Almost 2/3 of surveyed companies already use a transportation tracking tool. On the other hand, only 40% are integrating the technology and further 20% have fully operationalized the software. Trucking accounts for almost half the interest of shippers in the new technology.
During the Spring Meeting of the Quality Council Phoenix we ran a quick real-time questionnaire on continuous improvement. All participants engage in either lean six sigma or other form of continuous improvement. In half the cases a function other than quality is in charge of lean/CI.
The vast majority of reporting companies do ship inter-company. Two-thirds of respondents provide similar service levels to inter-company as to external shipments. The same proportion of respondents report that the receiving party pays freight charges.
This short report summarizes responses to a query regarding responsible sourcing. Specifically, members were asked to define responsible sourcing for their company, the use of formal management systems, prioritization of raw material risks and traceability.
For both indirect and direct spend, negotiated payment terms are somewhat longer than the actual weighted average net days. Whereas companies report that improvement in indirect terms is ranked as "important", it's reported as "very important" for direct materials.
“The evolution of supply chain practices towards digitization requires a shift in an organization’s strategy. Guy Schweppe will outline Dell’s approach to digitizing the supply chain and explore the critical questions Dell seeks to answer with its transformation.
Respondents use a wide variety of benchmarks and metrics to determine staffing needs. These include level of spend, part count, supplier cunt per sourcing professional, etc. Some deploy annual planning processes and review the benchmarks. The full roster of ideas can be found in the report.