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Head Scratcher

Supply Chain Shaman

Sweat ran uncomfortably down my back on a hot day in Dallas. On the run attempting to balance back-to-back meetings, client commitments and start a new business, I was late for a dinner appointment. As I hurriedly took my seat, I faced John, now a newly promoted principal at a major consulting group.

Three Ways Material Handling Equipment Is Changing with Rise of E-Commerce

Talking Logistics

As online sales become increasingly popular, the growth of e-commerce has impacted every part of the supply chain, and material handling equipment (MHE) and fleet services are no different. With more and more brands looking to develop their e-commerce capabilities, their needs for moving and handling inventory are shifting as well. For companies to meet the rising demand for direct-to-consumer orders, MHE offerings must become more innovative.

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How to Maximize WMS to Increase E-Commerce ROI

Cerasis

A key issue that comes to the forefront of any discussion on handling e-commerce demand will always involve warehouse management system (WMS) or other supply chain system upgrades.

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Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2019)

Talking Logistics

Based on the top Talking Logistics posts and videos this quarter, it’s clear that transportation management remains a hot topic of interest — everything from how to navigate the twists and turns of the market to how to leverage transportation management systems (TMS) and emerging technologies to drive continuous improvement. Even our most popular post, which dealt with excess inventory and yard management, had a transportation bent to it.

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

For Cummins, PINC Yard Management System is a Game Changer

PINC YMS

Bridget McCrea, editor at Logistics Management Magazine, brings to life an very interesting story about how trailer yards have become a vey important part of inventory visibility across the supply chain. To illustrate her story, she writes about Cummins, Inc.

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Enabling the Autonomous Supply Chain

The Network Effect

It’s difficult for us today to imagine the relentless backbreaking labor and the ever-present threat of disease and death that. The post Enabling the Autonomous Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect.

5 Use Cases of Blockchain for Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

Blockchain technology represents one of the most significant advantages that supply chain leaders can utilize to improve logistics and reduce freight spend.

Enterprise Labeling: An Often Overlooked Way to Improve Your Bottom Line

Loftware

Labeling has always been mission critical. After all, without labeling goods don’t move. But the complexity of today’s supply chain environment – multi-node, intricate, global – puts extra pressure on labeling to perform. From component suppliers through finished goods manufacturers, then on through multiple distribution layers until the end customer is finally reached, your supply chain likely covers a lot of ground and crosses many borders.

Seeing the Future with Predictive Analytics

Enterra Insights

Humans yearn for a glimpse of the future. This yearning is why people visit oracles, study the stars, consult shamans, get their palms read, stare into crystal balls, turn over tarot cards, and/or study the writings of seers like Nostradamus. Business leaders are not immune to this compulsion; but, their methods for divining the future are different. For decades, companies have gathered smart people together to perform what-if analysis, identify trends, and produce forecasts.

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Brexit: Tiers of Uncertainty

Resilinc

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Global Fulfillment: Supply Chain Management for Global Business

ModusLink Corporation

After companies have secured a steady foothold in the domestic market, it’s time to consider the next strategic growth step: which, for many, is expanding the company’s reach globally.

Another Way to Transform the Customer Experience

Talking Logistics

We just finished our conference, Descartes Evolution 2019, where the theme was Transforming the Customer Experience. I reflected on a session where our customer explained how they were transforming the customer experience in a unique way in logistics: by extending the planning horizon.

26 warehouse pros reveal the most important factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse

6 River Systems

The world of logistics is increasingly driven by technology , with artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation among the biggest logistics trends today.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Walmart again Raises Chargeback Stakes

Enterra Insights

Walmart recently made headlines when it toughened delivery demands for its suppliers. Reporting on this development, Jennifer Smith ( @jensmithWSJ ) and Sarah Nassauer ( @SarahNassauer ) write, “Looking to cut inventory while meeting e-commerce demands, the retailer wants more of the goods it orders delivered on time and in full.

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Building Your Own Supply Chain Network Design Team Isn’t as Simple as it Sounds

CHAINalytics

These days, most companies recognize the strategic value that supply chain network design projects can deliver, but when and how to initiate these large-scale projects are often open questions. To have the greatest impact on your supply chain network, the answer is to do them continuously.

Examining LogiPharma 2019 – Top 3 symptoms you caught the life sciences supply chain bug

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois. With LogiPharma 2019 in the books, a big congratulations goes out to all the organizers, speakers, vendors and attendees for a successful event. LogiPharma 2019 featured a strong lineup of speakers and life sciences supply chain industry experts who delivered valuable and relevant content, spurring attendees to participate with passion while host (and former Premiership Rugby match official) David Kurk injected a good dose of energy and humor to keep things moving.

Last Mile Shipping Success Requires a Holistic Approach

Talking Logistics

Crowdsourcing apps, same-day delivery, and ecommerce trends continue to impact last mile delivery expectations. With this ever-changing landscape, cost-effective management of the last mile has become a challenge that needs a broader view. Last mile home deliveries were once considered special handling services because they were infrequent and required special considerations to deliver a product to a consumer’s home. But not anymore.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

8 innovations that are transforming supply chains

6 River Systems

The supply chain is a complex, multi-faceted process encompassing everything from warehouse fulfillment to logistics. With many companies continuing to work towards supply chain optimization , the industry is ripe for innovation.

Getting Confused about Supply Chain Planning?

Enterra Insights

We all know planning is important. Benjamin Franklin once declared, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” While that concept seems straight forward, supply chain planners are faced with a constellation of articles talking about sales & operations (S&OP) planning, demand planning, integrated business planning, periodic planning, continuous planning, concurrent planning, and the list goes on.

BluJay Gains Momentum with Record Number of Companies Selecting its Supply Chain Technology Solutions

BluJay Solutions

Companies across all global sales regions selected BluJay’s platform in record-breaking first quarter of 2019. Holland, MI and BluJay SOAR, Orlando, FL – April 25, 2019 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network, announcd today at SOAR 2019 a record level of new business across its Transportation Management, Customs Management, Parcel, and Logistics as a Service (LaaS) solutions in the first quarter of the year.

5 Reasons That 3PL Companies are Looking for Blockchain Technology Partners

Shipchain

Shippers have traditionally turned to third-party logistics providers (3PL) to augment their logistics strategies. However, recent developments in the supply chain and globalization of the supply chain have triggered a surge of value-added services.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Beyond the Go-Live: Providing Ongoing Value in Vendor-Customer Relationships

Talking Logistics

Companies invest considerable time and effort putting together request for proposals (RFPs) for software solutions, evaluating different features and functions, and ultimately selecting a solution. But what happens after the initial implementation and go-live is completed? How does the vendor-customer relationship continue to deliver value? That’s the main question I discussed with Stacie Vroman, Business Product Owner at BluJay Solutions , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

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5 Steps for Sustaining Healthy 3PL Relationships!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. 4 Steps for Establishing Healthy 3PL Relationships! Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Scott Leydin at [link].

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Omnichannel Operations Benefit from Cognitive Computing

Enterra Insights

Gone are the days when a consumer decides they need something and their only choice is to head to the store to buy it. Even when a consumer concludes making an in-store purchase is their best option, they are likely to have used their smartphone to search for other options or to compare prices. The digital path to purchase is becoming the norm for many consumers and both retailers and manufacturers are taking notice.

Three common weaknesses in supply chain

Supply Chain Trend

In a recent Forbes article , three common supply chain weaknesses are highlighted: Being reactive rather than pro-active. Lack of visibility. Lack of accountability. The behavioural weaknesses – lack of pro-activity and accountability should be no surprise to me or the readers of my blog. As t he S&OP mindset study I conducted with Supply Chain Movement in 2017/2018 show similar results.

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Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.