Amazon FBA vs Direct Fulfillment

What is Amazon Direct Fulfillment? To better aid suppliers, Amazon offers Direct Fulfillment facilities to selected vendors, along with the traditional FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). To join this program, vendors must already be in the traditional program, and must fill out an application. Normally, FBA is a system by which vendors ship their products to an Amazon Distribution Center, from where Amazon manages all shipping and returns to the individual customers. Amazon issues bulk order at the beginning of each week. Suppliers [...]

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Freight Carrier Invoice Automation – Use EDI

Freight Carriers Large Freight Carriers like ABF, Bax Global, BNSF Logistics and many other Freight carriers provide Electronic Data Integration(EDI) as an option to automate the documents exchange with them. This improves data processing speed and accuracy. It also helps to reduce human data entry errors and time consuming manual process. Documents for automation with EDI The below documents can be automated with Freight Forwarders using EDILoad Tender (Pickup Request) – EDI 204 Carrier Invoice – EDI 210 Bill of Lading – EDI 211 Shipment [...]

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Smart Supply Chain – What is it and why do you need it?

The Importance of a Connected Supply Chain Most companies rely on traditional processes to ensure the gap between demand and supply is as small as possible. These include forecasts and purchasing plans, which are used to order the necessary materials on time. To factor in some variation, companies may have a distribution plan in place, all of which come together to give the customer a precise delivery window. This entire process, however, is prone to delays and miscalculations, all of [...]

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Why Forecasting is Important in the Supply Chain

What is Forecasting?Within a supply chain, forecasting is the prediction of what to expect in the short and long term for inventory, orders, production, etc. The most common forecast is MRP or Material Requirement Planning. This takes into account customer demand, and looks into supply details like Bill of Lading, and sourcing info to give valuable information on inventory and how best to fulfill orders. Due to the variable nature of a supply chain, forecasts are not always exact, [...]

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Technology Onboarding Requires Efficient Technology

  In a company trying to integrate new technology the biggest hurdle is if the people or its employees are going to accept the new technology or not. There have been many cases where when a company has tried to accept a new technology its employees have rejected it before the benefits became apparent. Hence, the problem for new technology on boarding comes down to the manufacturer of the new technology. The manufacturer needs to make sure that the new [...]

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How to Use Routing Requests

Routing Requests  Many large customers like Amazon expect their suppliers to request for a carrier assignment for their shipments. This is almost always compulsory for collect freight where the customer pays the freight charges. Suppliers provide the expected pick up date, pick up location, nature, weight, and volume of the consignment. Based on their negotiated rate, the customer will assign the carrier and inform the suppliers, who keep the consignment ready for the carrier to pick up on the appointed [...]

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How to Print UCC-128 Shipping Labels

​​​​ ucc128label As part of EDI   messages, most of the time, large retail customers like Amazon or Walmart will insist on sending the shipments with cartons affixed with the UCC-128 Shipping labels. These labels have a set of predefined information that are printed in both bar coded and human readable format. Essential information to be printed on a  UCC-128 labels areFrom and To AddressSKU NumberUPC Bar code if availableCustomer Purchase order numberSSCC container codeNumber of cartonsThe information printed on this UCC barcode should [...]

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Iot and Supply Chain Integration

“Where Is My Order?” Shipment tracking is one of the most critical services in supply chain management. Millions of dollars worth of goods are lost in transit every year due to a lack of visibility during the shipment process. Therefore, the ability to give an exact and immediate answer to the question, “where is my order?” is critical to the efficiency and robustness of any supply chain. TPSynergy’s IoT tracking devices integrate seamlessly into its award-winning supply chain platform, giving [...]

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Kanban for Hospitals

The Kanban System Kanban is the Japanese term for Just in Time Replenishment. This is a visual tool to refill inventory when and only when needed. As the refill is done only when necessary, there is no excess or shortage. As a result, inventory is always kept lean. Kanban System and Health Care Industry The kanban system has been used successfully since 1940 in various manufacturing industries, and super markets. It is a common sight to see long racks where bakery items [...]

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Relaunching Your Supply Chain for the Digitial Age

Although most aspects of daily work have shifted online, one major activity has stayed grounded in the 1970s: data entry. Even today, where almost everybody has a host of electronics at their disposal. the vast majority of data entry for tasks like orders and purchases are still done via pen and paper. While this may seem simple, there’s a lot of reasons to switch to a digital data entry system 1. Saving Time While filling out a few forms may seem [...]

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