Supply Chain by the Numbers

- May 20 , 2011


Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of May 20, 2011

  WERC and ISM Conference Edition: Kimberly Clark Co-Locates Co-Packers; On-Time Shipping Performance; Supply Management must be Hot; 11% in 13 Minutes


The amount of square feet in its new network of "mixing center" DCs that Kimberly Clark has carved out for "co-packers ," the consumer packaged goods industry process of third parties doing final packaging and fulfillment customization, as it has decided to co-locate those operations to save logistics and inventory costs versus the outside operations it used to use. KCC 3PLs are running the DCs are actually doing the co-packing now too - a very different mission.




Median level of on-time shipment performance, according to the just released annual "DC Metrics" report released at the Warehouse Education and Resource Council (WERC) annual conference in Orlando this week. The report is put together by Dr. Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University, and Kate Vitasek of Supply Chain Visions. The best in class quartile was at 99.8%, and bottom quartile at 95.7% or below.


Approximate number of attendees at the ISM conference in Orlando this week, up significantly from 2010 and reaching the event attendance high seen in 2007 before the recession/financial crisis began.



Amount of savings Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently saved in just 13 minutes in a reverse auction procurement event, according to the company's Whitney Taylor during a presentation this week at the ISM conference in Orlando. Whitney says such savings are commonplace for the first time an auction is held for a given product or service, then delivers important but smaller gains subsequent auctions for the category.