Sat.Nov 24, 2018 - Fri.Nov 30, 2018

Can circular supply chains help solve our global waste problem?

Quintiq

This the first part of a two-part blog series that analyzes waste reduction in circular economies through a systems thinking lens, taking into consideration product design and supply chain operations.

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What’s going on in the last mile?

Cognira

‘. What’s going on in the last mile? A look at how Kroger, Target, and Home Depot are adjusting their supply chains to meet customers’ omni-channel fulfillment needs Overview Free two day delivery and grocery pickup are quickly becoming customers’ ‘standard’ delivery expectations.

Amazon's Whole Foods Takeover: One Year Later

Elementum

When Amazon announced its takeover of Whole Foods last year, there was a lot of speculation about how the e-tail giant would overhaul the grocery chain’s operations.

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The Indispensable Role of WMS in Reverse Logistics

Cerasis

Reverse logistics is filled with risk, and the rate of reverse logistics in e-commerce is higher than any other channel, reports Business2Community.

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.

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2019?

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Two years ago we posted a blog about how to set an annual forecast accuracy target and it was one of our most popular topics. As we approach that time of year again, we decided to run an updated version. Many companies have already started their 2019 planning and budgeting cycles, so if you are in charge of demand forecasting for your company, it’s about time to thinking about your organization's 2019 goals.

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8 Years an Entrepreneur

Talking Logistics

Eight years ago yesterday I began my career as an entrepreneur. I spent the day (and the next three weeks) as a juror in a murder trial.

12 Tips to Choose the Right Regional LTL Carrier

Cerasis

The shipping and transportation industry is in the midst of an evolution. New technologies are bringing light to the furthest corners of supply chains, and shippers are struggling to find available capacity.

My Video Call with Santa Claus

Logility

Update on the Christmas Express Supply Chain. Around this time last year I had a call with the jolly old man of the north to talk over some ideas on how he and his army of elves might improve the Christmas Express Supply Chain (CESC).

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E-commerce and Last Mile Logistics: A love story

C3 Solutions

You may wonder how a yard management and dock scheduling software provider can be an expert on the topic of last mile logistics. We’ll get to that; but first, let’s start by reiterating the basic definition of last mile logistics.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Now that Thanksgiving is past us, the mad dash to the end of the year is on. It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the supply chain and logistics realm, with lots of news related to global trade and technology.

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LTL Capacity Best Practices in Times of Tight Freight Capacity

Cerasis

The capacity crunch has been a core concern of shippers for several years, but as 2018 draws closer to the holiday shopping season, it will become a bigger problem. LTL capacity has routinely been used as a source of added capacity when full truckload becomes unavailable.

[On-demand webinar] Paving the way for digital transformation in the automotive supply chain

Kinaxis

by Mike McAllister Contrary to popular belief, the Ford Motor Company did not invent the assembly line. But in 1913, Henry Ford did revolutionize it by adding a conveyor system to move the cars along the line, reducing the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to less than three.

Thinking Critically about SCM Practices

SCM Research

The Guardian has just published an interesting opinion piece by van der Kolk, titled Business Education Helps Create a Culture where the Profit Justifies the Means. Herein, the author, who is a university teacher of accounting, writes: “We need to see a much stronger integration of ethical considerations into business education. This is how managers make real-life business decisions.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

[Video] Major Influences on Supply Chains for 2019

Talking Logistics

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With LTL Fuel Surcharges on the Rise, What Are the Expectations and Projections of Higher Fuel Costs on LTL Shipping?

Cerasis

In early October 2018, the average retail price for diel rose 7.2 cents, reports Transport Topics, and oil costs are expected to continue to increase. This represents the seventh consecutive weekly spike in diesel costs, and global economies allude to a future of rising prices.

Top 10 Manufacturing Trends For 2019

IQMS

Bottom Line: The top 10 manufacturing trends reflect how manufacturers are planning to achieve their goals of revenue growth, operational improvements, digital transformation, and launching new products and services in 2019.

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Descartes’ Second Annual Ecommerce Supply Chain & Logistics Benchmark Survey

Descartes

Descartes is pleased to announce the launch of our Second Annual E-commerce Supply Chain & Logistics Benchmark Survey. The goal of the study is to tap businesses insight on the issues, strategies, and tactics that matter most in this dynamic industry

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.

How Emerging Technologies Will Transform the Way We Do Business

Talking Logistics

There are so many exciting emerging technologies in supply chain and logistics today, but which ones will be the best fit for your company’s business strategy? Which technologies have the greatest potential to deliver the value you need, both in the near and long term? How do you prioritize investments in these technologies and roll them out successfully?

[PODCAST] 5 Considerations for New Supply Chain Technology Implementations

Cerasis

Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes Darwin Porter, the Cerasis Network & IT Manager. Darwin’s role at Cerasis is supporting and maintaining the network and server infrastructure. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” ” You can subscribe and find this podcast on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Soundcloud , YouTube , and iHeartRadio!

Does Your Supply Chain Need Blockchain?

Shipchain

The use of blockchain and supply chain management (SCM) platforms can reshape how shippers approach everyone from consumers to carriers.

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Brexit: China and the changing world of trade

BluJay Solutions

In a statement this September, the IMF predicted that any form of Brexit (hard or soft, deal or no deal) would be damaging to the UK economy. The focus of discussions so far, both in industry and in media, has been the western trade border with the EU.

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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.

Editor’s Pick: Be the Partner Your Customer is Looking For

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post by Julio Soto from GEODIS’ blog discusses how to become the partner your customer is looking for. In the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the main character is asked to sell a pen.

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Mindmap for Order Management 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network.

What's Holding Manufacturing Back in Industry 4.0?

Elementum

Manufacturing is part of the supply chain complex that is being swept up by a digital revolution. Yet a deeply-rooted “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” mentality, and a lack of integration between operating and IT systems, are preventing manufacturing from reaping the benefits of Industry 4.0.

E2open Completes Acquisition of INTTRA, Bringing Together Leading Global Cloud Supply Chain Management and Leading Ocean Shipping Network

E2open

The One Place in the Cloud to Run Your Supply Chain is Now the One Place in the Cloud to Manage Your Global Logistics. AUSTIN, Texas, November 27, 2018 – E2open today announced the completion of the acquisition of INTTRA following regulatory approval. This brings together the world leader in ocean shipping logistics covering a majority of ocean shipping container capacity, with the global supply chain and logistics network of E2open.

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.