Sat.Mar 11, 2017 - Fri.Mar 17, 2017

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 time to shake up supply chain scenario simulation

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Scenario simulation is nothing new in supply chain. Practitioners have long heralded it as a sign of a mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. And it is.

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Updating your planning strategies to Industry 4.0


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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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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[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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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.

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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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.

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.

The Ways Getting Creative With Your Supply Chain Will Save You Time and Money

Quantified Freight

“ Everyone is a genius, but if you ask a fish to climb a tree, it will feel stupid its entire life. ”. ~ Not Einstein. If you wouldn’t request this of a fish, then why on earth would you of your supply chain network providers?

This Week in Logistics News (March 13-17, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Who will wear the jersey this year? Last year I organized our first Logistics Leaders for Type 1 Diabetes Cure cycling team (LL4T1DCure) to raise money for JDRF , the leading non-profit organization focused on T1D research.

Green Supply Chain News on Home Depot Keeps Grinding to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Transportation

Supply Chain Digest

VP of Transportation Michelle Livingstone Leads Charge. Inbound Consilidation Centers, Floor Loaded Trailers Among Key Tactics

Do You Have These 6 Must Have Supply Chain Managerial Skills?


Supply chain management is poised on the brink of a major seismic rift that will permeate every level of the sector.

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.

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.

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.

Meeting the Need for Personalized Shopping Experiences with Category Management

Supply Chain Nation

We’ve read about it, and we’ve listened to presentations about it. Localization of assortments is more than just a buzzword or trend; it is a key driver that will help you increase sales, margin and loyalty. The assortment, in today’s “me commerce” environment, has become a way to differentiate your business from the competition and better meet shopper expectations. In the past, assortment decisions were simpler: category managers had fewer product variations to consider (i.e.,

Imports on Track for Double-Digit Growth at Retail Ports

Material Handling & Logistics

Rising consumer confidence will spur imports at the nation’s major retail container ports to double-digit increases for the next two months. 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.

How E2open’s Scalable DSR Platform Delivers a Competitive Advantage for CPG Companies


How E2open’s Scalable DSR Platform Delivers a Competitive Advantage for CPG Companies. alyssa. Friday 17 March 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open. In late 2016, E2open acquired Orchestro, a leading provider of demand signal repository (DSR) technology and preemptive analytics for retail and omnichannel fulfillment.

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.”

Subscription Box Retail: Match Supply with Growing Demand


There are an overwhelming amount of decisions that go into making a purchase. Whether the reason to buy something is based on “need” or “want,” we’re inundated with options.

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.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Early ‘Internet of Things’ Pilots Proved Supply Chain Benefits of RFID Pallets

Supply Chain Network

Two early pilots were facilitated by Supply Chain Network and carried out in 2003 and 2006 with both representing successful demonstrations of the potential supply chain benefits available through end to end ‘Internet of Things’ supply chain implementations. Key to both of these pilots were RFID enabled pallets and the first project was the SCN Grocery Pilot which was carried out utilizing RFID at the pallet level for automated Distribution Centre (DC) receiving.

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Sustainable Supply Chains Begin with Trust

Material Handling & Logistics

Suhas Apte and Jagdish Sheth. Many companies struggle with establishing sustainable supply chains because they attempt to enforce it through leverage, not partnership. read more. Global Supply Chain Gold

[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.

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.

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.

RELEX Solutions Partners with Strategix CFT to Support Continued Growth and Increase Customer Reach

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. New partnership to bring additional sales and delivery capabilities in retail and supply chain planning. RELEX Solutions, provider of integrated retail and supply chain planning solutions, announces its partnership with Strategix CFT , global provider of category management and supply chain management solutions with consulting services, as both companies continue to expand their offerings and customer reach worldwide.

US Wants Mexico, Canada to Form Powerhouse to Keep Supply Regional

Material Handling & Logistics

Bloomberg. The Trump administration is re-examining a critical component of the free trade pact: the rules of origin, which dictate what percentage of a product must be manufactured in North America. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Uber: The Newest Entry on Your Carrier Scorecard

Talking Logistics

A few weeks ago on Talking Logistics, I spoke with Frank McGuigan, President and Chief Operating Officer at Transplace , about a variety of transportation trends, including the emergence of Uber as a logistics service provider.

Procurement Leaders ’17: Supplier enabled innovation is a foundation for procurement’s strategic repositioning


I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions at Procurement Leaders American Congress 2017 in Miami this week. Despite the snowstorms that prevented many from making it down, there was a full house at the opening keynote.

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Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.