Thu.Dec 13, 2018

2018 Year in Review: The Evolution of Types of Analytics

River Logic

Our year in review on the types of analytics and how they have evolved in the market brings to mind the classic song, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. It’s a good-natured battle about the pronunciation of the words Potato and Tomato.

Let Your Fingers do the Walking Through the Digital Supply Chain

Oracle SCM

Matt Johnson, Senior Director, Supply Chain Collaboration Product Strategy. A new edition of the Yellow Pages landed on my doorstep last week. It was shockingly thin compared to the fat tomes I remembered from my youth. I barely gave it a glance as I tossed it in the recycle bin.

The Internet of Things is Changing how We Live and Work

Enterra Insights

The word “thing” is both broad and ambiguous. According to, “thing” can trace its origins to Norsemen who used to gather in a public assembly they called a “bing”; a term picked up and used by the English. The Dutch called such an assembly a “ding.”

Machine Learning In Warehouse Management


Machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, has already been used across many industries to improve efficiency and productivity. The technology has been in development for some time, with the uptake being slowed down by some industry’s reluctance to adopt it.

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.

Scope Spring Supply Chain Summit, 10th – 12th March 2019, Atlanta


We look forward to seeing you at the Scope Spring Summit in Atlanta. Visit our booth and ask us about the work we are doing with US Public Sector Organizations and with Manufacturers such as Meritor. Ivalua will be represented at the event by our North American Marketing Director, Ty Levine!

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The 13th Annual Health Care Supply Chain Summit, 28th – 29th January 2019, New Orleans


Join us at The 13th Annual Health Care Supply Chain Summit 2019. Ivalua is working with many Healthcare organisations such as Select Medical and Maxim Healtcare. We look forward to meeeting you at the event where we will be represented by Ty Levine, our Marketing Director for North America. Here’s a short video of our CEO & Founder, David Khuat-Duy, talking about what makes Ivalua special! link].

The New Retail Reality:              E-commerce Series (Part 1)

C3 Solutions

How does the 'Amazon effect' play out for traditional 'bricks and mortar' retailers?

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You decided: Chuck is Reader’s Choice Product of the Year!

6 River Systems

We are very excited to announce that our collaborative robot Chuck has been voted one of Material Handling Product News’ Reader’s Choice Products of the Year ! “We

The Surprising Secrets Behind Trader Joe's Supply Chain


Its founder called it the grocery store for “overeducated and underpaid people.” You’ve probably only heard of Trader Joe’s if you have one within a 30-mile radius (or if you have out-of-town friends who rave about it).

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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.

3 Reasons Why Procurement Transformations Fail!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. What’s the Difference between Procurement and Purchasing? Infographic). Article created by, and permission to publish here provided by, Jill Button at [link].

Is Soy the Next Palm Oil?

EHS Sustainability Knowledge at Work

Tropical forests continue to be threatened by rampant agricultural production of key commodities, such as palm oil, sugarcane, and soybean. While these commodities are traded and consumed the world over, the bulk come from just a handful of countries where they are produced.

Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Winners for Dec. 14, 2018 Contest

Supply Chain Digest

Sara Mabarak of Lancaster, PA and Eric Vicario of Lebanon, OH Take Home the Prize with Great Captions

On Time Delivery – Get that right First before all else!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out What Gets Measured Is What Gets Done! No matter what industry you are in and no matter what channels you are serving your Customers expect delivery of their goods on time. You may have different pressures, to increase profits for instance, but you must take care of the basic expectation of on time delivery first. If you don’t have on time delivery all your other pressures will not matter. Your customers will go elsewhere and your business will fail.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Hedge your bets with Probabilistic Forecasting

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

At Brookes we're big advocates of probabilistic forecasting (also known as stochastic forecasting). Understanding and employing this relatively simple principle can take your foreca sting and supply chain planning from ‘good to great’. long tail inventory Inventory Optimization

Tive’s Top Trends: Takeaways from 2018


As we approach the holiday season, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on what a tremendous year it’s been in the world of supply chain. Tive IoT Supply Chain Visibility

MTO, MTS & ATO: Challenges & Opportunities


In the manufacturing area, organizations have always been facing difficulties to manage their activity depending on their business model. Excess inventory Service level under expectations Excessive supply chain costs Quality issues. But today, because of the economical context, these pain points have become so critical, that solutions need to be found to manage them efficiently.

ProcureCon Indirect – East, 25th – 27th March 2019, Florida


Visit our booth and ask us about the work we are doing with US Public Sector Organizations and with Manufacturers such as Meritor.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Why 2019 Is A Pivotal Year For Supply Chain Digitization

Gravity Supply Chain

The year 2019 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the supply chain industry as several global developments will put significant pressure on supply chains to digitize. Let’s consider three of the most critical factors:… The post Why 2019 Is A Pivotal Year For Supply Chain Digitization appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain. Articles Automation & Digitization Retailer Supply Chain Visibility Technology & Cloud Stephanie Johnson

Procurement Leaders Americas Procurement Conference, 14th – 15th March 2019, Miami


We look forward to meeting many of our customers and partners at this prestigious conference, which will be held in Miami in March. Ivalua has been developing Procurement Technology for Nearly 20 years and we work with many customers and partners in North America.

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What to Know Before Visiting Your First Factory in China

Dragon Innovation

I’ve heard many things from many people about what to expect on a manufacturing business trip to China , and when it was my turn to embark on my first trip to several factories, I had my preconceptions of what to expect.

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Ivalua NOW, The Art of Procurement, 29th April – 1st May 2019, Chicago


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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.

Don't Neglect Maintenance Inventory Levels in MRO Space


Maintenance requirements aren't always predictable, meaning keeping adequate inventory levels is a must to minimize interruptions in uptime. Optimizing those inventory levels using automation can help maximize uptime with less stock.

Ivalua NOW, The Art of Procurement, 10th – 12th April 2019, Paris


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Our Search for an Unleashed Development Intern Superstar


Last week, we met with all the candidates for our Development intern programme for the day. It was a full day of activities and it sure went by quickly! Our Development Internship Programme will run for 12 weeks.

Emerging Technologies: The Evolution of the Smart Assistant


Everywhere we turn, there is a constant buzz around new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive intelligence. These emerging trends are expected to revolutionize procurement. According to Supply Management, “Cognitive procurement will drive the Procurement profession forward” and early adopters may certainly gain a competitive advantage.

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.