Thu.Oct 18, 2018

Unparalleled customer affinity on full display at Kinexions ’18


by Harish Iyer Kinexions ‘18 was the best capstone I could’ve hoped for at the 30-day mark because I haven’t seen customers show such passion for a solutions provider in my 20+ years in this industry. On my flight home from Kinexions, I found some time to reflect.

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Supply Chain Movement

How relevant is blockchain in a supply-chain context? Based on what I’ve heard this year at various international supply chain congresses, opinions differ.

How to Select an Effective TMS Technology Solution for Your Multichannel Supply Chain


The digital transformation of supply chains is well underway and will continue to evolve—especially as ecommerce expands and consumer demands increase—and opportunities to optimize network efficiencies, visibility, and customer satisfaction emerge.

DynaSys announces the release of DSCP 2018

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

DynaSys, provider of demand and supply chain planning solutions, has announced the general availability of DSCP 2018 (demand and supply chain planning), the latest version of the integrated end-to-end DynaSys solution

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.

U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods: Understanding the Updates

Talking Logistics

It can be a confusing time for the international shipping community due to the U.S. government’s implementation of new tariffs on Chinese goods entering America. As these rounds of regulations have unfolded over the last few months, shippers have been left trying to understand what products have been included in the first two waves of tariffed goods and what these changes mean for their supply chains.

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Balancing B2B and B2C – the modern supply chain fulfilment challenge

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Following Manhattan Associates’ Manhattan Exchange 2018 event in Amsterdam last week, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s Senior Director – Product Management, Adam Klein, about the changing supply chain landscape and how state-of-the-art software, mobile devices, automation and robotics solutions can leverage major benefits for today’s warehouses and distribution centres

[WHITE PAPER] Bringing Omnichannel to the Forefront of E-Commerce


Cerasis is excited to announce the release of an all new, exclusive, & educational resource “Bringing Omnichannel to the Forefront of E-Commerce” white paper!

Quality Improvement

Insights Solutions Global

With the help of Insight Solutions Global, our customer increased their first pass yield up to 97%, and gained their full control over the supply chain. The post Quality Improvement appeared first on Insight Solutions Global. Case Study

How to Tell When Your WMS Upgrade Has Become a New Implementation & How to Avoid It

Veridian Solutions

Maintaining an in-house WMS is a challenge. Simple maintenance and upgrade costs can easily number into the thousands of dollars, and companies that invested in an outsourced WMS even five years ago face uncertainty. Amazon, Walmart, Target and other major competitors are developing newer, more robust WMS functionalities and capabilities that will render the competitive advantage of existing WMS solutions ineffective, as explained by Chris Barnes, Solutions Consultant for Accellos.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Finished Product Sourcing

Insights Solutions Global

With the help of Insight Solutions Global, the client cut the spending and saved up to $120,000/year, reduced the lead time and gained more leverage in the supply chain. The post Finished Product Sourcing appeared first on Insight Solutions Global. Case Study

Tesla Appears to be Preparing to Build a Plant in China

Operations and Supply Chain Management

According to a WSJ article published on Oct 17, 2018 ( Tesla Advances in China, Buying Land for a Factory ), Tesla has agreed to by a 210-acre site near Shanghai for $140 million. Tesla said it was “accelerating the construction of our Shanghai factory” in response to the U.S.-China China trade dispute. Prior to July 2018 China levied at 15% tariff on all imported vehicle. In July 2018 China introduced an additional 25% tariff in retaliation for new U.S. auto tariffs.

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It Could be Time to Make Your Move into the AI Job Market

Aera Technology

by Emily Hallowell, Chief People Officer at Aera Technology The results of LinkedIn’s latest Emerging Jobs Report in December came as little surprise to those of us in the AI space?—?machine machine learning engineers and data scientists are the two fastest-growing new jobs in the U.S.

Innovative E-commerce Software from ShippingEasy

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D. Oct 18, 2018 ShippingEasy is an innovative company that offers software for managing many common supply chain tasks. The software features logic that ties users into the best commercial shipping rates offered by the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, and FedEx. As orders arrive in shopping carts, platforms, and marketplaces that software automatically plans inventory picking and shipments to efficiently process the order.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Part 2: Delighting Customers with Superior Retail Operations (Video)


At this year’s Seattle Startup Week, our CEO and co-founder, Karl Siebrecht, was joined on a panel with BevyUp’s co-founder and CEO, Mauricio Cuevas, and FitCode’s co-founder and CEO, Rian Buckley.

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Essential Competitor Analysis Tips to Improve Route to Market Strategy and Execution in FMCG

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Over the last number of weeks, I have been writing a blog series on my 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence model. You can read more about the the steps I have already discussed here.

Supply Chain Comment on Trip Report for CSCMP Edge 2018 in Nashville Part 3

Supply Chain Digest

What Companies have Participated the Most over Past Three Years, Plus My Thoughts on Improving the Conference

5 Reasons a Small Business Can Benefit From a 3PL

PLS Logistics

In the age of Amazon, the only thing that is growing faster than the e-commerce sector is customers’ demands. Once a shipment is scheduled or an item is purchased, the customer is constantly looking for updates on the shipment, no matter if it’s an individual shipper or a large corporation.

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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.

5 steps to get 'pre-booked' for loads

DAT Solutions

When demand for trucks slows down, like it does every year during this time, the trend among many owner-operators is to pre-book loads to stay employed until the really good stuff comes out in later in the year.

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The New NAFTA: What’s Changed? What’s the Impact? [Video]

Talking Logistics

Jose Minarro, SVP of Customs at Transplace , discusses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: Has the impact NAFTA has had on US-Mexico trade since it went into effect in 1994 been mostly positive or mostly negative? In what ways?

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Here there be Monsters: Jobs and AI

Enterra Insights

Before the world was fully mapped, cartographers would occasionally annotate uncharted areas with sayings like, “Here there be monsters.” ” The world is headed into uncharted territory as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics change the business landscape. Like cartographers of old, some pundits are annotating the future work environment with the modern equivalent of “here there be monsters.” ” Many people fear the future.

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Wrapping up the 2018 Innovation Sprint


We’ve finally wrapped up a two-week Innovation Sprint at Unleashed and are excited to share our outcomes. Leading up to the sprint, we had 20 viable ideas for teams to bring to life. The main goal was to either deliver a functional prototype or validation and proof of concept for the chosen idea.

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.

Freight broker margins return to 14.6% in August

DAT Solutions

Freight broker gross margins recovered to 14.6% in August, after nearly a year of sub-par results. Truckload rates slipped lower that month, which made it easier for brokers to manage their biggest cost.

Rootstock CPQ Connector


Bridging the gap between the Salesforce CPQ app and Rootstock manufacturing ERP solution, the Rootstock CPQ application is designed to empower all Engineer-to-Order (ETO) and Configure-to-Order (CTO) operations.

Why should you have a multi-carrier shipping strategy?


In years gone by, most retailers could get by partnering with one shipping carrier to deliver their products. In fact, this was often the preferable method of managing shipping because it allowed businesses to negotiate better shipping rates and streamline the shipping process.

Hemming in Apparel Microfibres

EHS Sustainability Knowledge at Work

We’ve all heard the scare stories – that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish; that each year eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals.

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.