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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. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

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

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Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last two years, we at Supply Chain Insight s have worked on a methodology to gauge supply chain improvement. We named it the Supply Chain Index. We have found that supply chain metrics are gnarly and complicated.During

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk


You have a supply chain risk management strategy in place. A few hours later, your procurement head walks in the office. “We The problem is most companies are relatively immature when it comes to Supply Chain Risk Management.

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

Talking Logistics

I’d welcome the opportunity to meet with supply chain executives to discuss your research questions and objectives for the coming year, and with technology companies and 3PLs to get an update on your products and services. SAP Ushers in New Era of Collaborative Supply Chain Management.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year. We just finished hosting over 150 executives at our Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, with a theme on Supply Chain Analytics. Here is what I expect to see next year: Global supply chain footprints will continue to expand.

How to Be a Preferred Shipping Customer: Strategies for the Coming Capacity Shortage

Talking Logistics

Customers with a strict ‘procurement mindset’ overlook important factors like consistency, overall experience or past performance. Throughout the supply chain everyone has focused on efficiency, but they’ve overlooked the drivers,” says Dave Kodadek. Understand the full range of shipping alternatives your carriers can offer. He comes to Manhattan with over 20 years experience designing and implementing logistics-focused supply chain solutions.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. 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. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Multimodal 2015.

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


EDI was first developed in the 1960s with the objective of speeding the movement of shipping and transportation documents. Its application has expanded from enabling the electronic exchange of purchase orders, acknowledgments and invoices to include global procurement and sourcing.T.

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

The Network Effect

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. Today it is possible to fully engage the knowledge and capabilities of an extended enterprise across their supply chain in real time.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense


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.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. I was sitting at my kitchen table attempting to write a celebratory book on the 30th anniversary of supply chain management. Capturing the Voice of the Supply Chain Leaders.

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.

How Bad Weather Can Take Supply Chains by Storm—and How You Can Prepare

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Like dominoes, one delay led to another, disrupting supply chains across the country. Conduct a procurement exercise at the same time of year, every year. Will you ship early to avoid the rush?

Learning to Speak the Language of Demand

Supply Chain Shaman

Nine out of ten supply chains are stuck. The secret to unsticking the supply chain is to redesign processes to be outside-in. The supply chain processes need to be designed from the market back. Most companies have designed supply-centric processes from the inside-out. Supply chain leaders are fluent in the language of supply. The time is different in each supply chain based on product sales velocity and the technologies used.

Apple: Still a Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

Talking Logistics

If there is any delay, GTAT must either use expedited shipping (at its own cost) or purchase substitute goods (at its own cost). Unfortunately, many procurement professionals still labor in the Dark Ages and have not taken the maxim to heart. Yes, Apple can clearly get some short term “wins,” but this approach ultimately will backfire and will create a supply chain that is “unsustainable,” as GT’s Daniel Squiller noted.

The Million Dollar Transportation Strategy Question – When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

BluJay Solutions

Every retailer and distributor who ships goods in any quantity is faced with a ‘million dollar’ question. When reviewing their transportation strategy and calculating shipping budgets, they are forced to ask,“Do we want to or can we afford to be held hostage by our carrier?”.

Balance and Segmentation – What the Election Can Teach Supply Chain


In my opinion, these are factors that led to the pollsters being so far off on the 2016 US election, and how supply chain practitioners can help these pollsters to improve. Multi-tasking, I was reading Bill’s blog while I was watching the 2014 movie Godzilla.

The Origins of Category Management

Supply Chain View from the Field

But I was able to map out the value chain back to petrochemicals, and was able to estimate weights which were then pushed back onto part numbers. Chrysler didn’t have the leverage that Ford or GM did –and so they leveraged it and got them to drop ship steel directly into the suppliers.

Modular production requires comprehensive optimization

DELMIA Quintiq

They incur considerable logistic cost and effort; products for the world’s markets are produced and shipped from only two or three facilities. They are highly prone to the snowball effect; a breakdown at any large plant results in serious bottlenecks in the supply chain.

Marion Kohlmeier: ‘Expansion in our global footprint has been a big step’

Supply Chain Movement

Nine questions about the topics on the supply chain agenda of a supply chain professional. In this edition: Marion Kohlmeier, Head of supply chain planning and project purchasing at Weidmann Plastics Technology. By Helen Armstong (Supply Chain Movement).

The Politics of Global Oil

Supply Chain View from the Field

In addition, the railroads which have been run at peak capacity due to the plethora of oil being shipped by rail will see a downturn. Remember that revenue = price X demand, so if price goes down, than demand will jump…a supply side strategy. It will certainly be interesting to see which way this will go… Oil and Gas Procurement Supply Chain Economics Supply Chain Management

This Week in Logistics News (November 5-9, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Okay, turning the corner, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon offers free shipping on all orders for the holidays (CNN). Data Science In Walmart Supply Chain Technology (Medium).

An Interview with Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson operates within the supply chain of the same manufacturers who the Reshoring Initiative is working to educate around the total cost of ownership. Once you know the total cost of procuring the goods, it will drive the decision on what is acceptable for your organization.

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

This is not only true for financial investments, but also for supply chain and logistics predictions. Here’s one of my predictions for 2016 that hit the mark: Blockchain Technology Will Make Its Debut in Supply Chain Management. The Hackers Inside Your Supply Chain.

Why Do Transportation Budgets Fail?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Some increased costs could be traced to the launch of a new product, and some to the characteristics of a product that were markedly different than expected, making it more expensive to ship. This gift, due to its size and weight, was costly to ship. Why do transportation budgets fail?

More Challenges for the Transportation Network: Day 2 of the SCRC Meeting

Supply Chain View from the Field

For example, the widening of the Panama Canal will change the conditions here in North Carolina, as enormous container ships will be circumnavigating the globe. And in Panama a huge transshipment area will grow where they will will do break bulk, put cargo onto smaller ships and send to North America. These services will no longer occur in US ports, and this will shift the nature of supply chain designs.

Job opening: Commercial Strategy Consultant at APM Terminals – Headquarters

Supply Chain Movement

Do you have tactical and strategic experience within one or more of the areas of consultancy, shipping line network design, procurement or supply chain management? We are looking for high performing individuals with experience and a track record of high performance: Minimum 8 years of combined experience within one or more of consultancy, shipping line network design, procurement and supply chain management. Commercial Strategy Consultant.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

The world of supply chain and logistics is changing every day. Each one is featured as having done something unique to reinvent their supply chain and logistics. The new facility will allow the company to offer two-day shipping to most (about 90%) of the U.S.

Day 3: Lenovo Goes About Creating the End to End Transparent Supply Chain


Lenovo acquired the Data Center Group from IBM and moved the entire organization to RTP in October 2014. The head of supply chain for DCG is Tim Carroll, with direct reports of John Gannfors (CPO), Howard Katowitz (Planning and Execution), and Jerry Gross (Global Logistics). Howard noted that “Ben’s group doesn’t forecast perfectly, and it may also be a supply or quality problem, but the Geo Lead is the person who gets other engaged and brings all discipline together at once.

How to Cut Costs by Improving Product Punctuality

Supply Chain @ MIT

Configuring supply chains in this way is often done through SKU segmentation, but this is difficult in complex operations where there are numerous products and an extremely diverse supplier base. Researchers at MIT CTL have developed a model that uses purchase order (PO) information to help retailers determine when many different types of products need to be shipped to meet sales deadlines.

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How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

Talking Logistics

Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. That can make it difficult to meet your delivery times unless you take proactive steps now to minimize the risk in your supply chain. At these times of the year, you should see less risk to your standard ocean shipping strategy.

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

Supply Chain @ MIT

An example in the supply chain space is US maritime policy. One manifestation of this problem is that multiple ports on the east coast are deepening their approach channels in order to attract bigger cargo ships.

6 Things We've Learned from McDonald's Procurement Management


In the foodservice industry, there are few better examples of great procurement management than McDonald's. Today's food industry supply chain operators would do well to learn from the excellent procurement management example that McDonald's has set.

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6 Common Supply Chain Mistakes and How to Resolve Them


Successful supply chain management requires a company to recover from disruptions, which are a normal part of any business. The cost of recovery from a disruption in procurement management depends on factors such as supply source, volume, manufacturing location and inventory.