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5 Lessons from the Desert for the Future of Supply Chain Resiliency

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The Sonoran Desert where I live may seem like a hostile environment, with as little as 3-15 inches (7-38 cm) of annual rain and scorching sun that can reach 118 F (47 C). Yet plants, animals, and Native peoples thrive in this environment with resourcefulness and adaptability.

Supply Chain Design Crosses the Chasm

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Recent supply chain disruptions are forcing organizations to challenge the prevailing wisdom and look for newer approaches to decision making. The simultaneous shocks to demand and supply, and the magnitude of these shocks are not something the world ever experienced.

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A new path forward in supply chain technology

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Supply chain is an industry slow to change. Large shippers still use Excel spreadsheets to plan their operations, and even the most beneficial logistics technology is sometimes looked at warily. If it isn’t broken, these stakeholders reason, there’s nothing to fix.

The Year the Ports Stole Christmas? Hopefully Not.

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West Coast Port congestion is such a hot topic that it is featured in general business publications, and even the nightly news.

Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021

Holistically analyze your value chain for a resilient supply chain, even in times of crisis. Discover more about why the CCH® Tagetik Supply Chain Planning solution was named a leader in the Nucleus Research Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021 report.

Do You Want Real-time Visibility? IT is the Enemy

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RF Guns Generate Massive Amounts of Data. Supply chain managers need real-time data to effectively manage operations. While supply chain software companies offer solutions that come with analytic solutions, the data used for the analytics is usually archived data. Archived data is not real-time.

This Week in Logistics News (October 16 – 22)

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We’ve all heard the news that storage containers are increasingly more difficult to come by, and as a result, this could impact the upcoming holiday season. But just how scarce are they?

Logistyx Technologies Talks Parcel Shipping, Holidays, and Returns

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Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Fleming , President at Logistyx Technologies. In our conversation, Ken spoke about some of the findings from a recent survey Logistyx conducted on cross-border holiday spending, as well as some larger trends around the state of parcel shipping.

“Why Do I have to Wait?” Supply Chain Disruption Gets Its Day

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Supply chain is once again front-page news in the general business media. Meanwhile, supply shortages and price inflation are getting the front page in consumer-focused publications and plenty of airtime on televised news. And rightfully so.

The Greenest Mile: Planning’s Role in Supply Chain Sustainability

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Supply chain sustainability is a higher priority than ever. In MIT’s State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2021 , 80% of executives surveyed said the pandemic either had no impact on their commitment or increased it.

Transforming Supply Chains for Higher Performance and Resiliency

Today, just 8% of companies have the digital maturity required to achieve resilience and mitigate supply chain disruptions, as per a new HBR Analytic Services - GEP study. What can enterprises do to accelerate digital transformation? Read the full report now to find out!

Home Delivery: What Can We Learn from Europe?

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Home delivery strategy, tactics and performance is one of the most hotly-debated areas of logistics. The pandemic has increased the importance of home delivery, but also decreased the quality of home delivery performance.

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Transportation Strategies for Continued Success

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When it comes to managing your freight spend, there are a few options to consider. The three traditional methods are the use of a transportation management system (TMS), transportation execution system (TES), and managed transportation services (MTS).

Three Logistics Imperatives for Managing Uncertainty in 2022

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After experiencing an incredibly challenging two years in the global logistics industry, I think we can let go of any expectation that the supply chain landscape will ever return to “normal.”

Toilet Paper Shortages, Empty Shelves, and Panic Buying: Just How Bad Did the Grocery Supply Chain Perform in 2020?

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Dramtatically Reduced Service in Grocery Stores Since Pandemic was Declared. To say that the pandemic made 2020 a very challenging year would be a gross understatement.

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Artificial Intelligence In The Warehouse Is Coming Sooner Than You Might Think

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Artificial Intelligence is not a new technology, but widespread adoption and use of AI and machine learning in supply chain is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, there are indications that AI in the warehouse is becoming a reality a lot sooner than most people might have expected.

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A Multibillion-Dollar Supply Chain Market Growing at a Double Digit Rate that Nobody Knows About

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SCCN is a Network Solution. There is a multibillion-dollar supply chain software market that grew at double digit rates during the pandemic, and will continue to grow fast, that very few supply chain executives have heard of. How can this be? What is this Market?

The Cold Chain is a Top Opportunity for Third-Party Logistics Providers

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Covid Vaccine Issues Put an Increased Foucs on Cold Chain Logistics . Covid has led supply chain management issues to be more discussed than ever before.

Warehouse Labor Woes Are Worse than Ever

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Warehouse Labor Woes are Worse than Ever. On the surface, the jobs report in the US looked positive. Unemployment had fallen to 4.8 percent. But more people left the job force than joined it.

4 Reasons to Break Up With Excel and Move to Digital Supply Chain Planning

Trust your supply chain forecasts: adopt a predictive intelligence platform to outperform your supply chain goals, overcome challenges of spreadsheet-based planning, reduce risks, enhance customer satisfaction, and improve the bottom line.

Effective Supplier Collaboration Is Critical

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Networks Have Fistinct Advantages. McKinsey, the global consulting firm, has done research and writing on supply chain collaboration. In some industries, suppliers account for over 80 percent of the value of the products that are produced.

Supply Chain Sustainability Gathers Steam

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The global supply chain is routinely beset by challenges, both large and small, but the past couple of years have delivered a string of significant logistics disruptions that have threatened to upend the tightly choreographed dance of global freight transportation.

Mobile Warehouse Robotics: Flexible Automation Enables Resilient Operations

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Earlier this month, I wrote an article about the diverse range of mobile warehouse robotics solutions available in the market today. Although the solutions vary greatly, they’re alike in the ability to offer greater flexibility than many of the traditional automation alternatives.

This Week in Logistics News (October 9 – 15)

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I just read an interesting article about Chris Johnson, former top sales executive at Apple and CEO of JC Penney. It seems that Mr. Johnson is on a quest to “remake the retail world” as he takes his new company public.

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Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Warehouse Technology Implementations – The critical link between conceptual and realized productivity. Who’s doing your heavy lifting?

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Time and again I write about the business value of warehouse technologies – WMS, warehouse automation, and robotics. I also discuss business processes that these technologies support.

Driving Sustainability in the Age of Supply Chain Disruption

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The global pandemic has created a watershed moment for global supply chains. As we adjust and respond to this “new normal”, one important area is the effect of these shifts on the environment. From that perspective some changes have been clearly positive (e.g.

The New Face of Grocery Delivery

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Grocery delivery is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it’s been around for more than 3 decades, although the ongoing pandemic has certainly lifted the market to new heights. However, I should clarify that when I say grocery delivery, I am talking about e-commerce grocery delivery.

Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Tips for Shippers to Mitigate Cyber Attacks

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Cyberattacks seem to be growing in prevalence and severity, particularly those around the major supply chains in the US, including both the fuel supply chain and the food supply chain.

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Editor’s Choice: When to Switch From In-House to Managed Logistics Transportation Services

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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. Today’s article is from GlobalTranz and looks at the difficult decision of transitioning in-house logistics to managed services.

The Counter to Constant Supply Chain Volatility Is Pervasive Visibility and Industry Collaboration

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For more than a year, global supply chains have been buffeted by one major disruption after another.

What is Supply Chain Resiliency?

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If your company’s supply chain survived 2020 and the disruptions of early 2021, it’s safe to say it has passed the supply chain resiliency test.

5 Recommendations towards a Resilient S&OP

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Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) as a process has been around since the 1980’s. While the terminology evolved, the underlying thesis of S&OP has stayed the same, i.e., bridge the divide between sales forecasts and operational plans while respecting the budget.

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Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!