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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. Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. Supply chain process development is slower.

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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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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. The research, the share groups, the training and the event services of Supply Chain Insights are all focused at helping business leaders understand the “Art of the Possible.” To date supply chain processes are enterprise-centric.

Coronavirus Increases Supply Chain Risk Management Priority

Enterra Insights

For years I’ve been writing about the importance of supply chain risk management and how it’s often given short shrift in business discussions. Eric Kimberling ( @erickimberling ) an Enterprise Resource Planning expert, writes, “The coronavirus pandemic disrupted supply chains across the globe, and suddenly everyone is paying more attention to what was an overlooked subject just months ago. Demand vs. supply.

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. Today’s driver shortage is helping to drive transportation costs higher. To put this in perspective, 2018 is the first year since 2006 in which driver shortage is the primary concern of the industry.

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.

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.

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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. For today’s supply chain leader, the pressures on both operating margin and inventory turns is great. A Closer Look at Consumer Value Chains and the Value of the EACH.

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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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.

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? Here, we’ll give you examples of customer experiences — bad and good — and how with the right supply chain, it’ll all work out. For many hotels, poor information flow can be a deathblow when it comes to maintaining and improving the 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.

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

Supply Chain Network

Intelleflex, a leading provider of on-demand data visibility solutions for supply chains and asset tracking, today announced the Intelleflex CMR-6100, the first fully integrated cellular-enabled, GPS-equipped multi-protocol RFID reader with support for the ISO Class 3 battery assisted passive and EPCglobal C1G2 passive standards. Enabling information sharing among supply chain partners, and product traceability records with customers and insurance and financial services companies.

LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. Now, UPS has aggressively grown into freight and other transportation solutions through a series of strategic acquisitions. 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. The new segment was rebranded as UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

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. It’s possibly a harsh view, but in academic literature the retail supply chain is broadly acknowledged as being the most dysfunctional. Many retail organisations are essentially tribal.

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. 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.

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." The service most frequently outsourced to a 3PL is transportation management (24%), followed by warehouse management (19%). Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. Source ID.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

Source: Google. Descartes Systems Group Revenue 2006-2018 (Source: macrotrends). A lot of this growth has been fueled by 41 acquisitions since 2006, across a broad spectrum of solutions: Global Logistics Network; Routing, Mobile, & Telematics; Transportation Management; Customs & Regulatory Compliance; Broker & Forwarder Enterprise Systems; and Global Trade Content. I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years, which is hard to believe sometimes.

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. A move that led to international concerns around supply security and the political motivation behind China’s export restrictions. Illegal mining and opaque value chains.

Freightera’s New Redesign Takes Instant Online Freight Quotes to the Next Level

Freightera

Freightera started in Canada and cross-border US-Canada transport and is rapidly expanding in the United States. Among other recent achievements, in its Silicon Valley debut, Freightera won placement in Plug and Play Ventures’ Supply Chain and Logistics Accelerator. This redesign will help Freightera to open container shipping and other modes of transport in the near future. Freightera is creating a unified global marketplace for freight transportation.