Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Source: “Advances & Best Practices in Supply Chain Design,” Toby Brzoznowski, LLamasoft, Ryder Innovate 2014. The post Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

Then, blogging and web contents have become the primary source of business ideas for many working professionals. Please drop us a line to bloggeradmin [at] supplychainopz [dot] com with the subject " Blog Nomination " by the end of March 2014. At the beginning of each year, many supply chain blogs/sites publish the articles about their most popular contents of the year or make the predictions for things that might happen in the coming year.

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Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Watch the following video, which highlights this approach from the perspective of Unilever, a buyer of Symrise’s aromatic compounds. The case is also included in an article I have written about the interface between SCM and CSR.

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

Talking Logistics

OHL Launches Phase One of Their Single Source Portal for Customer Logistics Intelligence. Cass Truckload Linehaul Index November 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (December 15-19, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Being the son of Cuban immigrants, people have been asking me what I think abou t the move by President Obama to normalize relations with Cuba. I really don’t know what to think. My brain tells me one thing, my gut another.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014)

Talking Logistics

The bodega and building as it appears today (source: Google Maps). The post This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. At the top of my family tree, the one planted here after my parents arrived from Cuba, youll find a small bodega nestled in the branches.

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

Talking Logistics

September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014. As reported in the Financial Times : Under the most eye-catching plan – known as Synchronised Delivery Solution – a package due to be delivered to a given address will wait for others coming from other sources, which will then be delivered with it. . The post This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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

Talking Logistics

I encourage you to read the full article for all the details, but here are some interesting excerpts (emphasis mine): A source familiar with the company’s plans says senior Google execs have set aside as much as $500 million to expand the service nationwide …“You can very much expect that we are putting a lot of money into this and we’re excited and willing to sustain that investment over time as this gets going,” said Tom Fallows, head of Google Shopping Express. .

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SCM Global 50: Best Global Supply Chain Blogs 2014

Supply Chain Opz

As a result, issues in global supply chain management such as international trade, international transportation, global sourcing, regulatory compliance, risk management, humanitarian and sustainability won''t go away any time soon. Managing the smooth flow of material and information in global supply chain context has been a business challenge for many years and many companies tries to find the new ways to take the advantage of the shift of global economy.

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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. In the mid-1980s, leaders like Colgate, Intel, and Procter & Gamble defined supply chain organizations where source, make and deliver functions reported through the same organization, and had a common leader. … this is the last blog of 2014. Tomorrow starts a new year. It will take me awhile to adjust.

Understanding Your Sourcing Footprint is the Key to Procurement Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Direct conversations through on-site engagement with different lines of business is the most direct and effective means of understanding how sourcing processes are occurring today, as well as understanding how the sourcing need evolves and is expressed to suppliers. Supplier registration processes need to be designed around sourcing engagement processes, which track the supplier life cycle. Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

How do you balance the trade-offs between source, make and deliver? 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. I smiled on the week following the conference as the accolades piled up in my inbox. In preparation for the summit, we readied the final report of the work on translating balance sheet results into a methodology to judge Supply Chain Excellence.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Source Wikipedia. Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail. The phrase to come (or get) down to brass tacks is sometimes used idiomatically to consider the basic facts of a situation. In the 1990s suppliers had channel power. The formula for success seemed foolproof. A new product was launched, the ads ran on national TVs, and “poof” a new brand was created. This all changed with the disintermediation of national media.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

This key supplier had been identified and sure enough, you have a second source primed and ready to go. We have a problem.” The alternate source uses the same supplier in Taiwan. Adding to this challenge is the reluctance of suppliers to share their sources with their customers for competitive reasons. Supply chain risk management practice advises us to source additional suppliers and plan additional strategic inventories as mitigation strategies.

Misnomer

Supply Chain Shaman

The team was organized around the functional silos of source, make and deliver. Instead, we found that the companies with the lowest total supply chain cost (a total of source, make and deliver) had average costs in manufacturing and distribution. Today, 60% of sourcing organizations and 45% of manufacturing organizations report through the supply chain organization.” Misnomer (n): A wrong name. The misuse of a term or name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Q&A on the Supply Chains to Admire

Supply Chain Shaman

Here we share the answers to the questions that we get the most often about this research: What is the source of data? We placed them in the industry that they were the most like, e.g., the primary source of revenue. Today we published a new report, Supply Chains to Admire. It is the end of a two-year research project, and identifies which publicly held companies outperformed their peer group on balance sheet results.

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Supply Chain Shaman

This is the clear articulation of when and how to make, source, and deliver for the community. “We live in a world where supply chains, not companies, compete for market dominance. But companies often have diverging incentives and interests from their supply chain partners, so when they independently strive to optimize their individual objectives, the expected result can be compromised. ”. Hau L Lee, Triple-A Supply Chains, Harvard Business Review, October 2004.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

As manufacturers continue to increase profitability and increase their share of the overall GDP, in order to sustain and survive long-term, they need to focus on these key areas for logistics efficiency: Use Readily and Easily Deployed Transportation and Freight Technology : A survey by ARC revealed that 23 percent of respondents using a transportation management system would see a 10 percent increase in total freight costs if they stopped using the system , the source reported.

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Quality at the Source. Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. Many organizations see logistics functions as a way to gain competitive advantage and bring value to the customer.

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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. Today we pick up our series on all things Electronic Data Interchange or EDI by busting the common myths around implementing an EDI Integration program.

Dreaming of Clouds, Lakes and Streams

Supply Chain Shaman

The second company reads market data through syndicated sources. Join us in our research study on Big Data and join us at our Global Summit in Scottsdale, AZ on September 10-11, 2014. It is morning in Chicago. I crave coffee. The sun shines brightly out the window, but the noisy city is quiet. My mind is moving to the click-clack of my keyboard on this quiet morning. I cannot sleep. It is hard to quiet an unquiet mind. Somewhere deep inside me is the need to write this post.

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 MoneyAM.com). For related commentary, see Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014. — Adrian’s Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2014. Trade agreements, protectionism, and threat of port strike will dominate global trade news in first half of 2014. “We will see $300 a barrel — or roughly $250 in today’s dollars — because oil supply will be so short.

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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. This case discussed how supply chain was elevated to a strategic level due to its critical role in executing new product introductions. I found the connection between […].

Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

If we look holistically from an overall supply network perspective, there are 5 high-level business functions per the SCOR model including Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return.

Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

Supply Chain Shaman

Mexico has become more attractive, and many companies are looking at alternative sourcing in Latin and South America. Manufacturing teams used to manage the supply chain group. Today, in most organizations, the supply chain team manages manufacturing. The irony is that fewer and fewer people within the supply chain team understand manufacturing. Unfortunately, few have worn hard hats, safety shoes and calibrated a machine to run within spec. I feel lucky that I have.

Time for a Mea Culpa?

Supply Chain Shaman

We often find that companies have better performance in the management of regional supply chains where the sources of supply are in the same market versus the management of products across borders. It is a slow week. Most of my friends are on vacation. I would like to be on vacation with them, but it is not in the cards. I have taken myself off the road to write the book Metrics That Matter. It is tedious.

How to Use Big Data to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

According to a July 2014 supply chain research study from Accenture focused on Big Data and supply chain risk management, most organizations have high hopes for using big data analytics in their supply chain but many have had challenges in deploying it. Thanks to changes in technology and digital storage capabilities, companies are now able to collect and amass a huge amount of data from many disparate sources.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

Consumers used multiple devices, internet of things, etc, to check FGI (finished goods inventory) /sub-assembly and raw inventories, build plans, and sourcing options, as they are considering a purchase! They want to assure the sourcing meets their “sustainable” expectations. by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? I’ve heard some common themes, such as weather, political changes, even war.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Whether you''re a manufacturing company in China, a sourcing agent in London or a world''s leading company in Silicon Valley, we''re all in a global supply chain networks. Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. Due to the rapid change in global business environment, managers find it difficult to gain the edge over competitors.

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Introducing Supply Chain Power Influencers on Twitter

Supply Chain Opz

Then, we use " Buzzsumo " as an alternative data source and data collection is performed as below, 1) We search twitter profile based on broad keyword search. Social media has been adopted by supply chain management professionals as a mechanism to express opinions and disseminate knowledge. Since there is too much information floating around, many people rely on "influencers" who exhibit expertise, enthusiasm or credibility.

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

Kinaxis

Finally, inaccurate cost information may cause you to make incorrect sourcing decisions. Automatic detection of errors like missing cost data, missing sourcing data, order policy mismatches can all be detected and alerts generated that inform those responsible of potential issues. by John Westerveld. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money.

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Why the supply chain should be more social

The Network Effect

Or a personal health situation arises like a batch of peanut butter becoming contaminated with salmonella or children’s toys being contaminated with lead paint, where the regulators have difficulty identifying the source of the problem several tiers upstream in the supply chain. No company has ‘truly’ modeled the full relationship set between how companies interact with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain.

Expert Explains How to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply Chain Opz

Better detection of demand trends, and active control of demand variation by promotions and advertising bears the potential to curb variability at its source. Adulterated baby formulas, pet foods, medications or toys can be hugely costly to companies, while their sources can be difficult to trace. Over the years, supply chain professionals have been trying to improve supply chain efficiency so they can gain an edge over the competitions.

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Noob Guide to Supply Chain Management Definition

Supply Chain Opz

Focus your time and energy to create long-term relationship with suppliers of key products and items with limited source of supply because these are people who can make or break your supply chain. What is the definition of supply chain management? Despite the popularity of this concept, there are considerable confusions among the practitioners. Because, each professional organization has its own version of the definition.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process

Kinaxis

Mitigating Risk – inventory tracking and dual sourcing are considered to be the most effective risk mitigation strategies. by John Westerveld Reason #5: Not having a supply chain risk management process. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Over the next several weeks, I’ll outline these issues and discuss some ideas around how to avoid these practices.

From Hurricanes to Overthrown Governments to Potholes: Transportation and Supply Chain Resilience

Talking Logistics

A TMS enables the collection of data from your supply chain through integration with data sources and interfaces that are available to your partners. When referring to supply chain resilience, the causes of disruption vary widely in scale and emphasize the unpredictability and severity of the events.