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Why Logistics and Product Quality Scorecards Should Be One and the Same

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It’s been several decades since Toyota revolutionized the supply chain world with its adoption of lean manufacturing and total quality control methodologies that encouraged companies to take a strategic view on supplier relationships and continuous improvement.

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.

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.

Supply Chain Visibility: Beyond “Where’s My Truck?”

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I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years and achieving timely and accurate supply chain visibility has always been — and continues to be — a top priority for companies across all industries.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

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It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?”

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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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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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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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.

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!

Siloed Systems and Processes Remain Big Barriers to Supply Chain Innovation

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a research report published last week, “Focus on Customer Experience: Research on Supply Chain Priorities and Investments.”

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

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.

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (August 23, 2019)

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Our Logistics Leaders for Type 1 Diabetes Cure Team jerseys are on order! A big thank you to our Century Team Sponsors BluJay Solutions, C.H. Robinson, and Descartes Systems Group for your support!

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.

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

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

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.

Supplier Penalties for Missed Due Dates

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Since we launched Indago back in March, we have conducted 19 weekly surveys on a wide range of supply chain and logistics topics. We send out a survey question every Monday, which takes our members 2-5 minutes to answer, and we send them the results every Friday.

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Supply Chain Quality: Time for a New Perspective

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We say that quality is important in supply chain management, but do we focus on it with the same level of urgency, sophistication, and importance as other facets of SCM? Likewise, we stress the importance of obtaining end-to-end supply chain visibility, but what about end-to-end supply chain quality? What does that entail, and how do. The post Supply Chain Quality: Time for a New Perspective appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Editor’s Pick: Bridging the Gap – 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 Pick” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post by Gary Barraco from E2open’s blog discusses how the demands of the “perpetually connected” business environment and consumer are.

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.

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.

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.

What’s on Your Radar? Planning for Less Disruption in the Wake of Severe Weather and Disasters

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Ask anyone in supply chain – the past few years have been particularly active for natural disasters and major weather events. Globally, natural disasters caused $160 billion in damage in 2018 according to a report by German insurance company Munich RE. In the U.S.

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.

Supply Chain Transformation in the Oil and Energy Industry

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There is a lot of discussion today about supply chain transformation, most of it focused on the consumer goods and retail industries, but there are many challenges and opportunities in the Oil and Energy industry too. It’s an industry that has a major impact on the world economy and on our personal lives. What are. The post Supply Chain Transformation in the Oil and Energy Industry appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

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