October, 2018

How Prescriptive Analytics Shapes Business Transformation and Supply Chain Social Responsibility

River Logic

Growing up in a small oilfield town, we didn’t have a McDonald’s; we had Joy’s Grill. Joy, the owner, and his wife, Wanda, ran a straightforward automated operation in their diner with one row of booths and a counter open to the grill.

Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

90, then 80, followed by 76. The highway rolls ahead of me. There are endless mile markers. It is a long day. Today, I am cruising major freeways traveling from Chicago to my new home in Pennsylvania.

Autonomous car technology and the Self-Healing Supply Chain

Kinaxis

by Jonathan Lofton I recently rented a car featuring steering assist and intelligent cruise control. Now, I’m used to driver assist technologies as my vehicle has blind spot warning and front and rear collision warning, and braking.

Understanding E-Commerce Logistics Costs Allows for a Healthy Bottom Line

Cerasis

E-commerce has transformed how consumers shop and purchase their favorite products, as well as try new products and services. As explained by eCornerAssist , the web influences more than 80 percent of all sales in today’s age.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Gartner Questions Supply Chain “Control Towers”

ToolsGroup

Gartner says that future supply chain planning will look less like a "control tower" and more like a refinery "control room'" with many value-added analytics that automate, guide and control the supply chain.

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Preparing Your Supply Chain for the Holidays

Talking Logistics

For most companies with supply chains to manage, the holiday season from Halloween through New Year’s Eve is an incredibly busy time. Shoppers stock up on everything from costumes to cranberry sauce to candy canes, and suppliers need to be prepared to meet the peaks and valleys of consumer demand.

L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

François-Régis Le Tourneau leads the efforts at L’Oreal for Standards & Prospective Process Improvement. At the Supply Chain Global Summit 2018 , Francois discussed the impact of digitalization, Industry 4.0,

Halloween Candy – A Scary Supply Chain Planning Problem

Logility

I admit, I love to eat Halloween candy as much as most grade school children (maybe more). My favorite: candy corn of course! What’s not to like about candy that is sugar mixed with more sugar!

How Can Technology be The Game Changer for Your Manufacturing Business?

Cerasis

Embracing the changes brought forth by technology in today’s world of digitization hasn’t harmed anyone, provided they haven’t misused or exploited the resource.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

The Nine Top Supply Chain Planning User Concerns

ToolsGroup

Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (21 August 2018, Amber Salley, Tim Payne, and Alex Pradha) calls out the concerns most often cited by users.

Automated Supply Chains: Don't Let Labeling Become the Weak Link

Loftware

The amount of digital processes in the supply chain is growing - but weak technological links could send it all crashing down. Barcode Labeling Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics

This Week in Logistics News (October 22-26, 2018)

Talking Logistics

What does it feel like to cycle in 29F weather going 17.2 mph for 27 miles? I found out this past Monday when I went out for my final training ride before shipping my bike to Santa Fe, NM for the JDRF Ride to Cure.

Reflections: Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

I remember the call like it was yesterday. Four years have passed. On this cold day, I would like to walk on the beach with my friend Maddy. She is there. I am not. Let me tell you the story. In 2014, while sipping on an early morning coffee, Maddy called to ask me a question.

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Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Common Forecasting Myths Debunked – Part 1 – One Forecast is Enough

Logility

This is the first of a series of four posts that will explore common forecasting myths. In supply chain the impact of a single error can quickly derail an entire forecast. This creates a ripple effect across the entire value chain which can result in lost sales or worse, a lost customer.

Tips for Effectively Managing E-Commerce Logistics

Cerasis

E-commerce is in the middle of a boom. The economy is strong, and trucking capacity is tight. Yet, as few as 33 percent of shippers have taken advantage of a transportation management system (TMS), reports Michael of Levans of Logistics Management.

Can S&OP become more continuous? Automation is key.

ToolsGroup

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), a process often focused around a monthly meeting, is evolving into a more continuous process. A recent whitepaper by supply chain planning and optimization firm Optilon explains why and how.

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Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

AIMMS

Heineken is one of the world’s best-known beers. But for HEINEKEN International, the famed lager is only one of its products. The company owns more than 165 breweries around the world.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Still Managing Exceptions Manually? How a TMS Can Help

Talking Logistics

In the good old days, your transportation management system (TMS) could manage nearly all of your transportation workflows. For the exceptions that did pop up, you could dutifully handle them manually, which took some effort but wasn’t a colossal burden on your time.

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Is Canada’s recreational cannabis supply chain ready to meet demand?

Kinaxis

by Ilyas Kucukcay Canada is a pioneering country when it comes to the use of cannabis for medical purposes , where it’s been available through a doctor’s prescription since 2001. So one might think Canada’s recreational cannabis supply chain would already be in place. Not quite.

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How to Avoid Recalls Due to Product Packaging Errors

Loftware

What's the key to saving money in labeling-related processes? Logistics Regulatory FDA Supply Chain Manufacturing Artwork Management

The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management

Cerasis

Warehouse management is not a simple task, and warehouse managers face difficult challenges. Even when orders are low, standard operations continue to grow with each passing day. Part of this derives from the expansion of e-commerce into new and emerging markets.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Probabilistic Forecasting - a Primer

ToolsGroup

An experienced gambler might hedge their bet on multiple outcomes, rather than just the most likely "single number forecast". At ToolsGroup we have been big advocates of probabilistic forecasting (sometimes also known as stochastic forecasting).

How Chain of Custody Strengthens the Supply Chain

The Network Effect

What is a Chain of Custody? The concept of “chain-of-custody” originated in the legal context of handling evidence. In this. The post How Chain of Custody Strengthens the Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on.

Breaking down doors for the marginalized in supply chain management. Highlights from Kinexions ’18 day two.

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Less than 15 percent of supply chain executives are female. Even fewer are women of color. That’s a sad state of affairs, and desperately needs to change. So how is it that with so many strong, courageous, talented women, so few have found a way to break through the glass ceiling?

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics.