Mon.Jul 08, 2019

The Intelligent Food Supply Chain Can Reduce Waste

Enterra Insights

People not only need to eat most people love to eat. They enjoy the tastes, textures, aromas, appearance, and even sounds of the foods they eat. They appreciate variety — as they say, variety is the spice of life. Nevertheless, most people give little thought to how their food gets to their tables.

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TMS Development: Who Should Develop My TMS? A 3PL or a Tech Company the 3PL Hires?


The value of implementing a transportation management system (TMS) is undisputed. Companies across the globe are looking to leverage an advanced TMS function and capabilities to streamline logistics management. Unfortunately, not all TMS solutions are created equally.

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Why warehouse conveyor systems are outdated and costing you money (and what you should be using instead)

6 River Systems

A technology used to aid in order fulfillment, warehouse conveyor systems transport products throughout the facility, such as from picking zones to packing areas. They’re similar to the conveyors found in grocery store checkout lanes, but on a much larger scale.

For Every Tom, Dick, and Harry

Supply Chain Shaman

I help business leaders transform supply chains. Fiercely independent, I triangulate the market and share insights. While companies like research, they love stories. For me, this poses a dilemma. How so? No one wants their story told, yet they want to know stories of other companies.

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.

Macro Growth of Micro Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

The impact of e-commerce on the retail grocery industry and perishables supply chains has created a phenomenon called Micro Supply Chains. It’s driving rapid change across the industry, which has presented challenges for all stakeholders, but also new opportunities to differentiate and capture market share. What are some of these challenges and opportunities? What actions. The post Macro Growth of Micro Supply Chains appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Reveal Your Real Inventory Planning and Forecasting Policy by Answering These 10 Questions

The Smart Software

In this blog, we review 10 specific questions you can ask to uncover what’s really happening with the inventory planning and demand forecasting policy at your company.

Fires Challenging the Automotive Industry


Download the full 2018 annual report here. supply chain risk management supply chain disruptions supply chain risk impact automotive industry

Smart Software to Present at NESCON 2019

The Smart Software

Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today announced that Greg Hartunian, CEO, will present at the NESCON 2019, New England Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition Keynote.

[Event Recap] Insights and learnings from IRCE 2019, Chicago


Vinculum participated at Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE), one of the biggest eCommerce conferences in Chicago. Date: 25-28 June 2019. Venue: McCormick Place South, Chicago.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

SC Certifications. A good idea to help you out filling the gaps

The Supply Chainer Report

Passionate Supply Chainers all around the world are wondering whether studying a Certification makes sense or not. Allow me to say this is quite normal taking into account the huge number of them. Check out the Top 8 according to CIO magazine.

How does your demand forecasting process compare to others? Take this quiz to find out


Sales and Operations Planning and demand forecasting are two sides of the same coin. For many, a well-executed S&OP process should start with a demand forecast on one end and supply and resource plans to meet that forecast on the other.

PLS Welcomes New VP of Corporate Development at New Chicago Office

PLS Logistics

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (July 8, 2019) – PLS Logistics Services, a leading third-party logistics provider, is pleased to announce Steven Moore as the new Vice President of Corporate Development, who will be working out of its new Chicago office.

How Automation Empowers Retail Warehousing Success

Veridian Solutions

Automation is quickly becoming the newest way to empower supply chain leaders with warehousing success. Automation enables paperless warehouses, and cloud computing spending has seen a remarkable trend upward of 4.5 times the rate of IT spending over the last decade. More importantly, cloud system automation is on track to become the dominant factor in the market by 2020, driving customer satisfaction , and more.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Quarterly Industry Report: Q2 of 2019


Quarterly Industry Report: Q2 of 2019. We’re halfway through 2019, and throughout the past six months, the transportation industry has experienced a number of events that have affected shippers and carriers alike—including the annual Roadcheck inspection and ongoing capacity fluctuations.

Shifting Supply Chains --HP, Dell to Move 30% of Laptop Production From China

Material Handling & Logistics

“HP shares industry concerns that broad-based tariffs harm consumers by increasing the cost of electronics," the company said

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

Logistics Viewpoints

When logistics folks think about transportation, the pipeline mode is an afterthought. But it is a very important mode that gets far too little coverage and is not sufficiently well understood. Pipeline scheduling solutions are every bit as complex as other transportation management solutions.

Quarterly Industry Report: Q2 of 2019


Quarterly Industry Report: Q2 of 2019. We’re halfway through 2019, and throughout the past six months, the transportation industry has experienced a number of events that have affected shippers and carriers alike—including the annual Roadcheck inspection and ongoing capacity fluctuations.

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

Van rates ride high through Independence Day

DAT Solutions

Independence Day fell on a Thursday this year, so there were many people who took Friday off as well. That meant any shipments needing to be delivered last week had a tighter window, and those shipments moved at a premium. Rate Trend of the Week

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Supply Chain News on Shippers Harnessing New Age Technology in Bid to Recruit New Warehouse Workers

Supply Chain Digest

Medical Waste Handler Stericycle Draws Geo Fence around Another Shipper Parking Lot to Send Targeted Cell Phone Ads

Reefer freight hits its stride as summer produce arrives

DAT Solutions

After a slow start, reefer freight is finally hitting its stride. We've seen a uptick in both rates and freight volumes the past two weeks. The Midwest is leading the way, as summer produce is finally moving. Rate Trend of the Week

Online and In-Store, Retailers Must Adapt to New Shopping Trends

Supply Chain Brain

What many economists view as a growing gap between rich and poor in America is being reflected in online retailing trends

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.

Why CPM Helps Finance Workers Sleep at Night


If I had ever, in my youth, invented an acronym, I believe it would have been ‘GARR’. GARR represents the repetitive processes that countless financial workers have suffered through since the invention of…well…finance.

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Manage Stock on Etsy with Free Inventory Spreadsheet


The Etsy shop you started as a side income has grown to become a much more substantial business. Nice work! Now it’s time to put some better tools in place. Keeping track of inventory with a paper checklist worked in the past, but now you need a better system.

Lessons From the Military for Improving the Retail Customer Experience

Supply Chain Brain

Retailing as a business model is being challenged by e-tailers and demands for an ever-improving customer experience. Lessons from the military can help



By Bhargavi Nake. Dwight Eisenhower famously said, “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”. This little quote says a lot and has a lot of meaning hidden in it. Motivation in employees is as rare as the stars upon a clouded night.

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.