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Building Profitability with Agility while Digitally Transforming the Supply Chain

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Many companies were in the midst of digitally transforming their supply chain when the Convid-19 pandemic hits. During that time, with great volatility, many companies struggled to keep pace with increasing customer expectations around delivery on-time.

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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.

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How to Achieve the Perfect Delivery

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Last month I participated in Oracle’s Perfect Delivery Virtual Summit , along with Matt Leonard from Supply Chain Dive, Marcelo de Matheus from Tramontina, and Mohamed Absar from DP World.

Supply Chain Talent Matters More than Ever

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According to one survey , only 27% of leaders believe that they have the talent needed to meet current supply chain performance requirements. What should supply chain leaders be looking for to close the talent gap? AGCO Logistics Team Accepts Prestigious Supply Chain Award.

Just In: Inventory Optimization Research

How are organizations performing on inventory optimization? How can new technologies help your team improve? Find out in this new research report.

Peet’s Coffee and the Roasted Bean Supply Chain

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Peet’s Coffee was going through a digital transformation when Covid-19 hit.

A True Supply Chain Transformation Requires the Proper Talent

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Belcorp’s Maturity in Supply Chain Design. When companies implement enterprise software solutions, they often label that implementation as being part of their company’s digital transformation.

A Model for Employing Disabled Workers in Warehousing

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On Monday, March 8th, a vice president of supply chain for a large retail chain – a chain with over 5,000 stores – spoke at Körber’s supply chain conference Elevate. Körber is a leading provider of logistics software, material handling, voice, and consulting solutions.

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Predictability in a Time of Uncertainty: Machine Learning in Logistics

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Many organizations faced the most disruptive year in their history as they dealt with the consequences of the pandemic.

How Machine Learning is Transforming Logistics

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ARC Advisory Group engaged in an informative discussion with Derek Gittoes, VP Supply Chain Management Product Strategy at Oracle , as part of ARC’s Digital Supply Chain Forum.

What Happens When Machine Learning Meets Ocean Shipping?

Read how Unilever developed a first-of-its-kind digital Control Tower with ClearMetal that provides extremely accurate real-time visibility across their sea freight operations.

Straight Talk on 5G for Industrial Applications

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Pietro Valsecchi, Covestro’s Expert on 5G. 5G represents the next generation of broadband cellular technology. I have written before that 5G for supply chain applications is still at the hype stage. However, the 5G protocol is slowly evolving to add more features for industrial applications.

Procurement and Supply Chain are Smarter Together – Practical Use Cases

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In a previous post , I made a case for how the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) are smarter together.

2021 Supply Chain Technology Trends to Watch

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There are some young supply chain technologies that are getting a lot of buzz. But how mature are these technologies? Do they have a proven ROI? Are they worth piloting? Or can companies safely ignore them? There are also promising technologies that we expect will deliver great value.

Amazon Supply Chain Innovation Continues

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Three years ago, my colleague Steve Banker wrote an article about the Amazon supply chain , asking if it was the most innovative in the world. In the article, he wrote about Amazon Relay, the acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon the carrier, and the expansion of its warehousing capabilities.

The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.

What is Supply Chain Visibility and Why Isn’t It Enough?

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In a survey of 150 global manufacturing executives, 47% committed to improving supply chain visibility and tracking. According to the Global Supply Chain Disruption and Future Strategies Survey Report, this goal was the top-ranked planned tool investment.

Megatrends Reshaping Supply Chain Management

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Booming Ecommerce is a Megatrend; AMR last mile delivery is one potential solution. ARC is getting ready for our Supply Chain Forum on February 16 th and 17 th. I was originally scheduled to speak. But we ended up with a good problem.

Understanding New Supply Chain Concepts

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The Executive Interviews conducted at the virtual ARC Industry Forum elicited interesting perspectives on the digital transformation journey in a post-COVID world.

This Week in Logistics News (March 27 – April 3)

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Spring brings about a plethora of annual traditions. For example, yesterday was Major League Baseball’s opening day, which turned into a rainout for my hometown Red Sox. Another yearly tradition is the emergence of annual cicadas, which are found in every US state.

Demystifying Control Towers: What Drives Effectiveness?

Speaker: Mauro Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Alkimius Group & Andrew MacMillen, Principal Analyst at Nucleus Research

There are several competing definitions of supply chain control towers. Here to demystify their meaning and what it takes to have a successful implementation is Principal Nucleus Research Analyst, Andrew MacMillen in conversation with Alkimius founder & CEO, Mauro Gonzalez.

Warehouse Automation in a Time of Rapid Change

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Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Markus Schmidt, President of Swisslog Americas , about warehousing in today’s environment of rapid and often unpredictable change. The coronavirus pandemic exerted widespread impact on order fulfillment operations.

Achieving Overall Logistics Effectiveness in Warehouse Operations

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mike Khodl, VP of Differentiated Technologies at Dematic. We spoke mostly about achieving optimal warehouse performance.

Boot Barn Implements Intelligent Warehouse Automation and Control System

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Boot Barn is a retail chain devoted to western and work-related footwear, apparel, and accessories. The company operates over 200 stores in the US and e-commerce websites consisting primarily of bootbarn.com, sheplers.com and countryoutfitter.com.

Editor’s Choice: The Journal to Perfect Delivery

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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.

Webinar On-Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

3 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Wait: Agility, Resiliency, and Sustainability

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Supply chain is in the spotlight. It is the business function that is front and center - on top of the minds of consumers and executives. The global pandemic has ripped the rug out from under supply chains, but also highlighted its importance.

Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution – Possibly the Most Important Supply Chain

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Covid-19 vaccine distribution is headline news across the country.

Why the CPO and CSCO are Smarter Together!

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Over the years, cost and efficiency ruled the supply chain agenda. In light of the global pandemic, resiliency and business continuity come to the fore for the C-suite across many businesses and industries.

Solvoyo’s Take on Supply Chain Planning

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Nil Durak, Chief Operating Officer at Solvoyo as part of ARC’s Supply Chain Forum.

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

Efficient Frozen Food Distribution: Inside the Build-out of Two Automated Facilities

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In December of 2019, the global grocery retailer Ahold Delhaize announced it was investing $480 million to transform and expand its US supply chain operations to support a strategy to transition the supply chain network into a fully-integrated, self-distribution model.

Digital Transformation Journey in Supply Chain Planning

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Remember those times when we used to stroll down the block and find local stores such as the mom-and-pop diners and get the chance to relish the coziness and sense of family environment there. Even mom-and-pop stores and diners had to step up their digitalization game with the pandemic erupting.

Who is the Supply Chain Planner in the Age of AI?

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The most recent McKinsey Global Survey on AI shows a 25% increase in use by companies over the prior year, a trend that shows no signs of slowing. At this pace, have we entered the Age of AI?

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Körber User Conference Showcases Ecommerce Warehouses

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Chad Collins, CEO of Körber. Körber, which was known as HighJump Software until about a year ago, completed their virtual Elevate Americas user conference. Despite the pandemic, it was a good year for the supply chain group at Körber (Körber rhymes with Gerber, the baby food company).

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.