Improving on Strategic Sourcing

Logistics Viewpoints

These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Management Systems transportation management system transportation sourcing

2016 Supply Chain Trends: 7 of 12 Trends that Will Drive Supply Chain Management in 2016


We have already covered the top 6 trends for 2016 in manufacturing. 2016 Supply Chain Trends: The First 7 of 12. Today we will begin our two part series covering the 2016 supply chain trends we expect to see come to fruition in the next year. What 2016 Supply Chain Trends to you expect to see? 2016 Supply Chain Trend #1: Supply Chains will Look to Go Digital. 2016 Supply Chain Trend #2: Responding to Innovation & Change But with An Eye On Fundamentals.

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Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. The source data for the analysis is public reporting of balance sheets and income statements. Winners will be featured on the podcast Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 7th-9th, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Five months of analysis. Lots of heated debates. It is now over.

Open Source Helps SMBs with B2B


Thanks to open source, B2Bs can now address back office functions. Open source can make all the difference for SMBs to satisfy both their suppliers and customers. In order to thrive in eCommerce, they need an open source B2B commerce platform. From a technology standpoint, an open source eCommerce platform is the best option for SMBs. Since open source is continuously tested by developers, SMBs can save more and more on costs as they keep working with the system.

Is “In-Sourcing” the Answer to Rigid, Enterprise Software?

The Network Effect

Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” “The in-sourcing and custom development is a painstaking process, but one McNamara says is necessary before the retailer can begin analyzing its supply chain for sales and customer trends and better allocate resources across the enterprise. Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” The post Is “In-Sourcing” the Answer to Rigid, Enterprise Software?

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

However, if your role is managing the movement of widgets from point A to point B, or multiple points, the freight procurement task before you can be labor intensive and time consuming — unless you use a technology solution specifically designed for transportation sourcing. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

Supply Chains to Admire – 2016 Results

Supply Chain Insights

This morning we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. The source data for the analysis is public reporting of balance sheets and income statements. Winners will be featured on the podcast Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 7-9, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Five months of analysis. Lots of heated debates. It is now over.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

What will happen in 2016? That said, there are several high-level trends and factors that will impact supply chain and logistics strategies and operations in 2016: Oil Prices : Just a few years ago, there was plenty of talk about oil prices potentially reaching $300 per barrel and the impact it would have on supply chain and logistics networks and processes (e.g., How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment?

This Week in Logistics News (October 10-14, 2016)

Talking Logistics

August 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). One of my predictions for 2016 was that we would see increased innovation to simplify and expedite trading partner (B2B) connectivity, which is at the heart of what Appterra does, a company Descartes acquired this week for $5.8 I am writing to you this morning from Death Valley, CA where my Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure teammates and I are getting ready for our 102.7 mile JDRF ride tomorrow.

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Top Projects for 2016 Supply Chains


Top Projects for 2016 Supply Chains: Transportation, Sourcing, Resilience, and Inventory Management Guest Post by Bob Trebilcock, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Management Review. Blog 2016 Supply Chain Trends Shipping Trends 2016So good we had to share! Great insights and reminders from our esteemed colleague Bob about four specific trends he sees that will dictate supply chain, logistics, and materials handling development in […].

YP@Airbus – International event 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Date: September 6, 2016. Innovation meets Global Sourcing. Therefore the Association Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) invites Young Professionals to an international top event on 6 September 2016 at Airbus in Hamburg. Download the brochure for more information >> Register now >> Events 3D printing Airbus BME CPO event Germany Global Sourcing Hamburg innovation Site visit students young professionals

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Fit for Growth 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Fit for Growth 2016. Date: 24 November, 2016. In cooperation with the companies Dräxlmaier and Stabi lus, the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) is organizing the first German-Romanian Supplier Dialogue Fit for Growth on 24 November 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. Through this both sides will be able to create linkages and foster business opportunities between buyers, who have sourcing interests in the region, and qualified suppliers.

The Biggest Challenges Supply Chain Leaders will Crush in 2016


But despite the difficulty factor, let’s gaze into a crystal ball and make a few predictions about the challenges supply chain leaders should be preparing to face in 2016. In 2016, more supply chain teams will invoke scenario planning to determine what actions to take in the face of potential disruptions. In 2016, there will be increased adoption of supply chain planning, optimization, and execution technology to automate supply chain processes and manage by exception.

This Week in Logistics News (August 8-12, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Honeywell explores acquisition of JDA Software – sources (Reuters). June 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The post This Week in Logistics News (August 8-12, 2016) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. What do you do when the heat index is 103F outside, the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory , and your central air conditioner is still broken?

Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

The change in front of us will transform the base-level definitions of source, make and deliver. We agree that analytics are important, but we also believe that source, make and deliver will be redefined. The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is over, but we hope the energy to define Supply Chain 2030 is just beginning. Our goal is to build a guiding coalition to think differently to improve outcomes.

Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing is the heart of today’s global supply chains, and decisions made on sourcing impact everything from transportation and shipping costs, to both social and regulatory compliance concerns. Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

This Week in Logistics News (December 5-9, 2016)

Talking Logistics

The sky and what’s beyond, an endless source of creativity and imagination for kids and adults alike. On my morning walks to grade school, I would pretend to be an astronaut, jumping in zero gravity over the sidewalk cracks, my backpack filled with oxygen. Some mornings I would ride my rocket ship, evading asteroids and alien cruisers along the way, and I would barely make it to school on time (I mean, the space station), with just enough fuel to make a safe landing.

This Week in Logistics News (November 14-18, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Source: RevCascade website. Every leaf from every tree on my street somehow landed on my lawn overnight. With hours of raking ahead of me, let’s go straight to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Koch Agrees to Invest over $2 billion in Infor. Infor Delivers Next Generation Cloud-based Supply Chain Planning Suite.’s Marketplace Concept Spreads to Other Retailers (WSJ- sub. req’d). UPS air maintenance workers vote 98 percent to authorize strike (Reuters).

This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

May their memory continue to be a source of strength and comfort to their families and friends and us all. February 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). With Amazon, you never know, which is why I’ll be updating the presentation I will deliver at the SMC3 Connections 2016 Conference on June 28th in Chicago (“A–Z: The Emergence of Amazon as a Global 3PL”) from now until I walk on stage.

This Week in Logistics News (June 27 – July 1, 2016)

Talking Logistics

For more on SOLAS, read the following guest commentaries we have published in recent months: GT Nexus: Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard: Preparing for July 2016 SOLAS Shipper Mandates. Finally, one of my predictions for 2016 was that we would see increased innovation to simplify and expedite trading partner (B2B) connectivity, with APIs and Web Services replacing EDI as the preferred approach moving forward.

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The procurement Summit 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The procurement Summit 2016. Date: 15 November 2016. Launched in 2014 and brought to you by the eWorld Procurement & Supply team, The Procurement Summit will provide senior purchasing, sourcing and supply chain executives across the North of England with an unmissable opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest industry innovations, best practice and new technology solutions. Venue: The Midland Hotel, Manchester. Organization: Revolution Events.

2016: The Start of the Third Act?

Supply Chain Shaman

The source of the content is research. In 2016, 45% of companies plan to increase technology spending. The answer is unknown; but what is for sure, the market is going to be far more interesting in 2016. How do you see 2016? Six years ago, on a snowy January afternoon, I wrote my first post for the Supply Chain Shaman. It seems so long ago, but I still remember the fear I felt hitting the publish button for the first time.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers. The company is one of 15 winners in the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire Research. In this role he supported the different businesses (12 in Europe and 11 in Asia) for all aspects of the Supply Chain; but Peter did not have direct Asia Sourcing/manufacturing accountability.

This Week in Logistics News (January 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

This live and predictive analytics platform filters through news sources (including Lloyd’s Maritime, CNN, and more), blogs, social media (ex. Twitter), and natural disaster alerting sources to find and disseminate content relevant to global supply chains. The post This Week in Logistics News (January 4-8, 2016) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. The good news is that I didn’t break any bones skiing during the holiday break.

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A Different Solution to the Supply Chain Talent Shortage


Planning is becoming increasingly complex; not only due to the increasing demand and supply chain complexity, but also due to the wide range of new data sources such as channel data, retail data and even web data - nearly all of which wasn’t available years ago. “78% of respondents to Gartner’s most recent Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey identify talent as the No. 1 long-term supply chain risk”. There is a lot of documented evidence of a shortage in supply chain talent.

Winners in business: Supply Chains to Admire 2016

Supply Chain Movement

That shows The Supply Chains to Admire 2016 analysis of Supply Chain Insights. Which companies have a supply chain to admire in 2016? Based on extensive analysis of publicly available financial figures we have published the “2016 Supply Chains to Admire,” listing 16 companies as winners and 21 companies as finalists. And in retail the winners of 2016 are Carter’s, CVS, Dollar Tree, Target, Whole Foods and Walmart.

Overview of European supply chain events 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Supply Chain Movement helps you along with an overview of the most important European supply chain events in 2016. Last updated on January 6th , 2016. RLCON 2016. ARC Industry Forum Europe 2016. ISC Europe 2016. Global ManuChem Strategies 2016. Turkey Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016. Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016. ISC Turkey 2016. Home Delivery World Europe 2016. Multimodal 2016.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 5 More Supply Chain Trends To Watch Out for in 2016


Yesterday we began our two part series on 2016 supply chain trends that will drive supply chain management into the future. In that continued theme, today we will again talk about technology but will also include some trends that require a fundamental mindset as well as a holistic mindset when it comes to effective supply chain management now in 2016, throughout the year, and beyond. Supply Chain Trends 2016: 5 Additional More Areas of Focus.

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New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The benefits of utilising modern-day FTAs include fewer customs duties, less red tape, access to public tenders, sourcing opportunities, investment opportunities and more transparent business conditions. Global Trade Map 2016. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations. International trade can entail significantly more risk than straightforward domestic business-to-business transactions.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016. Date: 19 – 20 September 2016. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders. At the 2016 conference you’ll learn how to create and manage a bimodal value chain strategy that achieves essential performance goals while simultaneously allowing for iteration and experimentation. Venue: Park Plaza Westminster, London (UK). Organisation: Gartner.

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

The problem is that this does not allow enough trade-off of source, make and deliver processes across the globe.). Another plane, another client; and yet another discussion. They are sounding a bit the same. I am trying to not sound like a broken record. Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global.

Three Mistakes Teams to Avoid in Selecting Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

In the process, try to seek help from independent sources. Mistakes happen. Supply chain planning user satisfaction is a flip of the coin. Satisfaction is low: one-in-two supply chain planning software users state satisfaction. Successful implementations start with the software selection. Supply chain planing is now three decades old. Today over 82% of companies have some form of supply chain planning.

Direct Material Woes: Seven Steps to Take to Improve Value

Supply Chain Shaman

This is more true in 2016 than it was in 1996 when the traditional ERP/APS systems were designed. In the development of commodity strategies, there is a need to focus at the intersection of new product launch and sourcing and manufacturing and procurement to drive manufacturing reliability. Tie Manufacturing Planning to Direct Material Sourcing Strategies.Less than 5% of companies have successfully connected supply planning processes to direct material requirements planning.

Source to Store Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain 24/7

Transparency-One expands source to store supply chain transparency software with risk management solutions to help businesses manage social responsibility, product safety, and sustainability risks across multiple product categories

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving


In fact, frozen turkeys often result in costs, not profits, to their sellers to keep their customers happy, but fresh turkeys can be a source of profitable revenue. The turkey is out of the oven. Rolls are on the table. Family members are starting to find their way into the kitchen, and Thanksgiving dinner is about to begin.

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