Supply Chain / Logistics

Bossard SmartLabel

Bossard Smartlabel

Bossard SmartLabel

What is Bossard SmartLabel? Just our new logistics solution. It is an intelligent label – displaying all relevant product information and real-time order status – that can be fixed onto nearly anything, not just storage bins. Users can even release orders at the point of use with the simple touch of a button.

The benefits of Bossard SmartLabel are numerous. Reduced procurement and storage costs, less expense in monitoring of stocks, and lower rate of capital commitment are among the reasons that Bossard SmartLabel is considered so innovative and efficient.

Above all, Bossard SmartLabel is flexible, transparent and adaptable. It is user-friendly, allowing for orders at the direct point of use, with real-time delivery information – from the order status to the delivery date – presented on the display. These labels can be used for different boxes and can even function within your own existing infrastructure, avoiding the need for massive overhauls.

The e-paper display is also easy to read under all lighting conditions and has a long battery life.

More than anything, Bossard SmartLabel is reliable and trusted. Our logistics team works hard to provide innovative and outside-the-box solutions that will streamline your processes.

For a virtual walk through of the whole process, see our video below.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of Bossard SmartLabel? We’d love to chat! Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to get the conversation started.


December 18, 2015
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How Vendor Managed Inventory Works

vendor Inventory Management

Bossard is a leader in innovation because our goal is to streamline processes and increase efficiency. This is no more apparent than in Bossard Inventory Management (also known as BIM).

So what is it? It involves a network of qualified suppliers – at your approval, of course – to provide dependable care of full procurement of all b- and c-parts for Bossard and third parties. The central idea is to reduce costs, lower inventory and, most importantly, achieve sustainable relief across all departments through more efficient management.

How does it work? Bossard offers several different Kanban systems that collect data through an automated process and send it to the suppliers in the c-parts management system when an order point is reached. The suppliers then prepare the requested amounts and label them according to the location of the customer’s warehouse. Bossard then completes the process by bringing the flow of goods together and producing a consolidated invoice.

Flexibility and modularity are two of the most important elements of this system, but there are also multiple benefits to both you and your supplier with Bossard Inventory Management.

This allows for greater control of the choice, procurement and quality of c-part from your suppliers. You can also keep in contact with your suppliers and avoid having to deal with c-parts.

Bossard Inventory Management also compiles the technical responsibilities of your supplier and works to counteract the possibility of delivery bottlenecks by guaranteeing a minimum inventory.

To learn more about Bossard Inventory Management and how it works or to discuss our full range of customer logistics systems, do not hesitate to contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. We’d love to chat further!


August 14, 2015
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Advantages of Using Bossard SmartBin

Bossard SmartBin

First introduced back in 1998, Bossard SmartBin was created to help our customers streamline their processes and become more efficient in procurement.

So what is SmartBin?

It boils down to a combination of bins and specially developed weight sensors. By checking current stock levels on a regular basis and automatically ordering a predefined quantity once a minimum level has been reached, SmartBin essentially manages itself.

You can even determine if the parts are to be sent to your warehouse or the direct point of use.

There are also different versions of SmartBin, depending on what your needs are. SmartBin Flex, SmartBin Mobile and SmartBin Classic are what you have to choose from.

SmartBin Flex is automated, requires no power connection and can be placed wherever needed. Relying on signals that are transmitted wirelessly, SmartBin Flex eliminates wait times and reduces goods movement, allowing the material to be sent directly to the point of use.

SmartBin Mobile is the perfect solution for when your processes involve the integration of large objects or changing work environments. Mobile trolleys are outfitted with SmartBin Mobile, relying on wireless communication and requiring a battery for power.

SmartBin Classic is best suited for centralized and decentralized Kanban pools. This is the ideal application because SmartBin Classic is capable of managing small parts of just a few grams per bin to high volumes and large parts of up to 1,000 kilograms per pallet.

For a more comprehensive guide to Bossard SmartBin, be sure to check out our video.

Interested in learning more about Bossard SmartBin and how it can make your processes more efficient? Don’t hesitate to contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.


August 07, 2015
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Why Supply Chain Management?

Supply Chain Management

Over the past decade or so, supply chain management has emerged as one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States, if not the world. More and more people are graduating college with degrees in supply chain management, but few people outside of those graduates seem to have an understanding of what that kind of career entails.

Defining Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (or SCM) entails everything in the production process, from beginning to end. It begins with the raw materials being collected and ends once the product has reached the consumer. Professionals in this type of career can be found in manufacturers, retailers and various other organizations, and responsibilities can include planning, purchasing, assembling, distribution and other aspects of the overall production process.

More than anything, the position is about logistics. To be successful in supply chain management, one must be detail-oriented, a great planner and very organized. Good communication and problem-solving skills are also extremely important in the field of supply chain management strategy.

The Importance of Supply Chain Management

As corporate operations become more globalized, the need for efficient supply chain management becomes greater. Due to the fluctuating nature of business, supply chain management is critical to ensuring that companies are reacting and adjusting to changes within the industry.

Providing excellent customer service and improving the bottom line are two essential responsibilities that people don’t often associate with supply chain management. Half the battle is making sure that products are delivered to the right location at the right time in the correct amount in order to meet the demands of consumers. Supply chain managers are also critical to the bottom line, ensuring that all aspects of production are operating efficiently and not decreasing the cash flow.

To learn more about supply chain management strategy, contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.


February 06, 2015
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Solving the Challenges of Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Reducing costs is one of the most important aspects of supply chain management. On average, the fastener itself is responsible for about 15% of your total costs. The remaining 85% is development, procurement, testing, inventories, assembly and logistics. Once you understand how this model of thinking works, you can begin to develop initiatives for reducing costs.

Because of our industry experience, Bossard recognizes that there are substantial opportunities for cost savings in various areas. By understanding the common challenges of supply chain management, you can identify solutions that will reduce costs and optimize your operations. (more…)

January 09, 2015
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Lean Manufacturing Principles

Manufacturing Principles

One goal at Bossard is to help our customers achieve lean manufacturing. There are many principles that need to be considered when looking to improve manufacturing in order to operate lean. All principles are important and must be understood by everyone involved in the manufacturing process in order to effectively implement lean manufacturing practices. When starting to look at how you can operate lean, there are a few basic principles to examine first. (more…)

June 18, 2014
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