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Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Over 70 executives from various companies and industries attended the event, which featured the following speakers: Debbie Hodges, VP of Supply Chain Services, Walmart Stores. Walmart Supply Chain and Transportation Trends for 2015.

Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

“We will see $300 a barrel — or roughly $250 in today’s dollars — because oil supply will be so short. That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].”. Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com).

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The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

I hope UPS does the same for communicating the value of networks to supply chain and logistics executives — not just physical networks, but digital ones too. Source: UPS. Source: UPS. Supply Chain Operating Network Model (as depicted in 2003).

This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way (Reuters). September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept.

This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014)

Talking Logistics

The new rail service is up to 50 percent faster than ocean freight and up to 70 percent less costly than air freight. Robinson and LEGACY Supply Chain Services are Talking Logistics sponsors.

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What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

and in Spain – grow, it is likely that anti-Ebola precautions will become more widespread, and the global supply chain looks more and more likely to be impacted. It also demonstrates why supply chain visibility is so essential to managing risk that is beyond our control.

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All Signs Point to Mexico Playing a Greater Role in Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

For most 3PLs, their customers — across a variety of industries — are growing their presence in Mexico, either manufacturing there or growing their supplier base there, so 3PLs need to align their services and capabilities accordingly to the changing supply chain networks of their customers. Last week, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released its July 2014 North American Freight report , and year-to-year, “the value of rail freight rose 12.0

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Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

We just finished hosting over 150 executives at our Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, with a theme on Supply Chain Analytics. As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of my thoughts regarding the supply chain trends we are likely to see emerge in 2014. Here is what I expect to see next year: Global supply chain footprints will continue to expand. Increased Globalization Brings Increased Risks of Supply Disruption.

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

A lot of companies set up operations and sourced from Mexico back in the 90s, then the focus shifted to China and other Asian countries, and now Mexico is back in the spotlight. We’ve seen, for example, instability in ocean freight, cost, and issues with [Los Angeles] ports in past years. has a surplus of natural gas; it’s a cheap energy source that helps Mexico continue to be competitive. . It seems like we’ve come full circle with Mexico.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Cerasis

We found it as a great summation of all the things companies must consider when mastering their supply chain. Many studies state that those who can manage the functions with the supply chain, they have a competitive advantage. 2) Connected supply chains.

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Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Specifically, fabricators are expecting to spend a good deal less on consumables and supplies (down almost 30 percent) and more on capacity-building machinery, especially in cutting and forming.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

Cerasis

However, one thing that should come to mind is the prowess of the retail giant’s supply chain excellence. million employees without a focus on good supply chain management. ” The Key’s To Walmart’s Supply Chain Management Excellence over the Year.

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

Casey and Paul Vigna – that opened my eyes to bitcoin’s true potential: as a new operating system for supply chain networks. The WSJ article and other sources, such as this Khan Academy video series , explain how bitcoin works, so I won’t go into it here. Source: [link].

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[Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide

Cerasis

We built one of the first Mobile TMS apps , have the only end-to-end LTL eCommerce Freight shipping applications for B2B shopping carts, continue to innovate on internal systems, and have won several accolades for our digital marketing efforts.

A Case Study in Closed-Loop Operational Management

Talking Logistics

As I’ve said before, the biggest challenge facing supply chain and logistics executives today is not managing change, because that’s always been the norm in supply chain management, but managing the rapid pace of change.

EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths

Cerasis

So, for a direct response marketer, it’s actually more expensive to not have EDI integration, because without it you’re closed off from potential sources of business.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Kevin Doubleday who discusses the importance of blockchain within the supply chain. Current Supply Chains don’t operate at the cadence of business. Integrating Blockchain within the Supply Chain could change that. When we are asked about “killer” use cases for blockchain within enterprise systems, Supply Chain is the usual suspect — and for good reason.

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility – Could it be Just Around the Corner?

BluJay Solutions

Supply chain visibility is hardly a new topic. Honest replies to questions about the degree and quality of supply chain visibility in place tend to include the words ‘limited’ or ‘patchy’ at best – ‘non-existent’ at worst.

Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions

Cerasis

As a supply chain director, manager, or boss of a multinational corporation, where the supply chain is an integral part of your business, supply chain cost reductions are always at the forefront of your team’s mind.

3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

BluJay Solutions

As we look ahead to 2014 and the many predictions for the logistics industry, it’s interesting to look back to the predictions of previous years and consider which are close to becoming a reality. The post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs?

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Multimodal 2015.

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015

Cerasis

As we head into 2016, we are featuring our most read articles of 2015 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Top 10 Supply Chain Articles from 2015. The following 10 supply chain articles are listed in order from the 10th most read blog post to the top most read post. Without further ado, here are the top 10 supply chain articles by most read from the Cerasis blog: 10.

Extreme Global Weather Set to Continue – What’s the Supply Chain Impact (Part 1)?

BluJay Solutions

However the immediate and practical impact is far-reaching, including disruptions to power networks, crops and of course the global supply chain. . . e-Commerce operations, logistics service providers (LSPs), and Freight Forwarders are all equally impacted by extreme weather scenarios.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

Our January blog post 3D Printing: Supply Chain Game Changer or New Risk for LSPs? In this post, we concluded that 3D printing is unlikely to fundamentally alter the mechanics of the global supply chain in the short term.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Source: Evan, Flikr. “I I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. It echoed the title of my September 2016 post, “ The Day a Cyber Attack Brings the World’s Supply Chains to a Halt.”.

Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

Positive growth in air freight volumes reported recently by IATA (4.5% increase year on year as at January 2014 ) were tempered by a note of caution around the increasing trend towards near-shoring. So what is the net effect on the global supply chain?

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Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#4: Ensuring Continuity During a Disruption

BluJay Solutions

In the last post in our blog series on Supply Chain Risk, we focused the role of regulatory requirements and legislation in supply chain risk planning. Now our attentions turn to continuity - more specifically ensuring supply chains remain in motion when factors outside of your control impact on the multimodal transportation process, creating potential delays. So what is the best way to ensure supply chain continuity during a disruption?

Supply Chain is Tackling Food Waste Like Never Before!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! Consumers are demanding more from the companies they buy from, and Supply Chain Management is at the forefront of delivering that increased responsibility.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ). Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target.

Supply Chain Risk Blog Series#2: The Impact of Complexity & Role of Contingency Planning

BluJay Solutions

In the first of our blog series on Supply Chain Risk, we identified a number of different types of risks that especially expose the supply and demand chain to weakness; data quality, visibility, compliance & people. Complexity automatically increases risk and, as supply chains grow more complex, the level of risk increases. . What can companies do to mitigate risk in the supply and demand chain?

Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste

Talking Logistics

For the past few years I’ve been using that phrase, which you typically find in investment literature, when making the case for innovation in supply chain management. But by 2014, the U.S. Source: “The Future of Natural Gas: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study,” [link].

Supply Chain Visibility Not Just a Requirement for the C-Suite, But a Responsibility in Management

Cerasis

Transparent supply chain management and effective supply chain visibility is a critical tool in a company’s continued growth and successful brand image. 4 Main Supply Chain Visibility Trends Driving Change. Supply Chain

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations.