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

Talking Logistics

Removing the barriers to optimized distribution planning

Quintiq

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.

Taking a Self-Healing Supply Chain Stance on day one at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Mike McAllister Register. Greet. That’s always a solid day one at any conference. If you’re lucky (and not too jet lagged), you’ll sneak in an early session or two, and you might even find time for cocktail that evening.

How to make S&OP meetings a highlight in your team’s calendar

AIMMS

Sales and Operations Plan ning has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. In fact, it’s become internalized to a degree that companies often have several (competing) S&OP pro cesses in different geographies & business units.

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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So, what does sustainability in retail actually look like?

Quintiq

First, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the word ‘sustainability’, as it has become such a prominent buzzword in today’s world. Sustainability means different things to different people, companies and industries.

“Digital Transformation” and Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Here is the scenario. The C Suite says it wants “digital transformation". Your company has an older supply chain planning (SCP) system of record (SOR) like SAP APO that was developed in the 1990s.

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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CfP: Participating in the Wider Debate on Resilience

SCM Research

The Journal of Business Logistics has a call for papers for a Special Topic Forum on Participating in the Wider Debate on Resilience (PDF). Submissions are due: June 1 st , 2019. The editors for this JBL Special Topic Forum are Andreas Wieland (Copenhagen Business School) & Christian F. Durach (ESCP Europe Business School). Research Article Journal Resilience Supply Chain Management

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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.

Collections and Markdowns and BOGOs – oh my!

Logility

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.

Three Benefits of Supply Chain Visibility for Your Business

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Geoff Whiting who writes for ERP Focus and Explore WMS. In this blog Geoff shows us 3 major benefits of supply chain visibility for your business. Your phone can link to your bank account, social media, photo library, diet tracker that you turned off a year ago, and share information between most of those apps. Why isn’t your supply chain linked and sharing in the same way?

Siemens Commits to Additive Manufacturing

Logistics Viewpoints

Additive manufacturing has certainly gotten a lot of press over the years. In the supply chain space, the idea that inventory costs could be slashed by committing to additive manufacturing has been touted. In manufacturing, a common idea is that additive manufacturing can create more sustainable products by not lathing away materials that are wasted. But reality is beginning to catch up with rhetoric.

How and Why Big Data Changes Supply Chain Labeling Forever

Loftware

Since its invention, the barcode has been the go-to method for tracking inventory in retail. By increasing traceability and visibility in the supply chain, barcodes save retailers thousands of hours of manual work each year and save millions of dollars in the process. Supply Chain Labeling Trends

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 Anticipation of Drone Deliveries

Supply Chain Link

An up-and-coming delivery avenue that has sparked an interest in not only the supply chain industry, but also the general public, is the use of drones in last-mile delivery.

Leveraging Your Planning Capabilities to Help with the Capacity Crunch

CHAINalytics

Understanding How Parcel Cost Control Reduces Total Transportation Costs

Cerasis

Shippers face an interesting problem in the age of e-commerce. As explained by Tompkins Inc, retail business models are shifting away from the traditional business-to-business model to direct-to-consumer models. As a result, average shipment size has dwindled, driving increases in parcel freight spend. Shippers must recognize the importance of parcel in today’s age, as explained by Harold Friedman of Inbound Logistics , and enhance parcel cost control with these steps.

Smithfield Foods Improves its Brand with a Robust Sustainability Program

Logistics Viewpoints

In 2015, Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, got terrible publicity when a spy drone flew over farms operated by one of their subsidiaries and took pictures of lagoons filled with pig feces and urine. Sustainability initiatives provide a way for global brands to improve their brand reputation and reduce risks of further damage to the brand. Smithfield has certainly upped their sustainability game. Last week, on May 8th, the company released […].

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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.

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?

Revealing Hurricane Data and How to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain

Zipline Logistics

Hurricanes have massive impacts on transportation capacity and spend. To better understand true cost and volume impacts, Zipline Logistics evaluated a sample of 33,000 shipments, comparing data prior to the 2017 Tropical Storm Harvey with data after the event.

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.

11 Simple Ways Your Warehouse Can Go Green

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

There are several benefits to “going green” in your warehouse: from reducing utility bills and increasing sustainability to reducing your carbon footprint and providing your employees with an eco-friendly business… Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability

New Survey from JDA and KPMG Highlights Top Drivers and Inhibitors of Supply Chain Investment

Supply Chain Nation

Last week JDA hosted more than 2,000 customers and partners at FOCUS in Orlando, Florida. During the conference, 90 executives from the manufacturing, retail and logistics industries attended the Executive Exchange, sponsored by KPMG LLP (KPMG).

Live Webinar: Why GS1 Barcode Labeling Still Matters

Loftware

Blockchain. Machine learning. There’s a lot of buzz around these technologies and how they’ll transform the supply chain. However, you and your trading partners must be ultra-efficient today. GS1 standards are designed to improve processes when working with suppliers, co-packers, distributors, etc.—but but are you on the same page? What can you do now to avoid costly delays, errors and missteps? What are your peers doing to remain competitive in the face of digital transformation?

3 Benefits of LCL Shipping

Transportfolio

3 Benefits of LCL Shipping | Transportfolio. One way global shippers can deal with tight transit times and fast changes in demand is to keep a lot more inventory on hand. But there is another way.

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.