Fri.Jun 08, 2018

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability


Source: Gartner Research. Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments.

Utilizing WMS (Warehouse Management System): Top Ways to Get the Most out of Your WMS Investment


Across retail, the push to get more products to more consumers in less time is growing. Today, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of individual warehouse management systems ( WMSs ) available, but how do you reap the real-world features within this innovative type of supply chain management systems? How do you know utilizing a WMS in your company is really working to benefit your enterprise?

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This Week in Logistics News (June 4-8, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I graduated from high school 30 years ago. I was co-valedictorian, but if you ask me what I spoke about that day, I honestly don’t remember — other than a vague recollection of either me or my classmate referencing Billy Joel’s song, “This Is the Time,” in our speech.

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Drug Companies Consider Blockchain for the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news from around the supply chain landscape, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: how drug companies are experimenting with Blockchain technology; the evolution of Rent the Runway’s business model; how Amway’s digitalization efforts are resulting in a superior customer experience; a deep dive into America’s online shopping habit; and the impact of supply constraints on the services sector. Drug Companies Consider Blockchain for the Supply Chain.

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.

Increase efficiency by automating your supply chain workflows


In the digital age, businesses need to use all the tools at their disposal to optimize their workflows and run the most cost-effective operational processes. Supply chain management Wholesale eCommerce

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When TMS Providers Have Too Much On Their Plate

Supply Chain Collaborator

The biggest TMS providers have been resting on their brand reputation, commanding outrageous prices without providing the superior service and results one would expect.

Why “Spooky” Quantum Computers may be the Next Big Thing

Enterra Insights

Anyone who has read very much about the current international race to develop a programmable quantum computer knows how weird and spooky the science behind the pursuit can be.

When TMS Providers Have Too Much On Their Plate

Supply Chain Collaborator

The biggest TMS providers have been resting on their brand reputation, commanding outrageous prices without providing the superior service and results one would expect. With too much on their plates, they’ve grown bloated and complacent, they lack the hunger to achieve superior results for their customers. So say many high volume shipping organizations we talk to as they go to market for new logistics IT solutions.

Lobster Logistics


With all the talk in our field about putting the customer first, I was surprised to read an article in which a company claims a different strategy.

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.

Human Adaptability Still Needed in an AI-Driven World

Supply Chain @ MIT

If you’re one of the countless people wringing their hands over the prospect of artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world, you might want to take a closer look at the kind of world AI is supposedly inheriting. It’s a world where human flexibility and adaptability are needed more than ever.

Transportation Capacity Crunch - How can shippers alleviate the pain

C3 Solutions

Shippers are up against serious challenges in 2018. Numerous factors are combining to make it difficult for manufacturers and retailers alike to achieve the increased volume, speed and accuracy demanded by our booming economy. Put simply, constrained capacity has turned transportation – specifically trucking, which moves about 70 percent of freight – into a pain point for many shippers. It's a story we’ve heard before, but this time it's worse than ever.

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Consulting Logistics: Episode 3

Aborn and Co.

In 2018 shippers are paying historic rates for freight that takes longer to move. On this week’s podcast we cover the truck driver shortage, the rising cost of freight and consumer goods, as well as offer shippers some solutions to this dire issue. We also take a look at the the Cass freight index as

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.

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Here Come the Flying Taxis!

Supply Chain Brain

In just a few years, you might well see vehicles passing overhead, on their way to delivering passengers or packages in the same manner as earthbound taxis and vans. Uber , for one, is reported to be planning the launch of an air taxi service by 2020. The craft might even be pilotless, at the same time that driverless cars will be making headway on roads and highways.

Top 10 Companies with Best Corporate Responsibility Records

Material Handling & Logistics

There was a time when corporate responsibility was just a report. Now it's a living, breathing activity that many companies must embrace publicly to ensure support from employees, shareholders and customers. To that end, each year companies are ranked on how well they are doing with these policies.

TIA 3PL Perspectives: Joined at the Hip with Your Software-as-a-Service Provider


From 3PL Perspectives Magazine – June 2018. …In business, you pick a software vendor. You go through a long due-diligence process. You assemble your team so they can all have a look at the proposed transportation management software solution. And you try to arrive at the ‘most optimal’ decision that you can with a group of people who all may have a different idea or expectation as to what they are buying. It’s software, it’s intangible and it’s symbolic.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.