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This Week in Logistics News (May 7 – 13)

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After more than two years, I finally traveled for a conference again. I was in San Diego for Kinaxis Kinexions , and it was a great trip (I will have a full recap of the conference next week).

This Week in Logistics News (April 30 – May 6)

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At some point, it seems we all have the need for speed. That being said, would you go over 280 MPH in a car? Better yet, would go over 280 MPH in a 3-D printed car? Well, according to Czinger, a Los Angeles-based boutique hypercar manufacturer, that is about to be a possibility.


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Supply Chain Compliance is About to Get a Whole Lot Tougher

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Abigail Myers-Antiaye – the principal product compliance manager at Coupa. In January 2023, the Germany Supply Chain Due Diligence Act will come into effect, requiring businesses to monitor supply chains for human rights violations and compliance with environmental standards.

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.

Perfect Your Back-to-School Strategy with End-to-End Ocean Visibility

Speaker: Mark Delaney and Steve Dowse

In this webinar, we discuss key challenges in product availability, ways to create agility in your supply chain operations despite ocean disruptions, and how end-to-end ocean visibility can mitigate key retail concerns this back-to-school season and beyond.

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): Growth Accelerated in 2021

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I just completed the data gathering process for ARC’s global Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) market research study. Although I have not yet completed the market forecast, I certainly have a good feel for what the WMS market experienced in 2021.

Autonomous Planning in Supply Chain: 4 Must-Haves for Next-Generation Platforms

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I recently changed continents and realized that my favorite hair styler wouldn’t work in the U.S., so I went online to order it.

This Week in Logistics News (April 16 – 22)

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This past Monday marked the first normal Boston Marathon since 2019, as the 2020 marathon was canceled due to the Covid pandemic, and the 2021 marathon was shifted to October with a smaller field. And what a race it was.

Facilities Are a Critical Part of the Enterprise Supply Chain Tech Stack. It’s Time to Start Managing Them That Way

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Amidst ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in Asia, war in Europe, scarce raw materials and steep inflation, companies are stockpiling inventory as never before in the hopes of mitigating future supply chain shocks.

Beware the Swinging Pendulum on Supply Chain Inventory Practices

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Supply shortages resulting in empty shelves or parking lots of WIP inventory represent a spectre causing supply chain leaders to reconsider supply chain inventory practices. Opinion of just-in-time (JIT) as a practice has taken a battering and inventory is rising.

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain in Times of Disruption

Disruptions expose gaps in the supply chain and amplify problems. What can be done? Research by GEP and North Carolina State University shows how tech can fix the gaps and ensure supply chain resilience and optimization. Download now!

5 Steps to Address the Rising Geopolitical Risks to Your Supply Chain

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My recent conversations with the supply chain practitioners are dominated by supply chain risk — specifically geopolitical risks in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The New Significance of a Logistics Strategy: Role, Success factors, and Integration

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Logistics strategy as an enabler of new business models. Today, successful companies are those who can make a great idea come true and create an organization to support its implementation.

The State of Home Delivery: Plenty of Room for Improvement

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Ecommerce has been on a roll for the last two years. This level of consumer activity has translated into record volumes of home deliveries. But, let’s face it: since the pandemic started, home delivery performance has not been great.

Supply Chain Planning for Dummies

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S upply chain planning requires constraints to be mapped. This configuration screen shows how Solvyouo maps transportation constraints. Supply chain management has been in the news. Because of the pandemic and resulting product shortages, the topic has never been more discussed.

The Essential Supply Chain Network Design Tooling Checklist

Dedicated supply chain network design software is fuelled by intuitive scenario analysis capabilities and powerful mathematical optimization. Answer 10 relevant questions to see if advanced network design & scenario modeling technology can help you.

Companies Improve their Supply Chains with Artificial Intelligence

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Machine Learning, a Form of Artifical Intelligence, Has Feedback Loops that Improve Forecasting. Many large enterprises use one form or another of a supply chain application to help manage their supply chains.

Manhattan Associates Talks Global Supply Chains, Trends, and Sustainability

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Eddie Capel, CEO of Manhattan Associates. During our conversation, Eddie and I spoke about the changing nature of global supply chains in the face of the ongoing Covid pandemic as well as the continuing surge of e-commerce.

A Deeper Look into Time Slot Management

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on the benefits of time slot management. In that article, I highlighted the importance of the network effect on time slot management and related technologies, as well as the main benefits of a time slot management application.

What Makes a Truly Agile and Resilient Supply Chain?

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Last year, many in the supply chain technology industry were warning companies all over the globe to prepare for the unknown. We didn’t know how long COVID-19-related shutdowns, and the ensuing port congestion and crunch on carrier capacity, would last.

Top 5 Supply Chain Processes That Need Better Collaboration Right Now

A lack of collaboration is a leading cause of supply chain headaches. GEP offers 5 remedies to ease your pain. Download this guide for must-have tools and processes for better supplier interactions.

Home Delivery Robots: Last Mile Gamechangers

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Robots continue to be a larger part of global supply chains. When it comes to deploying robots, warehouse technology is more established, as the use of robots within warehouses is set to grow significantly.

5 Supply Chain Collaboration Essentials to Mitigate Disruptions

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Disruption has become a new normal. Misalignment and disconnections in business can cause amplified problems in a disruptive environment. Few organizations are immune to the effects, which are acutely felt in supply chains — and the more complex they are, the greater the probability of interruptions.

MODEX 2022 – Back in Action and in Person (finally)

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MODEX 2022 kicked-off on Monday and I spent the full-day Tuesday on the floor. Needless to say, it was liberating to be back at a trade show in person – my first since March 2020.

Most Popular Logistics Stories from 2021

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Last week, Clint Reiser published an article highlighting our 2022 supply chain predictions. While we have published predictions about supply chain technology trends at the beginning of the year in past years.

Common Use Cases for Mathematical Optimization

What is mathematical optimization and what are some of the most common use cases for across industries? How can this type of prescriptive analytics be applied to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, and build more resilient supply chains? Find out in this guide.

Supply Chain Impacts from Russia-Ukraine Conflict

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I believe many of us are spending an abundance of time reading about the Russia-Ukraine war. It is certainly worthy of our concerns as individuals. But the topic is also of significance to supply chain practitioners.

3 Ways Technology Can Enable Retailers to Enhance Deliveries in 2022

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As more consumers flock to e-commerce, purchasing big & bulky goods such as furniture, appliances, and wholesale electronics online is becoming more common. A Statista study found that in 2020, the furniture and appliance e-commerce global market volume was $383.2B.

Editor’s Choice: Labor Shortage and the Rise of Real-Time Visibility

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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 Longbow and looks at the ongoing labor shortage and supply chain visibility.

End-to-end Supply Chain Visibility Calls for Addressing the Unique Needs of Europe

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Where’s my shipment? . That’s the question that continues to bedevil the global supply chain industry.

GEP Outlook 2022

The GEP Outlook 2022 report explores global business trends and features seven critical leadership themes that will help you proactively prepare for and power through the challenges ahead.

Five Advanced Technologies That Are Revolutionizing Logistics

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Already upended for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide logistics industry is facing new challenges. With gasoline prices reaching record highs , transportation managers must make smarter decisions that minimize road miles and associated costs.

This Week in Logistics News (April 2 – 8)

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Anyone that has seen the movie Forrest Gump remembers the music montage of Forrest running across the country. At one point, a truck splashes mud all over him, and a t-shirt salesman hands Forrest a yellow shirt to clean his face.

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The Give and Take of Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping Technology

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Demand for e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment continues to grow. According to Digital Commerce 360 , U.S. e-commerce sales increased again in 2021, up 14% year-over-year (YoY), and by more than 50% compared to 2019.

Körber Elevate: Next Phase of the Journey

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A modern day Rip Van Winkle would be surprised to wake up today and learn that HighJump is now known as Körber Supply Chain Software. But a twenty-year nap wouldn’t be necessary to fall behind on the company’s progress.

Guide to Mathematical Optimization & Modeling

What is mathematical optimization and how does it compare to other types of analytics? Which tool should you use to develop optimization applications and scale them across the business? What are best practices for successful adoption? Read now.