Tue.Dec 04, 2018

What’s shaping the steel industry today?


In recent years, the steel industry has seen creative solutions to long-standing challenges, emerging technologies, and niche market explorations – all of which are changing this traditionally conservative industry.

Supply Chain Planning for Direct-To-Consumer


Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) presents special supply chain planning challenges for both smaller microbrands (e.g., eyeglass brand Warby Parker or mattress seller Casper) and much larger consumer goods incumbents, but the planning challenges are different depending on which type of company you are.

From “Rules of Thumb” to Non-Linear Algorithmic Optimization


Back in the mid 1990’s when I first entered the Supply Chain field as a freshly minted MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, I was full of “state of the art” knowledge from visionary teachers like Don Bowersox, David Closs, Steven Melnyk and others.

The Dispatch Report + Pilot Updates | December 2018, Issue No. 9


Dear Community, As 2018 begins to wind down, we want to give you a sneak peek at some of the exciting things we’ve been working on—some fantastic updates that we have for you today—and the major milestones we can’t wait to share with you in January. Overview.

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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.

Year in Review: The Trends That Defined Supply Chain in 2018


A trade war that put businesses and consumers on edge. An entire industry confronting generational shifts and talent loss. The synergization of online and offline sales channels.

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Top 8 software every FMCG company should invest in


FMCG is a versatile and rapidly changing industry. Therefore, FMCG businesses are usually the pioneer in using innovative methods and facilities to improve their work processes.

BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks

BluJay Solutions

In the report, Gartner states: “Multienterprise supply chain business networks support a community of trading partners – of any tier and type within a network – that needs to coordinate and execute supply chain processes across multiple enterprises.” ” Read the full article in CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly. The post BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks appeared first on BluJay Solutions.

How to Move Beyond Spreadsheets


In our last blog post , we covered the pitfalls of using spreadsheets. Excel can’t hold a flame next to the modern, cloud-based retail analytics platforms that are now available. Ready to dump spreadsheets once and for all?

BluJay Named in ‘Challengers’ Section of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

BluJay Solutions

BluJay has been named in the Challengers quadrant of Gartner’s 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks.” The evaluation is based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. Read the full article in Logistics Business.

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.

Improving Supply Chain Resilience

Enterra Insights

Supply chain risk management (SCRM) is often discussed in terms of prevention, mitigation, and recovery. Prevention, of course, is the most cost effective course of action. The medical community is fond of repeating an adage attributed to the 16th century Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, “Prevention is better than cure.” ” Supply chain risk managers undoubtedly agree with that sentiment.

Last Mile Customer Experience Starts with Real-Time Visibility


Last week, tens of millions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday ecommerce orders were shipped, […]. The post Last Mile Customer Experience Starts with Real-Time Visibility appeared first on Convey. Retail Supply Chain Tips and Tricks

Are You on the Supply Chain Naughty List or the Nice List this Year?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out Is Your Supply Chain A Cost Centre or a Value Creator? Supply Chain is a very difficult business area to work in. It is not for the faint of heart.

An App for Food Transparency

EHS Sustainability Knowledge at Work

Changing how consumers engage and interact with the food and drink they consume is seen as a big part of the sustainable supply chain conundrum.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks

BluJay Solutions

According to the report, “The critical characteristic of Challengers is that they have capable, proven and mature products, with numerous live customers, with an overall solid and well-recognized position in the marketplace. They also have consistent track records of successful implementations. Read the full article in DC Velocity. The post BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks appeared first on BluJay Solutions. In The News

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Thieves in the Temple – Errors in the Planning-Execution System


Here’s a quick look at how to identify and fix errors in planning execution systems. Thieves in the Temple – Errors in the Planning-Execution System was first posted on December 4, 2018 at 8:23 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at hyeboah@arkieva.com.

Optimising Inventory Control in Multichannel Businesses


For business owners, keeping up with the changing demands of customers can be challenging, especially when these demands require considerable changes to the way your business operates. With better inventory control and optimised management, your multichannel operation can perform at a higher level and meet customer expectations. Integrating inventory control with suppliers. Working with external suppliers can be challenging because of the pressure put on those connections.

3 Vital Mistakes That Impede Global Supply Chain Success

MP Objects Supply Chain Orchestration

Growth, global expansion, and building complex networks of partnerships are a boon to businesses, but they also come at a price.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Barriers weakening world trade growth


Indices for all seven countries indicate further growth. Pace slows down in all index countries – particularly in Asia. India continues to grow most dynamically. Weakest trade growth in the UK. Global trade will continue to grow over the next three months but the pace will slow noticeably.

Rockwell Automation: Supply Chains to Admire Winner

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).

Freight Procurement Solutions Are Transforming Supply Chains


Why You Should Consider Freight Procurement Sourcing Solution. Procuring raw materials or finished goods is one thing, but the processing of moving those goods from one place to another brings its own set of challenges. Whether you’re in charge of ordering the “things” or managing how and where those things get from A to B, both sides of the procurement equation stand to benefit from freight procurement automation.

World-Renowned Lean & Kaizen Expert Mr. Takao Sakai joins ThroughPut Advisory Board


MENLO PARK , SILICON VALLEY, Calif., 3, 2018. ThroughPut Inc., the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Supply Chain pioneer that enables companies to detect, prioritize and alleviate dynamic operational bottlenecks just-in-time today announced the appointment of global lean & Just-In-Time expert, Mr. Takao Sakai , to the Executive Advisory Board. Takao Sakai currently serves as the President of Global People Solutions Inc., and as the Founder of Lean X.

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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.

Rockwell Automation: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).

Understanding How LTL and Last Yard Is the New “Last Mile”


As explained by Gary Frantz of Transport Topics , products requiring in-home installation or setup form one of the fastest growing sales’ areas in e-commerce. Appliances, electronics and even home repairs are combined with the online shopping experience , so it is not enough to get a shipment to its destination. Shippers must recognize the need to go further, including the installation or setup of a product, as well as maintaining visibility and control over the shipment throughout transit.

Supply Chain News on Treatment of Pregnant Workers in the DC a Growing Legal Issue

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Group of Senators Demands Information from XPO after Article on Miscarriages by New York Times

[PODCAST] Why Shippers & 3PLs Who Focus on Customer Service Reduce Freight Costs


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s “The Freight Project” Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes Eric Workman, the Cerasis Customer Service Manager. Eric oversees our auditing & billing department as well as our freight damage claims department. Both services help streamline shippers’ internal processes by saving them time and money by not having to dedicate resources to do either of these functions.

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.