April, 2024

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The Top 5 Concerns For Supply Chain Leaders in 2024

C3 Solutions

This blog delves into the 5 primary concerns highlighted in the Material Handling Institute's recent study: Agility, costs, labor, sustainability, and visibility.

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The Red Pill: The (Slow Yet Steady) Revolution in Global Freight Digitization

Freightos

Blog " * " indicates required fields Email * Email This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. More Resources Home The Red Pill: The (Slow Yet Steady) Revolution in Global Freight Digitization Eytan Buchman April 15, 2024 Dive deeper into freight data that matters Learn More The March 26th Francis Scott Key Bridge allision feels shocking.

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How Satisfied Are Companies With Their TMS?

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of “Satisfaction with TMS Software,” a research report that highlights results from a survey conducted with members of Indago’s supply chain research community and JBF Consulting’s customer community. You can read the rest of the report and download a copy at JBF Consulting’s website. The global transportation management.

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Baltimore Bridge Collapse: An Opportunity to Reinforce the Importance of Supply Chain Resilience

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain resilience is a hot topic the last few years since post-Covid issues and newsworthy incidents like the Houthi attacks in the red sea have raised awareness. The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore being struck by the Dali and collapsing is an unpredictable disruption to the supply chains of several industries including automobiles, coal, and agricultural machinery.

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How a Global CPG Leader Optimized $500M of Direct Materials Spend and Exceeded Savings Goal

A Fortune 500 CPG company partnered with GEP to improve end-to-end category management, optimize direct spend categories, and increase strategic focus on tail spend. GEP’s sourcing expertise and market intelligence enabled the company to centralize sourcing and order management processes, strengthen key supplier relationships, and enhance supply chain resilience and agility.

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Happening Now: Tracking Maritime Cargo Trends

West Coast and California Logistics

Supply Chain Dive has developed a new cargo tracker on its website where users can track cargo activity at US ports and read the latest port-related articles. Recent additions to the page, for example, show that March cargo volumes increased 8% in Long Beach YOY and 19% in Los Angeles YOY.

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AI Enthusiasm in Fashion – Our Top Three Takeaways From the eP Summit in Florence

ToolsGroup

The recent eP Summit conference, the Pitti Immagine event focused on the latest digital and technological innovations tailored for the fashion industry, featured approximately 800 specialized operators and an extensive program of roundtables and presentations. Speakers shared their experiences and offered insights into the future landscape of the fashion industry, emphasizing how innovative technologies are reshaping the sector.

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Self-Checkout Turns Customers into Employees and Employees into Security Guards

Enterra Insights

Everyone knows that customers dislike long checkout lines. That’s why self-checkout machines were first introduced nearly two score years ago — to reduce long checkout lines. Journalist Amanda Mull explains, “When self-checkout kiosks began to pop up in American grocery stores, the sales pitch to shoppers was impressive: Scan your stuff, plunk it in a bag, and you’re done.

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Why Nobody Sends Out an RFP for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

In my 25+ years as an industry analyst, I have reviewed (and helped craft) many Request for Proposals (RFP) for supply chain and logistics software applications — especially for shippers and third party logistics providers (3PLs) looking for a transportation management system (TMS) or a supply chain visibility solution. Never, in 25 years, have I.

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China’s WMS Market Has Significant Potential

Logistics Viewpoints

Over the past decade, the main battleground for China’s WMS market has been in the consumption industry; but more recently the battleground has returned to the manufacturing industry. Overseas suppliers have always ruled the top end of the market in this segment. However, local Chinese vendors have been growing rapidly over the past few years and have the potential to compete with overseas suppliers.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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What is on the Horizon for Supply Chain Management?

The Network Effect

The post What is on the Horizon for Supply Chain Management? appeared first on The Network Effect.

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5 Essential Steps to Excel as a Yard Manager

C3 Solutions

Managing a large yard in a warehouse is a huge responsibility, often undermined by the bias for action. A yard manager must know how his role impacts the overall chain.

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Sustainability Q&A: Building Sustainable Supply Chains

John Galt

In this Q&A with MIT Research Scientist Dr. Velázquez, we discuss supply chain sustainability challenges, research findings, and recommendations.

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Charting a Sustainable Path: Retail Supply Chain Evolution in 2024

Supply Chain Brain

Retailers have an opportunity to prioritize a more sustainable supply chain. But how can they do this while continuing to grow the business?

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7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024

Procurement and supply chain leaders are presented with their fair share of challenges, with a host of tools and strategies to resolve them. That said, what’s the best path forward to leverage this year’s trends? In this recap of a recent GEP-WBR webinar, 7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024, GEP’s Pramod Sethumadhavan explores seven vital leadership trends that will help guide procurement and supply chain decision-makers.

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Smart Chains, Mixed Signals: Decoding AI’s Role in Supply Management

Talking Logistics

Modern supply chains today must be intelligent, data-driven, and employ every advanced digital tool and automation application under the sun. At least that’s what today’s business pundits evangelize. But how? Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly Generative AI, has created a multi-decibel buzz that is unclear, disruptive, inspiring, and annoying all at once.

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Ferguson’s Commitment to Supply Chain Excellence Drives Customer Satisfaction

Logistics Viewpoints

Michael Jacobs, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Ferguson PLC In 2022, I wrote an article called The Best Supply Chain Company You Have Never Heard Of. The article was about Ferguson PLC, a value-added distributor of plumbing and heating products. Ferguson has an extensive and complex supply chain. When I had an opportunity to catch up with Michael Jacobs, the senior vice president of supply chain at Ferguson, I leapt at the chance.

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Real-World Supply Chain Robotics

The Network Effect

The post Real-World Supply Chain Robotics appeared first on The Network Effect.

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How Using a Dock Scheduling Software Can Save You Hours and Dollars

C3 Solutions

In the dynamic world of supply chain management, the adage "time is money" resonates more than ever. With labor costs at an all-time high, inefficiencies in warehouse and yard operations can lead to significant financial losses.

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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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Ask the Experts: What Are Some Common Misconceptions or Myths Surrounding Sustainability in Supply Chains?

John Galt

We asked experts in supply chain sustainability to share their views on common misconceptions or myths hindering progress. Read their thoughts!

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The Walmart RFID Tagging Mandate: Advantages and Compliance Strategies

Supply Chain Brain

While some retail supply chain leaders may initially feel hesitant about investing in achieving RAIN-tagging compliance, doing so can deliver significant upside potential.

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Editor’s Pick: How Managed Transportation Services Enable Resilient Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Pick” series where we highlight posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This recent post by Veronica Turk from Loadsmart highlights a recent Talking Logistics episode with Adrian Gonzalez and George Swartz, Loadsmart’s VP.

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Yards Are Hard

Logistics Viewpoints

Managing yard and warehouse operations has long been one of the thornier aspects of transportation logistics. A recent conversation with a major distributor of consumer beverages encapsulated many of the most common issues. Yards are a choke point between transportation and warehousing — and wherever you have choke points, you have a higher risk of inefficiencies that drive up labor costs, detention fees and delivery commitments.

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Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes with the Power of Generative AI

Generative AI goes beyond just automating tasks and providing real-time answers. Did you know that implementing generative AI reduces sourcing cycle times and allows for faster decision-making across procurement operations? In this whitepaper — Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes With the Power of Generative AI — experts reveal how the strategic application of generative AI within procurement processes is paving the way for groundbreaking improvements.

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Happening Now: Employee sentiment rebounds

West Coast and California Logistics

According to an article in Supply Chain Dive , a new report shows that workers are less likely to leave their positions in the next 6 months. This report from Eagle Hill Consulting also shows that employee sentiment improved during Q1 2024 after declining in the last three quarters of 2023.

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Is Your Manufacturing Business Ready for ERP Solutions?

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

Orders are up, business is booming, and your manufacturing operation is expanding. The growth of your company is exciting, but expansion can present many new challenges. As your operation gets bigger, you will probably need to investigate potential upgrades for your systems. Some Signs that Your Accounting Program Needs an Upgrade include: You are still using many manual processes and Excel spreadsheets Your team is spending tons of time completing menial tasks in accounting Certain advanced fac

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Decision Intelligence A Key Pillar of Next-Gen Supply Chain Planning

John Galt

Decision intelligence is powered by enabling technology like AI and machine learning to help inform and shape supply chain decisions. Learn more.

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How Businesses Can Cut Supply Chain Costs Without Jeopardizing Long-Term Growth

Supply Chain Brain

In a difficult economy, the most obvious action item on executive agendas is cutting cost. Yet businesses often fail to make good on that relatively straightforward objective.

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What is Mesh Networking Trends Report

This report details the capabilities of mesh networks, how they work, and the applications they thrive in supporting. Connectivity is necessary for optimal productivity, and mesh networking will soon be a significant provider of connectivity globally.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (April 5, 2024)

Talking Logistics

One of the side effects of my thyroid surgery is that I’ve grown a beard. It’s what happens when you stop shaving, as I did the first week after surgery. I was afraid of slicing open the fresh scar on my neck with the razor. So, I ended up with a beard and I’ve decided. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (April 5, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Körber Elevate 2024: Chart Your Course

Logistics Viewpoints

I am coming to you from the sunny confines of San Diego, CA where I am attending the 2024 Körber Elevate conference. This is my first time attending Körber Elevate, and it did not disappoint, with over 800 attendees, 60 thought provoking sessions, and lots of networking and learning opportunities. The theme this year was “Chart Your Course” which Richard Stewart, EVP Americas at Körber Supply Chain pointed out, is all about overcoming supply chain complexities and challenges.

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The Role Data Analytics Plays is Transforming Supply Chain Efficiency

IT Supply Chain

By Paul Williamson (pictured) Content Writer The post The Role Data Analytics Plays is Transforming Supply Chain Efficiency appeared first on IT Supply Chain.

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