This Week in Logistics News (March 9-13, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Here’s the news that caught my attention this week: January 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index – February 2015. business inventories flat, inventory-to-sales ratio highest since 2009 (Reuters).

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Edgar Beers from Vanderlande named as Supply Chain Professional 2015

Supply Chain Movement

The Director Global Supply Chain & CPO of Vanderlande Industries fought off the two other formidable finalists, Edith van Erp-Slot (Mars Nederland) and Peter Meyer (Brezan Automaterialen), to clinch the title of Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2015 on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

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Oz’s solutions address a number of pain points for e-commerce shippers by automating logistics and supply chain processes, including order fulfilment, inventory management/scanning, and shipping.

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The Digital Supply Chain: Making The Leap With A Ball and Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Used from the 17th century until the late mid-20th century, a ball and chain found in 2009 in the United Kingdom from the 17th century was an 18 pound ball six inches in diameter.

Agility Does Not Grow on Trees: Start Building Today

Supply Chain Shaman

At Supply Chain Insights , we are currently working on some research to understand the current state of technology for S&OP and inventory optimization. Companies want to be agile. As demand and supply volatility increases, the goal is to build a flexible supply chain system.

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

When I wrote a summary report at AMR Research in 2007 and 2009, there were two or 6% of the market. In addition, 85% of the vendors in the multi-tier inventory optimization market that I wrote about in 1995, are now part of larger platforms.

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What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?


The concept of a network of smart devices was discussed as early as 1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet connected appliance, able to report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold.

Lora Cecere: ‘All the metrics must be in balance’

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The analyst was joined by Bram Desmet, managing director of Solventure, to present her latest book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter, in Brussels on 18 March 2015. They lack understanding of their inventory,” says Cecere.

Road to Nowhere: The Dire Status of U.S. Infrastructure


The bridge, built in 1967, had been labeled “functionally obsolete” by the National Bridge Inventory in 2014. The collapse of a major bridge on I-10 connecting California to Arizona served as a striking reminder that US infrastructure is failing and little is being done about it.

How Big Food and Beverage Could Revolutionize the Natural Movement


The organic food market in the US alone is expected to grow 14 percent from 2013 – 2018 and is expected to take in over $104bn by the end of 2015. The issue: Without additives and processing, food won’t stick around on shelves for as long, putting inventory at risk.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky


As I explain in my book, The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (MIT Press, October 2015), companies can improve their disruption detection capabilities in a number of ways.

7 Distribution Operations Issues Highlighted in Industrial Distribution’s 68th Annual Survey


66% of respondents reported an expansion of business when asked if they had contracted, expanded, or stayed constant with the inventory they distribute. When compared to 2009, when 68% reported having to reduce the size of their staff, these numbers are very encouraging.

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

” In 2009, I moved into the supply chain area, and worked with Rob in understanding how to apply analytics with a procurement focus. In 2009 we were $2B, and suddenly had five new drugs approved in two years. With multiple alliance partners, we have lower lead times and greater flexibility in building out inventory to meet demand.

Everything You Need to Know About El Niño and the Panama Canal Restrictions


In 2009, the canal reported 299.1 The restrictions are set to impact about 20 percent of all ships passing through the area—that’s a lot of inventory. The canal will unveil its extension in 2016—El Niño will be at full force in late 2015 and early into next year.

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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

reading in April, a reflection of currently manageable capacity utilization and low fuel prices—something that is expected to stay intact through the end of 2015. Diesel prices are at the lowest weekly average price since October 2009, marking the longest decline in 2015.

The Internet of Things and the Retail Industry

C3 Solutions

From a term that came into use in 2009, the Internet of Things (IoT) has come a long way in 10 years. In 2015 predictions for IoT adoption were extravagant. The benefits of having real-time visibility into on-hand and in-transit inventory is obvious.

9 Headlines Striking Fear into Shippers Lacking a Strong TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

Headline: Truck Stocks Plunge in 2015. With manufacturing falling at the fastest rate since 2009, it’s no surprise to see truck stocks plunging, and truck builders cutting back on staff. Headline: Intermodal Cargo Falls in 4Q for First Time Since 2009.

Good-bye siloed, functional planner. Hello storm chasing network planner.


Supply chain planners (I’m lumping in all the silos, including demand, supply, inventory and capacity planning) today are dealing with challenges that were unimaginable when Lotus notes were the next big thing. 2015 – Nepal earthquake, 7.8

And I thought last year’s Top 25 Supply Chain was a surprise


I am bolder on Samsung, simply because they had the highest 2016 Inventory Turns aside from McDonalds. They went from #34 in 2015 to #18 in 2016. Remember in 2015, Amazon’s ROA was 0.0%. 2015 – Don Weisler.

This Week in Logistics News (September 26-30, 2016)

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Elementum Expands Supply Chain Management Suite with New Inventory App Powered by World’s Product Graph™. Global Container Volume on Track for Worst Year Since 2009 (WSJ – sub. Trucking Industry’s Operational Costs Decline in 2015 Driven by Fuel Prices.

Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Inventory : Having raw materials, work-in-progress (WIP) or finished goods that are not having value added to them. Lean is often associated with discrete manufacturing processes, but the discipline has been adapted and implemented in the process industries too, as documented in the book “ Lean for the Process Industries: Dealing with Complexity ” (Productivity Press, May 2009) by Peter L.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

For December 2015, retail sales were the lowest since 2009. Table 1: Contract of Growth, Operating Margin, Inventory Turns and Cash-To-Cash for Consumer-Facing Industries. In parallel, take a closer look at inventory turns where only pharmaceutical companies made slight progress.

[How to] Sell on Tokopedia – The Ultimate Guide


billion in 2015 and this is anticipated to hit the mark of a staggering 48 billion by 2025. Initially, Tokopedia was not holding any inventories and sellers were responsible for finding fulfillment centers and take care of the shipping on their own.

This Week in Logistics News (July 4-8, 2016)

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Global trade volumes fell for the first time since 2009 by 1.7 percent between the final quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 and the International Air Transport Association has lowered its growth forecast for air freight demand in 2016 to 2.1

Winners in business: Supply Chains to Admire 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Most companies are moving backward on the Supply Chain Matrix That Matter (growth, operating marging, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital). They are better at horizontal processes, supply chain planning, and network design (with a clear definition of form/function of inventory).

Blockchain can make global supply chains more efficient and secure

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

After the development of bitcoin invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, computer scientists, software industry, and the banking industry were intrigued by the potential applications of bitcoin’s underlying “blockchain” process. Christopher Tang.

Blockchain can make global supply chains more efficient and secure

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

After the development of bitcoin invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, computer scientists, software industry, and the banking industry were intrigued by the potential applications of bitcoin’s underlying “blockchain” process. Christopher Tang.

Toys R Bust: The Downfall of America's Favorite Toy Store


In mid-March, Toys "R" Us announced plans to close down and liquidate the inventory for all 735 of its stores in the United States. Did supply chain problems have anything to do with Toys "R" Us going out of business?

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. percent in December from November , with December 2015 freight shipments down 2.0 For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Freight TSI was down 1.2 Various data points related to the trucking industry suggest we’re entering a shipper’s market.

Coronavirus Increases Supply Chain Risk Management Priority

Enterra Insights

Bill Gates raised a similar concern back in 2015 and epidemiologists and science fiction writers have been issuing warnings and raising concerns for decades. … Perhaps more important than inventory and planning is the lack of experience: Experts refer back to the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak for guidance, yet no public health experts have personal experience with this type of global pandemic.”

Toys R Bust: The Downfall of America's Favorite Toy Store


In mid-March, Toys "R" Us announced plans to close down and liquidate the inventory for all 735 of its stores in the United States. An unreliable stream of supply, coupled with steep discounts offered by competitors, made it impossible for Toys "R" Us to execute on its usual holiday strategy of "selling late at high margins after competitors sell out of 'hot' inventory and attracting last-minute shoppers who fear that online deliveries will not be made in time.".

A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - January 2016


in the third quarter of 2015 according to the third preliminary estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in late December. in December 2015, up 6.7% in December 2015. Housing Starts: In November 2015, housing starts increased 10.3% in November 2015, down 0.9%

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

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In higher-traffic markets, Advance Auto Parts has “hub” stores that keep more inventory in-stock to give customers what they need when they need it. Foot Locker @footlocker Foot Locker makes it easy for customers to shop the way they want to shop by improving inventory visibility.

Economic challenges continue springtime


Inventories fell 1.5 Durable goods inventories remained almost the same as stocks remain even with slow demand. . percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 million homes, compared to March 2015 starts were up 14.2 Manufacturing is steady.

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A Short Guide to Behavioural Coaching in Support of World Class S&OP

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McKinsey studies in 2009 and 2013 also supports this conclusion. This is where coaching and psychometric behavioural tool like Mental Toughness or Life Styles Inventory can support further.

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