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5 Dysfunctions of Typical S&OP Systems and How to Overcome Them


Sales & Operations planning has been around for 30 years. It was created initially by Oliver Wight and has become the standard procedure to improve business performance and predictability. Throughout the years, we’ve witnessed waves of interest in S&OP and its evolution IBP, which incorporates financial planning. In the past 2 years, we’ve seen the appeal of S&OP increase a lot more.

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The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Multiple Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

The digital path to purchase and omnichannel operations are complicating supply chain operations in a number of ways. The staff … Continued. The post The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Multiple Supply Chains appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Digital Path to Purchase Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. Not many companies have cracked this code. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. Managing complexity is key. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. Here we share the story. About Carter’s. Carter’s, Inc.,

Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive


Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". Battle of the Forms: Will You Win, Lose or Draw? If your business receives or issues purchase orders or invoices for products or services on a regular basis, you may have encountered a situation where both the Buyer, i.e. a procurement professional in your supply chain and Seller, or the more often known as the supplier, have issued forms with different terms for the same transaction.

Survey Results: Trends in Supply Chain Visibility

This report provides a summary on the results from a trends in supply chain visibility survey conducted by Gatepoint Research.

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Procurement and Suppliers on the Same Page: How to Craft an Effective Terms & Conditions Sales Document


Editor's Note: Today's blog is the second part of Chuck Intrieri's series on how procurement and suppliers can avoid issues with their contracts. In part two, Chuck focuses on how to draft your terms and conditions. Writing your terms of use can be a monumental task for anyone. Procurement and suppliers often assume that small print is highly complicated legal jargon that is both boring and largely irrelevant. Consider your use of websites, how often have you read the terms of use? The simple fact is that most people never look at the small print. How to Begin Your Terms. Advertisements.

7 Trending Transportation Updates: November 2016

PLS Logistics

Little Change in Economy, but Rate Increase Coming. Next year, the US economy won’t change much, growth expected to be about 2%. FTR predicts more of the same, but when you factor in low expectations, 2017 will feel like a good year. Shipping prices are expected to increase in 2017 and continue into 2018. Self-Created Holiday has Vigorous Delivery Window. Last year, Alibaba did $9.3 Source ).

‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft

Enterra Insights

Nobody likes to get ripped off; but, experts note the holiday shopping season presents an almost irresistible opportunity for thieves. … Continued. The post ‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Three Supply Chain Risks that Will Get You Thinking Bimodal

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater In a world where everything is changing, staying in one place is the fastest way to find yourself falling further behind. The same is true when it comes to your supply chain. Remaining stationary in your processes, relying on inefficient technology, and refusing to keep pace is how successful companies find themselves lagging behind the competition. Consumers’ demands are rising.

Hadoop and the Modern Data Supply Chain

With the advent of Big Data, companies now have access to more business-relevant information than ever before and are using Hadoop to store and analyze it.

What Happens After the Holiday Fulfillment Fun is Over?


By Irv Grossman | Executive Vice President, Americas | Chainalytics With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Week in full swing, the 2016 holiday shopping season is off to a great start. Fortune announced that “Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. commerce.” appeared first on Chainalytics.

Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the 1980s, commercial internet providers evolved. In 2001, Steve Jobs put 1000 songs in our pocket;  and steadily, over the last three decades mobile phones changed the pace of business. In the process, the banks got bigger and business networks grew more complex. In the last decade, social networks and new business models evolved. It lifted all boats in our personal lives. They do not sense.

NEW! Discovering Hidden Profit: The Podcast


Discovering Hidden Profit: The Podcast is a must-listen for CEOs and executives dealing with continuous industry disruption and increased business complexity. This podcast features in-depth interviews with the authors of the groundbreaking new business book, Discovering Hidden Profit by Peter Marks and Robert Martichenko. supply chain advancement supply chain insights

What REALLY Impacts Carrier Rates and Service—Lead Time


Chapter 1: What REALLY Impacts Carrier Rates and Service—Lead Time.Transportfolio. Truckload service may seem like an art to some. But it’s most definitely a science. Over time, you develop ideas about how to improve a process. But until you can actually prove it, it’s just a hypothesis. That’s why truckload and supply chain research is so important. Robinson and TMC, a division of C.H.

Omninomics, Creating a More Connected Value Chain

Achieving intimacy at scale through Digital Transformation.

24 Ways to Get More Thruput and Capacity Out of Your Distribution Centers


Demand on distribution centers and warehouses are greater than ever, and promises of more reshoring around the country indicate the strain will only grow tighter. Rather than building new facilities, consider using these tips to optimize your existing facility to achieve higher thruput. 1. Analyze Current Processes. company cannot increase operational efficiency of their warehouses without knowing where current resources are being used. Begin the process of maximizing thruput and warehouse optimization by analyzing all processes and operations throughout your facility, explains Norman Saenz Jr.

Warburtons: Keeping Pace with the Growth of Customer Expectations in Transport Operations

Talking Logistics

As an industry, we’ve always been focused on removing cost from the transport operation. We do this by reducing mileage, maximizing vehicle and driver utilization and generally being as efficient with our resources as possible. Whatever happens to the price of fuel, the need to cut costs never goes away. Put simply, our customers’ customers are a lot more demanding these days.

Ten holiday shopping pain points for consumers

Retail Connection

Now that we’re in the throws of the holiday shopping (and shipping) season, odds are that even with all of the preparations you’ve made, your customers may be hitting barriers to a successful cyber shopping experience, aka pain points. Though it’s too late now to make changes for the 2016 shopping season, it is the perfect time to start planning what you’ll do differently in 2017 and beyond.

RELEX to bring innovation and 100% customer referenceability to NRF 2017


Read PDF. Retail’s BIG Show | January 15-17 2017 | Booth 830. RELEX Solutions, one of the fastest growing providers of integrated retail and supply chain planning solutions, will be showcasing its state-of-the-art systems, which have delivered significant financial benefits to its retail customers, at NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO on the 15-17th January 2017. Press Releases

20/20 Vision for Outsourced Manufacturing

Outsourcing manufacturing continues to remain an important topic in the supply chain industry.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Dec. 1, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon Gets Temp DC Workers On the Job Quickly, Time for a Chief Robotics Officer, Not Peak Oil, but Peak Demand, What Would Made in USA Goods Really Cost

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Exploring the Era of Global Transparency in the LIVING Supply Chain


We are at the beginning of a completely different era in the history of global trade: the era of the digitized  real-time supply chain. In the 25 years I have been teaching students and conducting research in the field of supply chain management, I have never seen the degree of change evident in the face of this new digital era. The changes we are witnessing are unparalleled in scope, and their implications for the way humans work will have significant impact on our daily lives. These changes have less to do with technology than our mindset and understanding of how to adapt to this new reality.

This Week in Logistics News (November 28 – December 2, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Fidel is dead. I am only sad that my father did not live long enough to hear those words. What does the future hold for Cuba and my family there? I go back to what I said last year when people were asking me what I thought about President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba: I really don’t know what to think. My brain tells me one thing, my gut another. Which do I trust? req’d). percent to $91.1

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Filling the Talent Gaps in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Link

The supply chain offers significant employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds yet recruitment seems to fall short as the need grows. A 3PL with a consistent understanding of company vision can provide the talent and capabilities needed to keep supply chains moving and growing through innovation and precision. Where the Supply Chain Falls Short. Read More.

Optimizing the Supply Chain with the Use of ERP Software

A summary of ways you can improve supply chain optimization and move things forward for your business.

On Improving Your Supply Chain

Supply Chain Expert Community

Here is another letter to a typical client (with some redactions). See if you find yourself in the same case as they find themselves. Gentlemen: Thank you for today’s tele-conference. We trust you found it helpful. It was certainly our pleasure to speak with you on the matters with which you are concerned. This simply aggravates the bullwhip effect up and down the supply chain.

6 Key Supply Chain Leaders’ Skills and Why You Need Them

Logistics Bureau

What are the important skills you need either to possess or develop if you want to become one of tomorrow’s supply chain leaders? Is it enough to have a business-related degree and a little supply chain experience, or is supply chain leadership something that you must work hard to acquire specific qualities for? In reality it’s probably a little bit of both. Understand IT as a Buyer.

Report that Global Container Shipping Leader Maersk Looking to Acquire Hamburg Sud

Supply Chain Matters

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that based on it sources with knowledge of the matter, global container shipping conglomerate A.P Moeller Maersk is looking to acquire German based shipping line based Hamburg Sud. The latter owns and charters upwards of 130 container ships it had nearly 6000 employees and $6.7 billion in revenues in […]. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics A.P. Moeller Mersk Maersk Line Supply chain Matters blog

Container Shipping: Summary of 2016 and Brief Expectations for 2017

More Than Shipping

2016 has been a year with many challenges and surprises – some expected and some not. The consolidation of the carriers was expected and I stressed this in my article earlier this year. The financial stress has been going on for a while and it was expected that one or more carriers would go under. Overall when I look back, I see that we have guessed many things right. This is not sustainable.

How the Holidays will Impact Your Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The holiday shopping season, which traditionally begins on Black Friday, tests even the best supply chain. “As the holiday season … Continued. The post How the Holidays will Impact Your Supply Chain appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Demand Forecasting for New Product Introductions


Editor's Note: This is the first in a short series on advanced demand analytics forecasting techniques. Next week's blog topic will be on " Using Weather Data to Improve Demand Forecasting". Short and hard-to-predict product life cycles make it important that firms master New Product Introduction (NPI) demand planning. The demand profile during the initial launch period.

What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?


What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower? Article contributed by Batool Iqbal. Do you know how many planes take off or land each year in the world’s busiest airport? little under 900,000. That’s at Atlanta, by the way. There’s high stakes in getting it right: starting with over 100,000,000 passengers. Hat’s off to the airport’s control tower. Any Logistics Manager or 3PL manager has gotta be impressed. Wouldn’t you want that same sort of control over your supply chain? Supply chains are becoming more complex and more exposed to competition. Take control!

Airbus Announces Corporate Restructuring and Headcount Reductions with Some Supply Chain Management Implications

Supply Chain Matters

Airbus announced plans to trim its overall workforce by as many as 1164 positions in a new iteration of a corporate-wide restructuring initiative. These positions were described as support and office roles and the company hopes to make such cuts relying on voluntary departures, early retirements and relocations. Airbus currently employs upwards of 136,000 people […]. Aerospace Supply Chain Airbus headcount reductions Airbus restructuring Airbus supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Paying for grocery store shelf space

The Operations Room

It’s not every day that you see a video about supply chain contracting, so I cannot resist posting about it: The video comes from Vox and they have an article that goes with it ( The hidden war over grocery shelf space , Nov 22). The contract in question is a slotting allowance. Slotting allowances are paid by food manufacturers to retailers in order to get items onto shelves.