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Supply chain impact before, during, and after Hurricane Irma

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois What are your supply chain thoughts when you see this picture? As pictures start to emerge showing the damage caused by the recent string of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, immediate thoughts go to the safety of the people caught in the path of these storms.

Daimler Moves Toward Digital Transformation in Contract Management

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters highlights an deployment announcement from a contract management provider that reinforces that in the end, speed of implementation, ease-of-use and quicker value for the customer will always remain key decision criteria regardless of how advanced technology may be. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Technology Daimler supply chain Icertis contract management software Supply chain Matters blog

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Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management.

Supply chain pain points: Automotive

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater 6 speed bumps on the road to automotive supply chain success. A trending move from regional to global supply chain processes is adding complexity to the automotive supply chain at an unprecedented level, driving a growing need for automation and collaboration.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

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Meeting the meat demand


The meat industry and its supply chain is long and complex. As consumers, we don’t really think about where our meat comes from, nor what it takes for it to end up in aisles 3 and 4 at our local supermarket or at the counter of our favourite butcher. How often do we meander through the supermarket aisles, wrestling with a shopping trolley that has the same manoeuvrability of an inert cow, aiming to pick out our favourite cuts for dinner… only to find that the cuts we want have run out?

Supply Chain Losing Hours, Money to Poor Financial Systems

Material Handling & Logistics

“Numerous processes in the financial world remain cumbersome and time-consuming when they needn’t be,” said Rick Hurwitz, CEO, Tungsten Network. Clunky payment practices are causing friction in U.S. business’ supply chain. The average U.S. business loses $171,340 per year. .

How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping


Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Cindy Banker with ProCorr Display and Packaging who is bringing us some great insight on how to reduce product damage. If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Packaging and product damage during shipping is extremely common. So much so, that a certain percentage of loss is often expected and built into the balance sheet.

Sales Can Use RACI Charts to Understand Procurement… and vice versa!


RACI Charts have been around for years, yet are often discounted. RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed – which refers to the relative governance structure that exists in an organizational relationship. Although RACI “charts” are often viewed as irrelevant and bureaucratic, they can provide an important clue regarding the “decision-rights” for procurement and contracting decisions. This is particularly true for sales people.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

This Week in Logistics News (September 11-15, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Happy Friday from Saratoga Springs, NY! As you read this, I’ll be at a meeting with my Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure teammates and over 500 other people in preparation for tomorrow’s 100-mile JDRF Ride.

The importance of reverse logistics in your supply chain network

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Iman Niroomand Reverse logistics is defined as the process of moving goods beyond their typical final destination for things like re-use, capturing value, or proper disposal. In supply chain networks, materials flow from suppliers through to end customers.

What Is Last Mile Logistics & Why Are More Shippers Looking at This Transportation Function?


Last mile logistics is among the most misunderstood parts of transportation networks. On the surface, last mile may not seem very important, but it can make up 28 percent of a shipments total cost. In addition, growth in e-commerce is radicalizing how shippers view last mile logistics.

JDA Labs Discusses 7 Design Principles for Building SaaS Applications

Supply Chain Nation

On Tuesday, September 12, JDA Labs Montreal held their third meetup on “Design Principles as Building Blocks for SaaS.” The audience was introduced to the 7 design principles that are driving the next generation of SaaS applications at JDA.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Differentiating Your Way Out of the Bumps and Grinds


Every marketing consultant worth his or her salt will tell you that the key to success is to differentiate your business and your product offering in the marketplace. They will tell you to choose a specific customer segment and build a product or service that uniquely addresses their needs.


Videos & Visions: Of Electrifying the Last Mile for E-Commerce Delivery

Supply Chain Network

As both consumers and governments (with at least one major exception) push hard for carbon reduction, the continued rise of e-commerce and the associated growing need for Last Mile delivery represents a significant problem.

Traditional Statistics versus Machine Learning. What’s the Difference?


Since machine learning is a hot topic, we thought it useful to clarify the difference between machine learning and traditional statistics as applied to supply chain planning (SCP).

The 5 Vital Supply Chain Lessons for Food and Drug Retailers

RELEX Solutions

The recently released State of the Retail Supply Chain report is based on Martec International’s annual survey of some of the largest retailers across Europe. While the overall report covers a wide spectrum of retailers, here are the main findings based on the 29 food and drug retailers interviewed.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Permissibility in a Platform for NMMES-TR and the Department of Defense

The Network Effect

Due to the interest in One Network’s Platform in connection with the Department of Defense and the Navy Maritime Maintenance. The post Permissibility in a Platform for NMMES-TR and the Department of Defense appeared first on The Network Effect. Defense Technology The Network Effect CIP DoD Navy NMMES-TR


Procurement Must Contribute to Competitiveness to Become Relevant!


Procurement is always thinking about cost savings, year over year. But is this really a true measure of competitiveness? What if, for example, procurement has a budgeted amount for 4.5 cents per unit for a product, when the current price is 4 cents.

The Five Top Packaging Tips to Help Avoid Damage


Nothing is more disappointing than receiving a damaged parcel through the post. It’s the sender’s responsibility to make sure the parcel is packaged correctly but accidental damage obtained through transport is possible. Before you head to the post office compare parcel delivery quotes to make sure you get the best price for your delivery. You could save as much as 80% on potential shipping costs! Read our top five packaging tips to help prevent damage below. . Use new, double-walled boxes .

The Power of Flowcasting: Live Supply Planning Collaboration & Analytics – Part 1

Supply Chain Nation

It’s been a few months since I shared the learnings we’ve garnered from our Collaborative Flow Planning workshop – AKA – The Beer Game. Most supply chain professionals are familiar with this game and the supply chain planning pitfalls it exposes.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

The Peak Season Surcharge That Wasn’t


The Peak Season Surcharge That Wasn’t. September’s Flagging Ocean Freight Rates. By Zvi Schreiber, CEO, Freightos. . This article originally appeared on Zvi’s LinkedIn page. I spent last week traveling around Asia (6 cities in 6 days!)

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Supply Chain Lessons from Younger Generations

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

In a previous blog post by Rebecca Radford, it was argued that more people need to be educated about the supply chain industry, particularly the youth of today. This is… Supply Chain Management generations supply chain

Editor’s Pick: Are Reducing Cost and Enhancing Customer Value Mutually Exclusive in the Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. In this post, Chris Brablc from MP Objects shares insights and advice on how supply chain leaders can achieve a challenging objective: reducing costs associated with fulfilling customer orders while also driving customer growth and retention.

Put the S in S&OP


By Jorie Fox | Manager, Integrated Demand and Supply Planning | Chainalytics You’ve heard it from sales before: “My forecast accuracy is 98%, so why should I use your forecast?” Or better yet: “My customers aren’t going to get their products if I use your forecast.” Sales and Operations have always been at odds. Operations … The post Put the S in S&OP appeared first on Chainalytics.

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Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

Can Shippers Help Increase Truck Capacity?

PLS Logistics

Truck capacity goes hand in hand with truck rates: the lower the capacity – the higher the rates. Simple math! We have witnessed the usual seasonal rate spikes in the recent years, but outside of that, major rate increases have been rather limited. Capacity Shippers Truckload

As Retail Needs Change – So Must the Supply Chains that Support Them

Value Unchained

Few can have missed the changes happening in the retail sector. Brick and mortar retail brands are reinventing themselves and their business models to survive in an e-enabled retail world. It should not be a surprise that as retailers innovate with new store concepts, footprint and promotional models, the supply chains that support them must […]. The post As Retail Needs Change – So Must the Supply Chains that Support Them appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

Improving Warehouse Worker Retention

Consumer Goods Logistics

Within the logistics industry, it is now widely known that there are not enough truck drivers to meet the transportation demands of the economy. What is less commonly known, however, is that labor pool challenges extend into other logistics arenas, particularly warehousing. In this blog post, we’ll look at warehouse worker retention and what you can do to keep your operation staffed. Logistics Labor Management