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How to Break Down Technology Silos to Achieve Greater Efficiency and ROI

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A business can find itself unintentionally using dozens of different software products, given how easy it is for individual, siloed departmental teams to implement new technology.

Supply Chain Management in the New Normal: Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

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2020 has been a grim, chaotic, uncertain year in so many ways. As supply chain managers, one of our fundamental responsibilities is responding to change, and oh, how you did.

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Thriving in 2021: Achieving Supply Chain Orchestration Success in the New Normal

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It’s 2021, and we are deep into the New Normal. What does that mean for supply chain management? Dramatic shifts in consumer wants and needs, meaning dramatic swings for procurement, shipping and logistics, are some of the significant challenges in play. But with the right approach, the right tools, and a focus on efficiency, supply chain operators can be prepared to continue navigating and thriving in the shifting landscape. A Single Platform.

How to Stay Ahead of Holiday Shoppers in 2020

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The holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier each year, but this year, the creep is even more noticeable. When Amazon shifted Prime Day from July to mid-October, other retailers followed the example and also offered strong promotions in October.

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What Happens When Machine Learning Meets Ocean Shipping?

Read how Unilever developed a first-of-its-kind digital Control Tower with ClearMetal that provides extremely accurate real-time visibility across their sea freight operations.

DTC (Direct to Consumer): New Normal, New Opportunities

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Covid-19 is impacting retail sales in a number of significant ways. The upside is that online sales are up. With many physical retail stores closing or dramatically changing their business operations, customers have turned more and more to online shopping.

5 Ways to Improve Supply Chain Strategy

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Supply chain management has never been more important to the success of companies. When today’s consumers shop for products, they expect constant availability and quick delivery. And on top of that, they care that the businesses they support operate safely and sustainably.

How Your Warehouse Can Navigate Costly Global Supply Chain Disruptions

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With over 17,000 infections and more than 300 deaths, recent news about the outbreak of the coronavirus in China has grabbed attention from a global audience, including supply chain and logistics managers.

Top 5 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2020

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With more consumers than ever doing their everyday shopping online instead of at brick-and-mortar retail stores, a phenomenon known as the ‘Amazon Effect’ has emerged.

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How Blockchain Could Mitigate Your Food Recall Losses

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This hasn’t been the best year for lettuce. Coli outbreaks have led to multiple recalls in the past few months, causing serious illness in more than 150 people nationwide since July.

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The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

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Technology research firm Gartner, Inc. recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins.

Why Today is the Day to Prepare Your Supply Chain for Recession

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Highs and lows are an unfortunate part of both life and business and a new study shows 3 out of 4 economists predicting a U.S. recession by 2021. The good news for companies is that recessions are also generally short, with 9 of the U.S.’s ’s last 13 recessions lasting a year or less. But the implications of a recession can be long-lasting. As there is no crystal ball as to what will happen with the impending election nor U.S.

5 Steps to Supply Chain Orchestration Success

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The successful music orchestra is a myriad of ensemble instruments working together to create beautiful music. Supply chain orchestration functions much the same way, with business systems from all trading partners and all transactions connected and working efficiently to create a seamless business. Aggregate data is completely visible so executives know exactly how much inventory they have. Receivers know when items have shipped and what size shipment to expect and when.

Advanced Shipment Notification Best Practices

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Thanks to modern automation, the semi-new concept of an advanced shipment notification (ASN) is improving accuracy and lowering costs for logistics operations. How it Works. During the supply chain process, a digital electronic data interface (EDI) is transmitted, letting the customer or receiver know in one detailed transaction what is contained in a shipment.

Demystifying Control Towers: What Drives Effectiveness?

Speaker: Mauro Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Alkimius Group & Andrew MacMillen, Principal Analyst at Nucleus Research

There are several competing definitions of supply chain control towers. Here to demystify their meaning and what it takes to have a successful implementation is Principal Nucleus Research Analyst, Andrew MacMillen in conversation with Alkimius founder & CEO, Mauro Gonzalez.

How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software

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How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software. We recently sat down with Joe Harris, Product Manager at OneSCM, regarding the ways to make the most of your OneSCM supply chain software. Q: Are there any new features that customers should know about?

Cold Chain Technology Ensures Temperature-Controlled Environment

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Supply chain executives need to ensure that environmental and geological conditions are met. Technology can eliminate data silos and lack of communication for cold chain and blockchain metrics, increasing transparency and improving customer satisfaction. Quality is guaranteed from date of manufacture to consumer delivery. Track and Trace technology ensures that tampering has not taken place, nor counterfeit material is delivered.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Supply Chain for an Efficient Holiday Rush

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Ready or not, the holidays are coming. Whether it be Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving pumpkins, or holiday lights, customers increase their buying during the holidays and therefore it’s a hectic time for suppliers trying to meet their demand. Despite worries over trade tariffs, consumers are in good financial shape, as the National Retail Federation forecasts holiday retail sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.2 % this year and Deloitte predicts $1.1 trillion in holiday sales.

How to Protect Your Supply Chain from Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

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With each passing day, cybercriminals grow smarter and savvier. While your organization might practice prudent cybersecurity protocols, the fact is, your suppliers may not be as diligent. According to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute , 56 percent of organizations have had a breach caused by one of their vendors. Just this month, food delivery service, Doordash reported a breach caused by a supplier that affected 4.9 million customers.

Webinar On-Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

Contrary to Reality, Supply Chain Collaboration Shouldn’t Be Complicated

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Why You Need a True Supply Chain Orchestration Engine Powering Your ERP. Every supply chain can benefit from an orchestration platform that provides the following capabilities: Multiple integration options to directly connect your business systems with your external suppliers; A workflow and messaging engine that can map to your existing business processes; and.

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Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

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If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections. When you think about supplier relationship management, do you think about how many phone calls, emails or other “communications” it takes to coordinate every last transaction to a tee? Or, do you consider the deeper scope of supplier management: the behind-the-scenes coordination it takes to onboard and collaborate with a single supplier?

The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

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Some say intuition has no place in business. Yet, you need to be able to sense market trends if you want to proactively move from a reactive operating model into a more opportunistic stance. This is why Demand Planning – or business forecasting – is essential to the survival of supply chain organizations. However, it is impossible to see the future if you only have filtered access to your past. Hindsight is 20/20 – and the only way to gain clear foresight into “what’s next.”

Reality Check: Why It’s Impossible to Manage an Entire Supply Chain Using the ERP Alone

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Why Every Supply Chain Function from Procurement to Accounts Payable Will Perform Better if You Have an ERP Orchestration Engine (i.e. true Supply Chain Orchestration Platform). ERPs claim to provide process orchestration. The problem is, if you are using more than one ERP to manage your many business processes, then you end up with inefficient processes due to the data silos created by each system. And, while necessary to managing operations, ERPs only complicate supplier management.

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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

A Supply Chain Evangelist can help your mid-size company get on board with strategic supply chain improvements

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I recently participated in a Supply & Demand Chain Executive panel webinar on the procurement challenges of small and mid-size companies. As you can imagine, the challenges are many, ranging from poor visibility, productivity, and predictability, to low inventory turns, difficulty gathering data to measure supplier performance, and problems reconciling/matching/paying supplier invoices on time.

How Mid-Market companies can get the most from Supply Chain BI without a hefty price tag (pt 2)

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My goal with this series is to help with the careful planning and discipline necessary to ensure that BI efforts do not end up as another failed technology tool that never delivers on its promise. In part one , I provided two key steps to help mid-market companies evaluate their existing measurement tools and data sources. In part two below, I’ll cover the next two steps to select the right tool for the right price and the right features. Step 3: Know why and how you use/will use the data.

Three Steps to Creating a Value-Oriented Supply Chain

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The relationship between buyers and sellers in today’s marketplace often remains transactional, focused on the simple movement and exchange of services and goods. Battling a lack of time and resources, mid-market companies run the risk of remaining wedged in this transactional process, which prohibits them from seeing the full potential in creating holistic relationships with their suppliers and adding substantial value to the organization as a whole.

Want to Improve Supply Chain Performance and Profitability?

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Acknowledge and Address the (Real) Root Cause of Your Supply Chain Data Silos. In a well-optimized supply chain ecosystem, information flows in all directions, as well as to and from suppliers. Limitless access to this information, necessary to make critical business decisions, is not feasible if even a single data silo exists. However, supply chains inherently rely on many different links in the chain and, therefore, different business systems are in use (ERPs, WMS, TMS, etc.).

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

4 Reasons to Integrate Order-to-Cash & Procure-to-Pay

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Mid-market companies can no longer afford to manage their supply chains in individual silos that often produce inaccuracies in overall performance and constrain supplier relationships. To combat inefficient operational models, mid-market companies need an end-to-end view of the supply chain by integrating revenue and expense operations. The ease of implementing and onboarding supply chain management solutions gives wider visibility in manufacturing, as well as orders and inventory.

Supply Chain Orchestration: 5 Ways Your Business Benefits

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Every supply chain is data driven these days. However, not all data driven supply chains are enjoying the same level of visibility, applying the same level of analytics or accomplishing the same level of efficiency gains or profitability. That is because, as my colleague Brad Huff pointed out recently , most supply chains have yet to integrate a supply chain orchestration solution into their naturally very messy IT architecture.

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Supply Chain Orchestration: 5 Ways Your Business Benefits

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Every supply chain is data-driven these days. However, not all data-driven supply chains are enjoying the same level of data visibility, applying the same level of analytics or accomplishing the same level of efficiency gains or profitability. That is because, as my colleague Brad Huff pointed out recently , most supply chains have yet to integrate a supply chain orchestration solution into their naturally very messy IT architecture.

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Want to Improve Supply Chain Performance and Profitability?

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Acknowledge and Address the (Real) Root Cause of Your Supply Chain Data Silos. In a well-optimized supply chain ecosystem, information flows in all directions, as well as to and from suppliers. Limitless access to this information, necessary to make critical business decisions, is not feasible if even a single data silo exists. However, supply chains inherently rely on many different links in the chain and, therefore, different business systems are in use (ERPs, WMS, TMS, etc.).

New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. Check out our updated Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings!