Sat.Aug 24, 2019 - Fri.Aug 30, 2019

Why Today is the Day to Prepare Your Supply Chain for Recession


Highs and lows are an unfortunate part of both life and business and a new study shows 3 out of 4 economists predicting a U.S. recession by 2021. The good news for companies is that recessions are also generally short, with 9 of the U.S.’s ’s last 13 recessions lasting a year or less.

5 Reasons Why Carriers Are Customer-Obsessed


Open up LinkedIn and check out the profile of senior salesperson at a freight forwarder or carrier and you’ll probably see several top-tier providers as previous employers. Historically, a carrier’s relationship with importers and exporters was built by sales people.

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Final Mile Delivery Drivers: Why Are Shippers Looking to Adopt More Final Mile?


E-commerce will continue to grow significantly, and according to Supply Chain Dive, much of this innovation and disruption derives from the record-breaking growth of Amazon Prime.

Unlocking the Value in Your Supply Chain Network

The Network Effect

Combine artificial intelligence with business network technology for optimal results Many companies pursuing artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, are doing so. The post Unlocking the Value in Your Supply Chain Network appeared first on The Network Effect.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Procurement can’t afford to be a digital laggard in today’s complex landscape


Alex Saric, CMO, Ivalua. In today’s turbulent business landscape, the challenges facing organisations have become increasingly complex, with uncertainty from geopolitical events such as Brexit and tariff negotiations impacting day-to-day operations.

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6 Benefits of Automated Material Handling


In the logistics and supply chain industries, every edge counts. That’s why facilities managers and decision makers everywhere are exploring the benefits of automated material handling.

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What’s Your Burger Made of This Labor Day Weekend?


Beef burgers have been a summer barbecuing staple for generations of Americans. From Memorial Day to Labor Day families and friends will gather to share this favorite food in backyards across the country, not to mention year-long at many popular fast-food chains.

Inefficient Procurement processes are costing UK businesses almost £2m per year, reveals research


Two-thirds of businesses still reliant on manual and paper-based processes .

Machine Learning in the Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

One area of interest in today’s end-to-end supply chain is machine learning. And this is certainly a topic that we have written about quite often.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

Retail Compliance Programs: How to Exceed Retailer Expectations

Talking Logistics

The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers.

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5 Tips to Cut Hotel Supply Chain Costs


In the hotel business, your profit is often controlled by your supply chain. The more you can cut your supply chain costs, the more you can cut your overhead; the more you can cut your overhead, the higher the return on your investments.

Are Ghost Assets Haunting Your Inventory Control?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Do You Want Inventory Turnover Breakthrough? Define and Manage The Levers! Article written for Supply Chain Game Changer by, and permission to publish here provided by, Christina Morrison at [link].

Demand Planning Breaks Down During Recessions

Logistics Viewpoints

Bonds had a yield curve inversion on August 14th. This often often signals a recession within about 14 months. Demand planning is difficult in these circumstances. This article discusses how supply chain teams can do better in these circumstances.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What-if Scenario Planning is a Waste of Time


Everyone loves what-if planning because it allows you to change certain variables and see what the potential outcome might be and then pick the “ best ” strategy. There are millions of variables in any supply chain model. How do you know your selected scenario is the best one?

Counterfeit products are exploding on Amazon


A recent WSJ article highlighted a fact that confirms much of what we found in our study of counterfeit products in the supply chain a year ago: if you’re buying on Amazon, beware of counterfeits. Too cheap means too good to be true.

Food Industry Delivery Trends!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! Videos). Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Raanan Cohen at

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Businesses Must Take and Avoid Risks

Enterra Insights

Risks are something with which every business must deal. Entrepreneur Richard Branson observes, “The luckiest people and businesses are those that are prepared to take the greatest risks. We can all create our own luck by taking the necessary risks to open the door to change, progression and success.”[1] ”[1] Conversely, when it comes to supply chain operations, smart company executives do their best to avoid risks. Unfortunately, avoiding all risks is impossible.

Complimentary Gartner Report: Improve S&OP Decision Making with Scenario Planning

Traditionally, planning teams have aimed for one number, one plan. But with uncertainty on the rise, they need to build more flexibility into their process to account for changing business conditions. It’s time to shift gears and embrace variability with different scenarios.

This Week in Logistics News (August 24 – 30)

Logistics Viewpoints

For the last few months, Patriots fans have been wondering what Rob Gronkowski’s “next chapter” will be. As a fan, my obvious hope was that after some down time and the chance to heal his body, he would decide to rejoin the team. Earlier this week, Gronkowski held a press conference to finally announce his next chapter. And while he did not rule out a return to the field (nor did he in any way […].

Managing Logistics for The World’s Largest Company with Gary Sostack

The Logistics of Logistics

[00:38] Please introduce yourself and your company. I’m Gary Sostack, President and Founder of ElementaLogistics LLC. We assist 3PLs with their bid packages to corporations, and we work with corporations who don’t see supply chain as their core activity. [01:20] 01:20] Tell us a little about your background. I grew up in New York and graduated from the New York Institute of Technology. While putting myself through school, I got a part-time job at JFK airport which opened my eyes to logistics.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done? More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes.

How Emerging Technologies are Changing Supply Chain Management

Enterra Insights

The world is changing at such a frantic pace some people would like to call a time out. Unfortunately for them, change is a relentless characteristic of modern life. The 19th Century French journalist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, coined the adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” ” Doug Braun, CEO of IBS, is not so sure Karr’s proverb remains true.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Effect of Shutdowns (or Other Supply Disruptions) on Demand Variability


When trying to forecast demand for the future, it is important to understand the variability in the underlying dataset. Effect of Shutdowns (or Other Supply Disruptions) on Demand Variability was first posted on August 29, 2019 at 9:28 am. ©2017

ERP and MES: The Relationship Explained


Manufacturers are becoming more competitive day-by-day. From adopting lean manufacturing strategies to investing in power-driven machinery, manufacturers endeavor to deliver the best quality products in a short period.

Celebrate Revenue But Obsess Over Profit with Customer Scorecard


Understand cost-to-serve in order to maximize customer profitability. Many supply chain technology blog posts open with an introduction to an abstract concept and then support the hypothesis with real-world examples.

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When a Hurricane Hits: See & Solve Shipment Delays in Real Time


Savi’s tagline is “The Value of Knowing.” As Hurricane Dorian bears down on the ports of Florida and potentially others up the East Coast, knowing where your shipments are in relation to the storm is pretty important.

Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Speaker: Aanand Pandey, Supply Chain Analyst & Consultant, AIMMS

This short video explains how scenario modeling can help you improve supply chain resilience and your ability to respond and recover quickly from disruptions. Looking at scenarios side by side provides valuable insights that makes it easier to evaluate impact on your operations, ability to service customers and margin, and the best options to restart supply when supply lanes reopen.