Sat.Oct 06, 2018 - Fri.Oct 12, 2018

How Smarter Businesses Plan to Forecast Demand

Unleashed

When many businesses forecast demand, even the most studious companies will not get it 100 percent accurate, instead of perfection, the focus should be on minimising errors. Planning is one of the core functions of supply chain management that can help minimise errors and thus increase the accuracy of forecasting demand. Understanding and predicting customer demand is vital for businesses to avoid stock-outs, maintain adequate inventory stock levels and increase overall profitability.

Can S&OP become more continuous? Automation is key.

ToolsGroup

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), a process often focused around a monthly meeting, is evolving into a more continuous process. A recent whitepaper by supply chain planning and optimization firm Optilon explains why and how.

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5 Ways an Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy Can Improve Customer Experience

Cerasis

The importance of an omnichannel supply chain strategy cannot be overstated. According to Randy Strang of Supply Chain 24/7, a survey of the most important parts of a shopping experience found customers’ expectations are more than meets the eye.

How Prescriptive Analytics Shapes Business Transformation and Supply Chain Social Responsibility

River Logic

Growing up in a small oilfield town, we didn’t have a McDonald’s; we had Joy’s Grill. Joy, the owner, and his wife, Wanda, ran a straightforward automated operation in their diner with one row of booths and a counter open to the grill.

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.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on.

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What Is the Future of and Trends in E-Commerce Logistics?

Cerasis

E-commerce is growing at a phenomenal rate and, powered by the top trends in e-commerce logistics, shippers have an amazing opportunity to increase profitability and reduce freight spend simultaneously.

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Autonomous car technology and the Self-Healing Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Jonathan Lofton I recently rented a car featuring steering assist and intelligent cruise control. Now, I’m used to driver assist technologies as my vehicle has blind spot warning and front and rear collision warning, and braking.

This Week in Logistics News (October 8-12, 2018)

Talking Logistics

The VP of Supply Chain and Logistics at our house (aka my wife) has been out of the country this week.

SupplyChainBrain awards PINC as Great Supply Chain Partner

PINC YMS

Leading supply chain and logistics publication includes PINC, the leading provider of real-time digital inventory solutions, to its annual list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners. yard management system inventory robotics award Press Release

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.

The Role of Final or Last Mile in E-Commerce to Effectively Deliver Freight to Your Customer

Cerasis

Final mile and last mile both referred to the final stage of delivery, and the use of last mile in e-commerce can mean the difference between a positive customer experience and a return.

Automating Arrival Notifications with AIS & Artificial Intelligence

Supply Chain Network

Since the inception of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) in the early 1970’s logistics professionals have always taken for granted the accuracy of EDI tracking transactions sent for various activities across their global supply chains.

Forming a Partnership with Your Software-as-a-Service Provider

Talking Logistics

Sending out a Request for Proposal — an RFP — is what most companies do when they’re looking for a technology solution. But what if instead of a Request for Proposal , the RFP became a Request for Partnership , as my friend Kate Vitasek from the University of Tennessee suggested several years ago ? It seems like companies are starting to move in that direction, viewing and evaluating providers of technology not as prospective vendors , but as prospective partners.

Assessing Tobacco’s Global Environmental Footprint

SCM Research

“Cigarette production and consumption have seen dramatic growth in recent decades and although the health effects of smoking are widely recognized, its impacts on the environment are largely overlooked”, the authors of a new World Health Organization report argue, which is titled Cigarette Smoking: An Assessment of Tobacco’s Global Environmental Footprint Across Its Entire Supply Chain (pdf).

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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.

Tips & Best Practices for E-Commerce Shipping in Each Over-the-Road Shipping Mode

Cerasis

Demand for e-commerce capability is increasing. E-Commerce requires intense coordination between supply chains and an understanding of how to achieve maximum efficiency in all modes of transportation, explains BigCommerce.com. When it comes to over-the-road (OTR) shipping, e-commerce becomes even more difficult, requiring advanced knowledge of various carriers, rates, HOS regulations, the ELD mandate and more.

5 huge retail trends you need to know

BluJay Solutions

Aussie retailers are facing steep competition as global retailers tighten their grip on the local market. BluJay’s Paul Soong discusses processes, technology and supply chain trends that are altering the retail business model. Read the full article in Business Insider Australia.

Hurricane Best Practices for Your Supply Chain

Elementum

Hurricane Michael is approaching Florida via the Gulf Coast, threatening to rise from its current Category 1 status before making landfall on Wednesday.

3 Key Steps to Improving Packaging Efficiency

CHAINalytics

An organization’s packaging operation provides an excellent starting point for driving warehouse efficiencies and should be considered as a major contributor to your supply chain performance. Packaging inefficiencies often lead to a number of issues that can quickly accumulate into a hefty bill.

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.

Multichannel Fulfillment & Shipping: Considerations for Wholesale Distributors & OEMs in the Transition From Single Channel Shipping

Cerasis

E-commerce has presented wholesale distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a crown opportunity for growth, but it comes at the cost of transitioning from single-channel shipping. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce , U.S. e-commerce retail sales have increased 3.9 percent from the first quarter of 2018. Over the last year, average e-commerce sales have increased more than 15 percent, revealing the increasing demand for multichannel fulfillment and shipping.

When Launching TMS, Failure is Not an Option

Supply Chain Collaborator

This week’s manned Soyuz launch to the International Space Station appeared to be going smoothly, but some 90 seconds later NASA, on its livestream, reported that a problem seemed to have occurred with the booster rocket between the first and second stages of separation.

End of Year Decisions for Shippers

Logistics Trends and Insights

Even with a new round of tariffs going into effect on September 24, U.S.-bound bound imports are pegged to stay at what are being described as near or actual record-high levels until the end of the year according to the latest Port Tracker report.

Strategic Realignment Enabled by Distribution Optimization for Department Store Chain

CHAINalytics

Realizing the benefits of a continuous engagement, a leading department store chain partners with Chainalytics to strategically realign their distribution network in order to remain competitive in an evolving retail environment.

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.

Supply Chain Risk Management Highlighted by a Tiny Computer Chip

Enterra Insights

As recent events demonstrate, science fiction often turns into science fact. Jason Koebler and Joseph Cox explain, “In the 2015 novel Ghost Fleet , the spark that starts World War III is not a nuclear bomb, but a supply chain hack. In the book — which is based on real-life technology, technical papers, and diplomatic meetings — national security and international relations expert Peter W.

Exploring Career Options in Supply Chain Management

AFFLINK

Supply chain management has seen an increase in complexity over the past few decades. No longer are supply chain managers just product procurers: they now have a tremendous amount of responsibility.

BluJay Acquires Italian Customs Solution Provider, ERA System

BluJay Solutions

ERA System is a leading provider of customs management solutions in the Italian market. Manchester, UK – October 9, 2018 – BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network, today announced an agreement to purchase ERA System, a leading provider of customs solutions to the Italian market. With this acquisition, BluJay extends its position as the global leader for integrated customs solutions.

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Provenance is looking for a Business Development Executive!

Provenance

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.