Mon.May 13, 2019

Executives see AI, Cognitive Analytics and Cloud as the Path to Innovation and Speed to Market

JDA software

According to research, executives are investing in new cloud-based AI and cognitive analytics capabilities that will provide them with end-to-end visibility and traceability across their extended supply networks, starting them on the road to autonomous supply chains.

Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

Anyone who has done demand planning knows it is extremely complex, with forecasting challenges and rapidly shifting consumer demand, often exacerbated by seasonality, new product introductions, promotions, and myriad causal factors (e.g. weather, social media).

To Ease the Squeeze of New Tariffs, Focus on Compliance

Supply Chain Brain

A year after tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese goods first sent importers reeling, the news supply chain managers everywhere have been dreading is finally here

Five Technologies for a more agile Procurement Process

Procurement Academy

Agility is vital to keep every business up and running. Procurement is one of the functions, which requires constant change. Today, procurement teams are expected to play a strategic and tech-enabled role. Before, procurement teams had two focuses: cost reduction and risk mitigation.

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.

Supply Chain Visibility: Beyond “Where’s My Truck?”

Talking Logistics

I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years and achieving timely and accurate supply chain visibility has always been — and continues to be — a top priority for companies across all industries.

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How Logistics Is Proving that Amazon Needs to Be Regulated


A version of this article originally appeared on . A few days ago, Amazon announced one day delivery plans.

9% increase in transparency since 2017 and brands as a force for good: transparency roundup


Shoppers are increasingly demanding more information behind the things they buy. So we’re here to bring you the key developments, innovations and events from the businesses leading the way. Welcome to our monthly Transparency Roundup.

Robotic Warehouses: Why Are Companies Straggling Behind the Movement?

Veridian Solutions

Robotic warehouses have great potential. Supply chain leaders across the globe scour the latest technologies and capabilities of robots. The reasoning is simple; robots offer a tireless army of workers without the hassle of managing human laborers.

Retail Apocalypse Predicted to Continue

Enterra Insights

An apocalypse is defined as an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale. Over the past several years, thousands of brick-and-mortar retail stores have closed in what has been called the Retail Apocalypse. A couple of years ago, Robin Wigglesworth ( @RobinWigg ) charted the beginnings of the Retail Apocalypse and noted it shouldn’t have been a surprise “given the vast overbuilding of stores and shopping malls in recent decades.”[1]

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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.

Humanless Warehousing: Tips to Prepare for a Robot-Driven Future

Veridian Solutions

Mujin, a Tokyo-based company, has developed and deployed the first fully automated, humanless warehousing robotic systems, reports CNBC. Unfortunately, significant challenges continue to plague the idea of humanless warehousing, yet the benefits of automation and robotics must not be ignored.

Ports, Shippers, Companies to Accelerate Blockchain Deployment Across Supply Chains

Material Handling & Logistics

Over 100 organizations and experts representing large shippers, supply chain providers and governments have joined the World Economic Forum project to speed up use of blockchain technology

ToolsGroup Names David Barton General Manager of North America


BOSTON (May 13, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, announced today that David Barton has joined ToolsGroup as the new general manager of North America.

Are US-Chinese tariffs part of the new normal?


Today’s blog is a guest blog by my former student, Krunal Sonpal. The topic is a timely one, the on-going US-Chinese tariffs and what it means for supply chain executives.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

How will supply chains be affected by China’s Belt and Road projects?


China's Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping nearly six years ago, is a critical piece of China’s foreign policy, both as an image exercise and on a more practical note.

Inbound Freight Reporting: 16 Ways to Use Freight Data to Evaluate Spend by Supplier


When shippers grow too comfortable with inbound freight management activities, mistakes occur, and failure to recognize the signs of poor visibility in inbound freight management will result in higher costs.

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How will logistics chains be affected by China’s Belt and Road projects?


China's Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping nearly six years ago, is a critical piece of China’s foreign policy, both as an image exercise and on a more practical note.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Forum 2019 Day 1 Video Review and Commen

Supply Chain Digest

SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore from the conference floor in Scottsdale, AZ

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Case Arena: Optimizing a Complex, Global Supply Chain

RELEX Solutions

Case Arena: Optimizing a Complex, Global Supply Chain. Customers » Case Studies. Background and targets. From Tolentino in Italy’s Marche region, Arena designs, commissions and wholesales waterwear, sports apparel and equipment around the globe.

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Supply Chain News on Amazon Betting Big on Automating the Packing Process

Supply Chain Digest

Testing Machines that Precisely Buils Shipping Cartons around Order Items

4 Technology Pillars to Achieve Process Optimization in Manufacturing


Understand how to achieve manufacturing process optimization by following these steps. The post 4 Technology Pillars to Achieve Process Optimization in Manufacturing appeared first on Seebo Blog. Industry 4.0 Insights

Walmart Is Tightening OTIF Requirements. Can Suppliers Step Up Their Game?

Supply Chain Brain

Suppliers are scrambling to meet Walmart’s tighter standards for delivery performance — and they can expect the giant retailer to keep raising the bar

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.

Inventory Control: Proactive vs Reactive Management


Inventory control is a tricky process. Essentially, the goal of inventory control is to maximise profits with the smallest amount of investment into your inventory. Meanwhile, this target needs to happen without compromising on customer satisfaction levels. Inventory control is complex. Understanding the multitude of factors that come into play on a daily basis is no easy feat; it takes time and a strong fundamental framework to manage it properly.

Effective Reverse Logistics: Protecting the Bottom Line and Gaining Competitive Advantage

Supply Chain Brain

In an increasingly competitive industry, retailers can no longer rely on providing the right product at the right price, with customer service taking center ground in the battle for consumers’ hard-earned cash

E2open and Amber Road Announce Definitive $425 Million Acquisition Agreement

Supply Chain 24/7

Customers to receive unprecedented integration of E2open’s and Amber Road’s end-to-end supply chain and global trade management capabilities – delivered with the speed of the cloud

To Ease the Squeeze of New Tariffs, Focus on Compliance

American Global Logistics

Supply Chain Brain —A year after tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese goods first sent importers reeling, the news supply chain managers everywhere have been dreading is finally here.

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.