For this global industrial manufacturer of vehicles and engines, production depends on exceptional and reliable service throughout the supply chain. When the manufacturer was looking for a partner to manage its distribution centers, it sought a company familiar with the challenges of automobile supply chain management and decided on Penske Logistics. Penske has managed inventory in two of the manufacturer's facilities in Mexico since 2002.

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A leading building products manufacturer sought to improve and streamline its supply chain operations. With over 3,000 employees and more than two dozen manufacturing facilities from coast to coast, the manufacturer wanted to expand its trucking fleet while also improving overall visibility through the implementation of fleet management technology.

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A national wholesale distributor of heating and air conditioning supplies was struggling to manage its complex supply chain and maintain high levels of customer service, which is a top priority. With over 20 decentralized sites spread across five states, communicating delivery needs between sales staff, professional drivers and each distribution center was creating challenges.
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Time is money, so it pays to complete tasks as quickly as possible. In supply chain management, that involves maximizing velocity—the speed at which products move from the sourcing of raw materials and components to customer delivery and returns.

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In tandem with the challenge of adopting smart manufacturing technology, manufacturers are grappling with the digital disruption of supply chains.

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For a national manufacturer of custom-designed vinyl windows, transportation can be a challenge. Windows are sensitive. If they're dropped on a corner or fall to the ground, they are ruined.

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In the global manufacturing industry, inconsistencies related to seasonal volumes are common. Volumes can fluctuate based on the weather or the time of year. If not managed properly, that inconsistency can result in waste and clutter, which increases costs.

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Inaccuracies within the supply chain can create significant problems, particularly if those errors affect the production line or the end product. One key metric companies use to measure quality is parts-per-million (PPM) defects. Penske Logistics has helped drive a reduction in PPM defects for a global component manufacturer, resulting in improved quality and customer service.

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To stay relevant, manufacturers must focus on continuous innovation and improvement. They have to find new ways to drive out costs while improving customer service. With decades of experience optimizing supply chains for market-leading manufacturers, Penske Logistics uses its processes and people to help customers increase efficiency, reduce costs and optimize operations. As a result, many are able to free up resources to grow their businesses.

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Understanding exactly what is inside of the warehouse and where it is located can help manufacturers speed fulfillment, cut costs and improve customer service.

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Data is at the heart of the supply chain, and in today's operating environment, information flows from multiple sources faster than ever. The precision and accuracy of data is essential. People within the supply chain have greater expectations for data transparency and visibility. They also expect real-time data that can be used and analyzed quickly.

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While advances in automation and robotics continue to expand their presence in the supply chain, people remain integral for the foreseeable future.

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The truck driver shortage that is inflating supply chain costs has provoked heated debate over how the industry can solve this perennial problem. Much of the debate centers on how driver recruitment and retention policies can be changed, but another response is to reconfigure supply chains to operate in a driver-constrained environment.

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Industrial manufacturing supply chains are complex communities of trading partners that must work together to drive efficiency and maximize productivity. However, collaborating in this way is not easy when the entities involved have very different business models and levels of operational sophistication.

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The digital transformation of manufacturing is underway, and companies are under pressure to piece together a cohesive strategy for adopting the technologies that are driving dramatic changes across the industry.

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Managing change in the workplace is challenging – especially when it involves technological innovation -- but change management strategies can help transition organizations smoothly into the future.

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Supply chain agility – the ability to flex with market changes – has never been more important. What features enable a supply chain to react with this all-important capability?

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Digital technologies such as machine learning, big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) sensing are reshaping supply chains. Ultimately, the so-called digital supply chain will emerge where these component technologies converge to deliver unprecedented levels of operational automation and efficiency.

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Risk management in the manufacturing supply chain has improved markedly over recent years, thanks largely to better managerial approaches, technological advances and changes in global trade patterns.

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