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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Current State of the Capacity Crunch


The shipping industry saw growth and expansion in 2014 when compared to the state of the industry since 2008. The economy was on the road to recovery, and more technology was being developed and deployed to increase the productivity and efficiency of fleets.

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?

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.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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.

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.

3 Things You Can Learn from Subaru's Supply Chain


Subaru’s problem is a decidedly sweet one: where most automotive companies find themselves scrambling for orders (especially in a post-emissions scandal era), the Japanese car-maker has had to invest millions to expand its supply.

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.

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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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

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.

4 KPIs to Measure the Success of Your New Sustainability Strategy


Whether you're trying to keep up with customer expectations or align with new industry standards, implementing a sustainability program is an absolute must.

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.

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.

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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What’s in Your Digitization Toolbox?

Supply Chain Nation

Digitization is certainly a hot topic these days. Headlines tout the potential power of digitization technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, mobility and advanced analytics to transform the supply chain of the future.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.