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Who’s Really in Your Supply Chain Network? 

Talking Logistics

There was a time when a business person’s Rolodex® was considered a treasure. Salesmen, PR agents, and many other professionals recorded names, addresses, phone numbers, and maybe fax numbers on 2 ¼” x 4” cards that were filed alphabetically on the wheel-shaped roll. For readers too young to know about this tool, it was first. Read more The post Who’s Really in Your Supply Chain Network?

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AI in Supply Chain - The Power of Looking Back in Supply Chain Planning

John Galt

A retrospective analysis powered by AI in supply chain allows you to learn from historical data and enhance planning. Read more.

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How 2D Barcodes Support Supply Chain Visibility

Supply Chain Brain

The power of 2D barcodes lies in their ability to provide extensive content and visibility, meeting the demands of both consumers and supply chain stakeholders.

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Energy Transition in Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain sustainability has become a very hot topic, but for a lot of people, there is uncertainty around its meaning. Now, more than ever, companies and countries are looking at their overall carbon footprint and trying to establish a path to be more environmentally friendly. A few ways companies can begin to offset their carbon footprint is to take a deeper look at product packaging, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, route optimization, and returns and recycling programs.

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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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Reshaping Supply Chain Management through AI-First Demand Planning

Logility

In an era marked by rapid market shifts and evolving business landscapes, precision and speed in demand planning have transcended from being mere advantages to absolute imperatives. This was the central theme of Piet Buyck’s recent webinar, “Implementing an AI-First Demand Planning Solution.” Buyck, a leading figure in demand sensing and AI-first demand planning, provided more than just an overview of new technologies.

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How Costly are Supply Chain Disruptions and How to Mitigate Them?

AIMMS

Learn how much revenue could a global supply chain lose and how can a supply chain leader adapt to prevent their impact.

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Infusing Play into Supply Chain Marketing: A Game-Changing Approach

Supply Chain Brain

In the "Infusing Play into Supply Chain Marketing: A Game-Changing Approach Consultant, Author, and self-proclaimed world’s worst break dancer, Lisa Jones will share the transformative power of incorporating playfulness and creativity into your supply chain marketing strategy.

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Transparent Software Supply Chains Will Usher in Healthcare Cyber Quality

Supply Chain Brain

As software bills of materials analysis yields business-relevant risk information, customers will use it to make more informed decisions about what to buy and how to price risk transfers.

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The AI Revolution: Transforming Supply Chain and Logistics with Artificial Intelligence

Supply Chain Brain

As this vital technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, businesses that embrace AI in their supply chain operations will be well-positioned for long-term success.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Walmart Lowers their Shipping Requirements, but their Suppliers Still Struggle

Logistics Viewpoints

Walmart is reducing its requirements that suppliers’ shipments to them arrive on-time in-full. Since September of 2020, 98% has been Walmart’s OTIF requirement. Beginning on February 1 st , the new OTIF targets became 90% for on-time and 95% for in-full. This was announced on the Retail Link portal for suppliers on January 30 th. Walmart’s On-Time In-Full initiative is a compliance measure designed to ensure that freight arrives at a Walmart store or distribution center when it was supposed to,

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The B2B’s Final Mile with Steve Lopez

The Logistics of Logistics

Steve Lopez and Joe Lynch discuss B2B’s final mile. Steve is the Vice President of Partnerships at FRAYT , an on-demand, last mile delivery solution that enables businesses to meet their customers’ same-day expectations, comparable to Amazon’s level of service. About Steve Lopez Steve Lopez is a self-made entrepreneur and strategic thinker from North Texas.

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (February 9, 2024)

Talking Logistics

Sometimes the answer to “Why?” is “I don’t know.” In some cases, nobody knows why. It just is, and the more you try to find a different answer, the more lost you become. That’s all I have for today. Don’t ask me Why? — Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (February 9, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Trends 2024: Risk Management

Enterra Insights

Everyone is happy when things go as planned. Unfortunately, in a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, things seldom go as planned. That’s the main reason why supply chain experts insist supply chains must become more agile and resilient. Few, if any, analysts are predicting fair winds and following seas for supply chains this year.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 3 – 9)

Logistics Viewpoints

With two young daughters who undeniably identify as Swifties, the football playoffs have become a big deal in our house. While they both generally enjoy watching football, things get a lot more interesting when the Chiefs are playing. My youngest daughter just yells for them to throw the ball to Travis Kelce on every play so she can see Taylor Swift celebrate.

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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework for a Stronger Supply Chain

Resilinc

Learn how implementing an Enterprise Risk Management framework can help your company on the journey to operational resilience. Businesses have started to see risk management as a necessary facet of running a successful company. In a 2023 survey conducted by EY, 90% of respondents said their organization has directly invested in third-party risk management.

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Happening Now: The Supply Chain Agreement goes into effect this month

West Coast and California Logistics

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the Supply Chain Agreement, part of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, will come into effect on February 24, 2024, marking a significant milestone. The agreement, involving 14 partners including the U.S., Australia, and Japan, aims to enhance coordination in building resilient, efficient, and inclusive supply chains, addressing challenges like those seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blue Yonder Associates Share Their Favorite Chinese/Lunar New Year Traditions

BlueYonder

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of the solar Chinese calendar. Celebrations last for 15 days annually, with the first day depending on the sighting of the new moon. Each year, there is an animal associated with the new year; these are called the Chinese zodiac signs and for 2024, it is a Year of the Dragon (learn more about what this means here ).

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Strategic Cost Management Approaches to Unlock Growth and Increase Profitability

How can businesses gain a competitive edge in an era marked by relentless competition and economic fluctuations? The secret is mastering strategic cost management strategies. This GEP bulletin, "Strategic Cost Management Approaches to Unlock Growth and Increase Profitability," breaks this down into clear, actionable steps. Discover how these strategies can boost your enterprise's financial health, helping not only to keep up but to excel in today's market.

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Impact of the Chinese New Year, Panama Canal & Red Sea on Global Shipping

IT Supply Chain

By Roy Bridgland (pictured) Senior Industries Director at Blue Yonder The post Impact of the Chinese New Year, Panama Canal & Red Sea on Global Shipping appeared first on IT Supply Chain.

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Optimizing Healthcare Inventory Management With AI and RFID

Supply Chain Brain

The headlines about shortages and disruptions in healthcare supply chains aren’t going away anytime soon. The industry needs help.

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Unlocking Efficiency with AI in Business Process Automation

Elementum

Business Process Automation AI: Revolutionizing Efficiency in the Digital Age Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dramatically transforming Business Process Automation (BPA), ushering in a new era of operational efficiency and innovation. Gone are the days of tedious, manual processes; today, AI-powered solutions are streamlining operations, enabling businesses to focus their human resources on strategic initiatives rather than routine tasks.

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Introducing Vision 2030: How LSPs Can Capitalize on the Client-Centric Future of Logistics

BlueYonder

In an era where change is the only constant, Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) stand at a crucial juncture. The logistics landscape is rapidly evolving, shaped by technological advancements, shifting customer expectations, and a heightened focus on sustainability. Blue Yonder, in collaboration with Incisiv, delves into these transformations in our recent e-book, “ Logistics 2030: Pivoting to a Client-Centric Future.” This comprehensive guide not only maps out the future of logistics

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More Than 40 New Manufacturers Join Configura’s Platform in 2023

More than 40 manufacturers across the commercial interior, material handling, and kitchen and bath industries expand offers via Configura’s CET platform in 2023.

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Four logistics and transport trends that will shape retail success in 2024

IT Supply Chain

By Chris Jones (pictured) EVP, Descartes Systems Group The post Four logistics and transport trends that will shape retail success in 2024 appeared first on IT Supply Chain.

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Top 7 Methods to Avoid Stock Discrepancy in 2024 in eCommerce

SCMDOJO

The fast-evolving business trends and technologies bring new challenges to every organization. One of these issues is making sure that the amount of products they have matches what they’re supposed to have, also known as stock discrepancy. To mitigate the issues of the end-to-end supply chain and cope with customer expectations, organizations are constantly focusing on reducing the delivery lead time.

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Healthcare 2024: How AI and Collaboration Will Drive Supply Chain Transformation

Supply Chain Brain

The healthcare industry's digital transformation will have a profound impact on the supply chain in 2024. Adoption of modern technologies will lead to increased automation and efficiency.

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Why Are Companies Turning to LSPs? Technology Leadership

BlueYonder

It’s no secret that logistics margins are shrinking as operating costs continue to escalate. At the same time, customers have never been more demanding, creating tighter and tighter delivery schedules. Add in labor shortages, ongoing disruptions and sustainability pressures — and we’ve got possibly the most challenging logistics environment ever. How can shippers, including retailers and manufacturers, successfully navigate this volatile landscape?

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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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Weak January for retailers, how can they do better?

IT Supply Chain

By Steve Ponting (pictured) Director, Software AG The post Weak January for retailers, how can they do better? appeared first on IT Supply Chain.

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Purpose-Built Platforms Perform Better

Arena Solutions

Whether you’re purchasing a big-ticket item like a car or house, or you’re purchasing a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for your company, the same consumer-like mindset applies. It’s important to—pay attention to features, functionality, requirements, and conduct thorough research before making a purchase decision. If you purchase a PLM solution without fully understanding the software’s capabilities, the decision can lead to issues like not meeting your product development needs, th

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Supporting EV and Battery Innovation at NAATBatt `24

QAD

There’s a saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s especially true when describing the state of the electric vehicle and battery industry heading into 2024. It’s true there have been articles written recently on material shortages and geopolitical conflicts disrupting the supply of raw materials. Automakers are sensing pushback from consumers on EV adoption and are pumping the brakes a bit in terms of their electrification efforts.