Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, this author had the distinct opportunity to both attend and participate in the 2014 Supply Chain World North America conference sponsored by the Supply Chain Council. The fortunes of companies now stem from their end-to-end supply chain capabilities. The conference was a combined global member meeting of Supply Chain Council and of the 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s overall theme was The Tuned Supply Chain, From Strategy to Resources.

Top Warehouses in North America 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

The top warehouses in North America were recently profiled in a great article by the fine folks at Modern Material Handling. As world trade grows, foreign companies often use domestic warehouses to manage their products. These companies aren’t just looking for some empty space for storage; they are looking for partners who can help them conquer a new market. These companies are technology focused and would rather not invest in warehouses. Jacobson Companies.

RELEX Solutions Names Richard Daw Vice President Sales, North America

RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions, a leading provider of unified retail planning solutions, announced today that Richard Daw will join the company’s U.S. office as Vice President Sales, North America, to help drive RELEX’s continued expansion in the region. Read PDF.

A Tipping Point?

Supply Chain Shaman

Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group were merging. The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth in the world. The new company will have revenues of $28 Billion with eight $1 billion brands.

This Week in Logistics News (February 5-9, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Kuebix Tops 5000 Companies Using its Transportation Management System. CX North America Expands Driver Mobile App with Digital Proof of Delivery Update. Our guinea pig Cow died this morning. The kids named him Cow when he was born.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


The “Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire” is the culmination of a two-year effort to evaluate supply chain performance and improvement for the years of 2006-2013 by industry by vertical for publicly-held companies.

Ivalua and Axbility Consulting partner to help companies create value through successful procurement transformation


Axbility Consulting, headquartered in New York City, is the North American subsidiary of Axys Consultants, a major player in management consulting with 215 consultants with an annual turnover of $31 million. Axbility will provide Certified Solution Integration & Professional Services for Ivalua across industry sectors, with a focus on organizations throughout North America. is the Axys Consultants subsidiary created in 2018 for the North American market.

Will the Rapidly Shrinking Store Save Retail?

Supply Chain Brain

The business is evolving and we’re evolving with it,” said Matt Trautwein, the company’s district manager. Business Strategy Alignment Global Supply Chain Management Retail Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content Consumer Packaged Goods Forecasting & Demand Planning North AmericaThe biggest change for the decades-old shopping center anchor? It was now just half its size.

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

Supply Chain Brain

Small businesses will have a harder time surviving trade wars because retaliatory tariffs may impact smaller companies to a larger extent. Often relying on one foreign market (58 percent of smaller manufacturers) and one product category, trade restrictions and tariffs can close the doors to some of these companies. Companies also ask whether this is posturing that is temporary, or it is a new, more permanent reality. North AmericaThe U.S.-China

The Freight Industry is Uberized in North America!


Freightera Logistics is the first market place that connects manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers to road transport companies of all sizes who still have space in their trucks. The post The Freight Industry is Uberized in North America!

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.

Companies Are Taking Unstructured Approach to Corruption

Material Handling & Logistics

On average, less than 10% of companies globally report on business ethics KPIs. While most companies formalize anti-corruption policies through a code of conduct, few are taking the next step and implementing internal control measures,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, Co-CEO of EcoVadis.

Companies in Asia Pacific Eager to Innovate with Supply Chain Optimization


The adoption of advanced analytics has moved at a much slower pace in Asia Pacific compared to Europe or North America. Companies are increasingly eager to hear about optimization and advanced analytics. There are several areas where companies are eager to apply optimization.

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RELEX Solutions Names Ron Fleischer Senior Vice President of Operations, North America

RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, announced today that Ron Fleischer will join the company as Senior Vice President of North American Operations. office,” said Michael Falck, RELEX President, North America. “I’m Read PDF.

The Last Fast Mile


an LSO company) operating a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles and 55 facilities. · The role of app-driven driven transportation companies. Moyer: Good companies are always looking for ways to embrace the newest technology to get increased productivity and to control costs.

Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization

Logistics Viewpoints

North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse.

Regenerating Logistics

Inbound Logistics

A profile of Denise Kopko, vice president of operations—commercial, supply chain and logistics, with Veolia North America, an environmental services company focused on designing and providing water, waste and energy management solutions for commercial, municipal and industrial customers

Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent

Supply Chain Matters

In August of 2014, we initially alerted our Supply Chain Matters readers to the growing attractiveness of Mexico as a North America based Manufacturing and export hub for the global automotive industry. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Ford Motor Company Ford Supply Chain strategic production sourcing in Mexico Supply chain Matters blog supply chain strategic sourcing strategies

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MessageBroker chosen to provide Evergreen Garden Care’s fully managed integration service

BluJay Solutions

The largest garden care company outside of North America, Evergreen has undergone significant restructuring since being sold by Scotts, and so requires an integration platform to ensure reliable communication and collaboration with each of the partners across its supply chain.

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Intermodal Industry Outlook 2017

Supply Chain Link

Intermodal rail transportation has revolutionized the way shippers deliver goods across North America. Intermodal has evolved greatly over the years, with companies strategically looking to make the most.

Corporate America’s New Dilemma: Raising Prices to Cover Higher Transport Costs

Supply Chain Brain

Interviews with executives at 10 companies across the food, consumer goods and commodities sectors reveal that many are grappling with how to defend their profit margins as transportation costs climb at nearly double the inflation rate. Two executives told Reuters their companies do plan to raise prices, though they would not divulge by how much.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

Supply Chain Brain

The switch has taken a toll on companies like Dean Foods Co., In March, the shops ran out of oat milk for about two weeks, and the company’s heard from its distributor that shortages could continue over the next month. Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage.

U.S. Is No Longer One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Countries

Supply Chain Brain

The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies. High-Tech/Electronics Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News North America Asia PacificThe U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. South Korea and Sweden retained their No. 1 and No. 2 rankings.

For Bezos, Buffett and Dimon, a Health Push Years in the Making

Supply Chain Brain

When they saw one another at social gatherings or industry conferences, the conversation inevitably steered toward their shared frustration over the impact of medical expenses on their companies’ bottom lines. Echoing a critique of Silicon Valley itself, the enterprise will be free from the need to turn a profit, the companies said. Business Strategy Alignment Healthcare Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News All Technology ERP & Enterprise Systems North America

Digital Transformation: Why It’s Not an ‘Easy’ Button [Video]

Talking Logistics

Ciarleglio, SVP Sales, North America at Elemica , discusses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: How do you define Digital Transformation, and from your perspective, where are most companies today on this journey? Roger A.

At Tesla’s Factory, Building the Car of the Future Has Painful and Permanent Consequences for Workers

Supply Chain Brain

Tesla is the largest and highest-profile electric car company in the world. Stenciled over the entrance to the company’s Fremont factory are these words: “Our mission: to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” HR & Labor Management Automotive Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News Industrial Manufacturing North America

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Supply Chain Brain

American companies have been loath to bring that money back to the U.S. For companies contemplating such a move, the question remains: What will they do with the cash when it comes home? But companies used most of the money to repurchase shares, reward investors with higher dividends, and swallow up other companies. Now that tax reform is law, it remains to be seen whether companies will follow through on their promise.

Companies Collect Faster, Pay Slower and Hold a lot Less Inventory

Material Handling & Logistics

A new study finds that in 2016 public companies had more than $1 trillion unnecessarily tied up in working capital. Companies are improving in the are of working capital. CCC improved by 4% in 2016, largely because companies paid suppliers nearly four days (7.6 % slower.).

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Survey Finds Significant Success in the 3PL Industry Across the Supply Chain Industry


For Cerasis, a 3PL is any company that provides technology or services to carry out any of the functions of the supply chain. If you are still managing functions like transportation management in house , it may be time to start looking towards a 3PL in order to continue to scale your company without adding unnecessary costs as you grow. . CEOs from North America and Asia-Pacific forecasted three-year revenue growth averages for their companies of 7.86

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Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?


In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America. by Harish Iyer.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

To our knowledge, Shell is the only company globally to have used both demand sensing and DDMRP capabilities. To understand Nick’s opportunities and challenges, let’s start with some company numbers to give the reader perspective. North America Simulation Output.

Ivanka Janssen: “We have one plan throughout the company that drives all targets”

Supply Chain Movement

We have one plan throughout the company that drives all targets”. The company is putting the consumer experience first and working backwards. We did visit some other companies for inspiration and we were able to incorporate some of the best practises being used by our American colleagues. We all know that the US is one country but with 50 different states and 50 different cultures and it is important to understand these, and yet still treat North America as a single concept.

Have you Heard About ‘’Chain of Responsibility’’ in the Supply Chain and Transportation?


and North America. In North America, associations such as the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP) have incorporated COR in their education program. THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IN NORTH AMERICA.