Mon.Apr 16, 2018

Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect


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Five Tips for Improving Demand Planner Effectiveness


A forecast is more than a projection of future business; it is a request for product (or a request for resources to ensure supply of a product).

Supply Chain Software Sector Gains From Patient Investors

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain software companies have been garnering some major investments. Some quiet investments from patient investors are reshaping the industry, These supply chain software companies are benefiting from patient investors. The investors, in turn, are keen on software companies with network solutions. These "digital" companies are seen as having the opportunity to create new types of value for their clients.

3 Supply Chain Challenges, 3 Labeling Success Stories


Supply chain challenges crop up on a daily basis. You need to avoid manufacturing disruptions, comply with regulations and meet customer demands. There are a lot of moving parts to ensure efficiency, and one of the key cogs in this process that often gets overlooked is labeling. Manufacturing Labeling Trends

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

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Challenges, Solutions to Cross-Border eCommerce


If you have any role in the transportation or logistics industries, you’re likely aware of how eCommerce is challenging the traditional approaches to fulfillment and delivery.

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Transportation Spot Market Inversion

Talking Logistics

Shippers today find themselves in a difficult and costly situation: their routing guides are often broken and they’re having to go to the spot market to cover their loads, which is costing more than they had budgeted. The great transportation spot market inversion has occurred.

Supply Chain News on Hackett Group Report Identified Four Key Procurement Capability Requirements

Supply Chain Digest

From Buyer and Negotiator to Strategic Partner to the Business

FTZ vs. Bonded Warehouse (infographic)

3PL Insights

In the supply chain, there is much more to consider beyond the transportation of goods. Different types of warehouses might be more beneficial for specific goods.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Green Supply Chain News on Sweden Makes Bold Push for Green Vehicles by Electrifying Its Highways

Supply Chain Digest

System Uses Powered Track that Charges Cars and Trucks as They Travel, with Goal to Convert all 20,000 Kilometers of the Major Highways in Sweden

Columbus, Ohio: Strategic Manufacturing and Logistics Site (Infographic)

Zipline Logistics

Ohio has many nicknames—the Buckeye State, the Birthplace of Aviation, the Mother of Presidents—but there’s one you won’t find on any license plates or bumper stickers: Gateway to the World.

Process Automation can take the Robot Out of the Human

Enterra Insights

The late Logan Pearsall Smith, an American-born British essayist and critic, once wrote, “The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.” ” I daresay more people agree with his fellow Brit, comic artist David Chester Gibbons, who stated, “I’m known for being very enthusiastic about using technology. A lot of the attraction is the way that it streamlines the process and takes a lot of the drudgery out of it.”

Turn Your Gemba Walk into a Power Walk


Gemba is a term that is increasingly familiar in the manufacturing world. Loosely translated from Japanese, it means “the place where the work is done.”

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

How Changing Customer Expectations Will Make Your Retail Operations More Complex

Supply Chain Nation

Not long ago, I saw a tweet that said, essentially: People aren’t sad that they don’t have to go directly to artisans to buy goods, so they shouldn’t be sad about in-store retail “going away” to be replaced by Amazon and e-commerce. That sort of talk makes for a good sound bite, I guess, but it’s just not logical. Plenty of people still seek out craftsmen, bakers and farmers’ markets to learn about the products they want to buy.

US Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

Eight of 13 major retail categories showed increases. Sales at health and personal-care stores rose 1.4%, the most in two years. Auto sales rose 2%, the most since September. Signaling that consumer demand regained steam on the back of tax cuts and refunds, U.S.