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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Optimizing Business Output by Using VMI

In any business that deals in physical products, its inventory is its number one concern. Having a surplus means potential wastage and reduced efficiency, while having a deficiency means the inability to fulfill orders. Both situations are potentially disastrous to the business, and need to be prevented at all costs. As such, having an efficient inventory management solution is invaluable to any business. VENDOR MANAGED INVENTORY A vendor managed inventory (VMI) system is where the supplier or vendor holds the products [...]

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AI in the Supply Chain

Over the last few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has exploded, essentially going into every sector imaginable, from finance to film making. Supply chains are no different, with AI having expanded quickly already, and almost certainly going to expand more. These are the ways in which AI technologies are helping supply chains:SUPPLIER RISK MANAGEMENT: In any supply chain, your suppliers are not always reliable. Some shipments could be incorrect, delayed, or not even get sent. These kinds of problems are [...]

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The Significance of Forecasting in a Supply Chain

What is Forecasting? Senior business man searching new opportunities for his company In 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 [...]

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How to Reduce Risk In Your Supply Chain – Step 1 – Identifying Risks

All business comes with a degree of risk, and that’s not going to change. No matter how streamlined and fail-proof you make every aspect of your business, things can and will always go wrong. This is especially true for a supply chain, where an error in one place can drastically impact everybody down and even before them. The key is to find and reduce your risk wherever possible. This can be done in many ways, but the first step [...]

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Digitizing Your Supply Chain

Although most aspects of daily work have shifted online, one major activity has stayed grounded in the 1980s: data entry. Even today, where almost everybody has a smartphone, computer, etc. the vast majority of data entry for things 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 Paperwork. 1. Save Time While filling out a few forms may seem faster than a [...]

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Amazon EDI Label Requirements

Amazon expects its suppliers to follow their Label requirements strictly. If any failures on the part of vendors on proper labeling will lead to chargebacks and reduction in profit for suppliers. We discussed about various chargebacks and how to reduce them in one of our earlier post. Three Levels of Label Labels are required at three levels when shipping material to Amazon.Item level labels Carton level labels Pallet level labelsLet us see each one of them and see how this requirement to be [...]

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Types of Control Towers in Supply Chain

In our previous blog What is a Supply Chain control Tower we discussed the similarities between a Supply Chain control tower and airport control tower. Both provide similar functionality of visibility and control that are essential in managing the traffic. Supply chain control towers can be classified based on their functionalities or areas of operation. Analytical Control Tower – This type of control towers are used for Analysis Only. If any Corrective/Improvement actions are to be done, it was done in some [...]

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What is Supply Chain Control Tower

A control tower in the airport is used to provide visual control of all the incoming and outgoing flights. Though computers and monitors provide all the necessary data for managing the flight traffic, controllers still prefer to look through the glass walls of the control tower and make necessary decisions. A control tower in the Supply chain gives the same advantage of an airport control tower. It provides visual inputs for all the supply chain traffic for a company and [...]

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