March, 2016

Three Ways Consumers Are Transforming Supply Chain

Cerasis

The supply chain is an industry transformed by socio-economic growth and the day-to-day behavior of consumers. In a time where rapid advancements in technology occur daily , the logistics behind supply chain management are also changing. Transparency is now more important than ever to the consumer.

Digital Supply Chains: What’s the Big Deal?

The Network Effect

There’s an interesting report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Three Paths to Advantage with Digital Supply Chain , that illustrates the urgent need for companies today to transition to a digital supply chain, if they haven’t done so already.

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Supply Chain Manager

Supply Chain Opz

The supply chain is evolving more rapidly than ever before due to outside factors such as geopolitical influences, an increase in natural disasters and the proliferation of technology.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level

Quintiq

It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit. It has become a habit to make sure that I am getting all my steps in and not just meeting, but exceeding my daily and weekly fitness goals. What does this have to do with supply chain planning? As it turns out, plenty.

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.

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Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

Cerasis

Do you ever watch Undercover Boss? Think back to 2012 when Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company , went undercover in his own company.

What are Supply Chain Superstars Looking for in an Employer?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management.

Seven Decision-making Capabilities to Drive Supply Chain Excellence

River Logic

The topic of supply chain excellence is extremely broad and spans a smorgasbord of topics associated with People, Process and Technology. However, if we focus on key decision-making capabilities that can help companies achieve supply chain excellence, we come up with the following seven areas.

The Future of Transportation: The New Airships

The Network Effect

The Hindenburg over Manhattan, New York, 1937 (courtesy Associated Press). An “airship” is a lighter-than-air aircraft capable of traveling under its own power.

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.

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today, more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value.

Why is Terra Technology Gone?

ToolsGroup

Demand sensing is great supply chain planning functionality. It drives improved short-term forecast accuracy, helps create responsive replenishment , and usually offers a good ROI. But Terra Technology, one of the best known names in demand sensing, is gone.

Supply Chain Analytics: A Continued & Renewed Focus on Using Data for Improvement

Cerasis

The digital business landscape for a shipper, such as the use of an ERP, TMS, and other digital aspects, such as The Internet of Things , provides unparalleled insight into how an organization in the supply chain can improve efficiency, visibility, and productivity.

Proud to be Recognized as One of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for 2016

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow As a leading supply chain management cloud provider, we are proud to be named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers. First created in 2014 by the editorial team at Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Kinaxis has won the national honor every year since its inception.

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Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Raising the Lean Bar in Construction

LeanCor

"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome.

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Port optimization – process thinking gets distracted by techno-babble

Quintiq

Recently, I had the chance to spend a few days with a bunch of talented operations professionals working in shipping terminals. Dealing with containers, bulk, break bulk, chemical products, and RORO, they offered a broad spectrum of opinions and ideas.

FMCG Company disbands the Supply Chain function…….

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I am back on line again after a few days’ holiday post completion of some challenging factory footprint project work. One of the first catch-up meetings I have had was with an FMCG CEO. No names of course, but this is a medium-large sized player knocking on the blue-chip door.

What’s New in Inventory Optimization?

ToolsGroup

Principal Analyst James Cooke of Nucleus Research just published his 2016 Inventory Optimization Value Matrix which highlights this year’s key trends, including functionality and usability.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

4 Infographics Showing How Technology Is Transforming Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

This year looks like it's going to be one of the most innovative years for manufacturing technology. Purchasing and supply executives predict that the global manufacturing industry will continue to expand. The ISM projects a 4.1

It’s time to revolutionize planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Andrew Dunbar It’s 2016, and data is everywhere. Alphabet Inc., owner of Google, has recently become the world’s most valuable company , in a large part due to its ability to process enormous amounts of data, and convert it into actionable information.

Building the Layers of Lean Construction

LeanCor

Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable.

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What Every Shipper Needs to Know About the Future Truck Driver Shortage

PLS Logistics

The shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. has been a hot topic for some time.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Three New Challenges All Organizations Need to Meet

The Network Effect

The growth of eCommerce, the evolution of consumer expectations, and the globalization of eCommerce have resulted in many changes in the requirements of retail supply chains. These changes in requirements demand that retail supply chains handle more volume, quicker, and around the world.

Ferrari: Under the Hood

ToolsGroup

Today we interview Bob Ferrari, executive editor of the blog Supply Chain Matters ( www.theferrarigroup.com/supply-chain-matters ) and founder and managing director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group.

5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

Cerasis

Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. However, actual investments could easily exceed these expectations.

Are Short-Sighted Goals Holding Your Supply Chain Back?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater. Supply chains are growing more complex by the minute.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.