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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

After a year full of more scandals, indictments, political contentiousness, workplace violence, school shootings and natural disasters, maybe it’s time we all took a collective breath and focused on some of the positives that came out of 2018. Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities. Source ID. Source ID.

Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Our look at the Top 25 (plus 4) Supply Chains of 2018 examines how the best companies in the world excel at managing their global supply chains. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric. So in 2018, McDonald’s joins Apple, Procter & Gamble and Amazon on a separate “Masters” list, as one of the “best-of-the-best.”. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.


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This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Back at work, getting caught up on all of the supply chain and logistics news from the past two weeks. Cass Truckload Linehaul Index (July 2018). Speaking of global trade, BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor) acquired Grosvenor International Systems, “a leading provider of customs and compliance solutions to the UK and European markets.” The post This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

[PODCAST] Why Shippers Looking for Capacity & High Service Levels Need the Right Carrier Mix & Logistics Fundamentals Focus


On today’s episode we welcome Andrew Lynch, Co-Founder & President of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning logistics service provider that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods and food and beverage products. In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : How in the retail space it is vital that marketing, sales, and the supply chain & logistics teams collaborate to achieve shared goals of consistent logistics.

Global Trends in Digital Supply Chain - 2018 Review


The year 2018 saw the increasing use of advanced technology to give more intelligence to logistics operations. With the end of 2018 approaching, let’s look back with Abivin at some of the most prominent trends in supply chain management. Business Intelligence powered by Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics Modern logistics operation involves many different stages. But what happens when you can’t process a huge amount of data coming from different sources?

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

Talking Logistics

This unprecedented change, and the challenges and opportunities it creates for CPG companies and suppliers, was a hot topic of conversation at the Nulogy xChange 2018 conference a few weeks ago where I delivered a keynote presentation and moderated a panel discussion with industry executives (more on that later). . Nulogy xChange 2018: Why Courage is So Important Today. Source: Nulogy.

Delivery is the Product: Takeaways from Transplace’s Shipper Symposium 2018

Talking Logistics

It’s the reason why On Time In Full (OTIF) is a critical supply chain metric today. It’s the reason why a growing number of companies are starting to view logistics as a competitive weapon instead of just a cost center. As I wrote about recently, disrupting logistics ain’t easy. Like many other leading logistics service providers, Transplace invests significantly in technology, including its own software-as-a-service transportation management system (TMS).

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Completed in 2012, the ERP project forced the company to standardize organizational design, roles, and metrics. Nick formed a tight-knit implementation group with business users, and technologists used the backbone of SAP ERP to source master data and transactional flows from SAP and into Orchestr8. Change in logistics cost or production cost based on implementation, for example, accumulates with time.

Analysts Support a Single Model for Sales and Operations Planning


With a single version of the truth, planners can model scenarios for S&OP meetings, so stakeholders from sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and finance can assess the options and trade-offs. Uniting planning and operations in one model also enables companies to reconcile customer constraints with their own high-level decisions and performance metrics.

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Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations

Material Handling and Logistics

Today’s supply chains are increasingly complex, driving logistics operations to invest billions in systems to manage all the moving parts. It arrives from an array of sources, and it is presented in a variety of formats. The potential value of that data is huge for logistics and supply chain operations, but it’s also enormously valuable for other business units, including marketing, sales, production, etc.

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5 ways TMS transforms Logistics Managers' jobs


A survey featured in Logistics Management shows that just 35% of shippers are using TMS in their supply chain. Logistics managers need to realize that adding TMS instead of headcount can be the right way to grow their business. Automate the manual process Source It can be very time-consuming to do the repetitive work manually. Manage data and information in real time Source Thanks to TMS integration, you can perform data management and information management in real time.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Luckily, the current movers and shakers of the logistics and supply chain world are all too happy to dole out sage advice in the form of blog posts, interviews, podcasts — you name it. Logistics strategies for streamlined fulfillment. Logistics personnel and supplier management pointers.

One Man’s Trash: How Blockchain Can Target Food Waste to Help End World Hunger

Material Handling and Logistics

For organizations that source products from suppliers in remote regions, blockchain can provide clarity in an otherwise murky journey from harvest to retail. billion metric tons—gets lost or wasted. What’s more, net food losses in developed countries (222 million metric tons) equate to nearly all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa yearly (223 million metric tons).

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Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

The research, produced by Adelante SCM and presented by BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor), was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption, and company performance. To gain insights on that question and more, Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions conducted a web survey of supply chain and logistics professionals in March 2018. Logistics Service Providers Focus on Delivering Innovation.

Beyond the Beer Game: Tips for Responsible Logistics Gamification

Logistics Bureau

In fact, here at Logistics Bureau, we’ve been using the Beer Game (a supply chain simulation) for years now, as a way to help companies educate their management teams in supply chain dynamics. Indeed, gamification is becoming an increasingly popular workplace feature across a broad spectrum of industries and commercial sectors, including supply chain and logistics. But is gamification really a responsible approach to improving logistics performance ? Logistics

7 Key Factors that Underpin the Success of your Inventory Optimization Initiative

Supply Chain Opz

While on the surface it is true to say that in most organizations inventory is a highly visible dimension of Supply Chain performance impacting company accounts and a key reportable metric of business performance. Linking the financial priorities of the business in terms of sales value with the complexity of managing the items logistically is critical to moving into the next step of the process.

Supply Chain Risks: Which Are Top of Mind Today?

Talking Logistics

Supplier viability is a major concern of supply chain leaders and procurement professionals today when committing their direct materials to specific trading partners,” said David Cahn, Director of Product Marketing at Elemica , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. Do we have the right Service Level Agreement metrics in place? There is a tremendous amount of material labeling and handling risk assumed by the shipper and logistics provider,” said Cahn. “At

Connect Big Data with Predictive Analytics for Increased Visibility and Control Over Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Network

Shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and third party logistic firms are currently spending millions of dollars in resources on ‘estimating’ important metrics such as container Estimated Time of Arrival (ETAs). However, in order for these advanced systems to function effectively requires that Supply Chain Professionals seek out and find the most accurate and diverse possible sources of useful data on all aspects of their supply chains.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

The links between these nodes are the freight, transportation and logistics players who move the goods throughout the Supply Chain. Low cost sourcing is a predominant reason for this geographically dispersed network. Do they have a plan to get all of their energy needs from sustainable and renewable sources? Logistics/Link Supplier Selection/Management. Selecting carriers that are environmentally conscious should also be preeminent in your Logistics strategy.

Optimize Your Freight Spend Without Negotiation

Talking Logistics

To get an expert’s response to that question, I interviewed Michael Falls, Senior Manager of Operations at enVista , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. We do strategic carrier sourcing and contract negotiation, but it isn’t always time to renegotiate your contracts. Michael provided a lot of additional examples, helpful metrics, and suggestions for getting started, but as usual, I don’t have the time or space to summarize all of them here.

7 Essential Attributes of Strategic Supplier Partnerships!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Whether the phrase refers to sourcing, procurement, relationships, or other matters, its use is prevalent. The baseline metrics for performance of a partner are the same operational parameters used for other suppliers. One example is in the world of out-sourced software development. Freight and Logistics Guest Blog Post Procurement Supply Chain Management Business Leadership Purchasing SCM supplychainSubscribe Here! Email Address.

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing


Manufacturers in the high-performance cohort captured in our latest survey are using real-time monitoring to aggregate metrics and gain a 360-degree view of manufacturing operations accessible from any mobile or handheld device. The high-performance cohort is quick to aggregate metrics and gains a 360-degree view of all shop floors, often having real-time availability of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) across multiple production lines.

Analytics and the Digital Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

“By the end of 2020,” asserts the editorial staff at Material Handling & Logistics (MH&L), “one-third of all manufacturing supply chains will be using analytics-driven cognitive capabilities, thus increasing cost efficiency by 10% and service performance by 5%.”[1] Data comes from both internal sources and external trading partners to focus analytics at a network level. Data comes from public and unstructured sources and the IoT.

Supply Chain Collaboration – The New Way to Drive Value!

Supply Chain Game Changer

However, sourcing managers with a narrow focus on delivery are missing out one of the greatest advantages of forging collaborative supplier partnerships: an opportunity to drive synergies that are otherwise perceived as impossible within the confines of the business. As a sourcing manager, you may need to go outside your comfort zone to think about new, innovative ways to collaborate for achieving sustainability because Collaboration comes in more than one flavor! Subscribe Here!

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)


With sourcing spread over multiple geographies requiring logistics moves that involve multiple entities and numerous handoffs between 3rd party providers, and customs and regulatory agencies at both ports of export and import; the ability to effectively manage the global supply chain is challenging under the best of circumstances. Product Visibility – the ability to see, identify and manage product/SKU level detail during the logistics life-cycle.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Source: Evan, Flikr. “I I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. But I was right with some of my other predictions, especially my prediction that we would see a rise in cyber attacks in 2017, with supply chain and logistics operations becoming new targets. UPS Joins Top Alliance To Create Blockchain Standards For Logistics. SophiaTX Open Source Platform to Integrate SAP, Blockchain.

Get Ready for Holiday Now … Make It Boring (From A Supply Chain Perspective)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Focus on your key cost, quality and delivery metrics. They must understand the physical size of those skus, the promotional strategy, and the supplier sourcing, delivery and replenishment plan. Manage Your Logistics Network. Customer surveys, market research, social media connections and other forms of data gathering are great sources for learning what others are doing in the area of E-Commerce fulfillment. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

5 fundamental ways to reduce Last mile Delivery Costs


The term “last mile” is more than just a buzzword in the logistics and supply chain industry, concerning the transportation of goods to the final destination. You can measure your fleet performance with 5 key metrics for last mile delivery. Source 1. Source 3. Don’t forget Reverse Logistics Reverse logistics involve the process of delivering the desired goods to customers, receiving and sending back their unwanted products.

7 Pitfalls of Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Fulfillment by Amazon or Amazon FBA lets sellers in the Amazon marketplace take advantage of Amazon’s giant logistics operation to ship their orders. Amazon FBA sometimes falls short in this crucial metric. Amazon runs an enormous fulfillment and logistics business. At Red Stag, for example, we can add inserts and personalized marketing materials to your customers orders, or help you source uniquely branded boxes and even tissue paper with your company’s logo.

Supply Chain Goals: Gracefully Overcoming the Hurdles of Global Sports Events

BluJay Solutions

The 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer championship has drawn millions of sports enthusiasts to Russia. million shipped items and 60 metric tons of air freight.*. If supply chain is the ultimate team sport, the world championship in Russia and other large events are mega-examples of how logistics teams up and down the supply chain must all play a role and work efficiently to deliver the goal. Source: [link].

Are You Up to Speed with Supply Chain Digitization?

Supply Chain Collaborator

At the root of the challenge is the fact that increasingly demanding customer delivery times virtually demand the engagement of “highly capable, service-oriented carriers” which, given the current environment, can no longer be sourced at anything less than a premium. The good news is, the logistics IT industry has evolved and grown a large field of cost-effective and proven, API-driven solutions.

Is it Advantage Organized Retail in India?

Logistics Trends and Insights

For more on Raghu and how to contact him with questions, sources etc. Amazon planned ahead on an extensive product assortment and investments in infrastructure (transportation logistics, fulfillment centers & payment systems) prior to starting their operations in India five years ago. For example: By format of store/channel what is your Product Assortment, Supplier & Logistics network, Returns strategy for the different geographies.

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6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up (2018 Update)

Logistics Bureau

A 2018 Update. Therefore, we thought it might be a good idea to revisit each of the trends listed below, with a brief update as to how the situations have developed, and a look at the state of play in 2018. State of Play in 2018. Experience is everything in 2018 and without software—and supply chains—few if any businesses, can even exist, since there is no way to deliver the kind of experience that customers desire without either. State of Play in 2018.


Value of Analytics for Wholesale Distributors

Silvon Software

Logistics performance. Other key performance metrics at the operational level. Without the ability to look at data from multiple sources and from multiple angles, it can be difficult for warehouse distributors to uncover problems that could be costing them money. Analytics can help wholesale distributors maximize profits, but it isn’t just about gaining insights from the data.

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)


With sourcing spread over multiple geographies requiring logistics moves that involve multiple entities and numerous handoffs between 3rd party providers, and customs and regulatory agencies at both ports of export and import; the ability to effectively manage the global supply chain is challenging under the best of circumstances. Product Visibility – the ability to see, identify and manage product/SKU level detail during the logistics life-cycle.