Wed.Jan 09, 2019

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

Personalization. Market microsegmentation. New product launch. There are many good reasons to add items to product portfolios, but companies are better at adding than eliminating items. Discontinuing products is a struggle with tension between supply chain and marketing functions.

Amazon’s Freight (Train) Is Coming


Editor’s Note: This article is from Steve Bettwy , Vice President – Quality and Business Continuity, Operational Excellence, and Continuous Improvement at Direct Supply. I hope we can agree that Amazon will disrupt an industry if it wants to. Bibliophiles everywhere can still hardly say “Amazon” without snarling, and Amazon’s effect on retail, grocery delivery, and even cloud computing is nothing short of transformative.

Excess Inventory? No problem. You have trailers in the yard.­­


With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs , companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works.

Discover 4 Use Cases for Applying AI to Your Recruiting Processes

Recruitment AI technology uncovers the most qualified candidates. This technology automates recruiting routines and facilitates natural conversations, resulting in higher productivity and a better candidate experience. Download the eBook to learn more!

Procurement Interview Questions & Answers

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. The Negotiation Before the Negotiation! Article and permission to publish here provided by Nikita S at [link]. Procurement, or Purchasing, is an area of Supply Chain that involves and requires very specific skills and expertise.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Jan. 10, 2019

Supply Chain Digest

Truck Platooning Not Worth It, Returns Continue to Grow for Etailers, Amazon Wants Inside Your Garage, It was a Big Year for US Manufacturing Jobs

The four trends that will position procurement as the driver of organisational change

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua. We are heading into an uncertain year. Whether it’s the increasing complexity of the supply chain in the face of globalisation, the race to discover and deploy the latest emerging technologies or the impact of Brexit on the supply and movement of goods – organisations need to be able to overcome the challenges ahead and keep everything running smoothly

Solving the ‘Wicked Problems’ of S&OP with AI

Aera Technology

By Denise Byers, Client Executive Partner at Aera Technology Wicked problems are undermining sales and operations planning (S&OP) and the supply chain. They are characterized by extreme complexity and deep root causes that defy conventional solutions.

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Supply Chain News on Artificial Intelligence is Fueling the Robot Boom in Distribution

Supply Chain Digest

From Goods to Picker to Piece Picking Robots, Software is the Key

How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The traditional paper-based approach to supply chain operations presents serious challenges and perils. Digitization, in turn, offers a bounty of benefits – up to and including six-figure cost savings and significant efficiency and revenue gains. Here’s how.

Trends 2019: Digital Enterprise

Enterra Insights

We live and work in the Digital Age. Companies successfully adapting to this new age will find themselves at the top of the evolutionary food chain; while enterprises failing to adapt, will, as in ages past, simply fade away. Adaptability is the key to success. Paul Rogers notes, “The focus of many Digital Transformation efforts has been on the adoption of new technologies.”[1] ”[1] This focus is understandable given all the new technologies now in play.

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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on When Ocean Carriers become Logistics Integrators

Supply Chain Digest

If Successful, Maersk, Others, will Change Global Logistics Landscape

New Hot Market Maps show when and where you'll find a load

DAT Solutions

Looking for your next load? Need a truck? Check your watch, and then go to your DAT Hot Market Map. In addition to a detailed view of load and truck posts and ratios, the latest version has a timeline display that gives you the info you need to make your truck or load post stand out from the crowd.

U.S. Manufacturing Hits the Pause Button

Logistics Trends and Insights

ISM’s December data indicates a slow-down in U.S. manufacturing activity. Month-to-month results found an 11 point decline in new orders. Read more and what we expect in our latest Forbes contribution. manufacturing

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Rates rise, but gains may be temporary

DAT Solutions

Truckload capacity remained tight during the first week of 2019, and national average rates increased 3¢ for vans, reefers and flatbeds. However, rates declined on many of the highest volume lanes, so increases in the national averages could be temporary.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Supply Chain Nation

Today Wednesdays for Women is another in our occasional series titled “Lessons from Leaders” featuring learnings from JDA leaders on topics of interest to anyone seeking insights and experiences that can help them grow their own leadership skills.

Retail Imports Level Off After Rush to Beat Tariffs

Material Handling & Logistics

NRF's Jonathan Gold said the industry is hoping the talks currently underway will bring an end to this ill-advised trade war and result in a more appropriate way of responding to China’s trade abuses that won’t force American consumers, workers and businesses to pay the price

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DC Velocity: Tailwind Transportation Software Integrates with Trucker Tools Smart Capacity


“Trucker Tools LLC, which provides shipment visibility, carrier capacity management and predictive freight-matching solutions for the transportation industry, announced today that Tailwind Transportation Software , an award-winning web-based transportation management software (TMS) provider, has integrated Trucker Tools Smart Capacity into their Pro and Enterprise TMS subscription tiers.

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Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Commercial Carrier Journal: Tailwind Software connects TMS with Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity


“ Trucker Tools , a provider of shipment visibility, carrier capacity management and predictive freight-matching applications, announced that Tailwind Transportation Software has integrated its Smart Capacity platform into the Pro and Enterprise TMS subscription tiers of Tailwind. Tailwind Transportation Software deploys a web-based TMS platform available by monthly subscription for freight brokers and small fleets. “We