May, 2023

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Why Organizational Alignment is Critical to the Supply Chain Response

Supply Chain Shaman

Typing away on a beautiful May morning, with the flowers blooming and the birds nesting in the garden, engages my mind. Mondays are my day to post my Shaman blog and compose a podcast. The Shaman blog is now over eleven years old. I remember my first post like it was yesterday. New then to WordPress, it took me a week to finish the post. (It was a struggle!

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3 Steps to Embrace Decision-Centric Planning in Supply Chain

John Galt

What is decision-centric planning? Learn about what this concept means in the context of supply chain planning and what actions you can take to embrace it.

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How Shippers Can Uplevel Their Real-time Transportation Procurement Strategies?

Talking Logistics

“We close our eyes and the world has turned around again.” That’s a lyric from one of my favorite Oingo Boingo songs, and I think it perfectly describes the world of supply chain management — and the transportation market in particular, which has taken many turns over the past few years. With each turn, shippers. Read more The post How Shippers Can Uplevel Their Real-time Transportation Procurement Strategies?

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What are Digital Twins and How Can They Drive Warehouse Efficiency?

Logistics Viewpoints

The concept of digital twins has emerged as a powerful foundational tool to drive improvements in warehouse productivity and efficiency. To define what exactly it is, a digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset, process, or system. In the warehouse context, a digital twin can be created to represent the physical layout, inventory, equipment, and workflows of a warehouse.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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The Promise and Peril of Generative AI for Supply Chains

Logistics Viewpoints

“Our rules of thumb are no longer up to the challenge.” This description by a Chief Supply Chain Officer of the state of the supply chain he found in his new role stuck with me. The tumult of our times has accelerated interest in artificial intelligence (AI) for help more advanced than rules, and ChatGPT’s release has rocketed this already-explosive growth.

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Generative AI + Business Networks: A Smarter Way To Map Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

​​Every Friday on Talking Logistics I share news headlines related to supply chain and logistics. What if I fed those news headlines into a generative AI engine to create images? What would they look like? For the past two weeks, SAP (a Talking Logistics sponsor) has been using AI and a human artist “to turn. Read more The post Generative AI + Business Networks: A Smarter Way To Map Your Supply Chain appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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S&OP: Should Not Be a Hammer Seeking a Nail

Supply Chain Shaman

Organizations use S&OP as a hammer in search of a nail. The process is not a panacea for the lack of organizational alignment or clarity on strategy. Currently, LinkedIn is flooded with smiling pictures of supply chain business leaders attending conferences. The good news is that we can attend conferences again. The bad news is that most discussions are based on opinions, not facts.

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Your Must-Have Gartner Debrief: The 4 Key Takeaways from Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2023

ToolsGroup

Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2023 has wrapped up its 3-day event in Orlando, Florida. Featuring over fifty Gartner experts and more than 140 research-driven sessions, this year’s conference gathered over 3,700 supply chain professionals from across North America and beyond. Our team was energized by the insightful conversations we had and sessions we attended, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned!

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Silicon Valley in a Box with Mike Zayonc

The Logistics of Logistics

Mike Zayonc and Joe Lynch discuss Silicon Valley in a box, a nickname for Plug and Play Ventures, a global startup accelerator and venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, California. Mike is a Partner at Plug and Play where he founded the firm’s $25.5M Supply Chain Fund and Supply Chain accelerator program. About Mike Zayonc Mike Zayonc is a Partner at Plug and Play where he founded the firm’s $25.5M Supply Chain Fund as well as the Supply Chain accelerators based in Silicon Va

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Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes with the Power of Generative AI

Generative AI goes beyond just automating tasks and providing real-time answers. Did you know that implementing generative AI reduces sourcing cycle times and allows for faster decision-making across procurement operations? In this whitepaper — Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes With the Power of Generative AI — experts reveal how the strategic application of generative AI within procurement processes is paving the way for groundbreaking improvements.

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Warehouse Performance Objectives Continue to Evolve

Logistics Viewpoints

Warehouse performance continues to evolve into a more complex, multi-faceted measure. Performance today embodies not only the traditional measures of accuracy and cost-efficiency, but also responsiveness and agility. The importance of these capabilities has increased due to some interesting competitive pressures in the market. And the stimuli continue to change, gradually shifting the relative importance of these capabilities.

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Enhancing Safety and Compliance with Automated Dock Scheduling: A Comprehensive Guide

C3 Solutions

Safety and compliance are critical components of effective supply chain and logistics management. In today's fast-paced and competitive business environment, automated dock scheduling can play a vital role in enhancing both safety and compliance. In this blog, we will explore how automated dock scheduling can help improve safety and compliance, leading to a more streamlined and efficient operation.

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Returning to the Office: Better for Supply Chain Performance?

Talking Logistics

In October 2022, Craig Federighi, SVP of software engineering at Apple, said this about Apple’s requirement for workers to return to the office: “We’re better, and we’re happier, when we’re together [in person]. As we were in the pandemic, we’d all talk about depression and the mental health crisis and how our kids were devastated.

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Do You Need a Graph?

Supply Chain Shaman

The market literature, currently dripping with Artificial Intelligence, primarily focuses on discussions to build better engines to drive insights. This leads me to the question, “If the car’s frame is broken, can a better engine help?” I don’t think so. The basic frame of supply chain planning–functional taxonomies for optimization on a relational database–must be redesigned before supply chain leaders can reap the benefit of deep learning, neural networks, a

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Is Your Supply Chain Effective, Efficient or Neither?

Arkieva

This blog previews our webinar on effective supply chains and the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. Is Your Supply Chain Effective, Efficient or Neither? was first posted on May 2, 2023 at 8:46 am. ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement.

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Navigating the Freight Downturn with Kevin Coomes

The Logistics of Logistics

Kevin Coomes and Joe Lynch discuss navigating the freight downturn in the logistics and transportation space. Kevin is the Vice President of Sales at Greenscreens.ai , a technology that provides predictive pricing recommendations for maximum broker margins. About Kevin Coomes Kevin Coomes , the Vice President of Sales at Greenscreens.ai, is an accomplished freight tech professional with over 15 years of sales, business development, and start-up experience spanning two countries.

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Editor’s Choice: 5 Supply Chain Management Success Factors for CPG Companies

Logistics Viewpoints

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Choice ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article comes from Erin Sun at Oracle and identifies five supply chain success factors CPG companies need to know for increased profitability. Optimizing a vast and complex supply chain is a growing challenge for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) firms.

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Improving Dock Scheduling in Retail Logistics: Streamlining Processes and Reducing Wait Times

C3 Solutions

Retailers often work on razor-thin margins, and the shareholders highly appreciate money saved from anywhere as it adds to the company's bottom line. Dock scheduling is a vital element of retail logistics that involves managing the flow of goods in-and-out of distribution centers, warehouses, and even stores. And efficient dock scheduling can be a massive opportunity for optimizing supply chain operations, minimizing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction for retail businesses.

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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Negotiating With A Chatbot: A Walmart Procurement Case Study

Talking Logistics

This past February we asked members of our Indago supply chain research community — who are all supply chain and logistics executives from manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies — “Is your company using Artificial Intelligence in its supply chain or logistics operations?” More than two-thirds of the respondents (68%) said they weren’t using AI and.

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Collaborate to Navigate Economic Uncertainty in Supply Chain

John Galt

Learn about tactics to increase collaboration to strengthen the buyer-supplier relationship and drive mutual growth amid economic uncertainty.

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10 Reasons to Bring a Consultant With You on Your Warehouse Automation Journey

CHAINalytics

Warehouse automation has rapidly grown around the world over the past few years. Yet globally, only 20-30% of warehouses and distribution centers have any means of automation. So, you can expect the rapid growth to continue. Despite headwinds from Amazon’s pullback in their warehouse expansion efforts and tighter spending by many corporate buyers, longer-term annual … The post 10 Reasons to Bring a Consultant With You on Your Warehouse Automation Journey appeared first on Chainalytics.

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5 Reasons to Leave Your 3PL with Shane Hanson

The Logistics of Logistics

Shane Hanson and Joe Lynch discuss 5 reasons to leave your 3PL. Shane is Founder and CEO of Square1 Distribution & Logistics , a 3PL Warehouse that focuses on the Beauty and Packaged Food sectors. Shane Hanson Bio Shane Hanson is an experienced logistics executive with over 30 years of experience in distribution. He is the Founder and CEO of Square1 Distribution & Logistics, a 3PL Warehouse that focuses on the Beauty and Packaged Food sectors.

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2024 Annual T&L M&A Report

Tenney Group, an industry specialized M&A Advisory firm in the T&L space, produced the 2024 Annual M&A Report. The report contains an in depth overview of 2023 notable deals and the market, while also providing the outlook for 2024 M&A.

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GXO Direct to Use AI To Drive Labor Efficiencies

Logistics Viewpoints

Steve Lewis, the president of GXO Direct, the shared services division of GXO Logistics, spoke at Blue Yonder’s ICON user conference. Blue Yonder is one of the world’s largest providers of supply chain software solutions. GXO is the world’s largest contract warehousing provider. Afterwards, Mr. Lewis spoke in more detail to industry analysts. Mr. Lewis announced that Blue Yonder’s warehouse management system (WMS) – with the attached modules for labor management, automation, and order mana

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Climate Change Threatens a World Without Doritos

Supply Chain Brain

Climate change is causing supply chain disruptions for several of the commodities that are used to make Doritos like corn, salt, sunflower oil and dairy.

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How Would You Rate Your Inbound Logistics Performance?

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of “Enhance Outbound Performance with Better Inbound Logistics,” a report by Adrian Gonzalez published by Manhattan Associates. The report highlights results from a survey conducted with members of Indago’s supply chain research community on the opportunities that exist to improve inbound logistics operations.

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Insights from Carla Harris: How to Be an Impactful, Influential Leader in Today's Supply Chain Environment

John Galt

Read the insights from the keynote delivered by Carla Harris at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium in Orlando.

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The Art of Consistent Perfect Order Delivery: Smart Order Fulfillment Through Orchestration

Shippers and logistics service providers are pressured to match the “Amazon effect” for fast and efficient service across multiple B2C, B2B, and D2C channels. Perfect order delivery - on-time and in-full at the lowest possible cost – is critical. However, recent surveys of supply chain stakeholders reveal that many don't have the technology necessary to achieve it.

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6 Powerful B2B CRM Strategies for Wholesalers & Manufacturers [+ Examples]

Unleashed

Wholesalers and manufacturers need effective B2B strategies to sustain business growth and beat the competition. That’s where a quality CRM system comes in. From targeted email campaigns to inventory management integrations, we’ll outline how you can develop strong B2B CRM strategies to improve business performance and achieve predictable growth. Looking for a complete CRM + inventory management solution?

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China is Moving to Mexico with Jorge Gonzalez Henrichsen

The Logistics of Logistics

Jorge Gonzalez Henrichsen and Joe Lynch discuss why China is moving to Mexico. Jorge is Co-CEO of The Nearshore Company , where he helps North American, European, and Asian manufacturing companies to successfully establish reliable manufacturing operations in Mexico. About Jorge Gonzalez Henrichsen Jorge Gonzalez Henrichsen is Co-CEO of The Nearshore Company, where he helps North American, European, and Asian manufacturing companies to successfully establish reliable manufacturing operations i

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Manhattan Associates Momentum 2023 Conference

Logistics Viewpoints

Manhattan Associates hosted its annual user conference, Manhattan Momentum, in Phoenix, AZ this week. “Move Life and Commerce Forward” was the theme of the conference. I believe many of us can relate to this theme on a business and personal level, as the impacts of COVID-19 were felt by virtually all businesses and individuals. But the worst of that appears to be behind us – making forward progress especially appealing.