Mon.Feb 13, 2017

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E2open Acquires Steelwedge. Impact on Market?

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning E2open announced the acquisition of Steelwedge for an undisclosed sum of money. Founded in 2000, Steelwedge was an innovator in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and was an early provider of cloud solutions for supply chain. I estimate that the company had annual sales of 30M$. Clients include Canon, Pfizer, HP Inc, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenovo, Nissan and Monsanto.

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The Top 6 Trends in Logistics Impacting Shippers in 2017


The election is over, but the race is just starting for logistics providers. Although rate volatility is expected to stabilize in 2017, organizations must do more with fewer resources to survive. From Amazon to hyper-local retailers, 2017 will be a year of intense scrutiny and pressure on logistics providers. Fortunately, your organization can get ahead of the learning curve by knowing what trends in logistics to watch for this year.


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Global Supply Chain Report 2017 (Guest Post by Dexter Galvin)

SCM Research

I am happy to share the following guest post by Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain, CDP. Thank you for contributing to my blog. Our latest Global Supply Chain Report 2017 , written in partnership with BSR and the Carbon Trust, revealed emissions savings of 434 million tonnes disclosed by suppliers in 2016. That’s more than the annual emissions of France, and it shows that the supply chain is a critical component – the missing link – in securing our sustainable, low-carbon future.

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Most Popular Posts of 2016

The Network Effect

Here’s a quick run down of our most popular posts of 2016, starting with #10 and counting down to #6. The post Most Popular Posts of 2016 appeared first on The Network Effect.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths Part 5 – Lean and On-Demand Manufacturing


This is the fifth post in a series where we investigate some of the myths and mistruths around Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). In the previous posts we have looked at the misdirected focus on historical information, the belief spreadsheets can support a robust S&OP process, the “S&OP is too rigid argument” and the idea that S&OP is a real-time response planning process.

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[Infographic] Forecast Improvement Steps: Simulate, Measure, Refine


How do you establish a forecast improvement process? The forecasting process in demand planning sets the stage for all other planning activities including bill of material (BOM) and finished goods inventory optimization. Demand forecasts can also affect perfect order fulfillment rates, customer satisfaction and ultimately bottom line results. [Related: How to Define Your Forecasting Hierarchy ].

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Down and Dirty: OSHA and Structured Sanitation in the Workplace


Sanitation generally refers to practices that prevent humans from coming into contact with agents of disease, such as agricultural waste, industrial waste and wastewater. These practices require supply chain solutions that allow hygienic practices such as soap and septic tanks. Sanitation also includes engineering solutions such as the treatment of wastewater and sewage.

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Aligning Metrics to Strategy


Measuring your strategic goals against their value and the time, money and attention they need. When we began our metrics discussion, we talked about how behaviors are too often dictated by metrics—and whether or not these behaviors actually “move the needle” for sustainable supply chain improvements. Mark Davidson’s blog about aligning metrics to larger goals and objectives covers this topic well.

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The Valentine's Day Supply Chain By the Numbers

Material Handling & Logistics

Fronetics. Sorry Cupid, Valentine's Day is the work of logistics and supply chain. read more.

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Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes with the Power of Generative AI

Generative AI goes beyond just automating tasks and providing real-time answers. Did you know that implementing generative AI reduces sourcing cycle times and allows for faster decision-making across procurement operations? In this whitepaper — Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes With the Power of Generative AI — experts reveal how the strategic application of generative AI within procurement processes is paving the way for groundbreaking improvements.

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Key WMS Technology and Benefits

3PL Insights

At Evans Distribution Systems, we utilize technology in our warehousing services to ensure that your stock is managed in the most efficient, effective way possible. Especially if your business is e-commerce, having a well-monitored and secure inventory is what will allow you to operate at your best. But what are the individual benefits of some of the tech used when operating a Warehouse Management System for your business?

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Taking Care of Business: MH&L's 2017 Salary Survey

Material Handling & Logistics

Material handling and logistics professionals share their feelings about the industry, their employees, their bosses and the size of their paychecks. read more.

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Bracing for Instability in Global Trade for 2017

Supply Chain 24/7

As we move into 2017, global trade management executives need to brace against disrupters that have the potential to send supply chains into tailspin.

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MH&L's 2017 Salary Survey: By the Numbers

Material Handling & Logistics

Our annual salary survey reveals that the typical material handling and logistics professional earns $97,526. read more.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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Infographic: Case Booths

RELEX Solutions

Booths is Britain’s leading regional mid-size supermarket, operating in a sector dominated by large chains. Our recent case study highlights how Booths optimized its supply chain planning to cut spoilage while improving availability. We brought together the key factors behind Booths’ success as an infographic, enjoy! Download the infographic as a PDF.

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Supply Chain News on Tough Q4 and Full Year 2016 for Truckload Carriers

Supply Chain Digest

Weak Finish to a Tough Year for Carriers, as Shippers Saw Very Weak Rate Environment, but Things May be Changing

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Innovation Requires You to Expand Your World

Enterra Insights

Innovation and creativity are fascinating topics. One can be creative without being innovative; but, one cannot be innovative without being … Continued. The post Innovation Requires You to Expand Your World appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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5 Valentine’s Day gift ideas powered by same day delivery


Looking for that perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? Well, we’ve got a few ideas. We’re going to take this opportunity to shout out a few of our national partners, who are helping keep some great gift ideas within convenient reach of their customers. Whether you’re planning days ahead or are days behind, these gifts can all be ordered with same day delivery in 17 markets , powered by yours truly!

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Supplier Relationship (Micro) Management

Supply Chain 24/7

Products and requirements will constantly change to meet consumer needs, production changes, and sourcing challenges.

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Looking at the sustainable supply chains behind some classic Valentine’s Day favorites


by Teresa Chiykowski Chocolates, wine, flowers, jewelry? What will you buy for the special person in your life this Valentine’s Day? Not planning to buy anything at all? You might want to seriously rethink that decision before you show up empty-handed. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become big business. As you know, Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday, celebrated on February 14.

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Characteristics of Supply Chain Leaders vs. Laggards

Supply Chain Collaborator

What are the specific characteristics propelling some shippers into industry leaders while others continue to lag? Hint: it involves finding logistics IT providers whose products and services are committed to driving value beyond the confines of their perceived roles. A majority of shippers use transportation logistics automation tools like TMS, route optimizers, YMS, WMS, fleet management and freight payment & audit solutions.

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Combating the Growing Risk and Uncertainty of Global Trade

Talking Logistics

Globalization has been going on for a long time, but it continues to morph and shift in different directions. When you look at recent developments, like Brexit and the trade views of President Trump, do companies need to approach globalization differently moving forward? Are the rules for success the same or different than in the past? “Globalization for any growth-oriented company represents a significant opportunity, but it obviously comes with a tremendous amount of associated risk,” said Mat

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Using Data & Analytics for Improving Healthcare Innovation and Outcomes

In the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, delivering data insights to end users or customers can be a significant challenge for product managers, product owners, and application team developers. The complexity of healthcare data, the need for real-time analytics, and the demand for user-friendly interfaces can often seem overwhelming. But with Logi Symphony, these challenges become opportunities.