Sat.Jun 11, 2016 - Fri.Jun 17, 2016

Gartner Asks: Are You (and your Supply Chain) Bimodal?


Taking a bimodal approach to supply chains was the pervasive theme at this year’s Gartner North American Supply Chain Executive Conference. Simply stated, bimodal means simultaneously keeping a dual focus. Or as in F.

Why Parcel or Small Package Auditing Is Important for Shippers


With the power of the internet at your fingertips, the connotation of auditing has changed. Historically, audits were seen as a costly, intrusive process that often resulted in the assessment of some sort of fine or penalty. However, the internet is making audits become the “best friend” of shippers. Audits provide a huge amount of power, which can be leveraged to increase sales, production, and return.

Solving planning challenges in manufacturing liquid chemicals


The chemical manufacturing industry has shown impressive growth over the past 25 years. Since the 80s, the global chemical industry has grown by seven percent annually. If current trends continue, global chemical markets are expected to grow an average three percent in the next 20 years.

Supply Chain Is at Its Best When You Can’t See It


by Jonathan Matthews Playing hockey the other night, there was a particularly boisterous individual on my bench. One of my teammates made the comment that essentially boiled down to, “they should be seen and not heard,” which started me thinking, strangely enough, about supply chain.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn: The Beginning of Something Big or Another Failed Tech Marriage?

Talking Logistics

The big news this week was Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Is this the beginning of something big and transformative in the way we work and collaborate together or is it the beginning of another failed marriage between two tech companies?

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Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

The young companies that are poised to transform the supply chain management profession fall into a relatively few categories. The most interesting start-ups we are seeing have business models based on the sharing economy, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and robotics. The Sharing Economy: Five companies are very interesting: Flexe, Deliv, Doorman, Transfix, and Shyp. Flexe describes itself as a marketplace for warehouse space.

Top 10 Reasons My Dad is Happy I’m in Supply Chain


by Bill DuBois When I told my dad I was going into supply chain, he grudgingly said, “That’s nice son,” and then whispered into my mom’s ear, “He’s not moving back in with us.” Well I think he finally came around after I moved all my stuff out of the house.

Profitability: A Function of Supply Chain Network Performance

Talking Logistics

“We want to drive profitable growth” is what many CEOs and CFOs are saying today across all industries. But why is achieving this goal more challenging today for companies? What are some of the barriers companies must overcome to achieve profitable growth?

Big Data and Supply Chain Transformation

Enterra Insights

The ground beneath businesses continues to shift as the impacts of e-commerce, new business models, digitization, and automation are fully … Continued. The post Big Data and Supply Chain Transformation appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Drive Optimzational Excellence at SAPinsider's Conference 2016


Attending SAPinsider's Logistics and SCM Conference, June 22-24, 2016 in Vienna ? Known as the event where organizations using SAP solutions can learn to drive operational excellence across the extended supply chain.

Moving Beyond Madness to Methods in Supply Chain Decision Making

Logistics Viewpoints

Data models provide insights, but humans make decisions, and those decisions are not always rational. Behavioral economics research explores the nature of human decision-making, biases –like the “anchoring effect”, a common tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information when making decisions — and how seemingly unrelated things influence our decisions. We’re here to report that the anchoring effect is alive and well in almost every transportation procurement decision.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Freight Safe


Freightos CEO, Zvi Schreiber, recently dubbed 2016 as the “ year that the freight industry goes online.” ” Some freight services, like rate quoting, have now reached the tipping point. On Freightos, for instance, forwarders and shippers can create a freight quote in 30 seconds. Other freight services have already passed the tipping point, fleet tracking, for instance, spearheaded by freight technology companies like Track Your Truck.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Keeping Track of the Risks

Enterra Insights

“Supply chain practitioners, accustomed to the ongoing disruptions throughout the sub-tier supply chain, are familiar with the usual risks that … Continued. The post Supply Chain Risk Management: Keeping Track of the Risks appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Driver Digest: Preparing for Summer Roads

Supply Chain Link

Next week marks the official beginning of summer in North America, and for many it is a season filled with warmth, fun, and adventure, but according to the Department of Transportation, summer is the most dangerous driving season.

What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 16


Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, and supported by Supply Chain Media, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Vendor Chargebacks Remain a Problem

Enterra Insights

Retailer chargebacks against vendors are not new, but they do represent a growing challenge to profitability. The staff at Supply … Continued. The post Vendor Chargebacks Remain a Problem appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Supply Chain Sustainability Takes Root

Inbound Logistics

Whether to help the environment or just to cut costs, companies are making lean and green changes with a major impact

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Five


Last time in Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Four I talked about the Supply step of the cross-functional process of SiOP. For this blog we will conclude this discussion with the Exec SiOP step. Exec SiOP.

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Targeted Marketing: How Effective is It?

Enterra Insights

John Wanamaker, the late department store magnate, once stated, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble … Continued. The post Targeted Marketing: How Effective is It? appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Making Your Distribution Data Work For You

Inbound Logistics

When used effectively, data can help retailers improve customer service, website experience, and overall supply chain and shipping processes

How IoT Data Can Cut Machine Part Safety Stock

Supply Chain @ MIT

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A Five-Step Approach to Effective Demand Planning Implementation


Good handling of market demand data is one of the most vital concepts in any supply chain. The correct management of demand information can greatly influence the level of integration and responsiveness, and has a direct impact on customer service and inventory levels.

Why Global Trade Agreements must be part of your supply chain planning: Guest Post by Tim Barnes


Today’s guest blog is posted by Timothy Barnes, who I met through the SCRC. Tim is a global supply chain executive originally from Australia, who has been studying the evolution of the Trans Pacific Partnership closely, and is writing a book on the subject.

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.