital to that success.

Is Your Company Ready For Shared Services?
Businesses need to be as cost-effective as possible and one option that companies can take is to adopt a shared services model.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) developed Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) to look at how data is collected, reported, and how it can improve safety for commercial motor vehicles (CMV).

An Introduction to Freight Forwarding
The main function of the freight forwarder is to act as an intermediary between the client who is hiring them and various transportation services that are involved in getting the product overseas to the customer. This article looks at the different services that a freight forwarder can offer.

Optimizing Your Inventory Accuracy
By having one hundred percent inventory accuracy, scheduling and available-to-promise processes will work without errors. But there are always issues with inventory accuracy.

The Only Normal People Are The Ones You Don't Know That Well
Scratch the surface and reality coagulates into view. Your family, friends and supply chain are all flawed - but guess what? So are you.

Contract Termination - Introduction and Methods
When you negotiate a contract with a supplier the terms of the contract specify details such as the quantity to be purchased, pricing, discounts, and delivery instructions.

Was Your Airplane Built By The Lowest Bidder?
Total Cost of Ownership can be more important than Purchase Price. Sourcing projects not only ensure savings, but also quality, assurance of supply and risk mitigation.

SAP Advanced Planning and Optimizer (APO)
SAP Advanced Planning and Optimizer (APO) is a suite of supply chain planner applications that increase overall knowledge of the supply chain and provide forecasting, planning and optimization.

Playing The Motherhood Card
On Time Delivery, Customer Satisfaction. Thanks, Mom. What else can your mother teach you about supply chain? Call her, for heaven's sake, and find out.

Supply Chain Software - itemPRO Inventory Optimizer
Can my ERP help me optimize my inventory? Yes. But can is there a tool out there that can help me optimize my ERP? Absolutely.

Adolescence, The Middle Class and Your On-Time Delivery
Nothing lasts forever. Not adolescence, the middle class or your on-time delivery. Sometimes a thing is meant to end, like adolescence. And sometimes a thing is meant to last - but only if you work to keep it.

Lean Six Sigma - The Methodology Evolves
Many organizations see Lean Six Sigma as the evolution of the Six Sigma methodology rather than a modification. Six Sigma has been developed over the last thirty years and has become the de facto methodology to eliminate defects from a process and improve the quality of the manufacturing process. The objective of this article is to examine the key steps in the Lean Six Sigma process.

Supply Chain, Grandparents and Optimizing Relationships
What can an optimized supply chain teach about grandparents? Supplier management and grandparent management have a lot in common, it turns out.

How You Can Get Wealthy Once We Live in Outer Space
Optimized Supply Chain Made Global Commerce Possible. Will Optimized Supply Chain Do The Same For Outer Space?

The Best (Supply Chain) Movies of 2015
Who will win the 2015 OSCA (Optimized Supply Chain Award)? Customer satisfaction, optimized costs, supply chain scores at the box office!

How To Explain Supply Chain To Your Loved Ones

How To Negotiate With Your Suppliers
How do you drive win-win solutions with your suppliers? An optimized supply chain depends up the right balance of leverage and transparency.

Supply Chain or "Person Of Interest"?
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Dear Supply Chain
How enamored are you by your supply chain? Probably not as much as our supply chain expert.

Do We Know When Enough Is Enough? Supply Chain Knows.
Yes, we can do anything we dream of. Should we? From supply chain optimization to our everyday lives, are we ready to hand the future to machines?

Slow, Obsolete - Bad For Inventory Worse For The Lakers
Your slow moving inventory will not retire itself. If you want your supply chain to be optimized, you're going to have to retire it yourself.

The Empire vs The Federation - Supply Chain Sci-Fi
May The Force Be With Your Supply Chain or Live Long And Prosper by delivering your customers what they want, when they want it.

No Pain, No Chain
Without a little pain, you might not get optimized supply chain. It's going to hurt to make the changes you need to get your supply chain optimized.

Is Santa Good At His Job?
Customer satisfaction? Check. Optimized supply chain? Hmm. More robust demand planning and a diverse supplier base might help Santa's supply chain.

How To Cycle Count Your Inventory
If you don't have 100% inventory accuracy, you should. Do you know what's in your warehouse? Cycle counting your inventory is one way to be sure.

Supply Chain Secrets For Non-Supply Chain Managers
Now, non-supply chain managers can unlock these supply chain secrets and hold their own against the Jedi master known as the supply chain pro.

Supply Chain Secrets Revealed Part 2
More supply chain secrets for non-supply chain managers. Supply chain optimization should be left to the pros, but you can learn their language.

If You're Acquired Here's the Third Thing You Should Do
M&A's happen for one reason - to increase earnings. In a post-M&A environment, optimized supply chain will be expected to contribute to those earnings

Where Are The Savings Hiding In Your Supply Chain?
From cost of goods reduction to inventory optimization to process waste elimination, optimizing your supply chain can save you real money.

Bacon Donuts or Optimized Supply Chain?
Bacon donuts are savory and delicious, just like optimized supply chain. Can you tell the difference between the two?

Introduction to Supply Chain Optimization
You have a supply chain, but do you have an optimized supply chain?

Supply Chain Impact - Research and Development
Supply chain impacts every function of your company. Optimized supply chain can mean the difference between a great idea and a profitable great idea.

Conduct a Pre-Mortem, Plan Your Failures and Avoid Them
Plan for your failures and you can avoid them. The pre-mortem works for everything from supply chain optimization to remodeling your bathroom.

Why Your QB Needs To Be Andrew, Not Andy
The right metrics help guide the right decisions about your optimized supply chain and your football team.

Lead By Using The "PITA, PeTA or pita" Approach
Are you a PITA, PeTA or pita leader? Whether you're a military leader, business manager, parent or coach, this leadership tool is for you.

Malala's Magic, Building Schools and Supply Chain
Card tricks, Nobel prizes and supplier management. Can optimized supply chain change the world, one part number at a time?

Is Supply Chain Your Competitive Advantage?
Are you optimizing your costs and customer service? Your competitors are. Optimized supply chain speeds delivery, improves accuracy, and costs less.

Could My First Car Optimize Supply Chain?
Whether you’re optimizing supply chain or selling your kid’s car, make sure your stakeholders are informed.

The Supply Chain Identity

Back To (Supply Chain) School
Here’s your syllabus for students heading back to supply chain school. Optimize your supply chain education by relearning supply chain basics.

DMAIC is your key to Six Sigma success
DMAIC - the five main steps in the Six Sigma process - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Supply chain optimization through DMAIC.

Participation Trophies, Birthdays and Supply Chain
Supply chain helps sort out the participation trophy controversy. Optimized supply chain knows a thing or two about performance and results.

Supply Chain Impact - Mergers and Acquisitions
Prepare your supply chain for pre and post mergers and acquisitions activity.

Six Sigma Glossary
Six Sigma terminology definitions to optimize your six sigma projects and supply chain management.

Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is next gen Six Sigma, not just a modification of existing Six Sigma processes.

The Sole Source Advantage (& Why You Shouldn't Use It)
Drive costs down? Great! Here's why you shouldn't. There are other ways to optimize your supply chain.

"I don't get supply chain" How My Girl Broke My Heart
Parenting and fatherhood and supply chain and heartbreak

Optimize Your Marriage
Demand, customer satisfaction, on time delivery. Is that your supply chain or your marriage?

Do Metrics Inform Management or Influence Behavior?
Should you use metrics to measure performance or improve it? In optimized supply chain, you can do both!

Did Supply Chain Make The World Better?
Optimized supply chain made the world smaller, but did optimized supply chain make it better?

To 3PL or Not To 3PL?
To 3PL or Not To 3PL? Is your company ready to use a third party logistics provider? That is the question.

Bigger Trainwreck - Amy Schumer or Your Company?
SPOILER ALERT: Your Company Might Be a Bigger Trainwreck Than Amy Schumer’s Character in Trainwreck

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Updates to the TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.

Six Sigma Starts With DMAIC
Optimize your supply chain with Six Sigma and DMAIC. Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control your way to an optimized supply chain.

Supply Chain Sitcoms and TV Dramas
Compelling, fun and just plain awesome, supply chain has it all. Optimized supply chain is the must-see event of the year!

A World Without Supply Chain?
How will crowdsourcing and digital downloads change supply chain? And can supply chain survive?

Supply Chain for the Non-Supply Chain Manager
Think your job isn’t impacted by supply chain? Think again. Supply chain impacts Marketing, Sales, R&D, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Accounting, etc

Creating a Supply Chain Strategy
Optimizing your company’s supply chain grows the top and bottom line. Start optimizing your supply chain today by following these steps.

Supply Chain Transparency or Supply Chain Trust?
How will transparency impact supply chain optimization?

If Your Company's Acquired, Here's The 2nd Thing To Do
If your company's been acquired and you're worried about your job, here's what action to take.

For Father's Day - Optimized Supply Chain
Dads love fixing things and so does supply chain. An optimized supply chain means Dad doesn't have to take out the garbage and gets his nap!

Supply Chain Fitness
How fit is your supply chain? Logistics/Supply Chain.

Are You An eTailer Not Delivering Same Day? Watch Out.
Same day delivery of online ordering is now the new supply chain standard. Supply chain optimization is now next-level supply chain optimization.

It's Summer! Is Your Supply Chain Set For The Holidays?
Too early to worry about the holidays? Not for your optimized supply chain! The holiday season kicks off on May 1 for your optimized supply chain.

Is Tom Brady Really Batman or The Joker?
Tom Brady, Batman, The Joker and Supply Chain, which one doesn’t belong? Hint: One could destroy what you care for if you’re not paying attention.

Why Everything That Goes Wrong - Goes Wrong
The Expectation Gap explains problems in parenting, politics and supply chain! Optimize your supply chain and your day by understanding it.

Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management can be simple or complex, but all supply chains contain similar elements and all supply chains can be optimized.

Six Sigma Terms
Six Sigma identifies and eliminates defects in a manufacturing or business process. Before your Six Sigma Certification - understand Six Sigma Terms.

Contract Termination
As hard as supply chain pro’s work to negotiate contracts, it’s amazing to see how meaningless they can be when one or both parties want them terminated. Page 6.

Cycle Counting
Most companies use cycle counting as a way to help manage their inventory. But did you know that you cycle count, too? Page 2.

The Request For Quote (or RFQ) is the supply chain pro’s bread-and-butter tool for re-sourcing and finding a supplier for a new product, service or need. Page 5.

Re-Order Points
Manage your personal re-order points to optimize the supply chain in your home.

Companies look for new suppliers for several reasons – to improve cost, for quality issues, improved technology, geographic tax breaks and so on. Page 4.

Six Sigma
Six Sigma your day! Doesn’t that sound fun? Page 3.

Supplier Negotiation
In life and supply chain - everything's negotiable. Page 7.

Is Six Sigma Better Than Seven Sigma?
Six Sigma projects are designed to identify and remove the causes of defects and minimize variability. Seven Sigma doesn't exist. Six Sigma wins.

What New Mothers Can Teach Us About Supply Chain
New Moms Are Experts In Production, Delivery, Inventory and Customer Satisfaction. Supply Chain can learn a lot from new mothers.

Six Sigma Certification
There is no global standard for Six Sigma certification, but this article can provide a basic understanding of what Six Sigma certification means.

6 Steps To Drive Your Customer Back Orders to Zero
Optimize your supply chain and optimize your revenue.