Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

At the Supply Chain insights Global Summit , Nick shared his story on driving demand-based improvements. Nick strongly believes that it is insufficient to drive supply chain improvement through incrementalism. This enabled improvements in Sales and Operations Planning.

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. The use of this continuous improvement process had a significant major impact on the bias and error of leaders.

State of Logistics Outsourcing: Plenty of Room for Growth as Shipper Dissatisfaction & Technology Expectations Increase


China has been the fastest-growing market in the last decade and it continues to lead the pack. After China, other regions that have growth potential, according to 3PL and supply chain executives, are North America, Asia (not including China and India) and Western Europe, in that order. Other emerging markets include South America (not including Mexico), India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Mexico. It’s simply our core value to continuously improve.

Shippers Access Newly Released Enterprise Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping Solution in Transportation Management System With New Partnership


(Eagan, MN) – North American third-party logistics (3PL) company, Cerasis, in partnership with Pierbridge , a leading transportation management software development company, announces the addition of multi-parcel carrier shipping management to the Cerasis Rater, a web-based transportation management system (TMS). Founded in 1997, Cerasis is a North American third-party logistics company offering transportation management technology solutions & services.

All Third Party Logistics Providers Are Not Created Equal

Supply Chain Network

My initial involvement in the Third Party Logistics business was early in 1993 when I became the first Director of Development for Tibbett & Britten Group in North America. Real Continuous Improvement. Real Continuous Improvement.

The 11 Most Popular Blog Posts on Business in 2014


Today we continue our “Top Blog Posts” series, after covering the top posts in manufacturing , supply chain , logistics , and transportation so far, by bringing you a subject all of us must focus on: Business.

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Each year at Supply Chain Insights we study performance and improvement of companies in each industry. For the past four years, as we have done our work, we have tracked Novo Nordisk’s continued improvement against the pharmaceutical peer group.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

As a heads up, no company in the Gartner Top 25 in 2019 is outperforming their industry peer group while driving improvement. Performance is a comparison against the mean (minus the outliers) while improvement is a vector analysis of the orbit chart plots for the period of 2010-2018.). The delivery of supply chain excellence is the result of an inspirational leader working with a team to drive improvement over many years. Driving Continuous Improvement.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. It is a slow, continued impact that happens week-to-week as complexity increases. The Role of Technology in Driving Improvement.

Bonus: Top 11 thru 20 Most Popular Manufacturing Blog Posts


Well, manufacturing companies who ship freight in North America. Streamlining involves reducing waste, improving quality and using the technology available to keep all team members working together. Improvements can be made to both material and labor costs.

How to Capture Full Divestiture Value with a 3PL

Talking Logistics

Step 4: Integrate New Model, Review Progress and Improve Performance. Finally, as the M&A market continues to experience significant stimulation, it’s important to credit divestitures, when managed correctly, for serving as a vital asset optimization strategy. A divestiture is a major transition that impacts all areas of a business, including supply chain reliability and efficiency.

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Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?


Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) measure how well the shipper-transportation provider does in daily continuous improvement. Act and/or DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. They also generate significant improvements in fuel consumption per ton-mile. According to Brian Daniels, the powertrain products manager for Daimler Trucks of North America, drivers are directly responsible for 30 percent of the factors that affect fuel economy.

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Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


The DC serves as the hub for Nike’s global e-commerce business, and orders taken from are shipped to consumers all over the world from this DC, including North America. They ship in quantities from 1 to 1000 units, and are continuously improving their performance.

Managing Merged Manufacturing Operations


The history of Revere Packaging Holdings, LLC is almost as old as the United States of America, tracing back to the founding of Revere Copper & Brass by Paul Revere in 1801, six years after his famous ride to warn of approaching British soldiers.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

As we have driven improvements in globalization, jobs shifted as companies chased lower costs of labor. The winners drive improvement while posting financial results in the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter ahead of the peer group. Today, I unpacked my bags.

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Blume Global announces new platform to manage assets across the supply chain


Technological advances in machine learning, AI, intelligent robotic process automation, blockchain, big data, IoT and more, are enabling us to look at the supply chain and all the assets moving along the supply chain as a collaborative trading network that can be orchestrated and managed, and continuously improved, in real-time. Blume has announced a series of new software products to help manage supply chains from multiple perspectives, replacing its Rez-1 brand.

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The data stream continues to trend negatively in regard to freight, capacity, and freight rates,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. Getting Smart on Transportation: The Role of Market Intelligence in Procurement and Continuous Improvement.

Lull Case Study: Order Fulfillment that Doesn’t Keep You Up at Night


They had previously been relying on dropshipping from their manufacturers, but that left them with little flexibility to improve their delivery promise. They also gained a team of experts that helps them continually improve their fulfillment operations and strategy.

Dayton Freight Lines Announced as 2014 Cerasis Carrier Partner of the Year


a North American third party logistics company with a focus on North American over the road transportation management, announces they have presented long time carrier partner, Dayton Freight Lines Inc. Continuous improvement of our people and services.

Bayer, Deere, and ARC Provide Feedback on Student Capabilities that Drive Innovation


On April 19th and 20th the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Board Advisory meeting and Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University. Mike shared how this has helped Bayer with the challenges around forecasting in light of the different temperature cycles across North America.

Complete Innovations and the Xata Turnpike Solution Join AT&T’s Portfolio of Mobility Applications for Businesses

Supply Chain Network

3) Xata Turnpike from AT&T is a simple and affordable way for companies and drivers to collect, see, sort and use driver and vehicle data to improve safety and compliance. 1) Frost & Sullivan, 2010 North America CXOs’ Choice Award for Overall Best Next-Generation Fleet Management Brand, May 2010. (2) 2) Frost & Sullivan, 2010 North American Price Performance Value Leadership of the Year Award for Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management. (3)

Whatever Happened to Logical Incrementalism?


We released 41 improvements to our application in the past month alone – and over 200 in the past year. I am proud of the pace and speed with which we have improved our platform and our business since we launched late 2016.

Failure – The Road to Success


He was telling me about a guy he met who invented and created a major liquor brand across North America. I mean who goes into a meeting and says… “Yep I am responsible for the failure of Duncan Hines Crispy Chewy cookies in North Alberta in the 1980s.”.

Third Party Logistics Companies Checklist for Choosing and Qualifying a 3PL

The Lean Supply Chain

RVCF includes North America’s leading retailers, merchandise suppliers, and service providers)….

Best Online Freight Marketplace by Transport News INTL


Transport News INTL has just selected Freightera as “Best Online Freight Marketplace – North America” in their Logistics, Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards 2017! Looking ahead, Freightera is rapidly expanding in North America in 2017.