Wed.Apr 10, 2019

Manufacturing Faces a Workforce Crisis


There are currently about 12.5 million manufacturing jobs in the US, comprising over 8 percent of the US workforce. Given the improved state of manufacturing in the US, you would expect these numbers to increase. Cloud ERP ERP Enterprise Resource Planning Manufacturing

Should Manufacturers build In-House Fleet or outsource to Transporters?


Introduction Emerging global competition has made it essential for companies to improve their logistics and distribution services. There has been more focus on operational excellence which implies that companies must consistently deliver quality service across all operations.

How to Incorporate Out-of-Stocks (OOS) in Forecasting


Out-of-stock (OOS) events present a real conundrum to consumer goods companies when forecasting demand.

Inventory Management for the Construction Industry


Introduction. The beauty of today’s business software is that most are flexible enough to adapt to any business. Say goodbye to ugly and limited on premise software. And you no longer have to look high and low for vertical industry solutions.

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.

Inbound Freight Collaboration: How a TMS Creates Harmony Between Shippers, Vendors, and Carriers


Today’s supply chains suffer from egocentric mindsets. Organizations are always looking out for number one, and while that remains vital to success, failure to work with other parts of your supply chain will lead to severe consequences.

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The Best Part of My Job


As we wrapped up our 2019 Velocity Conference in Orlando last week, I was reminded how lucky we are to be in supply chain.

Insights into ERP systems in supply chain planning and implementation


by Dustin Mattison. I recently had the opportunity to talk with William Cure , a Certified SCM Change Leader with over 40 years of hands on experience.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for April 11 2019

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon Taking another Step in Direct Parcel Shipping, Walmart Adding Robots in Stores and DCs, Retail Apocalypse to Get Much Worse, IMF Downgrases Global Economy

Sustainable Logistics: Making the Last Mile Eco-Friendly!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. E-Commerce/Last Mile Delivery: Stop Shipping Air and Empty Boxes! Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Raanan Cohen at [link].

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

BluJay Named as a Challenger in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems

BluJay Solutions

Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. Holland, MI– April 10, 2019 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network , today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Challengers quadrant of the 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems.”

The importance of a pilot in the solution process


What is a pilot? In the pilot phase, we take the data we gathered from stage one, the site survey and comprehensive SRDS to select the best software and technology to use for our pilot and proof-of-concept phase.

Why Walmart is Paying Truckers Almost $90,000 a Year


Near the end of 2018, Walmart announced it plans to raise trucker salaries to approximately $87,500. That is in stark contrast to the current median clocking in at roughly $44,281. Now if your first thought is to quit your job immediately and apply to drive for Walmart, I don’t blame you.

Initiating and Leading Business Change

JDA software

Today’s Wednesdays for Women post is part of an occasional series titled “Lessons from Leaders,” featuring insights that can help anyone looking to grow their career and leadership skills. In today’s blog, Trish Dutton, Solutions Director in Consulting Services and member of the JDA Winning Leadership program, shares what she learned about becoming a transformational leader, especially around initiating and leading business change, from a dynamic JDA executive.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

In-van delivery to speed up parts distribution


Delivery companies including PostNord and DHL, in partnership with vehicle manufacturers such as Volvo and Volkswagen, have been rolling out in-car delivery in recent years.

Centralised Inventory Management: Is it right for you?


Inventory management is a game changer when it comes to retail profitability. When your inventory is managed well, other parts of your business reap the benefits. However, the importance of inventory management isn’t always appreciated and can be overlooked by business owners. This is interesting because, from a financial point of view, inventory is one of your greatest assets.

Figuring out Fast Fashion


Clothing has always been a necessity; however, our desire for fashion and the availability of cheap clothes has resulted in global clothing sales almost doubling in the last 15 years. The value of the fashion industry to the global economy is huge; however, the cost to our planet and the people on it is even bigger. The way we produce, use and dispose of our clothes means that the industry is one of the most polluting in the world.

Transparency – The key challenges of the brand-supplier relationship


Fashion companies are facing more connected, aware and sceptical consumers that expect full transparency across the production chain. Understanding the consumers’ need for trust, fashion players have no other option but to change their practices across their businesses and be more transparent. But what transparency could actually mean for the fashion industry? Several fashion brands have left consumers wondering whether their purchase is coming from a transparent and fair supply chain or not.

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.

How Retailers Can Find New Customers in These Trying Times


From political negotiations to the rise of e-commerce, it’s difficult to ignore just how quickly consumer habits are evolving as they respond to new challenges and trends. Many retailers are finding it challenging to keep up with the ever changing consumer concerns and are unsure as to how can they can cut above the noise and focus on what really matters.

Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt Speaking at CONNECT 2019 | Supply Chain, Management and Technology Event in Bothell, WA on May 17, 2019


Please join us at the upcoming CONNECT 2019 | Supply Chain + Management + Technology event in Bothell on May 17th!

Cognitive Computing: The Foundation of Future Business

Enterra Insights

There can be little doubt the business landscape is shifting rapidly. The digital age has knocked some businesses off their foundations and rocked entire industries. Business consultant Steve Ardire ( @sardire ) and Charles Roe, founder of CR Scribes, observe, “With rapidly increasing volumes of Big Data, there is a compelling need for smarter machines to organize data faster, make better sense of it, discover insights, then learn, adapt, and improve over time without direct programming.”[1]

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Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years, which is hard to believe sometimes.

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.

Same-Day versus Next-Day Delivery

Logistics Trends and Insights

By Dean Maciuba. It was more than a few years back, prior to the e-commerce boom, when consumers waited weeks for delivery of catalog ordered merchandise.

Road Report: Purposeful Innovation Proves Powerful


Last week, I attended the 2019 Manufacturing and Technology Conference in Pittsburgh. The conference is a 1-stop shop for manufacturing decision makers — from design to delivery — to stay at the forefront of digital transformation.

Why using supplier data effectively will spark your growth

HICX Solutions

When problems with your system arise, it’s all too tempting to blame the system itself, rather than considering other potential root causes. Scenarios like this usually see companies trying to implement a replacement system and going through wholesale change, seeing it as something of a magic bullet.

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Retail Imports Rising Again as Summer Approaches

Material Handling & Logistics

The first half of 2019 is expected to total 10.7 million TEU, up 3.7% over the first half of 2018

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.