Wed.Feb 13, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) in the Supply Chain


We have plenty of data, now what? In the age of interconnectedness, more and more people are finding themselves asking that question. Technology companies and research firms alike estimate the number of connected devices to be 20-50 billion by 2020.

Efficient versus Effective Supply Chains


A well-functioning supply chain is not only effective, but also efficient. In this article, we explain the differences between efficiency and effectiveness, and how you can ensure your business model produces both. Efficiency versus effectiveness. Efficiency generally refers to the extent to which a process uses resources in the best way possible to ensure the fast, smooth running of systems.

There will be no Valentine’s Day Sweethearts this year


by Alison Crawford Valentine’s Day will be less romantic this year.

The Role of Emerging Technologies in Managed Transportation Services

Talking Logistics

When I ask shippers what they look for in a logistics or transportation management partner, technology capabilities — and the data and insights those technologies provide — is always near the top of the list. Of course, the technology landscape is very different today compared to 5-10 years ago, with blockchain, machine learning, real-time freight visibility, and other emerging technologies dominating the headlines.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Machine Learning and the Business of Tomorrow

Enterra Insights

Most often when people discuss artificial intelligence (AI), they are discussing a subset of that field known as machine learning. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ) explains, “Enterprises are striving to find greater meaning in the massive amounts of data they generate and save every day. Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data sets and contributing to diverse strategies succeeding.”[1]

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Career Reinvention

JDA software

How do you go about exploring new responsibilities in your role and company? Zoey Walters, vice president, sales operations and finance at JDA, knows. Her career journey is filled with inspiration on how to refresh, and in some cases, reinvent your career.

Innovation key to creating successful global supply chains

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Budding managers can learn how to successfully lead supply chains of the future by creating cultures of innovation and adopting latest technologies, in all sectors of their organisation. This is one of many areas covered in the University of London’s latest degree programme, the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics

Last Week, IBM Traced 28 Tons of Oranges Using Blockchain. Also Last Week, Sourcemap Traced 1,000 Tons of Cocoa - No Blockchain Required.


The First Step to Traceability: Stenciling Batch Numbers on Bags of Cocoa at a Depot in Ghana. There’s a lot of hype around using blockchain to trace supply chains. How does it stand up in the real world?

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Delivery Experience Management Is Retail’s Last Mile Advantage


If you’ve not been introduced to Delivery Experience Management (DEM), let me give you […]. The post Delivery Experience Management Is Retail’s Last Mile Advantage appeared first on Convey. Customer Experience Retail Supply Chain Tips and Tricks

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.

5 Reasons why Transparency is the Future


Never again. Nobody wants another tragedy like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh to happen. On April 24th 2013, the eight-storey building collapse caused the death of over 1,100 people, giving the world, and the fashion industry in particular, a very rude awakening.

Trending Ways to Win at Freight Claims Management Practices


The right set of freight claims management practices can mean the difference between saving money and unnecessary expenses. Shippers should understand the top trending best practices to succeed in freight claims management to stay competitive throughout 2019.

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Ivalua Sees Accelerating Momentum with Another Record Year in 2018


Growth driven by new customer acquisition, regional expansion and continued customer success. REDWOOD CITY, Feb. 12, 2019 — Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions, today announced another record year.

86 percent of UK retailers haven’t completed supply chain digitisation

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

According to new research released from Gravity Supply Chain Solutions, 86 percent of UK retailers haven’t completed the digitisation processes (using a cloud based platform with real time visibility, and automation capabilities) required to give them full control of their supply chain

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Supply Chain Management Trends 2019


What are the primary supply chain management trends for 2019? Buzzwords like digitization and globalization are still transforming the world, and concepts like AI , IoT and eCommerce are as relevant as ever – but you already knew that.

Reconfiguring Nanostore Retail Supply Chains to Combat the Nutritional Food Desert

Supply Chain 24/7

Urban populations in emerging economies often buy their nutritional food supplies, called food deserts, from small, mom-and-pop retailers called nanostores, a nanostore is defined as a small, family-owned outlet operated by fewer than five people located in a densely populated neighborhood

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Transportation TIP List: Week of February 10th, 2019


Transportation TIP List: Week of February 10 th , 2019. Highlights of tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day celebration include thoughtful cards, chocolates and flowers. And this week, our TIP List is inspired by the loving holiday – embracing some of the sweetest trends impacting the supply chain industry.

RFID, AIDC and IoT News Round Up for Feb. 14, 2019

Supply Chain Digest

Perhaps New Record for Bar Code Label Switching Theft, Smart Glasses Starting to Get Some Supply Chain Traction, Clothes with RFID Chips that Report on How You Wear Them

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Five Challenges that CFOs Face in 2019

River Logic

For its target audience of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), last fall’s MIT Sloan CFO Summit capitalized on the keyword “bold.” No doubt, the CFO has moved from accounting for the company results as the numbers person to a bold , strategic leader in defining the company's future.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on What is the Split of Supply Chain Maturity Levels across Companies

Supply Chain Digest

Most Companies Still See themselves Very Low in Terms of Maturity

[Video] Streamlining and Automating the Procure-to-Pay Process

Talking Logistics

Omar Nadi, Director, Supplier Product Management at Elemica , discusses how companies can streamline and automate the procure-to-pay (P2P) process.

How much lower will freight rates fall?

DAT Solutions

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter

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.

Fulfillment Automation Provider 6 River Systems Announces General Availability in Europe

6 River Systems

6 River Systems, Inc., the provider of the world’s first and only fully collaborative mobile robotics solution, is pleased to announce general availability in Europe just two years after the company’s U.S. debut. Their announcement is timed with the first European deployments of their solution. “We’re

How much lower will freight rates fall?

DAT Solutions

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter, but there are signs that rates could thaw soon.

New Technology Changing The Supply Chain

Clear Spider

Welcome to our new blog series! In these next couple posts we will be talking about: augmented reality (AR) virtual reality (VR) You will learn the difference between them, what their uses are, and how they help with inventory management. Almost everyone now has heard of AR, and VR.

How much lower will freight rates fall?

DAT Solutions

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter, but there are signs that rates could thaw soon.

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.