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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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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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 (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.

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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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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 […].

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. Traditionally, the focus of supply chain management is on the movement of finished goods and raw materials across the value chain. But companies also need to pay attention to the flow of money. The movement of money happens in the form of bank credits […].

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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. Healthcare providers historically have had prepaid plans where the cost of care was paid up front and the more procedures a hospital did, the more they got paid. Consequently providers felt little […].

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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

This Week in Logistics News (September 6 – 12)

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Food & Beverage Industry Global Trade Procurement/Sourcing Retail This Week in News We’ve written a lot about the truck driver shortage here at Logistics Viewpoints and the impact that this could have on the global supply chain moving forward. Often times we forget about, or simply don’t think about, everything and everyone that makes it possible for us to get the goods we desire. The shortage could […].

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.

Upstream Unconventional Oil and the Chemicals Used in Drilling: A Supply Chain in Need of Improvement

Logistics Viewpoints

Business Intelligence Chemical Industry Inventory Management Mobile Technologies Procurement/Sourcing Unconventional Oil includes shale oil and oil from tar sands. In producing oil, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The amount of chemical treatment is tied to the oil and gas production rates; treatments need to be adjusted as production rates vary. In many situations production treatment chemicals represent the second highest […].

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.

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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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.

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 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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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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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.

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.

Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Additionally, quality at the source and error-proofing are necessary in effective process development. Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. Written by Michael Burchett, Lean Logistics Specialist at LeanCor. When I was a kid, the strangest things used to capture my attention. Every time I went to my grandparents’ house I would run straight to their living room and play with a game called Topple.

How Lean is your Warehouse?

LeanCor

The assessment covered safety, customer focus, stability, standardization, visibility, quality at the source, flow, teamwork and collaboration, and continuous improvement. What we found as areas of opportunity are: Stability, Continuous Improvement, Quality at the Source, Standardization and Flow of Materials. Do all our team members embrace the golden rules of quality at the source and error proofing in a lean dedicated warehouse?

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How to boost relationships between shippers and 3PLs

DELMIA Quintiq

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. With growing consumer expectations for faster delivery, shippers are expecting value-added logistics services from 3PL operators. This increases the urgency for 3PLs to leverage on the best market trends to increase logistics flexibility.

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

Kinaxis

There are multiple capabilities your demand system must have to allow faster response to demand fluctuations; Visibility across the enterprise – to be able to respond effectively, your planning system must contain all data across all plants, regardless of the source system. by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money.