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.

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.

Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Three Must-Dos for Procurement in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

It seems like just yesterday we were making our new year’s resolutions and sifting through predictions of what 2014 would hold for us. I won’t ask about your commitment to the gym, but I did want to check-in on your resolutions for your procurement team. Maybe you’re like many of the procurement teams I work with, and you’re just not sure where to start.

Perceptions of the Gartner 2014 Top 25 Supply Chains Ranking

Supply Chain Matters

In conjunction with its Supply Chain Executive Conference held this week, industry analyst firm Gartnerannounced its annual Top 25 Supply Chains rankings for 2014. Supply Chain Matters will feature our summary impressions regarding the messages delivered at the Gartner 2014 conference in a separate commentary. This author attended this year’s conference and the Top 25 Supply Chains announcement dinner held at the conference.

Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, this author had the distinct opportunity to both attend and participate in the 2014 Supply Chain World North America conference sponsored by the Supply Chain Council. The conference was a combined global member meeting of Supply Chain Council and of the 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s overall theme was The Tuned Supply Chain, From Strategy to Resources.

Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters

We continue with our series of postings reflecting on our 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains that we published in December of last year. Our research arm, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group has published annual predictions since our founding in 2008. We not only publish our annualized ten predictions, but scorecard the projections as this point every year. After we conclude the scorecard process, we will then unveil our 2015 annual projections for industry supply chains.

Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains-Part One

Supply Chain Matters

While global industry supply chain teams continue to work on enabling 2014 operational and business performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains that we published in December of 2013.

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.

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads.

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2014 Oracle Industry Connect Conference. Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads Conference. Procurement and Sourcing (376). Archives Select Month July 2014. June 2014. May 2014. April 2014.

Severe Congestion and Paralysis Among U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Four

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 U.S. In last week’s Update Three commentary regarding the current crisis involving the near paralysis among the U.S. West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Supply Chain Matters highlighted that conditions on the ground were not showing any signs of improvement.

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.

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.

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.

Logipharma 2014

Supply Chain Movement

Logipharma 2014. Date: 07-10 April 2014. Ryan Viegas, VP Supply Chain & Procurement, Watson Pharmaceuticals, India. Venue: Congress Center Basel (CH). Organiser: WBResearch. URL: The Leading End-To-End Supply Chain Management Event For The Life Science Industry.

Another Important Indication of Chief Supply Chain Officer Agenda

Supply Chain Matters

This year, we were able to obtain a copy of The Chief Supply Chain Officer Report 2014, Pulse of the Profession. Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply Chain Business Process Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management 2014 challenges and agenda for senior supply chain leaders Chief Supply Chain Officer Study E2Open Inc. SCM World SCM World Chief Supply Chain Officer 2014 research report Supply chain Matters blog

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Marketing Strategies Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Collaboration Supply Chain Business Intelligence Supply Chain Technology #smartercommerce cognitive commerce Emptoris an IBM company IBM efforts in supporting business networks IBM Smarter Commerce impressions supply chain and B2B technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters

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Severe Congestion at U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Three

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 west coast port congestion independent blog commenting on global supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog We are a mere two weeks before the Black Friday holiday shopping kick-off, and a mere six weeks before the actual Christmas holiday and the severe congestion that is crippling U.S.

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 Matters Friday News Capsule: June 27, 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Transportation and Logistics independent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters It’s the end of the work week and we continue with our news update series related to previousSupply Chain Mattersposted commentaries or news developments.

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.

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.

Salary Survey Data For Procurement and Supply Management Indicates Troubling Trends

Supply Chain Matters

Beyond our natural personal inclinations, compensation data can point to some important indicators that we all need to be aware Two newly released surveys focused on procurement and supply management compensation point to some troubling trends related to compensation disparity by gender, equal opportunities, as well as the stark effects of the outsourcing of important services to lower-cost geographies.

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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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Considerable Number of Bangladesh Garment Factories Fail 2014 Safety Checks

Supply Chain Matters

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains implications of 2013 Bangladesh Rena building collapse independent blog commenting on global supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog

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.

The U.S. Postal Service Suddenly Changes the Dynamics of Parcel Shipping and Online Commerce

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Service-centered Supply Chains Transportation and Logistics 2014 online commerce predictions independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Supply chain Matters blog supply-chain_matters U.S. This week, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) suddenly changed the dynamics related to shipping costs in B2C/B2B online commerce and the beneficiaries may well be online customers and mass retailers.

Next Week: IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit

Supply Chain Matters

Next week, Supply Chain Matters will be in Tampa Florida attending the IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit event. Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply Chain Technology IBM Smarter Commerce Supply chain Matters blog supply chain technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog supply-chain_matters

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Gartner Reports Robust Growth in 2014 Worldwide Supply Chain Management and Procurement Software Revenues

Supply Chain Matters

In conjunction with its Supply Chain Executive Conference held this week, industry analyst firm Gartner reaffirmed a rather robust year of nearly 11 percent growth for supply chain and procurement software during 2014. Gartner estimated total revenues for SCM and procurement software to be $9.9 The 2014 […].

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.

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.

Automotive Service Networks Response to Crisis: Update Three- Expanded Recall Involving Suspected Defective Air Bag Inflators

Supply Chain Matters

Automotive Supply Chain Operations management Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Service Parts Planning Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management 2014 Takata airbag inflator recalls automotive industry global supply chain challenges automotive service supply chain challenges Honda supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

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.

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


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.

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

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. .