Wed.Jul 13, 2016

Information Overload: Is Too Much Data Crippling Your Supply Chain?


by Alexa Cheater How much is too much? That’s the question many supply chain practitioners are asking themselves in this world of big data, where a flood of new information is rapidly becoming readily available.

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Loftware Celebrates 30 Years of Innovative Labeling Solutions


Today Loftware announced its 30 th year of pioneering the development of Enterprise Labeling Solutions across its customers’ global supply chains. Labeling

When You Focus on Getting the Best Deal Insead of Developing the Best Relationship

Talking Logistics

Earlier this week, Stephanie Gleason at the Wall Street Journal reported that “General Motors Co. is fighting to get equipment and inventory from a family-owned auto parts supplier that filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, saying a contract dispute threatens to shut down 19 GM assembly plants in North American and lead to ‘tens of millions of dollars in losses.’” The article goes on to say: Clark-Cutler-McDermott Co., (CCM)

Forecasting: A Forgotten Requirement

Logistics Viewpoints

A few months ago, I attended the ToolsGroup Supply Chain Transformation conference in Boston. I am always interested in case study presentations, as I find that I learn a lot about how companies are applying their technology and business processes to solve a problem. These case studies are also an opportunity to give other practitioners a different way to look at a problem they may be experiencing as well. One of the case study presentations […

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.

6 Technologies Guaranteed to Disrupt Your Supply Chain

Inbound Logistics

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years

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Healthcare Logistics: Filling a New Prescription for Supply Chain Improvement

Inbound Logistics

Healthcare organizations are transforming how they source supplies and connect with manufacturers and service providers to meet emerging patient demands, address healthcare legislation, support an overall focus on improving patient care, and lower healthcare costs

6 Costly Transportation Management Software Mistakes Technology Can Correct

GTG Technology Group

There is no denying that logistical operations within supply chains are exceedingly complicated. It has grown nearly impossible to maintain a business while managing each factor manually. The result has been a push toward high-tech Transportation Management Software (TMS) and cloud-based IT.

Get The Scoop: The Ice Cream Supply Chain

Inbound Logistics

Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients

Top and Bottom Line Improvement: It's Our Job


You’ve likely seen articles that discuss how disruptive technology solutions will impact business and how digital business tools will enable you to define new markets and processes. An unintended consequence of these articles has been creating concern and fear in business leaders who may not be ready to adopt any of these technologies or who misunderstand how they may impact their companies.

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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.

Tapping Military Talent: Shoes on the Ground

Inbound Logistics

Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces

Why Having More Than the Big Two as Parcel Carrier Options Gains Traction in Small Package Shipping


Shipping processes and best practices are continually evolving and adapting to help small and medium businesses gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly complex global economy. Driven by the growth of e-commerce, more shippers are involved in the global economy than ever before.

Materials Handling Equipment Kicks Into High Gear

Inbound Logistics

New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain

Celebrating Drones, Butterflies and Exceptional People


The Americas are pulling me South-eastward with greater frequency these days. Having just returned from a client engagement in Brazil, where it’s currently winter with sunny blue skies and 28 degrees, our English ‘summer’ with its driving horizontal rain is something of a comedown! . Before heading off to Brazil, I had the privilege of chairing my first US eft CSCO conference, in the bustling, blustery city of Chicago.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Does Your Supply Chain Need an Alignment?

Inbound Logistics

If your company’s supply chain isn’t aligned with your overall business competitive strategy, then performance may fall short of expectations, with higher costs, poor execution, and reduced revenue and profits

Big Data and Privacy: What should People Expect?

Enterra Insights

“What does privacy really mean to you,” asks Cathy Nolan (@CatherineNolan7), an Information Analyst.[1] 1] In the era of big data, … Continued. The post Big Data and Privacy: What should People Expect? appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Optimizing Inbound for Improved E-Commerce Fulfillment

Inbound Logistics

A more comprehensive approach to supply chain management can help provide a great omni-channel experience that encourages customer loyalty and optimizes profitability

Running Out of Warehouse Space?

Logistics Bureau

Running out of warehouse space is a really common problem! I talked to Mal Walker to see what tips he could provide. You can reach Mal Walker on +61 412 271 503 or Email. What other tips have you got? Feel free to share them below in the comments. Best Regards. Rob O’Byrne.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Is It Time to Think About Logistics Outsourcing?

Inbound Logistics

A company’s ability to efficiently execute a supply chain strategy in today’s environment can be enhanced by logistics outsourcing with a strategic partner

Chasing Amazon: Building a Dynamic Warehouse Network


<p>Amazon has raised the bar on both customer expectations for fast free shipping and the scale of logistics needed to support those expectations. This white paper explores the economics behind competing with Amazon's scale and the dynamic warehouse strategies that make it possible.& </p&gt

Supply Chain Execs Shift Focus From Sustenance to Survival

Inbound Logistics

If they haven’t already, supply chain executives need to immediately deploy more flexible and agile supply chain management solutions that encompass an enterprise resource planning system

Using Social Media to Empower Your Supply Chain

Inbound Logistics

Social media benefits the supply chain industry in many ways. Companies enhance communication with customers, generate demand, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk, increase productivity, and gain marketplace intelligence through social channels

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.

Dialing In to the Secondhand Smartphone Market

Inbound Logistics

Success in the secondhand phone market requires the ability to spot and adapt quickly to market trends. The right supply chain partners can help maximize earnings and navigate the uncertain terrain ahead

Keeping an Eye on Cost Management

Inbound Logistics

An acceleration of mergers and acquisitions is causing dramatic changes to the supply chain. Are you prepared to manage through this changing environment while managing cost

Summer Reading Guide: 16 Must-Reads This Summer

Inbound Logistics

A handy reading guide summarizing supply chain books and their key takeaways

Still Pushing Your Customers Around?

Inbound Logistics

Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success

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.