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Thoughts on the ‘New Normal’


Collaboration and information sharing are at an all-time high in our industry between producers, buyers, associations and allied organizations. Personally, I find myself hungrier for information every day than I ever have been. And, I find that information is being shared more freely than I have ever seen in my career, to the point where I am struggling with where to put it all, how much to retain, and how it all works together to help move us forward into this looming new normal.

5 Examples of How COVID-19 Made Shipment Monitoring a “Must-Have” in the Industry


Up until now, investing in shipment tracking solutions was like buying travel insurance - it was usually purchased in the last step of the transportation contracting process. Much like insurance, you would add it at the last step in the cart as an optional item when purchasing your air ticket, and often only if the firm had previously bitter experiences. However, COVID-19 is changing the way companies are looking at investment into visibility.


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Software Solutions To The Procurement Puzzle: Getting The Right Mix

HICX Solutions

Over the past decade, companies of all shapes and sizes have shifted to digital business models. Many have had to completely rethink the way they buy goods and services, which has lifted procurement as a theme up the organisational hierarchy. It’s no longer seen as a backwater for underperforming employees, a place where suppliers get squeezed and invoices rubber-stamped and little else.

Get More Out of Your Transportation Management Strategy Amid COVID-19


Rapidly deploy tactical initiatives to save money, improve service levels, and compete. On February 17, 2020, enVista had the pleasure of speaking amongst hundreds of supply chain professionals at the Omnitracs Outlook Conference, where we kicked off the morning with a presentation on trends in transportation management.

New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. To do this, teams are finding that they need to perform network assessments more regularly and in-house. Scenario modeling is emerging as a key capability. To help you start 2021 strong, we updated our popular Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings.

Last Mile Visibility: Why It’s Not Really Changing Much Post COVID-19


The throes of COVID-19 remain an unprecedented challenge for supply chain management. However, the traditional concerns of efficiency within the supply chain continue to set the standard for operational efficiency. C-Suite executives have their minds focused on the need to serve customers and maintain safety, and organizations across the globe continue to implement more More.

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Mitigating Supply Chain Risk and Building a Resilient Enterprise


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3 Supply Chain Risk Management Lessons to Use During Coronavirus Crisis

All Things Supply Chain

Supply chains around the world are struggling as they face major shifts to production, the movement of goods, modes of transport, and the people who keep everything running. The coronavirus… General Supply Chain Management coronavirus risk management supply chain lessons supply chain risk

Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into Your Supply Chain


Let’s start by busting a myth about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): it’s a feel-good movement recently started by millennials. Not true! CSR gained momentum in the late 1950s with the expansion of large corporations and became a popular subject in the 1980s, covered extensively by Peter F. Drucker and others. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008–2010, CSR again became a focus for evaluating corporate behavior.

Replenishment 201: Monitoring Store-Level Inventory


Learn: How a product is determined to be replenishable. How to measure instocks. What “in pipe” means. What pack sizes are and how they affect your replenishment. In last month’s post, we went over Replenishment 101: What is Replenishment? This month, we thought we’d dig in a little deeper and look into monitoring store-level inventory. Traited and Valid.

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!

Collaborative Logistics is the Only Way Forward for the Industry


Collaborative logistics is the future (and the now) of successful, risk-managed logistics and supply chain management. There is no greater demand than what market forces, competitors, and Black Swan supply chain events 3PLs and freight brokers have to meet the challenges shippers face. Carriers are struggling to remain profitable. The industry is dealing with More.

How to Adapt Industrial Planning During and After Disruptive Events

DELMIA Quintiq

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, production and planning processes have become subject to a level of stress unprecedented in recent history. Many manufacturers depend on impacted networks for their supplies and the strain on planning organizations is jeopardizing business continuity. What are some of the ways that manufacturers might improve their resilience, to address the crisis today and also to prepare for the recovery and the future?

Spending too much time on data crunching, not enough on resilient planning decisions? You’re not alone.


Supply chain data is critical to the planning function. Our recent Planning Maturity Assessment shows that 4 5 % of organizations are satisfied with their data quality, to some degree. 31% a neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 21 % are dissatisfied , and 3% are very dissatisfied. The fact that more than half feel “neutral” or dissatisfied shows data quality is a considerable pain point. How much time are supply chain teams spending on data? Let’s take a look. .

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Five Suggestions for Practical Inventory Management


Recently , a colleague recounted a new consulting job he had undertaken a few years back. The client was struggling to make a large enough profit, which was threatening to derail their business expansion plan. This revolved around moving to a larger facility as they had outgrown their existing warehouse. The client perceived the problem as a lack of sales and wanted my colleague to look at ways they could increase revenue in order to fund the expansion. .

The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

How to Improve Last Mile Service With Better Trucker Relationships


Last mile service might have finally reached a point where it is more important than even freight delivery to the brick-and-mortar stores. It’s rapidly becoming the most frequent interaction between people and the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as last mile deliveries skyrocket in volume, drivers are on the frontlines, says Mike More.

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If Multi-sourcing is a Best Practice, Why Are so Few Companies Doing It?

Logistics Viewpoints

Because of the pandemic, risk management surrounding sourcing has become top of mind. One best practice in this area is to identify and qualify alternate suppliers. Companies need to ensure they have alternate sources of supply that can ramp up to the volumes needed. This best practice urges companies to examine not just the cost of the sourced products, but also to understand the risks associated with not multi-sourcing key components.

How Does ToolsGroup Boost Planner Productivity to Help Your Team Be Ready for Anything?


Adding automation to supply chain planning enables planners to be more productive and improves supply chain performance. By freeing up time formerly spent on manual tasks, planners are able to focus on more creative work, while increased visibility reduces silos within organizations. Read what ToolsGroup customers have to say about how AI technology has helped them be ready for anything. Blog demand planning Featured inventory optimization machine learning supply chain planning

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic


In these uncertain times, companies are turning to technology to help them comply with social distancing rules and to keep their workers and drivers safe in any conditions. The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before.

How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

Big Data Analytics to Improve Supply Chain Resilience


Supply chains across the globe need a better mousetrap to keep freight spend under control and efficiently manage freight. And, investment statistics reveal an increasing trend for more technology to enable multi-modal shipping and the application of big data analytics to increase scalability, flexibility, and demand-driven management decisions. According to a 2017 survey of More.

Scenario Planning Examples: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us

River Logic

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Mitigating Supply Chain Risk and Building a Resilient Enterprise


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Application Integration and Social Distancing

Talking Logistics

COVID-19 is the largest crisis in recent history, impacting us all economically, physically, socially and politically. Everyone will play a role in helping our world achieve a new normal. As business leaders, we can celebrate the success of an adaptable supply chain, but also expose and acknowledge areas of supply chain improvement such as collaboration. Read more Application Integration and Social Distancing.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Understanding the Issue of Supply Chain Fragmentation


Global supply chains are growing and transcending traditional borders. As businesses continue to expand, outsource, and enter new markets, supply chains will continue to increase in complexity. While there are several noteworthy benefits associated with globalization , the downside is the difficulty in ensuring that all supply chain functions and partners are working together harmoniously.

Scenario Planning Examples: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us

River Logic

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What are the Supply Chain Management Lessons to Learn from the Covid-19 Crisis


As I write this blog, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage populations and economies around the world. There are glimmers of hope, such as slowing infection rates in Italy and Spain, and the opening of factories in China, but a true end to the crisis remains out of sight. The total costs, in terms of human lives, disrupted supply chains, ruined businesses and GDP impact, are still just projections in the array of charts presented daily by statisticians and data modelers.

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Reconfiguring the Automotive Post Pandemic Supply Chain

Logistics Trends and Insights

The year started off promising for the automotive industry however, like everything in its path, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a cruel blow to the industry. For example, in terms of domestic sales, February was the worst month in Chinese automotive history, plummeting 80% year-over-year.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.