Thu.Oct 18, 2018

Unparalleled customer affinity on full display at Kinexions ’18

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

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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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

TMC

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.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

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

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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

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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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.

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.

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

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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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.

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

FLEXE

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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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

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

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.

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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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

Unleashed

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.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

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.

Why should you have a multi-carrier shipping strategy?

TradeGecko

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.

Dispatches from the Road: Kevin Belfon

Consumer Goods Logistics

In our “Dispatches from the Road” feature, the KANE blog will periodically publish interviews with our drivers – the men and women who live and breathe the transportation topics we often write about. In our newest installment, we interview KANE driver Kevin Belfon. Truck Drivers

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Intelligent Pricing Could Help to Eliminate Waste from Luxury Brands

Supply Chain Nation

The recent news that luxury brands have destroyed millions of pounds worth of unsold merchandise, to avoid their products falling into the wrong hands and being sold on the “grey market” at knockdown prices, illustrates the challenges that these brands face in matching pricing and customer demand.

Growing Your Business With Each Click and Collect

Unleashed

Buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS), or “click and collect” as customers know it, is a valuable omnichannel concept that has benefits for both retailers and shoppers. BOPIS essentials. It sounds obvious but the first thing you need in order to offer BOPIS to your customers is an online store. This is more than just having a company website, for the “click and collect” model to work it is necessary to have a point of sale system through an eCommerce platform in place.

For Your Teammates

Tailwind

The moment had arrived. It was our last game. We had assembled in the dressing room at the arena before even more than two players from the other team had arrived at the rink. We had won 5 games in a row.

How to Manage Inventory with the BOPIS Model

Unleashed

The shopping experience has become increasingly digitised over the years and increasingly caters to the customer need for convenience. This usually means faster delivery time and new financing methods such as Oxipay and Afterpay. In addition, in recent times many retailers have taken on a new order fulfilment options for consumers – the BOPIS model. This model allows customers to buy online and pick up their purchases in store.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.