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.

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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Aspire, challenge and transform: Insights from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha I enjoy attending conferences. They give me the opportunity to reflect, reconnect and recharge. One conference I recently attended is the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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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?”

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.

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Relieve your FMCG pain - secure Interim Supply Chain Support

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I know you are busy. Not enough hours in the day. Deadlines rapidly approaching. Your children call you Uncle Dad or Auntie Mum. Before the stress takes its inevitable toll think about relieving the pressure without adding to head count.

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.

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.

[Video] Adapting supply chains to the digital phase of business

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews.

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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.

Clientelling and Trade Promotion

Supply Chain Insights

Over the past several years I have been involved with some rather sophisticated technologies around consumer goods and retail.

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.

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.

Reshoring Exceeded Offshoring in 2016

Material Handling & Logistics

Some reasons for the increase in reshoring are: proximity to customers, government incentives, skilled workforce availability and ecosystem synergies. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Collaborative Supply Chain Innovation: Bringing Solutions to Market Faster

Talking Logistics

In supply chain and logistics, there’s always a new problem to solve or a new opportunity to go after, which often involves some form of innovation — whether it’s a process innovation, a technology innovation, or both.

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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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.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

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.

Top Ten Lessons Learned from the GMA Supply Chain Conference

The Network Effect

by Bernard Goor, One Network Enterprises The GMA Supply Chain Conference in San Diego offered fascinating insights into where the. The post Top Ten Lessons Learned from the GMA Supply Chain Conference appeared first on The Network Effect. Customer Centricity Foodservice Retail Supply Chain Management grocery retail supply chain

Purchasing & Supply Management: What We Should Teach (Guest Post by Lydia Bals)

SCM Research

Today’s guest post comes from Lydia Bals, who presents project PERFECT’s recent insights on competences in purchasing & supply management. Professional purchasing & supply management (PSM) forms the link between a complex network of internal and external stakeholders with increasing international dependencies and performance requirements.

4 Questions to Ask to Take Your Supply Chain to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

Businesses go through many stages. At inception, business might be simple and consist of serving only a few local customers. Then growth—perhaps from new customers or a new product—adds complexity. No matter what phase your business is at, from the most successful, legendary brand to a smaller, emerging one, every aspect of your business needs to help move your business forward to the next stage. This includes your supply chain.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

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.

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.

Gartner Announces 2017 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings

Supply Chain Matters

Gartner, Inc. released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25 rankings this week, identifying its rankings of supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Supply Chain Matters shares perspectives and observations. Supply Chain Performance Supply Chain Transformation Cisco supply chain Diageo supply chain Inditex supply chain McDonalds supply chain Samsung supply chain Supply chain Matters blog Unilever supply chain Wal-Mart supply chain

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.

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.

Manufacturers Need Digital Supply Chain to Be Competitive

Material Handling & Logistics

The digital supply chain allows manufacturers to capture data from sensors and connected assets, use advanced analytics and AI to extract insight from that data, run prescriptive analysis, and then provide that real-time information to operational leaders who can use it to optimize performance.

The Opportunities of Digitalization in Chemical Logistics

Talking Logistics

The typical distribution process in the chemical industry looks mostly like this: The chemical producer distributes goods from various locations to a large number of customers, using different forwarders depending on the company’s diverse transportation requirements. Shipments consist of general cargo, partial or full loads or – in the case of samples – small parcel shipments. In addition, special service providers are used if dangerous goods are involved.

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.