October, 2017

Terrorism and Supply Chain: A Growing Threat of Supply Chain Terrorism

Cerasis

Terrorism is a reality that, unfortunately, requires our growing attention in the supply chain world. The British Standards Institution Supply Chain Services and Solutions publishes an annual report that analyzes global trouble spots for supply chain operations.

Three Cool Technologies

Supply Chain Shaman

Oh my! The blog post, What About Them Apples , raised a lot of heated discussion on LinkedIn. Quite the dust-up… Why? While I am advocating rethinking supply chain planning, for some consultants, the only path forward is the adoption of DDRMP. The recommendation is a broad-brush approach.

AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?”

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.

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The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. This is the only way shippers can safeguard their position in the market and continue to provide products to their consumer basis. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points.

If Only There Were More Choices

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain technology market is in transition. Over the last three decades, the market weathered consolidations, mergers and technology shifts. Many of the clients I work with are nervous about SAP APO’s transition and the evolution of SAP’s supply chain planning solutions.

Continuous delivery drives continued supply chain innovation

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater. When was the last time you made changes to your supply chain? I’m not referring to order changes, SKU changes or capacity changes, but rather, the processes and functionality that drive your day-to-day decision making.

4 Tips to Ensure On-time Shipping for Small Businesses

PLS Logistics

On time delivery is a crucial in any industry. This final touchpoint in the supply chain represents your ability to fulfill your customer’s needs competently. It’s especially important for small businesses to delivery products on-time, as a good reputation is essential to their bottom-line.

Offer 2-Day Shipping to Your Customers by Distributing Your Inventory

ShipBob isn’t a traditional 3PL. They offer 2-day shipping using integrated technology and by splitting inventory across fulfillment centers in the largest US cities to ship orders from locations closer to customers, reducing costs and time in transit.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant: Why Should We Care About This Research?

Demand Solutions

Full confession: My team is small, yet diverse – I work with boomers and millennials, and the great generation in between. While I find the boomers tend to be more reserved and reticent in their remarks, millennials are quick to provide commentary with little filter engaged.

Analytics for better decision making: removing the barriers for supply chain teams

AIMMS

Reflections following the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in London . This month, our team had the pleasure to attend Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in London, a growing event that we’re always thrilled to participate in.

What Are the Trends in Last Mile Logistics?

Cerasis

Shippers face many challenges in successfully delivering products to end-users, and last mile logistics will be a core focus of change in the coming months. Consumer demands and expectations are rising, and up to 25 percent of consumers are willing to pay extra for same-day delivery.

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What About Them Apples?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today hurricane Nate’s north winds are pushing against the bayous of Louisiana. In offices across the United Sates, demand planners are scratching their heads. The impact of the multiple hurricanes this season differ by commodity. What are they seeing?

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.

Top 3 Supply Chain Planning Buzzwords

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Marketing spin or actually making a difference? When it comes to supply chains, certain words seem to be bandied about like the ball at a championship tennis match. Back and forth, over and over, these supply chain buzzwords seem to have an endless lifespan.

Physical Fulfillment in a Digital World

ModusLink Corporation

In today’s increasingly digital world, even physical supply chain processes are being disrupted. Fulfillment, specifically, has become an area with increased responsibility in the digital age.

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Alibaba Founder Jack Ma

Supply Chain Opz

From its modest inception in 1999, Alibaba has now become one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the world. In this article, we will show you 7 supply chain lessons we obtain from the book "Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built" by Duncan Clark.

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8 Factors Shaping Warehouse Design

Supply Chain Link

As consumers increasingly turn to e-commerce to purchase goods and new technology such as automation becomes available, warehousing design will need to continue evolving to keep pace and accommodate these trends.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Supply Chain Finances: How Does Your Cash Flow Impact Your Supply Chain?

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Ty Kiisel who shows us how you can be affected by your supply chain finances. . Every business, including manufacturing operations, rely on cash flow to meet important needs like fueling growth and keeping the manufacturing process rolling forward.

Probabilistic Forecasting: Right Fit for Your Business?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the design of planning systems, it is important to think through the elements. These include data inputs, data model fit, engines, outputs, visualization, ease of use, workflow/what-if analysis, master data, and integration. The least problematic element is integration.

Machine intelligence and human creativity in supply chain planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha I am reading this absolutely fascinating book “Deep Thinking: Where machine intelligence ends and human creativity begins” by Garry Kasparov , former world chess champion.

Ryder Unveils – A Man, A Truck, and A Dream

Ryder Exchange

We often get asked: “What exactly does Ryder do?” ” To answer that question, we are excited to announce the launch of our new brand video– A Man, A Truck, and A Dream. This video, highlights our brand and all of our solutions from fleet management to supply chain, as well as our over 50,000 customers and the people. Dedicated Transportation Fleet Management Supply Chain

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Design and Planning

Talking Logistics

From demand shifts and evolving customer preferences, to new product introductions and sales strategies, volatility creates a continuously moving target for supply chain managers.

Inventory Can Be Scary

ToolsGroup

“Your inventory problem is scary because you’re selling out before you can make new items to meet demand”. That’s what Robert Herjavec from the TV show Shark Tank said to an aspiring clothing retailer after their pitch in Season 8. Many retailers agree that inventory can be scary.

7 Ways to Overcome Yard Management Challenges

Cerasis

Effective yard management is a complex topic in today’s ever-evolving supply chain. Poor planning on the part of warehouse managers can lead to extensive demurrage or detention charges, irritability and anger among truck drivers and employees, and excessive gait, congestion, reports PINC.com.

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AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I got a quick email from Peggy Gulick. Peggy was a speaker at the Supply Chain Global Summit. She had some exciting news. AGCO was honored to receive the AME 2017 Excellence Award. Congrats to the Agco team. I loved Peggy’s presentation at the Summit.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.