HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

In a post earlier this year, I wrote that companies looking for opportunities for supply chain innovation will ultimately find them at the intersection of Software, B2B Connectivity, and Social Networking — and that Supply Chain Operating Networks are leading the way in enabling that convergence. This trend was certainly evident at GT Nexus’ Bridges 2014 User Conference last month. Striving for Holistic Supply Chain Management.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. Logistics encompasses certain subsets of practices within the supply chain, such as just in time logistics, mission critical logistics, and more. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

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Supply Chains By the Numbers

Supply Chain Shaman

Intellectually, while I will know that year has changed, I will screw-up time, and time, again by writing 2014 on documents for many, many months. When 2015 rolls in, for me, it will mark a decade of quantitative research focused on understanding the evolution of supply chain management. Insights on Supply Chain Organizations. In the early years, there were no supply chain organizations. For me, it was manufacturing.

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Great memories here, as so much has changed in the supply chain research world these past 5+ years. All ex-AMR analysts on the stage, talking about the ‘Top 15 Supply Chains we Admire’. There has been so much discussion on the “top” supply chain lists. Value of supply chain planning and analytics.

The 11 Most Popular Blog Posts on Business in 2014

Cerasis

On this last day in 2014, from everyone at Cerasis, we wish you a Happy New Year and great success in 2015 for all those in business. Today we continue our “Top Blog Posts” series, after covering the top posts in manufacturing , supply chain , logistics , and transportation so far, by bringing you a subject all of us must focus on: Business. Top 11 Most Popular Blog Posts on Business in 2014 by Page View.

Our must-read picks for 2014

DELMIA Quintiq

Next generation supply chains: The inside story. Discover how to reap the rewards of a next generation supply chain without provoking resistance. Why we liked it: “This will be a very hot topic for the manufacturing industry in 2015. S&OP continues to be a trending topic within the manufacturing industry.” – Alice Berthier, Marketing Manager France. Four signs you need supply chain optimization.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several top tier supply chain companies. How do you make your major supply chain decisions?

Supply Chain Design

LeanCor

What is Supply Chain Design? What is supply chain design? For many in the field of supply chain and logistics, supply chain design is the rudimentary step in understanding how a product or service is altered from raw materials into a finished product in the hands of the final customer. Supply chain design refers to the development of the framework that information and products travel from supplier to customer and back to the supplier again.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility

Kinaxis

Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. You are a supply chain leader. This is where you e-mail each node in the supply chain with the order requirements, have everyone do a feasibility analysis on accepting the order and then wait for the results. How do achieve supply chain visibility ?

What the Analysts Are Saying About…A&D Supply Chains

Kinaxis

Even if you’re not you should check out Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. For the past several years, Supply Chain Insights has been delivering this research series. What caught my eye is that for each report, they do a deep dive on a specific industry and use a mix of financial data, survey research results and interactions with their clients to help get a better understanding of various industries’ supply chains.

12 tips to recharge your supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

Ready to supercharge your supply chain for 2015? Here are 12 actionable tips to revitalize various aspects of your supply chain. Supply chain visibility: Not for your eyes only. Be a pro at avoiding these other pitfalls of supply chain distribution. This means that creating forecasts and promotional and pricing plans must be integrated with functions including distribution, operations planning, and manufacturing.

Do Supply Chain Planning systems generate any value?

Kinaxis

Before that I was in management consulting doing what would be called supply chain design or reengineering today. Needless to say they have a continued multi-year deployment of the supply chain planning system provided by the ERP vendor. And they are still a long way from complete from deploying the ERP modules let alone the supply chain planning modules. Perhaps we have been looking at the benefits of supply chain planning systems too narrowly.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. When I wrote the book Bricks Matter , I wanted to write a celebratory book on why the adoption of new technologies and practices in supply chain had improved corporate performance. The Supply Chain Index.

How consumer priorities impact your supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

In the world of supply chains that used to mean making sure you had supplies to make and deliver a product, in full and on time. The 21st century has seen more than its fair share of supply chain related scandals. Tainted milk in China, Nike child labor, worker abuse and suicides at Foxconn Technology (assembling Apple products), and BP’s Gulf oil spill – each of these incidents shed light on a major company’s supply chain failures.

Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about some of the processes and management strategies that can be used to help a supply chain on the journey from ‘good’ to ‘great’ To read more about this subject and related themes, I suggest you read the new whitepaper, Supply Chain’s New World Order” , Visibility and Measurement. The post Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain… appeared first on The Network Effect.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? However, there’s one great disruption already occurring, which has yet to truly “touch” supply chain. As a supply chain practitioner, do you notice something missing? Where is the supply chain nodes? 3PL’s, Contract Manufacturing, Suppliers, Logistics providers…. Supply Chains have primarily stayed on the outside of this challenge.

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. We will feature over the next 7 business days each category’s top 10 most viewed posts over the course of 2014. These will only contain posts written in 2014. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2014, and over 200,000 page views on those posts alone.

Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. To be a leader in supply chain planning is to own a complex system, where you are at the nexus of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different parties with their own constraints and goals in mind. When engaging in supply chain planning, LeanCor has identified three areas that need to remain in balance: 1) Purpose. Another manufacturer may only sell dealerships what they ask for.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy). by John Westerveld.

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. We all understand the appeal of moving manufacturing offshore; In many cases, offshore manufacturing is considerably cheaper, is apparently easier (just send the requirements and they build it!) Loss of control and oversight – Supply chain is complex. by John Westerveld.

Mind Map for medtech supply chains 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Together with logistics service provider DSV, Supply Chain Movement has created a mindmap outlining the route for the medical device supply chain, including road signs indicating potential hazards along the way. >>Please Mindmap for medtech supply chains 2014. At the same time, new sales markets are emerging for manufacturers of medical devices, and innovative technologies such as 3D printing are making a breakthrough.

Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain. The masses, however, do not realize that the problem does not rest with the poor sweet customer service agent fielding the call, it resides in the complex supply chain. When approaching healthcare supply chain problems, there’s only one place to start – a current state map. Below we address a few simple steps that walk you through mapping your healthcare supply chain.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We pick up where we left off yesterday from posting the Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014 by page views from the Cerasis blog by featuring the Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts in 2014. For the Supply Chain , technology & operations posts were the most popular as well as a focus on collaboration with suppliers and a focus on customer service. What did you find most intriguing in the Supply Chain arena in 2014?

What is an Outside-In Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

If you want to stay ahead of your competition, take the step beyond the traditional approach to supply chain. Most supply chain analysts believe that to remain competitive, companies must transform their supply chains from being focused inward to focusing on trying to predict demand to customer-driven chains that are organized to respond to demand with lightning speed. As supply chains extend globally, they become more complex.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #10 Failure to adequately train your supply chain planning staff

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy).

This Week in Logistics News (April 28 – May 2, 2014)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s news… JDA Software Announces Industry-Leading Distribution-Centric Supply Chain Suite. Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS. Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. As I wrote about earlier this month, I believe many companies will ultimately find opportunities for supply chain innovation at the intersection of Software, B2B Connectivity, and Social Networking.

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. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains.

Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends of 2014

The Logistics of Logistics

Cloud computing shows promise for further growth and transformation in 2014. Supply chain performance will improve, resulting in reduced cycle times and lower costs. . This trend won’t come into its own in 2014. This lays the groundwork for supply chain transformation. . Impact : 2014 will see an increase in the use of RFID, leading to leaner supply chains resulting in reduced costs and increased profits.

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Why the supply chain should be more social

The Network Effect

No company has ‘truly’ modeled the full relationship set between how companies interact with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain. Even companies who have invested in building an accurate database of their direct suppliers know very little about the next tier of suppliers upstream in the supply chain. “The supply network application of the ESG is thus somewhat similar to how Facebook and LinkedIn model their social networks.”

XX and XY: A Different World in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I jeopardized the release date of the book by taking an extra three months to finish the Supply Chain Index work. He is trying to figure out the answer to these questions: What defines supply chain excellence? Since supply chain can be a bit boring, I made it into a narrative. Why, I thought, would Kinaxis be interested in doing a webinar on women in supply chain? Big Data Supply Chains.

Integrated Supply Chain – UK & Ireland 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Integrated Supply Chain – UK & Ireland. Date: 26-27 November 2014. Organisation: Integrated Supply Chain. Localised, Personalised, Automated – Innovative Supply Chain Technologies, Innovative Supply Chain Thinking. The constant onslaught of increased consumer and customer expectations combined with increasing levels of technological innovations is driving changes in the Supply Chain at an unprecedented rate.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management: A Supply Chain Consulting Case Study. The order-to-fulfillment lead-time for a packaging manufacturer’s external distribution center was causing problems for its customers’ operations; immediate improvement was needed in order to maintain the business relationship. Overall results for the supply chain consulting project included: Unloading and putaway cycle times reduced by up to 66% .

This Week in Logistics News (July 21-25, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Reports Record Second Quarter 2014 Results. Ryder Reports Record Second Quarter 2014 Results. Echo Global Logistics Reports Record Second Quarter 2014 Results. May 2014 North American Freight Numbers. Another example of convergence: the coming together of Product Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Management, as this week’s announcement by Dassault Systèmes illustrates.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 23-27, 2014)

Talking Logistics

So it gives me great pleasure to say, that with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the NBA selects Isaiah Austin from Baylor University.”. In other news… Supply Chain Risk Management Now a Priority for Most Businesses ( Accenture ). April 2014 North American Freight Numbers. Several reports have been published in recent years underscoring the growing importance of supply chain risk management. Song of the Week: “Life on a Chain” by Pete Yorn.

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Your 3PL as Supply Chain Risk Management Partner?

Talking Logistics

As I discussed last Friday, Accenture published a report recently on supply chain risk management. Seventy-six percent of the companies that participated in the study described supply chain risk management as important or very important, and “of the more than 1000 companies represented across 10 industries, 25 percent plan increased investments of at least 20 percent in supply chain risk management in the next two years.”.