What Can A Newborn Teach You About Supply Chain?

The Supply Chainer Report

First of all, believe me that when you are in the middle of a crisis, the last thing you want to struggle with are spreadsheets or complex files. In conclusion, some of the first learnings were: 1. Forecast projection of number of nappies that we will need in the future months.

It’s About Time for a new “World Class Supply Chain” Paradigm


As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. The principles at the time were certainly appropriate, and were considered ground-breaking at the time. An automotive executive recalls how difficult this was given the technology limitations that existed in the early 1970’s. Arguments broke out internally and in academic debates over which area had dominance over the others.

Outbound Logistics


The perfect order is determined by the “8 Rights” – we want to deliver the right product, in the right quantity, to the right place, at the right time, in the right quality, from the right source, at the right price by providing the right service to our downstream customers.

A Gloomy Future for the Port of Los Angeles?

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

In June 2016, the Panama Canal will double its capacity, and this capacity expansion will undoubtedly reshape the freight flows around the globe, including those transiting through the Port of Los Angeles (click here for a past blog related to this subject). [link] /.

TMS Delivers on NASSTRAC’s Five Common Sense Suggestions for Shippers

Supply Chain Collaborator

Unsurprisingly, these suggestions aligned perfectly with the technology solutions already in production from top TMS software solutions. In order to get to the next level of savings, efficiency and competitive advantage, shippers must embrace emerging technologies. Leading TMS solution providers are already developing and delivering next-gen tech to their customers in pursuit of the goals enunciated in the list of 5 common sense suggestions offered by NASSTRAC.

What is Manufacturing ERP?


They operate in real time, and have a consistent ‘look and feel’ across all applications. ERP started in the manufacturing industry, but it headed off in new directions. They make products in anticipation of orders yet to come (make-to-stock).

The Big Debate: Characteristics of Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Opz

For those of us who have made our careers in supply chain, one of the great challenges, and the attraction of the discipline, is the variety of differing opinions about what constitutes ‘excellence in supply chain’ and how it can be best achieved.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  


Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Improving Performance in Manufacturing. Improving Performance in Warehousing.

Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

Talking Logistics

Companies that were decreasing their inventories saw huge leaps in comp sales, while those with too much on hand struggled to realize a profit. There’s no shortage of technology solutions out there to help companies manage their inventory, but that’s just a small part of becoming truly agile enough to respond to the swiftly-changing consumer demands and trends. Proactive collaboration with mills, tanneries or other raw material suppliers is a built-in insurance policy.

Freight and Logistics – Breaking the Traffic Jam that is your Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Does anyone like being stuck in a Traffic Jam? And those highways only have so much capacity. This Rush Hour period will stretch your capacity to the limit. You will be out of capacity and everything will grind to a halt. You will certainly face busy times of year.

Combat Rising Transportation Costs and Driver Shortage With Supply Chain Analytics


Supply Chain Challenges: Freight Volume Rising, Driver Shortage Growing The shipping industry plays a critical role in world economics. Its immense power stems from its ubiquity–in every sector, you will find shipping and a supply chain.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

With new supply chain innovations , trends in logistics technology and advancements like automated robots making a big impact on operational efficiency, it seems that supply chain optimization is within reach for more companies than ever before. Why are we going in this direction?

How an Inefficient Supply Chain can kill an FMCG Business?


Managing supply chain is getting more complex and sophisticated in the global context. Take the most regularly used practices as an example, just-in-time or low-cost country sourcing are no longer appropriate for contemporary concerns. As stated in A.T.

3 Questions to Ask Before Developing Your Strategic Procurement Strategy


Single-source procurement is efficient, but it’s also risky. The more your supply chain relies on a just-in-time inventory model, the more important it becomes to have a backup plan. And it’s not just the raw materials you need to manufacture your products.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty


Fortunately for the pizza companies, the Super Bowl date is publicized far in advance. But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? In this case, there might be issues.

Do you have a Freight Management Strategy or are you Spinning your Wheels?

Supply Chain Game Changer

In going door to door trying to sell a Freight Management service, as well as in my experience working in companies, I have had the opportunity to see a variety of ways in which companies, large and small, were managing their Freight and Logistics spend. If you are in the E-Commerce channel then you should know what customers want. If you are going to manage Freight yourself you need to invest in resource to support it. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Warehouse Statistics

The Lean Supply Chain

Stock movement, order duration times, utilization of equipment and personnel, error rates and many more. Safety/OSHA: Safety is the top priority in any Warehouse environment. A Safety Manager should be appointed to ensure all safety activities are in place and maintained daily.

How to prepare your logistics for Christmas and New Year season


The Holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s normal to feel the pressure of the volume spikes and tight deadlines because it is a time when consumer demand can make or break a business. According to a survey conducted by Retail News in Asia, Alibaba racked up $30.8

Is it Time for to Move Away from “World Class Supply Chains”?


The book looks at what the future procurement capability will need to be, in light of the massive “game changers” of globalization, technology, cultural diversity, demographic issues, and sustainable pressure that is changing the entire ecosystem. The principles at the time were certainly appropriate. Although interest in materials management grew during this period, the concept’s historical origins date to the 1800s.

4 Best-in-Class Supply Chains To Watch and Learn From

Logistics Bureau

What I mean by this is that there’s no harm in observing companies with best-in-class supply chains , noting the processes, practices, and initiatives that serve them best and adopting them in a way that fits your own enterprise. Watch and Learn from the Best in Class.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

I got started just as the dotcom craze was taking off, with new logistics startups coming to market every day (all of them announcing they were “The world’s leading provider of X” even though they were just a few months old). Source: Google.

Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Help These Days?

Material Handling & Logistics

Every year, in our annual MH&L Salary Survey , we ask readers to identify the biggest challenge they face in their jobs, and every year they tell us the same thing: finding, developing and retaining talent. It’s one of those nagging dilemmas that just doesn’t seem to have an answer.

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REPL vs. Contractors – Which Will Work Best for Your Business?

Repl Group

While you may have your own in-house team, sometimes you need to: boost your capabilities with niche knowledge. get a project over the line by creating more capacity. However, this can be time-consuming and slow. And this doesn’t always make financial sense in the long term. Bring someone in on a temporary contract and the onus is on you to get them up to speed … just in time to let them go again. Directly source contractors yourself?

How Do You Turn Track-And-Trace Information into a USP?


My first thought is: it actually is possible to be wrong 21 times (and indeed, the package still hasn't arrived). Thanks to the Internet of Things, customers – both in B2C and in B2B – are better informed than ever: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.