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


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?


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.

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.

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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Quantitative and Qualitative Benefits on Implementing a New ERP System: Part 1


Pat Garrehy, Rootstock Software, Founder and CEO. Supply Chain Cloud ERP Salesforce ERP for Salesforce ERP for Manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning

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


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.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Supply Chain Best Practices: Preparing for the Worst


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.

Is Your TMS Technology Ready to Drive Supply Chain Excellence?


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.

The Last Mile Retail Study, 2018


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.

Why Samsung Might Turn to Blockchain for Its Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview published last month, Samsung blockchain chief Song Kwang-woo said that the company will decide soon whether the use the blockchain ledger to manage its supply chain shipments across the world. According to the report, Samsung spends billions of dollars a year on those shipments and could cut its costs by as much as 20 percent by relying on blockchain.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Parcel TMS Analytics: There’s Gold in the Data


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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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

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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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.

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

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.

Why You Should be Preparing for Artificial Intelligence


A Google search of “artificial intelligence” can quickly lead you down a rabbit hole of wild sci-fi-esque developments making their way into our world. It’s easy to imagine a terrifying landscape where an army of robots, a la 2001: A Space Odysse y’s HAL or Westworld, begin to think for themselves and take over the planet. But, rest assured, we have a while before we’re close to a place like that. For now, AI is mainly being used to automate processes and, ultimately, increase efficiency.

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.

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.

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


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