July, 2022

The Secret Sauce with Mark McEntire

The Logistics of Logistics

Mark McEntire and Joe Lynch discuss the secret sauce. Mark is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Emerge , one of the fastest-growing startups in the U.S. and is transforming the $800 billion transportation and logistics industry with its digital freight marketplace platform.

Supply Chain Sustainability: The Business Case for Growth and a Competitive Advantage- ToolsGroup

Glede Kabongo

Companies are leveraging supply chain sustainability to gain a competitive advantage–while supporting people and the environment


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Overcoming The Barriers to Use Channel Data

Supply Chain Shaman

I remember the evening well. A requirement to apply as an analyst position for AMR Research was to write an opinion piece and defend the article in an interview.

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Supply Chains to Admire 2022

Supply Chain Insights

Abstract. Supply chain is easier to say than define. The Supply Chains To Admire report analyzed improvement, performance, and value for the years 2012-2021. Twenty-two companies outperform their peer group. Supply Chains to Admire 2022 – Report v4.0-web. Powered By EmbedPress.

Automating Freight Forwarding Processes with CargoWise Workflow

This training guide helps freight forwarders utilize the productivity capabilities of CargoWise. It covers 5 key CargoWise Workflow features, the importance of auditing your operation’s processes, and using automation for maximum productivity.

Managing Supply Chain Disruptions: U.S., U.K. Manufacturers Accelerate Procurement


Ivalua study finds 97% of procurement leaders see significant disruption in direct materials supply chain; 67% not confident in existing technology; 84% consider modernization a ‘strategic priority’.

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Supply Chain Planning in a VUCA World

Enterra Insights

Planning would be a lot easier if the world were a less complicated and more predictable place in which to conduct business. Unfortunately, the business environment is constantly changing.

ToolsGroup Wins Microsoft’s Best ISV Partner Award for the Second Year in a Row


Prestigious award presented by Microsoft at the Inspire event.

Adapting in the Face of Change

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chain resilience is “the capacity of a supply chain to persist, adapt, or transform in the face of change” Wikipedia. Revlon bankruptcy. McCormick stock falls on Q2 earnings miss. CEO of Bed Bath and Beyond out as sales tumble. Target earnings disappointment and restatement.

Understanding Your Interim Management Needs – 3 Key Considerations

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I have written about supply chain and route to market interim management recently. In discussions with clients, the following theme often arisess: Interim Management Michael Thompson

5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

“True Greenfield” – Answering the Distribution Service Time Challenge 


How to properly optimize your logistics network with network design. The Challenge. Modern business means fast distribution. Amazon is not the only company driven to one- and two-day delivery; all industries are headed to shorter service windows.

Inflation in 2022: Is the Bullwhip Effect to Blame for Retail Inventory Glut

Logistics Viewpoints

Last week I saw a news headline from the Washington Post stating Michael Burry’s ‘Bullwhip’ Tweet Deserves Serious Attention. Michael Burry ( @michaeljburry ) is most well-known as the hedge fund manager portrayed by Christian Bale in the movie “ The Big Short.”

Is 2022 the Year Automation Takes Off?

Enterra Insights

Lockdowns, lockouts, and labor shortages have all played a role in motivating business leaders to look more closely at automation, digitalization, and artificial intelligence (AI).

How to Make Technology a Friend, Not a Foe

Talking Logistics

We live in an age when our technology devices are so intuitive that any 3-year-old can download the apps for Pokémon, Lego Duplo World, or their favorite game in 30 seconds on an iPhone.

Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

My Lessons in Interviewing Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

In business conversations, the term supply chain excellence rolls off the tongue frequently in meetings, but what does it mean? My insight? There is no standard answer. Excellence is actively sought but seldom defined for business teams. Most teams are on a journey without a clear compass.

The 7 Typical Mistakes Made During UK FMCG Wholesale Market Entry

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Inevitably things don’t always go to plan, and no one can predict everything and the UK Wholesale Market is no different, in fact giving its scale and variety, you should expect bumps in the road.

Trucker Tools with Kary Jablonski

The Logistics of Logistics

Kary Jablonski and Joe Lynch discuss Trucker Tools. Kary is the CEO of Trucker Tools , the leading carrier relationship management platform that helps brokers grow their carrier network, book loads digitally, track freight, and build enduring relationships with carriers to drive reuse.

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Reducing the Impact of High Fuel Costs Goes Beyond the Transportation Department

Logistics Viewpoints

The rise in fuel costs, especially diesel, is significantly impacting the bottom line of many B2B companies such as distributors and wholesalers.

Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.

Structural Changes to the Global Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The late business guru Stephen Covey once stated, “There are three constants in life… change, choice, and principles.”

Across the Pond: The European Transportation Market (July 2022)

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: I was asked by Transporeon (a Talking Logistics sponsor) to look at what is happening in the European transportation market and they provided me with access to their Transporeon Insights market data for additional insights and perspective.

Orchestrating Disrupted Supply Chains in Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail

DELMIA Quintiq

The CPG-R industry is still learning how to deal with disruption. Now, nearly three years from the start of the pandemic, it is clear that variability in supply and demand will continue to test the resiliency and agility of extended supply chains around the globe.

Regain Control of Your Product Portfolio

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Through product rationalization, regain control of your product portfolio and become more profitable & competitive. SKU Inventory Management & Stock Control Ratib Ratib

Easily Build an Optimization App and Empower Your Data

Speaker: Gertjan de Lange

Solving complex business problems requires optimization modeling techniques and data to compare scenarios and make the best decisions. With AIMMS you can rapidly build an optimization app on top of your data and deploy it to the end-user in just a few clicks.

Improving your purchase order management process | Taulia


We explain what exactly purchase order management is, how the process works, and what steps businesses can take in order to make the process more efficient and effective

Supply Chain Digitization Gains Favor as Disruptions Continue

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chains have experienced significant disruptions in the first half of 2022, from a global pandemic to wars, rising fuel costs, and a potential recession. Throughout the past six months, rates and capacity have been highly volatile as the industry deals with other ongoing challenges.

The Internet of Things in the Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The Digital Age is all about connectivity and so is the emergence of the digital supply chain. Consumers expect to be connected to retailers. Retailers expect to be connected to manufacturers. Manufacturers expect to be connected to suppliers.

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (July 29, 2022)

Talking Logistics

It’s the last Friday in July and I’ve yet to go to the beach. Well, I did visit a beach in Iceland, but the water was way too cold for my Cuban blood (and probably Icelandic blood too), and there were signs everywhere warning about “sneaker waves” that can pull you out to sea.

New Research: The State of Supply Chain Network Design in 2022

This report explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

Digital Supply Chain Transformation: Your Go-To Guide | Chainalytics

Raghvendra Awasthi

If information on digital supply chain transformation is widely available, why don’t 53% of these efforts achieve their objectives

5 Reasons to Consider Refillable PET Bottles in Africa

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Responsible Beverage makers are always looking for sustainable packaging solutions that are not only cost-effective but environmentally friendly. Soft Drink and Beer Companies normally use 3 types of packaging i.e., cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles.

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Johnson Controls Transforms its Supply Chain with Integrated Planning 


Every business ? regardless of size, industry, or market ? can relate to the same challenge: customer frustration. It’s incredibly complicated to pinpoint when an order will ship and when it will arrive.