Tue.May 01, 2018

Forecasting: Let’s Start by Asking the Right Questions

Supply Chain Shaman

Ten calls. They are all starting to sound the same. Here is the storyline: “We implemented SAP APO, and we now know its limitations. We have tried SAP IBP and are not impressed. Since SAP is not investing in improving the depth of their solutions for planning, we are looking for a new solution.

How to Move from Gartner Stage 2 to Stage 3 Retailing

ToolsGroup

Using the Gartner Demand Planning five stage maturity scale, analyst Mike Griswold estimated on a recent call that retailers as a group averaged just 2.3 out of 5.0, leaving money on the table due to poor inventory performance.

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What does GDPR mean for your supply chain?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Nazli Erdogus The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in personal data privacy regulation in 20 years. It’s aimed at tech giants and small and medium enterprises alike.

5 Best Logistics Books for Beginners

Supply Chain Opz

Are you a beginner and you want to learn about each logistics function? We will show you 5 logistics books that will help you learn faster than any other books. Why is Logistics a Good Career? In the United States, the median wages for a Logistics Manager is around $90,000 annually. So, the career in logistics management can be very lucrative if you have a career plan and keep on developing yourself.

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.

Q1 Industrial Real Estate Round Up

Supply Chain Link

As the first quarter of 2018 came to a close, drivers of supply chain demand, such as consumer consumption, business inventories, and industrial production, showed continued growth. 1 This growth impacted the U.S. industrial real estate market as vacancy rates fell in two-thirds of the country.

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Consumers Abandon Sustainability When They Part With Green

Supply Chain @ MIT

Ask a consumer whether he or she supports a sustainable environment, and the chances are they will profess support. But when these individuals go to make a purchase they generally choose the cheaper product – even if it is less environmentally sustainable that more expensive options.

Mastering Last Mile Logistics Remains a Challenge

Enterra Insights

Logistics providers probably look longingly on the days when the last mile of the supply chain primarily meant delivering goods to the store in which they were sold. In today’s retail environment, every company wrestles with how to do what the postal service has done for centuries — reach every household. It’s ironic that Sears, once famous for its mail order business, is faltering in a business environment that, in many ways, is reminiscent of the mail order era.

5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing

IQMS

Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks.

Supply Chain Best Practices: Preparing for the Worst

Elementum

Supply chain disruptions are inevitable, whether resulting from natural disasters, technical failures, worker strikes, or other unforeseen incidents. And as supply chains have become increasingly diffuse over time, the likelihood that disruption in one region will have consequences that reverberate across the globe, is higher than ever before.

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.

Is Your TMS Technology Ready to Drive Supply Chain Excellence?

Transportfolio

In any endeavor, there are varying levels of success. This is true for supply chains, too. And the right technology, specifically a transportation management system (TMS) is the connective thread that makes the highest level of supply chain success possible.

Parcel TMS Analytics: There’s Gold in the Data

Cerasis

E-commerce is driving the demand for last-mile delivery, causing parcel shipping costs to increase at twice the rate of inflation. This effect is magnified as the expectation for low or free shipping and expanded delivery services is further established by Amazon. Since this trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon, shippers who can contain the cost of shipping by maximizing efficiency and optimization throughout their shipping network will be on firm ground heading into the future.

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The Last Mile Retail Study, 2018

EFT

Teaser / Précis: Eft surveyed 129 supply chain executives from retailers, manufacturers and brands alongside 194 executives from leading global logistics providers. The audience surveyed covered both North American and European markets.

Thoughts from RetailWire on The State of Retailer and Vendor Supply Chain Relationships 2018 Report

Supply Chain Digest

Many Views from RetailWire Readers on Role of Chargebacks

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.

Leveraging Prescriptive Analytics to Drive Digital Transformation in Oil & Gas

River Logic

Over the last year, here at River Logic we have had the opportunity to make some pretty major waves in the Energy Industry — more specifically in the world Oil & Gas. Our internal knowledge of the space and the breadth of our solution delivery have both grown drastically. This is largely due to our relationship with our Energy partners, mentioned below.

Trending Transportation Updates: April 2018

PLS Logistics

Truck Driver Shortage Spurs Rising Prices. A rise in prices is the result of this blunt reality: there aren’t enough truck drivers delivering goods to stores. The shortage of truck drivers is not only raising freight costs, but retail costs as well. This is nothing new, as the driver shortage has been going on for years due to baby boomers retiring and very few millennial's wanting to be away from home weeks at a time on transport.

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Freight Brokers Boost Revenue 63%, on 21% More Loads

DAT Solutions

Freight brokers moved 21% more loads in March, compared to the same month last year, setting a two-year record for load volume, according to the latest Broker Benchmark Report published by DAT.

Businesses Are Buying More Wind, Solar Power Than Ever Before

Material Handling & Logistics

Of the 3.3 gigawatts of clean-power deals signed this year, 76% involve U.S. power projects. Companies are buying renewable power at a record pace. AT&T Inc. and Walmart Inc. are among 36 businesses, government agencies and universities that have agreed to buy 3.3

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.

Is Spring Shipping Season Finally Here?

DAT Solutions

Van rates spiked in early April, but the national average was in a steady decline for the rest of the month. For the month, the average van load paid $2.16/mile, which was still 2¢ higher than the March average. Rates fell on a majority of the top 100 van lanes, too.

Buyer’s Guide for Sales & Operations Planning Software

Supply Chain 24/7

How the right enabling technology helps you improve margins and get more "Aha" moments during S&OP meetings

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Flatbed Markets Continue to Boom

DAT Solutions

While the van markets might be showing signs of heating up, flatbed has been hot all winter long, and getting hotter. The national average flatbed rate for April was $2.65/mile, the highest it's ever been in DAT Trendlines. And there are no signs of a slowdown.

Freightera Marketplace Books 10,000th Shipment, Goes Live with CN Rail

Freightera

Freightera, “Expedia for Freight”, celebrates its 10,000th shipment, on target to achieve best LTL inventory in the US and Canada. VANCOUVER, B.C.,

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.