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S&OP: Five Steps to Get Started

Supply Chain Shaman

It is Sunday. Today, I assume a familiar position. Now a ritual, with coffee in one hand and country music blaring, I sit in my faded green chair to write a blog post. have done this for seven years. This afternoon, I am writing my 334th blog post. will also pen my 95th report for this week’s Supply Chain Insight’s newsletter. The open content research model is working. Figure 2.

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Big Changes in the World of Maersk’s Remote Container Management

More Than Shipping

Recently, many changes have happened in Maersk Line Inc. Among them is the company’s decision to neglect its former reefer container management system for a remotely controlled management system. According to the company’s CEO, many factors compelled the management into making this important decision. This innovation compelled the company to invest millions of dollars in various deals and projects.

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The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Supplier Push-Back

Supply Chain Matters

Of late, the trend of extending payment terms to suppliers should not be any new news to many of our Supply Chain Matters readers since such practices continue to gain multi-industry momentum. Such momentum continues because private equity firms and high powered consultants in finance now advocate and practice this tactic as a means to […].

4 Reasons the Data-Driven Lift Truck Benefits Your Operation


We used to value lift trucks because of their brawn, but today it’s more about their brains — or, rather, what their technology can do for you. In this age of big data, it is time to ask yourself, “How can data-driven trucks benefit my business?”. Big data takes the guesswork out of making operational changes to improve productivity. reasons data-driven lift trucks will benefit your operation.

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Understanding Yard Management Systems

This white paper’s objective is to help industry professionals understand the basics of yard management solutions. It helps understand: Who is investing in yard management and why? What kind of operations benefit from yard management software? What are the economic benefits realized? What should be taken into account when buying a yard management solution?

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Report of a Potential White Knight for JDA Software

Supply Chain Matters

There has reportedly been a new development regarding prior Reuters and Wall Street Journal reports regarding the potential acquisition of JDA Software. Reuters, the news agency that originally disclosed the presence of acquisition talks by Honeywell International has now reported that private equity firm Blackstone Group has appeared as an apparent white knight offering a […]. Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Technology commentary related to Honeywell acquisition of JDA Software JDA Software Supply chain Matters blog

Hype Cycle Reminders For Tech Providers

Gartner Blog Network

It is hype cycle season here at Gartner, with updated and new hype cycles having been recently published or on their way. Whenever new hype cycles are published, there


Uber Acquires Autonomous Truck Startup Otto

Supply Chain 24/7

Uber announced it had acquired Otto, a 90-person start-up focused on developing self-driving truck technology that aims to upend the trucking and shipping industry

After Deadline, Industries Must Lay Out GHS Compliance Next Steps


Industrial end users must work with OSHA to formulate next steps for complying with the GHS. Automotive

The loyal millennial shopper? No longer a pipe dream for grocers

The game has changed yet again, and corporations and entrepreneurs alike must now adapt; especially so in the grocery industry. To find success in today’s new market, grocers must recognize this evolution and its implications, then adjust accordingly. The time of the baby boomer — long the largest group of shoppers — has passed, and the day of the millennials has arrived. It is no longer enough to compete solely on price – something more is needed to secure real customer loyalty: a true omnichannel experience.

Finnair blames A350 delays for slower capacity growth

Air Transport World Online

Finnair has narrowed capacity growth forecast for 2016-17, blaming disruption to Airbus A350 deliveries that are an average of two months behind schedule. read more. Airframes Daily News

Tech-savvy legal firms putting pressure on cloud providers

Supply Chain IT World Canada

Thomson Reuters Elite turns to cloud storage to support ProLaw clients. Cloud Computing Integrating IT CenturyLink cloud computing cloud services legal software outsourcing Thomson Reuters

The Disruptive Potential of Robotic Process Automation

Enterra Insights

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is not likely to be the focus of a Hollywood blockbuster film because it doesn’t involve … Continued. The post The Disruptive Potential of Robotic Process Automation appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

JDA Announces $570 Million Equity Investment from Blackstone and New Mountain Capital

Supply Chain 24/7

Investment accelerates JDA’s next phase of continued innovation, customer service excellence and growth, reduces JDA’s total debt by $500 million and cash interest charges by approximately $70 million per year

The Next Big Thing In Supply Chain Decision Making

What if you could make supply chain decisions based not only on what has occurred or is likely to occur in the future, but through recommendations based on why and how things happen? Prescriptive analytics help you find the best course of action for your specific business objectives and situation. They suggest the optimal way to handle what is likely to happen in the future by factoring in specific scenarios, resources and other inputs. Download the report to learn more

Mega-containership grounded off Southampton

The Loadstar

One of the world’s largest boxships is being inspected for any damages following a brief grounding incident in the UK yesterday. The 2015-built, 17,859 teu CMA CGM Vasco Da Gama grounded just after midnight yesterday as it made its way to Southampton on the UK’s south coast. The ship was refloated within an hour and proceeded to the port where an underwater survey will be conducted. Loadstar post

Panjiva reports import growth is back on track in July

Supply Chain Management Review

After negative growth in July, United States-bound waterborne shipments in July returned to growth, according to recent data issued by Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers

Distribution Industry in a State of Disruption

Material Handling & Logistics

Challenges to the industry include marine terminal closures, driver shortages, new ocean carrier alliances and Panama Canal issues. read more. Transportation & Distribution News

Be the Box:  Using Visualization to Create a Better Material Handling System Design

Bastian Solutions

When creating your material handling system design, visualizing your product's path and any potential bottlenecks ensures an efficient design that will be successful now and in the future. Read: Visualization for Better Material Handling System Design. The post Be the Box:  Using Visualization to Create a Better Material Handling System Design appeared first on The Material Handling Blog.

Boost your Supply Chain Agility- Make your Data Actionable with Prescriptive Analytics

According to a recent Supply Chain Insights Report, while business is changing quickly, supply chain processes are evolving slowly. The average supply chain organization is 15-years old, and one out of three companies state that there is room for improvement in their supply chain.

Are You Ready to Let Robots Take the Driving Wheel?

Supply Chain 24/7

Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved

Punishment and reward

Air Transport World Online

Airlines often feel like a weak player in the value chain, but Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has demonstrated that bold moves do have impact. read more. Opinions


Two Acquisitions in Two Weeks!

Gartner Blog Network

It’s been an exciting two weeks in the world of BI! Just yesterday, Saleforce announced its intention to buy smart data discovery vendor, BeyondCore, a new Visionary entrant to this

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Will Uber’s Acquisition of Otto Lead to Cargo Service for Long-Haul Trucking?

Material Handling & Logistics

Otto said that with Uber it can build the backbone of the rapidly-approaching self-driving freight system. "We can help make transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere for everyone, whether you’re talking people or packages.". read more. Technology & Automation Transportation & Distribution News

Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage

Are you leveraging your extended supply chain?

New warning to shippers on misdeclaring dangerous goods in ocean containers

The Loadstar

More than a quarter (27%) of all reported serious incidents on board containerships in 2013-14 were attributable to cargo being misdeclared, it has been revealed. The data was captured and analysed by the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) for the period. Dangerous Goods Loadstar posts News Sea Supply chain

The Third-Party Logistics Arena is Booming

Supply Chain 24/7

John Langley Jr., who serves as a director of development at the Center for Supply Chain Research at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, shares his views on what this means for today’s supply chain manager

Ryanair to expand Italian operations after tax reversal

Air Transport World Online

Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair is to add 10 aircraft to its Italian operations and open 44 new routes in 2017 after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi agreed to reverse a €2.50 ($2.80) municipal tax increase from Sept 1, 2016. read more. Airlines Daily News Airports & Routes


Build Digital Expertise without Creating a Digital Silo

Gartner Blog Network

In many marketing organizations today there is a distinct divide between the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. A few months ago I wrote about a debate that we Gartner marketing


20/20 Vision for Outsourced Manufacturing

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

XPO Logistics takes major steps to reduce debt load

LM Editorial

Roughly two weeks after announcing record-breaking second quarter earnings results, freight transportation and logistics services provider XPO Logistics said yesterday it has taken significant steps to reduce its debt load, with the pricing of a $1.,642 642 billion refinancing of its existing term loan agreement

Peter Spellman joins INTTRA as chief technology officer

The Loadstar

Today INTTRA announced that Peter Spellman has joined the company as a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He brings 25 years of experience as a software executive with a strong track record of conceiving, designing, developing and deploying innovative products. Mr. Spellman will be responsible for INTTRA’s platform and technology strategy and execution.

Internaut Day: 25 Years of the World Wide Web

Supply Chain 24/7

Happy Internaut Day! Thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and founding director of the World Wide Web Foundation, the scientist and academic whose visionary and innovative work has transformed almost every aspect of our lives

Turkish Airlines posts 1H net loss of $644M

Air Transport World Online

Turkish Airlines recorded a net loss of 1.894 million lira ($644 million) for the first half-year ended June 30, compared to a profit of 1.035 million lira for the same period a year ago. read more. Airline Financials Daily News