Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

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Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? According to Joe, enVista’s Director of Transportation, “The key to omni-channel sourcing is that it requires you to understand your goals and objectives.

Twitter Insights from GT Nexus Bridges 2015 Conference

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Nonetheless, my takeaways below from the recent GT Nexus Bridges 2015 conference provides some insight about the company, it’s success to date, and where it’s heading (assuming Infor doesn’t make any significant changes). The GT Nexus Bridges 2015 conference marked a first for me: it was the first conference where I tweeted soundbites and insights from the sessions I attended. Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) June 9, 2015. Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) June 10, 2015.

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Is Supply Chain “The” Source of Greater Economic Stability?

Logistics Viewpoints

On Saturday I engaged in a rare weekend activity for myself – I actually thought about supply chain. I thought about the transition from “push” processes to greater use of demand pull in replenishment; how retailers are sharing downstream POS data with their suppliers to develop a more efficient supply network; how multi-echelon inventory optimization […]. Inventory Management Production Statistics Supply Chain Planning

Don’t Jump In Without a Plan: Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

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Live Episode: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:00 ET. But many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, siloed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. How does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? The post Don’t Jump In Without a Plan: Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Supply Chain 2015

SCM Research

Last week, a well-made special report by Raconteur, titled Supply Chain 2015 (pdf), was distributed in The Times of London. More information can be found on the homepage of Raconteur’s Supply Chain 2015 report. I very much enjoyed reading it.

The Global PSCM 2015

Supply Chain Movement

The Global PSCM 2015. Date: 30 – 31 March 2015. Sourcing. Events Berlin Category management Conference contracts Global pcsm 2015 materials management mavgoy energy Procurement Radisson Blu sourcing supply chain Venue: Radisson Blu Berlin 5*, Germany. Organizer: Magvoy Energy – MagVoyages ltd. Url: [link].

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2015

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In my opinion, the best source of practical knowledge and advice are your peers — that is, executives just like you who have already met and overcome the same challenges and opportunities you face today. Logistics Summit & Expo , March 18-19, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. Happy learning and networking in 2015! Descartes Systems Group : Evolution 2015 , May 19-21, Miami, FL. Elemica : Reveal 2015 , TBA (last year in Philadelphia and Frankfurt).

This Week in Logistics News (October 5-9, 2015)

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Having spent much of this week on the road, I am still in catch-up mode with emails and phone calls, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention: Elemica Introduces New Sourcing Optimization Solution. Con-way Freight Announces Fall 2015 General Rate Increase. Simply put, as supply chains have grown in scale and complexity, so has the logistics sourcing process.

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2015

SCM Research

Some time ago, the winners of the annual Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2015 have been presented. and strategic sourcing ( Eltantawy et al. ). Here comes a selection of this year’s outstanding papers related to supply chain management: First of all, it is noteworthy that several award-winning papers deal with sustainability; this includes papers written by Eng-Larsson & Norrman , Fabbe-Costes et al. Griffin et al. Schaltegger & Burritt and Varsei et al.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 1)

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Since its inception in the late 1980s, strategic sourcing has always been about getting the best value for the goods and services purchased from third party suppliers. Strategic sourcing requires an intense focus on the total cost of ownership, while incorporating customer needs, organizational goals, and market conditions. Done well, strategic sourcing creates measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability.

Top Transportation Management and Transportation Articles of 2015

Cerasis

We continue our series on the most read articles from the Cerasis blog for 2015 today by featuring any of the blogs in the transportation management or transportation categories. . We will then conclude the 5 main categories by featuring the top 10 freight articles of 2015. Then on the last day of 2015, we will feature the top 50 most read blogs of ALL time from the 653 Cerasis blogs as a special treat!

Freight Rates News October 2015

Freightos

Freight Rates News that rates for freight and logistics trends – October 2015. But you need to go to the source and assess trend analyses since each index began, especially comparing now with 2008. The post Freight Rates News October 2015 appeared first on Freightos. Since we live and breath freight, we constantly come across information that’s critical for our customers – logistic providers, shippers and carriers.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

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In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Leading manufacturers have proven that best-in-class strategic sourcing can create measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Strategic Sourcing Requires Collaborative Working Arrangements with Key Suppliers.

Strategic Sourcing: The Key to Competitive Advantage

Supply Chain Opz

Strategic Sourcing has been used by companies of all sizes for years. This commentary highlights some of the key principles to strategic sourcing. Involve suppliers early in new product (or service) development initiatives Supplier can be an invaluable source of ideas and knowledge, especially as it pertains to the materials or services you are sourcing from them. However, priority is always given to cost cutting initiatives.

Sustainability: Do Supply Management and Global Sourcing Matter? (Guest Post by Jury Gualandris, UCD)

SCM Research

Over the last decades, however, supply chains have been undergoing a process of increasing globalization, which has created the need for differentiated sustainability approaches for firms sourcing globally rather than regionally. On the one hand, traditional supply management based on supply base reduction and coordination will compensate global sourcing’s drawbacks, such as longer distances and socio-economic, cultural differences.

Insights from Kenco Customer Summit 2015

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In a survey I conducted a few years ago, supply chain executives viewed “direct conversations with other executives and peers” — in other words, peer-to-peer learning and networking — as the most valuable source of practical knowledge and advice. Source: Adelante SCM. Source: Adelante SCM. Source: ProLogistix. Source: Tompkins International. I didn’t save my original drawing, but it looked something like this: Source: Adrian Gonzalez.

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

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Here are five to look for in 2015. This will be possible through a platform approach to transportation management that delivers a unified control structure, and drives savings by aggregating sourcing volumes and optimizing end-to-end transportation. In 2015, if a shipper has 16 business units integrating with the same carrier, they should no longer operate as separate units but as one pooled resource to improve overall buying power and leverage.

Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies”

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In a recent Sourcing Journal Online article, Sourcing is Hard , Mike Todaro, managing director of the Americas Apparel Producers’ Network, quotes Barbara Zeins, an industry expert that published a short list of “9 Big FAT Garment Lies,” which we might as well call “Global Sourcing Lies,” more generally. The post Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies” appeared first on Directworks. Blog Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain

Freight Rate News November 2015

Freightos

If you prefer to find the news yourself, head over to our free roundup of nearly 100 digital logistics and supply chain news sources. Short Term Medium Term Special Feature Carriers & Cargo Innovation Freightos focus November 2015 freight and logistics trends that rate. The post Freight Rate News November 2015 appeared first on Freightos. Wouldn’t it be amazing if someone could cut through the hype and summarize the key freight and logistics trends every month?

Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization

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On the surface, local sourcing seems simple – work with local suppliers in the areas where you do business globally. The post Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization appeared first on Directworks. Blog Local Sourcing Supply ChainSpend Matters recently published a story highlighting Auto News’ coverage of supply chain and procurement localization at Magna International.

This Week in Logistics News (July 13-17, 2015)

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Driver Turnover Falls in First Quarter of 2015. Cass Freight Index June 2015 Report. And here’s a chart they included in the post: Source: [link]. With a July 31 deadline to extend highway funding, the House approved this week an $8 billion bill to extend federal transportation funding through December 2015 — the 34th highway funding patch since 2005. The post This Week in Logistics News (July 13-17, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

Supply Chain View from the Field

Andrew Cox’s new book “Sourcing Portfolio Analysis” represents the more traditional “power-based” view of procurement. The book relies on a series of prescriptive two by two matrices, that are further segmented into eight by eight matrices, that establish different typologies for supplier segmentation, The application of these frameworks to the universe of buyer-seller relationships I proposed (ostensibly) to lead to improved sourcing outcomes…for the buyer!

This Week in Logistics News (August 3-7, 2015)

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XPO Logistics Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results. From the press release: [Cargo Chief’s] proprietary technology leverages its vast network of 500,000 available trucks/carriers to locate hard-to-source capacity for shippers from an aggregated carrier search on www.cargochief.com. The post This Week in Logistics News (August 3-7, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (February 16-20, 2015)

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billion — “far higher than the $750 million to $900 million range that sources said Singapore-based NOL had been looking for, [which] would have valued the unit at 10 and 12 times its earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortization for 2013,” according to Reuters. The road less traveled remains untraveled: acquisitions and other actions focused on getting more small and midsize customers, which was one of my predictions for 2015.

This Week in Logistics News (May 25-29, 2015)

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March 2015 North American Freight Numbers. Last November, JDA Software and IBM announced a “new integrated offering [that] will provide retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers with intelligent sourcing, fulfillment and order management capabilities.” billion in March 2015…Year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA billion in March 2015 as three out of five transportation modes – air, rail, and truck – carried more U.S.-Mexico

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This Week in Logistics News (March 2-6, 2015)

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Descartes Reports Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. Amber Road broadened its solution footprint this week by acquiring Hong Kong-based ecVision, “a cloud-based provider of global sourcing and collaborative supply chain solutions for brand-focused companies.” The post This Week in Logistics News (March 2-6, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

This Week in Logistics News (July 20-24, 2015)

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Manhattan Associates Reports Record Second Quarter 2015 Performance. Ryder Reports Record Second Quarter 2015 Results. SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half 2015 Results. Sourcing and Procurement : Assessing current sourcing practices and procurement processes across all categories of indirect spend and then executing work to optimize controlled spend, perform category management and build capabilities for continuous improvement.

Why Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience

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However, few manufacturers ever sit back and ask, “How can our procurement or strategic sourcing initiatives contribute to the overall customer experience?” I would argue that, if you’re in manufacturing, strategic sourcing is the first place to start shaping the customer journey. In manufacturing, it is the strategic sourcing group that finds the best component parts for new product introductions. This problem appears to be the result of sourcing choices.

Carriers, You’re in the Information-Handling Business Too (Takeaways from McLeod Software User Conference 2015)

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Just like shippers are using similar benchmarking solutions to make smarter sourcing decisions (see, for example, Chainalytics’ Freight Market Intelligence Consortium , LeanLogistics’ LeanDex® Transportation Index , and MercuryGate’s RateFriend ), carriers are using Market Insight to make smarter pricing decisions. .

This Week in Logistics News (August 17-21, 2015)

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As Joe Dixon, SVP of Supply Chain at Brooks Brothers, commented at the GT Nexus Bridges 2015 conference a few weeks ago: “SAP is our internal ERP system, GT Nexus is our external [supply chain] ERP system.”. Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation (Source: Adelante SCM). The post This Week in Logistics News (August 17-21, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. I didn’t do it. I came back from vacation on Monday to find almost 1,000 emails in my inbox.

This Week in Logistics News (February 9-13, 2015)

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Transportation Department pushes tough oil train standards – sources (Reuters). The post This Week in Logistics News (February 9-13, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. With six feet of it on the ground, it’s hard not to talk about snow around here. Unless you’re talking about ice dams, of course, and how water is dripping into your house, which is what I’m dealing with at the moment.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 6-10, 2015)

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Friday, July 10, 2015. May 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The post This Week in Logistics News (July 6-10, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. The day is finally here — the premiere of The Minions movie. I am not sure who is more excited to see this movie, our kids or my wife and me, but there’s something about those little yellow dudes that crack us up every time.

This Week in Logistics News (September 14-18, 2015)

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which include enhancements “in fleet management, transportation sourcing, transportation business intelligence, transportation planning, global trade management and customs management.” The post This Week in Logistics News (September 14-18, 2015) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Lots of supply chain and logistics news this week, so let’s go straight to it… Transplace Acquires M33 Integrated.

2015 Predictions: Smart Cities

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Predicting what cities of the future would look like has been a source of speculation for centuries. Isaac Asimov, the … Continued The post 2015 Predictions: Smart Cities appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Connectivity Smart Cities Supply Chain Technology Web/Internet

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcingThe logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage. Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures.