April, 2020

Blockchain for SMEs in the food industry


The food industry is under increasing pressure to meet the demands of a growing world population, with some estimating food production has to grow by 60% to meet demand. Consumers are also demanding ever more insight into the origin of the products they buy. They want to be sure they purchase a product that is produced under sustainable conditions and of excellent quality. Incidents such as the horsemeat scandal have only increased the need for transparency in the food supply chain. blockchain

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Building a Resilient Supply Chain

PLS Logistics

Regardless of the circumstances, a company’s ability to survive disruptive processes and events is one of the key differentiators of a successful business strategy. The thing is, most companies start to realize its importance only when the storm already happens. In the majority of cases, risk management strategy sits far down the list of business […]. Blog resilience in supply chain management supply chain supply chain management

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How COVID-19 Will Change Supply Chains For Good


As the COVID-19 outbreak progresses, I’ve been watching the effects on supply chains and the impact of true demand (N95 masks) versus hyped demand (toilet paper). Both examples are currently seeing stock-outs, but the toilet paper shortage is more of a logistics issue than a physical supply problem. N95 masks have both a physical quantity limitation (12 million in the national stockpile) and a logistical problem: there are over 6,000 hospitals in the US.

Capacity Planning Software – Plan, Analyze and Prepare for capacity


What is Capacity planning software? Capacity planning software is a programmable solution that helps manufacturing organizations understand the actual production capacity needed to address fluctuating demands for its products and services. With reference to capacity planning, design capacity is defined as the maximum amount of work that an organization is capable of completing in a given period.

Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020

Our recent supply chain planning survey showed that only 17% of organizations place considerable effort on innovation. For most, firefighting is the norm. But to succeed in today’s business landscape and recover quickly from disruptions, you need to carefully balance operational excellence with innovation for long-term growth. Get insights in this Gartner report to find out where to invest and what you should adopt as standard business practices.

Profit Is Stalling? Take A Look At Your Supply Chain!


Profit, for any company, is the primary goal, and with a business that does not initially have investors or financing, profit may be the corporation’s only capital. Without sufficient capital or financial resources to sustain and run, business failure is imminent. It’s true that stalled profit is the unwelcome scenario for every business. However, there will be a time the company has to cope with such a situation.

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How a TMS Optimizes Multimodal Shipping


Successful supply chain management lies in achieving a balance between operational excellence, profitability, service, and speed. One shipping strategy, relying on multiple modes throughout the journey with a specific carrier, is multimodal shipping. Unfortunately, multimodal shipping remains an often-underfunded aspect of supply chain management. As reported by Jeff Berman of Logistics Management: “Multimodal freight networks […].

COVID-19: Our lowdown on the latest ups and downs


This is the second in a series of TradeGecko articles based on first-hand insights from our own aggregate order data. In this time of unpredictable demand and supply chain disruptions, we are here to keep you informed and up-to-date. Managing through Coronavirus

A TMS Tale of Two Food Shippers – Which Describes Your Evolutionary State?

Supply Chain Collaborator

The Summer 2020 issue of Food Shippers of America Magazine has dropped. Editors here at the Digital Supply Chain Collaborator blog noted a striking contrast when reviewing this issue. Specifically, the issue published two articles addressing the use and utilization of TMS platforms by food shipping organizations. One article focused on explaining the basic, historical benefits of implementing TMS for the first time.

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7 Steps to Set Up Your Supply Chain Management ‘New Normal’

Blue Ridge

The post 7 Steps to Set Up Your Supply Chain Management ‘New Normal’ appeared first on Blue Ridge. Blogs and Articles covid-19 supply chain management uncertainty

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!

COVID-19: Maintaining Customer Expectations For Large-Item Delivery


The U.S. supply chain has responded admirably to the COVID-19 outbreak. After the initial […]. The post COVID-19: Maintaining Customer Expectations For Large-Item Delivery appeared first on Convey. Blog Article Engage Initiate Resources Tips and Tricks

Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Pandemic Planning Part 1: Governance and Risk Assessment


Oddly enough, the lessons learned from the Covid crisis are very similar to the lessons learned from the LAST major epidemic that hit the world, the H1N1 crisis. At that time, I wrote a study for the IBM Business of Government, titled “ Planning for the Inevitable: The Role of the Federal Supply Chain in in Preparing for National Emergencies ” that laid out important trends that were apparent as a result of the avian and H1N1 flu viruses that occurred in the global economy.

Now More Than Ever: Supply Chain Analytics for Demand Forecasting

Blue Ridge

The post Now More Than Ever: Supply Chain Analytics for Demand Forecasting appeared first on Blue Ridge. Blogs and Articles covid-19 demand forecasting supply chain analytics uncertainty

How the Food Blockchain is Bringing Tech to the Table

Zipline Logistics

As the world becomes more tech-centric every day, digitization efforts are even making their way to the grocery aisle through the blockchain. Though it may sound far off, companies in the food and beverage supply chain are rapidly adopting blockchain platforms as a means of creating visibility, traceability, and efficiency. According to research from Gartner, 20 percent of the top-10 global grocers will use the technology in everyday operations by 2025.

The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

COVID-19 – Cost reduction should take the back-seat…for now


Optimization is in the driving seat. Procurement has an opportunity to add value in other ways during the COVID-19 outbreak. These are unprecedented times for the phrase ‘unprecedented’ times. While this is the cliché of choice for newscasters and commentators, it pretty much sums it up. Previous pandemics may have amassed a considerable death toll, but without the global economic impact or the universal disruption to everyday life.

Is the Coronavirus threatening your Supply Chain?

Prophetic Technology

The Chinese government confirmed on January 7, 2020 that they had identified a new virus “Coronavirus,” now called COVID-19. It proliferated across a vast region in China; nowadays, it is worldwide. Given that it is a viral disease and that there is an exponential factor, it has gone uncontrollable; antibiotics are NOT advised, and there is no vaccine found so far ; we are talking about months to get through it. supply chain risk disruption

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How to Transport Medicine the Right Way

Freight Center

Physical health and safety have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds due to COVID-19. With that comes the increasing demand for people buying medicines, supplements, vitamins, and the pharmaceutical supply chain needing to meet that demand. We’ve put together a few best practices on how to transport medicine the right way. Truckload Shipping

Top 3 Key Data Governance Challenges in Retail Industry and Solutions


With the Coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19, our personal and professional lives have come to an abrupt standstill. The healthcare system is enduring the harsh impacts of this crisis and the situation is expected to stay alarming for quite some time. With the exact cause of this virus outbreak unknown and no possible cure seems to be working, the death toll is also rising exponentially.

How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

Apple Supply Chain - The Best Supply Chain in the World


Apple is famous for its innovation and design. But few people know that the way Apple handles inventory is also a factor that led to success. As a matter of fact, Apple’s Supply Chain has led Gartner's Supply Chain Top 25 list since 2013. supply chain management trends

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic


In these uncertain times, companies are turning to technology to help them comply with social distancing rules and to keep their workers and drivers safe in any conditions. The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before.

The Journey to the Factory of the Future

DELMIA Quintiq

While most people are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are on the front line. Not just in hospitals, but our manufacturers who are essential to society and doing their part helping to stop the global pandemic. These manufacturers are on the factory floor continuing to build, construct, create and prepare. Their need is urgent and the vision for a better tomorrow continues. That vision begins with the factory of the future.

Improve Supply Chain Processes During Peak Shopping Seasons


What does it take to improve supply chain processes? That is a loaded question. Increased order fulfillment, improved customer satisfaction, validating order details and contents before packaging, automating repetitive processes, and other factors can significantly improve supply chain processes. However, it is not enough to choose a random method and improve it. Supply chain leaders need.read More.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I am reflective. My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. I spent the month of March trying to help business leaders mitigate the impact of the pandemic. My first focus was on China sourcing. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts. My goal was to drive insights for business leaders on Forbes and LinkedIn.

Supply Chain Heroes: Stories of Innovation in Support of COVID-19


The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide and created supply chain heroes across the globe. From suits to PPE gowns and masks, from baby wipes to disinfectant wipes, from food service to grocery to food & beverages manufacturers, companies around the world are stepping up to contribute and serve where they can.

McDonald’s Mesoamérica Supply Chain Response to COVID-19


Businesses around the world are learning to adapt as best they can to the COVID-19 supply chain impact. Unpredictable consumer behavior in response to macro events creates demand volatility in every link of global supply chains. The number-one defense against this radical uncertainty is a resilient supply chain that’s ready for anything.

Spending too much time on data crunching, not enough on resilient planning decisions? You’re not alone.


Supply chain data is critical to the planning function. Our recent Planning Maturity Assessment shows that 4 5 % of organizations are satisfied with their data quality, to some degree. 31% a neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 21 % are dissatisfied , and 3% are very dissatisfied. The fact that more than half feel “neutral” or dissatisfied shows data quality is a considerable pain point. How much time are supply chain teams spending on data? Let’s take a look. .

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Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.