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Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains

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Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers. On top of all that, billions if not trillions of dollars worth of potential working capital are tied up in illiquid assets such as 90-day invoice payouts or even the real estate value of, say, a warehouse or factory building.

Supply Chain Technology Integration: Making the New Technology & Legacy Systems’ Marriage Last

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The decision to bring new technology into your existing warehouse operation should not be taken lightly. Modern technology enables a whole new level of collaboration , efficiency and better operations.

Terrorism and Supply Chain: A Growing Threat of Supply Chain Terrorism

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Terrorism is a reality that, unfortunately, requires our growing attention in the supply chain world. The British Standards Institution Supply Chain Services and Solutions publishes an annual report that analyzes global trouble spots for supply chain operations.

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.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

How Walmart Just Bested Amazon in the E-Commerce Channel Utilizing an Omnichannel Return Strategy

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Amazon has reigned supreme in e-commerce for years, but Walmart is well on its way to making the e-commerce giant a little nervous. Amazon acquired Whole Foods and dropped the price of Prime Pantry through Prime Perks.

These are the 2018 Manufacturing Trends That will Drive 2.1% Growth In American Manufacturing

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Manufacturing is on the cusp of an explosion in growth and innovation in 2018. Regulatory reform has been top-of-mind for supply chain executives and political leaders in the US since the 2016 election.

How to Prepare the Next Generation of Manufacturers

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The manufacturing industry has always been a hotbed for innovation and advancement — but it relies heavily on the workers who have the skills and training to fill those jobs.

These Top Manufacturing Technology Trends will Fuel a Focus on Customer Experience in 2018

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Going back to the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), the use of Internet-connected technology increases risk in manufacturing. However, the risk is well worth it. The total number of consumer and business connected devices is expected to grow by 11.9

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

The Future of Supply Chain: It’s Time to Start Managing Supply Chains for the Future, Not the Past

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The future of supply chain management is filled with technologically empowered, happy, satisfied workers, faster workflows, synchronous systems, robotics, millennials, and even more millennials. Can you imagine it? Are you ready? Supply chain managers face many challenges in the digital age. E-commerce is growing at an annual compound rate of 18%, and tomorrow’s workforce has unique and experience-centric expectations.

6 More Logistics Technology Trends Enabling Success in 2018

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In today’s blog post we continue our look at the logistics technology trends that will shape 2018. In our first post on this subject, we addressed the 5 automated logistics technologies that will serve as the foundation of the transformation to the digital logistics & supply chain landscape.

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Is Seamless OmniChannel Possible? How to Avoid Supply Chain Technology Hiccups

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Omni-channel sales strategies have become essential to companies trying to keep up with Amazon and major retailers. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding in omnichannel supply chains has also led many companies to experience extreme issues in delivering on their promises. In addition, some may feel that growing into a seamless omnichannel sales strategy is impossible without supply chain technology hiccups, but that is not true.

Three Key Trends In Logistics E-Commerce

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With the increase in the popularity of e-shops and delivery companies, the logistics e-commerce business keeps growing. It faces more and more challenges, as the customers need companies to be quick and increase their logistics performance more than ever before. What does it mean for your business?

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Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect

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11 Best Practices to Ship Parcel Like a Pro

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Shippers face an uphill battle against Amazon and the big box retailers. These giants have deep pockets, capable of offering low-cost, if not free, parcel shipping. However, that does not mean all shippers must face the challenges to ship parcel at their expense.

What Is Last Mile Logistics & Why Are More Shippers Looking at This Transportation Function?

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Last mile logistics is among the most misunderstood parts of transportation networks. On the surface, last mile may not seem very important, but it can make up 28 percent of a shipments total cost. In addition, growth in e-commerce is radicalizing how shippers view last mile logistics.

Retail Inventory Management Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Warehouse

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The wrong retail inventory management strategy increases carrying costs and makes it impossible to stay competitive. Common obstacles encountered when it comes to effective inventory management include having poor visibility into fast-moving versus slow-moving product, extensive travel times between bin locations, and lost revenue due to poor labor productivity.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

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Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Kevin Doubleday who discusses the importance of blockchain within the supply chain. Current Supply Chains don’t operate at the cadence of business. Integrating Blockchain within the Supply Chain could change that. When we are asked about “killer” use cases for blockchain within enterprise systems, Supply Chain is the usual suspect — and for good reason.

A Crash Course on Navigating Trends in Trucking and Freight for 2018

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The e-commerce market is expanding. E-commerce passed $2 trillion in 2017, reports John D. Schultz of Logistics Management with sales expected to surpass $3.2 trillion by 2020. Although this sounds great for most industries, it represents a major problem for the freight trucking industry.

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The 5 Steps Towards Digital Supply Chain Management

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The digital supply chain is basically a term that defines a supply chain whose foundation is built on Web-enabled capabilities. At the moment, many systems are hybrid, meaning that supply chains normally use a mix of paper-based and IT-enabled processes.

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.

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.

6 Applications and Implications of Blockchain Technology in Transportation Management

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Let’s talk about Blockchain technology in transportation management. Blockchain tends to be synonymous with cryptocurrencies , but they aren’t equivalent. Rather, it powers cryptocurrencies through digital ledgers. These ledgers track assets, such as money, foodstuffs, and other products, recording them chronologically and distributing them democratically. Put more simply, blockchain technology amplifies traditional spreadsheets, transforming them into always-active digital ledgers.

What Transportation Modes Are Most Affected by Capacity Crunches?

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Current and future capacity crunches are often analyzed for impact in the U.S., but they exist around the globe. The same holds true for their impacts on varying transportation modes.

What Is Free or Freight on Board (FOB), and Why Should Shippers Understand This Term?

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Today supply chains stretch around the globe, and few supply chain can exist within a single country without selling or purchasing products or raw materials from other countries.

What Are the Trends in Last Mile Logistics?

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Shippers face many challenges in successfully delivering products to end-users, and last mile logistics will be a core focus of change in the coming months. Consumer demands and expectations are rising, and up to 25 percent of consumers are willing to pay extra for same-day delivery.

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Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Supply Chain Contractors Need to Improve Cybersecurity Risk

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We all know how important cybersecurity is now that technology powers commerce in such a significant way. But if you perform work as part of a supply chain, you know that the stakes are especially high. Given that you’re part of a network of providers, vendors, transporters and managers, the impact of just one weak link in the supply chain cybersecurity “chain of custody” can be significant.

The Ultimate Guide to Plastic Pallets

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It can often be tricky selecting the correct plastic pallets for your business. There are so many different factors to take into account which is why Plastic Pallets in the UK have produced this great in-depth guide to plastic pallets. It contains everything you could possibly want or need to know about plastic pallets. The ULTIMATE Guide to Plastic Pallets. The first factor to take into account is which type of pallet you’ll want to use.

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.

What Is Intelligent Supply Chain Management?

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Intelligent supply chain management can reduce costs, improve profitability, and enable competitive advantage for your organization. From the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA) to the use of the internet of Things, explains i-Scoop , intelligent supply chain management is changing the game for traditional warehouses, retailers, consumers, and employees alike.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Capacity Crunch Strategies: How Does a 3PL Aid a Shipper in a Shipping Capacity Crunch?

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A shipping capacity crunch is a necessary evil. It serves as a reminder to never get accustomed to customers’ shopping habits, and it can help reinvent stagnant processes.