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IT in the Age of Supply Chain Complexity

Talking Logistics

“There is a certain limit to what you can optimize just within the four walls of your company,” said Artur Zgoda, Director of Supply Chain IT Solutions at AXIT- A Siemens Company , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

Making Safety a Top Priority for the Whole Operation


In this special post, Plant Lean Manager Todd Markward from Select Comfort (manufacturer of Sleep Number and Comfortaire beds), shares how his team made a few simple improvements to their value stream mapping process that shifted the entire operation's focus to safety as a top priority.

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Blockchain: The future of supply chain operations

Ryder Exchange

A number of industries, from finance to the public sector are implementing blockchain in their operations – and for good reason. Why is this “new” technology taking the business world by storm? The truth is, blockchain isn’t new. It was created from a concept over 25 years ago.

It’s the era of Industry 4.0. Are you on board?


Uncertainties swirling around the global markets necessitate going beyond spreadsheets into the realm of advanced scenario modeling.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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Implications from the Rana Plaza Disaster (Guest Post by Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal)

SCM Research

Today’s guest post comes from Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal, who present the results of their recent research on social issues in global textile supply chains. Rana Plaza, an eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories employing approximately 5000 workers, collapsed on April 24, 2013. The resulting fatalities (over 1100) and injuries (over 2400) made it one of the worst industrial accidents in history.

Updating your planning strategies to Industry 4.0


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Winning the Ongoing Competition for Carrier Capacity

Talking Logistics

[Video] Keysight Technologies: Improving production planning efficiency

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews. Speed and accuracy are everything to a company, says Jenny Balderrama, production planner at Keysight Technologies.

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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.

Easier than reducing carbon footprint – 5 Steps to make a dent in the Huge and Hidden Cost of CPG Sustainability


Calculating the carbon footprint of a company’s comprehensive logistics framework is tremendously complex.

Technology and Supply Chain Transformation

Enterra Insights

More and more articles are being written about the need for supply chain transformation and, as a result, supply chain … Continued. The post Technology and Supply Chain Transformation appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

Talking Logistics

Even the most determined business optimist would be hard-pressed not to find a warehousing cost that isn’t creeping skyward. From the electricity powering the lights to the labor costs of each order picked, embracing “lean” principles is one of the few proven ways that a company can fight back from its bottom line. Upholding stagnant concepts such as “ this is the way we’ve always done it ” will leave your business growth in a similar stagnant rut.

Challenging Few Weeks for Certain Myanmar Apparel Producers and Branded Customers

Supply Chain Matters

This past week provided stark reminders for apparel retailers and their suppliers on the realities of chasing the lowest cost producer, and of the blowback to the brand and its consideration of social responsibility. Two different yet disturbing incidents involving suppliers located in the country of Myanmar have came to light. Reuters reported that workers […].

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Is The Freight Capacity Crunch in Trucking a Myth?


The freight capacity crunch has dominated supply chain and logistics since 2014, and many shippers fear it will arrive sooner than many experts believe. However, the capacity crunch may be less severe than anticipated, and it could easily reflect growing pains in the industry. Thus, shippers need to understand why it has not yet taken hold, why some experts believe it may still occur and what preventative actions are needed now to prepare. The Freight Capacity Crunch Has Not Yet Reared Its Head.

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The term “supply chain” emerged because historically every step of the process that saw raw material converted into a product … Continued. The post Cognitive Computing and the Digital Supply Chain appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

[Video] Changing Landscape of Barcode Labeling: Part 1


Welcome to the Loftware blog. Over the next few videos, we're going to explore the evolution of barcode labeling , how this method has changed over the years and how it can help companies. First, it's time to focus on regulatory compliance.

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Reality Acknowledged- Amazon is a Transportation and Logistics Provider

Supply Chain Matters

If readers have been keeping-up with our prior blog commentaries as well as prior predictions related to Amazon, this week’s announcement should not be of any surprise. That announcement is that Amazon will soon deploy a set of transportation and logistics services to allow China based manufacturers and sellers to ship their inventories of products […].

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.

By 2020 We Should All Be Booking Loads in the Future

Quantified Freight

Have you seen the movie Looper? It stars Bruce “Won’t Retire” Willis, that Angels in the Outfield kid, and Emily Blunt. The movie involves low-life assassins who are contracted to kill victims sent to them from the future using illegal time travel.

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Enterra Insights

Retailers love holidays. Holidays provide a focal point for promotions and sales. Patrick’s Day is no different. Kristen Cloud … Continued. The post St. Patrick’s Day 2017 appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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Labeling that can Meet Just-in-Time Deadlines in Auto Manufacturing


Just-in-time supply chains are demanding and have little room for error. They have become prominent in the auto industry, raising new demands. Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturing and ISM Honor This Year’s Complement of 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars

Supply Chain Matters

In several ongoing editorial commentaries, Supply Chain Matters, has amplified the growing talent gaps that are today impacting multiple industry supply chains. As more baby boomers reach retirement age, supply chain and procurement executives are looking with trepidation at a looming talent gap. The industry needs an influx of fresh faces. To help in this […].

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.

Digital Freight Marketplaces (DFM) and the Future of Freight Brokerage

Supply Chain Link

Guest Blog Post: David Broering, Senior Vice President – Integrated Solutions For several years now, there has been a lot of PR and momentum around the concept of “Uber for brokerage.”

How to Survive Supply Chain Complexity

Material Handling & Logistics

Solutions to managing a complex supply chain have ranged across: 1) avoidance; 2) relationship collaboration; 3) information technology; 4) flexible workforces; 5) supplier collaboration; 6) access to leadership: and 7) supplier/customer understanding. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Live Webinar: Reducing the Risk of Electronics Counterfeiting


Electronics counterfeiting continues to be a hot-button issue as manufacturers lose $160B+ annually in revenue. Even more concerning is the significant health and safety hazard facing consumers who unknowingly purchase counterfeit electronic components.

What’s Behind Intel’s Intent to Acquire Automotive Technology Provider Mobileye?

Supply Chain Matters

In November of 2016, Supply Chain Matters called attention to the building trend of high profile technology and semiconductor firms beginning to position themselves in automotive supply chains mostly via market acquisitions. This week provided further evidence of this strategy with the headline that semiconductor giant Intel will acquire advanced vision and driver assistance technology […].

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.