Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013

SCM Research

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013 , written on behalf of KPMG, is out now. In sum, the report highlights the importance of supply chain management for manufacturers. It is based on an international survey of more than 300 senior executives from five industries. The report demonstrates that competitive advantage can be secured by enhancing supply chain networks for efficiency and innovation.

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Top 10 Talking Logistics Episodes of 2013

Talking Logistics

Over the course of the year, I’ve hosted 40 episodes on a variety of industry topics, and my guests have included supply chain and logistics executives from leading manufacturing and retail companies, professors from leading academic institutions, executives from third party logistics (3PL) and technology companies, and authors. Tweet The post Top 10 Talking Logistics Episodes of 2013 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.


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This Week in Logistics News (August 19-23, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Launches 2013 Inventory Optimization Release. Con-way Manufacturing, SmartTruck Systems and Kevin Rutherford Unveil State-of-the-Art Trailer. Meanwhile, Manhattan Associates announced the 2013 release of its Inventory Optimization solution, “which provides customized, automated inventory optimization strategies designed to address a customer’s specific business issues and objectives.”

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (2/2)

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Second, the article The Competitive Determinants of a Firm’s Environmental Management Activities: Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries by Hofer, Cantor and Dai has won the Journal of Operations Management Jack Meredith Best Paper Award. The Competitive Determinants of a Firm’s Environmental Management Activities: Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries. Three more leading journals of our field have announced the winners of their best paper awards.

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Top Warehouses in North America 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

auto manufacturing market melted down, I was conducting value stream mapping workshops at tier one suppliers (Magna, TRW, Yazaki, Johnson Controls, etc.). The post Top Warehouses in North America 2013 appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…” Sun Tzu. The top warehouses in North America were recently profiled in a great article by the fine folks at Modern Material Handling. Back in 2008, just before the U.S.

This Week in Logistics News (September 16-20, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Processing Trade affects companies that import materials and components into China and use those materials and components to manufacture finished goods for export to foreign markets. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (September 16-20, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. “Half the countries in the world have an even number of chickens.” I wrote those words on a sticky note back in college, which I found in a memory box recently.

This Week in Logistics News (July 22-26, 2013)

Talking Logistics

No time to waste this Friday, so let’s go straight to the news… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Second Quarter 2013 Revenue and Earnings. Ryder Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results. Side note: I had the opportunity to interview Eddie Capel during Manhattan’s Momentum 2013 User Conference back in May where we discussed omni-channel fulfillment and other topics.

This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013)

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Descartes’ GLN, route planning and transportation management solutions and deep domain expertise can help our retail, distribution and manufacturing customers in managing their global and local inbound logistics and delivery operations.”. . Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (May 13-17, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

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In 3PL news, XPO Logistics announced that it has acquired Optima Service Solutions, LLC, “a leading non-asset provider of last-mile logistics services for major retailers and manufacturers in the United States” for $26.6 In addition, Optima benefits from the same powerful tailwind as 3PD: the growing inclination of retailers and manufacturers to outsource the last-mile logistics of heavy goods [emphasis mine].

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half Results 2013. Here are some additional details from the press release: 3PD reported year-over-year growth in adjusted EBITDA1 of 20 percent and 36 percent for the full year 2012 and the first five months of 2013, respectively; and trailing 12 months revenue of $319 million through May 31, 2013. . industrial economy drove revenue and operating profit below expectations [in Q2 2013],” said the company in the press release. “In

This Week in Logistics News (April 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

In the meantime… SAP Announces First Quarter 2013 Results. SAP reported that total revenues and net profit increased 7 percent and 17 percent, respectively, in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012. The Nulogy user experience design and engineering teams have been working continuously to bring a new generation of technology to our contract packaging and manufacturing customers,” said Jason Yuen, Nulogy’s Chief Technology Officer.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013. I don’t know about you, but it’s very exciting to see supply chain and logistics come out of the shadows and take center stage in the business strategies of manufacturers and retailers — and, in some cases, become the difference between corporate failure and success. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

Coincidentally, at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference yesterday, I attended a presentation by Justin Dillon, Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World , a nonprofit group that is “building a coalition of consumers, businesses, and governments to disrupt the system of slavery.” The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor.

CSCO Forum / 3PL Summit 2013

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 12-14 november 2013. Connect with 100+ senior supply chain executives from retailers and manufacturers and build your professional network. Key Topics to be Discussed at the 2013 CSCO Forum. Here is a selection of supply chain executives that will be sharing their insight in 2013: Dino Rocos, Operations Director & Management Board Member, John Lewis. Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum/ 3PL Summit. Venue: Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Amsterdam.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2013)

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Cass Freight Index Report – January 2013. 2013 is off to a slow start for freight shipments, according to the Cass Freight Index Report for January. Here is an excerpt: Both shipment volume and total freight payments declined significantly from December [2012] to January [2013], as the economy slowed to a near stall. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2013)

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Descartes Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. Here is an excerpt from the press release: By pursuing the most promising avenues of advanced technologies, enlisting a variety of experienced manufacturers and optimizing our vehicle operations [emphasis mine], FedEx Express has been able to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet at a faster rate than expected.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

As I highlighted in my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2013 , tablets and smartphones are quickly becoming the preferred computing platform for business professionals, which is why technology providers are designing and optimizing their applications for these devices. Transplace delivered more than 50 customer solutions in 2012 using the CombineNet sourcing technology, in industries including consumer goods, chemicals, manufacturing, and retail.

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Industrial manufacturing supply chain success story: Satisfying.



Our Journey

Supply Chain Insights

With nine out of ten companies stuck in their ability to improve corporate performance through advancements in supply chain, the discussion at the 2013 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit was not a rehash of the past. Graphic Artist’s Representation of the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit 2013. Over 110 supply chain leaders gathered in the desert to discuss the future of supply chain management.

7 Supply Chain Tips from Superheroes!

Supply Chain Opz

If you work in the manufacturing environment, multi-skill workforce is definitely something that you''re familiar with. Supply chain management is everywhere and even the superheroes can give you some lessons! In this article, we will explain to you who are the real-life superheroes and what we can learn from them. Background Supply chain management has gained more recognition from businesses as the strategy that helps to increase revenue and improve services.

Helpful Hints for Apparel Manufacturers


The apparel industry uniquely combines the characteristics of make-to-stock manufacturing with consumer-driven fashion volatility which can lead to a forecasting nightmare. A lot of effort has been placed on solving this challenge because manufacturers know they must get more granular in their planning if they want to keep costs low and maintain high service levels.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management


The seven types of waste in manufacturing are well known: overproduction, waiting, conveyance, processing, inventory, motion, and correction. Guiding Principles in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating the Lean Fulfillment Stream. Why does fulfillment stream management require guiding principles? Because a fulfillment stream is lengthy an dynamic and it’s impossible for managers to evaluate every action taken with detailed analysis.

7 Traits of Great Supply Chain Leader: A Case Study of Tim Cook

Supply Chain Opz

He also reduced the manufacturing cycle time, from 4 months down to 2 months. The value of supply chain management as a discipline has gained more and more recognition from the business communities. Some supply chain leaders now take the helm at the world''s leading companies like Apple Inc, Wal-Mart and Tesco in UK as the CEOs. This article will discuss about the leadership quality of Apple''s Tim Cook and some reasons why Steve Jobs chose him to lead the company.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Some re-sellers may also distribute products from the competing manufacturers. Apple Inc is now a marketing company with no manufacturing facility but Amazon is a distributor of general merchandise. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. A Case Study.

Third Party Logistics


The goal of a third party logistics provider should be to support the growing demands and complexities of its customer’s supply chain and do so in fashion that results in: Improvement of on-time delivery to the customer (whether that’s dealers, retailers, manufacturers, or consumers). While many companies have embraced lean in manufacturing processes, they have yet to un-tap the wealth of opportunity lean brings to the supply chain.

Chief Analytics Officer Conference 2013: A brief history of Big Data analytics according to Tom Davenport

Supply Chain View from the Field

Tom founded the International Institute of Analytics which runs the conference, and I work with him and his team as a lead faculty for the “Manufacturing Analytics” track of IIA. I had the opportunity to attend the CAO conference in Chicago this week where I sat on a panel discussing the topic “Creating an Analytics Culture.”. The session was kicked off by Tom Davenport, the recognized ‘guru’ of analytics who has written several books and many articles on the subject.

Logistics and Supply Chain


Manufacturing Lead Time: The amount of time it takes to send an order to production planning and for the goods to be manufactured and made available for shipping. Raw Material Inventory: The amount of inventory that sits as raw material in front of the manufacturing process, measured in average days on hand (ADOH). entory: The amount of inventory that sits as raw material in front of the manufacturing process, measured in average days on hand (ADOH).

One Year!

Supply Chain Insights

In 2013, we will continue to serve this community by expanding services. This will be a monthly public two-day training course in manufacturing centers in Europe and the United States. This week, we are also announcing our Supply Chain Insights Global Summit to be held at the Phoenician on September 11th-12th, 2013. The speakers will be the leaders of manufacturing and retail companies that have driven the best results in building supply chain excellence.

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7 Rules of Fashion Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

When QR strategy has become saturated, companies have to find the ways to differentiate themselves, some adopt ERP system, others adopt Just-in-Time manufacturing concept. We''ve identified 7 rules that we can learn from them as below, 7 Rules of Fashion SCM 1) Produce in small lot : small lot is the unique characteristics of lean manufacturing which is not the case here.

SCM Map Europe 2013-2014

Supply Chain Movement

Despite the economic malaise in Western Europe, multinationals are investing heavily in manufacturing and distribution in the eastern part of the continent. The Balkans are also an emerging manufacturing region for Europe. SCM Map Europe 2013. Visuals 2013 Buck Consultants International distribution Manufacturing SCM Map Europe Supply Chain Movement

7 Factors of Solid Supply Chain Network Design

Supply Chain Opz

Location includes customers, suppliers, warehouse, manufacturing facilities, seaports, airports and so on. Due to the rapid acceleration of modern computing, supply chain optimization has become more prevalent than ever before. What''s is supply chain optimization anyway? This article will explain the fundamental concept, its application in supply chain network design and factors you should consider in this type of project.

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Origin of Logistics & Supply Chain Revealed! - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

Based on a historical perspective, they should be called collectively as "Logistics/Supply Chain" OR "Logistics and Supply Chain" because of many reasons as below, - Both terms share the same root in military operations (not one from military and the other from industrial/manufacturing context). NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. Origin of Logistics & Supply Chain Revealed! What do we know about "Logistics" and "Supply Chain" to date?

5 Supply Chain Trends You Can’t Ignore (Takeaways from Accellos Conference)

Talking Logistics

I raised those questions in my keynote presentation last month at the Accellos Visions User Group 2013 conference. Why must 3PLs — as well as manufacturers, retailers, and distributors — think more strategically about talent management? Are you working in a Company of Yesterday or a Company of Tomorrow ?


Supply Chain Shaman

I can now transfer funds in hours, but the average Days of Payables for a manufacturer has increased 30 days over the last decade. (It Irony: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning. . . Do you remember Horton, the good-natured African elephant, in Horton Hatches the Egg ? Mayzie, an irresponsible bird, asked Horton to sit on her egg while she took a short “break.”

Lean Warehousing


This is where we use the concept of “takt time,” used traditionally in manufacturing plants. to-business publication for executives and managers in global manufacturing companies. Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. A conversation and exclusive interview with Tonya Vinas, B2B writer and editor, and Robert Martichenko, CEO, LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Tonya: Good morning Robert.

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