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2020 Supply Chain Technology Trends

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There are some young supply chain technologies that are getting a lot of buzz. But how mature are these technologies? Do they have a proven ROI? Are they worth piloting? Or can we safely ignore them for a few more years?

How Does a Digital Transformation Apply to Supply Chain Planning?

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What is Digital Transformation? A digital transformation requires that companies transform their decision-making processes with technology to enhance customer experience and employee productivity and ultimately improve business performance.

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Machine Learning in the Supply Chain

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One area of interest in today’s end-to-end supply chain is machine learning. And this is certainly a topic that we have written about quite often.

What Global Risks are Increasing In 2020?

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Every year, prior to the big event in Davos Switzerland where movers and shakers from around the world get together. Having leading business executives prance around and pose is unseemly. But one good thing that comes out of this event is a Global Risks Report produced by the World Economic Forum.

How is Demand Forecasting changing? How do you compare to your peers?

AIMMS conducted research to assess how supply chain teams perceive the accuracy of their forecast and discover the tools and techniques they are using to upgrade the forecasting process. In this report, you will find helpful benchmarks and insights offered by your peers on the latest demand forecasting techniques, forecast granularity and periodicity, and expectations for the future.

What is a Supply Chain Control Tower?

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The term supply chain control tower is being used more frequently. Some think it is being overused. What is a supply chain control tower? From my perspective it must be a holistic supply chain solution. What does that mean? For me, it means the following ten things.

A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

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Isn't any model not based on paper and pencil a digital twin? What value does it add to call a supply planning model a digital twin? I thought it was hype. Supply chain planning executives disagree. The post A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Shelf Level Visibility is Critical to Retail Supply Chain Excellence

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Retailers face some tough dilemnas. Growing SKU counts drive worse on-shelf availability. Growing reliance on direct store delivery holds fulfillment costs down, but DSD suppliers goals are not fully aligned with retailers.

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20 Things to Know about Supply Chain Digital Transformations

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There are twenty things companies need to know if they are contemplating a digital supply chain transformation. One thing that is very important, is that they learn about a new set of solutions called Supply Chain Collaboration Networks.

5 Reasons Why 5G Adds Value to Your Supply Chain

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5G connectivity will shape tomorrow’s fulfillment operations - nullifying latency, extending the cloud's reach, enabling real-time inventory status updates, supporting real-time analytics and more. It will provide at least ten times faster data transfer compared to 4G cellular networks.

5 Perceptions on Demand Forecasting and How it's Changing

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? This webinar shares research findings from a recent survey among supply chain planning professionals to help you answer these questions.

Specialization is Supply Chain’s Best Friend

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Trade and specialization at the individual, corporate, and regional level are catalysts behind the growth and increasingly important role of supply chain in today’s global economies.

Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

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Satellite imagery data represents another data set that may have the potential to improve company’s supply chains. There are potential uses surrounding procurement, sustainability, and strategic planning.

How to Mitigate the Impact of Product Recalls in Your Supply Chain

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Product recalls are a regular occurrence, making the headlines on a monthly, even weekly basis. They affect not only the consumers of potentially harmful products, but also manufacturers, retailers, transportation providers, and others throughout the supply chain.

How will the Looming Recession Impact Global Supply Chains?

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On Thursday, yield curves inverted and the stock market tanked. An inverted yield curve signals a recession in 14 to 20 months. Companies need to prepare by developing more agile supply chains. Integrated business planning and supplier risk management are critical tools.

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Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

Supply Chain Collaboration Networks Outlook

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I recently wrapped up my Supply Chain Collaborative Networks (SCCN)market study which looks at the total size of the market, the forecasted growth through 2023, and the leading suppliers across a number of categories including industry, region, and customer size.

Digital Supply Chains Seek to Fill Information Black Holes

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Digital supply chains seek to fill information black holes. For many companies' supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing and how well they are doing it, where there are the most black holes.

Thanksgiving Causes Logistics Headaches

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Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, which as I pointed out last year, is a time for FFFTT – family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Thanksgiving is also a time for logistics headaches. The holiday is centered around the big family meal, and the food supply chain tied to that meal is complex. But there are a number of other areas that can result in logistics headaches as well. Let’s examine some of them. Feast Logistics Headaches […].

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Editor’s Choice: Building a Smarter Supply Chain for E-Commerce

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Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This week’s post is from Manhattan Associates. The explosion of e-commerce has impacted every part of the supply chain, from distribution centers to inventory and transportation. Manhattan’s podcast, Transportation Disruption, discussed these challenges with industry thought leaders and experts – you can listen to it here.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

The Food Supply Chain is at Risk

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The global food supply chain is complex, vast, and vital to human existence. For that reason, when there are disruptions to the food supply chain, it makes major headlines.

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How EDI Became Cool Again

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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is cool again. Not all EDI, just EDI based on value added networks (VANs). The reason? More and more companies are engaging in digital transformations.

Demand Planning Breaks Down During Recessions

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Bonds had a yield curve inversion on August 14th. This often often signals a recession within about 14 months. Demand planning is difficult in these circumstances. This article discusses how supply chain teams can do better in these circumstances.

Digital Innovation in the Modern Warehouse

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Digital Innovation in the Modern Warehouse was the topic at this session of the 3PL and Supply Chain Summit.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Achieve a Responsive Supply Chain Without Creating Supply Chain Chaos

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Companies want to be responsive. But they also want to create business plans that give them some level of certainity that financial goals can be achieved. How do you do both? Supply chain planning with the ability to do concurrent planning is one answer.

The Marijuana Supply Chain: Is Home Delivery Next?

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It used to be that if you wanted marijuana, you got the flower bud and smoked it in either a joint or pipe of some sort. Today, however, the options are expanding.

Seven Steps to Supply Chain Autonomy

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The new competitive imperative is true supply chain autonomy – one that senses disruptions in real time and takes corrective actions with no human intervention. This concept might seem visionary, but it’s increasingly within reach. The important thing to remember is that full autonomy is a journey — and you’re probably already taking one of these seven steps that place your company on the path. The old supply chain mantra used to be “cheaper, faster, […].

SAP and Oracle vs. The Best of Breeds: Lessons from the Supply Chain Planning Market

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Oracle and SAP are the two largest suppliers of enterprise applications are also leaders in the supply chain planning (SCP) market, but the leadership is being contested. Their arguements for why customers should choose their planning solution go beyond their applications functionality.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Solving the Supply Planning Crisis

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Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. If your home was on fire, would you want firefighters to attempt to douse the flames with an old manual bucket line? Of course not.

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Help Save Mother Earth: Amazon’s New Supply Chain Sustainability Shipping Option

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Amazon has a new supply chain sustainability shipping option. With Your Delivery Day, customers can designate a day of a week when deliveries to the home can be made. This creates consolidation and optimization opportunities which is good for Mother Earth.

The Path to Sustainability Begins with Visibility

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The largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States currently comes from transportation, surpassing electricity emissions in 2017 for the first time since 1978. Precisely because of these daunting figures, the vast majority of the world’s largest companies are adopting initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains, and adopting environmentally friendly policies across their business.

A New Approach to Supply Chain Planning Software: Try Before You Buy!

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While the SaaS era is better for customers, nothing beats a try before you buy program. Indeed, when it comes to enterprise software this is so rare it counts as radical business innovation. But that is exactly the deal Mayne Pharma got from Vanguard Software for their demand planning application.

The Beyond Belief Impacts of VUCA on Supply Chains and Commerce

Speaker: Jim Tompkins, Chairman and CEO at Tompkins International

We are fortunate to have Dr. James A. Tompkins, one of the world’s leading supply chain thought leaders, to address the impacts of VUCA on today’s supply chains and commerce. Jim recently stated that “the impacts of digital commerce on supply chains and commerce are far greater than the ending of the Cold War in 1991. The lifting of the Iron Curtain was minuscule when compared to the impacts of VUCA on how business works and how people live.”

How Math is Becoming Cool in Supply Chain – Again!

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Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. When I started my career in the late ’90s, supply chain was a cool place for math geeks!