January, 2018

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994.

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These are the 2018 Manufacturing Trends That will Drive 2.1% Growth In American Manufacturing

Cerasis

Manufacturing is on the cusp of an explosion in growth and innovation in 2018. Regulatory reform has been top-of-mind for supply chain executives and political leaders in the US since the 2016 election.

Bright and Shiny Objects?

Supply Chain Shaman

This month, I traveled the globe helping companies understand the potential impact of technology innovation on the future of supply chain processes, I find the term “digital innovation” is a bit like tulip mania. How so? It is a fad sweeping across supply chain leadership teams.

Five Ways to Fix Statistics in Supply Chain Research

SCM Research

The p value debate has revealed that hypothesis testing is in crisis – also in our discipline! But what should we do now? Nature recently asked influential statisticians to recommend one change to improve science. Here are five answers: (1) Adjust for human cognition : Data analysis is not purely computational – it is a human behavior. So, we need to prevent cognitive mistakes. (2)

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.

Why you don’t need perfect data to start implementing S&OP

AIMMS

An interview with Boon Edam’s Aron Waas. Implementing Sales and Operations Planning has many benefits. To truly leverage it to improve business performance and predictability, you need to embark on a change management process and you need the right technology to self-enable your team.

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2018: What Will It Look Like?

Supply Chain Insights

I hate prediction articles. However, this morning over coffee, my fingers hunger to write this post. I am not sure why. It may be that I am growing tired of hubris and market hype.

How to Prepare the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Cerasis

The manufacturing industry has always been a hotbed for innovation and advancement — but it relies heavily on the workers who have the skills and training to fill those jobs.

Trade promotion forecasting: the present and the near future

ToolsGroup

Trade promotion forecasting is difficult: getting it right involves factoring in many variables. Marketing people, who are often responsible for it, may excel at creating and running promotions. Forecasting demand data, not so much.

8 steps for a successful business case for your supply chain investments

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to engage in or witness the process organizations go through to prepare business cases in support of supply chain investments, from the successfully crafted and executed, to those that fail to gain traction.

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.

3 things supply chain leaders can do to leverage talent for the digital supply chain

AIMMS

AIMMS has been active in the supply chain space for over 28 years. We’ve seen the evolution of the industry and its ongoing transformation , and have embarked on a transformation ourselves.

How Disruptive is Global E-Commerce? More Than You Think

Talking Logistics

It only takes a simple example to remind you how e-commerce continues to evolve and the potential it has to disrupt traditional markets, supply chains and even governments.

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Is Walmart’s OTIF Mandate Good News After All?

CHAINalytics

| By Pieter Bauwens | Principal, Europe | Chainalytics | How the new policy presents an opportunity for more fact-based decisions when interacting with retailers.

These Top Manufacturing Technology Trends will Fuel a Focus on Customer Experience in 2018

Cerasis

Going back to the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), the use of Internet-connected technology increases risk in manufacturing. However, the risk is well worth it. The total number of consumer and business connected devices is expected to grow by 11.9

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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.

Analysts Support a Single Model for Sales and Operations Planning

ToolsGroup

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Finance and supply chain operations: Can IBP bridge the gap?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater It’s no secret these two groups don’t always see eye-to-eye. Finance and supply chain operations—both have a huge impact on your company’s bottom line, but oftentimes there’s conflict between these two organizations, especially when it comes to the numbers.

Is it time to finally retire your spreadsheets?

AIMMS

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article , finance chiefs are cutting back on Excel because it hasn’t “kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units.”

3 Stats That Prove the Need for a Digital Control Tower

Talking Logistics

The term “control tower” has been around for a long time in the supply chain and I recently had a great conversation on the common misconceptions of what control towers are with Tom Nightingale and Adrian Gonzalez (you can watch the video here ).

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Reality Check: Why It’s Impossible to Manage an Entire Supply Chain Using the ERP Alone

Take Supply Chain

Why Every Supply Chain Function from Procurement to Accounts Payable Will Perform Better if You Have an ERP Orchestration Engine (i.e. true Supply Chain Orchestration Platform). ERPs claim to provide process orchestration.

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Three Key Trends In Logistics E-Commerce

Cerasis

With the increase in the popularity of e-shops and delivery companies, the logistics e-commerce business keeps growing. It faces more and more challenges, as the customers need companies to be quick and increase their logistics performance more than ever before. What does it mean for your business?

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Forecasting the Long Tail and Intermittent Demand

ToolsGroup

Forecasting demand in the long tail is much different than in the head. Items with intermittent, unpredictable demand are a growing part of business. You don’t have to be an internet retailer like Amazon to see it.

2018: The Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, space exploration and, of course, big supply chain planning events

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Teresa Chiykowski As we bid farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year, what can we expect to see in 2018?

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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.

Supply Chain Transparency: Blockchain to the Rescue?

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

As pointed out by Chloe Cooke in her 2017 wrap-up post on this platform in December, it has been a while since we addressed the topic of supply chain transparency.… … Supply Chain Management Transparent Tuesday supply chain transparency

This Week in Logistics News (January 8-12, 2018)

Talking Logistics

What can I do if I have writer’s block? Well, I could turn to an AI-powered robot to my write my post for me (see Wired article, “ What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism ”).

Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

Take Supply Chain

If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections.

Capacity Crunch Strategies: How Does a 3PL Aid a Shipper in a Shipping Capacity Crunch?

Cerasis

A shipping capacity crunch is a necessary evil. It serves as a reminder to never get accustomed to customers’ shopping habits, and it can help reinvent stagnant processes.

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.