Wed.Mar 14, 2018

No chicken, no gravy, no customers – KFC’s planning woes are entirely preventable


KFC, a fast food favorite, made headlines last month for suffering a chicken shortage that brought 900 restaurants in the UK to a halt. Recently, the chain announced it was suffering from a gravy shortage as well. Not ideal for a chicken restaurant. No chicken and no gravy mean no customers.

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

Logistics Viewpoints

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […].

Too Busy to Save Money?  Here are Three Ways Effective Packaging Solutions Will Make it Easy  


| Michael Tesch | Packaging Engineering Consultant | Chainalytics | It is not uncommon for a scenario of “being too busy to save money” to occur in most industries, especially when it comes to the utilization of effective packaging solutions.

Blockchain for the Supply Chain – What’s It All Mean?

Supply Chain Collaborator

The biggest bandwagon since the dotcom revolution, companies of all stripes are chanting “blockchain, blockchain, BLOCKCHAIN” in their marketing as if it were a spell they could cast to magically attract business.

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.

S&OP mindset shows a lack of pro-activity and long term focus

Supply Chain Trend

Some companies run their Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) with great effectiveness. However, too often S&OP maturity and performance stalls, even when the supporting S&OP processes and systems are properly implemented.

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Mental toughness in business planning; a mindset benchmark

Supply Chain Trend

Some companies run their Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) with great effectiveness. However, too often S&OP maturity and performance stalls, even when the supporting S&OP processes and systems are properly implemented.

New Food Safety Rules Soon to Kick in for Small Brokers, Shippers and Carriers


On April 6, the new rules for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods will come into effect for small businesses. As the date approaches, it can be useful to review what shippers, carriers and brokers will need to comply with when handling food. Read on for an overview of the main requirements! The Sanitary Transportation Rule. The Sanitary Transportation Rule which is part of the U.S.

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8 Common Warehousing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Logistics Bureau

To say there is any one single way in which to manage a warehouse would be folly—much depends on the nature of the supply chain and of the warehouse itself. However, there are certain common principles that can and should be applied. Conversely, of course, this also means there are a number of ways in which companies can get it wrong.

China’s War on Pollution Will Change the World

Supply Chain Brain

Four decades of breakneck economic growth turned China into the world’s biggest carbon emitter. But now the government is trying to change that without damaging the economy — and perhaps even use its green policies to become a leader in technological innovation. So, as lawmakers attend the annual National People’s Congress, here’s a look at the impact of the environmental focus, at home and abroad.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now… Robotics

Logistics Bureau

From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways—function and form included. Affected by changes in production, procurement and distribution methods, warehousing has continually been pushed and pulled in different directions. Just-in-time techniques have led to more products arriving directly from manufacturing to the end-customer, shrinking warehouse use. On the other hand, offshoring growth has fuelled the need for warehousing as part of the elongated supply chain.

Tailwind Transportation Software Launches Fully Web-Based Enterprise TMS


Tailwind Enterprise is a flexible, cloud-based Enterprise Transportation Management Software (TMS) for fast-moving logistics companies.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on The Good News in US Labor Markets in Five Charts

Supply Chain Digest

Plenty of Positive Data All Around, but How Long Can It Last

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Striking a Balance

Supply Chain Nation

Today’s Wednesdays for Women blog is an insightful conversation with Kirsten Piacentini, Vice President of Inventory Management at L.L.Bean; who just so happens to be one of JDA’s transformative customers in retail!

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Managed Services vs. Software-as-a-Service: Which Path is Right for You?

Talking Logistics

When it comes to how best to manage their transportation operations, many shippers often find themselves at a crossroads: should they implement a transportation management system, outsource everything to a logistics service provider, or take a hybrid approach? The right answer for one shipper might not be the best approach for another. So, how do you determine which path to take? What factors should you consider?

In Memoriam: Stephen W. Hawking (1942-2018)

Enterra Insights

Few scientists achieve the kind of fame attained by Professor Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University. His notoriety came as much from his courage as his brilliance. At the age of 21, Dr. Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). It’s a disease that damages nerves causing those suffering from it to lose control of movement and eventually results in paralysis. Typically, patients die within five years of being diagnosed.

Walmart’s Key to Unlocking its Full Online Growth Potential

Supply Chain 24/7

According to a Credit Suisse analyst, Walmart plans to hit a 40% US online growth target by 2019, and the company may have found a way to relieve its online growth concerns, as well as get it to its targets in the next two years

Why SMEs should consider selling on Amazon


Despite fears that Amazon’s enormous eCommerce presence would squash local small businesses, many savvy SMEs are taking an “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach, and using the online marketplace to their advantage. TradeGecko’s inventory and order management software will help you automate your workflows so you can focus on growing your business. Click here to start your FREE trial now. eCommerce

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Coop Värmland Adopts Advanced Workforce Optimization Software to Improve Operational Efficiency

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. Zenopt and RELEX Solutions to provide Coop Värmland with a cutting-edge solution for workforce optimization.

Omnichannel, mobile, marketing and more at IRX and EDX 2018

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

IRX and EDX 2018 are just around the corner. Visit the shows from 21-22 March at the NEC Birmingham for two days of thought-provoking discussion, events and content on the hottest retail topics

3 Tips for Cargo Theft Prevention

Logistics Bureau

As globalization continues to increase the amount of freight shipped across international boundaries, so too does it increase the risk of losses through cargo theft. Already this year (2015)`, a spate of cargo vessel hijackings in the Asia Pacific region has resulted in millions of litres of fuel oil and, to a lesser extent, chemicals, being lost to the black market.

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Delivery Hero selects NewVoiceMedia as contact centre partner to transform global customer experience

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

NewVoiceMedia, provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology, has announced that Berlin-based food-delivery service, Delivery Hero AG, has selected its platform to transform its global customer experience

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The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.