Sat.Oct 13, 2018 - Fri.Oct 19, 2018

Why should you have a multi-carrier shipping strategy?

TradeGecko

In years gone by, most retailers could get by partnering with one shipping carrier to deliver their products. In fact, this was often the preferable method of managing shipping because it allowed businesses to negotiate better shipping rates and streamline the shipping process.

Probabilistic Forecasting - a Primer

ToolsGroup

An experienced gambler might hedge their bet on multiple outcomes, rather than just the most likely "single number forecast". At ToolsGroup we have been big advocates of probabilistic forecasting (sometimes also known as stochastic forecasting).

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce

Cerasis

E-commerce is growing faster than ever, and more consumers are leveraging online platforms in making purchasing decisions. In fact, two-thirds of consumer shopping journeys include internet research, reports McKinsey & Company , as well as word-of-mouth recommendations and past experiences.

Breaking down doors for the marginalized in supply chain management. Highlights from Kinexions ’18 day two.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Less than 15 percent of supply chain executives are female. Even fewer are women of color. That’s a sad state of affairs, and desperately needs to change. So how is it that with so many strong, courageous, talented women, so few have found a way to break through the glass ceiling?

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Automated Supply Chains: Don't Let Labeling Become the Weak Link

Loftware

The amount of digital processes in the supply chain is growing - but weak technological links could send it all crashing down. Barcode Labeling Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics

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The Top 5 Challenges of Warehouse Management

Cerasis

Warehouse management is not a simple task, and warehouse managers face difficult challenges. Even when orders are low, standard operations continue to grow with each passing day. Part of this derives from the expansion of e-commerce into new and emerging markets.

What matters next for supply chain management? An insider’s look at day one of Kinexions ’18.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater It’s not about the future. It’s about what’s beyond it. And when it comes to what matters next for supply chains and supply chain management, it’s all about two things: digital, and the people enabling it.

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Reflections: Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

I remember the call like it was yesterday. Four years have passed. On this cold day, I would like to walk on the beach with my friend Maddy. She is there. I am not. Let me tell you the story. In 2014, while sipping on an early morning coffee, Maddy called to ask me a question.

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How Freight Brokers Can Help Ease the Effects of the Capacity Crunch

Supply Chain Link

Economic growth, paired with other factors like driver retention, continues to cause tight transportation capacity and impact supply chains across North America.

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Blockchain for Bill of Lading – A Much Needed Update to the Traditional Bill of Lading for E-Commerce?

Cerasis

The opportunities within the use of blockchain for bill of lading in international trade, especially e-commerce, are significant. According to The LoadStar, the first ocean container use of a blockchain-based bill of lading was released successfully in the port of Koper, Slovenia. This resounding trial and win signifies a new way shippers will be able to compete in the global market, speeding delivery of international shipments, enhancing existing supply chain operations, and more.

Unparalleled customer affinity on full display at Kinexions ’18

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Harish Iyer Kinexions ‘18 was the best capstone I could’ve hoped for at the 30-day mark because I haven’t seen customers show such passion for a solutions provider in my 20+ years in this industry. On my flight home from Kinexions, I found some time to reflect.

This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

How cold does it have to get inside your house before you accept reality and turn on the heat? Is wearing a jacket and hat while watching the Red Sox game in your family room a visual cue that the time has come?

CfP: 2019 CSCMP European Research Seminar

SCM Research

The 14 th CSCMP European Research Seminar will be held in Warsaw on May 16 th and 17 th , 2019. Please find the call for papers on the webpage of the 2019 CSCMP European Research Seminar. Research SCM Conference Supply Chain Management

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

E-Commerce Freight Consolidation & Desconsolidation: Understanding the Role of Intermodal Freight Shipping for Successful E-Commerce Logistics

Cerasis

The world has entered the era of e-commerce, and companies around the globe are struggling to keep up with the trend. Innovative last-mile delivery options have been created, such as concierge services, the app, Doorman, Amazon Key and more. For shippers, the best way to handle the e-commerce logistics surge lies in e-commerce freight consolidation and deconsolidation. E-Commerce Growth Is Incompatible With Stagnate Freight Shipping Strategies E-commerce growth can boggle the mind.

Christmas is Coming. The Goose is getting Fat. Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

Enterra Insights

Let’s be honest. If your supply chain isn’t ready for the holiday shopping season by now, it’s probably too late to improve it very much. Preparations for the holiday shopping season really need to begin around the first of the year. But, as Paul Myerson, an instructor in Management and Decision Sciences at Monmouth University, asks, “Where to begin?”[1]

Wholesale Distribution: Any Way You Want It?

Logility

I have an affinity to rock & roll music released from the late 70s through the early 90s. The groups on my most listened to playlists include Boston, REO, Rush, Kansas, Styx, Van Halen, Eagles, Foreigner and The Police, just to name a few.

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Supply Chain Movement

How relevant is blockchain in a supply-chain context? Based on what I’ve heard this year at various international supply chain congresses, opinions differ.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Hurricane Michael halts shipments

DAT Solutions

Once again, the supply chains were dealt a major disruption last week from Mother Nature. With Hurricane Florence, the advanced warning allowed businesses to plan ahead, reschedule shipments and reposition their trucks.

The Digital Supply Chain needs to be a Smart Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Most analysts agree supply chains need to go digital. More recently analysts are also talking about the importance of supply chains becoming smart. By that they mean supply chains need to take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to get the most out of collected data.

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Mitigating Logistics Risk Through Blockchain

Shipchain

Logistics will always contain risks, but the use of blockchain in supply chain management can go a long way in prevention and mitigation.

How to Change Your Inventory Management Strategy in the Omnichannel Era

Elementum

The U.S. e-commerce market has nearly doubled in size since 2011, and is forecast to grow to $737B by 2022. Managing stock for a variety of commerce channels is becoming more complex, costly, and risky.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

How to Select an Effective TMS Technology Solution for Your Multichannel Supply Chain

TMC

The digital transformation of supply chains is well underway and will continue to evolve—especially as ecommerce expands and consumer demands increase—and opportunities to optimize network efficiencies, visibility, and customer satisfaction emerge.

Editor’s Pick: RR Donnelley Achieves Results with FedEx API Integration Program

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.

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Trends in Sales & Operations Planning

E2open

See the survey highlights to gain insight into the state of sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes and planned improvements from senior-level supply chain and operations executives across a variety of industries.

Make Your Privacy a Priority in the IoT World

C3 Solutions

Chances are you’ve caught wind of the many breaches in privacy and security lately.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.