January, 2019

Reinventing Retail in a Multichannel World

Supply Chain @ MIT

The liquidation woes of Sears Holdings, owner of iconic retailer Sears and Kmart, underscore the dramatic decline in bricks-and-mortar retailing in the face of booming e-commerce sales and shifting consumer buying patterns.

The Next Big Thing in the Supply Chain

Haven

In the rapid digital advancement of the global economy, a time for change has finally come for the operating models of shipping and logistics providers.

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

Personalization. Market microsegmentation. New product launch. There are many good reasons to add items to product portfolios, but companies are better at adding than eliminating items. Discontinuing products is a struggle with tension between supply chain and marketing functions.

4 Tips To Cut Costs In A Warehouse

Cerasis

Maximizing profits is the main point of running a business. If you’re running a warehouse, this will probably be your main goal, too. Competition is plentiful, and you’re always on the lookout for a way to get ahead.

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.

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.

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To do: Prepare supply chain for natural disaster

Kinaxis

by Mike McAllister “It will never happen to my supply chain,” said the first planner. “We’ll We’ll sort it out when the time comes,” said the second planner. Perhaps these fictional quotes resonate a familiar refrain.

How the Latest Government Shutdown Affects Today’s Transportation Professionals

Talking Logistics

Whenever a government shutdown happens, there are bound to be areas of disruption within our industry. As it currently stands, the December 2018 shutdown is only a partial closing.

Welcome 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

Welcome to a new year. Congratulations. You made it through 2018. It has been a while since I penned a blog post on New Year’s predictions, but today as I sit and drink my hot chocolate, I feel the itch to write. The bears are starting to chase the bulls from the field.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blogs of 2018

Cerasis

Today, we continue our series highlighting our top blog posts of the year! We always enjoy the end of the year as it allows us to see what our readers really love.

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.

Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology

AIMMS

Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel producers. In fact, it’s very likely that Tata Steel plays a role in your life today, by providing raw material for the car you drive, the house you live in and the roads you drive through.

"Recreating the environment in which historical demand occurred"

ToolsGroup

Editor's Note: Starting today we will begin publishing this blog once every two weeks.

Digital Freight in 2019: The Next Chapter

Freightos

Old forecasts are like old news – soon forgotten – and pundits are almost never asked to reconcile what they said with what actually happened. Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner. In 2019, digital freight isn’t a vision; it’s a reality.

Supply Chain Planning Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

Logility

It is that time of year once again when many of us pontificate on what 2019 and beyond will bring. Personally I hope for World peace, the end to hunger, a cleaner/greener Earth, and lower taxes. Well, maybe someday, but I doubt many would buy into those as predictions for 2019.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

Supply Chain Shaman

It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at t he keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness. The quiet streets await the coming of the soft snow. It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. I hate jet lag.

Top Supply Chain and Logistics Automation Trends to Watch for in 2019

Cerasis

The concept of automating processes and activities is a major sticking point for supply chain and logistics.

Trends 247

What are supply chain professionals using to make network decisions? 

AIMMS

Part I in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . How does you r network design compare to others ?

What challenges must today’s automotive manufacturers overcome?

Quintiq

Some of the most innovative developments currently being delivered by automotive manufacturers include new drive technologies, autonomous driving and connected cars. Fulfilling the demand for innovative models relies on a flexible network of internal and external partners.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Are you’re still looking for a personal challenge this year? Then how about joining our Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure cycling team and help us raise money for JDRF in our quest to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

3 Best Practices for Improving Your Supply Chain Labeling

Loftware

What's the key to truly modern supply chain labeling? Barcode Labeling Labeling Logistics Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics

Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

Supply Chain Shaman

It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at my keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness. The quiet st reets await the coming of the soft snow. It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. I hate jet lag.

What Are Dark Warehouses and What Do I Need to Know?

Cerasis

Demand to increase efficiency in warehouse management is at an all-time high. Warehouse managers also face challenges with finding and retaining the right talent, as well as added pressure from customers and shareholders alike.

DC 247

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.

How to Design a Successful Apparel Supply Chain

Logility

Apparel is an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Planners need to contend with inconsistent consumer buying behavior, the need to satisfy multiple channels, complex sourcing options and proliferating “sub-seasons,” collections and assortments.

Breaking Down the Silos for Transportation Management and Route Planning and Execution

Descartes

One of the biggest opportunities to dramatically improve supply chain performance occurs when traditional supply chain functions are decomposed and reinvented as integrated business processes. Few supply chain practitioners would dispute that notion.

This Week in Logistics News (January 14-18, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Will blockchain have the same fate as RFID in supply chain management? Meaning, will its hype far exceed what it will ever accomplish in the industry?

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A Procurement Resolution – Realize Your True Potential

ivalua

Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua. In this time of personal New Year’s resolutions, it seems appropriate for leaders to also consider a resolution for their departments. For Procurement leaders in particular there couldn’t be a better time to do so.

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.