Thu.Jun 30, 2016

Where Do We Go From Here? Taking a Look at the 2016 State of Logistics Report


2015 was a different year for the logistics industry. For the first time in more than 10 years, the Federal Reserve took the initiative to slightly increase interest rates, but the hopes for a robust start to 2016 were quickly dashed.

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Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

It was back in January 2015, after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about bitcoin, that my eyes were opened to the potential for blockchain technology to transform supply chain management. As I wrote at the time in Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires Connectivity and Advanced Analytics

Enterra Insights

“Supply chains,” writes Abe Eshkenazi (@aeshkenazi), CEO of APICS, “are like the central nervous system in humans — they are … Continued. The post Supply Chain Risk Management Requires Connectivity and Advanced Analytics appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Six Logistics “Facts” That Are Wrong


Six Freight “Facts” That Are Wrong. Sometimes what is taken as a fact doesn’t hold up to closer scrutiny. And the freight industry is no exception. This post looks at six freight “facts”, and what makes them more fiction than fact. Logistics growth is all about the M&As. 2015 was a record year for 3PL M&As, driven by the need to optimise assets, increase scale, and increase reach.

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How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

PINC named as Food Logistics' Top Green Provider for 2016


Food Logistics' annual Top Green Providers list recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry. The list offers logistics professionals a guide to the providers, manufacturers, and software and technology companies that have found new ways to promote sustainability throughout their operations and those of their customers.

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Enterprise Software Suppliers Exhibit Mixed Results in Q1 2016

Logistics Viewpoints

ARC Advisory Group ( monitors and analyzes the enterprise software market on a quarterly basis. We track the revenues of fifteen prominent publicly traded enterprise software companies and translate financial results reported in foreign currencies to US dollars using an average exchange rate for the given reporting period. The suppliers’ reporting period for this analysis is the quarter ended March 2016, unless stated otherwise.

Gartner acquires SCM World

Supply Chain Movement

Gartner acquires SCM World, a cross-industry peer network and learning community providing subscription-based research and conferences.”The

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Supply Chain Considerations with Brexit

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Among the issues surfacing related to the impacts of the British vote to exit the European Union are questions regarding changes in supply chains, particularly by those owned by U.S. companies. The post Supply Chain Considerations with Brexit appeared first on Tompkins International.

Towards an effective S&OP with Stephen Covey

Supply Chain Movement

Since the publication of Stephan Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” in 1989, more than 15 million copies have passed the counter, making it one of the best selling management books ever. The seven habits that Covey describes are brilliant in their simplicity.

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Bringing SCOR to Singapore


A daylong educational forum in Singapore in July will introduce the SCOR model to supply chain professionals representing some of the world’s largest and most recognized semiconductor and electronics companies. Think Supply Chain

An Expanded Panama Canal Takes Logistics into Uncharted Waters


An Expanded Panama Canal Takes Logistics into Uncharted Waters.Connect. Editor’s note: This post originally ran in February. Since the Panama Canal opened this past Sunday, we wanted to share it with you again.

Does Drop Shipping Online Orders Deliver Value?

Supply Chain @ MIT

In response to the growth of their e-commerce businesses, many retailers are looking for ways to reduce the supply chain costs associated with internet orders. Some retailers are starting to look upstream in their supply chains, and are requesting that manufacturers fulfill orders via drop shipping.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel


The New Retailing is driven by the New Supply Chain. Immediacy of order delivery is the customer expectation and customer experience. Doing this is about much more than the last mile. It requires supply chain transformation. The New Supply Chain directs and manages structured complexity.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 30, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

New Panama Canal Finally Opens. 3D Printing Losing Some Steam. Walmart Continues to Expand Its dot com Business, but is it Enoug. Sweden Testing Electric Highway for Trucks

5 Important Questions You Should Ask your Cloud Software Provider


Did you know that over 50% of core HR systems are SaaS solutions?

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on US Logistics Cost Breakdown 2015

Supply Chain Digest

Transportation Represents About Two Thirds of More than 1.4 Trillion Dollar in Total Spend

Next UDI Deadline Will Place Stress on GUDID Database


The FDA is testing the GUDID database to make sure that it is ready for the upcoming UDI deadline. UDI Medical Devices


Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Tmall vs. Tmall Global: Which Platform Fits Your Company’s Needs?

ModusLink Corporation

In previous blogs we wrote about the many opportunities in the Chinese market; these opportunities, however, also go hand in hand with at least as many challenges.

6 Trending Transportation News Stories: June 2016

PLS Logistics

Wal-Mart Testing Grocery Delivery + Drones. To compete with Amazon, Wal-Mart stores are testing a grocery-delivery service with Uber (in the Phoenix market) and Lyft (in the Denver market). Once a customer places a grocery order online, it will be filled and packaged by employees, then sent in an Uber or Lyft to the customer’s location. The retailer is also testing drone use at its warehouses. Drones capture real-time images and spot missing inventory.

Tmall vs. Tmall Global: Which Platform Fits Your Company’s Needs?

ModusLink Corporation

In previous blogs we wrote about the many opportunities in the Chinese market; these opportunities, however, also go hand in hand with at least as many challenges.

Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

DAT Solutions

Van freight was a little quiet last week, but a rebound should be underway now, to close the second quarter on a high note. Reefer freight volume should get a boost too, due to last-minute demand for fresh food, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

3PL Advantages: Is Bigger Really Better?

Consumer Goods Logistics

For shippers researching 3PL advantages and wondering how to get the most value from a 3PL relationship, one issue that comes up is the size of the provider. Do companies want the size and scale of a larger 3PL or the agility and focus of a small to mid-sized provider?

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CPO on “How is CSR impacting Procurement objectives?” In The Pharma Business Video Interview


Jean-Yves Rotte?-Geoffroy Geoffroy (CPO GlaxoSmithKline) Interview @ EcoVadis SustaIn Conference, April 2016 in Paris from EcoVadis on Vimeo. This interview captures the thoughts of Jean-Yves Rotte?-Geoffroy

The Importance of Containers to Next-Gen Cloud Applications

GTG Technology Group

The advent of container technology is further pushing the boundaries of the cloud-based philosophy. Download GTG Technology Groups latest White Paper: The Importance of Containers to Next-Gen Cloud Applications Here.

Entres Amis, Between Friends


In 1976 the Canadian government commissioned a book of photography as a gift to the United States in commemoration of its Bi-Centennial celebration. It was a collection of stunning photographs all taken within one mile or the Canada/US border – many of them right at the border itself.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.