Ask the Expert: Supply Chain Innovation – Don’t Chase the Shiny Object

Logility

Innovation is a term we hear often, especially in the world of software development. I looked up the word innovation and found something odd. I found the word novelty next to innovation. Instead we should focus on innovation that drives differentiation.

Ask the Expert: Supply Chain Innovation – Don’t Chase the Shiny Object

Logility

Innovation is a term we hear often, especially in the world of software development. I looked up the word innovation and found something odd. I found the word novelty next to innovation. Instead we should focus on innovation that drives differentiation.

Taming the Supply Chain. Will It Ever Be Social?

Supply Chain Shaman

It was earlier than even supply chain innovators. The supply chain is knotted. It is unruly. It is complex. Will it ever be tamed through social? Yesterday, @DamarqueViews asked me a question on twitter: “What do you think are the greatest barriers in the adoption of social technology in the supply chain?” ” I laughed. Such a deep question on twitter. I tried and tried to figure out how I could answer this question in 140 characters on Twitter. I could not.

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!

Logility

The SAILS Leadership award is presented to companies which have significantly improved their business processes, met their supply chain challenges through an innovative use of solutions or have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to and leadership role in the expansion of supply chain improvements.

An Executive Q&A – Challenges of a Private Label Manufacturer

Logility

By offering innovative goods at a reasonable cost, retailers have successfully distinguished their brands and helped engender consumer loyalty. This is even more critical as we implement new product innovations, label changes, and product run outs.

Supply Chain Gamification – Socially Intense and Highly Collaborative Wins the Game

Logility

There are a constantly shifting set of goals that drive the desired behavior but encourages innovative solutions. Connect with us: When I was working with finite scheduling systems in the 90’s I was struck by how “video game-like” some of the systems were.

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Great supply chains apparently also need great product innovation!

ModusLink Corporation

The Science of Operations and Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

These two articles are intertwined and they were written by Singhal and Singhal (2012). The first article is titled Imperatives of the science of operations and supply-chain management and discusses two opportunities for pursuing radical innovations. It is found that networks of research teams, outliers, and meta-analyses can help to obtain multiple perspectives and to discover radical innovation.

Supply Chain Innovation: What Does it Mean? Why Should I Care?

Supply Chain Nation

What does it mean to be innovative? The term “innovation” involves the use of a new method or technology, which results in more productive and efficient processes. When it comes to the supply chain, “innovation” means improvements in the way that products and services, information and relationships flow within the network. Innovation when executed properly is what distinguishes a leader from a follower. Why does innovation matter?

Best Logistics Websites 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

Freight Saving Tips is a great website run by George Muha a supply chain and logistics innovator. I have listed the best logistics websites for 2013. I subscribe to each of these websites and I consistently steal ideas gain knowledge and inspiration from each one of them. Below is a link to the specific logistics website, along with a brief summary. Logistics Management is wonderful resource for logistics professionals.

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

The Logistics of Logistics

Mr. Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed supply chain professional and is a recognized thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Optimization, and Logistics, strategic sourcing, international procurement, supplier management , contract negotiations and reviews, and purchasing operations. Experienced logistics and supply chain consultant, Chuck Intrieri is a new contributor to TheLogisticsofLogistics.com.

Creating a Dynamic, Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

In 2012, we have seen major disruptions in the automotive supply chain due to events like the territorial dispute between China and Japan has deeply affected the industry as sentiment in China against all Japanese products, including cars, has been strong and marked by sometimes violent protests.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Seven Great Historical.

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, August 17, 2012. Over the next several weeks I will unveil seven of historys most innovative logisticians as told by Philip Rudy a contractor for Diakon Logistics. These innovators didnt even know where they were going or how long it would take when the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria sailed into the sunset. Who said supply chains are boring?

Automotive Resurgence

Supply Chain Nation

After a dark period of retrenchment caused by the economic downturn of 2008-2009, automotive companies across the globe are now investing to solve some of the most interesting challenges in supply chain management.

Who said supply chains are boring?: 6. Winfield Scott: A Native.

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, August 31, 2012. Over the next several weeks I will unveil seven of historys most innovative logisticians as told by Philip Rudy a contractor for Diakon Logistics. 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.

Refresh Your Supply Chain – Have a Coke and a Smile

Supply Chain Network

This indomitable supply chain innovation is now being put to use for the delivery of much-needed medications. Coca-Cola is a globally recognized brand, and the company consistently delivers its products.

JDA FocusConnect Inspires Action to Win Profitably

Supply Chain Nation

To win profitably in today’s new normal of extreme market and demand volatility, supply chain leaders must think outside the box to gain new levels of insight and innovation. Connecting Leaders, Game Changers and Innovators.

SCM Technology Leaders JDA and RedPrairie to Merge

Supply Chain Network

The $45 per share offer price represents a 33 percent premium to JDA’s stock price on October 26, 2012 – the day before market rumors surfaced stating JDA was exploring a sale. Both companies share a history of innovation, including JDA’s leadership in cloud offerings and RedPrairie’s strength in workforce management and e-commerce.”. Both companies have historically demonstrated their leadership in supply chain innovation. 2012 RedPrairie Corporation.

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Returnable Transport Items – Where is the Next Big Win?

Supply Chain Network

Hats off to pioneers like Safeway and Kroger for innovating and looking at new ways to solve old problems that reduce waste and (along the way) help keep things like wooden pallets off the beach. On a recent trip to the Oregon coast I took a photo that I’ve been quite anxious to share.

US Election Count Down : How America’s Leadership Can Influence Global Supply Chain Sustainability

EcoVadis

On September 25th, 2012, President Obama issued an executive order mandating government contractors put in place a compliance program throughout the supply chain to prevent human trafficking. – US President Barack Obama on human trafficking and slavery in the supply chain.

SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba

Supply Chain Network

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2012, subject to Ariba stockholder approval, clearances by relevant regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions. Cloud-based collaboration is redefining business network innovation, and we are catching this wave in the early stage of its evolution. 2012 SAP AG. Copyright © 1996 – 2012 Ariba, Inc. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Ariba, Inc.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Source: “Advances & Best Practices in Supply Chain Design,” Toby Brzoznowski, LLamasoft, Ryder Innovate 2014.

BYOD – win:win for improved supply chain collaboration?

BluJay Solutions

The logistics industry isn’t always well-known for embracing innovations in technology – often for good reasons, after all moving goods around the globe reliably can be hard enough as it is.

JDA Software Announces Release of JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud

Supply Chain Network

By having a view of the cross-enterprise supply chain flows, partners can develop strategies that consider the cost savings across enterprises and leverage it to deliver more value and innovation to their consumers. NASDAQ: JDAS), The Supply Chain Company®, is the leading provider of innovative supply chain management, merchandising and pricing excellence solutions worldwide. JDA®Software Group, Inc.(NASDAQ:

Quest for Interoperability of Suppliers CSR Databases

EcoVadis

Need to maintain innovation: The scope (ex: type of sustainability issues covered) in the different systems is different.

RILA and Auburn University Release Third Annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report

Supply Chain Network

This requires advanced integration and innovation and working closely with suppliers and service providers while utilizing technology,” concluded Chroust. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) in partnership with Auburn University and with sponsorship from Accenture, released the third annual State of The Retail Supply Chain Report today. The report findings reveal a heightened urgency by retailers and supply chain management (SCM) executives to shift from cost cutting to growth.

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Supply Chain Management:The Learning from the 2012 Holiday.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

« Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges | Main | Information Driven Innovation in Supply Chain » The Learning from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season: Balanced Investments in Online and Physical Supply Chain Fulfillment Capabilities. Business media is already indicating that there will be certain winners and losers when all the dust settles and numbers are finally totaled-up for 2012. October 2012.

London Olympics cause fewer logistics problems than anticipated

BluJay Solutions

In the run up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the logistics trade press was full of doom-mongering statements predicting Armageddon for businesses and consumers, who were expected to experience extreme delivery interruptions for the duration of the events. However, UK Logistics Service Providers have had plenty of practice in recent years, with the Royal Wedding of 2011 and Jubilee Celebrations earlier in 2012.

5 Key Sustainable Procurement Trends

EcoVadis

The “California Transparency Act” is also active since January 2012 and in the UK the UK Bribery Act in 2010. From “Risk Management” to “Value Creation”: While most of the initiatives were (and in some cases still are) focused on “Risk Management”, we see more and more companies looking at Sustainable Supply Chain as a way to identify innovative environmental practices from suppliers to develop new products, or differentiate from competition.

5 Questions to Alcatel-Lucent, SuperSector Leader in the DJSI

EcoVadis

A leader in mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies and a pioneer in applications and services , Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centers of research and innovation in communication technology. Since 2008 we have been working closely with EcoVadis to help them further improve their platform in order to keep on track with developments and innovations in the Supply Chain CSR area. .

5 ways to sell Sustainable Procurement to your boss

EcoVadis

By assessing your supply chain on the risks they represent (riskier sectors, risky countries) as well as being better placed to identify the sources of innovation in your supply chain, you are more able to weather any oncoming storms, any new regulations (such as the Dodd-Frank Act on Conflict Minerals that has a global scope) and supply chain compliance requirements. It is very difficult to convince management to invest in sustainable procurement.

Terra’s Forecasting Benchmark Study 2012

Supply Chain Movement

Given the volatility and rapid pace of promotional activities and product innovation, the gradual increase in forecast error since 2009 comes as no surprise. Innovation in CPG is impressive, with new products accounting for one third of all items in 2011. The Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry faced another year of challenges from economic turbulence and weak consumer confidence in 2011.

EcoVadis Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary

EcoVadis

Avoidance of child labor was the biggest driver of 2007 initiatives whereas resource depletion and sustainability innovation are now the main focus of 2012. The first years were difficult as our innovative model of Sustainability Ratings was faced with skepticism by many purchasing directors which were used to traditional on-site social audits.

Why bother with the correlation between CSR and financial performance…?

EcoVadis

Harvard Business School have identified brand value and innovation as major benefits of sustainability in their study, The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behaviour and Performance. Innovation is one of the greatest leverages to have in this economy (being a leader not a laggard) and it can and should be utilised wherever it can be found. …because there is one!

The G.4 – Part 1 of 3 – Major Transparency Shift on Extended Responsibility in Supply Chains

EcoVadis

Among the main revisions or innovations is an overwhelming focus on supply chain issues, now put at the heart of the guidelines. The second part of the G4 project public comment session ended on September 25th and received more than 1263 formal feedback.The new Guidelines are planned to be released in May 2013 , provided they are accepted by the GRI’s governance bodies. The G4 draft provides a comprehensive insight on the upcoming GRI reporting framework.

Guest Post: Sustainability Questions for Supply Chain Leadership by Michael Koploy, ERP Analyst at Software Advice

EcoVadis

Unless pushed by larger buyers, downstream suppliers often have little incentive to innovate. Innovating at the product level can impact downstream partners and lead to increased cost savings. A prime example of companies innovating at the product level can be seen with cleaning product companies. In October 2010, Steve New wrote in the Harvard Business Review on consumers becoming more interested in the ethics behind companies’ supply chains.

Industry Experts Speak: how to leverage your supply chain for competitive advantage

EcoVadis

There is a great opportunity for companies to leverage supplier data not just to verify compliance, but as a central tool for co-creating corrective action plans to improve supplier performance and drive innovation. EcoVadis recently partook in a panel discussion and subsequent e-book publication by Sustainable Business Forum on how to leverage the supply chain for competitive advantage.