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Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

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It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017. Learning & Leadership conferences logistics supply chain

Hostess Brands Turnaround Driven by a Supply Chain Transformation

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as a supply chain guy, I just love hearing about a business turn around that was largely driven by a more effective supply chain. That, as Tuesday's financial news proves, was clearly the case with Hostess Brands. Food & Beverage Industry Logistics Outsourcing Replenishment Transportation Hostess Brands lean logistics supply chain transformation

Maximizing Cash Flow: Operational Effectiveness in Bulk Distribution

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It doesn’t matter if the cost of supply is at an all-time high or fluctuating wildly, the impact of excess inventory and inefficient operations can be crippling to cash flow. While it is obvious that inventory costs money, most companies are not aggressively seeking to exert control and carry fewer overall gallons. The same holds […].

Finding and Keeping Quality Supply Chain Talent amid the Staffing Shortage

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Growing practice of supply chain modeling requires more than just technology smarts What types of supply chain roles are on your company’s career webpage? What skills are important for new hires to possess in order to manage this increasingly critical area of the business? Many of the best practices LLamasoft has advocated related to supply […]. Guest Commentary Supply Chain Network Design

5 Steps to a Smart Supply Chain

Optimizing Today’s Automated Warehouse

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Warehouse Automation to Optimization Warehouse automation vendors are placing increased emphasis on the ability of their software solutions to take warehouse performance to the next level. Supply Chain Optimization Warehouse Automation Warehousing

Procter & Gamble’s Supply Chain Control Tower

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Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world.  But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about.  P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about their investments in analytics. They […]. Business Intelligence Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Logistics Technologies control tower Procter & Gamble supply chain

Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management

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The young companies that are poised to transform the supply chain management profession fall into a relatively few categories. The most interesting start-ups we are seeing have business models based on the sharing economy, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and robotics. The Sharing Economy: Five companies are very interesting: Flexe, Deliv, Doorman, Transfix, and Shyp. Flexe describes itself as a marketplace for warehouse space.  It is a cloud-based marketplace platform analogous to airbnb.  […].

Machine Learning for Supply Chain Efficiencies

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A few weeks ago I attended the ToolsGroup Supply Chain Transformation conference in Boston. One of the more interesting sessions I attended was “Predictive Commerce and Machine Learning” featuring ToolsGroup CEO Yossi Shamir. While Yossi obviously touted the benefits of the ToolsGroup product suite, the session focused more on the big concept of why supply chain needs automation now. In particular, he looked at how machine learning can help create better demand forecasts. Traditionally, companies […

How to Manage the Outsourced Manufacturing Supply Chain

Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization

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North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse.  In order to continue moving product, trucking companies are pushing more and more freight onto the rail system, but that solution is not sustainable as it is also showing signs of being at capacity. Service in both […].

How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike

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This past June, the largest overnight delivery carriers (FedEx and UPS) announced that they would apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 2015. It is expected that shipping costs will increase 20 to 30 percent and affect over 70 percent of all shipments. What shippers are truly affected by the new pricing model? […].

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When you think QAD, do you think SCM?

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QAD is far better known for their manufacturing than supply chain solutions.  QAD provides full-featured manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, on premise or via the cloud, with very deep functionality for the Automotive, Food & Beverage/Consumer Goods, High Tech, Industrial, and Life Sciences industries. But when I attended QAD Explore last week (May 4th […].

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Is Oracle’s Acquisition of Logfire a Cloud-WMS Inflection Point?

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Oracle recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Logfire, a Cloud WMS provider. Last year I explained that Cloud WMS deployments still remain limited compared to Cloud adoption of other supply chain software (I am using the term “Cloud” to represent single instance, multi-tenant solutions). And with good reason. WMS is a real-time application that requires quick response times to function properly. In addition, a WMS solution supports processes often confined to a single facility. […].

2016 Supply Chain Predictions

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Now that I am finally off the road for the balance of the year, I had a chance to sit down and look at some of the macro trends of 2015 and how they could impact logistics operations and technology providers in 2016. In some respects, the biggest trends are continuations from the past several years. Ecommerce, the economy, customer experience and security are dominating the headlines. They are as fundamental as a shifting population […]. Logistics Trends Guest Commentary logistics predictions

Survey Results: Trends in Supply Chain Visibility

Logistics and Supply Chain Trends to Monitor in 2016

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Writing about trends is tough. Many trends are slow moving trains. Sometimes few people question that the trend is underway, they just want to know when it will impact them. The other thing about making predictions, is ideally a prediction should be specific enough and testable enough that after the fact someone can look back and see whether it was right or wrong. With those thoughts in mind, ARC will attempt to make pertinent and […

How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

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Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all. Global Trade Logistics Trends Procurement/Sourcing Supply Chain Network Design Brexit supply chain networks tax reform U.S. presidential election

The Key Attributes of Supply Chain Leadership

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Let us look at a few critical projects many supply chain leaders would like to initiate to save money and improve service, but can’t, because they can’t muster the necessary corporate support. SKU Reduction – Stock keeping unit (SKU) proliferation generates costs in terms of manufacturing changeovers, warehouse capacity issues, procurement, product design and even […]. Just for Fun

Two Ways Supply Chains Can Remain Strategic to Business

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Supply chain management is a critical function at any business that involves production, distribution, or inventory management. But being a critical function does not make it strategic in the traditional Michael Porter definition of providing a unique, valuable and sustainable competitive advantage. So, how can the supply chain management function elevate itself to that of […].

Hadoop and the Modern Data Supply Chain

The Next Supply Chain Revolution

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I’ve been researching and writing about supply chain management for 20 years. I’ve seen a number of supply chain “revolutions” In the first revolution, the concept of supply chain, as opposed to logistics, was put forth. Constraint based optimization tools for the extended supply chain were developed to support the new philosophy. As this was […]. Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Visibility Future risk management supply chain

How Consumers are Transforming Supply Chain

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There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before. She wants what she wants, when and where she wants it. She’s the new digitally-empowered consumer and she is dictating how retailers and consumer goods companies must transform their supply chains to serve her. This new boss will access your brand wherever and whenever she wants through the device of her choice. There are no channels for her, just […]. Omni-channel logistics Supply Chain Convergence Uncategorized omni-channel fulfillment supply chain convergence supply chain visibility

Supply Chain Synchronization: Matching Supply and ACTUAL Demand

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One of my favorite parts of being an analyst and a columnist for Logistics Viewpoints, aside from expounding on omni-channel retail and supply chain logistics trends and technologies, is the opportunity to learn. As much as I may know about supply chain logistics, there is always room to learn. learn from my peers, and […].

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The Next Generation of Location Aware Supply Chain Applications

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It has long been possible to build a geofence and detect when an inbound carrier was 20 miles out from a warehouse.  But warehouse managers, and transportation planners are busy.  What good would those notifications do?  These managers and planners don’t have time to look at every carrier notification and examine whether that truck will […].

Industry 4.0: Are You Ready?

Creating the Customer-Facing Supply Chain in Home Delivery

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Last October, I wrote a post introducing the concept of the Customer Facing Supply Chain and how it expands the value of the supply chain in the enterprise. There has been a lot of interest in understanding how to create a customer-facing supply chain. The following is such an example for retailers and their home […].

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3 Ways to Measure the ROI on a Pop-up Distribution Center

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Holiday peak season. New product launches.  Flash sales. Does the mere mention of these make you anxious? In a supply chain, the balancing act of supply and demand can be tricky and at times costly. Forecasting, previously accepted as an art, now demands near science in order to succeed in today’s dynamic retail environment. However, your supply chain can only prepare for and react to the volumes based on the resources readily available within a […]. Guest Commentary Logistics Service Providers Warehousing 3PL fulfillment logistics service provider OHL

Forwarder / Broker Benchmark: Challenging Times for Logistics Intermediaries

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Forwarders and brokers are a critical part of international supply chains. They operate in incredibly competitive markets that can be characterized by tight margins and highly influenced by regulatory change. This past spring, we conducted a benchmark study with over 100 forwarders and brokers to evaluate how macroeconomic changes were impacting them, the strategies and tactics they were using to be successful and the importance of technology to their business. Below, we’ve included some of […]. Guest Commentary Logistics Service Providers freight brokerage freight forwarders

Solving Truck Fleet Deployment Challenges

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I’m kind of happy to say that the blog I wrote in 2009 outlining when and why companies should choose to deploy private and dedicated fleets remains largely accurate today. An additional six years of economic, supply chain, and logistical changes have effected how all companies and us at Chainalytics evaluate fleet deployment practices. However, I still see some companies missing the mark in choosing a sub-set of lanes and activities when deciding how their […]. Guest Commentary Transportation Transportation Management Systems Chainalytics fleet management transportation mangagement

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Recent Port Shutdowns Highlight the Advantage of Modeling for Supply Chain Risk Management

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Recent massive strikes among dockworkers on the California coast brought the reality of supply chain continuity planning to the forefront once again for global businesses. The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports handle nearly half of the nation’s cargo, and are the main gateway for imports from Asia including automobiles, furniture, clothing, electronic products and […]. Guest Commentary

The Lean Warehouse: Top Down or Bottom Up?

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I talked to Bob Arndt, the Vice President of Lean Supply Chain Solutions at Ryder. Ryder is a leading 3PL. talked to Bob about Ryder’s use of Lean programs to continuously improve warehousing operations. Bob Arndt, VP of Lean Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder Many potential customers want to make sure that a 3PL has […]. Labor Learning & Leadership Logistics Service Providers

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The Internet of Things is Nothing New

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I’ve made the argument before that the Internet of Things is nothing new. In the logistics space, for example, we’ve been taking RF scans and using that data to improve warehouse processes since at least 1975 when McHugh Freeman, an early warehouse management system supplier, began business. Internet Internet protocols make it easier to communicate that sensor data to applications. This This is a big advance, but I don’t think we are seeing fundamentally new types of applications; just […].

Supply Chain Operating Networks are Finally Beginning to Emerge

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The concept of a network of networks – a network that rides on top of other networks and leverages those other network’s data – has been in existence for a while. ARC prefers the term “supply chain operating network,” which we have been writing about since 2003. While the terms are in use, what has not been present is an actual working example of a supply chain operating network. That may be about to change. […]. Cloud/Software-as-a-Service Logistics Technologies Supply Chain Visibility Descartes JDA Manhattan Associates supply chain

Optimizing the Supply Chain with the Use of ERP Software

The Four Stages of Digital Disruption in the Supply Chain

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Organizations continue to look for areas of opportunity and inspiration on the quest to improve the operational efficiency of their supply chain. While technology capabilities are plentiful, for many, it’s not immediately obvious where one should start. What I have attempted to do here is provide a staged view on how I would categorize significant technology enablement, with one category potentially building upon the other. Managed – The first place to start is to implement […]. Guest Commentary IoT Yard Management Systems YMS

Are Driverless Trucks the Solution to the Driver Shortage?

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Things are certainly changing in the trucking industry. Even though demand is rising, the industry is facing a monumental challenge in its shortage of qualified and licensed drivers. The driver shortage has been at the forefront of trucking news for some time, and we have certainly covered it here at Logistics Viewpoints. With the ongoing […].

Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 730 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving. Given that the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 16 pounds, that is about 45 million […].

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Incorporating Taxes and Duties in Supply Chain Design

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There are numerous ways to integrate tax and duties in supply chain design. Here are a few ways to consider both logistics and tax considerations in a holistic view for the best overall design decisions. The supply chain is core to how your business is run and its costs, profit and growth. With the increasing globalization of business, variable taxes and duties across trading borders have a huge impact on overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing […]. Global Trade Guest Commentary Supply Chain Network Design guest post supply chain network design tax efficient supply chain