Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017
JANUARY 9, 2017
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
JULY 7, 2016
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
Finding and Keeping Quality Supply Chain Talent amid the Staffing Shortage
JULY 21, 2015
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
The profound impact of the Internet of Things on supply chains
MAY 5, 2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the catalyst in creating more responsive supply chains by providing real-time, autonomous insight into your operational execution. DHL and Cisco recently published a report (linked here) that indicated the Internet of Things will deliver a $1.9 Trillion boost to Supply Chain & Logistics Operations. The report estimates that there […].
Technology Reshaping the Modern Supply Chain - White Paper
This paper explores the influence of rapidly evolving technologies that have recently come a long way and will continue to transform the supply chain in the years to come.
The Internet of Things will Change the Face of Supply Chain Management, but it will require a Revolution in Analytics First
JULY 14, 2014
The Internet of Things (IoT) will make our operations more efficient by combining smart sensors, cameras, software, databases/business intelligence, and the Internet (primarily in the form of private clouds) together in diverse ways. IoT is already evident in several places across the supply chain, but pundits are predicting that it will become so deeply part […].
Machine Learning for Supply Chain Efficiencies
JUNE 8, 2016
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 […
Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management
JUNE 15, 2016
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. […].
The Evolution of WMS Customer Requirements
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Last month I posted a Logistics Viewpoints article on the evolution and growth of the WMS market. Today I am going to take a slightly different perspective and discuss the evolution of WMS customer requirements – how are WMS customers’ requirements different now than they were in the past, and what factors are driving these […].
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
How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?
JULY 5, 2016
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
2016 Supply Chain Predictions
DECEMBER 15, 2015
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
Optimizing Today’s Automated Warehouse
JULY 8, 2015
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
Two Ways Supply Chains Can Remain Strategic to Business
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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 […].
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.
How Consumers are Transforming Supply Chain
DECEMBER 1, 2015
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
The Next Supply Chain Revolution
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
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
The Key Attributes of Supply Chain Leadership
JANUARY 12, 2015
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
Supply Chain Synchronization: Matching Supply and ACTUAL Demand
MARCH 18, 2015
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 […].
How to Manage the Outsourced Manufacturing Supply Chain
Three articles on the keys to successfully managing your outsourcing partners.
Supply Chain Operating Networks are Finally Beginning to Emerge
MAY 24, 2016
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
Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization
JANUARY 15, 2015
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 […].
Logistics and Supply Chain Trends to Monitor in 2016
JANUARY 11, 2016
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 […
Creating the Customer-Facing Supply Chain in Home Delivery
JUNE 9, 2015
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 […].
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.
Incorporating Taxes and Duties in Supply Chain Design
MAY 10, 2016
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
When you think QAD, do you think SCM?
MAY 11, 2015
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 […].
How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
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? […].
The Four Stages of Digital Disruption in the Supply Chain
APRIL 14, 2016
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
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.
The Next Generation of Location Aware Supply Chain Applications
MARCH 9, 2015
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 […].
Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?
JUNE 20, 2016
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
Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
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 […].
Using Network Visualization to Mitigate Supply Chain Risks
MAY 25, 2016
I recently spoke to Trace White and Travis Parker from HP Inc. (HP) about using supply chain network design and visualization tools to respond to supply chain risks. This is something that their team at HP started to examine about two to three years ago. They had built a supply chain visualization tool in response to getting a better handle on how to position supply chain initiatives, such as direct ship activities. At the time, […]. Supply Chain Risk Management
Recent Port Shutdowns Highlight the Advantage of Modeling for Supply Chain Risk Management
APRIL 28, 2015
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
Build Resilience into Your Supply Chain
OCTOBER 23, 2014
Will you wait until disaster strikes before investigating weak links in the supply chain? Or will you add resilience now to minimize the risk of disruption? Guest Commentary Supply Chain Risk Management
After Brexit: It’s Time to Model Your Supply Chain
AUGUST 9, 2016
In June the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As a result, the political system is in a state of chaos as the various parties jockey for control. Some of the changes expected from a Brexit (i.e. British Exit) vote have already happened. week from the referendum, the pound was down 10 percent against the US dollar and eight percent against the Euro. The UK Chancellor has said there […]. Guest Commentary Logistics Technologies Supply Chain Network Design Supply Chain Risk Management supply chain design supply chain network design
A Fresh Look at Supply Chain Visibility
APRIL 11, 2016
In ARC‘s recent Supply Chain Visibility & Collaboration Study, we found that the supply chain visibility & collaboration market is the fastest growing supply chain market. Over a year ago, ARC started to come across large corporations investing in supply chain control towers as a way of taking their supply chain program to the next level. We decided we needed to look into this, and kicked off a market research project on this market. When it came […]. Cloud/Software-as-a-Service Supply Chain Visibility collaboration Descartes Oracle SAP Transporean visibility
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.