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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Talking Logistics

September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. The post Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Not technology. Not business process re-engineering (BPR). Interesting, right?

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.

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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. … this is the last blog of 2014. Tomorrow starts a new year. It will take me awhile to adjust.

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

At the end of 2014, many leaders that I work with are preparing their 2015 strategies. Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective.

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.

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

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.


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. Misnomer (n): A wrong name.

Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

Recently, I spoke to a major European retailer that lost 5% of their grocery revenues to Amazon in the first quarter of 2014. These tools allow us to look at sell, source, make, and deliver together.

[Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide


For the true DIYer, open-source projects such as RepRap allow hackers to build their own machines using filament to print in materials such as plastic and metal. Many of these kind souls make their designs open-source and free for public use.

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


In an interview with My Purchasing Center , Nancy Huff – Sourcing Solutions Manager at business processing, technology, and procurement service provider Xchanging – spoke of many tangible benefits that come with a supplier diversity program. More than just charity.

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.

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.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015


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.

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing


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.

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EDI Integration For Shippers: 6 Myths Busted with the Real Truths


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.

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. — Adrian’s Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2014.

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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.

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.

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.

How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs


With regards to handling global manufacturing operations, let’s take a look at a situation where sourcing is done, say, somewhere in China and then shipping is carried out for selling in European markets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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?

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.

Supply chain agility: How big is your gap?


In my experience, the key to being ‘velcro’ or ‘agile’ lies in decoupling your resources from specific sources of demand. I think you’ll agree that supply chain efficiency is no longer a differentiator.

How Lean is your Warehouse?


The assessment covered safety, customer focus, stability, standardization, visibility, quality at the source, flow, teamwork and collaboration, and continuous improvement. 4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. By: Susie Sterling – Director, Supply Chain Solutions.

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