Wed.Nov 07, 2018

Four Things Every Supply Chain Needs


Bloomberg reported last month that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. Here are four key supply chain aspects that will help you protect your business

Editor’s Pick: Be a Digital Disruptor and Win

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post from Elemica’s blog discusses the role of Digital Supply Networks in enabling digital transformation journeys. A digital disruption is a transformation that is caused by emerging digital technologies and business models.

Actionable Ways to Plan for LTL Peak Season 2018


LTL peak season takes place during the holiday shopping season each year, and if last year’s shoppers are any indicator, the LTL peak season for 2018 will excel past all records.

BluJay’s Jim Sanborn Re-elected as Mayor of Waconia, MN

BluJay Solutions

BluJay team members give back to their communities in many diverse ways. Client Services Manager Jim Sanborn serves as the Mayor of Waconia, Minnesota and was re-elected yesterday.

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.

Supply Chain Planning Trade-Offs: A Success Story in the Snack Food Industry

River Logic

A River Logic customer was unable to meet demand for their most profitable product, because they were working with constrained capacity. They had no visibility into their supply chain planning trade-offs, were wrangling 20+ spreadsheets to create plans, and missing out on major profit opportunities. Since adopting River Logic, hundreds of thousands in cost savings per week have been uncovered. Customers Supply Chain

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The blockchain revolution: audit efficiency & trust in sustainably certified supply chains


This report was a collaboration between Provenance , the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the ISEAL Alliance.

Van freight gears up for the holidays

DAT Solutions

The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand last week. Load-to-truck ratios in Los Angeles hit 12.2 on Friday, even stronger than the prior Friday when it was just over 10.

Twenty BluJay Customers in the Netherlands Successfully Migrate to Modern Customs Management Software Platform

BluJay Solutions

Dordrecht, NL – 8 November 2018 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network , has successfully migrated 20 Dutch companies to its newest customs software system, BluJay’s Customs Management.

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Logistics Sessions Wrap up

Oracle SCM

Oracle OpenWorld took place at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, and amongst the vast array of keynotes and educational sessions were seven logistics sessions.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Using Technology To Accomplish All That International Trade Promises


The opportunity to occupy a seat alongside two global giants that history will remember provides a unique and somewhat humbling vantage point — especially when those two brilliant and informed minds see the world very differently.

The Coming Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Blog post originally created by Michael Gaughan and published at [link] Permission to publish here provided by Michael Gaughan.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of November 8, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon HQ2 Finalists, Blockchain Platform for Ocean Shipping Struggling to Attract Carriers, Freight Giants Battle over Intermodal Revenue Split, Oil Prices Sharply Reverse from Predicted March to 100 dollars

Common Mistakes in Importing and Exporting! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Blog post introduction and infographic originally created and published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Excelsior at [link].

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

What are Supply Chain Professionals Using to Make Network Decisions?

Supply Chain 24/7

Supply chain networks are becoming increasingly complex, which means it's now critical to have the right network design tools available

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Is The Retail Industry Melting Down?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Blog post provided by [link]. Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the retail industry has changed over the past decade and a half.

Temperature Controlled Logistics returns with a top schedule for 2019

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The 18th annual Temperature Controlled Logistics Conference will bring together supply chain, logistics and quality experts from around the globe to experience four days of ‘unmissable’ workshops, case studies, panels, interactive discussion groups and technology showcases

Space Planning: Could You Run Out of Space in Your Warehouse too?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution? “We are out of space!” ” “What? We’re only in the middle of September.” ” “The receiving docks are backed up.

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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.

Diversity: The Ally of Humanity

Supply Chain Nation

Editor’s note: On occasion, Wednesdays for Women will share perspectives and best practices from customers, partners and other thought leaders with a goal of promoting greater awareness and information sharing to continue advancing women in technology and supply chain careers. Today’s perspective comes from James Merritt, head of Asia at JDA partner dunnhumby. Since joining dunnhumby in 2008, James has worked across the business in both local and global roles.

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The Next Generation Supply Chain: Look to the Cloud!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Blog post originally created by Michael Gaughan and published at [link]. Permission to publish here provided by Michael Gaughan. We’re going to take a look at cloud computing and how it integrates all supply chain technologies.

Avoid These 3 Outsourcing Order Fulfilment Mistakes


You’ve drawn up a comparative analysis of the cost of in-house warehousing compared to that of outsourcing your order fulfilment processes, and you’ve decided to go with outsourcing. This can be an economically viable option however, if not carried out well, can often end up being significantly costly. It is imperative to be careful of who you entrust your order fulfilment services with because this will directly affect customer satisfaction.

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Supply Chain Impacts of an Increasingly Protectionist World!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out Disaster Strikes!!! Is Your Supply Chain Ready To Recover? A strong political sentiment these days seems to be more about protecting one’s own national territory and interests rather than those of the Global community.

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.

‘91% of corporate experts say transparency increases shopper trust’: report & roundup


Knowing who makes the products we buy and the impact on them is a key factor. Interested in how blockchain-powered product transparency can help grow trust in your brand? We are creating an-depth guide, sign up here to receive early access. 70% of consumers are most interested in transparency about products, rather than the companies who made them. Source: Futerra ).

Unleash Your Employees’ Ideas to Truly Change the Game!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out The Change Leadership Process … And Guide! Organizations that are either considered high performing or who aspire to become high performing understand that their employees are their greatest asset.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on The Rising Costs of New US Tariffs

Supply Chain Digest

Tariffs Paid by US Importers Increasing Sharply, but will that Finally Impact the Economy

Global Process Excellence: Defining the Roadmap to Achieve Best In Class Results

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out Global Process Excellence (Part 1) … A Journey From Disarray To Best In Class! “ Global Process Excellence ” was to be the platform on which we would propel the company’s Operations upward toward Best In Class status.

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.