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Using Intelligence Over Scale: The Power of AI and Machine Learning in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning. Predictive Logistics. These topics are getting a lot of attention today, but they’re also generating a lot of questions from supply chain and logistics executives. What are these technologies? How can they help? What’s real and what’s hype today? What should I do to get started? Those are some of the questions I discussed with Adam Compain, CEO at ClearMetal , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

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If Only There Were More Choices

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain technology market is in transition. Over the last three decades, the market weathered consolidations, mergers and technology shifts. Many of the clients I work with are nervous about SAP APO’s transition and the evolution of SAP’s supply chain planning solutions.

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Three Cool Technologies

Supply Chain Shaman

Oh my! The blog post, What About Them Apples , raised a lot of heated discussion on LinkedIn. Quite the dust-up… Why? While I am advocating rethinking supply chain planning, for some consultants, the only path forward is the adoption of DDRMP. The recommendation is a broad-brush approach.

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Building a Business Case for Improved Demand Forecasting

ToolsGroup

I’ve always maintained that improving demand forecast accuracy, as helpful as it can be, shouldn’t be the end goal itself, but simply a means to the end. A recent report from Gartner agrees, focusing specifically on the challenge of building a better business case for improved forecast accuracy.

The Value of Supply Chain Planning in Process Manufacturing

Supply Chain Planning (SCP) is enormously important to those process manufacturers that aspire to differentiated performance -- not just large enterprise businesses but companies of all sizes.

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6 Ways Quality Can Strengthen Supply Chain Profitability

Material Handling & Logistics

A spirit of collaboration and open communication is more essential to quality success than other initiatives.

Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Design and Planning

Talking Logistics

From demand shifts and evolving customer preferences, to new product introductions and sales strategies, volatility creates a continuously moving target for supply chain managers.

Blockchain: Harnessing Data, Enabling the Future IoSC

APICS

In the previous blog post from the Research, Innovation and Strategy Committee’s Sensing Subcommittee, we discussed the internet of supply chains (IoSC). In the following post, we will address how blockchain can be the technology that enables the future of IoSC

5 Key Takeaways from TMC’s 2017 Customer Forum

TMC

Each and every day, shippers are tasked with delivering the right products to the right place, at the right time and for the right cost.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

What Are the Trends in Last Mile Logistics?

Cerasis

Shippers face many challenges in successfully delivering products to end-users, and last mile logistics will be a core focus of change in the coming months. Consumer demands and expectations are rising, and up to 25 percent of consumers are willing to pay extra for same-day delivery.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on Revisiting the Gartner Pace Model for Supply Chain Software Innovation

Supply Chain Digest

New Advanced Supply Chain Analytics are a Cornerstone of the GartnerSystems of Innovation Layer

The Transportation Revolution: Takeaways from CLX Logistics’ 6th Annual Customer Conference

Talking Logistics

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak at CLX Logistics’ 6th Annual Customer Conference in Philadelphia.

Promoting Women in Supply Chain

APICS

No matter who or where you are in your supply chain career, you need to start caring about women in the field. That’s because women make our supply chain organizations stronger and position our companies for sustainable, profitable growth

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.

Finish What You Start and Never Give Up

Supply Chain Nation

Christine Shulman, senior director, global value engineering joined JDA 11 years ago and has made successful career and life choices by heeding the advice her parents gave her: finish what you start and never give up.

7 Ways to Overcome Yard Management Challenges

Cerasis

Effective yard management is a complex topic in today’s ever-evolving supply chain. Poor planning on the part of warehouse managers can lead to extensive demurrage or detention charges, irritability and anger among truck drivers and employees, and excessive gait, congestion, reports PINC.com.

Blockchain unleashed

Supply Chain Movement

What impact could blockchain have on supply chains? In my opinion, a very big one. In principle, this encryption technology that enables data to be shared securely has the power to finally solve two major, long-standing supply chain challenges. Right now, blockchain is used primarily for Bitcoin, which integrates digital flows of money and information via peer-to-peer personal computer networks.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 9-13, 2017)

Talking Logistics

I’m on borrowed time this morning, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: DAT Freight Index Hits All-Time High in September. Bpost to Buy Radial for $820 Million (WSJ – sub. req’d).

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.

Reduce Lead Time in Your Global Supply Chain with Lean Thinking

Material Handling & Logistics

Long lead times are the cause of many of the problems that plague supply chains. A few years ago I purchased a sofa from a well-known furniture store. After handing over my credit card I was told that the lead time for my sofa was going to be 12 weeks. I was shocked and asked why it took so long. “We

Three Critical Supply Chain Capabilities for Private Label Industry Success

Logility

I generally do not like the shopping experience. I prefer to develop a list of carefully researched products so I can get into and out of a store as fast as possible.

The next frontier: supply chain data architecture for your needs, not to feed the needs of numerous supply chain tech vendors

AIMMS

Data overload and quality issues are common problems faced by all organizations. This makes it really difficult to start getting value out of data with analytics.

The Evolution of Trust

SCM Research

Trust plays an important role in supplier–buyer relationships. One way to approach this important concept is game theory. If you have ever wondered how game theory could be taught in a supply chain management course, I can recommend Nick Case’s The Evolution of Trust – an interactive guide to the game theory of why and how we trust each other. The guide starts by explaining the game of trust (= the prisoner’s dilemma).

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Thanksgiving Mall Closures Could be a Sign of Further Black Friday Pushback

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – Interesting news from across the supply chain landscape, served up in one spot to keep you up-to-date: This week: Sixty-two malls will be closed all day on Thanksgiving this year, Walmart announces in-store returns for items bought from its website, Deutsche Post DHL Group lays the groundwork for self-driving delivery trucks Wired asks whether humans are ready to live alongside robots and Alibaba announces plans to invest $15 billion in AI research and development.

Profiles in Yard Management Excellence by Adrian Gonzalez: Batory Foods

PINC YMS

Case Study innovation yard management system manufacturing

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Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

Supply Chain @ MIT

A study carried out by a team from the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) program, found that changing the type of packaging used in food assistance programs can reduce spoilage, cut costs, and improve the delivery of life-saving shipments.

5 Ways to Secure Your Supply Chain From a Cyber Attack

AFFLINK

While most businesses only have to deal with online threats, supply chains have an even tougher job. After all, there are often multiple companies a single supply chain. If one of these links is hit by a cyber attack, there could be resounding, destructive ripples down the entire system.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Why Would Warren Buffet Invest in Truck Stops- Our View

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters speculates as to the real reason that Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway would acquire nearly a 40 percent ownership in Pilot Travel Centers. It is all about a new form of highway services center anchored in new technologies. Supply Chain Technology Transportation and Logistics Pilot J Travel Centers Pilot Travel Centers Supply chain Matters blog

Solving the Retail and Supply Chain Dilemma

RELEX Solutions

As a retailer, you’re under tremendous pressure from all sides. The good old days of simply stacking the shelves and watching it sell are long gone and the competition is fiercer than ever.

Robots in the Last Mile: Are You Ready for Last Mile Automation?

Cerasis

Imagine the scenario: consumer orders a product online, and to lower delivery is available in the area.

Machine intelligence and human creativity in supply chain planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha I am reading this absolutely fascinating book “Deep Thinking: Where machine intelligence ends and human creativity begins” by Garry Kasparov , former world chess champion.

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.