Sat.Nov 09, 2013 - Fri.Nov 15, 2013

Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

This week I interviewed Robert Byrne, Founder of Terra Technology , on the results of their fourth benchmarking study on forecasting excellence. For those that do not follow this work, let me give a preamble.

Lean Warehousing


Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. A conversation and exclusive interview with Tonya Vinas, B2B writer and editor, and Robert Martichenko, CEO, LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Tonya: Good morning Robert.

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5 Greatest Books for Supply Chain Executives

Supply Chain Opz

Previously I''ve covered about the classic and new supply chain management books that SCM professionals should check out. In this article, I will show you top 5 books that every supply chain executive should have on their bookshelf. Data Collection Since most top executives need to manage their time effectively, the format of the book is very important. The aim of this article is to identify some great books that demonstrate the key concepts and strategies in a clear and concise manner.

The Perfect Answer to “What’s the ROI of Social Networking?”

Talking Logistics

Whenever I’m asked “What’s the ROI of social networking?” I reply with a question: What’s the ROI of email? You never hear supply chain executives ask that question, yet they use the ROI question as a way to delay or block the deployment of social networking technologies at their companies. Email, as you probably know from your own experience, is arguably the number one productivity killer in the workplace (I actually have my email app closed as I write this so I won’t get distracted).

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How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The traditional paper-based approach to supply chain operations presents serious challenges and perils. Digitization, in turn, offers a bounty of benefits – up to and including six-figure cost savings and significant efficiency and revenue gains. Here’s how.

Straight Talk: OpenText to Acquire GXS

Supply Chain Shaman

gob·ble·dy·gook. ?gäb?ld??go?ok,-?go?ok/. noun: gobbledygook – language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense. Gobbledygook. As I listened to the investor relations call on OpenText’s intent to buy GXS , I heard gobbledygook. At least, this was my take. The OpenText script focused on how ECM+EIM=EIM Cloud-based Services. My reaction was, “Really?”

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Straight Talk. Lots of It.

Supply Chain Insights

February marks two years. Supply Chain Insights, as a company, is maturing. In 2013 we have almost doubled revenue and tripled reach. Today we will publish our 17 th newsletter to over 7000 supply chain professionals. We love content. This year we have published 25 reports, completed more than 55 podcasts, archived more than 20 webcasts, conducted our fifth public training session and hosted our first, and what will become, our annual event. Leading a bootstrap startup effort is not easy.

Why Excel Remains the Champ of Supply Chain Apps

Talking Logistics

Forget cloud, social, and mobile. Forget WMS and TMS. Forget BI and analytics. As was confirmed for Adrian yet again last week at a conference, the most utilized supply chain and logistics application, the reigning champ of them all, is the Excel spreadsheet. The question is, Why? In this episode, Adrian provides his perspective, and what it means for supply chain professionals and software vendors. If you have a question or comment for Adrian, post it below and keep the conversation going!

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do….

Supply Chain Shaman

I feel it in my heart. The decision is divorce. I came to this relationship three years ago. It started casually. It was off and on. I tried to give it a go and make it stick. I thought that we could make this work, but I was wrong. The What?

Changing the Production Performance Metric


Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn. Anyone who has worked with asset intensive process manufacturers knows how hard it is to change the thinking about machine capacity utilization.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Mind Map for Global Trade Management

Supply Chain Movement

Global trade and the supply chains associated with it are subject to evertighter international regulations and legislation.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Lots of interesting news to discuss today, so let’s go straight to it. Descartes Unveils Same-Day Delivery Optimization Technology. Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office’s Help ( Wall Street Journal ). Gap Inc. Pushes Omnichannel Focus ( Women’s Wear Daily ).

Introducing the Journal of Operations Management (Guest Post by the Editors-in-Chief)

SCM Research

In today’s guest post, Thomas Y. Choi and Daniel Guide, Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management , provide an introduction to their journal, which is a leading journal of our field. The Journal of Operations Management (JOM) is an empirical journal whose mission is to advance the theories of operations management (OM) and supply chain management (SCM).

Changing the Production Performance Metric


Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn. Anyone who has worked with asset intensive process manufacturers knows how hard it is to change the thinking about machine capacity utilization.

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.

A response to 'Is Your Supply Chain Glass Half Full?' | The 21st.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Guest Commentary: What Logistics Technology Providers Can Learn from Social Media

Talking Logistics

There is no escaping the social media hype in today’s press. While the platforms are not necessarily geared for logistics, there are important parallels in logistics to what has made the social media market so successful. Taking a look at some of the fundamental challenges in logistics shows how social media-oriented logistics solutions can address some of the most important challenges faced in logistics today.

Business growth through supply chain management

Supply Chain Movement

Reimagining how the supply chain can drive business growth. That was the theme of consultancy company Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Executive Conference held in London, UK, in late September.

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Change Supply Chain KPI’s to Drive Competitive Advantage


Big Data, Sales and Operations Planning, and Supply Chain Maturity are topics I see trade publications writing about often. This led me down a path and to a question: how does this impact what you measure?

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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.

ModusLink takes EICC leadership role

ModusLink Corporation

I’ve written before on our company’s work with the EICC. Reminder, that’s the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition.) What I love about being so engaged with this group is that the work leads to valuable, measurable and visible results.

Vendor Compliance: Setting Them Straight

Inbound Logistics

Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals

Supply Chain Forecasting & Planning Conference

Supply Chain Movement

Supply Chain Forecasting & Planning Conference. Datum: 20-22 november 2013. Locatie: Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport Hotel, Amsterdam. Organisatie: IBF. URL: [link]. Supply Chain Forecasting & Planning Conference:Europe w/ Statistical Planning & Forecasting Tutorial.

Trying to Nail Down “Demand Driven S&OP”


I went back and re-read a Gartner report about how to change your S&OP process from traditional to “Demand Driven” My goal was to help my partners identify the discrete attributes they should cultivate and the actions they should embrace.

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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.

Air Freight Still the Best Option for Smaller Shipments

BluJay Solutions

After a turbulent few years, news of global air freight volumes is hotly anticipated and feared in equal measure. In reality, the most recent figures announced by IATA in October 2013 prove there is continued growth in air freight, but that significant regional variances are in play (e.g.

Breaking the Rules: An Interview with Supply Chain Guru, Rich Sherman – Part II

Supply Chain Nation

As part of our Expert Insights series, Supply Chain Nation sat down with Rich Sherman, a leading supply chain industry consultant and analyst to discuss his book, Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap for Best Practice Results.

Mind Map Strategic Transport Optimization

Supply Chain Movement

Companies are increasingly realising that transport can have a major influence, not only on customer satisfaction but also on cost patterns, flexibility and sustainability. And transport optimisation offers unique opportunities for innovation in these areas. Together with Ortec, international provider of advanced planning software, Supply Chain Movement has created a mindmap to outline the route, including road signs indicating potential hazards along the way. >>Please

Trying to Nail Down “Demand Driven S&OP”


I went back and re-read a Gartner report about how to change your S&OP process from traditional to “Demand Driven” My goal was to help my partners identify the discrete attributes they should cultivate and the actions they should embrace.

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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.