Sat.Jul 22, 2017 - Fri.Jul 28, 2017

Chasing perfection is killing your supply chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater There’s no such thing as 100% when it comes to forecast accuracy. Let me say it again. One hundred percent accuracy does not exist. I don’t care how good your demand sensing is or how sure your sales team is of their market projections. It’s just not possible.

The Digital Supply Chain: How Are Supply Chain Managers Responding?


How do you define the digital supply chain? Do you isolate it to processes involving the internet, or do you take a more progressive approach and combine cloud-based technologies, integration and unmatched customer service into one, data-based solution?

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A Path Towards IoT Enabled Service Parts Planning


Editor's Note: This week we have a guest post from Bob Ferrari, Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group. This blog first appeared in Supply Chain Matters. It is the second in a series on how companies can build foundational service parts planning technology to prepare for the Internet of Things (IoT).

How Will Walmart’s New OTIF Policy Affect the Supply Chain’s Transportation Component?


By Mike Eaton | Principal, Transportation | Chainalytics It’s become common knowledge that Walmart is in the process of implementing new, more stringent standards in regard to On-Time-In-Full (OTIF) delivery requirements.

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.

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Building a Stronger Supply Chain Through Collaboration


By Bryan Wyatt | Senior Manager, Transportation | Chainalytics | Is your operation structured to ensure the next link in the supply chain is more efficient than the last?>

A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition

Supply Chain Matters

BravoSolution CEO Jim Wetekamp provides a Supply Chain Matters guest commentary on the procurement and supply chain management impacts of the pending Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

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The Supply Chain Team’s Impact on Capital Projects


In industries that are going through a lot of Capital Expenditure investments, including construction of pipelines, LNG facilities, and mining operations, the role of procurement on the success of the organization is somewhat different.

Amazon Acquiring Whole Foods: A Wakeup Call for the Grocery Industry?

Talking Logistics

There’s certainly been a lot of buzz and discussions since Amazon announced its planed acquisition of Whole Foods. What impact is this going to have on the grocery industry? Is Amazon going to shape and transform the way we shop for groceries and have them delivered?

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Number One Risk for Manufacturers Is Supply Chain Disruption

Material Handling & Logistics

Other risks include taxes, labor costs, economic conditions and competition. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Why the Supply Chain is So Important for Regulated Industry Environments- A Contributed Guest Posting

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters Executive Editor Bob Ferrari recently contributed a guest posting on the MasterControl Compliance Accelerated Blog on why the supply chain is so important for supporting expected business outcomes as well as insuring adequate risk mitigation.

What Should an LTL Transportation Management System Do for Me as a Shipper?


“Unsustainable.”. That is the word being used to describe the state of the logistics industry in 2017, reports William B. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce. While it may not describe everything in supply chains, it does accurately describe the overhead costs today’s shippers and carriers have enjoyed recently.

What “Shark Week” Has in Common with Supply Chain Logistics

Supply Chain Collaborator

Guest Blogger, “Big Ed” Burns of Burns Logistics penned a fun post drawing the parallels between the complexities of monitoring the movements of mighty great whites and monitoring the movement of freight across supply chain networks. Both tasks require powerful technologies and a very careful, well-conceived strategy to be successful.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Why an Integrated Business Planning Process Cannot Be Effectively Managed Using ERP and Spreadsheets


Why an Integrated Business Planning Process Cannot Be Effectively Managed Using ERP and Spreadsheets. alyssa. Wednesday 26 July 2017. John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open.

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3 Reasons to Walk Away From Your Current Supply Chain Model

Supply Chain 24/7

In the traditional supply chain model, the supply chain is viewed as a cost center, but a global trade network model is viewed as a strategic, competitive asset

Shipping Technology: Non-Tech Savvy Shippers Lose Advantage Over Time?


The usefulness of technology among shippers remains undisputed. Through advanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ) and greater automation, shippers can reap an unparalleled competitive advantage. What happens when shippers simply forgo implementing shipping technology, and how can shape their future demise? Although it sounds ominous, shippers must be willing to become tech-savvy, or they will lose any existing competitive advantage they have.

Upheaval in Retail Changes the Scene for Suppliers


Following Amazon’s announcement of buying Whole Foods, Amazon’s stock rose 3% while Whole Foods shares skyrocketed 28%. With this acquisition, the world's largest online retailer just proved one thing: Amazon not only wants to dominate the e-commerce industry, they have a clear ambition to get a real foothold in the traditional brick-and-mortar businesses as well. And with Whole Foods earning a good reputation in delivering quality food services, this vision might not be a far reality.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

OpenText Announces Availability of New Cognitive AI Platform

Supply Chain Matters

Enterprise Information Management (EIM) technology provider OpenText held its OpenText Enterprise World 2017 customer conference in Toronto earlier this month, and the most significant takeaway was the announced release of the company’s new AI cognitive platform. Prescriptive or Predictive Analytics Supply Chain Technology cognitive computing platforms OpenText Inc. OpenText Magellan Supply chain Matters blog

Need for Speed: Becoming Faster Through Supply Chain Transformation

Supply Chain 24/7

By digitizing the global supply chain and leveraging collaboration, automation, analytics, and achieving flexibility, a robust and comprehensive GTM platform creates value by providing speed-to-market to stay on pace with the fast fashion manufacturers

Treat Your Supply Chain Like a Laboratory

Quantified Freight

Experiment. Often. This is an important distinction that should be in the fine print anytime someone gives the advice to “fail fast and fail often.” ” Fail small as well. That’s what drives change, innovation and ultimate success.

Amazon Giving Retailers Offer They Can’t Refuse

Material Handling & Logistics

To build up global inventory Amazon told retailers that we will purchase inventory from you at your local marketplace offer price.". read more. Global Supply Chain News

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Sustainable supply chains have never been more important

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Nigel Crunden, business specialist at business solutions provider Office Depot. With an ever-growing number of consumers favouring companies that demonstrate a commitment to adopting an eco-friendly approach, businesses that take steps to reduce their environmental impact stand to gain significant reputational benefits

Profiles in Yard Management Excellence by Adrian Gonzalez: Universal Logistics


Case Study innovation yard management system 3PL

Is Your Supply Chain Producing Too Much Waste?


Unilever has officially achieved zero waste , and now it wants to help other companies follow suit. But what exactly is zero waste?

We compared the Accuracy of 4 Different Demand Forecasting Methods; Here’s What We Found.


Over the past few months, we’ve been running simulation tests on different demand forecasting methods: Winter’s additive & multiplicative, seasonal and robust seasonal. Then, we used MAPE to determine the forecast accuracy for each method. Here’s what we found. We compared the Accuracy of 4 Different Demand Forecasting Methods; Here’s What We Found. was first posted on July 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm. ©2017

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

The self-learning supply chain: Turning manufacturing into a self-adjusting process

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Marcus Malinen, Vice-President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand. A key challenge for manufacturers is the need to be ready to meet their customers' demands at all times, but without holding stock unnecessarily

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of July 27, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon on Massive Hiring Spree, the UK to Ban Gas Powered Cars, Walmart has Plan for Reshoring US Manufacturing, New Foxconn Factory to Bring Thousands of US Jobs

Change, it keeps on coming…

Supply Chain Nation

It seems like the only thing you can be certain about in today’s business environment is that the way things are today – will change. For those of us in the supply chain business, this is especially true. Over the past few years, consumers’ shopping behaviors and preferences have changed dramatically, forcing many companies to re-examine their go-to-market and supply chain strategies. In fact, the third annual JDA Consumer Survey of more than 1,000 U.S.

RELEX Solutions Partners with Retail Planning Consultancy Paradigm 20/20 to Support Further Growth

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. RELEX Solutions, provider of integrated retail and supply chain planning solutions, announces its partnership with Paradigm 20/20 , a global consulting business specializing in retail store space planning, optimization and audit of store space. Under the partnership, Paradigm 20/20 will offer RELEX’s space and assortment solutions combined with their consulting services, to consolidate industry expertise and support further growth around the world.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.