February, 2019

How vehicle customization will drive the supply chain of the future

Kinaxis

by Dustin Mattison I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Farhan Mirza, President of BAFF Consultants Inc., to discuss vehicle customization by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automakers and its impact on the supply chain of the future.

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Mid-market companies leapfrogging supply chain planning maturity stages

ToolsGroup

Is the latest technology enabling some mid-market companies to leapfrog supply chain planning (SCP) stages of maturity? The evidence suggests that it is. Publicly, analysts are still cautioning mid-market companies not to aim too high.

Why Supply Chain Platforms?

Talking Logistics

Today, collaboration is an essential step in the digital transformation of your company, and has become vital if you expect to compete with increasingly more dynamic and connected competitors. Through this transformation, it’s no longer an option to work separate from your collaborators. Instead, a real convergence must be created by merging the processes with increased productivity, agility, efficiency, and a new customer experience in mind.

Understanding Your Safety Stock Calculations

Demand Solutions

If you manufacture or distribute products, it's safe to assume that you have a specified safety stock level— or at least we certainly hope you do.

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.

Meeting the Omnichannel Challenge

The Network Effect

Consumers are buying products through many different channels the consumer goods supply chain has become more complex than ever before. The post Meeting the Omnichannel Challenge appeared first on The Network Effect.

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Have You Given Your Planner Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

As I write this blog, Valentine cards scatter my desk. This is the week for love: a time to send cards and letters to those that we appreciate. I am in the middle of sending the cards to my grandchildren. It is in this spirit, that I write this post.

Selecting new software for supply chain network design doesn’t have to be a hassle

AIMMS

When it comes to network design, you can’t just set it and forget it anymore. Today’s successful supply chain networks are adaptable. They react swiftly to changing business conditions and customer needs. They scale quickly when there’s opportunity for growth.

How Barcode Printing Software Maximizes Supply Chain Efficiency

Loftware

Barcodes matter in today's supply chain. and tomorrow's. Logistics Supply Chain Track & Traceability Labeling

Logistics Experts Wanted with Joe Lynch

The Logistics of Logistics

download the audio file. [00:22] 00:22] Opening / Introduction. Hello everybody, this is Joe Lynch and welcome to The Logistics of Logistics podcast. •

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.

The Missing Bookmark: Customer Experience vs. Expectations

Talking Logistics

Last week, at the Four Seasons resort in Orlando, I attended a meeting organized by a leading logistics service provider for its sales executives. I moderated several workshops and a fireside chat with the attendees. One of the topics that we discussed was customer experience.

Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Cerasis

Automation in the warehouse is essential to meeting the growing demand of e-commerce and the blending of traditional supply chain channels into the omnichannel supply chain.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part two)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing. In part one of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices” , we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory.

How often do supply chain leaders assess their network for improvements?

AIMMS

Part II in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . As we wrote in Part I of this series , we recently ran a quiz to help supply chain professionals benchmark their network design maturity.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Continuous Manufacturing in Pharma: Impossible Without Effective Labeling

Loftware

Supply Chain Track & Traceability FDA Manufacturing Pharmaceuticals

How a Leading Retailer is Using a Control Tower to Manage their Supply Chain

The Network Effect

How one of the largest retailers in Africa is using innovative technology to improve customer service while lowering supply chain. The post How a Leading Retailer is Using a Control Tower to Manage their Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

I was in Orlando, Florida this week moderating workshops for a logistics service provider client. I was hoping for 70F+ weather, but even Florida fell victim to the Polar Vortex, with temperatures only in the 50s (which felt tropical, nonetheless, compared to Chicago and Boston).

The Top 5 Warehouse Management Technologies Shaping the Supply Chain

Cerasis

New technologies are being developed that will propel warehouse management and shape the supply chain of the future.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational.

Freight Brokers: Disintermediated or Growth Opportunity by Incorporating Technology?

Descartes

Given the current capacity crunch, and the huge amounts of investment capital pouring into transportation and logistics technology, there is tremendous discussion on how technology innovation will impact the industry and, more specifically, 3PLs.

Make Your Supply Chain a Lean, Mean Fighting Machine

River Logic

SCM Supply Chain Supply Chain Management

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Optimizing the Modern Enterprise with a Control Tower for CFOs

The Network Effect

How CFOs are Leveraging Intelligent Control Towers to Align Financial and Supply Chain Decision-Making Today’s modern organization comprises a complex. The post Optimizing the Modern Enterprise with a Control Tower for CFOs appeared first on The Network Effect.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2019)

Talking Logistics

It was school vacation week, which means I got more skiing than work done these past few days.

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Top 4 Reasons Effectively Implementing Supply Chain Technology Creates a Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

Increasing the technologies deployed in your supply chain might be a goal for your organization. Meanwhile, executives that have spent time in the industry can be fearful of how upgrading systems can impact investment strategy and other business goals.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part one)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing It happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory. Many times, I have been told, “Our people just don’t trust the numbers they see in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Everything has to be double-checked.”.

New 2019 Market Guide by Gartner Shows How Yard Management Systems (YMS) Boost Throughput

PINC YMS

How a modern yard management system (YMS) can help companies improve operational efficiency, increase supply chain visibility, and optimize their assets. Gartner digital yard management yard management system yard management Market Guide

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.