Wed.Feb 06, 2019

Cobotics, eCommerce, and the Revolution


Behind and within recent news on automation there lies two emotions: excitement and fear. Not marketing automation; nor inventory or supply-chain automation. With digital automation , it’s all upside. Physical automation is where the divide begins.

7 Reasons to Consider a Cloud Based WMS (Warehouse Management System)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Pain Points – An Opportunity to Innovate and Expand! Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at [link].

Cognitive Computing and Intelligent Enterprises

Enterra Insights

Business circles are abuzz with terms like digital transformation and digital enterprise. The fascination with digitization in the digital age is completely understandable. The stress on digitization, however, sometimes understates the real goal of transformation — the ability to make better decisions. Bain analysts, Michael C. Mankins and Lori Sherer ( @lorisherer ), assert if you can improve a company’s decision making you can dramatically improve its bottom line.

How Technology Empowers Freight Brokers to Work Smarter, Not Harder, to Drive Profitability

Talking Logistics

Working smarter, not harder, is critical for everybody in transportation today, but it’s especially important for freight brokers in light of the increased competition in the marketplace and the ever-more demanding expectations of shippers. What does “working smarter, not harder” mean for freight brokers? What are the biggest drivers of cost and inefficiency in the industry? How can technology help brokers work smarter and improve their profitability?

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.

Report Indicates Foxconn Was Reconsidering Plans for Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility

Supply Chain Matters

An exclusive published report from Reuters indicates that Apple’s prime contract manufacturer Foxconn was reconsidering plans for its proposed Wisconsin manufacturing facility.

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Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Far More Visible

Supply Chain Matters

More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices.

Living A Simple but Meaningful Life

JDA software

Oana Lipovei is a senior software engineer and comes to JDA from Blue Yonder. She shares how her upbringing in communist-era Romania has led her to focus on a simple, ‘tech-free’ life – outside of her day job, of course! –

TCV Makes $200 Million Investment in Unified Retail Planning Pioneer RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. RELEX Solutions, a leading provider of unified retail planning solutions, today announced that TCV has made a $200 million minority investment in the company. TCV is one of the largest providers of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry and has backed industry-leading companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Netflix, Splunk, Spotify, WorldRemit, and Zillow.

Trends Driving Growth of 3PL in 2019


The 3PL market is growing, and according to PRNewswire , the 3PL market will increase significantly throughout 2019, contributing to a total valuation of approximately $1.5 trillion by 2025.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Why Simply Good Isn’t Good Enough

MP Objects Supply Chain Orchestration

Having spent over 25 years in the supply chain industry, I noticed that while companies diligently assess their performance and capabilities, they are often unmotivated to improve as long as they do better or earn more than the year before. Satisfaction with small, incremental gains is a setback.

Business Analytics: Will 2019 Corporate Challenges Repeat 2018?

River Logic

Wondering what the top corporate challenges were in 2018? Here’s the summary: River Logic customers have turned to business analytics to help answer some of their toughest questions this year, ranging from labor shortages to managing growth.

IoT in the Supply Chain to Help Beat the Brexit Blues

Supply Chain 24/7

With the risks Brexit could bring to the supply chain, this paper explains how to optimize your supply chain processes and eliminate inefficiencies with the help of supply chain visibility solutions and cargo tracking and monitoring

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Bahri Picks BluJay

BluJay Solutions

Bahri, the Saudi Arabian logistics operator, has expanded its use of BluJay technology to include the Transport Management for Forwarders solution. Read the full article in Logistics Manager. The post Bahri Picks BluJay appeared first on BluJay Solutions.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Why You Should Change to a Cloud ERP System Immediately

My Office Apps

Why You Should Change to a Cloud ERP System Immediately. Are you worried you may not be collecting and interpreting data on your company’s resources quickly enough? Computer programs can make data processing faster, but creating and setting one up on your own can be both complicated and inefficient.

Partial loads: A slow season secret weapon?

DAT Solutions

I try my best to avoid markets where demand is low, but that gets difficult at this time of year. It's tough to get to a hot market at a decent rate per mile right now, but before giving in to a less desirable price – or waiting until the market changes – try looking for partial loads.

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Is Using Excel for Inventory Management Really That Bad for My Business?


If you run a small business – or if you used to run one and your business has gotten bigger – you’re probably familiar with Excel. This versatile little piece of software is great for budgeting, accounting, scheduling, project management, customer relationship management and more. In particular, Excel can be a really handy tool for inventory control and management when you’re just starting out.

Bahri Selects BluJay’s Transportation Management for Forwarders Solution

BluJay Solutions

Saudi Arabia’s leading shipping carrier extends use of BluJay technology. Manchester, UK – February 6, 2019 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network , today announced that Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, has expanded its use of BluJay technology to include the Transportation Management for Forwarders solution.

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.

China, the Bots, and Why It Matters to Your Online Business


The future belongs to the bots. That’s not a warning and, thanks to cobiotics, neither is it something to fear. It’s simply the truth. Between 2017 and 2025, the global market for industrial and non-industrial robots is expected to rise 1,168.7% from $39.3 billion to nearly half a trillion dollars.

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The Logistics of Canadian eCommerce

Supply Chain 24/7

companies have found that a logistics plan that works well for the U.S., cannot simply be replicated for operating in Canada

PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Reliability Test Methods

Insights Solutions Global

PCB is crucial to all the electrical or electronic products. How to ensure the good quality of PCB? The answer is reliability tests. We summarize 9 basic tests in this post, click in and read! The post PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Reliability Test Methods appeared first on Insight Solutions Global. Rigid PCB

Sensitivity Analysis in Network Optimization


Reasons for sensitivity analysis Optimization, by definition, provides the single best answer given a prescribed set of inputs and a specific objective. The power of algorithms makes it easy to return an optimal answer to a relatively complex problem.

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.

Measuring Public Procurement Value, Part 1


The post Measuring Public Procurement Value, Part 1 appeared first on Ivalua

New eBook: Artwork Management for Dummies


Packaging artwork is a critical component in the consumer decision making process. On one hand, customers expect the packaging to communicate and promote products while delivering high quality.

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