February, 2016

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

This week I am busy packing. It is the same feeling that I had as a child getting ready for camp. For the next 18 weeks I will be in the air. I will be speaking and working with clients in wonderful locations in Brussels, China, Germany, London, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa.

How to Become a Supply Chain Planning Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

ToolsGroup

Being selected for the Gartner Magic Quadrant leader’s quadrant is a pretty big deal. For a software vendor, it’s like winning an Academy Award.

4 Reasons to Integrate Order-to-Cash & Procure-to-Pay

OneSCM

Mid-market companies can no longer afford to manage their supply chains in individual silos that often produce inaccuracies in overall performance and constrain supplier relationships.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Circular Supply Chain Vs. Linear Supply Chain: An Evolution

Cerasis

Recycling and reuse of scrapped products have become hot-button topics in the modern world. A quick scan of Craigslist shows how entire businesses have been created on the sole purpose of reclaiming raw materials from existing goods.

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.

Keith B. Carter on The Path to Actionable Intelligence

AIMMS

Big data, analytics, BI…Everyone in business today has heard these terms at some point, and yet the path to analytics-driven business improvement remains somewhat elusive. We spoke with Keith B.

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No Easter Bunny?

Supply Chain Shaman

Dear Supply Chain Leader, Today, sitting in my seat in 11K on a Cathay Pacific flight between Hong Kong and Boston, I want to report that there is no Easter Bunny. There is also no Santa Claus. Yes, our parents perpetuated the image of that elderly white-haired gentleman, a symbol of Christmas love.

A Hierarchy of Needs for Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Abraham Maslow created his magnum opus “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” by studying the best performing humans and their needs. While reading more about his theory, I realized that best performing supply chain systems also possess certain hierarchical needs.

When Cupid’s Arrow Hits the Supply Chain

OneSCM

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Cupid is preparing to fire his arrows all over the world. Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is the second highest annual grossing holiday each year, just behind Christmas. Figures show that Valentine’s Day spending approached $19 billion in 2015 alone.

Agile Supply Chain: Why Agility is Trumping Lean in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

The modern supply chain grows increasingly complex with each passing day. The digitization , focusing on fundamentals and change , augmented reality , artificial intelligence , and many other factors are transforming how the supply chain functions.

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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.

Supply Chain Risk Management and Rocket Science

Logility

I became very familiar with risk management early in my professional career. I was working as a flight test engineer on experimental military aircraft, a world where the boundary between safety and expanding capabilities was often crossed.

The Omni-channel Effect on Manufacturers: Strategies for Success

Talking Logistics

Much has been said about how omni-channel is transforming the retail industry, but what impact is it having on manufacturers? How is it affecting their supply chain and logistics processes? What impact is it having on their talent and technology requirements?

Time for Value Chain 4.0?

Supply Chain Shaman

“We can see the computer age everywhere, but in the productivity statistics.” ” Robert Solow, Economist, 1987. It’s a lazy day for me in Singapore. I spent a jet-lagged day reading by the pool. I dragged The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J.

What’s Driving Disruptive Innovation in Supply Chain Planning?

ToolsGroup

Disruptive innovation is changing the supply chain planning vendor space. Later we will investigate why, but first let’s look at what’s happening, starting with the recently released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SOR).

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Through the Hype Cycle: Exploring the Many Applications of AIMMS Technology in Supply Chain Planning

AIMMS

As you may have heard, AIMMS was recently featured in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Planning (SCP). The Hype Cycle is a great resource for Supply Chain and IT leaders.

Supply Chain Artificial Intelligence Offers Wisdom to Supply Chain Management

Cerasis

Our previous discussion on augmented reality revealed a new trend in supply chain management , the use of computer-simulated imagery to enhance production and efficiency.

Internet of Things (IoT) is changing mining supply chains, and not a moment too soon

Quintiq

Gloomy news about the mining industry is not abating, not even for one minute. The price of iron ore, coal, and copper make the eyes of mine operators and traders alike glaze over. The statistics suggest a prolonged slump ahead.

The Biggest Mistake When Selecting a 3PL

Talking Logistics

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Blockchain: Empowering the Industrial Internet of Things

Descartes

While Bitcoin is the most popular application of Blockchain, the technology also has trustless, secured and decentralized capabilities that can redefine business solutions, including those that empower the Internet of Things.

A Detailed Look at What's Driving Disruptive Innovation in Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Last week offered an overview of how disruptive innovation is changing the supply chain planning vendor landscape. We mentioned that Gartner said that this significant disruption was driven by end users’ changing priorities and needs.

Why Hasn’t the Music Industry Supply Chain Responded to the Vinyl Resurgence?

Kinaxis

by Kevin McGowan If you read any of the articles about the “vinyl resurgence” in the music industry, it’s easy to understand why record companies, artists, and fans are getting so excited.

Logistics & Supply Chain Risk Management: Pivoting to Resiliency with these 3 Simple Processes

Cerasis

Supply chain risk management and resiliency are hot-button topics in the industry. However, minute supply chain entities do not understand how resilience relates to risk management and what it means for improving focus on the supply chain.

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.

When to Implement a Sales & Operations Planning System of Differentiation (SOD)

Logility

A question I often hear from supply chain practitioners engaged in running and improving their company’s sales and operations planning process is, “When should we implement a system dedicated to facilitating our S&OP process?”

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The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management

Talking Logistics

The Regulation’s Impact on Ocean Shipping and Data Management. The revised Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container weight verification requirement is a significant change in the ocean cargo supply chain.

Cloud based Solutions: Delivering Growth, Value and Productivity

Descartes

Cloud technology plays a very important role in the success of businesses today. Organizations that fail to recognize its value can suffer from getting left behind by their competitors. Why do businesses need cloud based solutions?

How Many Slaves Work For You?

SCM Research

When we buy our new shirt, phone or coffee, we rarely think about slavery in the global supply chains of these products. Slavery? In the 21 st century? Isn’t slavery a thing of the past? Well, it might surprise us, but slavery still exists and it exists in almost every global supply chain.

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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.