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Supply Chain Planning for Direct-To-Consumer

ToolsGroup

Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) presents special supply chain planning challenges for both smaller microbrands (e.g., eyeglass brand Warby Parker or mattress seller Casper) and much larger consumer goods incumbents, but the planning challenges are different depending on which type of company you are.

What’s shaping the steel industry today?

Quintiq

In recent years, the steel industry has seen creative solutions to long-standing challenges, emerging technologies, and niche market explorations – all of which are changing this traditionally conservative industry.

From “Rules of Thumb” to Non-Linear Algorithmic Optimization

Logility

Back in the mid 1990’s when I first entered the Supply Chain field as a freshly minted MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, I was full of “state of the art” knowledge from visionary teachers like Don Bowersox, David Closs, Steven Melnyk and others.

LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

Black swans in the supply chain refer to unexpected, unusual disruptions within the supply chain, reports Melanie Nuce of Inbound Logistics.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (December 3-7, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Which candy is mentioned the most in songs? The answer is M&Ms. But which candy came in second? That was the “mind twister” question the other morning on the radio. My son and I came up with a few guesses on the drive to school, but none of them were right. What’s your guess?

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Stay Current With Your Labeling Software

Loftware

When an organization grows, they have many obstacles to overcome. They may have new facilities, new regions, new stakeholders, along with increasing customer and regulatory demands.

Why Returning to Stores Is the Ultimate E-Commerce & Omnichannel Customer Experience Play

Cerasis

E-commerce is on track to break records for sales around the globe in the 2018 holiday shopping season. Following the 2017 holiday shopping season, retailers grew significantly, and today, e-commerce makes up 17 percent of all retail sales in the U.S.

Better Visibility Drives Supply Chain Value and Innovation

Talking Logistics

As consumers continue to purchase goods at greater frequency and trade regulations become more complex, supply chain professionals are striving to establish end-to-end control of their business operations. The modern-day supply chain begs for visibility throughout the entire chain, from point of order, to packaging, shipping, and delivery.

Prepare to Master Supply Chain Challenges in 2019!

Supply Chain Network

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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.

How to Avoid Added Costs Due to Inefficient Labeling

Loftware

Some manufacturing process costs are simply unavoidable and can't be reduced any further. Beyond these bedrock expenses associated with producing finished goods, everything is on the table for expense-saving.

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Visibility for All: Getting Control of the Modern Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Raise your hand if you’re a control freak! In supply chain, leaders and innovators are, and it shows (favorably) in their performance.

Transforming the Construction Materials Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Steve Cox, VP of Business Development at Command Alkon , discusses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: How is the construction materials supply chain the same as other supply chains, and more importantly, how is it different?

The Dispatch Report + Pilot Updates | December 2018, Issue No. 9

Shipchain

Dear Community, As 2018 begins to wind down, we want to give you a sneak peek at some of the exciting things we’ve been working on—some fantastic updates that we have for you today—and the major milestones we can’t wait to share with you in January. Overview.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Nucleus Research positions Kinaxis in Leaders’ quadrant of Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2018

Kinaxis

by Mike McAllister Kinaxis recognized for ability to connect planning with execution.

Year in Review: The Trends That Defined Supply Chain in 2018

Elementum

A trade war that put businesses and consumers on edge. An entire industry confronting generational shifts and talent loss. The synergization of online and offline sales channels.

The Secret of Getting Ahead (Takeaways from Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 Conference)

Talking Logistics

What a difference a year makes. Last November, executives from all segments of the Heavy Building Materials (HBM) ecosystem got together at the inaugural Leadership Roundtable meeting organized by Command Alkon (a Talking Logistics sponsor) to discuss a couple of simple questions: Are there opportunities to elevate the performance of the HBM industry? Is there interest in collaborating together to pursue these opportunities?

The Dispatch Report + Pilot Updates | Decemeber 2018, Issue No. 9

Shipchain

Dear Community, As 2018 begins to wind down, we want to give you a sneak peek at some of the exciting things we’ve been working on—some fantastic updates that we have for you today—and the major milestones we can’t wait to share with you in January. Overview.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The perfect gift this holiday season? How about The Ultimate S&OP toolkit?

Kinaxis

by Teresa Chiykowski The biggest toy sellers (Target, Walmart, JCPenney and Amazon) have announced their picks for the hottest toys of the year. Coming in at number 1 are Pomsies – animatronic, interactive pets that kids can take anywhere.

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Here’s the new delivery paradigms shaping the future of supply chain

BluJay Solutions

With the rise of the digital consumer and the “now economy,” the focus has shifted from forecasting product consumption to anticipating customer needs and catering to personal preferences. Read the full article in Australian Food News.

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Digital Transformation: Why It’s Not an “Easy Button”

Talking Logistics

There is a lot of discussion today about digital transformation, including why it’s important and what the benefits can be. It would be nice if you could just press an “easy button” to be digitally transformed and have all of the supply chain visibility you need, but the reality is that there are many factors that go into making digital transformation a reality. It goes well beyond just digitizing data and displaying it on a dashboard. What are those critical first steps and success factors?

GM Sparks Outrage as it Plans for Change before Change Overtakes it

Logistics Trends and Insights

General Motors demonstrates new tooling and equipment to support axle production for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at its recently renovated Grand Rapids Operations in Wyoming, Michigan.

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.

Operating a Global Health Supply Chain in Low-Resource Settings

APICS

In addressing the challenges of operating a global health supply chain in low-resource settings, there’s plenty to learn from established commercial supply chains

Top 8 software every FMCG company should invest in

Abivin

FMCG is a versatile and rapidly changing industry. Therefore, FMCG businesses are usually the pioneer in using innovative methods and facilities to improve their work processes.

BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks

BluJay Solutions

In the report, Gartner states: “Multienterprise supply chain business networks support a community of trading partners – of any tier and type within a network – that needs to coordinate and execute supply chain processes across multiple enterprises.” ” Read the full article in CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly. The post BluJay Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks appeared first on BluJay Solutions.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes.

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.