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Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

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There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018. Omnichannel Revenue Management The retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other ecommerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.

Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

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It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017. Learning & Leadership conferences logistics supply chain

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Finding and Keeping Quality Supply Chain Talent amid the Staffing Shortage

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Growing practice of supply chain modeling requires more than just technology smarts What types of supply chain roles are on your company’s career webpage? What skills are important for new hires to possess in order to manage this increasingly critical area of the business?

The profound impact of the Internet of Things on supply chains

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the catalyst in creating more responsive supply chains by providing real-time, autonomous insight into your operational execution. DHL and Cisco recently published a report (linked here) that indicated the Internet of Things will deliver a $1.9

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.

Procter & Gamble’s Supply Chain Control Tower

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Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world. But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about. P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about their investments in analytics. They […]. Business Intelligence Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Logistics Technologies control tower Procter & Gamble supply chain

Two Ways Supply Chains Can Remain Strategic to Business

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Supply chain management is a critical function at any business that involves production, distribution, or inventory management. But being a critical function does not make it strategic in the traditional Michael Porter definition of providing a unique, valuable and sustainable competitive advantage.

The Evolution of WMS Customer Requirements

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Last month I posted a Logistics Viewpoints article on the evolution and growth of the WMS market.

Optimizing Today’s Automated Warehouse

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Warehouse Automation to Optimization Warehouse automation vendors are placing increased emphasis on the ability of their software solutions to take warehouse performance to the next level.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The Key Attributes of Supply Chain Leadership

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Let us look at a few critical projects many supply chain leaders would like to initiate to save money and improve service, but can’t, because they can’t muster the necessary corporate support.

Supply Chain Synchronization: Matching Supply and ACTUAL Demand

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One of my favorite parts of being an analyst and a columnist for Logistics Viewpoints, aside from expounding on omni-channel retail and supply chain logistics trends and technologies, is the opportunity to learn. As much as I may know about supply chain logistics, there is always room to learn.

Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization

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North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse. In order to continue moving product, trucking companies are pushing more and more freight onto the rail system, but that solution is not sustainable as it is also showing signs of being at capacity.

2016 Supply Chain Predictions

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Now that I am finally off the road for the balance of the year, I had a chance to sit down and look at some of the macro trends of 2015 and how they could impact logistics operations and technology providers in 2016. In some respects, the biggest trends are continuations from the past several years. Ecommerce, the economy, customer experience and security are dominating the headlines. They are as fundamental as a shifting population […].

The Next Supply Chain Revolution

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I’ve been researching and writing about supply chain management for 20 years. I’ve seen a number of supply chain “revolutions” In the first revolution, the concept of supply chain, as opposed to logistics, was put forth. Constraint based optimization tools for the extended supply chain were developed to support the new philosophy. As this was […]. Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Visibility Future risk management supply chain

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.

How Consumers are Transforming Supply Chain

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There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before. She wants what she wants, when and where she wants it. She’s the new digitally-empowered consumer and she is dictating how retailers and consumer goods companies must transform their supply chains to serve her. This new boss will access your brand wherever and whenever she wants through the device of her choice. There are no channels for her, just […].

Machine Learning for Supply Chain Efficiencies

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A few weeks ago I attended the ToolsGroup Supply Chain Transformation conference in Boston. One of the more interesting sessions I attended was “Predictive Commerce and Machine Learning” featuring ToolsGroup CEO Yossi Shamir. While Yossi obviously touted the benefits of the ToolsGroup product suite, the session focused more on the big concept of why supply chain needs automation now. In particular, he looked at how machine learning can help create better demand forecasts.

Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 730 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving.

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How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike

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This past June, the largest overnight delivery carriers (FedEx and UPS) announced that they would apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 2015. It is expected that shipping costs will increase 20 to 30 percent and affect over 70 percent of all shipments.

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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.

Creating the Customer-Facing Supply Chain in Home Delivery

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Last October, I wrote a post introducing the concept of the Customer Facing Supply Chain and how it expands the value of the supply chain in the enterprise. There has been a lot of interest in understanding how to create a customer-facing supply chain.

The Next Generation of Location Aware Supply Chain Applications

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It has long been possible to build a geofence and detect when an inbound carrier was 20 miles out from a warehouse. But warehouse managers, and transportation planners are busy. What good would those notifications do?

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Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management

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The young companies that are poised to transform the supply chain management profession fall into a relatively few categories. The most interesting start-ups we are seeing have business models based on the sharing economy, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and robotics. The Sharing Economy: Five companies are very interesting: Flexe, Deliv, Doorman, Transfix, and Shyp. Flexe describes itself as a marketplace for warehouse space.

Build Resilience into Your Supply Chain

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Will you wait until disaster strikes before investigating weak links in the supply chain? Or will you add resilience now to minimize the risk of disruption? Guest Commentary Supply Chain Risk Management

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Logistics and Supply Chain Trends to Monitor in 2016

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Writing about trends is tough. Many trends are slow moving trains. Sometimes few people question that the trend is underway, they just want to know when it will impact them. The other thing about making predictions, is ideally a prediction should be specific enough and testable enough that after the fact someone can look back and see whether it was right or wrong. With those thoughts in mind, ARC will attempt to make pertinent and […

Recent Port Shutdowns Highlight the Advantage of Modeling for Supply Chain Risk Management

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Recent massive strikes among dockworkers on the California coast brought the reality of supply chain continuity planning to the forefront once again for global businesses.

How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

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Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all. Global Trade Logistics Trends Procurement/Sourcing Supply Chain Network Design Brexit supply chain networks tax reform U.S. presidential election

Supply Chain Operating Networks are Finally Beginning to Emerge

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The concept of a network of networks – a network that rides on top of other networks and leverages those other network’s data – has been in existence for a while. ARC prefers the term “supply chain operating network,” which we have been writing about since 2003. While the terms are in use, what has not been present is an actual working example of a supply chain operating network. That may be about to change. […].

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

When you think QAD, do you think SCM?

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QAD is far better known for their manufacturing than supply chain solutions.

Use Simulation Planning to Predict Future Supply Chain Performance

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What if you could accurately predict how your supply chain will perform in the future? Know how a strategy change will impact your service levels or costs? Predict when you will stock out or be late with a shipment? To do this you need ESP.

Incorporating Taxes and Duties in Supply Chain Design

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There are numerous ways to integrate tax and duties in supply chain design. Here are a few ways to consider both logistics and tax considerations in a holistic view for the best overall design decisions. The supply chain is core to how your business is run and its costs, profit and growth. With the increasing globalization of business, variable taxes and duties across trading borders have a huge impact on overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing […].

My Supply Chain Resolutions

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What resolutions should you make in the New Year to improve your supply chain? Here are mine: To remember that supply chains should be built backward from the customer. One way to do this is to use a Perfect Order metric as a key way of measuring the supply chain organization.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

The Four Stages of Digital Disruption in the Supply Chain

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Organizations continue to look for areas of opportunity and inspiration on the quest to improve the operational efficiency of their supply chain. While technology capabilities are plentiful, for many, it’s not immediately obvious where one should start. What I have attempted to do here is provide a staged view on how I would categorize significant technology enablement, with one category potentially building upon the other. Managed – The first place to start is to implement […].

Using Network Visualization to Mitigate Supply Chain Risks

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I recently spoke to Trace White and Travis Parker from HP Inc. (HP) HP) about using supply chain network design and visualization tools to respond to supply chain risks. This is something that their team at HP started to examine about two to three years ago. They had built a supply chain visualization tool in response to getting a better handle on how to position supply chain initiatives, such as direct ship activities. At the time, […]. Supply Chain Risk Management

A Fresh Look at Supply Chain Visibility

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In ARC‘s recent Supply Chain Visibility & Collaboration Study, we found that the supply chain visibility & collaboration market is the fastest growing supply chain market. Over a year ago, ARC started to come across large corporations investing in supply chain control towers as a way of taking their supply chain program to the next level. We decided we needed to look into this, and kicked off a market research project on this market. When it came […].

The Internet of Things is Nothing New

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I’ve made the argument before that the Internet of Things is nothing new. In the logistics space, for example, we’ve been taking RF scans and using that data to improve warehouse processes since at least 1975 when McHugh Freeman, an early warehouse management system supplier, began business. Internet protocols make it easier to communicate that sensor data to applications. This is a big advance, but I don’t think we are seeing fundamentally new types of applications; just […].

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.