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Reverse Logistics: The Way Forward (Part 1 of 2)
Although reverse logistics is often overlooked, retailers that master this discipline can gain competitive differentiation and turn the tables on pure-play e-commerce goliaths.
Reverse Logistics: The Way Forward (Part 2 of 2)
Although reverse logistics is often overlooked, retailers that master this discipline can gain competitive differentiation and turn the tables on pure-play e-commerce goliaths.
Maximizing Supply Chain Performance in the Transportation and Logistics Industry
This whitepaper discusses the conflict between cost optimization and service level excellence that transportation and logistics players face, and describes how the Cognizant Logistics Performance Manager (LPM) framework can help.
Information Management: The New Game Changer in International Trade
This whitepaper analyzes the complexity of global trade management due to ever-increasing regulations, and explains how the right IT systems can help overcome those challenges.
The Growing Importance of Outbound Logistics
This paper describes our thinking on the strategic relevance and challenges in outbound logistics today. It includes an overview of our Outbound Logistics Solutions Suite, which improves KPIs for OEMs and logistics service providers.
Eyeing and Embracing Key Visual Indicators Across the Distribution Center (Part 2)
Distribution center (DC) managers and executives can strongly improve their operational KPIs by looking out for these five key visual indicators (KVIs) concerning a culture of safety, knowing and meeting performance goals, an urgent (but not hasty) pace, reducing start-time delays and eliminating excessive touches of goods and inventory.
E-commerce Fulfillment Execution Essentials
As e-commerce expands at a fantastic rate, consumers expect perfect order fulfillment: accurate, speedy and ultra‑convenient. Here's a guide to sales fulfillment for e‑tailers, covering reverse logistics, warehouse automation and location, SKU management and more.
Eyeing, Embracing Key Visual Indicators Across the Distribution Center
Distribution center managers can use visual cues to quickly discover and diagnose issues that can yield significant operational improvements with minimal capital investment.
How to Leverage Manufacturing Best Practices to Create Competitive Advantage in Distribution Centers
Supply chain players can more effectively manage product flow, reduce costs and improve flexibility in their distribution centers by borrowing process improvement tools and techniques from the manufacturing world.

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  • Transport Planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer
  • Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy
  • End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company
  • Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

Reshaping Transport planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer

For a leading packaging material manufacturing company, we implemented the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) system globally. The SAP TM system was integrated with the company’s existing enterprise system. The result was configurable, rules-based and automated transport planning for the client.

The new system dynamically pushes orders and order changes into the transportation optimization and carrier selection planning process. It also tenders or retenders to its carriers based on detailed business rules that accommodate all possible ERP order changes.

  • Company can react swiftly to changes in demand
  • Reduces in manual effort and processing errors
  • Better compliance with routing guidelines

Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy

For the transportation operations of one of the world’s largest makers of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines—as well as industrial gas turbines—Cognizant prepared a detailed IT-based transportation strategy. The work included a benchmarking and gap analysis for the client. Based on those results, we developed a high-level strategy roadmap. The roadmap covered short-and long-term system requirements and also included a detailed evaluation of transportation management systems, including both packaged and custom-built solutions.

  • Resulted in significant cost savings
  • Provided a quick IT system response to changing business needs
  • Significantly improved quality of IT systems

End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company

North America’s leading provider of premium truckload, brokerage and intermodal transportation services chose to use Cognizant’s Integrated Development Model to coordinate and execute more than 25 projects using teams in two different locations.

Projects included a box management tool, a pricing workbench, and a system to determine the network value of moving loads to a particular lane. The latter tool is being used as a decision-making solution for planning the most efficient movement of loads.

  • Increased realization through the automated order-to-cash cycle
  • Globally consistent business processes provided a “single version of truth” to business users
  • Reduced overall IT costs with higher throughput

Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

For a leading cold storage chain in the U.S., Cognizant provided full application management services for its Warehouse Management System (WMS). The WMS was already at the heart of our client’s business operations; however a fragmented system architecture and ad-hoc support processes had made the operations out-of-sync with market fluctuations. Cognizant provided the necessary domain expertise, along with mature delivery processes, that led to a far more responsive and cost-effective WMS foundation.

  • Shorter order-to-cash cycle time
  • Improved customer on-boarding time
  • Significantly reduced backlog of maintenance requests
  • Reshaping Transport Planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer
  • Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy
  • End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company
  • Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

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