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Apple & Foxconn: Financialization across the Pacific

SCM Research

It is always inspirational to find articles that, at first glance, fall out of our discipline, but, at second glance, change the way we think about supply chain phenomena. One of these articles is Froud et al. 2014): Financialization across the Pacific: Manufacturing Cost Ratios, Supply Chains and Power.

Smarter Approaches to Freight Matching

Talking Logistics

There’s a lot of discussion today about the capacity shortage in trucking. Finding trucks for available loads is more challenging than ever for shippers and brokers. The reality, however, is that there’s a lot of inefficiency in the way that matching takes place today. What are the challenges with the traditional freight matching process? How are advancements in technology enabling a more efficient approach? What benefits are companies achieving.

Why Our Goal Should Not Be an Integrated Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

This week I spoke at an SAS Global Analytics Summit on the connected supply chain. In my view, the connected supply chain is very, very different from the integrated supply chain.

This Week in Logistics News (April 16-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I am in Minnesota today, at the CSCMP Twin Cities Roundtable Annual ½ Day Seminar , where I am participating in a keynote session with Rick Blasgen (President & CEO of CSCMP) and Steve Raetz (Director Research & Market Intelligence at C.H. Robinson).

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.

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Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two


Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change. Last time, we talked about focusing on enterprise improvements rather than local efficiencies using constraints management (TOC).

5 Things to Know Before Negotiating Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year

Talking Logistics

The 2018-19 contract season for ocean shipping is here, and it’s time to think about the best way to approach negotiations. Of course, you want to control costs, consider options, and mitigate risks, but it will also be important to keep these five factors in mind as you talk to ocean service providers about the year ahead. Ocean Shipping Contracts: 5 Factors to Keep in Mind. Remember the ghost of Hanjin past.

Leveraging Technology to Optimize Your Transportation Business

Logistics Viewpoints

The transportation industry is currently facing a number of daunting challenges. New government policies and regulations and a worsening driver shortage are forcing transportation specialists to reevaluate and change their business practices. Thankfully, there are a number of new technologies available to help the industry get back on the right track. Driver Scarcity Over the past year, the U.S. has experienced moderate economic growth, which has resulted in more products being shipped.

Trends Shaping Industry 4.0

Enterra Insights

Industry 4.0 is the popular name given to the rise of “smart” factories and what some analysts believe is the fourth Industrial Revolution. Revolutions are characterized by radical and pervasive change. Many analysts believe enough new technology has emerged to create that kind of industrial change. Chris Pope, Vice President for Innovation at ServiceNow, defines Industry 4.0 as “a new age of industrial man and machines.”[1]

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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.

The Jury is Still Out on the Death of Retail

Supply Chain @ MIT

As industry bankruptcies continue unabated and technologies such as conversational commerce make it easier for consumers to buy goods online, it seems that bricks-and-mortar retailing is doomed. But attendees at the Crossroads 2018 conference were not so sure.

What is a Demand-driven Supply Chain?


Demand-driven Supply Chain (DDSC) is defined as a supply chain management method focused on building supply chains in response to demand signals. The main force of DDSC is that it is driven by customer demand.

UltraShipTMS Earns Spot on Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Providers List

Supply Chain Collaborator

For the Ninth Consecutive Year, Leading Solution Provider Earns Spot on Inbound Logistics Magazine’s Annual Who’s Who of Top Supply Chain Management Software Companies.

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Freight Visibility and Control: Introducing the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX)


Freight Visibility and Control: Introducing the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX). By Zvi Schreiber, CEO, Freightos. When someone asks about the weather, the temperature is an easy response. But answering other questions isn’t always that easy.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

The ELD Mandate and Fresh Produce Logistics: What Shippers Need to Know


Last December, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect for the broader carrier community, marking a change in how professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers log hours of service (HOS).

Will Robots Take All the Supply Chain Jobs

Supply Chain Digest

Wide Range of Views on This. I am Pessimistic, as Bill Gates Calls for Robot Tax

Time to Replace Your TMS? Three Ways to Tell

Talking Logistics

Deciding whether and when to replace a piece of supply chain software is a tricky balance: You can’t wait until your operations (or customers) are significantly affected by cumbersome processes or the lack of visibility, yet you know the inefficiencies of your current software are holding you back.

Time to Replace your TMS? Three Ways to Tell.


Deciding whether and when to replace a piece of supply chain software is a tricky balance: You can’t wait until your operations (or customers) are significantly affected by cumbersome processes or the lack of visibility, yet you know the inefficiencies of your current software are holding you back.

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.

Creating a Sustainable Earth Through Sustainable Manufacturing


Earth Day, observed each year on April 22, serves as a celebration of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Started in 1970, Earth Day was sparked by the country’s burgeoning understanding of how contemporary industrial practices were negatively impacting the environment.

Better Spare Parts and Supply Chain Management via 3D Printing

Logistics Bureau

Supply chain management is a constant juggling act. It must balance overall inventory, local availability, and variations in demand. If managing these factors is already a challenge for new products, then spare parts represent the ‘perfect storm’. Maintenance programs and quantities may be designed into a product life cycle. However, they are not always followed. And who knows when and where breakdowns will occur? And what the need for parts will be from one day to the next?

Supply Chain Newsmakers Video Series on Fralick on WMS and Artificial Intelligence

Supply Chain Digest

WMS vendors are not doing enough to make data available for AI applications, Fralick says

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Supply Chain Visibility: Past, Present, and Future

Talking Logistics

Achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility has been the Holy Grail for industry executives — always desired, but seldom achieved. This has been an ongoing challenge, in part, because supply chain networks, technologies, and processes are always changing, making supply chain visibility a moving target. The question then becomes, where are we today with supply chain visibility? What are some of the lessons learned over the years that companies can now leverage?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Air Shipping for Beginners

PLS Logistics

Globalization is not just a commonly-used term, it’s our reality. The world is becoming “smaller” and much more interconnected than ever before. People are involved in the events unfolding not only in their own country, but across the globe – we travel, we move and we interact. Many companies today are no longer limiting their operations to one country and are going global. air shipping

2 Things That Could Push Van Rates Highter

DAT Solutions

The spot market was in something of a balancing act last week. Volumes edged up, but that was outpaced once again by an increase in truckload capacity. That contributed to a 5¢ dip in the national van rate , which sits at $2.16

How Shippers Can Navigate the 2018 Capacity Crunch


Last year Cerasis covered the capacity crunch in great detail, culminating in a helpful and educational e-book titled “ The Great Capacity Crunch: The Current State, Future Outlook, and How Shippers Can Thrive in Any Capacity Crunch.” As an update, in this post, we’ll address a more updated way that shippers can navigate the 2018 Capacity Crunch many shippers are currently facing.


Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on Is Supply Chain Transformation Low on the Corporate Priority List

Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain Ranks Last Among 11 Initiatives in Hackett Group Survey, but Maybe that is a Good Thing

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.

A Must-Read Business Book on Sustainability

Logistics Viewpoints

Balancing Green is a must-read business book on sustainability. is a well-researched book that cuts through many of the fallacies and wishful thinking that surrounds this topic. The post A Must-Read Business Book on Sustainability appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Risk Management Sustainability risk management supply chain Yossi Sheffi

Surviving the Capacity Crunch

PLS Logistics

After this years hurricanes, the new ELD mandate and the ongoing driver shortage, the trucking industry is facing a capacity crunch. The capacity crunch is creating a drastic increase in freight rates. The trucking capacity crunch is making it harder and harder for both shippers and carriers to survive in the industry.

Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

DAT Solutions

Spring produce has gotten off to a slow start this year. The momentum had been building in Florida and Texas , but that stalled a bit last week. Reefer demand did pick up steam out of California , though, and rates responded out of three major markets.