An External Perspective on the North American Rail Industry

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics challenges in North America rail industry independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Positive Train Control technology challenges Supply chain Matters blogSometimes, a fresh perspective from an external, non-stakeholder source provides us key insights into ongoing events and strategic implications.

The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk

Supply Chain Matters

west coast port congestion impact on industry supply chains Fuji Heavy Industries supply chain Honda North America supply chain independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog U.S. Last week, we were reading a recent report produced by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in the U.K. indicating that its risk index reversed in Q4-2014 and reached a nine month high.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


As part of the panel, four ex-AMR analysts –Roddy Martin, Mickey North Rizza, Lora Cecere and CJ Wehlage– will share insights on the results and the trends.

Trade Wars Put U.S. Small Business on the Front Line

Supply Chain Brain

SC Analysis & Consulting Regulation and Compliance Global Trade & Economics Global Supply Chain Management All Technology Global Trade Management SC Planning & Optimization SC Finance & Revenue Mgmt. North AmericaThe U.S.-China China trade war is escalating by the day and the U.S. relationship with NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico is increasingly tense. trade is heating up with imminent E.U. tariffs on the horizon.

The U.S. Retail Industry Is Hemorrhaging Jobs — and It's Hitting Women Hardest

Supply Chain Brain

Between November 2016 and November 2017, the sector fired 129,000 women (the largest loss for any industrial sector for either sex) while men gained 109,000 positions, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Global Supply Chain Management HR & Labor Management Retail Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News North AmericaThe retail sector has been the biggest loser of jobs for the last two years in a row in the U.S.,

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America


Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among ‘Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America’ along with Uber Freight and Convoy. The exception may be North America, where Frost & Sullivan predicts that it will be shared by several leading solutions.

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

Supply Chain Matters

In April a front page published article by The Wall Street Journal reported on Wal-Mart’s increased pressures on North America based suppliers to squeeze costs. In prior commentaries, Supply Chain Matters has highlighted reports indicating that Wal-Mart had once again focused on its suppliers for sharing the burden of needed higher margins.

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U.S. Auto Exports Expand in 2014 and So Does Supply Chain Capabilities

Supply Chain Matters

In late December of 2011, Supply Chain Matters raised awareness to Japan based automotive OEM’s, specifically Honda, with plans to shift a major portion of export production capability from North America instead of from Japan. auto exports, one that confirms rather active evidence that North America auto production continues to be viewed for both domestic as well as global consumption.

A Supply Chain Matters Rant Regarding Headline Hype- Offshoring vs. Reshoring

Supply Chain Matters

and North America based manufacturing. Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management nearshoring manufacturing strategies supply chain industry analyst advisory services supply chain insights Supply chain Matters blog supply chain nearshoring strategies Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters has been tracking and highlighting the significantly increased momentum of U.S.

The Beginning of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks- Monitor and Be Prepared

Supply Chain Matters

With the formal start of re-negotiations concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), many industry supply chain teams should be monitoring developments and conducting ongoing analytical analysis and management education. There is a very narrow window for negotiators to come to a broad consensus of agreement.

Two FedEx Acquisitions Point to Changing Needs and Market Dynamics for Third Party Logistics Services

Supply Chain Matters

GENCO is a premier North America 3PL based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with revenues of $1.6B. FedEx strategic announcements independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog trends in third-party logistics services

Supply Chain Management:Importance of Proactive Master Data.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

In my current project about a year ago, North America region Supply Chain Planners were having major concerns related with flawed planning resulting from incorrect or no Source of Supply (SoS) for receipt elements such as Purchase requisitions &/or Planned orders. We conducted a thorough analysis of these concerns & compared results in different geographies. About Us. Contact Us. Newsroom Investors Careers. Infosys Labs. Industries. Industries. Aerospace and Defense.

Manufacturing Nearshoring Will Have an Impact on Supply Chain Automation

Supply Chain 24/7

AlixPartners 2016 annual survey of manufacturing and distribution companies serving North America and western Europe found that 69% say they consider near shoring a possible opportunity to meet US and European demand, this up from just 40% in last year’s analysis

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

World Kitchen’s supply chain– with significant manufacturing and distribution operations throughout North America and Asia– was complex. The SEVA analysis is a derivative of Economic Value Add (EVA) methodology. Personalization. Market microsegmentation.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Shell’s current shift to the global supply chain is impacting North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Russia, and China. Product Portfolio Analysis. To prove the concept, Nick decided to run a simulation and tested the North America market.

[Infographic] 21st Third Party Logistics Study Shows Increased Use of 3PLs & Shippers


So, more shippers are satisfied with 3PL-offered IT services, which now includes the collection, analysis and application of Big Data and predictive analytics. Global Growth and Use of 3PLs Outpaces Partnerships in North America.

Improved Packaging Strategy Greatly Reduced Product Damage for Leading Medical Equipment Manufacturer


Each year, millions of people across North America are admitted into temporary and long-term medical care facilities for a variety of … The post Improved Packaging Strategy Greatly Reduced Product Damage for Leading Medical Equipment Manufacturer appeared first on Chainalytics.

Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average MAPE for North America was 36% while the European average MAPE was 45%. The average bias of European forecasts versus North America had 2% more bias. Forecast Value Add (FVA) analysis has increased in popularity.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs


These are good questions, Lord says, but getting to the next level of analysis requires categorizing inventory so that both the company’s goals and the drivers impacting inventory can be better understood and addressed. North America, Europe, …).

The 7 Best Events For Freight Shipping in 2015


The 3PL Summit is North America’s largest and most high-level gathering of logistics executives and their manufacturer and retailer supply chain counterparts. This fall, you may want to head north for the annual Surface Transportation Summit, to be held just outside of Toronto.

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

This analysis helps us to see the trends It is a study of year-over-year progress. The race for excellence will be won on other continents than North America and mainland Europe. Before beginning this analysis, I must admit, that I was a P&G bigot. Definition.

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Digital Path to Purchase: An Outside-in Opportunity

Supply Chain Shaman

At least this is the story for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in North America. Text mining and sentiment analysis can be used to build listening posts to help companies listen to the voice of supply chain. dig·it·al ?dijitl/ dijitl/ adjective.

My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

There are two groups: one in North America and one in Europe. What-if Analysis and Collaborative Workflow. Only 1/3 of companies have what-if analysis. The Anaplan platform can stretch across multiple technologies to enable what-if analysis.

A Hierarchy of Needs for Supply Chain Planning


About the author: Jayant Sharma works as a Business Analyst with ToolsGroup’s North America office. He holds a Masters in Science in Engineering Management with focus on Supply Chain & Business Analysis from Northeastern University.

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Three weeks is substantial and may tip the hand to reshore more manufacturing into North America. Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window. My travels this week took me to California and Boston.

Supply Chain Innovation: How to Build an Award-Winning Supply Chain


Last month, Lennox Residential was runner-up in the 2015 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Supply Chain Innovation competition, arguably the top supply chain award in North America. Source: Supply Chain Digest.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial reengineering focuses on the optimization of short-term results that are usually based on a functional analysis of source, make, or deliver. We will publish the results from our fourth year of the analysis in June.

Digital Transformation: Why It’s Not an “Easy Button”

Talking Logistics

Ciarleglio, SVP Sales, North America at Elemica , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. Don’t let the enormity of the ultimate goal stymie you in “analysis paralysis.” Roger points out that an important step is for companies to ignore the common ROI analysis requirement and instead do trial and error to see what works best for their company. There is a lot of discussion today about digital transformation, including why it’s important and what the benefits can be.

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing


This month IQMS interviewed 151 manufacturers in North America to understand the current and plans for analytics and manufacturing intelligence, mobility, quality and real-time monitoring.

International Sales Will Continue to Grow Say SMEs

Material Handling & Logistics

When asked which region offered the greatest opportunity over the next five years, a quarter (25%) of exporters said North America (Canada/Mexico), down from 34% in 2017 and 2016.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Emmanuel has been working in Supply Chain for L’Oreal for over 20 years, starting in France followed by 10 years in New York where he led the Supply Chain for L’Oreal North America. Only 1% of companies have successfully implemented cost-to-serve analysis.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

While civil unrest could slow down production or shipments in a foreign country, natural disasters can accomplish just as much shipping disruption in North America. He has four years of project management experience with time study analysis and organizational planning background. Every supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point of origin to the place they’re needed as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

Teknowlogi Solutions Address “Back to Basics” Areas for Logistics Industry


The Tai Shipping Marketplace is an online, self-service tool delivered through the Teknowlogi platform that connects buyers of shipping rates who are looking to save money with sellers of shipping rates who are looking to make money across North America. .

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

As shown in Table 1, companies that rate themselves as more effective meeting their inventory goals are more likely to be located in North America than Europe. I remember the plane ride well. My career was in transition.

Coming of Age: The Digital Consumer Chain

Supply Chain Insights

The Consumer Chain is the end-to-end business process loop that begins with the identification of the consumer and carries through the entire process of marketing, trade channel promotion, retail execution, analysis of everything that happened and back again to better understanding the consumer.