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Is Single Sourcing, or Sole Sourcing, Dead?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Lockdowns have resulted in the temporary closure of Manufacturing and Distribution facilities and discontinuation of Logistics and transportation modes. In many cases the use of single sourcing, or sole sourcing, Procurement strategies has limited the ability for Supply Chains to access alternate sources of supply and more rapidly support higher than normal demand levels. What is Single Sourcing or Sole Sourcing? Subscribe Here!

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement

EFT

It has been a huge challenge to understand what is changing moment-to-moment, let alone predicting what will happen, so eft by Reuters sat down in a webinar with experts working at the coalface of inventory planning and distribution to understand what can be done to survive and thrive. Paiva also emphasises the importance of being robust from a supplier but also a transportation perspective. “We Even the transport network is changing.

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The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? This requires a new broad look at the business of transportation supply chain, including supply chain management, logistics, & procurement.

10 Ways Effective Transportation Management Drives Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies , in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. 10 Tips to Remain Competitive and Have an Effective Transportation Management Strategy.

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

Cerasis

For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. The are the 8 Rights of Lean Transportation thinking: Right Materials, Right Quantity, Right time, Right Place, Right Source, Right Price, Right Quantity, and. Transportation takes time.

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Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

Requis

You see that as well in the actual distribution centre networks. Sourcing has probably been the biggest thing over the last decade or two, coupled with that reduction in local manufacturing of course. For others it means having really good visibility for outbound distribution.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Going to Market with Your Transportation RFP

Talking Logistics

This time of year, many shippers are reviewing and updating their transportation plan for the back half of the year and many will be considering issuing RFPs for new or changed capacity needs. I am often asked what shippers should consider (beyond the obvious of reducing cost) when deciding whether to go to market with a transportation RFP and what the associated best practices are. Procurement Strategy (Annual RFP, Targeted RFP, etc.).

Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Understanding today’s transportation market. Transportation capacity, namely truckload, is highly fragmented. Finding the sourcing, shipping, and delivery options you want, especially in times of disruption, starts with providers that can support your supply and demand requirements.

Indirect Procurement – It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Yet the lack of attention and focus that Indirect Procurement is often given is inconsistent with the true importance of this area. Indirect Procurement takes a back seat to Direct Procurement unfortunately. But it is time for Indirect Procurement to stand up and be counted! The Importance of Indirect Procurement! Indirect Procurement is referred to by many different names. It might be called Non-Production Procurement or MRO for instance.

Job opening: Associate Director European Distribution at Astellas

Supply Chain Movement

Associate Director European Distribution. Alternatively they are sourced from contract manufacturers or Astellas sites outside EMEA. In this position you will co-develop, document and implement the supply chain strategy in relation to the transport and distribution process of the European products. Knowledge of best practices in warehousing and transport for pharmaceutical distribution in Europe and worldwide. Experience in procurement.

Procurement, Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, Robotics and Automation: The Image of Manufacturing is Evolving.

Cerasis

Let’s take another look at how procurement, computing power, industry 4.0, cyber security, advanced robotics and automation became top priorities for research, development, and implementation throughout the past year’s operations in the manufacturing industry. . Advanced Robotics and Automation Have Boosted Production and Distribution. Procurement Operations Became Decentralized and Adaptable. Procurement is also becoming more interesting and involved.

Looking For a Job? Here’s The Top 10 Transportation Jobs

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog comes from our friend Michael Stoddard who shares the top 10 transportation jobs in the industry. If you happen to find yourself searching for careers in logistics, transportation and supply chains, you'll be happy to know that there's no shortage of positions. Getting into transportation is a different topic entirely, one that demands a separate, more intricate look. Transportation Manager. Distribution Manager. Transportation

How to Use Big Data Analytics to Drive Business Value in Procurement Forward (Part 1)

Jaggaer

JAGGAER InsideSpend Thought leadership Series – In this blog series, we profile leaders in the procurement industry. We hope their insights and experiences inspire you to achieve greatness in procurement. A conversation with Walter Charles, Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. . Procurement Trends in Manufacturing. How are they impacting the procurement organization and proficiency? Procurement Resources Supply Chain manufacturing

E2open Acquires Transportation Management Systems Provider Cloud Logistics

E2open

Cloud Logistics Brings Same-Day, Rapid-Deployment Transportation and Logistics Management to E2open’s Industry Leading Business Network. AUSTIN, TX – October 1, 2018 – E2open , the one place in the cloud to run your supply chain, today announced the acquisition of Cloud Logistics, a leading innovator of transportation management systems (TMS) for the global supply chain market. in the March 2018 Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems. MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018.

Distributed Order Management: Optimize ERP Investments and Modernize Order Management

Oracle SCM

In addition, more involved fulfillment processes such as make-to-order and configure-to-order may need to be coordinated and optimized across multiple layers of in-house supply sources, outside suppliers, and outsourced manufacturers. Distributed Order Management (DOM) can be an effective and easier alternative. A modern DOM solution can leverage existing ERPs as fulfillment sources, which avoids the costly and often unrealistic alternative of replacing some or all of the ERPs.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. Conventional retailers’ supply chains often lack the distribution center (DC) network needed to handle modern consumer demands for speed and convenience.

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How Blockchain Could Create the 'Autonomous Container'

Supply Chain Brain

Invented to record transactions involving Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain’s ability to create a distributed ledger of transactions makes it a natural for purposes of container tracking and monitoring. Ettl says that drawback can be addressed through the use of Hyperledger , an open-sourced collaborative effort to develop blockchain technologies across industries.

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. Multimodal 2015. Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Venue: NEC Birmingham. Organiser: Clarion Events.

Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: As Ecommerce Businesses Boom, Distribution Center Availability Becomes Scarce

Arkieva

While demand seems to be on an uptick for manufacturers especially in the consumer goods industry, an increase in online shopping could also lead to a scarcity in the availability of distribution centers in the near future. Ecommerce Growth Leading to Tighter Distribution Center Availability. Source: Multichannel Merchant. Source: Supply Chain Digest. Source: Journal of Supply Chain Management. Source: Arkieva Blog. Image source: Supply Chain Digest.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, dedicate their entire work to analyzing the opportunities and gaps in ordering, shipping, transportation, and receiving for companies large and small. Conventional retailers’ supply chains often lack the distribution center (DC) network needed to handle modern consumer demands for speed and convenience.

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Sourcing Success Story Increased Participation and Savings

EC Sourcing Group

Raw Material Sourcing Success Story: More Suppliers Participated plus Time and Hard Dollar Savings. Let me share some of the highlights of this success story at an international manufacturing and distribution company. The direct materials category manager kept hearing rave reviews about a new sourcing platform from the indirect category manager. Then it was modified to separate raw materials and transportation bids into separate buckets. .

Top 10 Global Supply Chain Risks

Supply Chain Game Changer

Risk management strategies of yesteryear are ineffective in the changing landscape, and no type of transport can avoid risks. Source raw materials from reclamation centers where possible. Although systems can be integrated through open-source software, integration and modification of systems increase risk. Procurement departments must take the full burden of ensuring supplier consistency. Transport Loss. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Made in “I Really Don’t Know”

Talking Logistics

As reported in USA Today : [In a sourcing practice nicknamed “China plus one”], big brands like Rip Curl send their specifications — what they want made and how much they’re willing to pay for it — to sourcing agents, who find factories that agree to fulfill them. Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Supply Chain Risk Management global sourcing North Korea Rip Curl slavery supply chain mapping supply chain visibility

The Effects of a Recall Can Be Minimized With a Connected Supply Chain

DynaSys

The supply chain can be the roadmap to follow to determine the how, the what, the why, the when and the where’s the source of the problem as the supply chain covers the entire cycle of the process from ingredient to finished product. If the supply chain processes are not connected from the beginning to the end of the entire procurement, manufacturing and distribution processes, or “field to fork”, you will have a bumpy road.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Multiple manufacturers, multiple relationships, multiple distribution models, multiple contracts. Entry points for Blockchain and Distributed Blockchain Technology A compounding set of technological need is born out of the emerging trends in Supply Chain Management — with digital collaboration as the key theme. This distributed ledger provides grounds for better (and more) digital automation across the supply chain, as well as concurrent optimization.

Are These the 5 Biggest Fallacies in Supply Chain or is it Fake News?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. It’s becoming more strategic, as companies integrate their Supply Chains and use them as a source of competitive advantage – instead of just a back-office function. In short, companies are using Blockchain’s distributed ledgers to form a public record of where goods come from, allowing consumers to trace goods in the supply chain. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

“Supply chain management (SCM) is the broad range of activities required to plan, control and execute a product’s flow, from acquiring raw materials and production through distribution to the final customer, in the most streamlined and cost-effective way possible. These jobs could involve working in a Warehouse, Distribution Centre, Manufacturing operation, or in an Office environment, or all of the above. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year. Such providers understand domestic transportation issues, and can plan to develop long-term solutions to complex local distribution challenges. Procurement will play a key role in monitoring supply base conditions.

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Yet all of the functions that we now associate with Supply Chain have been around for a very long time: Planning, Inventory Management, Logistics, Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and many more. I worked in Materials Handling, Packaging Engineering, Warehouse Space Planning, Resource Planning, Procurement, Inventory Management and Control, Production Control, Systems Management and other areas. Source: [link] ). Source: [link] ). Source: [link] ).

COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Logistics Bureau

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. The pandemic, however, has exposed the risk, like never before, of concentrating sources in one location—especially when it’s far away from a company’s headquarters and markets.

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5 Ways Temperature Controlled Shippers Can Boost Supply Chain Efficiency

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson, to discuss how Managed Procurement Services could provide a customized, more holistic solution. As demand ebbs and flows, the most successful shippers will focus on creating inventory efficiencies through technology, capacity networks, and expedited transportation services.

Blockchain for the Supply Chain: Reality vs. Hype

Supply Chain Brain

The idea of a virtual, distributed ledger that can serve as an indelible system of record for any number of business transactions between supply-chain partners — well, it’s irresistible. For example, approval by multiple parties to a transportation arrangement is required in order to issue an authorized bill of lading. At the same time, technical standards are needed to govern the various processes that are unique to freight transportation and other logistics-related services.

A Journey to the Cloud Enables the Push to a Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

At the time, it was operating across a platform of approximately 125 enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, 30 warehouse-management systems (WMS) and a smattering of transportation-management systems (TMS). As part of the cloud initiative, Schneider Electric set out to standardize the way it ran the distribution-center network. For the transportation function alone, Schneider Electric had some 1,450 suppliers.

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

Prior to one Holiday season several years ago the volume that was coming into the Distribution Centre receiving area was unprecedented and unpredicted. Consider each of the nodes (suppliers, operations, distribution centres, stores) in your Supply Chain as being a “highway” Consider also that all of the goods that you are moving along these nodes are the “vehicles” travelling on those highways. Subscribe Here! Email Address.