Insights from Elemica reveal 2014 Frankfurt

Talking Logistics

That was my opening question to the executives attending last month’s Elemica reveal 2014 Conference in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, going from worst to first in one year — and then back to worst in 2014.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014


We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. In fact, the logistics space is so broad, we couldn’t give you only the top 10 blog posts of 2014, but we had to include the top 15.

Our 5 best posts from 2014

The Network Effect

Anyway, here are the 5 posts from 2014 that our readers were especially interested in: 1. LOGISTICS VS. PROCUREMENT IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN. How is a “procurement” job role different from a “logistics” job role? woodlywonderworks/Flickr.

Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2014

Talking Logistics

Lots of interesting conversations, insights, and networking opportunities, which is exactly what took place earlier this month at the MercuryGate User Conference 2014 (MercuryGate is a Talking Logistics sponsor). For additional insights on this topic, watch my recent interview with Hope on Talking Logistics, and my follow-up post, Finding Truckload Capacity: Insights on Managing the Spot Procurement Process.

This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Last year at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference, I led a discussion session titled “At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks” with about fifty senior executives in supply chain and procurement. Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference next week? If so, let’s connect.

eWorld Procurement & Supply

Supply Chain Movement

eWorld Procurement & Supply. eWorld Procurement & Supply in association with The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), is the UK’s leading event focusing on the use of leading-edge technologies and techniques within the procurement & supply chain functions.

Mind Map for medtech supply chains 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Mindmap for medtech supply chains 2014. Improving hospital logistics processes, outsourcing logistics and improving procurement activities can deliver impressive results.

Supply chain events calendar Europe for 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Supply Chain Movement helps you along with an overview of the most important European supply chain events in 2014. Last updated on February 25th, 2014. Procurement Transformation Summit. RLCON 2014. Multimodal 2014. 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference.

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3 ways supplier diversity in supply chain can positively impact your business

DELMIA Quintiq

The Atlanta-based company demonstrated that companies focusing “heavily on supplier diversity” generated a 133% greater return on procurement investments than the typical business. More than just charity.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works


Its application has expanded from enabling the electronic exchange of purchase orders, acknowledgments and invoices to include global procurement and sourcing.T. Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation.

European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2014

Supply Chain Movement

European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2014. Date: 16- 18 June 2014. Stephen O’Mullan, Executive Director, Global Procurement & EMEA Fulfilment Operations, Dell. Venue: Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona, Spain. Organisation: WTG Events. URL: Building next-generation supply chains – Supporting growth through innovative and responsive strategies.

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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. The reporting of manufacturing and procurement organizations through the supply chain leader has the probability of the flip of a coin.

Are Apple’s Promises to Protect Workers Routinely Broken?

SCM Research

Practice China Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Supply Chain Management “Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered”, as BBC Panorama reports in an article.

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The Links between Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Procurement/Sourcing Production Supply Chain Planning I wrote a Logistics Viewpoints article in October that discussed how Diageo has transformed its supply chain from a cost savings function to an enabler of growth-driving innovation.

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

Talking Logistics

Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source For related commentary, see Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014. At an MIT conference last year, Tom Linton, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flextronics, presented his top 10 list of supply chain trends.

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9th Edition Global Procurement and Supply Chain Management for the Oil and Gas Industry

Supply Chain Movement

Capitalise on valuable insights into how procurement can save money, not just through reducing costs but by creating value within the supply chain. Events Amsterdam global procurement Marcus Evans oil and gas Radisson Blu Supply Chain Management Date: 22-24 April 2015.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Research from APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in procurement shows that organizations without formal SRM programs report 121 percent longer supplier lead times.

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How Are Counterfeit Drugs Procured?

Supply Chain @ MIT

A new approach focuses on the way these products are procured. The research explores a new approach to combating drug counterfeiters: devising mitigation strategies based on the way dispensers procure medicines. Counterfeit cures.

Recruiters Reveal How to Land Dream Supply Chain Jobs

Supply Chain Opz

If you’re a Procurement professional, what was your spend? Procurement? According to O*NET OnLine, a supply chain manager earns $103,530 per year in average. Are you already on top of your game or there are something holding you back from reaching your fullest potential?

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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. Some of the largest companies in the world struggle to maintain accurate master data about their suppliers.

Is Procurement a True Profession….Yet?

Supply Chain View from the Field

Gerard Chick and I are working on a new book, that is effectively questioning whether procurement, as we know it, is on the right track, and if not, what it will take to get it back on track. There is certainly a lot of work to be done, and this exciting project that we’ve been traveling through will I believe provide some provoking ideas to drive the profession of procurement to new heights.

Efficient Financing Options Help Enhance Factory Standards in Emerging Markets

Logistics Viewpoints

Procurement/Sourcing Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Risk Management financial supply chain GT Nexus IFC The financial supply chain needs more attention than it usually gets.

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Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

This transaction is represented by the “procure to pay” cycle. Today I want to talk about the challenges faced by today’s automotive suppliers, and why a network model for their supply chain can help.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers. In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through. Does procurement add to top line revenue.

Preparing for the Third Act

Supply Chain Shaman

And SRM functionality, while automating indirect procurement, did not address the larger needs to automate direct material purchasing for a manufacturer.) The curtain is rising on the third act of supply chain planning.

Citations of Excellence Awards 2014

SCM Research

Theory Article Award Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Risk Management Like every year ( see my previous post ), Emerald rewards authors of exceptional papers covered in its extensive Emerald Management Reviews database with a Citation of Excellence Award (full list). I went through the latest list of the Citations of Excellence Top 50 papers.

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

There are three reasons why: Vertical excellence—having the best manufacturing, procurement or transportation function—has not worked. Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. It was great to see old faces at the kick-off. 110 supply chain leaders attended.

The procurement Summit 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The procurement Summit 2016. Building on the huge success of eWorld Procurement & Supply – which has been running bi-annually in London since 2001 – the new Procurement Summit will bring together 150 purchasing and finance professionals from across the commercial, public and third sectors.

Big Data and Analytics for Oil and Gas Transportation

Talking Logistics

Live Epsiode: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 12:00 ET. Implementing proven procurement processes for oilfield trucking. There has been a significant resurgence of the U.S. oil and gas industry in recent years, and U.S. is now second leading producer of oil (behind Saudi Arabia). Based on the current trends, North America could rival OPEC in oil and production.

A Procurement Resolution – Realize Your True Potential


For Procurement leaders in particular there couldn’t be a better time to do so. A recent study by the Hackett Group found that only 63% of Procurement organizations have even developed a plan for digital transformation. Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua.

Rethinking Corporate Social Compliance in the Supply Chain

SCM Research

Practice Corporate Social Responsibility Network Procurement Report Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Managers are increasingly under pressure to ensure that their products bear attributes like “fair” , “ethical” , “green” , or “social” Hereby, it becomes clear that solutions cannot just be found in the manager’s company, but in the company’s end-to-end supply chain.

TSC’s Best Supply Chain Resources – 2014


As we’re kicking off 2015, now is a great time to gather our best supply chain resources from 2014. See more in our Resource Library… The post TSC’s Best Supply Chain Resources – 2014 appeared first on TAKE Supply Chain.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

Practice Africa Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Relationship Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Video In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar.

Leading Healthcare Systems Respond to Obamacare by Making Supply Chain a Critical Differentiator

Logistics Viewpoints

Pharma & Life Sciences Procurement/Sourcing RFID & AIDC The health care industry in the US is undergoing transformation driven by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the increasing impact of consumerism.

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Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

The early results from the ASU study will be featured in the book Metrics that Matter and it will be the core of the upcoming Supply Chain Global Summit on September 10-11, 2014 in Scottsdale AZ at the Phoenician. (We

Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

We would not have succeeded without a team effort across R&D, the business leaders, and SC disciplines of engineering, procurement, and manufacturing. The good news is that the team was aware of the results and feel that they have righted the ship in 2014.

Piece Parts

Supply Chain Shaman

It is 2014. With the investment in transactional systems for order-to-cash and procure-to-plan, many have lost focus on planning. Modern procurement practices have lengthened payables by 30 days and made it almost impossible to have a true relationship. .