Thu.Jan 18, 2018

2018: What Will It Look Like?

Supply Chain Insights

I hate prediction articles. However, this morning over coffee, my fingers hunger to write this post. I am not sure why. It may be that I am growing tired of hubris and market hype.

The Future is Now: Why these 5 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Trends will Dominate 2018


Over the next two years, manufacturers are set to invest more than $250 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the use of technology to improve manufacturing will only increase. It is almost impossible to define the exact amount manufacturers will invest in technologies over the coming year, but they are moving toward more sustainable, cost-effective practices.

It’s the season for smarter express logistics


If you’re back from your year-end holiday, welcome back! If you couldn’t take a break, you’re probably working in express logistics. Year-end is the busiest time for retailers and express logistics service providers as bargain-hunters snap up coveted items on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day. In China, Singles Day (November 11) brings out online shoppers in full force.

3 Stats That Prove the Need for a Digital Control Tower

Talking Logistics

The term “control tower” has been around for a long time in the supply chain and I recently had a great conversation on the common misconceptions of what control towers are with Tom Nightingale and Adrian Gonzalez (you can watch the video here ).

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How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The traditional paper-based approach to supply chain operations presents serious challenges and perils. Digitization, in turn, offers a bounty of benefits – up to and including six-figure cost savings and significant efficiency and revenue gains. Here’s how.

Modernizing the Exchange of Supply Chain Data

Consumer Goods Logistics

About 15 years ago, I changed industries from healthcare to logistics. As I am an IT professional, you might think it was a jump from an antiquated, paper-based world to a high-speed, technologically advanced one. Actually, I’ve been surprised at the extent to which the exchange of supply chain data in the logistics world remains old-school or simply manual. Logistics Systems

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Apple Elects to Repatriate Foreign Cash Hoard with Some Mention of Supply Chain

Supply Chain Matters

This week, business, and other media report that Apple plans to repatriate the majority of its upwards of $250 billion in cash holdings held in overseas accounts. This development has industry supply chain implications since some of this cash is reportedly destined for supply chain investments. However, Supply Chain Matters believes there are political considerations in such moves, and the company is walking a tightrope of perception.

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Improving Data Visibility with Descriptive Statistics: How to visualize the Product-Volume-Variability-Velocity Matrix


Using descriptive statistics, you can improve data visibility by creating a snapshot of your product volume, variability, and velocity. Here’s how. Improving Data Visibility with Descriptive Statistics: How to visualize the Product-Volume-Variability-Velocity Matrix was first posted on January 18, 2018 at 11:05 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

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The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

Supply Chain @ MIT

Millions of small, family-operated retailers known as nanostores are the main source of consumer packaged goods (CPG) for many consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These mom-and-pop outlets have thrived by offering affordability as well as the right mix of items and convenience, and by gaining the trust of their customers. At the same […]. Featured Strategy nanostore supply chain nanostores in developing countries retailing in emerging econmies success of small store model

How to Diversify Your Truckload Carriers & Why You Need to


To add elasticity to your shipping, think small—small carriers, that is. When you’re picking carriers to move your freight, there is no shortage of options; according to the U.S.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Global Supply Chain on Will US Tariffs on Solar Panels, Washing Machines Start New Trade War

Supply Chain Digest

Reactioet to New Duties is Mixed, and Net Impact is Far from Clear

Off to another exciting year of student-industry engagement at NC State on cutting-edge supply chain projects


In a prior post on 2018 supply chain predictions, I shared how NC State’s Poole College of Management engages directly with industry through student-led projects.

Digital supply chains mean better planning for large-scale projects

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Digitalisation paves the way for more reliable planning when implementing complex, large-scale projects and the accompanying logistics processes

Choosing the Right 3PL for 2018

PLS Logistics

With all the discussion about capacity and high rates in the transportation industry, the task of finding a new 3PL to move your product is not any easier. 2018, the time of record diesel prices, higher than normal truck rates and a pretty tight capacity. You may have looked into a new provider recently but were faced with the daunting question of WHO? Well, look no further, as well have a thought out list of what to look for when choosing a 3PL that works for you.

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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.

3 Ways a Fulfillment Provider Can Help Your Growing Business

Saddle Creek Logistic Services

Explosive sales growth, product line expansions, and moving into new markets are all positive business changes, but they can tax your resources. You need additional space, staff and more sophisticated technology to handle the increase in order volume.

DHL Launches Global Trade Barometer, a New and Unique Leading AI Indicator for World Trade

Supply Chain 24/7

DHL Global Trade Barometer derives predictions for global trade by evaluating large amounts of logistics data with the help of Artificial Intelligence

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5 ways B2B eCommerce will evolve in 2018


Did you know that in 2017, around 56% of B2B buyers in the US made more than half of their purchases online? The B2B eCommerce market was estimated to be worth US$7.7 trillion dollars , so it should come as no surprise that the wholesale industry and the technologies around it are evolving by leaps and bounds. B2B eCommerce

Maximo Can Do Supply Chain - Unveiled!

Infosys Supply Chain Management

When it comes to IBM Maximo, the first impression everyone gets is a Work and Asset Management (WAM) solution. This being true because of the rich WAM features, Industry specific solutions and Add-on solutions offered by IBM Maximo.

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.