June, 2016

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I unpacked my bags. In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. To streamline my efforts, I just kept a packed bag in the closet.

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Why Using Reusable Packaging Can Be the Most Effective Way to Save Time and Money in Your Global Supply Chain

Cerasis

Reusable packaging may be the one most effective way you can manage your costs better. It seems that no matter what industry you are in there is more and more buzz about the advantages of using reusable packaging and rightfully so. Reusable packaging goes far beyond just reducing packaging costs.

There’s Blood in the Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

This week’s posting is actually a video rather than a written blog. The National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest health care organization, has implemented a new supply chain planning system for managing the United Kingdom’s blood supply.

Five Steps to Navigating Supply Chain Analytics Data Challenges

Talking Logistics

Having been in the game of supply chain analytics for so long, we’ve noticed that data is the single biggest challenge our customers and consultants encounter.

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.

Time to rethink: How much further can your business go?

Quintiq

What does the future hold for your business? And what can you do to ensure a leading position in the market 10 years from now? I was talking to a postal company the other day that didn’t have the answer to either question.

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Go Horizontal!

Supply Chain Shaman

Functional silos define today’s supply chain organization. The silos compete. They lack alignment. This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. My first job was in manufacturing in the 1980’s.

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What Do Our Presidential Candidates Have To Say About Manufacturing?

Cerasis

We’ve discussed several of the myths and solutions to enhancing the current state of American manufacturing. Take a moment to watch this video and think about what it means to “Vote Manufacturing.” So, how do you identify a manufacturing vote?

Gartner Asks: Are You (and your Supply Chain) Bimodal?

ToolsGroup

Taking a bimodal approach to supply chains was the pervasive theme at this year’s Gartner North American Supply Chain Executive Conference. Simply stated, bimodal means simultaneously keeping a dual focus. Or as in F.

Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

It was back in January 2015, after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about bitcoin, that my eyes were opened to the potential for blockchain technology to transform supply chain management. As I wrote at the time in Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

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.

Impact Factors of Supply Chain Management Journals

SCM Research

Few days ago, Thomson Reuters published the 2015 impact factors of well-known management journals as part of their Journal Citation Reports. Two SCM-related journals have an impact factor of 4 or larger: Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Operations Management. Two other journals have an impact factor between 2.5 and 3: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. Journals with an impact factor between 2 and 2.5

AIMMS Sponsors the 18th Annual Supply Chain & Logistics Summit in Barcelona

AIMMS

Last week, part of our EMEA team (Christophe, Marcel and Kim) attended the Supply Chain & Logistics Summit as a sponsor for the fifth consecutive time. The conference took place in Barcelona.

Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

Supply Chain Shaman

Market-driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy and sell-side markets) bi-directionally with near-real time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in.

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Where Do We Go From Here? Taking a Look at the 2016 State of Logistics Report

Cerasis

2015 was a different year for the logistics industry. For the first time in more than 10 years, the Federal Reserve took the initiative to slightly increase interest rates, but the hopes for a robust start to 2016 were quickly dashed.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

How Gartner Sees the Future of Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Source: Algorithmic Supply Chain Planning: The Future of SCP , Amber Salley, May 2016. Gartner has taken a look at the future and sees lots of algorithms.

The World’s Oldest Supply Chain Analyst Report

Talking Logistics

With Brexit and the U.S. presidential race dominating the headlines, you might have missed a recent archeological discovery made in Boston. Construction workers in the Seaport District found what experts believe is the world’s oldest supply chain analyst report.

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Impact Factors of Supply Chain Management Journals

SCM Research

Few days ago, Thomson Reuters published the 2015 impact factors of well-known management journals as part of their Journal Citation Reports. Two SCM-related journals have an impact factor of 4 or larger: Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Operations Management. Two other journals have an impact factor between 2.5 and 3: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. Journals with an impact factor between 2 and 2.5

Lessons from the Foodservice Supply Chain

The Network Effect

Challenges and Opportunities in the Foodservice Supply Chain Is there any supply chain more important than the foodservice supply chain? It supplies us with the very material that makes up and fuels our bodies. So how healthy is the food supply chain?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Evolution of B2B Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. In 2014 Thoma Bravo acquired GHX, a Supply Chain Operating Network for healthcare.

What Is Blockchain Technology, and What Is Its Potential Impact on the Supply Chain?

Cerasis

The modern supply chain continues to seek more cost savings and greater transparency and efficiency in all processes. While large, centralized systems have been created to manage the flow of goods and data, a single problem remains. This data can be changed from its original form, causing some to feel the supply chain is not being fully transparent with supplier, manufacturing and logistics processes.

When SMBs Hit the Inventory Planning Complexity Wall

ToolsGroup

Inventory planning is especially important to small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs). Nobody wants to tie up more working capital than necessary in inventory, but SMBs typically have leaner resources, and a higher cost of capital means it’s more expensive to fund excess stock.

Maximize Your TMS Investment with Excellent Customer Support

Talking Logistics

Deciding to buy a transportation management system (TMS) is a big decision and there are a lot of factors to consider. One area of consideration that, at times, can be overlooked is the type of customer support the company will provide after implementation.

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.

Need Robust and Flexible Supply Chain Analytics? Build your own Apps

AIMMS

My takeaways from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016. Apps have come to define the way we work and live in many ways. We have cars with A pps , watches running A pps , TVs that operate with A pps …as the phrase goes “There’s an App for That.”

Is Flowcasting the Supply Chain Only for the Few?

The Network Effect

Flowcasting has often been referred to as ‘the Holy Grail’ of demand driven supply chain planning (and rightly so). Driving the entire supply chain across multiple enterprises from sales at the store shelf right back to the factory. So is Flowcasting a retail solution or a manufacturing solution?

UK NHS Supply Chain: bed-busting benefits of patient SKUs

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Some time ago I looked at the often dreadful customer service offered by FMCG and Telecoms companies in CEE. Of course, this avoidable malaise is not restricted to that part of the world.

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Current State of Today’s Supply Chain in 2016

Cerasis

The MAPI Foundation recently released predictions for how the supply chain will grow and evolve from 2016 to 2018. While the supply chain fell short of previous expectations for growth in 2015, it continued to have a strong fourth quarter in 2015. However, the supply chain of 2016 is looking different from what economists had expected, and the supply chain is battling many problems.

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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.