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A Focus on Hospital Supply Chain Management Challenges and Opportunities

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The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights an interview with the CEO of Management Health Systems , now rebranded as Syft , and the particular supply chain managements of hospital supply and patient demand networks. .

Head Scratching Report on December 2018 U.S. Retail Sales

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A new report on U.S. retail sales activity in the all-important month of December has a lot of heads scratching, including that of Supply Chain Matters. If the data is taken at face value, it would represent a significant decline in 2018 holiday fulfillment volume levels. This week, a U.S.

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Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

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Two announced acquisitions this week involving global ocean container shipping lines add further evidence of moving forward with strategies to integrate added transportation and logistics services beyond just port to port. Many others will likely follow.

More Supply Network Challenges for Commercial Aerospace- Enter Arconic

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Supply Chain Matters once again focuses on commercial aerospace industry supply networks ever-growing and more challenging scale-up needs.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Supply Chain Matters Q4-2018 Newsletter Has Published

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Supply Chain Matters and The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group alerts subscribed and general readers, along with research clients that our Q4-2018 Quarterly Newsletter published on Thursday of this week.

The Importance of Securing B2B Networks with Augmented Identity and Information Security Management

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The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the critical importance of cyber-attack and information securing defenses, and for developing outside-in strategies for augmented identity and information security management.

Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

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The National Retail Federation is forecasting that U.S. retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 percent and 4.4 percent despite some economic cautions.

Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Becoming Far More Evident

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More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices.

The Celebration of the Year of the Pig and Implications for Industry Supply Chain Management Strategies

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At the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year , the Supply Chain Matters blog reflects on faster-moving changes in global supply and customer demand networks and on the implications for a year of constant challenge.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Report Indicates Foxconn Was Reconsidering Plans for Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility

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An exclusive published report from Reuters indicates that Apple’s prime contract manufacturer Foxconn was reconsidering plans for its proposed Wisconsin manufacturing facility.

Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Far More Visible

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More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices.

Amazon and Alibaba Report Financial Performance for Respective Holiday Quarters

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Two of the globe’s dominant online retail and services platform providers, Alibaba and Amazon , recently reported financial performance results that included the all-important 2018 holiday fulfillment surge period.

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Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech: February 1, 2019 Edition

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The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news which we believe would be of interest to our readers.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

The Convergence of Supply Chain Execution and Planning Processes and Oracle’s Broader Recognition in Supporting Overall Transformation

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In this Supply Chain Matters blog, we call reader attention to the broad area of supply chain management execution business process support, and the ongoing needs for convergence of supply chain execution, planning and analytics-based decision-making processes.

Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech: January 25, 2019 Edition

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The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that occurred during the week of January 29, 2019, which we believe woul d be of interest to our readers.

Bombshell Report Indicates Foxconn is Reconsidering Plans for Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility

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An exclusive published report from Reuters now indicates that Apple’s prime contract manufacturer Foxconn is reconsidering plans for its proposed Wisconsin manufacturing facility.

Industry Supply Chain Planning Related to Brexit Response Grow More Concerned, Along with the Implications

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With a mere nine weeks to-go before the March 29 th Brexit implementation date, it is becoming ever clearer that businesses large and small are exercising definitive supply chain management risk mitigation or alternative sourcing actions. Individual Businesses.

Get more “aha” moments in 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.

The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Officially Launches Today

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Today marks the official rebranding of the now former APICS to the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

A Supply Chain Matters Podcast with Dr. Parag Khanna, Author of The Future is Asian

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Supply Chain Matters blog Editor Bob Ferrari recently had the opportunity to record a podcast conversation with renowned globalization scholar and international best-selling author Dr. Parag Khanna.

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Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech- January 18, 2019 Edition

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The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that occurred during the week of January 14, 2019.

Addressing the World of Agile Customization with Nulogy

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The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Report of Current CEO Sentiment Levels Turning Cautious Has Implications for Supply Chain Management Transformation Initiatives

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A widely followed measure of CEO confidence levels turned somewhat concerning in Q4. The implications for ongoing or planned supply chain management transformation initiatives is one for being very definitive in goal-setting and timing.

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Altizon and a Key Strategic Partnership Announcement for Factory of the Future IoT Technology Support

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The Supply Chain Matters blogs highlights Internet of Things platform provider Altizon, and its recent partnership announcement with a prominent India based design engineering and manufacturing process development services provider for joint Factory of the Future development efforts.

Signs of Structural Shifts in High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply and Demand Networks

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The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary exploring what may be early signs that structural shifts in high tech and consumer electronics supply and demand networks are underway.

Report That Maersk Line Looks Toward Added Acquisitions in Logistics

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The CEO of Maersk indicated to a European business publication that acquisitions involving land logistics and transportation services are expected over the next 2-3 years. This is another clear sign of pending industry consolidation of capabilities.

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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.

Reports of Softening U.S. Trucking Rates and Rising Global Logistics M&A are Not Coincidence

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Supply Chain Matters reflects on reports of the potential for softening U.S.

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The IMF Revises its Global Economic Outlook Downward

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The IMF, at its Annual Meeting in Davos, elected to cut its forecast of global economic growth, with a warning that recent expansion is losing momentum.

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Supply Chain Matters Top Ten Most Popular Blogs in 2018

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This Editor had the opportunity to review our Supply Chain Matters blog readership analytics for all of 2018 and can now sh are our ten most popular blog commentaries during the year.

Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech

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The Supply Chain Matters blog reintroduces our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that has occurred over the past two weeks. . . Amazon Invests in Warehouse Robotics Firm.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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