February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels

Supply Chain Matters

With the bulk of global manufacturing PMI indices now reported for February 2019, what is becoming very apparent is that China’s economic slowdown is having a discernable impact on other regions, perhaps far more accelerated that originally anticipated.

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Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

Supply Chain Matters

retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 percent, the 2019 forecast bandwidth of between 3.9 For the industry’s S&OP and supply chain management teams, planning for 2019 is already underway. Planning for 2019, from our lens, takes on a similar perspective.

March 8, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Technology

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our March 8, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech , a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news which we believe would be of specific interest to our global-based readership. . Copyright 2019.

This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

I was in Orlando, Florida this week moderating workshops for a logistics service provider client. req’d) How Blockchain Could Benefit Levi’s Worker Well-Being Initiative (Sourcing Journal) Companies Plan for Tariffs, More Paperwork in Case of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit (WSJ – sub.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

simply seeing information in one place, aggregating data from multiple sources. ClearMet al | Solving the Data Problem in Supply Chain Transformation ClearMetal is a predictive logistics company that uses AI to enable supply. 1DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, END-TO-END VISIBILITY, AND.

Chinese Branded Subway Cars in U.S. Transit Systems- 2019 Provides Changing Perspectives

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our initial 2019 update on Chinese branded subway cars appearing in U.S. Modern equipment and technology at significantly lower cost- the supply chain sourcing secret sauce.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Then how about joining our Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure cycling team and help us raise money for JDRF in our quest to create a world without type 1 diabetes! Here are some excerpts from the article: XPO Logistics Inc.

2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Research Report Now Available for Downloading

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog announces that The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group ’s research report, 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains , is now available for complimentary downloading. Copyright 2019.

Report That Maersk Line Looks Toward Added Acquisitions in Logistics

Supply Chain Matters

The CEO of Maersk indicated to a European business publication that acquisitions involving land logistics and transportation services are expected over the next 2-3 years. Copyright 2019.

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2019 Transportation Industry Trends

GTG Technology Group

6 Transportation Industry Trends to Look for in 2019. 2018 has ended and 2019 is here! Below are the notable trends for 2019. Allowing the analytics to drive making decisions about the risks and costs of tariffs, suppliers, manufacturing and logistics. Sources: [link].

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

in Predictive Logistics ClearMetal Inc. ability to harness this data and efficiently execute global logistics remains challenging. logistics has remained elusive. in logistics planning: more analysts spending more of their days manually. multiple sources.

Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Becoming Far More Evident

Supply Chain Matters

More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices. Make no mistake that Amazon will indeed serve as a continued logistics and transportation industry disruptor.

Reports of Softening U.S. Trucking Rates and Rising Global Logistics M&A are Not Coincidence

Supply Chain Matters

surface trucking rates this quarter, and a potential re-igniting of merger and acquisition activities involving global logistics carriers and services providers should capture the attention of industry supply chain management teams. .

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Preliminary Indication of Pilot Error in Fatal Atlas Air Cargo Crash

Supply Chain Matters

This weekend, The Wall Street Journal , citing informed sources, reported that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigation team now suspects that pilot errors, rather than aircraft malfunctions may have led to the accident.

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Trends 2019: Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Over half-a-dozen years ago, Brookings Institution analysts, Susan Helper, Timothy Krueger, and Howard Wial, asserted, “Manufacturing matters to the United States because it provides high-wage jobs, commercial innovation (the nation’s largest source), a key to trade deficit reduction, and a disproportionately large contribution to environmental sustainability.”[1] Jesper Bennike, CEO of GateHouse Logistics Company, notes, “A gamut of new Industry 4.0

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Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

sources of value for customers. Supply chain and logistics people spend. Without a centralized data source insights are difficult to gather and hidden. Today when supply chain and logistics teams are tasked.

A.P. Moeller Maersk Reports Q4 and 2018 Full Year Financial Performance

Supply Chain Matters

Moeller Maersk reported what was termed mixed Q4 and full-year 2018 financial performance, and a cautious forecast for declining global shipping volumes for 2019. . Transformation is expected to accelerate in 2019. 2019 Outlook. Ocean container transportation leader A.P.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Three

Supply Chain Matters

For the past several years, Oracle has sponsored an annual conference dedicated to supply chain management which was the Modern Supply Chain Management Experience 2019 ( MSCE ) conference which we have consistently attended in prior years.

Purdue University Researchers Quantify How Current U.S. Trade Policies Have Multi-Billion Dollar Negative Impacts on Agricultural Markets

Supply Chain Matters

Midwest media and agricultural news sources. This March 2019 report which is titled: How Differing Trade Policies May Impact U.S. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Bristlecone Flash – January 2019


Establishing a single, centralized procurement platform will standardize and harmonize all sourcing processes and increase operational transparency through sophisticated reporting. This greatly improves visibility across the supply chain, while accelerating logistics and financial reporting.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

Again and again, the quality of supply chain and logistics. process has been scaled in-house, then out-sourced, and partnered with rigid, error-prone ETL automation. Supply Chain Data Maturity A Guide to Transformation. How Mature is Your Supply Chain?

This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Supply Chain Matters

Scenario #2 implies that capacity, safety stock inventory, logistics and transportation contingency plans or commitments need to remain active and diligent. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology


For instance, we use AIMMS to optimize production capacity, understand which raw material should go to which manufacturing facility, maximize yields in different plants and streamline our logistics. . Jamshedpur plant (image source: Tata Steel).

Is Amazon In-Sourcing or Creating a New Service? You Already Know


The post Is Amazon In-Sourcing or Creating a New Service? E-Commerce Logistics Freight Logistics amazon in-sourcingAmazon didn’t get to where it is today (hit a market cap of $1 trillion in Sept. 2018) by resting on its laurels. At the time I wrote this, Amazon’s market cap is $777.8 billion. We can all rest assured that Amazon is looking to get back up to $1 trillion and stay there. Amazon.read More.

3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep on Your 2019 Radar

Logistics Bureau

3 Supply Chain Trends to Track in 2019. Source : Logistics Management 2018 Distribution Center Survey. . Adoption of the latter two solutions is gaining momentum as logistics operators seek to make warehouses work smarter rather than harder.

Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

Supply Chain Matters

Two announced acquisitions this week involving global ocean container shipping lines add further evidence of moving forward with strategies to integrate added transportation and logistics services beyond just port to port. in an effort to broaden land-based logistics services.

Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN


Most people in my division work in capability development or centers of excellence designed to help operations centers improve their performance in logistics, customer service or production. Heineken is one of the world’s best-known beers.

Investigators Search for Clues of the Atlas Air Cargo Plane Crash Over the Weekend

Supply Chain Matters

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal citing an informed source, there were reportedly local storm conditions near the airport and the aircraft was instructed by controllers to avoid flying into a storm cell.

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Industry Supply Chain Planning Related to Brexit Response Grow More Concerned, Along with the Implications

Supply Chain Matters

With a mere nine weeks to-go before the March 29 th Brexit implementation date, it is becoming ever clearer that businesses large and small are exercising definitive supply chain management risk mitigation or alternative sourcing actions.

Full Truckload Trends to Watch in 2019


Shippers face great uncertainty regarding the full truckload industry for 2019. Shippers need to know the full truckload trends to watch in 2019 and their potential impact on the industry. Getting The Most Out of Shipping In 2019.

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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

Supply Chain Matters

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

Implications of the Revised CPTPP Trade Agreement Now in Effect Among Asian Nations are Already Becoming Visible

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides observations on the new CPTPP trade pact that went into effect in 2019, specifically on its reported negative impact on certain U.S. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Ocean Freight Procurement and Going with the Stream


Source: SGX, Freightos Baltic Index. There’s one group of people who know the answer better than anyone – the logistics providers and BCOs who literally spend their lives on tenders. Global logistics providers have large teams working full-time on nothing else.

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

Talking Logistics

The good news is if you have access to paid invoice data from either a third-party audit and pay company or an internal source, you likely have the ability to run proactive analytics as well. He graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Supply Chain Management Trends 2019


What are the primary supply chain management trends for 2019? Let’s dig into the future supply chain trends that could transform your supply chain and logistics operations! Are you ready for 2019? The post Supply Chain Management Trends 2019 appeared first on EazyStock.

The State of Sustainable Procurement: What to Expect in 2019


We’re still very early into 2019 and all signs point to an interesting year ahead. World powers such as Britain pledged legislation in 2019 to cut plastic pollution, Germany promised to phase out coal by 2038, and Copenhagen has made plans to become the first carbon neutral capital.