Supply Chains Going Green
Making your processes environmentally friendly
Supply chains are critical links that connect an organisation’s inputs to its outputs, which is why organisations should consider sustainability in this process. The benefits are often highlighted as reduced carbon footprint, reduced energy usage and reduced resource consumption. If you’re looking to implement sustainable strategies, you need to understand what supply chain sustainability is.
Three tiers of sustainability
In 2008, The Future Laboratory produced a ranking system for the different levels of sustainability being achieved by organisations. This was called the ‘Three Tiers of Sustainability’:
- Getting the basics right
Simple measures are employed such as switching lights and PCs off when not needed, recycling paper and using greener forms of travel, with the purpose of reducing your company’s day-to-day carbon footprint. Some companies also employ self-service technologies such as centralised procurement and teleconferencing.
- Learning to think sustainably
This is where the company begins to realise the need implement sustainable processes within their business. By assessing the ecological impact across a range of operations, companies can see exactly how their practices impact the environment on a local and global level. Changes in supplier management, product design, manufacturing practices, and shipping and distributing happen at this tier.
- The science of sustainability
This goes beyond the obvious, or the observable, and includes a full-scale audit of how things are run and how they can be run. At this level, companies map out a plan for long-term sustainability and establish milestones and markers to assess their progress over time. This assessment plans in depth, how implementing sustainability over time warrants adjustments to cost, agility, flexibility and efficiency. The regulation of several types of businesses by government agencies, along with the overall cost savings of going green in the long run, is a major push for companies to achieve this final tier.
Challenges during supply chain sustainability implementation
This includes lowering costs, ensuring just-in-time delivery, and shrinking transportation times to allow better reaction to business challenges. However, the increasing environmental costs and growing consumer pressure for eco-friendly products has led many companies to look at supply chain sustainability as a new measure of profitable logistics management. This shift is reflected by an understanding that sustainable supply chains frequently mean profitable supply chains.
Many companies are limited to measuring the sustainability of their own business operations and are unable to extend this to their suppliers and customers. This makes determining their true environmental costs difficult and reduces their ability to remove waste from the supply chain. However, progress has been made in defining supply chain sustainability, and benchmarking tools are now available that enable action plans to be developed and implemented.
Sustainability is more than just a fad. By thinking sustainably, your business should be analysing the value you stand to gain through implementing sustainable initiatives.
Contact AMCAP Distributors to find out more about sustainable supply chain management solutions.
GEM Community kicks off with Zonta House
AMCAP has a performance driven culture in which the company strives to go the extra mile in everything it does, driven internally by the GEM culture. GEM Community is part of this culture. On Friday 28 July AMCAP hosted a morning tea to refocus the company’s values and introduce one of our new charity partners, Zonta House.
Zonta House is a not for profit organisation supporting women who have experienced family and domestic violence, mental health, homelessness and other life crises.
Staff were encouraged to support the company values of passion, honesty and integrity, teamwork and drive for results and help make each other accountable on a daily basis. We were also reminded of AMCAP’s purpose which aims to improve our customers business guided by our mission to grow profitably by being a respected solutions provider with a strong focus on customer service excellence while creating a culture where our employees thrive.
Through our four pillars of culture and leadership, operational excellence, customer service excellence and profitable growth, our company will continue to grow and succeed.
Each month AMCAP and the Skipper Transport Parts division will host an event where staff gold coin donations will be passed onto one of our charities of choice with this month’s recipient being Zonta House. Angie Perkins, Service Delivery Manager said “We are so pleased to have AMCAP on board as a charity partner to work towards helping make a difference in assisting women to lead more independent, safer and fulfilling lives.”
Geoff Bailey said” We are proud of our staff and their community spirit to help raise much needed funds for companies such as Zonta. Our staff are also encouraged to use their paid charity leave entitlement to support a charity or any registered not-for profit organisation based on their own values and interests and I hope that they are inspired to connect with Zonta to donate their time this year.”
Pictured L-R: Geoff Bailey, Angela Perkins (Zonta House), Hans Francis, Jason Mance at the GEM Community Launch in the AMCAP Welshpool warehouse
Find What You Need, When You Need It
Inventory management solutions that can work for you
To effectively manage a warehouse, you need an inventory control system that will ensure smooth inventory flow and warehouse efficiency. Not only will it ensure that your warehouse is always in mint condition, but you’ll be able to keep an eye on the ball with regards to asset tracking and stock availability.
Needless to say, efficient inventory control is crucial to effective warehouse management. Need more convincing? Let us break down the benefits and explain how efficient inventory management solutions can benefit your business.
What is considered best practice when it comes to inventory management?
If you’re managing a warehouse, then you want to avoid delayed customer orders, inaccurate stock data and high return processing costs. This is why you need to take a look at inventory management best practices. What does this entail?
Well for starters, you need to consider the review system that best suits your business model.
- You would use a continuous review system if you order the same quantity of goods each time. With this system, you can continuously monitor inventory levels. If it drops below a set level, you replenish.
- If you order goods at the same time each period (perhaps you order your stock every three months), you would use the periodic review system. At the end of each period, you determine how many items are needed based on quantity levels at the end of each period.
Another best practice is quality control. Implement a process that ensures that quality is monitored. Ask employees to help with the following:
- To report any signs of product damage
- Ensure that the product information is identical to the description on the purchase order
- Pricing and terms of sale
If you’re all working towards the same standards of quality, you’ll eliminate unnecessary hitches in your inventory management.
Last but not least, you need to implement demand forecasting. This will ensure that even with minimal stock levels, you never run out of stock. To accurately forecast demand, it’s important to involve both marketing and sales.
Now that we’ve covered best practices, it’s time to look at the benefits.
How can your business benefit from inventory management?
Having a well-oiled management plan will help you, your employees and customers. Which is why you can’t ignore it. This is how you stand to benefit.
- Increased efficiency
Imagine for a second what it would be like if you ignore the best practices of inventory management. Employees would have to rummage through files and spreadsheets and run around each time someone asks about stock availability. There is a better way. With a good inventory management system, you and your employees will now have more time to focus on business growth and customer satisfaction.
- You’ll know exactly where stock is
This is good news, especially if you have warehouses in multiple locations. Instead of getting on the phone and trying to call the other warehouse, you can pull up real time data, which can track the stock’s exact location.
- Close that deal!
The owner at the bakery just ran to the back, promising you that slice of chocolate cake you’ve been craving. He comes back empty handed because he just found out they’re out of stock. Naturally you’ll find another bakery right? Well the same will apply to your customers if they find out that an item they were promised is out of stock and you’re unable to tell them when you’ll restock. Inaccurate inventory management can lead to lost sales and ultimately lost customers.
Finding the right partner when it comes to inventory management
Whether its personal or business, when it comes to finding the right partner, there is one important aspect: having the same goal in mind. This is why AMCAP works with you to understand your specific needs, ensuring that we deliver you the most suitable strategic logistics model.
Our warehousing and logistics solutions provide increased capacity, lower costs and higher service levels. Tailored advanced technologies are deployed throughout our state-of-the-art facilities to handle all requirements.
Whether it’s in our facilities or a client warehouses, we provide hardware and software solutions to increase the productivity and efficiency of all warehouse operations. We identify strategies and implement them to assist production, inventory flow and time management.
AMCAP’s warehousing and storage solutions help manage resources as well as people in a safe and secure environment.
Improve accountability today. Contact AMCAP Distributors today for more information.
How Logistics Warehouse Management Works For You
Rest easy knowing your goods are being managed effectively.
Dysfunctional warehouses are a nightmare for everyone, including visitors and clients who don’t work there and only have to look at the chaos. The idea that a business owner would entrust their products to a provider who places crystal glasses in a box under the heavy-duty audio products, is a prime example of bad planning – and it would turn anyone a shade of grey.
A good logistics warehouse management system should streamline the packaging, transportation and deliveries to clients, without a hitch; and the crystal should be nowhere near the audio equipment.
Here are several reasons why logistics warehouse management works for business owners and their clients:
A good warehouse management system (WMS) will track operations throughout the warehouse and indicate where it is going well and where it needs work. Various teams oversee different departments, each of which feed into one another, so all operations need to work seamlessly together.
A logistics provider is able to effectively track products and team performance, negating the need for round-the-clock supervision of picking and packing, invoicing and distribution. This reduces your need for staff and by extension, reduces costs.
Badly managed logistics warehouses need a large undertaking of staff, whereas, the right operations and systems call for fewer staff to perform the same duties, cutting costs for the company.
Streamlines and increases productivity
Warehouse management systems take the sting out of labour-intensive chores like manually recording data, locating stock, creating invoices and finding payments. Staff productivity is increased due to streamlined processes, faster order fulfilments and less errors.
Detailed stock control
Leaving manual stock control in the dust, computerised stock control is the only way to ensure the correct management of warehouse stock.
Logistics providers use WMS to automate their inventory processes, and all the details pertaining to taking delivery of products, storing them and accounting for their movements from warehouse to consumer. The system keeps track of where items are along the production line and advises management when a client’s stock needs to be replenished.
This may not fall within the management of the system, but it is the primary reason why logistics exists. Customer satisfaction creates and drives businesses. Logistics management organises, distributes and transports products to clients. This simple exercise can make or break a company’s consumer experience.
Companies want to know that they are entrusting their products, distribution and delivery to a logistics provider that puts them first; it’s what keeps satisfied companies (clients) and their consumers happy. Satisfied customers are the bottom line, which is why the correct logistics warehouse management is so essential.
Outbound logistics is the way of the future for companies who offer online shopping, which is why companies want to know that they are using logistics providers who are on top of their game.
For a company that drives innovative logistic solutions for the commercial and industrial auto sectors, contact AMCAP Distributors today. Logistic warehouse management is the foundation on which AMCAP’s 3PL and 4PL services are built. Clients are privy to tailored logistical solutions that work for them and their businesses.
AMCAP hooked on fishing!
Congratulations to the winners of the AMCAP Social Club “Fishing Day Out” raffle!
Departing Hillary’s Yacht Club at a leisurely 9am on Sunday May 7, our lucky winners were welcomed aboard “Legendre”, a 43 foot Westcoaster ex-cray boat for a day of fishing by Skipper, Neil Thomson, Client Services/Subaru Divisional Manager. Perfect weather conditions were enjoyed on the day with the sun shining and a moderate easterly breeze promising to drop off to produce crystal clear conditions.
The girls from the warehouse were the first off the mark with Bec Bateman landing a cuttlefish which was graciously allowed to live another day. Next up was Deb Clarke catching her first ever fish which might have been a wrasse that was also returned to the ocean. It was clear that the girls had fishing skills which encouraged everyone else to perform.
Finally, the men started to tighten the drag bringing up wrasse, scorpion fish, butterfish and all manner of non-keepers. Eventually, Phil Pledger (STP) reminded everyone what we were there for landing a massive King George whiting. The game was on and then it was Richard Creed (whose wife Kay is in Accounts) catching a flathead, Marc Russo (Holden) whiting, Paras Shah (Admin) whiting but it was Wayne Clarke who took out the honors of Catch of the Day landing a size Baldchin Groper on whiting tackle! Great job Wayne and hopefully Sandra (canteen) will convert that into some tasty fish and chips for you both to enjoy!
Not everyone is born to be a fisherman (or fisherwoman) and it didn’t take Karan Freysen (Charl from IT’s wife) long to find a relaxing beanbag in the sun whilst enjoying a glass or two of bubbly!
So, with the business side of the day completed, the group headed for “Little Island” surrounded by happy water to enjoy a delicious BBQ burger lunch.
A great day was had by all with each of the winners going home with fish they caught plus a rod, reel and tackle box courtesy of Martin Watts, Divisional Manager, Coatings.
Pictured L-R: Richard Creed , Paras Shah, Marc Russo, Rebecca Bateman, Phil Pledger, Wayne Clarke , Karin Freysen , Charl Freysen , Debbie Clarke and the Skipper, Neil Thomson on the top deck
Subaru do a genuinely rewarding Christmas
Subaru Parts WA’s customers were vying for a trip to Fiji by purchasing parts during a Christmas promotion running through November and December in 2016.
All GetGenuine members were eligible to participate earning triple Qantas points for purchases of driveshafts, short engines, turbo chargers, suspension struts, brake pads and brake discs.
The winners were drawn on 15 March 2017 with prizes going to three of Subaru Parts WA’s customers including 1st prize.
A trip to Fiji including flights, 5 nights’ accommodation and transfers for two people
2ND PRIZE: A bonus 50,000 Qantas Points
3RD – 10TH PRIZE
J & M Smash repairs & S Technics
$50 Coles-Myer gift cards
Pictured: L-R: D&T Panel’s Steve Lopresti, Neil Thomson (Subaru Parts WA), Tony Lopresti
Skipper Transport Parts Easter Trading
Skipper Transport Parts WA branches would like to notify their WA customers of changes in trading hours of the Easter break.
From Good Friday until Easter Monday, all WA branches will be closed, this includes Saturday 15th April.
Normal trading will resume on Tuesday 18th April.
The Future of Logistics – Driven by Technology
Get a front row seat to all the technological developments in the logistics industry
What’s in store for the future of logistics? Drones? Hover cars? Or better yet, instant delivery and distribution via teleportation? Could be. According to Industry Week, the global logistics market is estimated to be worth about $4 trillion a year, which represents a whopping 10% of the global GDP. The global transportation services market is also one of the fastest growing sectors, with an annual growth of 7% since 2011.
You can forgive mankind for its appetite for improving logistics with greater efficiency – as it’s a pursuit that makes the future very bright. The scope for technological advancement is virtually limitless. Read on to see what’s on the horizon and how technology will revolutionise logistics in the near future.
Why all the technological development in logistics?
Ambition has driven technological development. Similarly, though, it has been spurred on by a host of other factors, including:
With consumers relocating and increasingly mobile, meeting their requirements at multiple locations calls for improved flexibility.
- Multi-channel shoring
From the physical store to e-commerce, consumers are sourcing their goods in a variety of new ways that need to be supported by improved supply chain management.
Today’s consumer is more environmentally conscious and prefers goods sourced in an environmentally friendly way. They are increasingly calling for sustainable resolutions that reduce the wastage of resources and negative impacts on the environment.
Superior efficiency remains a primary source of competitive advantage with leading logistic companies, reducing the risk of delays while still securing speed to market.
As for the future, the supply chain will be trimmed to optimum efficiency and almost completely autonomous. Some of the developments we can look forward to include:
- 3D printing
Production will take place much closer to the consumer, facilitated by 3D printing. Instead of the manufacturing process happening thousands of kilometres away, goods will be printed at local production sites shortening the distance for delivery and cutting down on costs. Even goods that are needed periodically by a group of consumers, like replacement parts, can be printed as and when required.
- Machine-to-machine integration
Machine to machine (M2M) refers to any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans. This technology will allow a greater understanding of what is occurring at any given moment in terms of the performance of machines, energy consumption, inventory levels and distribution. Management will then adjust accordingly to optimize efficiency.
- Drone delivery
Drones have been used for picturesque aerial photography, mapping and surveying, but the future could see them decongesting traffic on the roads and delivering goods across the skies. While the loads they will be able to carry will be limited, it would be an ideal support system for first and last mile logistics.
- Driverless vehicles
Yes, Self-Driving Vehicles (SDV) are fast becoming a reality and the implications for the logistics industry are nothing short of huge. It will usher in the era of the autonomous fleet. Benefits of this include massive cost savings on fuel and labour, and will result in less delays and accidents, reducing overall shipping costs in the process.
- Robotic warehouse management
When human effort is exerted, there is invariably an opportunity for automated improvements to be implemented. The future could see the widespread adoption of mobile warehouse robots that manage inventory loading, unloading and transporting goods. They will be able to do so up to four times more efficiently than a human could. Amazon has already been making use of this technology through its team of Kiva robots that feature intelligent navigation to fulfil orders, and has reaped the benefits.
Third-party logistic providers (3PLs) and other logistics entities are awaiting the rollout of these new technologies, not only to increase their profit margins but to improve the customer experience. The distance between the consumer market and the goods they demand is closing fast, while the convenience factor is fast increasing.
AMCAP is an innovative logistics company with a passion for superior service delivery and technological advancements. We take great pride in providing effective solutions for the commercial and industrial auto sectors, contact AMCAP Distributors today.
Benefits to the Changing World of Logistics
From pillar to post and everything in between, and why it works for you
Transportation is the mode of moving items from one destination to the next by way of land, air or sea. Logistics is the art/science of managing and implementing how these items get to their destination.
The logistical beast has drastically evolved and now drives the world of transport. It’s the most crucial step to managing the expectations of local and international clients who send and receive anything and everything; from a pair of shoes bought online from a retailer in the same city, to a shipping container filled with Australian items set for 5th Avenue, New York, USA.
Here are a few points about how logistics has changed the world of transportation and delivery:
Tracking drivers and deliveries
Gone are the days when drivers would take a detour to visit a friend for tea before delivering packages a few hours behind schedule. Or, wondering why a driver has not returned from a shift.
Transportation management allows a logistics company to plan efficient travelling schedules, assess their drivers and monitor it all with real-time tracking software. Now you can work out the quickest delivery routes, who are the most reliable/unreliable drivers, and keep an eye on your team when they’re out on the road. The correct tracking and monitoring of your team is not only convenient, but financially prudent.
Cut costly mistakes
Manual entry is a hotbed for incorrectly calculated inventory and data, both of which can cost a company a fortune. This is the catalyst that drastically revolutionised the way internal processes work, and why companies turn to specialists and technology to do it right and help them save money.
Logistics systems track every shipment, the route, the amount of time it took, the fuel consumption, and drivers’ overtime; it also digitally calculates the invoicing and payments of each shipment. Each of these exercises, when not managed correctly, can cut into company profits and become a cash hole for bad decisions. Now; thanks to dynamic logistics, this can be avoided.
Stay one step ahead
Efficient logistics systems allow businesses to compete effectively with their competitors. These systems capture real-time data, allowing clients to see up-and-coming transportation trends. The resulting insights provide the opportunity to modify and change processes for additional streamlining and efficiency when transporting and managing inventory.
Businesses that move products quickly are using logistics companies to inventory all their items, fulfil orders and control the product volumes. Now, when companies are running low on items, their logistics provider advises them before the time so the line can be restocked. This has boosted the efficiency of many businesses that have fast-moving items and demanding clients.
From the moment products enter the warehouse, they are tracked, invoiced and monitored. Their place in the warehouse, their unique barcodes, movement within the premises, when they are sold, which truck they were loaded onto, where they were delivered, to whom and when, all form part of inventory management. This has made it possible for clients to maintain efficiency and stay on top of their stock production and sales.
Outsourcing logistics to specialist providers has proved that innovative logistics gives companies the freedom to focus on their businesses, while the experts distribute, sell, and manage their products.
It’s critical to partner with the right logistics company. You need a company that understands your business and its requirements, and will smooth the way for your business’s operations, transport and service delivery.
For innovative logistics solutions that are designed for the commercial and industrial transportation industries, contact AMCAP Distributors.
Warehouse digital deliveries
AMCAP is constantly looking at ways to improve processes, increase efficiencies and optimise its supply chain operations.
Over the past 12 months, the AMCAP warehouse and logistics team has been working hard to upgrade its PDA’s to ‘sign on glass’ technology. We are now pleased to advise that the testing process is complete and the technology is now live and in full operation. By fully integrating our warehouse management system with Ontime Delivery Group, AMCAP now provides a paperless track and trace delivery service option for its customers.
There are a host of other benefits to implementing the new technology including:
• Efficient and accurate collection of data
• Precise reporting
• Electronic customer notifications
• Additional order information available to customers
Customers will soon no longer need to call customer service as they will receive electronic notifications providing details of items on orders, run time and an estimated delivery time.