In my 40+ years of providing logistics and distribution consulting services to clients, no other year has had a greater impact on the profession than 2020. For an industry already dealing with labor shortages, the need to embrace higher levels of automation became critical as order characteristics morphed to significantly smaller direct-to-consumer characteristics.
Micro-fulfillment has taken off in the past several years, but what about hyper-local fulfillment? Can your company take advantage of this growing trend? Now is the time to plan your strategy because hyper-local might just be the future of fulfillment in urban areas.
Have you reviewed the priorities of your operations during the COVID-19 epidemic? How has COVID-19 opened up time and opportunity for your company to tackle new activities? Has your business benefited in any way?
So far, Sedlak and several of our clients have been experiencing the effects of the “New Normal” on the supply chain and taking steps to mitigate them. Three of these migitation steps include (1) strategy, (2) project activities & communications, and (3) operational design. The following illustrations using Clients X, Y, and Z, are examples of selected mitigation strategies.
We’re all seeing how modular construction is becoming more and more of a requirement on many job sites. It makes sense: contractors pre-assemble components in a controlled manufacturing environment, which improves quality, and delivers them to the project ready-to-install. It protects the project schedule from weather delays and waiting for parts to arrive, and ultimately provides a lower on-site labor cost. This practice has become more and more popular, and now companies are adopting it for their manufacturing and distribution facilities. Modular construction is the future of supply chain, and contractors and suppliers must adapt now to stay ahead of the curve.
When selecting a TMS, it is paramount to partner with one that best fits your needs to realize that ROI. Organizations with a low domestic freight spend but high international shipment volume need a Tier 1 TMS. However, the justification behind a purchase of a TMS located in the upper right quadrant of the Gartner graph below is not always there for organizations that have this type of global presence. Why? Here are two driving factors:
TMS is hot right now, and it has shippers and 3PLs excited. Competition among top TMS providers and new entrants have yielded better tools and reduced product costs. That means the cost of a right-fit TMS will be justifiable for shippers and 3PLs. Unfortunately, several factors can prevent clients from getting the best deal on their new TMS.
If your business is preparing for the common holiday peak, time is running out to take the proper measures. Using a few familiar concepts, we can help quickly deploy a flexible, effective solution that will assist a number of our clients as they face so many unknowns in 2020 and into 2021.
Sedlak Supply Chain Consultants has paved the way for enterprise-level companies to select, implement and execute Manhattan Associates’ new cloud-native WMS with Manhattan Active Warehouse Management.
The world has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global economy is in a tailspin and the prediction of a quick recovery is becoming less likely as mention of a “new normal” begins to dominate the headlines. But what will “new normal” look like? How does a Supply Chain leader filter through the minutia of information overload?