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Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

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It is easy to make analytics the cornerstone of warehouse and distribution center management. While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes.

5 Podcasts for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals

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These podcasts bring the latest news and thought leadership in the supply chain and logistics industries right to your earbuds. I used to think that podcasts were a hip form of new media that millennials used to further their iPhone addictions.

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4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

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Industrial IoT and big data are converging to enable demand-driven 'smart supply chains.' The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing.

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Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

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Do you ever watch Undercover Boss? Think back to 2012 when Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company , went undercover in his own company.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

The Digital Supply Chain Demands the Use of Smart Supply Chain Technologies

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Modern supply chains have access to more information and technology than ever before, creating a new, digital supply chain. However, the digital supply chain has grown increasingly reliant on the use of “smart technologies,” such as those involved in automated data capture, analyses and the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, these technologies can introduce a new level of visibility and improve overall operations, asserts The Manufacturer magazine.

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

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As we head into a new year it is a good time to take a look at the coming year and see what it may hold in the way of trends. We kick off today a month-long focus on trends in the following categories: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

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The cloud-based solutions and applications are quickly conquering the markets all over the world; they deemed to be highly scalable, easy to manage and cost-effective. Small and middle-sized companies are pushed by the aggressive competition to be more flexible and adaptive.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 3 Core Supply Chain Management Trends Gearing Up to Change SCM Forever

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Jabil sponsored a global Dimensional Research survey to capture hard data on current experiences, challenges and trends with the supply chains of electronics manufacturing companies.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Warehouse Statistics and KPIs Every Logistics & Warehouse Manager Should Know

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When discussing warehouse statistics many key performance indicators are mentioned. Stock movement, order duration times, utilization of equipment and personnel, error rates and many more. So what are the most important figures needed to run a warehouse?

Top 10 Supply Chain and Logistics Trends to Watch in 2016. And Beyond

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The winds of change are always blowing, but now, more than ever, logistics and supply chain professionals see it more than most. To keep pace with change, it’s important to keep an eye on the supply chain and logistics trends that are happening right now.

Supply Chain Artificial Intelligence Offers Wisdom to Supply Chain Management

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Our previous discussion on augmented reality revealed a new trend in supply chain management , the use of computer-simulated imagery to enhance production and efficiency.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

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The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance?

[INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

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Editor’s Note: This blog post is from SupplyChainOpz. We found it as a great summation of all the things companies must consider when mastering their supply chain. Many studies state that those who can manage the functions with the supply chain, they have a competitive advantage.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Agile Supply Chain: Why Agility is Trumping Lean in the Supply Chain

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The modern supply chain grows increasingly complex with each passing day. The digitization , focusing on fundamentals and change , augmented reality , artificial intelligence , and many other factors are transforming how the supply chain functions.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is an infographic from our friends from the great white north, Canada, and fellow Greek named logistics service provider, Morai Logistics.

6 Important Tips For Effective Logistics Management

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Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for effective logistics management. Efficient management is the key to success, especially in supply chain management.

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

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Yesterday we began our two part series on 2016 supply chain trends that will drive supply chain management into the future. We listed the first 7. As with most trends we all have read over the last few years, the focus was on technology.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

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This is the first of a two-part series where I will curate and cull information from my 4 decades of experience in logistics cost reduction at various positions in the supply chain.

Supply Chain Finances: How Does Your Cash Flow Impact Your Supply Chain?

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Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Ty Kiisel who shows us how you can be affected by your supply chain finances. . Every business, including manufacturing operations, rely on cash flow to meet important needs like fueling growth and keeping the manufacturing process rolling forward.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Evolution and History of Supply Chain Management

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History of Supply Chain Management. Over the last 100 plus years of the history of supply chain management has evolved from an initial focus on improving relatively simple, but very labor-intensive processes to the present day engineering and managing of extraordinarily complex global networks.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Circular Supply Chain Vs. Linear Supply Chain: An Evolution

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Recycling and reuse of scrapped products have become hot-button topics in the modern world. A quick scan of Craigslist shows how entire businesses have been created on the sole purpose of reclaiming raw materials from existing goods.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

3 Logistics Technology Trends in 2016: Automation Leads the Way

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Innovations in technology are changing how the world does business, and technology is dramatically changing how entities in the logistics industry function in nearly every aspect.

5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

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Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. However, actual investments could easily exceed these expectations.

Make Way for the Supply Chain Internet of Things (IoT)

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Agility is needed in an ever-changing market. A supply chain that is transparent with an open configuration can accept the changes that the Internet of Things or IoT will bring. This nascent concept will provide faster communications from device to device without human input.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

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Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. This is the only way shippers can safeguard their position in the market and continue to provide products to their consumer basis. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Augmented Reality Supply Chain is Here and It’s Going to be Effective

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Augmented.what? Reality? Augmented Reality Supply Chain? As Will Ferrell says, "You're crazy man. I love you, but.you're crazy." Not so fast. The Augmented Reality Supply Chain is here.and well.it's s going to be effective. The Rise of the Augmented Reality Supply Chain.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Effective Supply Chain Management In Manufacturing Key to Revival of Industry in U.S.

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The more people you add into any project, the more complicated everything gets.

What Is the Impact of Big Data in the Transportation & Supply Chain Industries?

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Big data will be a defining force in the future of logistics, but the benefits of big data are already being felt.

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The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

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Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

[Infographic] The State of Supply Chains: The Supply Chain Has Gone Digital

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We are continuing what will become a tradition of re-evaluating the progress of supply chains throughout the year in relation to our predictions, as explained by this blog post. Let’s look at how supply chains kept up with expectations and where they fell short, if at all. Supply Chains Went Digital.

7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

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The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots do not sleep. They do not drink. They do not complain, and they do not need a paycheck. Robots are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent enterprises within the logistics industry.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

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Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? I use a method I call managing for daily improvement or MDI.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing

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The world has changed from the oil days of machine assisted assembly lines and manufacturing processes as more robots have entered the workforce.

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.