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CFO Beating You Up Over Rising Freight Costs? Hit Back with a TMS

Talking Logistics

“Freight spend is up 15% year over year and it is eating into the bottom line! What the hell is going on over there in transportation?!” barks the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) into the phone.

From import tariffs to the next tsunami: how Prescriptive Analytics can help you build agility and resilience into your Supply Chain Network


In a world full of turmoil, change has become the new normal. New import tariffs being introduced across the globe, extreme weather events, Brexit… The list goes on and on. What can Supply Chain leaders do to mitigate the risks that these disruptions bring to the Supply Chain?

Is your supply chain not performing the way you designed it to?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Reality doesn’t always reflect your intended supply chain design. Closing the gap between how you designed your supply chain to work, and how it’s actually performing improves your ability to predict revenues, satisfy customer demands and maximize financial performance.

Removing the barriers to optimized distribution planning


After a half-decade of plummeting prices, the oil & gas industry can breathe easy once again as prices begin to rise. While the pressure to drastically reduce costs has eased, the need for cost discipline should not be cast aside.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

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5 Considerations for Parcel Spend Management


Parcel spend management is growing in importance, and shipper workforces are becoming more diverse, reports Marilyn Gettinger of Parcel MEDIA , which may strain existing work relationships and require use of people analytics to boost morale. Unfortunately, shippers that do not take time to consider the influence of different factors will be forced to pay higher parcel rates, but they can avoid this future by understanding five key factors affecting parcel spend management.

DDMRP – “Where’s the Beef”


I will have to admit that I spent my fair share of time sitting in front of the TV set during my formative years.

Transform your supply chain’s sustainability impact by going beyond operational constraints


This is the second blog post of a two-part series – in part one , I explained supply chain planning and execution tweaks that can be applied without significant change management programs.

When To Replace Your TMS System

PLS Logistics

Deciding when you should replace your transportation management system (TMS) can be tricky. You don’t want to wait until the software begins to hold you back and affects the visibility of your supply chain. Many companies TMS’s enable some planning, optimization and routing tasks. Many new systems are delivering so much more than what is necessary to help make your job easier.

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

This Week in Logistics News (May 14-18, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Is Seamless OmniChannel Possible? How to Avoid Supply Chain Technology Hiccups


Omni-channel sales strategies have become essential to companies trying to keep up with Amazon and major retailers. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding in omnichannel supply chains has also led many companies to experience extreme issues in delivering on their promises. In addition, some may feel that growing into a seamless omnichannel sales strategy is impossible without supply chain technology hiccups, but that is not true.

Collections and Markdowns and BOGOs – oh my!


As the seasons and styles change, many retailers are faced with a dilemma: what to do with the left over inventory. Markdowns, clearance racks and BOGOs become the norm to make way for the new season or the latest collection.

Using Prescriptive Analytics to Decrease Supply Chain Disruptions

River Logic

An article by Nari Viswanathan, Vice President of Product Management for River Logic, was recently featured on Supply Chain Management Review. In this article, Nari discusses the fact that Supply Chain in particular has been slow to adopt advanced analytics capabilities, mainly due to their apprehensiveness around replacing existing systems.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

Campbell’s Soup Innovative Supply Chain Training

Logistics Viewpoints

Many companies send their employees to leading supply chain conferences. Yet outside the Logistics Service Provider industry, widespread internal training within a supply chain organization remains rare. But that is what Campbell Soup has done, they have put in place an innovative supply chain training program. The Campbell Soup Company is a global food company with a range of products, including soups, simple meals, snacks and healthy beverages. With annual sales of more than $8 […].

Creating a Cognitive Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The speed of business is now computer speed and supply chains need to run at the same speed as the rest of the business. Fortunately, cognitive technologies are maturing just in time to achieve that aim. Cognitive computing is a sub-set of artificial intelligence (AI) combining machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. Even though there are differences, the terms AI, cognitive computing, and machine learning are terms often used interchangeably.

Three Tips to Drive Cost Savings Through Your Packaging Strategy


| By Alex Turner | Consultant, Packaging Optimization | Chainalytics | Anyone involved in supply chain management and packaging can recognize the importance of cost savings when it comes to their packaging costs.

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean


Three Ways Leaders Create Lean. Relentless” leadership and team empowerment drive lean change. For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important – leadership is the single most important component to lean success. .

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Evolving Your Distribution Strategy with E-commerce Growth

Supply Chain Link

E-commerce continues to grow rapidly, with sales reaching $453.5 billion in 2017, increasing 16 percent from last year according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 1 As e-commerce continues to grow, retailers may be struggling to keep up with consumer demand in regards to speed, accuracy, and efficiency.

CFO Beating You Up Over Rising Freight Costs? Hit Back with a TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

Cross-Posted at Talking Logistics. Freight spend is up 15% year over year and it is eating into the bottom line! What the hell is going on over there in transportation?!” barks the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) into the phone.

How Getting Logistically Closer to Your Customers Means More Sales!

Supply Chain Network

Why do companies invest in logistics?

Leveraging Your Planning Capabilities to Help with the Capacity Crunch


Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

Study Shows Omnichannel Trend Toward Multi-Site Distribution

Saddle Creek Logistic Services

Omnichannel is driving change. To compete in today’s omnichannel landscape, many companies are reevaluating traditional supply chain practices with an eye toward meeting their customers’ expectations for real-time information, responsive service and fast, cost-effective delivery options.

The Power of Mistakes

Supply Chain Nation

As part of JDA’s support of AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education), I attended the recent AWESOME Symposium and was privileged to hear amazing stories of women’s careers. What impressed me about the stories was the honesty – their willingness to talk about the problems they had, the mistakes they made and how they were able to recover.

Five Reasons Shippers Should Add TMS Instead of Headcount

Supply Chain Collaborator

Volume is up, capacity is down and there’s a ton of work to be done. So it’s not surprising that hiring is on the minds of transportation leaders.

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Can You Talk to Your Supply Chain?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Sales through voice-enabled digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are projected to skyrocket from $2 billion in 2017 to $40 billion in 2022. How will this fast-growing technology affect supply chains?

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.