How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it.

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My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Keeping with my normal Sunday night ritual, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen my weekly post for the Supply Chain Shaman. My passion is helping supply chain leaders. To date supply chain processes are enterprise-centric.

Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

Supply Chain Shaman

Many companies talk about Supply Chain Excellence, but most leaders struggle to define it. One supply chain leader, in a discussion last week, likened supply chain excellence to fitness. He felt that supply chain excellence was analogous.

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Ide c spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved. Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest biotech employer in North Carolina. The supply chain is NOT nimble and people struggle.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

Their goals were lofty, but their understanding of supply chain planning was hazy. In 2006, they made a decision to implement a supply chain planning solution. Tactical Supply. Comprehensive view of source, make and deliver. Supply Chain Design. Ad hoc design planning often focused on a function of the supply chain. Frequent and systemic supply chain design. Focus is on make, source and deliver together.

RFID in the Supply Chain: Fizzling Technology or the Future of Effective SCM?

Cerasis

In 2003, Walmart announced that all of its suppliers would need to have Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on all pallets and cases by 2006. More recently, with the rise of interconnected systems, the analytics to derive value from those systems seems, and decreased costs, RFID is resurrecting as a solution for increasing supply chain management (SCM), visibility into processes, and reducing inventory tracking costs. RFID Tags Are Resurging in the Supply Chain.

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Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today, more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value.

How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

One of my favorite speeches, over this fifteen year tenure, was listening to Alan Greenspan at the AMR Research IT conference in November 2006. As I whirl past the factories in the car, it makes me think about the adoption of supply chain planning.

Rockwell Automation: Supply Chains to Admire Winner

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

Retail was slow to adopt supply chain processes to drive new business models; and as a result, traditional retail redefinition of supply chain processes got caught in the omni-channel hype while Amazon worked its magic to become a market leader.

Chain of Custody: The source of control in global supply chains? – IoT Beyond the Buzz

Global Trade Management

Chain of custody is a term often thrown around as a buzzword. In combination with the latest technology hypes like IoT, the chain of custody is magnified to address everything from supply chain security to regulatory compliance. What is chain of custody? How and why is it relevant for supply chains? You may find multiple definitions of a chain of custody by governments, associations, agencies, logistics service providers, shippers.

The Fight of the Titans

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chain leaders are competitive. The field of supply chain management–combining source, make and deliver–into a common process started in 1982. Yet, the Titans, the first generation of supply chain super powers, continue to battle competitors.

Rockwell Automation: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).

Supply chain software demands continual attention

Supply Chain Movement

that’s the same length of time that many larger companies need to develop and globally implement new supply chain software. PepsiCo, ASmL and Agrifac are all investing in supply chain software at different levels. If we don’t supply on time, our customer can’t manufacture.

Who said supply chains are boring?: An Online Class Everyone.

Supply Chains Rock

Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle. Without supply chains consumers would be stuck using products that they had to make or grow with their own two hands.

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Is the FAR getting in the way of Early Supplier Involvement in defense projects?

NC State SCRC

defense firms tend to follow a traditional “white box” sourcing approach, as shown in this figure. Much of the sourcing behavior involved in standard defense industry practices is tied to establishing “price reasonableness” in accordance with FAR 15.403 (FAR, 2005).

Combat Rising Transportation Costs and Driver Shortage With Supply Chain Analytics

Savi

Supply Chain Challenges: Freight Volume Rising, Driver Shortage Growing The shipping industry plays a critical role in world economics. Its immense power stems from its ubiquity–in every sector, you will find shipping and a supply chain.

Built for Yesterday’s Consumer: The Demise of Malls and Traditional Distribution Networks

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Keeping Up with the Retail Consumer: 6 Supply Chain Disciplines Retailers Must Master , an ebook published earlier this year by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services (see previous post for additional details).

3 Tips for Placing the Customer at the Center of Your Hospitality Supply Chain

AFFLINK

Customers want what they want, and there should be a supply chain plan in place that supports those needs. But what happens when your hospitality supply chain isn’t flexible enough to provide for the customer? Green Supply Chain.

Spend Analytics in the Federal Acquisition Sector

Supply Chain View from the Field

Acquisition in the federal government has been identified as a major source of potential savings in the future, as in the private sector, but a recent set of workshops and interviews identified some major challenges that exist. In 2006, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act called for searchable website database, leading to FedSpending.org. Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Government Acquisition Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

Insights from the C-Suite: Supply Chain People Are Making a Difference in the World

Material Handling & Logistics

The biggest challenge for supply chain professionals today is the is the accelerated pace of change, according to APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi. Abe Eshkenazi: Chief among them is the pace of change that’s occurring right now in supply chain.

Notes from ProcureCon Indirect West at the Wigwam in Phoenix Arizona

Supply Chain View from the Field

Chris Hahn from Coupa did a demo for me, showing me the ease with which Coupa software allows Accounts Payable and Sourcing groups to access all of their data online. The software was founded in 2006, and is based on the Amazon model of being able to quickly access data…because of how new the platform was, it is better able to drive solutions that are truly mobile and accessible to sourcing and contract managers from their iPhones.

Supply Chain Management:Has Best of Breed WMS Won the Race?

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. Supply Chain Management.

The Relational View in SCM Research

SCM Research

Published in 1998, The relational view: Cooperative strategy and sources of interorganizational competitive advantage by Dyer and Singh remains one of the most influential business papers. The four sources of interorganizational competitive advantage identified by the authors are: (1) relation-specific assets, (2) knowledge-sharing routines, (3) complementary resources/capabilities, and (4) effective governance. The relational view has later been extended by Lavie (2006).

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S&OP, a vision for the future. The expert interview series #1

Supply Chain Trend

To get some answers for S&OP practitioners, Niels van Hove founder of Supply Chain Trend, interviewed a group of S&OP leaders. For the next 6 weeks Supply Chain Trend will publish a weekly Q&A with these S&OP leaders. Introduction.

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Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

Supply Chain Network

Intelleflex ZEST™ Data Services, a cloud-based repository for aggregating, warehousing and sharing information across the supply chain, facilitates on-demand access to actionable data for improved supply chain operations to provide a complete picture of data spanning the entire supply chain.

Nasty Gal: When a Disrupter Isn’t Disruptive Enough

FLEXE

Founded by 32-year-old Sophia Amoruso in 2006, Nasty Gal’s rise and fall happened in less than a decade. Her social savvy resulted in demand outweighing supply. Supply vs. demand: What we can learn from Nasty Gal. That’s especially true for the supply chain.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

Source: Google. Descartes Systems Group Revenue 2006-2018 (Source: macrotrends). There are a lot of niche supply chain and logistics solutions in the market and Descartes is good at finding and acquiring them.

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

Elementum

In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. As a finite but clearly valuable resource locked mostly in countries with difficult-to-track labor standards, cobalt’s supply chain has fallen under intense scrutiny in recent months, and companies are rushing to get their share. million metric tons (or 60% of the world’s supply). Cobalt demand will exceed supply by 42% in 2025 and 170% in 2030.

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

Elementum

In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. million metric tons (or 60% of the world’s supply). Cobalt demand will exceed supply by 42% in 2025 and 170% in 2030. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled.

From Greater Production Traceability to Combating Biodiversity Loss and Meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 15

EcoVadis

From the Soy Moratorium’s inception in 2006 until today, deforestation has fallen by 86 percent in the 76 municipalities covered by the moratorium, and these municipalities produce 98 percent of the soybeans in the Amazon biome. Transparency in the Supply Chain.

From Model X to Project Titan: A Closer Look at the New Auto Manufacturing

Elementum

Then, in 2006, a Silicon Valley startup called Tesla Motors announced that it would be producing a luxury electric sports car that could potentially run for more than 200 miles on a single charge. We take a look at the newest developments, and how they’re set to disrupt the auto supply chain.

Transforming Tribes

EFT

The “C” suite is often made up of “tribal chiefs” each competing for attention, budget, manpower and reward for their tribes which have an undeniable hierarchy; in retail buying sits at the top, and logistics is condemned to the lowest end of the food chain.

Top 15 Biggest 3PLs in the US - 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

This points to an ongoing trend, Armstrong notes, "for companies to outsource logistics functions to 3PLs in order to control costs and increase supply chain efficiency." Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.

LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The latest addition to this portfolio includes LTL and truckload freight services, which complements UPS’s global capabilities to provide customers a single source for multiple modes of transportation. In 1992, UPS acquired both Haulfast and Carryfast and rebranded to UPS Supply Chain Solutions. The new segment was rebranded as UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

A vision for a transparent global Rare Earth Element system using blockchain technology

Provenance

Interested in understanding how supply chain transparency could benefit your business? Since the 1990s, China has supplied the lion’s share of the world’s demand for REEs. Nevertheless, over the last few decades the world largely relied on Chinese REE supply.

Risks of Outsourcing: The Case of U.S. Intelligence

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

  Supply chains have become global in part because of outsourcing as companies want to be ‘nimble’, carry fewer assets on their books and lower their headcount. Still, our comment is not about whether to outsource or in-source but rather about managing the risks of outsourcing.