November, 2016

6 Supply Chain Lessons from Henry Ford

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Henry Ford has become synonymous with revolutionary advances in manufacturing. His utilization of the assembly line for his Model T changed not only the way businesses operated, but consumer demand as well.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. Not many companies have cracked this code. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. Managing complexity is key.

10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Supply chain management books that are praised by supply chain executives, consultants and supply chain management professionals at all levels. Background In dynamic supply chain management environment, people have to make the quick and decisive actions against various issues.

Omnichannel Takes on Food Industry, Gains Consumer Support

PLS Logistics

There is a shift in how consumers are approaching grocery shopping, using more channels than ever before. Grocery is an $800 billion market – online grocery sales are expected to grow, becoming a $24 billion industry in 2017.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Could You Face a Category 4 Supply Chain Disaster?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Joe Cannata With Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic Coast in over 10 years that has already brought severe damage to Haiti, the Bahamas and several Southeastern U.S. states, obvious disruptions to supply chains and supply chain risk management were a given.

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Another plane, another client; and yet another discussion. They are sounding a bit the same. I am trying to not sound like a broken record. Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements.

Internet of Things (IOT), Cost-to-Serve, Segmentation and Supply Chain CoEs are unable to deliver promised business value without Prescriptive Analytics


Gartner’s Hype Cycle for CSCOs is a valuable read for current and potential Supply Chain leaders. It brings together a long list of trends, enabling technologies, business frameworks and competencies that should be in your consideration set.

Market Update: Seasonal Freight Surge and Consumer Forecast

PLS Logistics

Adobe Digital Intelligence says that 31% of consumers start shopping before November 1, and 27% will start before Thanksgiving, so the supply chain plans for the holiday season for months and months in advance.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving


The turkey is out of the oven. Rolls are on the table. Family members are starting to find their way into the kitchen, and Thanksgiving dinner is about to begin.

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Research in Focus: Cloud Computing in Logistics

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the first in a new series we’re launching where we highlight research conducted by select partners and provide our perspective on some of the most interesting findings and results.

3 Challenges to Supply Chain Collaboration

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Today’s supply chains are more complex than ever before. Businesses are facing greater volatility, more uncertainty and unprecedented and unexpected risks. The time it takes to make critical decisions is lengthening, dramatically cutting into companies’ bottom lines.

Science of Supply Chain: Researchers Affirm Benefits of Eliminating Information Delays

The Network Effect

The “Science of Theoretical Minimums” (STM) might sound dry and academic, but lurking within is a proven path to dramatic. The post Science of Supply Chain: Researchers Affirm Benefits of Eliminating Information Delays appeared first on The Network Effect. Digital Supply Chain Supply Chain Management information latency inventory management science of theoretical minimums STM supply chain optimization

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Slowly, more and more companies are waking up to the cold, and hard facts. Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I have personally experienced the failure.

Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Efficiency, Effectiveness

PLS Logistics

Supply chains are multifaceted and can be a noteworthy source of competitive advantage. To improve efficiency and effectiveness, companies have to improve predictability, optimize costs, minimize working capital, mitigate risk, and analyze data.

What Is the Impact of Big Data in the Transportation & Supply Chain Industries?


Big data will be a defining force in the future of logistics, but the benefits of big data are already being felt.

Defining Your Own Logistics Competitive Weapon

Talking Logistics

For a long time, C-level executives viewed supply chain management, especially the logistics function, as a cost center. As a result, cutting and controlling costs became the top priority for supply chain executives.

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.

The Sensing + Intelligent + Social Supply Chain: Why do you need it?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Trevor Miles For Global Supply Chain Visibility and Faster Decision Making. My earlier blog talked about what the Sensing + Intelligent + Social Supply Chain is. So why do you need one?

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2017?


Editor's Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no blog post next week. In 2016, it seemed as if everyone in supply chain was looking to improve their forecasting performance.

Supply Chain Analytics: The birth of a new Dawn, or Daniel

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Anyone expecting their first child has probably been told by a gloating-doting grandparent-to be that their lives are about to change dramatically. This is of course untrue as in reality dramatically is too simple a word and in any event, that “change” is far, far different than granny suggests.

7 Trending Transportation Updates: November 2016

PLS Logistics

Little Change in Economy, but Rate Increase Coming. Next year, the US economy won’t change much, growth expected to be about 2%. FTR predicts more of the same, but when you factor in low expectations, 2017 will feel like a good year.

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The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

How Do Supply Chain & Transportation Leaders Get Started Using Their Big Data Strategy?


The amount of information and improvement possible through big data can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this may lead some supply chain managers or executives to simply avoid the topic until a more cohesive understanding of its possibilities can be made.

Which Supply Chain Metrics Matter the Most?

Talking Logistics

When it comes to supply chain and logistics, figuring out the right approach to measuring performance is a challenge. Assuming you can start with a clean slate, are there any guiding principles to selecting the “right” metrics?

The Sensing + Intelligent + Social Supply Chain: How can you achieve it?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Trevor Miles The Result is Faster and More Effective End-to-End Supply Chain Management. In my first two blogs on this topic, I explained how supply chain management is a collective activity. It requires collaboration, consensus, and compromise across functions for optimal decision making.

Why S&OP and Integrated Business Planning Start with the Cloud

Demand Solutions

As we noted in our last article , Gartner has found that the public cloud market is doubling every four years. And because IT spending is only increasing by 2.2 percent per year, we know that companies in all industries are actually diverting their IT budgets from traditional IT to the cloud.

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Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.