Tue.Nov 12, 2019

As Trade War Continues, Pharma Companies Prepare for Alternatives

Supply Chain Brain

The trade standoff between the U.S. and China has yet to seriously impact the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. But as neither side shows signs of backing down, and tariffs continue to be levied on virtually every segment, those sectors are preparing for a major supply-chain disruption

Volvo Turns to Blockchain to Avoid Unethical Cobalt

Material Handling & Logistics

Cobalt is an important ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, is mainly extracted in Congo, which last year produced more than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt

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Getting Ready for a Multichannel Christmas


Convenience is key when it comes to Christmas shopping and eCommerce sellers thrive during the holiday shopping season. They have the opportunity to increase their sales with multichannel selling. If you’re a business owner or trying to manage inventory for the holiday season, it’s important to prepare yourself.

Is it time to say goodbye to RFIs?


Supply chain software is changing. So should the purchasing process. . As someone who has worked in supply chain for over 20 years, I’m very familiar with Requests For Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). It’s been the way to conduct a competitive tender since I can remember.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

Using Digital Payments to Streamline the Logistics Process


Here are five ways going “digital” on the payment side helps make logistics processes more time- and cost-efficient for shippers. In a global marketplace that’s in constant flux, shippers are always looking for new ways to streamline their supply chains, improve logistics efficiency, and save money.

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AI for Better Supplier Collaboration: First, Get Your Data in Order


Most software vendors have taken an applications-driven approach to delivering solutions. They have identified the main challenges faced by procurement professionals and developed applications that address those specific challenges.

Digital Supply Chain Transformation Still in Early Stages

Enterra Insights

Former IBM executive Irving Wladawsky-Berger traces the origins of the Digital Age to the release of the Netscape browser in December 1994.[1] 1] Although a quarter century sounds like sufficient time for organizations to adjust to this new age, most analysts believe we remain in the formative years of digitization. Supply chain expert Mike Mortson ( @mmortson ) believes it’s still fair to ask, “What is the digital supply chain?”[2]

What You Need to Know About Shipping to Puerto Rico


Shipping to Puerto Rico is more complex than it might seem. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, which means it's not an "international" shipment — but it's still not as simple as a domestic one. On top of that, as an island nation, shipping to Puerto Rico is also naturally more expensive and limited.

How Can Automotive Players Thrive in a World of ACES Uncertainty?


A Google search on where experts see the automotive industry going reveals one key takeaway: no one knows exactly where it’s headed. Some once thought that level 4-5 automation was a handful of years away (the estimate has now been revised upward to 15-20 years).

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

So, You Want Accurate Plans?


Obviously, everyone wants to have accurate plans but when it comes to taking the steps needed to produce them, then they hesitate and opt for an inferior solution that is generally only 60% accurate. This is what the accuracy of a typical S&OP solution is.

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Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Chris Darbyshire, VP Operations at Softchoice!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. What is the Digital Supply Chain? At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe.

The CFO's Strategic Role in Company Performance

Maine Pointe

Nathanael Powrie, EVP Data Analytics recently participated in a CFO Magazine webcast titled “How finance leaders improve planning by improving visibility into performance.”

Plan with Confidence

Vanguard Software

Improve the resilience of business plans using statistical confidence intervals. Supply Chain Demand Planning Financial Planning & Forecasting Sales & Operations Planning Supply Planning

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

4 Quick Tips for Effective Holiday Shipping

Freight Center

The holidays are filled with joy, peace on Earth, awkward family parties and lots of eggnog. But businesses everywhere face challenges to meet their consumers’ high shipping expectations effectively this time of year. Supply chains need to be in tiptop shape to flow smoothly during the most wonderful (and busiest!) time of the year in logistics. Have a Strategy. Know holiday shipping dates. Time is of the essence if you want to effectively ship during the holiday season.

How Is Logistics Technology Affecting Warehousing and Distribution?


Technology exists to make life easier. It also provides a potentially huge competitive advantage for companies that make the right investments. Logistics technologies are making a major impact on the productivity and competitiveness of warehousing and distribution companies. Here’s a look at how.

The Only Certainty is Change – QuickStart IBP


Back in 500 BC, the philosopher Heraclitus came up with the phrase “The only thing that is constant is change”. He also said “No man ever steps in the same river twice”. In more modern times, the issue is that change happens at a faster rate. The Prime Minister of Canada – Justin Trudeau – said in 2018 “The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again”.

Is it Possible to Fully Automate Shipping?


The post Is it Possible to Fully Automate Shipping? appeared first on MercuryGate International. Blog Supply Chain Trends Transportation Technology Value of a TMS Blog Posts

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

Future Robots and Ensuring Human Safety

DELMIA Quintiq

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The Key Role Driver Mobile Applications Play in Real-time Freight Visibility


The ability to provide real-time freight visibility has grown significantly in the last few years, as have the customer demands and use cases that drive value.

What are the Best Practices for Efficient Carrier Management?

PLS Logistics

Customers are the main focus of businesses now, and logistics companies are no exception. Many logistics companies are customer focused and often forget about another party involved – freight carriers.

E-Labeling on the Rise: Effective Workflows Needed


Labels with digital components have a rising presence across industries. Pharmaceuticals Electronics Life Sciences Manufacturing Labeling Food & Beverage Track & Traceability Barcode Labeling

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Ivalua Recongized for Procurement Excellence at Future of Sourcing Awards


Winner of Awards for Innovation in Digitization and Innovations in 3rd Party Management. REDWOOD CITY, Calif. , Nov. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ivalua, a global leader in spend management , today announced that it was selected as the winner of both the Innovations in Third Party Management and Innovations in Digitization awards, presented at the Future of Sourcing Awards event in Carlsbad, CA.

[PODCAST] Improving Trucking Marketing & How to Work with Industry Influencers


Listen to “Improving Trucking Marketing & How to Work with Industry Influencers” on Spreaker. Business and Marketing Resources Marketing Logistics Services: A Discussion on Getting Attention Online Listen to the Podcast Example of an Effective Transportation Management Case Study View Case Study How Industrial Companies Can Pivot to Inbound Organizations & Increase Customer Experience Listen.read More.

How to explain OTIF to your 5-year-old


OTIF stands for On Time In Full and is a key performance indicator ( KPI ) of your products’ supply chain. OTIF is a crucial measurement of how well your operations team fulfills your orders according to the requirements of your customers.

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Editor’s Pick: Parcel Shipping Best Practices For Companies Preparing For The 2019 Holiday Shopping Season

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 Kuebix’s blog discusses several parcel shipping best practices companies should consider as we head into the holiday season.

Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Speaker: Aanand Pandey, Supply Chain Analyst & Consultant, AIMMS

This short video explains how scenario modeling can help you improve supply chain resilience and your ability to respond and recover quickly from disruptions. Looking at scenarios side by side provides valuable insights that makes it easier to evaluate impact on your operations, ability to service customers and margin, and the best options to restart supply when supply lanes reopen.