May, 2016

[Infographic] 5 Ways STEM Education is Leading the Logistics Industry

Cerasis

The studies of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have shaped the logistics industry into what it is today. Logistics, the discipline that manages the shipping and distribution of goods to consumers, has made momentous strides in recent years with help from new technology.

Groundhog Day

Supply Chain Shaman

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a Groundhog emerges fro m the burrow, then the forecast of an early spring is predicted.

What’s Wrong with Aftermarket Parts Supply Chain Planning?

ToolsGroup

This is actually a trick question. What’s wrong with aftermarket supply chain planning really has nothing to do with planning, but with management expectations. This is a case of management not expecting enough from their business.

See the past, present and future of your supply chain

Quintiq

Before the rise in wearable technology, how did you measure the distance you ran, the number of steps climbed, and the amount of calories burned? Chances are, you used a portable pedometer to measure your steps and distance travelled, and a diary to keep track of your calories burned.

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.

Building Talent: A New Approach

Supply Chain Insights

You are running hard. As a supply chain leader you want your team to make progress and outpace the pack. One of the toughest challenges for the supply chain leader is building and retaining talent. Managing a global supply chain team today is not easy.

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How the IoT Platform Fixes Problems in Today’s Logistics Industry

Cerasis

While logistics and manufacturing have grown exponentially, problems have become more complicated. A single malfunction can disrupt entire analytics’ systems, disrupting processes along the way.

Are You Putting Lipstick on a Pig? Or Creating New Value?

Supply Chain Shaman

During the spring, I get to spend a lot of time in airplane(s) attending and speaking at technology confer ences. I have done this for a decade. However, this year is different. I feel more disruption in the air. There is a confluence of factors.

Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?

ToolsGroup

For multi-channel retailers, it’s getting increasingly difficult to survive in “the Amazon jungle”. Bob Ferrari of Supply Chain Matters recently pointed to The Sports Authority bankruptcy as one indication.

The Future of the Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain

The Network Effect

Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International, discusses the importance of a consumer-driven supply chain in terms of the biggest threats and opportunities to retailers today. I’m not sure that the retailers get the level of disruption or the level of transformation that’s taking place in the workplace.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

C-Suite Spotlight Series: What is Zero Based Budgeting and What Does It Mean For Your Supply Chain?

LeanCor

"In manufacturing, zero-based budgeting doesn't just look at materials, but it challenges all the services and functions that are performed by the company.".

What are the main 3PL Services?

The Logistics of Logistics

Admiral E. King famously said “I don’t know what the hell this “logistics” is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.”. Since he was an admiral, I am pretty sure somebody got Mr. King some logistics.

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The 3 Myths & Current State of American Manufacturing

Cerasis

This is the first in a series of blogs where we will cover the current state for U.S. manufacturers, supply chain, logistics, transportation, and freight management. Today we focus on the realities that we face with American manufacturing. The argument for American manufacturing is clear, and the topic has graced the stages of all political candidates. However, the hype is not necessarily reflective of reality. The U.S. closely follows China’s lead in manufacturing, and in fact, the U.S.

Integrated planning of production & logistics: Is it possible?

Quintiq

The answer is yes. Integrating production and logistics enables you to increase your delivery performance, reduce transport costs, and improve the utilization of your production resources. So why are manufacturers still suffering from disjointed decision-making in these areas?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

A Better Approach to Supply Chain Segmentation?

ToolsGroup

Editor's Note: There will be no blog post next week. Most companies segment their supply chain by breaking it down according to operational and logistical metrics. That’s necessary for continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Total Disruption: A Better Business Model

The Network Effect

With the new solution model, that of a network with extensible solutions, comes the possibility of a new business model that makes software vendor and customer, not adversaries as they often seem to be, but partners.

The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles

LeanCor

Whether they're consuming a product or service, customers experience the aggregate of all the processes with which a company operates. Ideally, these process should all be aimed at maximizing customer value at the lowest possible total cost.

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Food Safety Modernization Act in a Nutshell

The Logistics of Logistics

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is detailed and complicated. I like simple, so I decided to write a simple overview of the FSMA. What Is The Food Safety Modernization Act?

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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.

[e-Book] The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight Metrics & KPIs

Cerasis

Business practices have become synonymous with the application and collection of data for continuous improvement. However, most of today’s data goes unused and represents a lost opportunity to the company. Unfortunately, data lacks value if not properly cleansed, transformed, and applied. Furthermore, some data may be of minimal use without comparison to and identification of trends and collaborations between data from other transactions within a given warehouse or transportation system.

The Internet of Things’ Impact to the Supply Chain

Descartes

Companies closer to their customers have already started to use IoT data to streamline their supply chains and get to know their customers better. What is the Internet of Things’ impact to the supply chain? Electronic manufacturers are familiar with data.

The View from Finance: Freeing Up Cash with Inventory Optimization

ToolsGroup

If you (or your boss) are measured by your company's Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) or a similar metric, then you want to turn assets into cash.

The conference that business leaders cannot afford to miss

Quintiq

Another year, another list of must-attend supply chain and logistics events. With so many to choose from, how do you decide? Every moment spent away from your desk has to be worth the time and investment. This is why the Quintiq World Tour in Frankfurt should be at the top of your list.

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.

Don’t Fear Optimization (It’s Just a Word)

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: The following is the forward I wrote for a new textbook published by MercuryGate (a Talking Logistics sponsor) on “ Modern Technology for Transportation Optimization ,” which is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Can Supply Chains Become Truly Sustainable?

SCM Research

Our world is in crisis! Ten years ago, Time Magazine featured the headline: “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” ” (about global warming). But things only got worse since. Leaked TTIP documents point to a race to the bottom in ecological standards between the EU and the U.S.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS). Take a look at some of the most important ways the ideal TMS impacts an operation.

Gartner Keynote: Algorithms Rule the World (and the Supply Chain)

Logility

Algorithms impact our daily lives from the ads we see online to the price and availability of goods we want at the store. As supply chain professionals, algorithms are transforming the way we do business, the way we optimize our supply chains.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.