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The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

Supply Chain @ MIT

Millions of small, family-operated retailers known as nanostores are the main source of consumer packaged goods (CPG) for many consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These mom-and-pop outlets have thrived by offering affordability as well as the right mix of items and convenience, and by gaining the trust of their customers. At the same […]. Featured Strategy nanostore supply chain nanostores in developing countries retailing in emerging econmies success of small store model

Off to another exciting year of student-industry engagement at NC State on cutting-edge supply chain projects

NC State SCRC

In a prior post on 2018 supply chain predictions, I shared how NC State’s Poole College of Management engages directly with industry through student-led projects.

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FMCG Supply Chain: What is your 2018 Planning Priority?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

We already find ourselves at 17 th January so not many days left to ensure your monthly top and bottom lines are on target. Good luck with that if your business (& body!) is only just shaking off the holiday excesses. What is top of mind? The sagging month to date sales rate? The slow return to normal of the S&OP meeting schedule? The upcoming corporate audit? Top of mind is where to go on your summer holidays and to get this booked as soon as possible.

Are Inefficient Practices Affecting Your Supply Chain?

CHAINalytics

| By Jacqueline Quirk | Consultant, Supply Chain Operations | Chainalytics | Accelerated growth and expansion of your portfolio are often considered factors of success for your business. Yet, this success is not exempt from growing pains, especially as it pertains to your warehousing and product distribution.

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.

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Forecasting the Long Tail and Intermittent Demand

ToolsGroup

Forecasting demand in the long tail is much different than in the head. Items with intermittent, unpredictable demand are a growing part of business. You don’t have to be an internet retailer like Amazon to see it.

These are the 2018 Manufacturing Trends That will Drive 2.1% Growth In American Manufacturing

Cerasis

Manufacturing is on the cusp of an explosion in growth and innovation in 2018. Regulatory reform has been top-of-mind for supply chain executives and political leaders in the US since the 2016 election.

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994.

The Truth About Tears

Supply Chain Nation

The person who taught me that it might be OK to cry at work was a co-worker I will call Peg. I admired Peg tremendously. She was always calm in chaos and seemed unflappable, no matter what happened. Peg was the type of person who, when I complimented an outfit, laughed and said, “Thanks, this was Plan B. My toddler projectile vomited all over the first choice.”

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

2018: What Will It Look Like?

Supply Chain Insights

I hate prediction articles. However, this morning over coffee, my fingers hunger to write this post. I am not sure why. It may be that I am growing tired of hubris and market hype.

Prices Set To Ramp Up For Chinese New Year: Freight Rate Update W2

Freightos

Prices Set To Ramp Up For Chinese New Year: Freight Rate Update Wk 2. By John Edmonds, Research & Marketing, Freightos. Weekly update article on the Freightos International Freight Index exploring rate trends and their driving forces.

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Maersk IBM Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade & Digitize Supply Chain

Supply Chain 24/7

Moller - Maersk and IBM have announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology

Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

Take Supply Chain

If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections.

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.

5 Key Supply Chain Efficiency Assessment Areas for 2018

Arkieva

If you are looking to improve your supply chain management systems in 2018, you most likely have asked the common question: How do I assess my current efficiency? This is a good starting point for anyone looking to add functionality or identify loopholes within current processes. There is no single perfect method that meets all needs and has no flaws. However, the good news is, supply chain assessments have proven to be very advantageous for many businesses.

2018 Prediction Deep Dive- A Shifting of Priorities for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Tech Investments

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Five: A Shifting of Priorities for Supply Chain Digital Transformation, Data Management, and Technology Enhanced Business Relationships.

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)

NC State SCRC

Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone. Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported in December. The report also showed that on average weekly paychecks increased by 3.1% over the last 12-months, the first time that reading has topped 3% in nearly seven years. But much of that gain came from Americans working longer hours.

Dedicated Transportation Outlook: 2018

Supply Chain Link

As the holidays approached this past year, consumer spending hit a three-year high and truckload capacity neared 100 percent, which many shippers considered to be uncharted territory 1. Although the surge from the holidays has since subsided, the capacity challenges will continue well into 2018.

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.

JP Wiggins Talks Logistics and the Food Supply Chain

3GTMS

As food logistics become more complex, a transportation management system (TMS) is more important to food companies than ever before.

Is Walmart’s OTIF Mandate Good News After All?

CHAINalytics

| By Pieter Bauwens | Principal, Europe | Chainalytics | How the new policy presents an opportunity for more fact-based decisions when interacting with retailers.

What Are the Top Warehouse Management KPIs Every Supply Chain Exec Should Measure

Cerasis

Warehouse managers face many challenges. Customers need to get the products they order. Employees deserve an enjoyable, rewarding work environment. Vendors need to have access to the latest inbound freight routing guides and more.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 15-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I’m short on time this morning, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Maersk and IBM to Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Modernizing the Exchange of Supply Chain Data

Consumer Goods Logistics

About 15 years ago, I changed industries from healthcare to logistics. As I am an IT professional, you might think it was a jump from an antiquated, paper-based world to a high-speed, technologically advanced one. Actually, I’ve been surprised at the extent to which the exchange of supply chain data in the logistics world remains old-school or simply manual. Logistics Systems

3 Air Freight Trends to Watch for in 2018

Transportfolio

The air freight landscape has experienced some dramatic shifts in recent years. In fact, those events seem likely to produce some headwinds for air freight shippers in 2018 in locating available air capacity, especially during peak seasons.

5 Reasons to Attend Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2018

Oracle SCM

Preparation is nearly complete for this month’s Modern Supply Chain Experience in San Jose, California. If you haven’t registered , there is still time.

Ivanti accelerates migration to the Android-powered supply chain

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Ivanti is accelerating migration to the Android-powered supply chain with the introduction of Velocity 2.0, powered by Wavelink

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Digital Supply Chain: Hype, Confusion, and Reality

Talking Logistics

It’s safe to say that the pace of change in supply chain management, especially from a technology standpoint, has continued to accelerate. Everybody seems to be talking about the digital supply chain these days, but what exactly does that mean? Why is it important? What are some of the key capabilities companies need, not only to keep pace with this change, but also to find new avenues for growth and differentiation? Those are some of the questions I discussed with Andrew Clarke, CFO at C.H.

A Reminder for Chinese New Year Contingency Planning

Supply Chain Matters

This Supply Chain Matters blog commentary serves as a reminder to procurement as well as sales and operations planning teams that the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday begins in month. Ensure that final preparations have made with Chinese based suppliers to have an adequate supply of needed inbound inventories of manufacturing component parts, and to adjust lead-time expectations to reflect the seasonal nature of this holiday slowdown in component supplies and transport networks.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Jan. 18, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

Chamber of Commerce Calls for Big Hike in Fuel Taxes, Amazon Culls the List of HQ2 City Candidates, UPS, FedEx Delivered this Holiday SeasoN, Big Savings in Global Shipping from Blockchain, Maersk and IBM, Say

Low-Tech Solutions Shine in the Modern Supply Chain

APICS

Simple, low-tech solutions can shine in the modern supply chain

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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.