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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.

What 5G Means for the Transportation and Logistics Industry

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The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is expected to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks in the U.S.

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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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.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

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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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.

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.

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 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!

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 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.

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.

Editor’s Choice: Advantages of a Digital Supply Chain in a Perpetually Connected World

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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 driving by a busy seaport, I’m always awed at the hulking towers of shipping containers stacked eight to ten high in the yards surrounding the terminals. Every ocean container full of goods has a starting point well before products become freight. In fact, a product’s journey begins before […].

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.

This Week in Logistics News (August 10 – 16)

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Sustainability is an initiative that thankfully more companies are taking on. One area of concern for a lot of people is around single-use coffee pods. These pods are one of the best (or worst) examples of unnecessary single-use plastics that are polluting our planet. Coffee pods can wind up in rivers where they wash into lakes and oceans. Over time, the plastic breaks down into smaller pieces that choke and kill wildlife. Well, one company […].

Editor’s Choice: Maintaining Healthy Profit Margins Through Technology and Creative Processes

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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. This blog comes from MercuryGate. We recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the 81st Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Conference.

Prepare Your Supply Chain to Overcome Capacity Challenges

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Increased demand and customer expectations continue to put pressure on shippers to deliver on-time-and-in-full without comprising their bottom line. This was especially difficult in 2018 as capacity constraints caused freight rates to skyrocket. While conditions have certainly improved over the last year, no one knows when the market will shift again.

The Year of the Supply Chain Control Tower

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LLamasoft has developed a new supply chain control tower. What makes is so interesting is it's engine. It is built on top of a supply chain reference model that contains supply chain policies.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Weathering the Trade Policy Storm: Trade Content is Key

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Supply chains are running at full steam as the economy is booming in parts of the world, while in other parts of the world, economies are taking a hit from obstacles that hinder open commerce and trade.

Editor’s Choice: Seven Key Insights for Shippers on the “New Rules” of Retail

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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. It’s no secret that e-commerce has changed the landscape of B2C retail – but the ripple effect this evolution has wrought on supply chains, including those of B2B shippers, may be less apparent. On June 18, GlobalTranz and the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network hosted a panel discussion titled, […].

This Week in Logistics News (August 3 – 9)

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It’s nice to be back bringing you the logistics news round-up again. My colleagues took over for me the last two Fridays as I was on vacation exploring Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was such an amazing trip on so many levels. First there was the family aspect. I saw family I hadn’t seen in years, watched my kids meet and play with new cousins, visited the house where my father, grandfather, and most likely […].

People and Processes Drive Supply Chain Improvements at Honeywell

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Honeywell leveraged managed transportation services, or a people-plus-technology model, to drive substantial supply chain improvements. The improvement processes included in-depth evaluations and the establishment of freight processes and controls to drive down logistics costs while also improving service to customers. The results and areas of improvement include the following: The post People and Processes Drive Supply Chain Improvements at Honeywell appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

The Right Technology for Inventory Management

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Managing inventory in 2019 has become an even more complex challenge according to our industry peers and PINC customers. In my previous article titled “The High Cost of The One Percent Inventory Accuracy in Your Supply Chain“, I explored significant challenges, costs associated to inventory management, and what one percent of inventory accuracy represents to your operation.

A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy

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When we think of strategists, we tend to think of men (C-level folks are still mostly men) with giant foreheads seeing things the rest of us cannot. But strategy is often more prosaic. For example, when it comes to supply chain strategy, there is a playbook that can be followed. The post A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Learning & Leadership strategy supply chain

This Week in Logistics News (July 13 – 19)

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Sometimes things go as planned and sometimes they don’t. However, even when they don’t go as planned, this create a huge business opportunity. In an effort to promote sustainability, many towns and cities, mine included, have begun to crack down on plastic bags in stores. And when I say crack down, I mean they banned them. Other stores, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s offer incentives to customers that bring reusable bags. Then there […].

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This Week in Logistics News (July 6 – 12)

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They’ve done it again! The US Women’s National Soccer Team has won a fourth World Cup championship in Lyon, France last Sunday. This victory also marked back-to-back World Cup championships, which is the first time a women’s team has accomplished the feat, joining only men’s winners Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962). To say this team faced a lot of adversity is an understatement. The team, and namely Captain Megan Rapinoe, faced a lot […].

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

This Week in Logistics News (June 22 – 28)

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The spotted lanternfly is becoming a problem and states are beginning to lean on truckers to help them in their fight to control the pest. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive, plant-hopping pest that hitches rides on trucks and other vehicles. It is currently spreading along busy transportation corridors in the mid-Atlantic region, threatening billions of dollars-worth of commodities including grapes, hops, and hardwood. This is certainly not the first pest that has impeded crops, […].

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Transportation Trends: The Pros and Cons of Running a Private Fleet

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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. Below is Rafael Granato’s take on transportation trends. Here are the pros and cons of investing in a fleet of vehicles and hiring operators to drive them, versus relying on third parties to manage your freight, logistics, and transportation. The trucking capacity crunch, the driver shortage, and the ever-increasing […].

This Week in Logistics News (June 8 – 14)

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So close, yet so far away. I actually can’t believe that I am not writing an intro to the news round-up about Boston sports and our monopoly on titles. Unfortunately, after a valiant run, and a decisive game 6 victory to force a game 7, the Bruins were unable to bring the Stanley Cup home. Of course, I just assumed Boston would win, as it is what our sports teams do these days. For the […]. The post This Week in Logistics News (June 8 – 14) appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

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Mike Reibsamen – the Director of Integrated Supply Chain – at Berry Global, spoke about Berry Global’s supply chain transformation at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in early October. Mr. Reibsamen’s primary point was that companies will get much better payback from their supply chain projects if they don’t do them in an ad hoc manner. A company should have a comprehensive end-to-end vision of what they want to accomplish, […].

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.