Supply Chain Management – A 2012 Priority

Logility

ChainLink Research and SupplyChainBrain just released “ Business Priorities 2012 – Research and Results ” which takes a look at where companies will invest in the coming year.

Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

The Logistics of Logistics

The latest Master of Logistics 20 th Annual Study of Transportation and Trends Study reports that in 2011 the highest percent of transportation costs was ground freight at 76.1%, of which US long haul trucking holds a major position at 64.4%. Ground freight, especially long haul trucking, is a major portion of transportation activity and costs. The 2009 rates slowly increased to the current 2012 level.

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Transportation Management Study - Supply Chain Insights

Logility

Lora Cecere, founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, is taking a deeper look at the role of transportation process maturity in supply chain excellence. As part of this research project, she has developed a brief survey to better understand today’s transportation planning priorities.

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Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link?

Supply Chain Shaman

While positions in customer service, transportation management and procurement are relatively easy to fill, the positions in mid-management, especially in supply chain planning leadership, are growing more difficult to recruit. Members of today’s supply chain teams are busy.

Trends—May 2012

Inbound Logistics

Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency

IBM Beefing Up for Matrix Commerce in 2012

Supply Chain Network

enables you to more easily address both strategic and tactical supply chain decisions through enhanced ease of use and improved network design, sourcing optimization, and transportation modeling capabilities.” In the past two months, IBM has made three strategic moves that bolster its SmarterCommerce portfolio.

Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Producing earlier or more than is needed generates other wastes, such as overstaffing, storage, and transportation costs because of excess inventory. Transportation or Conveyance. Excess raw material, work in process, or finished goods causing longer lead times, obsolescence, damaged goods, transportation and storage costs, and delay. Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks.

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The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

With the rising costs of commodities and transportation, reducing ROA can often increase operating margin. In the end, we were all going to live “happily ever after.” ” At least, that’s what was promised.

Trends—January 2012

Inbound Logistics

Supply chain trends for 2012; update on transportation issues in California, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota; reverse logistics helps retailers generate customer goodwill and create demand; airport warehousing demand soars; FAA regulations limit pilot flight time; Coca-Cola extends its environmental stewardship; Trucking industry responds to Hours-of-Service legislation

Do Wholesale Distributors Think in Terms of Supply Chain Optimization?

Logility

Developing core competency in supply chain optimization techniques such as demand planning , supply planning, replenishment planning, transportation management, and inventory optimization can give a wholesale distributor a competitive edge.

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!

Logility

This year’s 2012 Sailing to New Heights with Logility Award was presented to KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source value-added suppliers of supply chain services, communications equipment and integrated solutions to the telecommunications industry.

Africa Logistics Initiative

SCM Research

Consequently, I have spent the last weeks teaching in logistics and supply chain management at the National Institute of Transport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Kühne Foundation invited me to support its Africa Logistics Initiative.

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Incoterms 2010 the Right Way - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

Anyway, things can become very complicated if you have to deal with new suppliers, new commodities or new means of transportation. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. Incoterms 2010 the Right Way.

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Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months. If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account.

Logistics Clusters (Guest Post by Yossi Sheffi, MIT)

SCM Research

As I argue in my new book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (MIT Press, October 2012), these entities have a number of unique, and generally underestimated, attributes. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. Logistics clusters play an increasingly important part in logistics & supply chain management.

Trends—January 2012

Inbound Logistics

Supply chain trends for 2012; update on transportation issues in California, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota; reverse logistics helps retailers generate customer goodwill and create demand; airport warehousing demand soars; FAA regulations limit pilot flight time; Coca-Cola extends its environmental stewardship; Trucking industry responds to Hours-of-Service legislation

Imbalanced Investments: Transportation Spending vs. Procurement Technology (Part 1)

Supply Chain Network

According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Shockingly, though, companies are failing to invest in the necessary procurement tools to manage spend and optimize their transportation networks. Freight & Transportation Information Technology PaulMartyn Procurement ‘Keep on trucking’ has a new meaning.

Returnable Transport Items – Where is the Next Big Win?

Supply Chain Network

So, when I see an article about the benefits of Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) such as plastic pallets, totes, containers and bins, I pay particular notice. On a recent trip to the Oregon coast I took a photo that I’ve been quite anxious to share.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

These can be shift in the channel, issues in manufacturing, increasing variability in transportation, or a shift in commodity prices. Agile Transportation and Distribution Networks: The use of alternate routing and mode, cross-docking, yard management and warehouse management to absorb changes in volume and the shifts in tasks. My iphone buzzed on my nightstand. I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person.

Trends—May 2012

Inbound Logistics

Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency

Consumer Goods Technology Releases List of Top Supply Chain Companies

Logility

Consumer Goods Technology recently released its 2012 Consumer Goods Technology Reader’s Choice survey results. In Supply Chain Planning, Logility was voted highest in customer experience of all solution providers.

Logistics as a Generator of Jobs

Supply Chains Rock

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Supply chain practitioners are well aware of the vital role they play in delivering the goods that people A few years ago I met Prof. Sheffi at an event with my colleague Theo Fletcher. He was nice enough to recently reach out to me for a contributed blog post as part of a publicity campaign for his new book. By Professor Yossi Sheffi, Director.

Best Logistics Websites 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

Websites 3PL blog best logistics blogs best logistics websites best logistics websites 2013 freight blogs freight savings tips freight websites inbound logistics Journal of Commerce logistic blog sites logistics information logistics magazines logistics management logistics resources logistics service providers blog logistics viewpoints logistics websites LTL websites OTR blogs top logistics blogs top logistics websites transportation blogs transportation websites

Signing a Trucking Contract

The Logistics of Logistics

Check the terms and conditions (boilerplate) of the contract with your lawyer or a Transportation Consultant or both. If the carrier has a Transportation Management System (TMS), it is imperative to include a clause that says you, the customer, will share the benefits of TMS Optimization of routes, loads and modes of the goods the carrier hauls for you. Signing a Trucking Contract.

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

Supply Chain Network

ZEST Data Services is currently available in beta and will be fully released in the fall of 2012 as a component of end-to-end services from Intelleflex partners.

Check Out the SCM IT Systems Subway Map

Supply Chain Network

Emerging Trends Freight & Transportation Information Technology New Ideas Supply Chain Management As all of you who’ve been working in the logistics and supply chain management space, systems serving this market have become plentiful and diverse.

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Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization and Network Design - Differences?

Logility

Arcs can be process flows, transportation lanes, modes of transportation, product flows, or bill of material links. You could say it really depends on ‘what neighborhood they grew up in’ Some solutions were designed to optimize transportation problems. Models designed for transportation problems typically struggle with manufacturing problems and vice versa. MEIO focuses on the inventory problem, not the transportation or manufacturing problem.

Why a Community?

Supply Chain Insights

Then employees with names like Index Girl, Smart Transport, Social Orchestrater and Ivy Insights will help you navigate to maximize the experience. I have thought about this for a long time. I have envisioned a community where supply chain professionals could network freely and globally. I wanted to design a virtual environment where teams can share best practices and have fun.

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Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization and Network Design - Differences?

Logility

Arcs can be process flows, transportation lanes, modes of transportation, product flows, or bill of material links. You could say it really depends on ‘what neighborhood they grew up in’ Some solutions were designed to optimize transportation problems. Models designed for transportation problems typically struggle with manufacturing problems and vice versa. MEIO focuses on the inventory problem, not the transportation or manufacturing problem.

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

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, August 17, 2012. Logisticians are dazzling masterminds who use ingenuity to transport cumbersome supplies across vast distances and over some of the worlds most challenging terrain. These transportation experts used manpower and pure mechanical force to get things where they needed to be. Who said supply chains are boring?

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. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2012, will be funded with fully committed debt financing from Credit Suisse. 2012 RedPrairie Corporation.

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2012: California Transparency in Supply Chains Act comes into effect

EcoVadis

According to UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), human trafficking : involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

Supply Chain Management:Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

« Mapping Your Way To Faster Shopping | Main | Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges » Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying Season- Overcoming the Challenges of Fulfillment Complexity. As was the case last year, the 2012 holiday buying season will be very much about the continued leveraging power of consumers in exercising multi-channel buying preferences and technology-enabled online tools. May 2012.

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

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, August 31, 2012. Logisticians are dazzling masterminds who use ingenuity to transport cumbersome supplies across vast distances and over some of the worlds most challenging terrain. These transportation experts used manpower and pure mechanical force to get things where they needed to be. Who said supply chains are boring?

Toys“R”Us, Canada partners with SCI Logistics to Open New DC

Supply Chain Network

The company operates an extensive national distribution infrastructure, coupled with the most comprehensive parcel delivery and transportation network in the country, serviced by over 1200 team members. To better accommodate its customers in Western Canada, Toys“R”Us, Canada has partnered with SCI Logistics to open a new distribution centre in Delta, British Columbia. The 180,000 sq.