July, 2017

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

Kinaxis

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. In reality, all this emerging tech, whether it’s turning your world upside down or not, is having a very real impact on how businesses manage their supply chains. None is feeling the effects more pointedly than those in consumer packaged goods (CPG), as all this new technology has fundamentally altered the way consumers research and shop

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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. Amazon bought Whole Foods. Google is launching autonomous vehicles. There are seismic shifts occurring between industries in value chains.

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Catch up on Supply Chain Analytics news with our Summer Reading List

AIMMS

The first half of this year has flown by and for many of us, it’s time for a much needed vacation. We’ve put together a new reading (and watch) list for this summer to help you gather some refreshing ideas as you gear up to plan for 2018. The list includes the best of our blog and news items, our latest webinars and most recent case studies.

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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). In a previous blog , I declared that one of the most promising line-of-business areas that will benefit from Internet of Things (IoT) enabled technologies applied to supply c

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2024 Annual T&L M&A Report

Tenney Group, an industry specialized M&A Advisory firm in the T&L space, produced the 2024 Annual M&A Report. The report contains an in depth overview of 2023 notable deals and the market, while also providing the outlook for 2024 M&A.

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

GlobalTranz

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? Most supply chains have been involved in digital processes for years. Even computerized picking systems rely on the digital supply chain, but the digital supply chain relies on the actions of supply chain managers for continued growth.

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The rise of IoT in supply chain planning

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater There’s no denying the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken hold of nearly every aspect of our lives. With the number of connected devices estimated to surpass six billion next year and more than 20 billion by 2020, the steady stream of data these devices are providing can easily crowd and clog your supply chain planning processes if you’re not prepared.

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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. Why? It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. Most are treading water.

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Catch up on Supply Chain Analytics news with our Summer Reading List

AIMMS

The first half of this year has flown by and for many of us, it’s time for a much needed vacation. We’ve put together a new reading (and watch) list for this summer to help you gather some refreshing ideas as you gear up to plan for 2018. The list includes our best supply chain analytics blogs and news items, our latest webinars and most recent case studies.

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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.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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

GlobalTranz

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. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce , truck capacity is not tight; it is simply hidden from view.

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

4WL Consulting

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. These methods were heavily susceptible to human error, with end counts that didn’t necessarily reflect full accuracy. With buyers demanding transparency – particularly in eCommerce – the need for something better was clear.

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6 Strategies for Better Supply Chain Management in the Current Economy

Oracle SCM

By Maha Muzumdar. Original version published in APICS Extra , July 2010. The years from 2007 through 2009 were notable for their economic volatility, reflected not only in the global economic recession but also the instability of customer demand and rapid movement in raw material, fuel, and commodity prices. Supply chain executives were under pressure to develop more efficient, customer-centric supply chains while finding innovative ways to reduce costs and enable growth.

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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. Two years ago, I completed a research study on supply chain visibility.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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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. While they share characteristics of other activities, such as software development or ERP implementations, they remain unique due to the nature of the solutions and the business processes they support. … The post Tips for a Successful Supply Chain Planning Technology Implementation Part 2: Project Management and Staffi

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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. While Alibaba was advocating sales to China as Amazon advocated cross-border importing, both are clearly pursuing an SMB focus, as Big Box retailers continue to struggle.

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

GlobalTranz

“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. Last year, the 2016 State of Logistics Report alluded to rising shipping volume, partially responsible for decreased overhead costs, as a driving force behind declining overhead costs ac

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

4WL Consulting

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. These methods were heavily susceptible to human error, with end counts that didn’t necessarily reflect full accuracy. With buyers demanding transparency – particularly in eCommerce – the need for something better was clear.

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Strategic Cost Management Approaches to Unlock Growth and Increase Profitability

How can businesses gain a competitive edge in an era marked by relentless competition and economic fluctuations? The secret is mastering strategic cost management strategies. This GEP bulletin, "Strategic Cost Management Approaches to Unlock Growth and Increase Profitability," breaks this down into clear, actionable steps. Discover how these strategies can boost your enterprise's financial health, helping not only to keep up but to excel in today's market.

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Nissan Motor Co. to revolutionize S&OP

Kinaxis

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. operates in a complex and competitive environment. Because of this, the company struggled with disconnected, manual planning processes, which required a concurrent planning platform to enable a more efficient operation.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 3-7, 2017)

Talking Logistics

My son’s baseball season, which began last November with indoor training, finally ended last night. His U11 Little League team lost their final game of the tournament, but as the team manager said afterwards, “they made a lot of noise and raised a lot of eyebrows” throughout the tournament and they finished in 4th place out of 7 teams. What now? For my son, it’s on to swimming, where he competes in the butterfly and IM, with his first meets next week.

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Spinnaker Partners with River Logic to Deliver Optimization-enabled Business Planning Solutions

River Logic

DALLAS, July 7, 2017 -- River Logic today announced its new partnership with Spinnaker, a supply chain services company that helps clients grow, manage risk, reduce costs and improve customer service by developing world-class supply chain capabilities.

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Targeted Marketing and Machine Learning

Enterra Insights

From movies to markets, artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. In the retail and marketing sector, the staff at … Continued. The post Targeted Marketing and Machine Learning appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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The Art of Consistent Perfect Order Delivery: Smart Order Fulfillment Through Orchestration

Shippers and logistics service providers are pressured to match the “Amazon effect” for fast and efficient service across multiple B2C, B2B, and D2C channels. Perfect order delivery - on-time and in-full at the lowest possible cost – is critical. However, recent surveys of supply chain stakeholders reveal that many don't have the technology necessary to achieve it.

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Order Management System: What exactly is an OMS?

GlobalTranz

In modern order fulfillment, the demand for an order management system is unparalleled. Prior to the rise of e-commerce, orders were handled through faxes and direct mail. However, the growth of e-commerce and Big Box retailers required systems that could streamline the entire process, getting more orders processed with fewer delays. As customers grew to demand greater seamlessness between online, brick-and-mortar sales and every channel in between, the modern order management system (OMS) was

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Upheaval in Retail Changes the Scene for Suppliers

Elementum

Following Amazon’s announcement of buying Whole Foods, Amazon’s stock rose 3% while Whole Foods shares skyrocketed 28%. With this acquisition, the world's largest online retailer just proved one thing: Amazon not only wants to dominate the e-commerce industry, they have a clear ambition to get a real foothold in the traditional brick-and-mortar businesses as well.

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How you doin’? Is your supply chain doing the right thing to prepare for the future?

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois The other day I turned on the news to the headline of Sears Canada closing 59 stores. My thoughts went immediately to images of my mother passing around the Sears catalog as she asked us to mark pages with gift suggestions. That tradition continued with my own children as she would sit down with them and shift through the toy section for ideas.

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5 Key Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

Talking Logistics

When we speak to supply chain leaders about innovations in their supply chain, it’s not always about drones, self-driving trucks, or automated warehouses. To the contrary, it’s often about rethinking how we view our operations, leverage all our stakeholders, and in the end, deliver the best experience to the customer. Trend #1: Customers Buying Experience Not Products.

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How to Conduct Workplace Incident Investigations to Create Safer Workplaces

This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of global workplace incident trends, focusing on the top three biases leading to such incidents. It also highlights the significance of CSA Z1005 as a risk management standard and outlines the ROI of thorough incident investigations, covering emergency response to post-incident interviews. Additionally, it introduces an Investigation Evidence Gathering Matrix.

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What can Gartner’s 2017 CSCO supply chain survey tell you about your business?

River Logic

More than likely, you’re going to be making significant investments in your supply chain over the next several years (or perhaps you’ve already started). If so, it’s worth looking at the recent findings from the 2017 CSCO Supply Chain survey by Gartner.

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Most popular items on Supply Chain Movement – first 6 months 2017

Supply Chain Movement

In Case You Missed It. A recap of the most popular articles on in 2017 so far. By far the most read article on Supply Chain Movement is Carlos Cordon’s blog: Supply Chain 4.0: Adidas and Amazon re-write the rules. In an amazing twist, technology is rendering the old fundamentals of supply chain management obsolete. In Russia, Adidas increased sales in Moscow by double digits in 24 hours, thanks to a supply chain initiative.

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

GlobalTranz

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. Of course, you probably want your business to thrive. So, what do you do to avoid costly delays and terrible packaging?