Sat.May 18, 2013 - Fri.May 24, 2013

Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference. A major item on the agenda is the announcement of what used to be named the AMR Top 25. It is now the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25.

4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Talking Logistics

Managing transportation — the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations — is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party.

FMCG/Pharma IT: The Supply Chain of the Future?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013

SCM Research

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013 , written on behalf of KPMG, is out now. It is based on an international survey of more than 300 senior executives from five industries. The report demonstrates that competitive advantage can be secured by enhancing supply chain networks for efficiency and innovation.

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.

Changing Mental Models

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last week, I have been working on healthcare research. We finished our report on the maturation of hospital supply chains , and I have put the finishing touches on the Healthcare Supply Chain Index for this Thursday’s webinar.

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The devil of SCM software selection is in the details

Supply Chain Movement

One of the most valuable things to come out our workshops is insight into some of the less obvious root causes for why supply chain efforts go wrong. Recently a delegate told us something surprising: that his company’s IT department chose some planning software without consulting anyone in supply chain. I later heard a similar story from someone in our last Supply Chain Club meeting. Mainstream software.

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Radio Silence on Supply Chain Security

BluJay Solutions

Following on from the recent horse-meat scandal in Europe and ongoing concerns around preventing counterfeit goods (with electric components and luxury goods a particular threat) from entering the supply chain, there is renewed focus on shoring up the integrity of the supply chain.

8 Ways to Strengthen Online Retailer Supply Chains

Inbound Logistics

Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts

Why margin management is the ‘talk of the town’ in fast moving consumer product supply chains…

Supply Chain View from the Field

Recent discussions with consumer goods companies reveals that margin management is becoming an imperative that goes far beyond just taking out cost of goods sold, or using full truck loads on shipment. CPG companies are seeking to continuously drive profit margins on the products they sell in retail stores – and the world of retail is continuing to become more complex as we speak.

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.

Bricks Matter: ongoing evolution of supply chain management

Supply Chain Movement

In view of the crucial role supply chain management has played in companies’ success in the past decade, it is surprising that so few books have been published on the topic, especially when compared to the huge number of books appearing on marketing and social media at the moment.

3D Printing: Let’s Not Manufacture False Dawns

Supply Chain @ MIT

3D printing is being hailed as a breakthrough technology that will revolutionize manufacturing and supply chain management. This may be the case, but we should avoid repeating the mistake of relying on hype to judge its value. For those who are still unfamiliar with the concept, in 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) a digital file of a computer-aided design is sent to a “printer” that creates an object by depositing successive layers of materials a few microns in thickness.

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Easy steps for supply chain students to ensure they remain unemployed…

Supply Chain View from the Field

I recently visited with a large services company, and learned a few things talking to their supply chain recruiters that provided some great insights for students to think about. First, the managers I spoke with talked about things every student who is serious about finding a job should do before an interview: - Be prepared – know what our business is! If it is a financial institution, don’t ask about how the bank teller business is.

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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.

Project Management Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

The Logistics of Logistics

As a project manager, I am always learning new lessons about managing projects, sometimes the hard way. Below are some of my project management lessons. Project Management Lesson #1 – Projects are Everything. Without projects there is no progress. The money saving software never gets implemented, the new car doesn’t get launched and the new house doesn’t get built. My career is a series of projects with some boring, unproductive times in between.

FMCG/Pharma Customer Service: Ensuring Producer Value For.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

A must for e-commerce: make it easy to pay - Value Unchained

ModusLink Corporation

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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.

8 Ways to Strengthen Online Retailer Supply Chains

Inbound Logistics

Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts

E-Fulfillment Strategies That Deliver the Goods

Inbound Logistics

This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy

Northeast Florida: America’s Logistics Center Drives Global Business

Inbound Logistics

Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership

Northeast Florida: America’s Logistics Center Drives Global Business

Inbound Logistics

Jacksonville, Florida’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce, and available land makes it an attractive site for businesses siting new locations for logistics services and manufacturing, writes Michael Breen of JAXUSA Partnership

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.

E-Fulfillment Strategies That Deliver the Goods

Inbound Logistics

This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy