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. This author attended this year’s conference and the Top 25 Supply Chains announcement dinner held at the conference. Supply Chain Matters will feature our summary impressions regarding the messages delivered at the Gartner 2014 conference in a separate commentary.

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. When 2015 rolls in, for me, it will mark a decade of quantitative research focused on understanding the evolution of supply chain management.

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

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.

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. After we conclude the scorecard process, we will then unveil our 2015 annual projections for industry supply chains. Our research arm, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group has published annual predictions since our founding in 2008.

Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important

Supply Chain Matters

In the quest to seek alternative global low-cost manufacturing sourcing across multi-industry supply chains, countries such as Thailand and Vietnam were high on the list. Up to this point, that has resulted in a steady flow of foreign investment in these countries including internal supply chain ecosystem capabilities.

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. After we conclude the self-rating process, we will then unveil our 2015 Annual Projections for Industry Supply Chain during the month of December.

Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One

Supply Chain Matters

Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog provide our annual ten predictions concerning industry and global supply chains for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of this blog in 2008 and it continues to be quite popular with our readers and clients.

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

Supply Chain Matters

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. 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.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Supply Chain Planning.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

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Another Important Indication of Chief Supply Chain Officer Agenda

Supply Chain Matters

As we have stated in previous commentaries, Supply Chain Matters does not tend to comment on the huge plethora of opinion research studies concerning the discipline and state of global supply chain management unless we feel the research is meaningful and based on sound research practices. In an October 2013 Supply Chain Matters commentary we highlighted some important findings from the Chief Supply Chain Officer Report conducted and compiled by SCM World.

Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results

Supply Chain Matters

As we approach the start of the New Year, B2C and Omni-channel focused supply chains teams can begin to take a much needed breather. While reverse supply chain activities continue to ramp over the remaining days of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on the initial learning from the 2014 holiday surge.

Follow-up on Announced Supply Chain Council Merger with APICS

Supply Chain Matters

This commentary is a follow-up to our previous breaking news posting regarding the announcement that supply chain corporate and individual certification organizations Supply Chain Council (SCC) and APICS will unite as one organization. Plans call for legal filings to be completed by mid-July with an interim board of directors established for the remainder of 2014. Earlier today Supply Chain Matters had the opportunity to speak directly […].

Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters

Just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog share our annual ten predictions concerning industry and global supply chains for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of this blog in 2008 and it continues to be quite popular with our readers and clients.

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

Supply Chain Matters

A Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting By: Mickey North Rizza, BravoSolution Supply Chain Matters is thrilled to feature the following guest contribution from Mickey North Rizza, recently voted Top Female Supply Chain Executive 2013. It seems like just yesterday we were making our new year’s resolutions and sifting through predictions of what 2014 would hold for us.

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of APICS

Supply Chain Matters

Most supply chain professionals probably have awareness to APICS from its various certification programs. In October 2013, APICS rebranded itself to position the organization as the: “professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and […]. This author recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Abe Eshkenazi, the CEO of APICS.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Over 70 executives from various companies and industries attended the event, which featured the following speakers: Debbie Hodges, VP of Supply Chain Services, Walmart Stores. Walmart Supply Chain and Transportation Trends for 2015.

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters was invited to attend the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit this week which was held in Tampa Florida. This was our third annual attendance at this venue and by each of our encounters, we have gathered a stronger sense of IBM’s continued direction in supporting the Buy, Sell, Service and analytics needs for industry supply chains.

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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. Unplanned Disruption for Boeing’s Supply Chain. Aerospace Supply Chain (86).

The Links between Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

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. Procurement/Sourcing Production Supply Chain Planning

Breaking News: Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS

Supply Chain Matters

A somewhat stunning but not all that unexpected announcement is breaking today that will certainly capture the attention of our Supply Chain Matters readership. That announcement is that two premiere professional membership organizations focused on supply chain management are about to come together. A formal press announcement is expected sometime tomorrow which Supply Chain Matters has obtained.

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. Technology has clearly driven much change in Supply Chain Management (SCM). BPR has helped streamline supply chains with or without IT. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation.

Supply Chain Matters Friday News Capsule: June 27, 2014

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. 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

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

Supply Chain Matters

In last week’s Supply Chain Matters commentary we described what many are calling the “perfect storm” of supply chain disruption. 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

Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. To be a leader in supply chain planning is to own a complex system, where you are at the nexus of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different parties with their own constraints and goals in mind.

How the Ebola Outbreak Can Impact Industry and Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Other concerns should be the short or longer impacts to industry and global supply chains if the current outbreak cannot be adequately controlled. Within close proximity to the current effected region within West Africa is the country of Cote d’Ivoire, which is a major supply source for cocoa. Countries within the West Africa coastal and interior regions also produce supplies of palm oil, iron ore and other commodity materials. Beyond local sourcing […].

The Most Important Considerations in Your Organization’s Supply Chain Technology Investment Plans

Supply Chain Matters

Tomorrow, this author will be joining a distinguished compliment of speakers at the 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit sponsored by Bryant University and Benneker Industries. This event is turning out to be one of few premiere New England regional conferences focused on current issues and learning in supply chain management. My presentation is titled: New Developments in Supply Chain Technology- What to Consider in Your Supply Chain Investment Plans.

SCM Global 50: Best Global Supply Chain Blogs 2014

Supply Chain Opz

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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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 MoneyAM.com).

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GAP Elects to Source Some Apparel Production within Myanmar

Supply Chain Matters

announced plans to source apparel production within factories in the country of Myanmar and the headline was the first U.S. apparel retailer to source in that country since sanctions were lifted two years ago. The apparel retailer indicated that it had engaged in a sourcing deal involving South Korean owned factories that operate in the country. According to a published report in the Wall Street Journal, the announced sourcing represents one of the largest U.S.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Integrated supply chain management is still unrealized because effective collaboration has not been realized. Strategic Sourcing. Increasingly, in logistics and supply chain management, it is well known that more cross-functional teamwork is required.

P&G Announces Significant Strategy Shift with Widespead Industry Supply Chain Impacts

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, Supply Chain Matters featured a commentary regarding the blunt business realities that are impacting many consumer product goods focused businesses and supply chains. Our conclusion was that invariably, CPG supply chains will bear the brunt of changes and needs required for more market adaptability and responsiveness while having to deal with continued pressures to reduce costs.

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

I hope UPS does the same for communicating the value of networks to supply chain and logistics executives — not just physical networks, but digital ones too. Source: UPS. Source: UPS. Supply Chain Operating Network Model (as depicted in 2003).

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

Quintiq

However, if they take a closer look, they will find that there are significant benefits to supplier diversity – not only for suppliers and their supply chains, but also for their business. Supply Chain Planning & Optimization More than just charity.