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A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy

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When we think of strategists, we tend to think of men (C-level folks are still mostly men) with giant foreheads seeing things the rest of us cannot. But strategy is often more prosaic. For example, when it comes to supply chain strategy, there is a playbook that can be followed. The post A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Learning & Leadership strategy supply chain

What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

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Mike Reibsamen – the Director of Integrated Supply Chain – at Berry Global, spoke about Berry Global’s supply chain transformation at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in early October. Mr. Reibsamen’s primary point was that companies will get much better payback from their supply chain projects if they don’t do them in an ad hoc manner. A company should have a comprehensive end-to-end vision of what they want to accomplish, […].

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.

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The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

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Technical issues with blockchain for supply chain applications have been largely eliminated. The technology is being widely tested in pilots and proof of concepts but is not yet in every day usage. Experts predict that 2018 will be the year this changes. The post The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Trends Track and Trace blockchain supply chain

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

The Road To Autonomous Truck Viability Begins To Clear

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When it comes to driving autonomous trucks on the interstate, there are several issues that need to be solved. A startup called Wavesense has solved one key problem. The CEO of Wavesense talks with ARC about the other issues that need to be solved. The post The Road To Autonomous Truck Viability Begins To Clear appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Technologies Transportation logistics supply chain

Is Uber Freight a Going Concern?

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Is Uber Freight a going concern? Recent losses at the company, the shut down of UberRush, and the loss of key executives makes this a valid question. Experienced logistics executives are not surprised. The post Is Uber Freight a Going Concern? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Service Providers Logistics Technologies BluJay Solutions Descartes supply chain Uber Freight

Innovating Production and Supply Networks to Increase Value from New Product Introductions

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Product and service innovation, driven by digital technologies, is key to gaining extra value from new product introductions. One particularly interesting development is the emergence of modular plants. Forecasting a NPI can be very difficult. Modular plants help companies to scale economically. The post Innovating Production and Supply Networks to Increase Value from New Product Introductions appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

The Worst and Best in Sustainability: Amazon vs. Dassault Systèmes

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The world's most sustainable company is a supply chain software company - Dassault Systemes. The world's least? Amazon. Amazon is an incredibly innovative company that has devoted virtually no innovation to improving the sustainability of their supply chain. The post The Worst and Best in Sustainability: Amazon vs. Dassault Systèmes appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Sustainability Amazon supply chain

NextShift Robotics, An Autonomous Mobile Robot that Optimizes the Picking Process

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313 million dollars has been invested in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for use in material handling in the last several years. An autonomous mobile robot is a vehicle that requires no change to a facilities infrastructure to implement and operate. Often, these vehicles are led around a facility and then create a map of the facility that is followed subsequently. There are two types of AMRs. Path AMRs are more flexible forms of automated guided […].

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Shippers Caused the Truck Driver Shortage

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Land O’Lakes Chief Supply Chain Officer, Yone Dewberry, told an audience at eft’s 3PL and Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta in on June 6th, “We’ve created it” (the truck driver shortage). “As As an industry” (shippers), “we’ve done this to ourselves.” Land O’ Lakes is a member owned cooperative with revenues of $15 billion. The company is best known for dairy products, particularly butter, but the company also has divisions devoted to animal nutrition and seeds/crop […].

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.

The Smart Factory, Industrie 4.0, and Supply Chain Optimization

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In North America, the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a great deal of attention. In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence.

Robots for eCommerce Fulfillment

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For robots in eCommerce fulfillment, last year was the year of pilots. This year customers are willing to publicly speak about the benefits they got from eCommerce robots at eft’s 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta. The post Robots for eCommerce Fulfillment appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Technologies Material Handling Retail ecommerce robots supply chain

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

How Bird Flu is Impacting the Egg Supply Chain

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As I mentioned in last Friday’s news round-up, the United States will begin to import eggs from Europe due to a massive shortage. This marks the first time in more than a decade that the US has been forced to import eggs. The cause of the shortage is avian flu.

Exciting changes drive key supply chain technology investments

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I’ve just returned from attending and participating in several supply chain conferences around the country. There’s a palpable excitement in our industry about the sweeping changes fundamentally altering supply chain operations.

No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks

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Mike Reid, the Chief Operating Officer at Embark Trucks, said that “Anyone employed as a driver today will be able to retire as a driver.” What makes that statement surprising is that Embark is a leading developer of autonomous trucks. One might think that the goal of an autonomous truck company is to render drivers superfluous. The post No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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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Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Is Your Supply Chain Weatherproof?

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Individuals living in the higher latitudes will tell you that ice dams on your roof are an omen of bad things to come. I learned this first-hand last week after record snowfall in the Boston area. To minimize future damage, I set out to purchase a roof rake to clear the snow off of my […].

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This Week in Logistics News (October 20 – 26)

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Last week I mentioned that the Panama Canal expansion has resulted in record breaking tonnage moving through the waterway. The expansion was surely an engineering feat, using the latest technology to improve the global supply chain. However, engineering feats such as building a massive canal did not always have access to this level of technology. Today marks the 193rd anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal. While the Panama Canal expansion took roughly nine […].

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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.

When you think QAD, do you think SCM?

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

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries?

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Starship Technologies has designed delivery bots that make last mile deliveries. They are not the only company operating in this space, but they are the only company, that has moved beyond the pilot stage to actual commercial operations. To revolutionize last mile deliveries, continuing funding will be needed. The post Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Retail Transportation last mile Robot supply chain

Tesla’s Supply Chain is Broken

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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk dodged questions from financial analysts about the electric car maker’s condition last week on its earnings conference call. Musk refused to answer questions on Tesla’s capital requirements, saying “boring questions are not cool.” ” The Business Insider reports that Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne dubbed Wednesday’s call, in which Musk talked of “barnacles, flufferbots, and bonehead bears,” surreal.

The Role 3PLs and Value-Added Services Play in an Omni-Channel Retail Supply Chain

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In our world of technological innovation, the pressure to provide consumers with faster and more efficient levels of service is mounting, and retail manufacturers are feeling the impact. Gone are the days when consumers’ only options were limited to visiting brick-and-mortar stores to shop.

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

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The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […].

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

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.

Are Driverless Trucks the Solution to the Driver Shortage?

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Things are certainly changing in the trucking industry. Even though demand is rising, the industry is facing a monumental challenge in its shortage of qualified and licensed drivers.

Gamifying Logistics

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Our supply chain applications have made giant strides forward in usability in the last several years. There are improved user interfaces, real time alerts and analytics, social media capabilities, and better supply chain visibility (with Google maps, telematics).

Blockchain: The “Building Block” of the Supply Chain of Tomorrow?

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Supply chain analysts are far more caustious concerning the maturity of blockchain for business applications that the broader tech community. Perhaps too cautious. One day after analysts appeared on a HighJump panel on this topic, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that claimed that 1.1 million items from Walmart are being tracked by blockchain, helping the massive retailer trace these products journey from supplier to store.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.