May, 2017

How Lazy, Entitled, Coddled Millennials Strengthen Supply Chains

Supply Chain Insights

Well I hate to admit it, but I am *technically* a millennial. (I I like to think since I’m on the older side of the generation I’m just a bit wiser.) I worked with millennials when I managed interns in the central planning group at my last company.

5 Reasons Why The Use of the IIoT by Manufacturers Is Unavoidable

Cerasis

The Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) has been a major topic among manufacturers and third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) for several years.

Three New Insights on Supply Chain Talent

Supply Chain Shaman

On Tuesday this week I will present the findings from the recent Supply Chain Insights study at the Penn State Forum. As I worked on my presentation, three themes emerged. 1) Opportunity.

Seven Recent Trends in Retail Demand Forecasting and Replenishment

ToolsGroup

Most retailers are facing a shrinking operating “margin for error”. So it’s not surprising that many are looking for more accurate demand forecasting and intelligent stock replenishment.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Lean Inbound Logistics: The Key to an Advanced Supply Chain

LeanCor

In this comprehensive white paper, LeanCor CEO Robert Martichenko shares 10 proven insights from his early days supporting Toyota that have paved the way for today’s advanced supply chains. Lean Logistics supply chain advancement supply chain insights inbound logistics

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The WannaCry Cyberattack: Another Warning for Supply Chain Executives

Talking Logistics

One of the most popular posts I wrote last September became a reality over the weekend. Comparing the headlines (September 7, 2016 and May 12, 2017). By now, you’ve probably read the headlines, like this one from the Wall Street Journal : “Major Cyberattack Sweeps Globe, Hitting FedEx, U.K.

6 Important Tips For Effective Logistics Management

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for effective logistics management. Efficient management is the key to success, especially in supply chain management.

Demand Driven: Can We Sidestep Religious Arguments?

Supply Chain Shaman

The 2016 US presidential political contest was brutal. Emotions are still quite raw. I hated it. When emotions run high, everyone loses. Unfortunately, I think the concept of “Demand Driven” is headed down the same path.

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Retail Supply Chain Planning Best Practices from Frost & Sullivan

ToolsGroup

Frost & Sullivan has reported its best practices in technology leadership in supply chain management for the Retail and Wholesale Distribution Industry.

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

The Empowered Consumer and Trade Promotion

Supply Chain Insights

Trade promotion execution is but one component of the Consumer Chain, albeit a very critical one indeed. So, in a recent conversation about trade promotion execution with the head of a corporate revenue management organization I asked the question: “Where does the consumer fit in all that?”

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ACT now to take your supply chain into the future

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater. Excited for #GartnerSCC to begin! Kinaxis #supplychain pic.twitter.com/FTLJTq2UGF. Melissa Clow (@MelisaClow) May 23, 2017.

Shoveling Snow with a Dustpan (Takeaways from BluJay Solutions’ SOAR 2017 Conference)

Talking Logistics

This past April 1st, it snowed over 6 inches here in Boston. It was a cruel April Fools’ joke, but not as cruel as April 1, 1997 when a blizzard dumped more than 21 inches of snow here. It was my first winter back in the Northeast after living in the desert (Tempe, AZ) for more than 5 years.

Omnichannel Vs. Multichannel Supply Chain: What’s the Difference?

Cerasis

In supply chains, omnichannel solutions are often used interchangeably with multichannel solutions. On the surface, both forms of supply chain operations seek to provide multiple sales channels to consumers. However, understanding the elements of omnichannel vs. multichannel supply chain is essential to maximizing profit margins in a tightening economy. What Is Multichannel Supply Chain? Multichannel supply chain solutions rose in response to the rise of the internet.

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.

Good People Can Make A Difference In Outcomes

Supply Chain Shaman

I closed the door of my hotel room, and grimaced at the over-flowing trash can. Heaped high with plastic, it violated my principles as an environmentalist. Ironically, in the city of San Francisco which alleges allegiance to Corporate Social Responsibility, I had no option.

Industrie 4.0: Its Impact on Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Industrie 4.0 is an initiative for digitizing the industrial economy. The “4” refers to a fourth industrial revolution, following steam power, mass production, and then IT and robotic automation. The German government kicked off the initiative with a focus on advanced manufacturing, but businesses are also linking Industrie 4.0 to supply chains. The clearest impact on supply chain planning involves demand. Industrie 4.0

Where’s the beef?

Quintiq

With the recent Brexit and according to the recent news article , Australia’s meat industry is poised to boost exports as the UK looks elsewhere for to sign free trade deals across the globe to cater to the growing demand.

Goodbye scheduled decision-making, hello concurrent planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater The face of sales and operations planning (S&OP) is changing. Gone are the days when sequential, isolated planning and monthly meetings based on out-of-date data are sufficient to drive stability and success.

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Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

This Week in Logistics News (May 15-19, 2017)

Talking Logistics

The weather finally warmed up in Boston, although temperatures in the 90s so early in the season is not what I had hoped for.

Emerging Trends in Automation: What it Means to Supply Chains

Cerasis

Imagine a world where automation comes together with technology to deliver products without human intervention. An order is placed by a consumer. 3D printers pickup the details and print the finished product. It’s then picked by robots from the shelves, packaged and placed into a self-driving truck. The trucks leave the facility, and drones are automatically dispatched from the truck to deliver products while moving. The truck never stops until arriving for reloading.

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Top 10 Times You Need Supply Chain Interim Management

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I have been talking to a number of supply chain executives during the last few weeks and something of a theme has emerged. The theme is the immediate need for highly skilled supply chain resource, available at short notice, with the flexibility to switch off the resource at wil.….and

Gartner Releases a New S&OP Magic Quadrant

ToolsGroup

Gartner Research just released its new Magic Quadrant for Sales & Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation (S&OP SOD). They say that compared to just two years ago “there have been significant shifts in the relative positions of several vendors.”. Gartner says that the moves have been driven mainly by a significant uptick in overall S&OP maturity of the users it surveyed, which required S&OP solutions to keep pace with increased user demands. Some vendors did.

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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.

Reducing Risk in Your Supply Chain

The Network Effect

by Sara Shingleton, Tompkins International No one can predict potential future risks that a supply chain may face. However, you. The post Reducing Risk in Your Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect. Risk Supply Chain Management

Supply chain pain points: Consumer electronics

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater 4 problems facing consumer electronics and what to do about them. Let’s face it. Working in supply chain is no walk in the park. Unless of course you’re walking barefoot and the ground is covered in razor-sharp pebbles that randomly change location. Then maybe it’d be comparable.

Bucking the 80/20 Trend: 4 Key Benefits of Adopting a Digital Yard

Talking Logistics

Also known as “the 80/20 rule,” the Pareto Principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Management consultant Joseph M.

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Green Is the New Black: Why Green Manufacturing & Sustainability Matter

Cerasis

In a blog post earlier this year, we noted how since the election, more manufactures have expressed interest in reshoring and avoiding offshoring entirely. However, manufacturers are considering other ways of improving factories and supply chains as well. Across the U.S. more companies are turning toward sustainable alternatives and methodologies (like green manufacturing) in boosting competitive advantage and increasing revenue, explains Stuart Hall of Global Manufacturing.

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