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.

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. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (August 19-23, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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.

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. “Half the countries in the world have an even number of chickens.”

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.

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

Talking Logistics

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.”. .

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

Talking Logistics

SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half Results 2013. industrial economy drove revenue and operating profit below expectations [in Q2 2013],” said the company in the press release. “In

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (2/2)

SCM Research

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

Talking Logistics

Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Tuesday night, I went to Staples with my daughter to buy some printer ink.

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.

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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.”

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 (October 14-18, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Onshoring: Manufacturers capitalise on goods ‘made in the USA’ ( Financial Times ). Decaying Bridges, Highways Raise Costs for Truckers, Manufacturers ( Wall Street Journal ). Years from now, when we look back at 2013, we might say this was the year where logistics truly became a strategic weapon for companies. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (October 14-18, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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

Talking Logistics

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. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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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. . .

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

Talking Logistics

Descartes Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2013) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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.

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What Is Old Is New Again. Maybe, Just Maybe, the Emperor Is Getting Some Clothes.

Supply Chain Shaman

It was funded by 50 large consumer products manufacturing companies (CPG). In the dawn of e-commerce, conservative manufacturers, anteed up $240 million in four months. Until then, I am traveling to South Africa to speak at SAPICS 2013 on the book Bricks Matter.

How Is Your Supply Chain Chutzpah?

Supply Chain Shaman

Those without any chutzpah define the “supply chain” as an organizational function that focuses only on distribution, manufacturing and procurement. Chutzpah: A personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others. Merriam Webster.

Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

The Altman Z-score factor is an output of a credit strength test that gauges a publicly traded manufacturing company’s likelihood of bankruptcy. This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference.

What Makes a Mature Planning Organization? (Part 2)

Supply Chain Shaman

More advanced supply chain leaders model the role of complexity (product and customer), the impact of risk, and opportunity of innovation as well as product shipping and manufacturing locations, and inventory policies. Yesterday, I finished a post on supply chain planning maturity.

What Should Be the Role of the Store?

Supply Chain Shaman

We are currently only registering manufacturers, retailers and distributors. I love retail research. While some gals would call it retail therapy, I actively converge my days of shopping with supply chain research. Let me give you an example. Recently, I needed new bowls for French onion soup.

Training for the Next Triathlon. Insights for You?

Supply Chain Shaman

Likewise, in today’s supply chain environment, I find that supply chain leaders favor a single function of logistics, manufacturing or sourcing. Similarly, only 23% of manufacturers can easily measure profitability. I have never been an athlete.

Colgate: A Closer Look at Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

For example, we seldom outsource manufacturing. We take pride in our innovations in manufacturing. Today 95% of manufacturing is directly managed by the Colgate team and we have taken steps to vertically integrate some of the operations.

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.

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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Talk Doesn’t Cook the Rice

Supply Chain Shaman

It will be launched during a webinar on April 25, 2013 and through a series of reports that will run in our May newsletter and throughout the summer. Selection of our Global Summit speakers: On September 11-12, 2013, we will be holding our first Global Summit.

Welcome in the Big Data Opportunity

Supply Chain Shaman

The study was completed by over 120 respondents in the period of June-July, 2013 and the complete study can be accessed on the Supply Chain Insights website or through slideshare. The term big data is moving up the charts as a “hot topic.”

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.

A Walk on the Beach? A Run for Supply Chain 2020?

Supply Chain Shaman

They also feel that there is a gap between manufacturing and procurement, and sales and operations. This group also feels a large gap in manufacturing and procurement alignment and the gap between sales and operations. I like art, and love unusual sculpture.

History of Logistics and Supply Chain Management - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

Forrester Effect : the problems that downstream raw material manufacturers cant catch up with the demand at upstream retailing level due to the lack of demand information. Lean Manufacturing : the concept originated by Toyota to reduce non value added activities. NAVIGATE. Basics.

Let’s Make It an Espresso. Outside-in Is Not an Evolution

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I am preparing to speak at a global supply chain conference for a group of enterprise architects at a global manufacturer. This manufacturer is an industry leader. Espresso: A strong coffee prepared by forcing hot water through finely ground dark-roast coffee beans.

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!

Building Business Case for Reshoring vs Offshoring

Supply Chain Opz

In the past couple of years, there are the increasing interest to bring manufacturing back to home country. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. Building Business Case for Reshoring vs Offshoring.

Why It Matters

Supply Chain Shaman

Both companies provide packaging materials to the food manufacturing industry. Food manufacturers, over the course of the last decade, have pushed costs and waste backwards in the supply chain. billion company, manufactures glass containers with headquarters in the Midwest.