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The More Things Change: 7 Totally Predictable Supply Chain Predictions for 2020

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We all know the saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is certainly true in supply chain and logistics.

Robots Will Take Your Job, Not Mine

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In a recent Wall Street Journal article (“The High Cost of Impeding Automation“), Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey from Oxford University writes that “history tells us that policies aimed at restricting or slowing automation come with a steep price tag.

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[Video] Procurement in the Digital Age

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Brian Reed, VP Global Supply Chain Optimization at GEODIS, discusses procurement in the digital age. Podcast version (click to play): The post [Video] Procurement in the Digital Age appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

The Value of Supply Chain Quality Management in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

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Quality is one of the pillars of supply chain management, along with cost, service, and risk. Managing quality across the supply chain is critically important for all industries, but especially in Aerospace and Defense. What have been some of the obstacles? How is technology helping Aerospace and Defense companies to streamline and automate this process? Read more The Value of Supply Chain Quality Management in the Aerospace and Defense Industry.

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.

Did the Grinch Use Supply Chain Technologies?

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This past weekend I was trying to get into the holiday spirit and caught the original animated 1966 version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on television.

Top E-Commerce Trends in 2019

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For consumers e-commerce is increasingly the preferred method for shopping. Younger shoppers already embrace it and more frequently older shoppers are as well. As e-commerce continues to grow, companies need to adjust their approaches in order to win customer loyalty.

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The Most Important Skills for Supply Chain Young Professionals

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What skills and attributes will be the most important for supply chain young professionals to succeed moving forward? We asked members of our Indago research community that question back in April.

When Supply Chains and Blockchains Become Pervasive

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Supply chains are fluid and always changing with customer expectations, new product introductions and delivery mode updates.

Truckload Tactics for 2020: Balance Strategy to Control Cost

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Truckload rates and capacity should not create concerns for shippers managing a proper procurement strategy during the first half of 2020. However, pending legislation and rising fuel costs, as well as unpredictable economic and climate trends create challenges to a shippers’ ability to control cost. Emerging brokerage offerings can add confusion to these market complexities. Read more Truckload Tactics for 2020: Balance Strategy to Control Cost.

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.

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

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Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994.

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Future-Proof Parcel Technology

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Keeping up with consumer-driven demand can be exhausting. As consumers, we’re accustomed to being able to order almost anything we need or want, get it faster than ever, and track its every move. Great for us!

Plan Effectively For These Supply Chain Risks

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Which risks do you believe supply chain professionals need to plan for more effectively moving forward? We asked members of our Indago research community that question back in May.

Don’t Wait to Start a Supply Chain Digitization Practice

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Digitization is not the future of effective supply chain management; it is the present. Organizations that are slow-walking the adoption of a digitization initiative are risking their competitive advantage and leaving significant money on the table across every link in the supply chain.

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.

Integrating Customer Portals into End-to-End Supply Chain Processes

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There have been many ways that companies have attempted to exchange data and information with their trading partners over the years. One more recent method is through online customer portals. While these portals are meant to replace the manual processing of faxes and emails, they create their own integration challenges. What are some of those. Read more Integrating Customer Portals into End-to-End Supply Chain Processes.

Ingredients of a Successful Supply Chain: Transparency, Visibility, and Traceability

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As the world becomes a more digitally-enabled community of people, things, and services, technology will be embedded in almost everything. People will leverage analytics engines, machine learning, internet-connected sensors, and more to fundamentally boost efficiencies everywhere.

Transportation Market Update Outlook – Where Are We Headed?

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Current Capacity Outlook. Despite a difficult first three quarters of 2018, the market began to show signs of softening and improved capacity in Q4. This softening and improved truckload and intermodal capacity has continued into 2019, and the outlook for a steadier market has remained.

How Important is Talent When Selecting a 3PL?

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Last week, Transplace (a Talking Logistics sponsor) announced the appointment of Tracy Rosser as the company’s executive vice president of operations.

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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 Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

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It’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out.

Another Way to Transform the Customer Experience

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We just finished our conference, Descartes Evolution 2019, where the theme was Transforming the Customer Experience. I reflected on a session where our customer explained how they were transforming the customer experience in a unique way in logistics: by extending the planning horizon.

Retail Compliance Programs: How to Exceed Retailer Expectations

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The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers.

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The Evolution of Retail and Customer Expectations

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As the evolution of retail and the way consumers purchase goods continues to change, meeting the challenge to effectively serve both consumers and retailers is a strategic challenge for both shippers and carriers.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

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More than ever, shippers today are feeling the pressure from both customers and carriers.

Don’t Hoard Your TMS

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A transportation management system (TMS) is an obvious tool for the logistics team, helping to move freight faster, more cost-effectively, and more easily from start to finish.

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Optimizing Your Supply Chain Costing

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Supply chain costing is the collection, expense assignment, and analysis of cost information across all the work activities comprising a supply chain for the purpose of identifying opportunities to obtain a competitive advantage through a combination of reduced costs or improved performance.

Supply Chain Quality: A Driver for Digital Transformation

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Commercialization strategies evolve, supply chains expand, and production rates accelerate. The only way to take control of your future is to double down on quality. Product quality directly impacts the profitability of a company. The cost of poor quality is so closely related to supplier quality and compliance that manufacturers must give the proper attention and resources to the optimization of their upstream partnerships.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Ugh. As If. Applications Are So Yesterday

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“I believe in the power of shared data and technology to build a better future.” Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen probably didn’t have supply chain in mind when he said this, yet the statement resonates truer than ever in our industry.

Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

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Even in 2019 many companies still underestimate the importance of their global supply chain and above all, how their logistics and supply chain performance can beneficially impact their marketing, ultimately leading to healthier financial results.

Rent the Runway: The Consequences of Failed Delivery

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Delivery has always been part of the order fulfillment process, but it’s only been in recent years that it has emerged from the shadows, from being a cost center and a back-end process to becoming a competitive differentiator and a key driver of customer experience.

Supply Chain Cyber Attacks: How Prepared Are You?

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Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro was the latest company to fall victim to a cyber attack. On March 19 the company “halted some of its production and switched other units to manual operation after hackers blocked its systems with ransomware,” as reported by Reuters.

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.”

Control Tower Software Reaches New Heights

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Shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) face significant challenges tracking in-transit cargo due to a lack of status updates between ports. While this isn’t a new problem, the complexity of today’s modern supply chains – multi-carrier, multi-mode shipments, multi-leg, shipments crossing several countries’ borders – has exacerbated the scenario. Likewise, extreme weather, global unrest, port. Read more Control Tower Software Reaches New Heights.