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The Value of Simulations and Models

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated the value of simulations and models. Political leaders have relied heavily on model predictions to make critical decisions about social distancing, business closures, quarantines, and the like.

Supply Chain Control Towers

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Anyone who has traveled by air is familiar with control towers. Personnel manning airport control towers ensure aircraft on the ground and/or approaching from the air operate safely. To ensure safe operations, control tower personnel need to know the location and intention of each aircraft. When the move toward supply chain digitization began, the control tower analogy seemed like a natural step in the process.

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Preparing for the Retail Holiday Season during the Pandemic

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Normally, by this time of year, retailers are well into their planning for the end-of-year holiday season. This year is an obvious exception. Jim Shea, chief commercial officer for First Insight, observes, “The novel coronavirus and the precautions governments and individuals are taking to protect themselves from infection have already had a powerful impact on the global economy.

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The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain: Serious or Just Flirting?

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Numerous supply chain experts insist supply chain processes are experiencing a revolution thanks to emerging technologies. The Internet of Things (IoT) is generally found on the list of technologies fomenting the revolution. Tom Ryan ( @retailwire ) explains, “While IoT is promising to reinvent the in-store experience with smart shelves, robots and other connected devices, the big early payoff appears to be back in the supply chain.”[1]

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

Marketing during Crisis and Recession, Part 2

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In the first part of this article , I noted there are questions about how brands should conduct marketing during times of crisis and recession. The questions are appropriate because the novel coronavirus crisis will inevitably change from a health crisis into a financial crisis.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Hastens Digital Supply Chain and Industry 4.0 Efforts

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Numerous reports confirm the coronavirus pandemic has motivated business leaders to consider new ways to leverage technology and automation to lessen their company’s exposure to human-related crises.

The Importance of Supply Chain Resilience

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You’re probably sick (no pun intended) of reading articles about the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has shocked the international economy and stressed global supply chains. Disruptions caused by the pandemic revealed just how brittle some supply chains can be. Matt Leonard ( @Matt_Lnrd ) reports, “Almost 75% of U.S. businesses have experienced supply chain disruption as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

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Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued. The post Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Supply Chains on the Other Side of Crisis

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In every crisis, there is a turning point. Reporters from Bloomberg believe 24 March 2020 marks one such turning point. They write, “When the timeline of the pandemic of 2020 is complete, March 24 will stand out as a day to remember for everyone from sports fans to anthropologists to cola drinkers. Japan postponed the Summer Olympics that day. India put 1.3 billion people under lockdown. Inhabitants of the U.K. awoke to their first day in home confinement from the coronavirus.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Wiped Out: The Great 2020 Toilet Paper Shortage

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One of the most baffling twists of the current Covid-19 emergency has been the run on toilet paper. Toilet paper hoarding has spurred dozens of hilarious memes, sparked fights in supermarket aisles, and sparked a lot of bathroom humor. One meme stated, “If you need 144 rolls of toilet paper for 14 days of quarantine, you probably should have seen a doctor long before the Covid-19 scare.” ” Another meme shows a confused man receiving the news he tested positive for the virus.

Post-pandemic Supply Chains

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“As countries shut down, stock markets crumble and economic activity slows to a crawl,” writes Yossi Sheffi ( @YossiSheffi ), the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “it is hard to believe that in a few months the coronavirus crisis may be over.”[1] ”[1] The pandemic may be over; however, consequences of the pandemic will remain.

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the Recession?

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“The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus is already having a huge impact on the global economy,” writes Peter Dizikes, “which is rippling around the world via the long supply chains of major industries.”[1] ”[1] How “huge” is the impact?

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Supply Chains Need to be Agile and Fast

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Ten years doesn’t seem like a long time; however, in today’s rapidly changing business environment, a decade can seem like a lifetime. Joe Terino, who leads Bain & Company’s supply chain work in the Americas, insists, “The consolidated supply chain of 10 years ago can no longer meet today’s business needs.”[1] ”[1] He believes supply chains need to be more flexible and responsive and, to make that happen, you need to begin with strategy.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Food Supply Chain Workers Play Heroic Role During Covid-19 Outbreak

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As a result of panic buying, the Covid-19 outbreak stripped store shelves of essential items. Despite repeated assurances from politicians and supply chain professionals that sufficient goods were in the supply chain, store shelves emptied as fast as they could be restocked.

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In Pursuit of the Cognitive Supply Chain

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In many digital transformation-focused discussions, the “enterprise” and the “supply chain” are separate conversations. Separating the discussions is a mistake.

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This Too Shall Pass: Retailers Aren’t So Sure

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Since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, “this too shall pass” has been an oft heard phrase. According to Wikipedia , the phrase traces its roots Persia (modern day Iran). “It reflects on the temporary nature, or ephemerality, of the human condition. The general sentiment is often expressed in wisdom literature throughout history and across cultures, although the specific phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets.”

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Pandemic Highlights Need for Agile Supply Chains

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Food sector and supply chain professionals have been rightfully praised for their efforts to ensure essential goods are available to a locked-down population. Frank Morris ( @FrankNewsman ) explains, “Fast-moving viruses come with a cruel twist. They tend to hammer hardest at people on the front lines of defense, making the rest of us that much more vulnerable.

Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Rob Handfield, PhD, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University

Join this informative webinar with Rob Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University, who will go over how the Coronavirus has impacted supply chains, as well as discussing approaches for preparing your supply chain for future outbreaks of major global disruptions. The world is becoming a riskier place, and it is important to plan for disasters ahead of time.

Is the Food Supply Chain Breaking?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created disruptions and chaos in every economic sector. It has also underscored the importance — and brittleness — of global and national supply chains. Recently, John Tyson, Chairman of the Board at Tyson Foods, published a full-page ad in several newspapers asserting the food supply chain is breaking. He wrote, “Tyson Foods is facing a new set of challenges.

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As Baby Boomers Retire, Don’t Let Tribal Knowledge Retire with Them

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The youngest members of the generation known as Baby Boomers are approaching retirement age. If companies allow Baby Boomers’ years of expertise to walk out the door without capturing it, they are losing a valuable asset.

Bill Gates’ Sensible Approach to Pandemics

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Bill Gates ( @BillGates ), founder of Microsoft and philanthropist, is no stranger to controversy. He is outspoken about things he cares about, including global health. A New York Times’ story notes, “In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates warned that the greatest risk to humanity was not nuclear war but an infectious virus that could threaten the lives of millions of people.

Looking Ahead: Easing Out of Crisis and Recession, Part 2

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Politicians, economists, and business leaders are scrambling for strategies to guide the U.S. and global economies out of the pandemic and the recession it has fostered. Sam Baker ( @sam_baker ), health care editor at Axios, notes, “Even as the number of illnesses and deaths in the U.S. start to fall, and we start to think about leaving the house again, the way forward will likely be slow and uneven. This may feel like it all happened suddenly, but it won’t end that way.”[1]

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Is Globalization Dead?

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One of the things driven home by the Covid-19 outbreak is the global nature of supply chains, particularly supply chains linking China and the United States. Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management, explains, “You have to realize that there’s almost no industry sector — and when I say that, I mean manufacturing and nonmanufacturing — that isn’t reliant on China in the United States.”[1]

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Industry 4.0 in the Aftermath of Coronavirus

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The novel coronavirus outbreak demonstrates how interconnected the world has become and how fragile global supply chains can be. A report published by PwC states, “As the crisis evolves, complexities and vulnerabilities in global supply chains, which extend beyond China’s central role in manufacturing and goods trade, are coming to the fore.

Marketing during Crisis and Recession, Part 1

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With millions of people furloughed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, brands understand consumer purchasing power has diminished dramatically. This drop in purchasing power begs the question: Why market? It’s a tougher question to answer than you might think. The current situation has doubled-over companies with a one-two punch of crisis plus recession. Some pundits insist marketing during a crisis and marketing during a recession represent two distinct cases.

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The Importance of Transparency in Supply Chains

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In the information age, it’s difficult to hide things you would prefer to remain undiscovered. This is as true for businesses as it is for individuals. Consumers, activists, and investors increasingly want to know the products they buy are sourced sustainably and ethically. They are demanding more supply chain transparency.

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New Planning Maturity Assessment

In today's new supply chain paradigm, resilience and agility are key. Is your planning process fit enough to keep up with the pace of change? Is your tech stack helping or hindering your progress? Take AIMMS's new quiz to uncover learnings and benchmark yourself against peers!

Potential Food Sector Ramifications of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Part 2

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“Traditional shopping habits are being fractured nationwide as U.S. consumers grapple with uncertainty about the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” writes Russell Redman. “In grocery, many consumers are shopping differently.”[1] ”[1] This three-part article examines just how differently consumer behavior is changing the food sector.

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Potential Food Sector Ramifications of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Part 1

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We are all keenly aware of how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives., including the ways we shop and dine. Jim Dippold, Senior Vice President for Category Management Strategy at Enterra Solutions ®, put together a list of potential impacts the pandemic could have on the food sector in fourteen different areas. His insights, drawn from numerous sources, deserve a broader audience.

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Going in Circles? It’s Good for the Environment.

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With much of the world’s economy on hold as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a lot of attention is being paid to economic matters. One of the few advantages of the economic slowdown has been a noticeable decrease in air pollution. Since the novel coronavirus affects pulmonary systems, cleaner air helps. Many companies were contemplating how to become more sustainable before the outbreak and, hopefully, they will continue to pursue sustainability when things get normalized.

Will the Covid-19 Pandemic Permanently Change Consumer Grocery Shopping Behavior?

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The novel coronavirus (aka Covid-19) outbreak has disrupted lives and businesses in countless ways. One result of the outbreak has been an upsurge in online grocery shopping. E-commerce analytics company Contentsquare reports, “Since the crisis began, traffic to online grocery sites has increased by +116%.”[1]

Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.