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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.

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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FourKites Visibility 2022: Learn. Connect. Be Inspired.

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Last week I attended FourKites Visibility 2022 in Chicago, IL. It was nice to be back at an in-person event, networking with peers, learning from subject matter experts, and taking in the sights and sounds of Chicago. As the tagline said, I was there to learn, connect, and be inspired.

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.

Automating Freight Forwarding Processes with CargoWise Workflow

This training guide helps freight forwarders utilize the productivity capabilities of CargoWise. It covers 5 key CargoWise Workflow features, the importance of auditing your operation’s processes, and using automation for maximum productivity.

This Week in Logistics News (September 24 – 30)

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Finally. McDonald’s is launching a retro-themed boxed meal (Happy Meal) for adults that includes a collectible figurine of a classic McDonald’s mascot – Birdie, Grimace, Hamburglar, or the new Cactus Buddy. McDonald’s is collaborating with Cactus Plant Flea Market on this initiative.

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.

Supply Chain Disruption and the Looming Shortages

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At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruption became a common phrase in the media. In truth, it went well beyond what was being reported in the newspapers and on TV. Supply chain disruption became a key talking point for just about everyone.

One Type of Inflation is Caused by Supply Chain Issues (And That is a Good Thing)

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Inflation is Broad Based (Graph from Joseph Politano). Economists are beginning to speak of “immaculate disinflation.”

Top Five Transportation Trends

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Supply chain disruptions have brought about an age of innovation. From a transportation standpoint, this has included major technological advancements. Last week, I gave the keynote presentation at the Dangerous Goods Symposium , sponsored by LabelMaster and the DG Exchange.

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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.

Listening to the Voice of the Warehouse Worker –5 Factors Impacting Employee Attraction and Retention

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As a pioneer in warehouse technology and the development of solutions that empower warehouse workers, Lucas Systems recently commissioned a research study and developed the first Voice of the Warehouse Worker Insights.

This Week in Logistics News (October 1 – 7)

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Earlier this week, I read a sobering report from the national Retail Federation (NRF) regarding shrink. For those unaware of the term, shrink is an accounting term used to describe when a store has fewer items in stock than in its recorded book inventory.

Making Supply Chain Planning Agile With Modular Planning Technologies

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“May you live in interesting times,” widely attributed as a Chinese curse, some claim this as a blessing; whichever side you take, this is exactly what’s happening in the supply chain world since 2020, and it looks like we will be living with this blessing/curse for a while longer.

An Entrepreneur Explains The 10 Things Needed to Build A Business that Investors Can’t Say ‘NO’ To

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Bruce Welty, Founder of the Unicorn Locus Robotics. Supply chain management is hot. Investment is flowing into supply chain companies. In 2021, more than $25 billion was invested in supply chain companies in just the first three quarters of the year.

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.

Don’t Fear What is Outside Your Box – It Can’t Bite You!

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The only way to drive business is to embrace change; in today’s uncertain world, this is more valid than ever. Still, we can see that it is hard for many companies to go outside of their box and challenge the status quo.

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The Race for Last Mile Drones

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One of the most difficult and expensive aspects of the supply chain is last mile and home delivery. However, from a customer experience standpoint, it is also the most memorable and possibly important.

Editor’s Choice: Why Supply Chain Design Is Not a “One-and-Done” Exercise

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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 Ahmad Jiwani at Coupa and looks at supply chain design.

Understanding Supply Chain Sustainability

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Supply chain sustainability can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. As I have written about before, supply chain sustainability , or the notion of going green, is a hot topic as companies and countries look at their overall carbon footprint and look for ways to be more environmentally friendly.

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.

Gamification and Robotics Level Up Employee Engagement

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Across the global business ecosystem, sourcing and retaining top talent labor is of utmost importance. This is no less true of the supply chain industry, which must manage high customer demand while simultaneously experiencing unprecedented labor issues.

This Week in Logistics News (September 10 – 16)

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Earlier this week, I was listening to Morning Addition on WBUR Boston. One of the guests was discussing the new words that were added to the Merriam Webster dictionary in September. In all, 370 new words were added.

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Can Improving Forecast Accuracy Address Our Demand Planning Woes?

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If “the forecast is always wrong,” is improving forecast accuracy even the solution to our demand planning woes? In times that continue to defy our ability to predict them, the words of famous statistician George Box have never been more right: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”

Editor’s Choice: 10 Reasons to Implement a Cloud Multi-Carrier Parcel Management System

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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 Logistyx Technologies and looks at cloud multi-carrier parcel management systems.

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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.

BD Achieves End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

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Ever since COVID hit, supply chain executives have embraced supply chain risk management. Within this discipline, one of the toughest challenges is how to get visibility to problems arising across the extended supply network. Supply Chain Chaos is the New Norm.

Walgreens’ Digital Commerce Evolution: Microservices to the Rescue

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Brian Amend, Senior Director of Supply Chain Systems at Walgreens. You hear the term “digital transformation” everywhere. That means different things to different people.

Reducing the Impact of High Fuel Costs Goes Beyond the Transportation Department

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The rise in fuel costs, especially diesel, is significantly impacting the bottom line of many B2B companies such as distributors and wholesalers.

This Week in Logistics News (August 6 – 12)

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I read earlier this week that pressure on the supply of critical materials will continue to mount as road transport electrification expands to meet net-zero ambitions.

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.

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.

Transforming Freight Benchmarking

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Most supply chain suppliers have solutions that are very similar to each other. Occasionally, a cool vendor emerges – a vendor solving an important problem in a new way. Emerge is that kind of company.

The Power of the Network: ERP vs. Spend Management

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Alex Zhong, Director Product Marketing at GEP.

Inflation in 2022: Is the Bullwhip Effect to Blame for Retail Inventory Glut

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Last week I saw a news headline from the Washington Post stating Michael Burry’s ‘Bullwhip’ Tweet Deserves Serious Attention. Michael Burry ( @michaeljburry ) is most well-known as the hedge fund manager portrayed by Christian Bale in the movie “ The Big Short.”

Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

Supply Chain Digitization Gains Favor as Disruptions Continue

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Supply chains have experienced significant disruptions in the first half of 2022, from a global pandemic to wars, rising fuel costs, and a potential recession. Throughout the past six months, rates and capacity have been highly volatile as the industry deals with other ongoing challenges.

Editor’s Choice: 5 Steps to Creating a Profitable Same-Day Fulfilment

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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 Wayne Snyder at Blue Yonder, and looks at the intricacies of the ever-growing same-day delivery market.

Innovations in E-grocery

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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 KNAPP and looks at innovations in e-grocery.

Making the Connection: The Real-World Value of Logistics Digitalization

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Today’s logistics teams are operating in an environment characterized by uncertainty on three fronts. Customers’ needs and expectations are constantly changing. The available talent pool of drivers, warehouse associates and other employees is small, which creates staffing volatility.

Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.