June, 2018

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

Definitions: Provocateur. A person who or thing which provokes; a challenger, instigator, inciter, irritator; (in later use) specifically = “provocateur.” ” Incrementalism. Movement by degrees. Known by gradualism. . I am tired.

Is automation killing white collar jobs?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha. I recently came across a Bloomberg article citing how certain functions of the white-collar workforce at Amazon is getting replaced by automation.

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

ToolsGroup

Source: Gartner Research. Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments.

Summer Reading 2018: Top 6 Blogs on Supply Chain Analytics

AIMMS

Want to avoid summer stagnation? To help you stay informed during the summer months and close the year with impact, we prepared a list of our most popular content for your reading and viewing pleasure.

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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Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

This afternoon, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen congratulation emails to the Supply Chains to Admire award winners. This is the fun part of my job.

Blockchain: Preventing E. Coli Through Enhanced Traceability

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by All By: APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. This article was originally published on apics.org, and is repubished with permission.

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

ToolsGroup

Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%.

The Business Case For a Modern Warehouse Management System

Cerasis

Maintaining scalability and efficiency in an omnichannel-driven world is difficult at best. Warehouse managers face constant pressure to move more products, reduce damage, improve order cycle times, boost employee morale, and more. Legacy systems traditionally used for warehouse management are inefficient in the modern era; even systems in the 5- to 10-year age range.

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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.

This Week in Logistics News (June 11-15, 2018)

Talking Logistics

If you were stranded on a desert island with a boom box and one music cassette, which band and album would you be listening to? It’s an easy question for me to answer: Depeche Mode and Violator.

A time of transition: 3 key trends for oil & gas in 2018

Quintiq

The fall in oil prices transformed the global oil & gas industry. In the wake of its devastating consequences, companies have formed new business partnerships and become more open to embracing innovation.

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My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

“…the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best” ? Otto von Bismarck. This morning I landed in Frankfurt. Keeping with my normal Sunday night ritual, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen my weekly post for the Supply Chain Shaman.

Don’t let incorrect design assumptions affect supply chain performance

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Wouldn’t it be nice if your supply chain actually performed the way you designed it to? That doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Supply chain perfection just got one step closer with the Self-Healing Supply Chain and its ability to improve supply chain design assumptions.

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.

Two Kinds of Supply Chain Risk and How to Prepare for Them

ToolsGroup

When most people think of supply chain risk, they often think about the impact of major unforeseen “headline grabbing” events - like the tsunami in Japan impacting automotive supply chains or horse meat making its way into British beef supplies. These are big, important and often unpredictable risks.

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2018 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

River Logic

Gartner's release of its 14th annual Supply Chain Top 25 provides an inside view of the elite corporations and their advanced practices that make them the best in the world. In the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking, Unilever retains its number one spot with a composite score based on six categories, like Gartner and peer opinions, inventory turns, revenue growth, and more. Gartner

This Week in Logistics News (June 18-22, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Earlier this month, I retired my old headshot photo and starting using a new one. Today, I’m temporarily replacing it with this drawing of me that my daughter — the one heading to college this fall — drew way back when she was 2 years old.

What’s eating the meat industry: The disassembly dilemma

Quintiq

Worldwide meat production has doubled over the last three decades and increased 20% in just the last 10 years. As meat consumption rises , the pressure is on meat producers to fullfill demand. To accomplish that, they need to be efficient at every step of their supply chain.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

How Can You Seize Opportunity If You Cannot Manage Risk?

Supply Chain Shaman

Global growth is slowing to levels of GDP. Notice that the average growth for consumer nondurables (often termed household products) is 1.7%, as shown in Table 1. This is a far cry from the pre-recessionary growth rate of 6%.

Business Reporter: The Future of the supply chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Mike McAllister Trevor Miles on achieving the path to supply chain transparency. When it comes to creating the perfect supply chain, it all starts with transparency.

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Planning Optimized at Mach 2

Logility

Learnings from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Last month I, along with 2200 other supply chain professionals, attended the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity

Cerasis

The use of full truckload shipping is rising in popularity, resulting from its lower cost as compared to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. Unfortunately, the use of full truckload shipments and expenditures have hit an all-time high, reports Kate Patrick of Supply Chain Dive.

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.

Logistics Center of Excellence: Delivering Value to Organizations

Talking Logistics

Perhaps the most overworked word in the supply chain management lexicon is “visibility.” Yet it’s difficult to overstate the importance of a view into what’s going on in the supply chain. After all, you can’t source, make, move, store, deliver, measure or improve what you can’t see.

How to harness complex value chains in an uncertain and hyper-connected world

Quintiq

The race between nations to supply goods and services across a global marketplace is continuing unabated.

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Parts Are Not Parts

Supply Chain Shaman

Companies state that they want bold change; but within the company, I find swirling inaction. It baffles me. Companies are at a tipping point. Traditional processes are not sufficient and there is a war waging between traditionalists and reformers.

Impact Factors of Supply Chain Management Journals

SCM Research

More than many other management disciplines, SCM has been very successful to professionalize and reinvent itself. A good indication for this development are the 2017 JCR journal impact factors , which have just been released. The only SCM journal with an impact factor above 6 is Journal of Supply Chain Management (6.105).

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.