August, 2017

Why Is Blockchain Not Hotter?

Supply Chain Shaman

I was sitting with a representative from the United Nations on my way back from Colombia. As we took off from Bogota, we discussed the potential of blockchain to help her with feeding children in the highlands of the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

How Pallets Play a Crucial Role in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Pallets are an iconic part of any warehouse or supply chain, but they’re more crucial than most people know — and we’re not talking about using them as material for upcycles or shabby, chic furniture.

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Does supply chain’s image need to catch up with the times?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. It’s our perpetual hobby horse here at Argentus that Supply Chain needs to be doing more as a field to attract young people.

Video: How to Digitize the Retail Supply Chain

The Network Effect

Retailers today are in a poor position to compete against a vertically integrated and fully digitized online giants like Amazon. The post Video: How to Digitize the Retail Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect. Digital Supply Chain Retail consumer-driven digital supply chain retail

What is a Good Level of Forecast Accuracy?

Download a complimentary copy of this RELEX eBook and learn why this common question might not be the right one to ask.

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Digital Age Demands Supply Chain Restructuring

Supply Chain 24/7

Today’s supply chains are experiencing high levels of change, in terms of both internal and external pressures

Supply chain pain points in the Aerospace and Defense industry

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater 7 barriers to aerospace and defense supply chain success. As air travel demand soars, aircraft equipment manufacturers continue to innovate in areas like jet engine fuel efficiency, navigation technology and materials science.

Video: Digital Transformation for Restaurants

The Network Effect

Restaurants have been under increasing pressure to meeting changing consumer demand, lower costs, and minimize waste. Consumer-driven, digital business networks. The post Video: Digital Transformation for Restaurants appeared first on The Network Effect. Digital Supply Chain Foodservice Many-to-Many Network Retail Supply Chain Management The Network Effect digital transformation foodservice restaurant supply chain management

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The Evolution of the Direct-to-Consumer Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

No one can argue that the rise of ecommerce and omni-channel fulfillment has dramatically impacted the supply chain in recent years. Once consumers were shown what was possible in the world of online retailing and home delivery, their behavior – and expectations – began to change. This shift forced retailers to change how they did business, worked with suppliers and served their customers.

Tech -Driven Supply Chains: How Innovations Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

Trucking may be notoriously conservative and slow to change, but all signs point to a major technological shift. This report explores this transformation, with an eye on what's coming down the pike in the near and long term.

The Power of Downstream Data for Sensing Demand

ToolsGroup

Source: Supply Chain Insights, “The Power of Downstream Data”, July 2017. POS data helps sense and respond to localized demand. The blue bars represent historic average order demand profiles, while the colored lines represent regional POS demand patterns.

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Lassoing S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

A lasso is what supply chain leaders would like to have. To align S&OP. As companies transitioned from regional to multi-national organizations, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) processes proliferated.

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How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs

Logility

As a classical and jazz musician, I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form, music is a mathematical language.

How Kennametal developed an integrated supply chain by connecting its data dots

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Faced with growing global complexity and increasing demand volatility, Kennametal set out to improve its supply chain maturity, increase data integration and improve its bottom line. But doing so meant developing an integrated supply chain connecting data, process and people.

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The Value of Supply Chain Planning in Process Manufacturing

Supply Chain Planning (SCP) is enormously important to those process manufacturers that aspire to differentiated performance -- not just large enterprise businesses but companies of all sizes.

Women in Logistics: Leading Top-Level Supply Chain and Logistics Operations

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Nicole Lewis who talks about embracing the idea of women in logistics for top-level talent. When a young lady turns into grown up, and it is time to make a decision about a future career, how many parents will consider the logistic profession as a good choice? In the variety of modern specializations, they would rather recommend studying one of the liberal sciences. It includes medical care, social workers, and many other.

Getting Away from Excel Spreadsheets: A Project Logistics Case Study

Talking Logistics

We talk a lot about the importance of agility and flexibility in supply chain management and that is certainly true when it comes to project logistics.

The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?

ToolsGroup

Source: Gartner, Cover Considerations—How to Optimize Retail and Consumer Product Inventory Targets, 2017. Gartner’s insights are quite good and it’s not often that I disagree.

Managing modern manufacturing supply chains

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Alex Mills, Sales & Marketing Director, ProSKU. Efficient manufacturing relies on managing the supply of components and sub-assemblies to support production schedules. It could be argued that the best manufacturers are the ones that not only have innovative products to meet market demands but who manage their supply chains the most effectively

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Fragmented Planning Horizons: How They Undermine Supply Chains

Logility

Even under the best circumstances, developing production/sourcing plans three, six, or nine months into the future with a high degree of confidence is difficult. Huge sales and margin impacts hang in the balance.

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Where are you on your capacity planning journey?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Balancing capacity can be as challenging as walking a tight rope. It’s a fine line between staying balanced or plunging to your death. Not enough capacity and you lose balance when it comes to delivery and customer satisfaction.

Adventures in Forecasting in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

One of the principle aims of supply chain management is managing uncertainty. And no function is more at the forefront of that endeavor than demand forecasting.

This Week in Logistics News (August 7-11, 2017)

Talking Logistics

This is the 80th post I’ve written this year, along with the 30 guest commentaries I’ve reviewed and edited and the 32 video episodes I’ve moderated. It’s time for a vacation.

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.

A Path Toward Internet of Things Enabled Service Management- Building the Service Parts Planning Foundation

Supply Chain Matters

This Supply Chain Matters blog posting, Building the Service Parts Planning Foundation, represents the third of a four-part market education series, in collaboration with supply chain planning and service parts technology provider ToolsGroup. Internet of Things Service Lifecycle Management Service Parts Planning Service-centered Supply Chains Supply Chain Technology Supply chain Matters blog ToolsGroup ToolsGroup market education series

Why Grocery Retailers Need to Embrace Digitization Now

The Network Effect

In InboundLogistics.com, Bernard Goor discusses the disruption about to hit grocery retailers, and how they can hold their market share. The post Why Grocery Retailers Need to Embrace Digitization Now appeared first on The Network Effect. Grocery Retail amazon digital supply chain digital transformation digitalization grocery retail

Fix Your Retail Supply Chain to Make the Last Mile Count

Logistics Bureau

Last mile might be the latest buzzword (or buzzwords) in logistics, but not without good reason. If your company is trading in the fast-paced arena of omnichannel retail , this is one buzzword you really need to pay attention to.

Career advice: Keeping your edge as a supply chain professional in the face of change!

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha There is a standalone vehicle emission check shop that I visit to get my car checked prior to the annual tag renewal. For those who are not familiar with the emission check process, you drive your car into the shop.

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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.

The Difference between Multichannel, Omnichannel and Unified Commerce. And Why It’s Important.

ToolsGroup

It can be exhausting in retail. As shoppers use technology more frequently during their buying journey, their expectation of service increases. Retailers are forced to transform their business to keep up.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

Logility

Temperatures on the rise; flowers and trees in bloom; and that time of year when we start to think of the annual ritual—spring cleaning. Wait, it’s not spring; but does that mean you have to wait another eight months to review your supply chain? Often, it becomes necessary to reevaluate how supply chain performance is measured to ensure healthy operations. Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?”

Job Openings and Hiring in the Eurozone and U.S. Mark All-Time Records

Supply Chain Matters

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings approached a record 6.3 million at the end of June. Likewise, in both May and in June, the manufacturing sector spanning the Eurozone countries added jobs at the fastest pace recorded in the past 20 years. The predicted supply chain talent perfect storm appears to be prevelant. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management Supply chain Matters blog supply chain talent perfect storm

6 Steps to Effectively Implement an Order Management System

Cerasis

Being in control of your supply chain and warehouse is essential to your success, and warehouse management systems follow suit. However, you need to do a bit more than just flip the proverbial switch, explains F. Curtis Barry & Company.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.