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.

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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Radio Silence on Supply Chain Security

Kewill

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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

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.

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

ModusLink Corporation

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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

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.

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