April, 2016

Increasing S&OP clarity by adjusting “depth of field”

ToolsGroup

In last week’s blog we talked about the fundamental challenge of connecting tactical S&OP down to detailed execution. Here we look in the other direction and examine the challenge of connecting tactical S&OP up to the strategic plan.

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance?

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6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part III

OneSCM

In our last installment of the Spring Cleaning Series, we want to focus on strategies you can implement in the present that will help you time and time again going forward. Refocus on the Customer Experience.

Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

Rwanda is a tiny country in Africa, the fourth smallest to be exact, but one making giant strides in embracing the latest technology. In fact, in some cases it is leapfrogging many first world countries in the race to do business, smarter, cheaper, better. Rwanda is at a distinct disadvantage.

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Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

The History of the Shipping Container

Freightos

The History of the Shipping Container. 26 April 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Ideal X and the birth of modern container shipping, a development that played a critical role in spurring the global economy.

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What's Wrong with S&OP?

ToolsGroup

“The No. 1 challenge among manufacturing companies is connecting sales and operations planning (S&OP) to operational plan/execution.” – Gartner Research 1. There are few competencies more core for a company than the ability to coordinate sales with supply chain in order to fill demand.

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Making IoT in Manufacturing & Supply Chain Work by Using Cloud Technologies

Cerasis

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part I

OneSCM

With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate the state of your business and review outdated supply chain operations technologies. Chances are your supply chain has become increasingly complicated over the last year – whether through a change in sales strategies, the introduction of new partners, a busy holiday season or any other major company event. This sprawling complexity has the potential to increase the risk for disruption and for opportunities to fail.

Walmart’s Carriers of the Year 2015

The Network Effect

Congratulations to Walmart’s Carriers of the Year for 2015. Walmart selected the carriers based on their “dedication to customer service and a commitment to creating innovative solutions in an evolving, yet extremely important, business.”.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Supply Chain Lessons from Prince and Other Fallen Musical Heroes

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater The past year has not been kind to our musical idols. Although many have passed, including David Bowie, BB King, Glen Frey and most recently Prince, we’ll always have a phenomenal body of musical works to keep them alive in our hearts and minds.

How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?

LeanCor

A successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles upon which it stands. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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An Example of Outstanding Change Management

ToolsGroup

Managing change at the individual level is essential to realize benefits across the organization. Companies pick supply chain planning software based on the benefits to the business. But they install the software successfully—and realize the gains—when they convince users of those benefits.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

E-commerce and omnichannel solutions are rapidly becoming the next frontier in the use of the Internet of Things and better order fulfillment processes.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part II

OneSCM

Once your company completes initial benchmarking initiatives and identifies key pain points in your supply chain manual processes, it’s time to move ahead and alleviate them. In most cases, however, that is no easy task, especially if you are an emerging company. Trying to fix issues in your supply chain that have been prevalent for months, quarters, or even years cannot happen overnight.

Supply Chain Visibility: A Precursor to Insight and Optimization

Talking Logistics

As digitization continues to modify the global supply chain landscape, its unprecedented data sources and solutions will lead to not only the demise of disparate information systems, but to the rise of true, end-to-end, supply chain visibility.

The automated container terminal and the odd (mis)adventure of the Google car

DELMIA Quintiq

At a recent dinner with friends, the topic of our conversation moved to the invincibility of autonomous vehicles and the unfortunate encounter between the bus and the Google car. It was my turn to be ‘the heart of the party’. Score one for rational thinking and mathematics.

C-Suite Spotlight Series: How to Get Better Results From Your Suppliers

LeanCor

"I have the pulse of my floor, do we have the pulse of our suppliers' floors? Are they moving the needle forward?". As CFO for Bonfiglioli USA, a leader in global power transmission and control in Hebron, KY, Scott Guy is passionate about continuous improvement.

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Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Rob Handfield, PhD, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University

Join this informative webinar with Rob Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University, who will go over how the Coronavirus has impacted supply chains, as well as discussing approaches for preparing your supply chain for future outbreaks of major global disruptions. The world is becoming a riskier place, and it is important to plan for disasters ahead of time.

Target Canada’s difficult birth, tough life and brutal death

ToolsGroup

A few months ago we wrote about how the traditional approach to buying supply chain planning (SCP) systems is often flawed. Now a story in Canadian Business Magazine describes how supply chains can go seriously wrong and with serious consequences.

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7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

Cerasis

The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots do not sleep. They do not drink. They do not complain, and they do not need a paycheck. Robots are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent enterprises within the logistics industry.

The rise of contingent workers is shaking up the 21st-century economy

Kinaxis

by Melissa Clow This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. This week, we want to highlight a fascinating survey by global management consultancy Deloitte.

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Q&A: Chris Reed, Ferguson Enterprises – Building an Agile Supply Chain

Logility

Demands on the supply chain have changed significantly over the years for wholesale distributors and those that are embracing the changes are seeing improved service levels and profitability. At the heart of bettering your supply chain is to create an agile one built on accurate forecasting.

New Planning Maturity Assessment

In today's new supply chain paradigm, resilience and agility are key. Is your planning process fit enough to keep up with the pace of change? Is your tech stack helping or hindering your progress? Take AIMMS's new quiz to uncover learnings and benchmark yourself against peers!

Improving Transportation in the Real World

Talking Logistics

It’s rare that a shipper or third party logistics (3PL) provider has the luxury to sit back and roll out perfect operations and systems strategies, perfect improvement programs or perfect projects. Yet, many improvement approaches focus on that green field.

How Great Leaders Handle Conflict and Accountability (Lean Leadership Series)

LeanCor

A successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles upon which it stands. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Mitigating Supply Chain Risk through Collaboration

Descartes

Supply chain risk management is the implementation of strategies to manage everyday and exceptional supply risks based on continuous assessment. It is essential in ensuring continuity and reducing vulnerability. Why is it important for your supply chain to be risk free?

How Car Technology Innovations Will Transform Logistics

Cerasis

This month China's Chang’an Automobile Engineering & Research Institute conducted a 2,000-kilometer test run of two driverless cars, The Hindu reported.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.