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What Does 2023 Have In-Store for Global Supply Chains? Resilience, Efficiency, Responsiveness, or Widespread Dysfunction?

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Recent events have elevated supply chain to a top priority for CEOs across the globe. The Conference Board ( conference-board.org ), a well-known, global business membership organization, conducted its C-SUITE OUTLOOK survey in the fall of 2021.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 22 – 27)

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A sign that says “Drug Testing Ahead.” ” The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has mandatory drug tests that any safety-sensitive employee must complete.

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5 Supply Chain Predictions for 2023

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So much has changed in a year! While the supply chain pressures that have built up over the last two years continue to abate as transportation capacity problems ease and consumption shifts from goods to services, newer challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

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Network Visibility and Supply Chain Planning Work Better Together

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Infor is one example of a supplier that offers both advanced visibility and supply chain planning. There is a vintage television commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. One character says to another, you got chocolate in my peanut butter.”

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Building Supply Chain Resilience in the Real World

Speaker: Kelly Barner - Co-Founder & Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point, LLC

In this webinar, join Kelly Barner, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point, Head of Content and Brand Partnerships at Art of Procurement, and Host of the Dial P for Procurement podcast on Supply Chain Now, as she considers the most pressing challenges of the day, looking for lessons we can learn to bolster agility and resilience in the future.

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Cultivate a Stickier Customer Base Using WMS Add-On Technology

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How 3PLs Can Gain Visibility and a Competitive Advantage Offering Automated Billing and a Self-Service Interactive Customer Portal It’s hard to imagine a third-party logistics (3PL) business today operating without some form of a warehouse management system ( WMS ) connecting the digital dots.

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NRF 2023: Empowering the Customer

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Last week I returned to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show for the first time in 3 years. A crowd of nearly 37,000 people flocked to the Javits Center in New York City to see what new solutions and innovations software suppliers had in store for 2023 and beyond.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 3)

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For the second straight year between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, Tom Brady has announced his retirement from the NFL. This time, however, he says it is for good. As a Boston fan, Tom Brady forever changed my sports landscape.

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Körber CEO Discusses Warehouse Labor Management, Engagement, and Retention

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak with Chad Collins, CEO of Körber Supply Chain Software. Chad and I discussed the widespread labor constraints impacting warehouse operations across North America and Europe.

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Top 15 Logistics Stories of 2022

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In early November, my colleague Steve Banker wrote an article looking at the top supply chain trends for 2023 and beyond.

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5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

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The Southwest Airlines Debacle – What Really Happened

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Passenger searches for her luggage inside the Southwest terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. In all, Southwest has canceled about 15,700 flights since winter weather began disrupting air travel on December 22, far more than other airlines.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 7 – 13)

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World records are such an interesting thing. My kids, for example, are always interested in getting their hands on the newest Guinness Book of World Records, and seeing what kind of crazy things are in there.

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Essential Technology Capabilities for Supply Chain in 2023

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Over the past few years, supply chain and procurement pros have faced the challenge of navigating their enterprises through one disruption after another.

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Digital Transformations Require Clean, Accessible, Up to Date Data

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Matt Elenjickal, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FourKites, has pointed out that “data is the raw fuel of a digital transformation.” But it must be quality data!

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The Great Supply Chain Gear-Up: Sustainability and Agility for 2023

Speaker: Peter Kraemer, Chief Supply Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Join Peter Kraemer, Chief Supply Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, for an insightful overview of general supply chain best practices, how to build a more sustainable supply chain, and navigating post-pandemic supply challenges.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 14 – 20)

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For the first time since 2020, I was back in New York City for the NRF Big Show. And a big show it was, with over 35,000 people on hand to see the latest innovations in retail technology. One of the more interesting things about NRF is the large-scale displays on the exhibitor floor.

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A New Era in Transport Logistics with Big Data and Self-Driving Trucks

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Fuel prices and a shortage of drivers are putting transport logistics under immense pressure. The biggest challenge in the transport sector today: there just aren’t enough drivers.

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The Journey to End-to-End (E2E) Supply Chain Visibility Is Ongoing

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The supply chain industry is on a years-long digital transformation journey, and one of the key objectives that industry leaders almost universally aim to achieve is true end-to-end (E2E) visibility across their complex global networks of suppliers, partners and customers. It’s the right goal.

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COVID Has Fundamentally Changed the Profession of Supply Chain Management

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The toilet paper shortage was one of the COVID era events that taught people what the term “supply chain management” meant. It is common for pundits to look ahead and predict how an industry or profession will change.

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Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

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The Black Hole at the Heart of Supply Chain Management

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Usually, a supply plan can’t be fully executed. Robust supply plans can optimize across distribution, manufacturing, and logistics constraints and deliver an optimal plan that hits service objectives at the minimum cost.

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Editor’s Choice: Remove Wasted Time and Your Operations Can Soar Like an Eagle

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Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Choice ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Open Sky Group and offers tips for removing wasted time in your operations.

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CPG Going D2C: 3 Ways to Win the Race to Consumers

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Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Choice ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice.

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Top 20 Warehouse Automation Suppliers Worldwide

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ARC Advisory Group began conducting formalized research on the global warehouse automation market in 2014. Looking back, I estimated the market in 2013 at $6.4 billion globally, and I forecast it to grow to $9.9 billion in 2019.

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Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.

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DHL Supply Chain’s Digital Transformation in the Warehouse

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In 2018, DHL Supply Chain announced its plans to deploy emerging technologies in 350 of its North American facilities. My colleagues and I often have the opportunity to discuss initiatives such as this with company executives.

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Will Cloud Computing in Logistics Replace On-Premises Systems for Good?

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Cloud computing has spurred a revolution in private and business applications over the past decade. Today, data and software programs can be saved or run in any data processing center in the world. Everything is operated via the internet, completely independent of the location or device.

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Top Solutions for Supply Chain Agility

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Digital Twin from Infor Nexus Drives Supply Chain Agility. When it comes to driving supply chain agility there are several solutions that are important, but the key solution is a Multi-enterprise Supply Chain Network (MSCN).

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The Quietly Growing Conundrum of Online Returns

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The Dirty Secret of E-Commerce. The continued growth in e-commerce retail sales has been largely driven by factors such as convenience, product selection and lower prices.

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Easily Build an Optimization App and Empower Your Data

Speaker: Gertjan de Lange

Solving complex business problems requires optimization modeling techniques and data to compare scenarios and make the best decisions. With AIMMS you can rapidly build an optimization app on top of your data and deploy it to the end-user in just a few clicks.

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Network Supply Chain Transformation at UScellular

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The Association for Supply Chain Management ( ASCM ) hosted its annual conference, ASCM CONNECT , on September 18 – 20 in Chicago. Fortunately for me, some of the sessions were available virtually. I found the presentation by UScellular especially interesting.

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This Week in Logistics News (December 3 – 9)

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The chip shortage has been one of the hottest topics in 2022. I read an article earlier this week that broke it down pretty succinctly.

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Supply Chain Planning Solutions are Not Just for the Big Boys

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Jeff Baker, Vice President of Shared Services at Myers Industries. Companies implementing supply chain planning (SCP) have traditionally been very big companies or companies with complex supply chains. Neither of the customers highlighted in this article fall into that category.

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This Week in Logistics News (December 10 – 16)

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As hard as it is to believe, another year is coming to an end. This was certainly another strange year, but the in-person conferences I usually look forward to were a mixed bag this year. I attended my first in-person conferences and attended a number of virtual ones as well.

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New Research: The State of Supply Chain Network Design in 2022

This report explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

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2022 Supply Chain Predictions

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ARC analysts have published predictions about supply chain technology trends at the beginning of the year in past years.