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Five Steps to Navigating Supply Chain Analytics Data Challenges

Talking Logistics

Having been in the game of supply chain analytics for so long, we’ve noticed that data is the single biggest challenge our customers and consultants encounter. Supply chain data is distributed in myriad enterprise and external databases, access to the data is limited, it’s in many different formats and structures, it’s missing important pieces and it’s in huge volumes. Source. Validate. Blend.

Go Horizontal!

Supply Chain Shaman

Functional silos define today’s supply chain organization. The silos compete. They lack alignment. This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. Like me, the traditio nal supply chain leader, grew-up believing in functional excellence and inside-out processes. This is not an easy transition. Alignment. Figure 1.

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A Disruptor is About to Enter the Heavy Truck Equipment Market

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters has provided our readers visibility to emerging industry disruptors who are leveraging advanced technology and platforms directed at supply chain related business process and asset needs.  Such visibility included the entry of Uber and Lyft and their potential to move beyond people transportation. We now bring visibility to Nikola Motor Company and […].

SOLAS VGM Method 2 – How it works in South Africa

Shipping and Freight Resource

SOLAS VGM Method 2 – How it works in South Africa. An accredited 3rd party assessor's view. Guest Article SOLAS VGM 3rd party assessor Method 2 SAMSA

How Rail Freight Companies Get Back in the Black

With revenues down across the board for freight railroads, how can operators boost profits? When enabled by predictive analytics, pricing can be the key to maximizing revenue. Find out how freight rail operators can use price optimization to keep profits on track.

Impact Factors of Supply Chain Management Journals

SCM Research

Few days ago, Thomson Reuters published the 2015 impact factors of well-known management journals as part of their Journal Citation Reports. Two SCM-related journals have an impact factor of 4 or larger: Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Operations Management. Two other journals have an impact factor between 2.5 and 3: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. Journals with an impact factor between 2 and 2.5 Journals with an impact factor between 1.5 Research Journal Ranking Supply Chain Management

Electric Highways For Trucks Are Being Tested In Sweden, California To Follow Soon

Logistics & Transportation

VideoThe world's first public road project with electrified highway trucks is being conducted in Sweden, and will soon be replicated in California as well. Sweden's Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson and the Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan recently inaugurated the first eHighway system on a public road, a two-kilometer stretch of

Jobs Sustainability: Robots and Your [Old] Job

Enterra Insights

You may have read that Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, just fired 60,000 employees and replaced them with … Continued. The post Jobs Sustainability: Robots and Your [Old] Job appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Artificial Intelligence Business Cognitive Computing Jobs Sustainability Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

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Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?

Logistics Viewpoints

Building unbreachable supply chain applications is virtually impossible. So it was with great interest that I listened to how blockchain technology could be used to create robust tendering and visibility that can be wholly trusted. Logistics Technologies Mobile Technologies Procurement/Sourcing RFID & AIDC Supply Chain Visibility Track and Trace Transportation Management Systems Bitcoin blockchain IBM tendering

Difference between Vessel agent and Carrier agent

Shipping and Freight Resource

Wait a minute, are they NOT the same ??, you ask. Well it could be, but there is also a difference between Vessel agent and Carrier agent. Let me explain. In the most simplest of terms a Carrier is a person or entity who undertakes to perform, directly or indirectly the carriage of cargo by… Shipping and Freight

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What’s the Big Deal About Cycle Counting?

Talking Logistics

Whether we like it or not, every company on the planet with any significant supply chain operation has an inventory reconciliation problem. It doesn’t matter if you are a retailer, manufacturer or logistics service provider, or if you have the latest and greatest warehouse management system. The fact is, if humans have to physically touch or scan inventory in the put away, inventory check or pick process, then errors will occur. The only debate will be the size and scale of the problem. talk to many organizations and they all deal with this problem. Why not 100%? Why should we care?

Leaked! Summary Of New FAA Commercial Drone Rules.

Logistics & Transportation

It appears that the FAA is about to eliminate many of the most cumbersome and expensive requirements currently imposed on commercial drone operators


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.

Ethiopian Airlines set to receive Africa’s first A350 XWB

Air Transport World Online

All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Ethiopian Airlines will take delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. read more. Airframes IFE Daily News

Ten Years of Logistics Technology Trends

Logistics Viewpoints

Last week I read the Logistics Viewpoints guest post by Chainalytics discussing the pitfalls of decision-marking biases. Although the Chainalytics article focuses on supply chain decision making, these biases can apply to business forecasting as well. Reading this article made me interested in my own potential decision-making biases. chose to take time on Friday to review some of the research I have conducted during my ten years as an analyst at ARC Advisory Group. […]. Statistics Supply Chain Convergence Supply Chain Planning Warehouse Management Systems SCP WMS

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

DAT Solutions

Shippers and freight brokers are singing a Merle Haggard classic this week, to their van and reefer BFFs: "L.A. traffic is bad this time of year, but there's a friend of yours in California sure wishes you were here.". Load-to-truck ratios are way up in the Golden State for vans and reefers, and there are more loads available there right now than in any state except Texas and Georgia. Got flatbeds?

Logistics Costs Increasing but at Much Slower Pace

Material Handling & Logistics

Parcel and express continues to grow, with the main drivers being the explosion of B2C e-commerce and omni-channel retail. read more. Global Supply Chain Transportation & Distribution News

Supply Chain Trends in the Digital Age

This research explores the implications of leading trends for supply chain officers.

Need Robust and Flexible Supply Chain Analytics? Build your own Apps


My takeaways from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016. Apps have come to define the way we work and live in many ways. We have cars with A pps , watches running A pps , TVs that operate with A pps …as the phrase goes  “There’s an App for That.” ”  There are Apps out there for just about anything, it’s  hard to imagine a world without them.

KION Group to Become a Global Leader in Intralogistics Solutions by Acquiring Dematic

Supply Chain 24/7

The combination of KION Group and Dematic creates a global leader in advanced material handling solutions - from hand pallet and forklift trucks to complete fully automated warehouse systems

Lumber Liquidators Terminates Sourcing of China Produced Laminate Flooring

Supply Chain Matters

In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, at the time, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America was involved in a supply chain expose.  Approaching 18 months later, the retailer continues to deal with the customer, brand and financial impacts of that disclosure. In 2015, a broadcast […]. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Lumber Liquidators China sourcing Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

How Do You Grow and Sell a Successful Consulting Firm?

Lean Insider

This past month, Raj Aseervatham , published an important resource for consultants titled You're the Boss: Growing and Selling a Successful Consulting Firm. The book is segmented into nine distinct lessons charting the journey of a successful consulting firm—from inception to sale. just recently spoke to Raj about the book and asked him: “What are the most common mistakes business owners make when they try to grow and sell a consulting firm?” Here is his complete answer: Most people are familiar with this statistic -- eight out of ten businesses fail. Do they really know why they believe that?

Man Bites Dog: Kia Tops Porsche and Lexus for Quality

Logistics & Transportation

The new Kia Optima is among the Korean automaker's new models that are impressing buyers who rated Kia #1 in J.D. Power's 2016 Initial Quality Study, which measures quality and problems in the first 90 days of ownership. Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images) Hold on to your hat. And no, a [.]. NYSE:GM NYSE:F NYSE:FCAU NYSE:HMC NYSE:TMC

David Cowell (CPO Coca-Cola Enterprises) Interview at EcoVadis SustaIn Conference, April 2016 in Paris

Sustainable Procurement News

David Cowell , Chief Procurement Officer at Coca-Cola Enterprises, took part in the EcoVadis SustaIn 2016 Conference as speaker in a panel discussion along with GSK CPO Jean-Yves Rotté-Geoffroy. For 2016 CCE will see a focus on sustainability in sourcing, all the way down to the farm level. "We can't deny the fact that resources are limited and that as a company we want to grow our business."

Airbus set to fly A350-900 to China

Air Transport World Online

Airbus is making its first A350-900 demonstration tour of China, from June 25-July 2, as it attempts to tap further into the booming Chinese airline market. read more. Airframes Daily News

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ANALYSIS: Enormous logistics costs the logic for Amazon to develop shipping services

The Loadstar

Amazon’s respective fortunes in shipping and logistics and web services (AWS) are intimately tied. For obvious reasons, given our focus here at The Loadstar, I’ll concentrate on the former at a time when AWS in on a roll. The post ANALYSIS: Enormous logistics costs the logic for Amazon to develop shipping services appeared first on The Loadstar.

Fashion Company Desigual’s Multi-Stranded Approach to Omni-Channel

Supply Chain 24/7

Omni-channel customers buy and return goods online or via physical stores, and expect excellent service regardless of how they receive their purchases, meeting these expectations requires inventory to be visible and available globally

The internet of (supply chain) things

The 21st Century Supply Chain

These are all examples of the internet of things.  Some of these examples are fluff and likely won’t pan out, others may be real game changers. Being a bit of a techie nerd, I’ve been following the Internet of Things (IoT) evolution on the consumer device market for a while, but I honestly haven’t given much thought to how the IoT will impact supply chain.  But what about supply chain?

5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

Bastian Solutions

The challenge of how to best move materials efficiently though the facility is something that keeps many operation managers scratching their heads. Generally, as product volume dictates, carts are brought into the equation and then non-powered trucks or conveyor. But when is it right to invest in conveyor for your material transport?

Boeing Iran Air deal could include 747-8s

Air Transport World Online

Boeing acknowledged Tuesday that Iran Air has signed a letter of intent to order airliners, confirming the US manufacturer intends to challenge Airbus vigorously in the politically sensitive, but potentially lucrative Middle Eastern market. read more. Airframes Daily News Manufacturers

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This Week in Logistics News (June 20-24, 2016)

Talking Logistics

A beautiful woman passed away this morning, my wife’s aunt who we all loved, so I will be brief with my comments about this week’s supply chain and logistics news. U.K.’s ‘Brexit’ Vote Changes European Business World (WSJ – sub. req’d). Logistics in Transition: U.S. Business Logistics Costs Slow Considerably with 2.6% Growth. Trucking Stocks Plunge on Earnings Warning (WSJ – sub.

Choices That Drive Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain 24/7

Supply chain managers are overwhelmed with choices and information, and too often the result isn’t decisiveness, but gridlock, the answer; put in place strong leadership that gets to the choices that drive supply chain excellence

Brexit: some personal views

The Loadstar

In two days, the UK will hold its first referendum for forty years, as the country’s populace votes on is continuing membership of the European Union, or not. Comment Loadstar posts Brexit

Four guidelines for making your workplace digital

Supply Chain IT World Canada

Toronto, ON – Strategy and collaboration are key to implementing a digital workplace, Gartner analyst Bob Hafner said during a presentation at the 2016 Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit on June 16.

Belgium’s VLM Airlines files for bankruptcy

Air Transport World Online

Belgian regional VLM Airlines has confirmed it has filed for bankruptcy. All flights are canceled with immediate effect,” VLM said in a statement June 22. read more. Airlines Daily News

How Penetrated is the WMS Market?

Logistics Viewpoints

If you wanted to learn how penetrated the WMS market was, how would you go about it? You'd hire a market research firm. But for the market research firm doing the analysis, it can be a devilishly tricky project. Buyers of this type of research need to understand the complexities and limits of this research. Business Intelligence Warehouse Management Systems WMS study

Sabre's Tom Klein Steps Down As CEO And Steps Up To Rescue His High School

Logistics & Transportation

Sabre Corp. CEO Tom Klein announced two moves on Monday: He is stepping down as head of the travel-tech company at the end of the year and he's making a $250,000 contribution to help save his alma mater, Queen of Peace High School, a New Jersey Catholic school that has [.]. NASDAQ:SABR

Cost advantages of ultra large container vessels are disappearing due to low oil prices and overcapacity

The Loadstar

The continuing cost-per-slot supremacy of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) was called into question by speakers at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event in Hamburg. The post Cost advantages of ultra large container vessels are disappearing due to low oil prices and overcapacity appeared first on The Loadstar.

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Average cost of a data breach up 12.5 per cent among Canadian firms studied: Report

Supply Chain IT World Canada

The biggest financial consequence to organizations that experienced a data breach is lost business, says the report. Privacy Security data breach security strategies

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Wizz Air names new CCO

Air Transport World Online

Wizz Air CEO József Váradi said Stephenson has played a “central role” in Wizz Air’s growth. Central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced the departure of EVP John Stephenson and the appointment of George Michalopoulos as CCO. read more. Airlines Daily News