August, 2019

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the Next Recession?

Logility

Economic recessions occur about every nine years which means the next one is already overdue. A very good leading indicator of an imminent recession is the interest rate spread between the 10-year and 2-year U.S. Treasury bond.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

July is my birthday month. In the middle of busy travel, I made time for the annual physical. The reason? I know that early detection is the key to wellness. It is a familiar ritual. The nurse quickly assesses blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen, height and weight.

Counterfeit products are exploding on Amazon

NC State SCRC

A recent WSJ article highlighted a fact that confirms much of what we found in our study of counterfeit products in the supply chain a year ago: if you’re buying on Amazon, beware of counterfeits. Too cheap means too good to be true.

Automation in the Supply Chain and Its Impact on Scalability

Cerasis

Automation is coming of age in the supply chain. Where supply chain leaders once viewed automation capabilities as science fiction fantasy, automation’s real-world applications are becoming evident.

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.

Why Logistics and Product Quality Scorecards Should Be One and the Same

Talking Logistics

It’s been several decades since Toyota revolutionized the supply chain world with its adoption of lean manufacturing and total quality control methodologies that encouraged companies to take a strategic view on supplier relationships and continuous improvement.

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Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done? More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes.

Reinventing Organizations to Drive Agility in the Digital Age

AIMMS

Could self-organization make your supply chain more agile? . McKinsey estimates that roughly 14% of the global workforce will have to switch occupational categories by the year 2030. Addressing the skills gap to deal with the fast pace of automation and digitization is extremely important.

Machine Learning in the Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

One area of interest in today’s end-to-end supply chain is machine learning. And this is certainly a topic that we have written about quite often.

6 Benefits of Automated Material Handling

Cerasis

In the logistics and supply chain industries, every edge counts. That’s why facilities managers and decision makers everywhere are exploring the benefits of automated material handling.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Supply Chain Modeling: Here’s What You Need To Know

River Logic

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Procurement can’t afford to be a digital laggard in today’s complex landscape

ivalua

Alex Saric, CMO, Ivalua. In today’s turbulent business landscape, the challenges facing organisations have become increasingly complex, with uncertainty from geopolitical events such as Brexit and tariff negotiations impacting day-to-day operations.

Robots in the Building: The Positive Influence of AI for Supply Chain Planners

ToolsGroup

Have you looked at a job listing for a supply chain planner recently? The planner’s role has expanded to include a combination of technical skills and communications and interpersonal skills.

Retail Compliance Programs: How to Exceed Retailer Expectations

Talking Logistics

The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

What 5G Means for the Transportation and Logistics Industry

Logistics Viewpoints

The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is expected to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks in the U.S.

Supply Chain Automation: Key Stages in Supply Chains That Can Benefit

Cerasis

Even though robotics and AI will never be able to fill in for human logic and expertise, there is a case to be made for supply chain automation thru automated systems.

Autonomous Supply Chain Planning, It’s Not Science Fiction

Logility

I am a big fan of the original Twilight Zone television series which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964 and remains in syndication to this day.

Understanding Supply Chain Network Technology

The Network Effect

Two basic types of supply chain networks and the difference it makes There is a high level of interest in. The post Understanding Supply Chain Network Technology appeared first on The Network Effect.

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

Infographic: How to Win Big with Machine Learning for Demand Planning

ToolsGroup

So you’ve done your homework and know that machine learning and demand planning go together like peanut butter and jelly. But whoa there! Don’t dive in quite yet.

5 Reasons Why Carriers Are Customer-Obsessed

Freightos

Open up LinkedIn and check out the profile of senior salesperson at a freight forwarder or carrier and you’ll probably see several top-tier providers as previous employers. Historically, a carrier’s relationship with importers and exporters was built by sales people.

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Digital Supply Chains Seek to Fill Information Black Holes

Logistics Viewpoints

Digital supply chains seek to fill information black holes. For many companies' supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing and how well they are doing it, where there are the most black holes.

E-Commerce and Warehousing: Areas of Focus to Prepare for Fulfillment

Cerasis

As explained by Brian Barry of Multichannel Merchant, shippers tend to focus on short-term needs and ignore the space requirements for efficient fulfillment.

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.

Midstream Oil and Gas: What Is It & How Does It Work?

PLS Logistics

There are three essential stages in the oil and gas production industry: upstream, midstream and downstream. To understand the role of midstream oil and gas, let’s take a look at every stage.

What's the Difference between S&OP and IBP?

River Logic

While most agree that adding a financial aspect enhances S&OP, there's often a completely different understanding about its importance. So, let's dig a bit deeper to understand the difference between S&OP and IBP. What Is S&OP?

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Infographic: How to Win Big with Machine Learning for Demand Planning

ToolsGroup

So you’ve done your homework and know that machine learning and demand planning go together like peanut butter and jelly. But whoa there! Don’t dive in quite yet.

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (August 23, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Our Logistics Leaders for Type 1 Diabetes Cure Team jerseys are on order! A big thank you to our Century Team Sponsors BluJay Solutions, C.H. Robinson, and Descartes Systems Group for your support!

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.