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Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

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Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued. The post Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Omnichannel is all about the Customer

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We all know the World Wide Web introduced customers to a new way of shopping. The rise of e-commerce has played havoc with traditional brick-and-mortar stores — which all struggle to counter the so-called “Amazon Effect.”

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

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As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued. The post Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

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We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued. The post Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

Given the macroeconomic climate and the "Amazon effect," many companies are looking to digitally transform their businesses. This white paper explains why solving the data problem is the first-step and the key to digital transformation and true end-to-end visibility.

People, Processes, and Technology All Required for Supply Chain Transformation

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Most businesses succeed when the proper balance between people, processes, and technologies is achieved. Everyday technology seems to be assuming a greater role in the business world, including in supply chain operations; but, technology alone will never achieve the kind of transformation required in the years ahead. Paul Myerson ( @Paul_A_Myerson ), an instructor in Management and Decision Sciences at Monmouth University, asserts, “It’s not your dad’s supply chain anymore.”[1]

Bundling Blockchain with Other Technologies for Maximum Effect

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Blockchain technology has received a lot of press this past year. Most people associate the technology with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin; but, blockchain technology has much broader application and is poised to disrupt a number of economic sectors. “The implications of blockchain technology are far reaching, with the potential to change many aspects of business across a variety of sectors,” writes Connor DiGregorio ( @digreg_orio ), an analyst with IBISWorld.

Technologies are changing the Logistics Picture

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Supply chain professionals are like the military’s special forces. Each day they battle to beat competitors while simultaneously trying to win the hearts and minds of customers. According to Steve Geary, President of the Supply Chain Visions family of companies and Chief Operating Officer at ROSE Solutions, logistics is the key tool in the supply chain professional’s kit. He explains, “Sun Tzu said, ‘The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.’

The Supply Chain, Internet of Things, and Cognitive Computing

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Symbiosis is defined as a mutually beneficial relationship. A number of analysts believe, in the near future, a symbiotic relationship is going to develop between the supply chain and the Internet of Things (IoT) — sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). If you modify the term “IoT” to “IoT ecosystem,” I agree a symbiotic relationship is likely to develop. What do I mean by “IoT ecosystem”?

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Predictive logistics is founded on AI and machine learning. But barriers exist, preventing deployment and innovation. This white paper topples misconceptions around AI and machine learning to help the shipping community unlock the power of predictive logistics.

A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution

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One of our mottos at Enterra Solutions® is “Revolution not Evolution.” ” Bill DuBois, Director of Marketing Content at Kinaxis, appears … Continued. The post A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Will 2018 be the Year of Digital Disruption?

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More and more headlines address the topic of digital disruption. The dictionary defines a disruption as “a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process.” ” Digital disruption is about interrupting business models or entire economic sectors and enterprises are worried about it.

Automated Grocery Stores

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One fixture in almost all movies about the old west was the general store — the predecessor to the modern … Continued. The post Automated Grocery Stores appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task

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There is a general consensus among analysts that businesses organized around industrial age principles need to transform into digital enterprises … Continued. The post Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Was 2017 the Turning Point for the Digital Supply Chain?

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Looking back what might historians have to say about 2017? It depends, of course, on whether you are looking at … Continued. The post Was 2017 the Turning Point for the Digital Supply Chain? appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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The Internet of Things and Cognitive Computing will Mature Together

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of networks that primarily facilitates machine to machine communication. “Imagine a world … Continued. The post The Internet of Things and Cognitive Computing will Mature Together appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Targeted Marketing: Location, Location, Location

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“When someone picks up their mobile device,” Google analysts assert, “chances are they want to learn, do, find, or buy … Continued. The post Targeted Marketing: Location, Location, Location appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Artificial Intelligence Big Data Business Cognitive Computing Targeted Marketing Digital Path to Purchase Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis Supply Chain

Artificial Intelligence and Targeted Marketing

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By now most people understand they generate data whenever they use their computer, tablet, or smartphone. They also understand companies … Continued. The post Artificial Intelligence and Targeted Marketing appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Artificial Intelligence Big Data Business Cognitive Computing Digital Path to Purchase Targeted Marketing Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis Supply Chain

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.

Gaining a Competitive Edge through Advanced Analytics

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The World Economic Forum has declared data a resource as valuable as gold. The good news is almost every organization has access to data and, increasingly, has the means to mine that data. Gary Cokins ( @GaryCokins ), founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, asserts, “Analytics is becoming a competitive edge for organizations. Once being a ‘nice-to-have,’ applying analytics is now becoming mission-critical.”[1]

Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Supply Chain?

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Like wildflowers in spring, blockchain technology has burst forth as a topic in supply chain circles. Just three years ago … Continued. The post Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Supply Chain? appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Slavery and Supply Chain Transparency

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“There’s no doubt that what you can’t see can hurt you,” writes Nick Ismail ( @ishers123 ). “But in today’s connected, digital economy, visibility and transparency have never been easier to obtain — even across complex, global supply chains.”[1] ”[1] That assertion might be true; but, according to Nithin Coca ( @excinit ), “Things have improved, but not enough.”[2]

Analytics and the Digital Supply Chain

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“By the end of 2020,” asserts the editorial staff at Material Handling & Logistics (MH&L), “one-third of all manufacturing supply chains will be using analytics-driven cognitive capabilities, thus increasing cost efficiency by 10% and service performance by 5%.”[1] ”[1] Most analysts agree the Digital Age demands the implementation of digital supply chains. What does that mean?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century

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Supply chain risk management is a complicated subject because the number of things potentially affecting operations is almost limitless. As … Continued. The post Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Dealing with Turmoil in the Retail Grocery Sector

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Turmoil is defined as “a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.” ” I think it’s fair to say there is turmoil in the retail sector. Brick-and-mortar stores are closing at record rates. New business models (like omnichannel operations) are emerging. Competition is coming from unexpected directions and pressures for change are coming from all corners. Those pressures include customers, competitors, and technologies.

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Outside-In Demand-driven Supply Chain Planning

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The Big Data Era has changed how organizations conduct planning. Although companies have always attempted to forecast what the future … Continued. The post Outside-In Demand-driven Supply Chain Planning appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

The Future of Online Grocery Sales

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When Amazon acquired Whole Foods, any lingering doubts the grocery sector was changing were laid to rest. As I noted in an earlier post, the food sector is now learning what companies in other sectors (like entertainment and transportation) learned several years ago. The digital era is disruptive. Companies failing to transform into digital enterprises driven by a sound digital strategy are going to find themselves in history’s dustbin.[1]

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.

Blockchain and the Global Food Chain

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Blockchain is one of the newest buzzwords making a splash in the tech world. Most famously, blockchain is associated with so-called crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. It turns out, however blockchain technology can prove useful in many fields of endeavor. The food sector may be one area where blockchain technology will prove to be extremely beneficial.

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Holiday Sales Demonstrated Necessity of Omnichannel Strategies

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Amid all the talk of a retail apocalypse, some retailers demonstrated they still have life. Khadeeja Safdar ( @khadeeja_safdar ) and Imani Moise ( @MoiseNoise ) report, “Retailers had their best holiday sales since 2011, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks payments in stores and online.”[1] ”[1] One of the primary reasons retailers are doing better is improved omnichannel operations.

The Internet of Things and Supply Chain Operations

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The term “supply chain” was coined because it denoted key linkages from raw resources to finished products. Connecting those links has been the essence of supply chain operations since trading first began. Through the centuries there has also been a focus on making supply chains more efficient. This focus sharpened and became even more important with the rise of e-commerce and omnichannel operations.

The Unstoppable Digital Supply Chain Movement

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In many aspects of life — from politics to criminal investigation to investment — the advice you often hear is … Continued. The post The Unstoppable Digital Supply Chain Movement appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Big Data Business Cognitive Computing Digital Supply Chain Internet of Things Supply Chain digital supply chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

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.

Chargebacks: Walmart Raises the OTIF Stakes

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Retailers and suppliers have a symbiotic, but often tense, relationship. One source of tension is retailer chargebacks (or fines). Last … Continued. The post Chargebacks: Walmart Raises the OTIF Stakes appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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Use Cognitive Technologies to Reduce Offshoring and Create U.S. Jobs

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The business world is in turmoil over President Donald Trump’s emphasis on reinvigorating manufacturing jobs in America. He pushed hard … Continued. The post Use Cognitive Technologies to Reduce Offshoring and Create U.S. Jobs appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Robotic Process Automation Employees don’t Mind Mundane Tasks

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Throughout history people have sought ways to rid their lives of mundane and boring tasks. They’ve been more than happy to let machines do that kind of work. Today, however, there is a puzzling and growing outcry over artificial intelligence (AI) systems taking over mundane tasks in cyberspace. Dennis Walsh observes, “Robots are perfect for the mundane, repetitive work that nobody wants to do but somebody has to do.”[1]

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without Logistics

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Today is Valentine’s Day. Traditionally it is a day to exchange cards expressing deep and abiding affection for loved ones. According to analysts from Fronetics, the holiday can be traced back to “the late 400s [when] Gelasius declared February 14th as a day for honoring Saint Valentine. Over the years February 14th became associated with love and romance (1300s) and the exchange of cards (1600s). In the 1840s the first mass produced Valentine’s Day cards were sold in the US.”[1]

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.