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

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.

Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

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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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.

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 ).

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.

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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?

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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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).

Change Supply Chain KPI’s to Drive Competitive Advantage

Logility

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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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.

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?”

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!

Air Freight Still the Best Option for Smaller Shipments

Kewill

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.

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

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.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

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.

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.

Vendor Compliance: Setting Them Straight

Inbound Logistics

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

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

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.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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.

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.

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.

Change Supply Chain KPI’s to Drive Competitive Advantage

Logility

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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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

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.

Investing Available Capital in the Right Supply Chain Initiatives Creates Operational Value

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

RALEIGH, NC — As today’s companies experience a “capital superabundance,” now is a critical time to smartly invest available funds.

How to Transform Your Supply Chain Through a 4PL Approach

Inbound Logistics

A fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) can help companies set and achieve supply chain improvement goals

Trying to Nail Down “Demand Driven S&OP”

Logility

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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Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.