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As we head into 2016, we are featuring our most read articles of 2015 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight.

Yesterday we published the top 10 most read manufacturing articles of 2015. 

We will take a break next week in the series, as this Marketing Manager is going on vacation. We will resume the series and finish the remaining three categories on December 28th. The new year will then bring series on trends and on the state of some of the business functions and technology used in proper transportation and logistics management. We hope you continue to enjoy our blog posts as we are now proud to announce over 20,000 blog subscribers and over 100,000 monthly visits! 

As always our goal is to educate and inform. We hope you have been able to learn a few things from the 232 blogs published in 2015.

Top 10 Supply Chain Articles from 2015

The following 10 supply chain articles are listed in order from the 10th most read blog post to the top most read post. In the supply chain articles category it is clear the top ten are all about trends, facts, technology, and of course optimization. As with the manufacturing articles, infographics tend to stand out as they are a quick way to consume a lot of information. Without further ado, here are the top 10 supply chain articles by most read from the Cerasis blog:

10. The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

When I was Materials Manager at Maricopa County, Arizona, the second largest county in the country, I introduced Vendor Managed Inventory. I took our line of fasteners: bolts, nuts screws and washers and put them in one location in the Warehouse. I called Fastenal, who specializes in Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) for fasteners, in to see what we can do together. VMI is all about collaboration. We came to the conclusion, that each fastener type be put in a slot in a special rack that Fastenal gave us. We only paid for fasteners as we used them. There was a signed contract with agreed upon inventory levels. No Purchase Orders were used. There was no inventory carrying costs or concern for inventory turns. Fastenal would come in each week, check our inventory levels, and re-fill the rack based on agreed upon inventory amounts. We never ran out of or had too much inventory. It was a “win-win” partnership. Read the full article here

9. Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

When someone hears the company name “Walmart” several things come to mind from a pop culture standpoint. From the bullying of getting small town business out of business, to the famous “People of Walmart,” to the genearl low approval rating by consumers. However, one thing that should come to mind is the prowess of the retail giant’s supply chain excellence. Walmart would not have the ability to provide such low prices and have consistent inventory in the over 5,000 stores in the United States and over 1.3 million employees without a focus on good supply chain management. This “invisible” part of Walmart’s business is a logistical and supply chain management and the practices they employ should give supply chain managers pause to take a bit out of their day and inspect what Walmart is doing in order to mimic into the supply chain manager’s own practice. Read the full article here

8. Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

As firms look to reduce waste, increase turns and be more flexible with their inventory, management professionals have attempted to identify how lean techniques can be adopted to build flexible and collaborative inventory.

Current references like APICS (American Production Inventory Control Society shows that nearly 30 percent of companies are adopting lean principles in their inventory management. Read the full article here

7. Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Warehouse management rests at the heart of an effective transportation management strategy, and an inefficient, error-laden system results in poor shipping procedures, poor customer satisfaction, and deviations from best practices. Read the full article here

6. Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Supplier Quality Management (SQM) is confidence in a supplier’s ability to deliver a good or service that will satisfy the customer’s needs. Achievable through interactive relationship between the customer and the supplier, it aims at ensuring the product’s ‘fit’ to the customer’s requirements with little or no adjustment or inspection. Read the full article here.

5. 9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners 

Top management knows that lean can add value, but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent partners that operate in unison to accomplish supply chain objectives. There should be metrics involved to monitor these objectives to ensure success across the supply chain. These metrics should be reviewed frequently to ensure supply chain success. Read the full article here

4. [INFOGRAPHIC] Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014

Each of these topics has some pretty interesting supply chain facts and statistics that may have been missed in the hustle and bustle of fellow logistics professionals and enthusiasts. And while we haven’t covered all of the interesting facts from 2014; we felt that these topics helped changes the face of the logistics and supply chain industry in 2014 and serves a good snippet to review the year. Read the full article here

3. [INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

As pressure to improve supply chain cost performance increases for many companies, the evaluation and selection of competent suppliers becomes a key concern. Typically, total cost, quality, and delivery performance appear as critical factors in the supplier selection process. However, complex supplier relationships, unreliable sources of material supply, and ever-increasing customer expectations greatly add to the expectations to select the best suppliers and conduct their operations more efficiently. Read the full article here

2. [INFOGRAPHIC] The Evolution and History of Supply Chain Management

Over the last 100 plus years of the history of supply chain management has evolved from an initial focus on improving relatively simple, but very labor-intensive processes to the present day engineering and managing of extraordinarily complex global networks. We will take you through the last 60 plus years below and end the post with an amazing infographic. Read the full article here

1. [INFOGRAPHIC] 3 Core Supply Chain Management Trends Gearing Up to Change SCM Forever

Jabil sponsored a global Dimensional Research survey to capture hard data on current experiences, challenges and trends with the supply chains of electronics manufacturing companies. Participants ranged in roles and company sizes with questions that spanned a variety supply chain management trends of topics such as visibility, factory-of-the-future technology, the Internet of Things and more. The results show some of the biggest supply chain management trends in supply chains for 2015. Read the full article here.

We hope you enjoyed the supply chain articles from 2015. Make sure you also browse the entire supply chain category where there are nearly 100 articles in total focused on supply chain. Have a great and happy Christmas and see you week after next with the rest of the series!

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