July, 2017

Coming soon to a supply chain near you: 8 big digital disruptors

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Every day it seems as if one company or another is touting they’ve just released the next big thing—that new device that will change your life.

The Digital Supply Chain: How Are Supply Chain Managers Responding?

Cerasis

How do you define the digital supply chain? Do you isolate it to processes involving the internet, or do you take a more progressive approach and combine cloud-based technologies, integration and unmatched customer service into one, data-based solution?

A New Red Wagon?

Supply Chain Shaman

I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. In my youth, my mom would frequently exclaim, “Be careful where you hook your red wagon.” ” The mountain expression is a warning. My mom wanted me to make smart choices and be careful on placing my bets for the future.

Tips for a Successful Supply Chain Planning Technology Implementation Part 2: Project Management and Staffing

CHAINalytics

By Steve Thrift | Principal, Integrated Demand and Supply Planning | Chainalytics Supply chain planning technology projects are somewhat in a league of their own.

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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Life is complicated. Supply chain management shouldn’t be.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Rushing kids out the door, walking the dog, navigating traffic—life is complicated enough without having to deal with overly complex supply chain management processes.

Less-Than-Truckload Technology: Will Machine Learning, AI & Automation Solve Shipping Problems?

Cerasis

Freight shipping has relied on the same systems for years, ranging from manual entries to a constant struggle in balancing delivery windows with costs. However, the pressure for tighter, faster and more deliveries has increased to a point where the only solution is change. According to William B.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

When I engage with supply chain leaders , I ask the question, “Are you making progress?” ” Many will initially shake their heads “yes”, but upon a closer look at the data, they admit that they are stuck. Admitting this truth is a freeing moment.

A Path Towards IoT Enabled Service Parts Planning

ToolsGroup

Editor's Note: This week we have a guest post from Bob Ferrari, Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group. This blog first appeared in Supply Chain Matters. It is the second in a series on how companies can build foundational service parts planning technology to prepare for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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.

Unlearning Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

The game-changing solution to solve your biggest S&OP challenges

Quintiq

From my previous blog post , it’s clear that the road to achieving sales and operations planning (S&OP) excellence is not an easy one. But having the right solution to drive performance, beat the competition and maximize profits is a step in the right direction.

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The rise of IoT in supply chain planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater There’s no denying the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken hold of nearly every aspect of our lives.

Slow and Terrible Deliveries Can Tank Your Business: Here’s An Order Fulfillment Solution to Nip that Risk in the Bud

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Red Stag Fulfillment who show us how an Order Fulfillment Solution can help reduce risk. Want to lose customers and sink your business into the ground? All you must do is make late deliveries with busted boxes, and the wrong products. It couldn’t be simpler.

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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.

Building the Network of Networks: Some Insights

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start this blog with a story. I believe that Supply Chains build economies and save the planet. It is about value creation. I also believe that finance is the art of money changing hands until there is nothing left. Supply chain process and financial flows often run in counter currents.

Demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business

ToolsGroup

A question we hear often is “How can I have demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business? Demand-driven seems more appropriate to a pull strategy, the opposite of a push strategy. How can they coexist?”. To answer the question we propose looking at the supply chain of two seemingly unrelated businesses, fashion companies and poultry producers.

Before You Hire a Logistics Data Scientist

Talking Logistics

The digital transformation of supply chains — it’s a phrase you hear a lot these days, but what is different today compared to the late 1990s and early 2000s when the internet, Web, and dotcoms triggered their own business transformations?

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Is Your Logistics Chain Leaking? The IoT May Be the Answer

4 Way Logistics

Until a few years ago, inventory was a labor-intensive process that typically required either stopping operations for several days or bringing in a large crew to painstakingly count products overnight.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Chasing perfection is killing your supply chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater There’s no such thing as 100% when it comes to forecast accuracy. Let me say it again. One hundred percent accuracy does not exist. I don’t care how good your demand sensing is or how sure your sales team is of their market projections. It’s just not possible.

What Should an LTL Transportation Management System Do for Me as a Shipper?

Cerasis

“Unsustainable.”. That is the word being used to describe the state of the logistics industry in 2017, reports William B. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce. While it may not describe everything in supply chains, it does accurately describe the overhead costs today’s shippers and carriers have enjoyed recently.

Dylan Could Not Have Said It Better!

Supply Chain Insights

“Don’t block up the hall. For he that gets hurt. Will be he who has stalled. There’s a battle outside ragin’. It’ll soon shake your windows. And rattle your walls. For the times they are a changin’”.

Logistics Technology Q2 2017 Roundup

Freightos

Logistics Technology Q2 2017 Roundup. Visibility, Ground Drones and Cross-Border SMB E-Commerce. Logistics Technology Trends. During the second half of June, Amazon and Alibaba both held conferences in the United States, appealing to small and midsize businesses selling on their platform.

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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.

How is Your Supply Chain Positioned for the Ocean Carrier Mergers?

Talking Logistics

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean. Change is the only real constant when managing global supply chains, regardless of the type of goods or any other supply chain attribute; change is driving your supply chain.

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Beginners Guide to Enterprise Labeling

PLS Logistics

Supply chains are becoming increasingly more complex; they are more global now than ever before. The more global they are becoming, the more emphasis there is on changing regulations and demanding customer needs. Logistics Supply Chain Customer Experience Suppliers Labeling

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Nissan Motor Co. to revolutionize S&OP

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan manufactures vehicles in 20 countries around the world. Nissan offers products and services in more than 160 countries and areas worldwide. As a leading global automotive manufacturer, Nissan Motor Co.

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Shipping Technology: Non-Tech Savvy Shippers Lose Advantage Over Time?

Cerasis

The usefulness of technology among shippers remains undisputed. Through advanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ) and greater automation, shippers can reap an unparalleled competitive advantage. What happens when shippers simply forgo implementing shipping technology, and how can shape their future demise? Although it sounds ominous, shippers must be willing to become tech-savvy, or they will lose any existing competitive advantage they have.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.