November, 2016

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.

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.

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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.

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2017?

ToolsGroup

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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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.

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.

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Freight Gathers Strength in Early November, Led by Western Region

DAT Solutions

We look at national trends every week, but sometimes the detail can get lost. Then we look at lane-by-lane reports, and we might miss a broader trend. I decided to look at last week's rate trends by region.

Happy Employees are Good Employees (Plus Other Insights on Multi-Resource Scheduling)

Talking Logistics

There are many resources behind every supply chain — including people, production equipment, transportation assets, and more — and they’re often linked and dependent on each other.

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.

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

Cerasis

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

Having a Bad Monday.

PINC YMS

Our friend in the video is probably suffering from the " Bad Monday Syndrome "* or BMS. So, what can you do to ensure that this type of behavior won't happen in your distribution center or manufacturing plant? Please leave a comment below. technology supply chain logistics warehouse 3PL

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Five Trends That Excite Me!

Supply Chain Shaman

Holiday travel. Packed airports and the children screaming in unison. Today as I sit scrunched into a coach seat in 26C, working on this blog post and hoping to not spill my coffee on my neighbor, I dutifully type to complete my weekly post. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

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.

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.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (November 7-11, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Brexit passed. The Cubs won the World Series. Donald Trump won the presidency. What’s next? In each case, the sun rose and set the next day, and it rose again today. There are already countless “What Will the Trump Presidency Mean for [Fill in the Blank]?” articles and blog posts being written.

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How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?

Cerasis

Supply chain leaders are enthralled with the idea of using big data, but they tend to fail to understand how to disseminate big data in their organization properly.

What does the future have in store for the humble warehouse?

Supply Chains Rock

Guest blogger Rachel Stires The warehouse of today is a far cry from its humble beginnings. What started as a way to prevent famine has now turned into a powerhouse that effects the entire supply chain. The warehouse has evolved drastically during its history, but one change that has been vital to its growth is the automation of various processes. When I say automation, I mean the usage

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

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.

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?

Wal-Mart Tackles Food Safety with Trial of Blockchain

Material Handling & Logistics

Bloomberg. With the blockchain, Wal-Mart will be able to obtain crucial data from a single receipt, including suppliers, details on how and where food was grown and who inspected it. The database extends information from the pallet to the individual package. read more. Global Supply Chain News

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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 Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

9 eCommerce Warehousing Best Practices to Follow

Cerasis

There is nothing quite like the ease of ordering things online. The holidays are around the corner, and millions of Americans will turn to their phones, computers and tablets to get the gifts they need. Unfortunately, millions more will still go to brick-and-mortar stores to find those special items, and the push toward online and omnichannel ordering will continue grow, which is why it is increasingly important to invest in eCommerce Warehousing.

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

AIMMS

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.

Retailers Eliminate Supply Chain Silos To Achieve Omnichannel

Loftware

There has been a growing push among omnichannel retailers to improve their supply chain management practices. Consumers today are less likely to draw a distinction between shopping online and shopping in stores, choosing instead to casually slide between both as the situation permits.

Crossdocking a Way to Marry Your Supplier with Your Customer

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Iman Niroomand The major concern of big organizations in implementing an efficient supply chain network is improving the flow of material throughout a complex network. One way to improve the flow is with crossdocking and to expedite the process of materials throughout the supply chain channel.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

How Logistics Must Change to Meet Holiday Retail Needs

Material Handling & Logistics

Expectations surrounding e-commerce sales have changed and are now part of the logistic equation. read more. Global Supply Chain Technology & Automation Transportation & Distribution News

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.

Warehouse & Distribution Center Management: 5 Tips for Success

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is by Carl Turner. Carl is a freelance business writer who loves to share his knowledge of the entrepreneurial world. Today, Carl writes about his 5 tips for success Warehouse and Distribution center management. Every day, new warehousing and wholesale supplier businesses are opening their doors, and plenty more are on their way out because they can’t keep up in a competitive economy.

Tesla Motors Announces Intent to Acquire German Advanced Manufacturing Automation Design Firm

Supply Chain Matters

In case our automotive and high tech industry focused readers were not aware, Tesla Motors made a very significant announcement this week regarding efforts to ramp-up manufacturing and supply chain volume expansion needs. The innovative electric car manufacturer announced its intent to acquire Grohmann Engineering of Germany, a noted manufacturing automation design firm. A Tesla […].

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.