A Tipping Point?

Supply Chain Shaman

The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth in the world. The goal is to drive organic growth in North American and global expansion by combining Kraft’s brands with Heinz’s international platform.

The Smart Factory, Industrie 4.0, and Supply Chain Optimization

Logistics Viewpoints

In North America, the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a great deal of attention. In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence.

The Evolution Continues: RILA Supply Chain Becomes the RILA LINK Conference

Supply Chain Network

As an up and coming Logistics executive at The Hudson’s Bay Company, it was exciting to join a gathering of somewhere around 100 of the most powerful Logistics executives in North America for what were truly intimate, informative and candid conversations.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] Change the definition of success from how much paper the distributor buys to how much its sells.

Dissecting the Headwinds and Tailwinds of Digital Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

for the more advanced economies in Europe and the North America. For the global multi-national, Powering global growth in China and India is tougher, and with less intellectual property risk, than driving a digital transformation in North America and Europe.

Agility Does Not Grow on Trees: Start Building Today

Supply Chain Shaman

The definition is one that can deliver the same cost, quality and level of customer service with the increase in demand and supply volatility. As shown in Figure 1, companies in North America rate agility as 13% more important as an attribute for their supply chain than companies in Europe.

My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

1) Get Clear on the Definition of Supply Chain Excellence. Lou’s definition is based on his experience at General Electric. I am planning a book tour in Europe in March and North America in April. Last week, I held my new book in my hand.

My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

Supply Chain Insights

It is definitely a unique job.”. The analyst role is better known in North America than in Europe, but thanks for asking! Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

Definition. The race for excellence will be won on other continents than North America and mainland Europe. …I hope that this exuberance spills over to North America to rethink the port systems.

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Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail. As the bricks and mortar retailer is attacked by eCommerce pure plays—Amazon in North America, Alibaba in China, and Flipcart in India—assortment and excitement in the store become paramount to lure customers.

The Top 7 Most Popular 3PL Blog Posts of 2014


We continue our series on the most popular blog posts of 2014 in each of our main categories with our very first post of 2014 by featuring another area important to Cerasis and the industry: third party logistics.

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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. While the message “Connected Planning” lacks definition for supply chain leader, the Anaplan platform delivers cloud-based business planning and performance management platform based on a single hub.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The cash-to-cash definition is: Cash-to-cash= Days of Receivables+ Days of Inventory-Days of Payables. I am a big fan of both his leadership and that of Annette Clayton, now COO of North America.

Intermodal Shipping is Growing and the Railroads are Ready

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Railroads across North America are heavily investing capital in their intermodal offerings—and have been for the past five years. North America’s more than 70 intermodal ramps continue to expand. Intermodal Shipping is Growing and the Railroads are Ready | Transportfolio.

This Week in Logistics News (April 20-24, 2015)

Talking Logistics

February 2015 North American Freight Numbers. AWS revenues grew 49 percent in Q1 2015 compared to Q1 2014, while the rest of its North America business grew 22 percent.

Supply Chain Management Giant Genpact Acquiring Barkawi Management Consultants


Genpact (NYSE: G), a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Barkawi Management Consultants, a leading supply chain management consultancy with operations in the US and Europe that is part of the Barkawi Group. Mike Landry, who has been president of Barkawi North America, will lead the integrated Genpact global supply chain business.

Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

Supply Chain Shaman

The definition of a demand planning unit in JDA–and other traditional Advanced Planning Solutions–was defined in the 1990s when we were arguing about the possibilities of process improvement with the shift from 32- to 64-bit architectures.

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.

Dig Deep: What to Know About TMS Hosting, Data Models and Integration

Talking Logistics

Don’t settle for buzzwords and don’t assume that you and your vendor have the same definition of a term.

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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. There is so much talk, and varying interpretations, about digital transformation, that I began our discussion by asking Roger for his definition and what he sees as the current adoption rate. There is a lot of discussion today about digital transformation, including why it’s important and what the benefits can be.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

He is now based in Paris and serves as Supply Chain Standards & Audits Director, helping to drive L’Oreal’s supply chain excellence through definition and communication of best practices.

What’s New with MMOG/LE Version 5?


The assessment also establishes a common definition of supply chain management processes to help organizations: Determine the robustness of existing internal processes. QAD provides training on behalf of AIAG and Odette in North America, Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific.

XPO Logistics (XPO) to Acquire Con-way (CNW)

Supply Chain Network

– September 9, 2015 – XPO Logistics, Inc. (“XPO Logistics” or “XPO”) (NYSE: XPO) and Con-way Inc. (“Con-way”) (NYSE: CNW) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for XPO Logistics to acquire Con-way. GREENWICH, Conn.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

In my qualitative interviews with over 500 companies, when I ask for a definition of supply chain excellence, only 1% of executives have a clear answer. Annette Clayton’s vision as a newly minted SVP of Supply Chain (now COO for North America) is coming to fruition. At this conference, we will focus on the trading partner index (a scoring system for B2B connectivity), definition of quality blockchains and interoperability between supply chain operating networks. (A

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

An example of segmentation in the pharmaceutical industry: vaccine supply chains deal by definition with live cells and require high investments to be successful. My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The names of the technology providers, the process definitions, and the architecture descriptions were a new lexicon. 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.

Logistics Trends Part 3

BluJay Solutions

In North America this is usually Mexico and in Europe, this could be North Africa. By this I mean the development of consumer markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Third Trend: Regionalization, Near-sourcing and Emerging Markets. .

Top 15 Biggest 3PLs in the US - 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

CEVA Logistics (The Americas). CEVA Logistics (The Americas). DB Schenker (The Americas). DB Schenker (The Americas). Service coverage encompasses North America, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Logistics Services Providers Shift Investment Focus Outside BRIC Markets

BluJay Solutions

In particular China and India, with annual economic growth rates many multiples ahead of North America and Europe. Logistics software providers including Kewill are seeing a definite increase in logistics services providers expanding their operations to include these countries.


Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Prior to joining Starbucks, he worked at the executive leadership level in Europe, Latin America and North America at ICI, a global chemical company. . “When I ask my team about customer service, I get high-five reviews.

Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

Supply Chain Shaman

Market-driven is a more mature definition of demand-driven. By definition, decision support processes–supply chain planning and price optimization–are not and should never be managed in real-time. There will be European, Asian, and North American cohorts of 30-40 people.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

Only 5% of public companies meet the definition for the Supply Chains To Admire for 2016. Capabilities for planning in North America and Europe, as shown in Figure 7, are greater than the growth economies. Today, I unpacked my bags.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Business Landscape

Enterra Insights

He concludes, “The most important realization to be aware of is that the definition of AI that suits your business may be entirely different for others.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly an overhyped buzzword. Michael Watson, an instructor at Northwestern University and a founding partner at Opex Analytics, explains, “‘AI’ is a tech buzzword that seems to take on a new meaning each time you hear it.

This Week in Logistics News (September 7-11, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Here are some comments from Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, from the press release: “Our opportunistic acquisition of Con-way will make XPO the second largest provider of less-than-truckload transportation in North America, a $35 billion market.

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


Super-single tires also offer better brake cooling and better traction in snowy conditions, both of which are definite benefits—especially in mountainous regions. 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. “ The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize ”: Shigeo Shingo. Lean is a new way of doing business.

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