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

Quintiq

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

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.

Tech -Driven Supply Chains: How Innovations Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

Trucking may be notoriously conservative and slow to change, but all signs point to a major technological shift. This report explores this transformation, with an eye on what's coming down the pike in the near and long term.

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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

LeanCor

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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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

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

AFFLINK

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

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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.

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.

Live Webinar: Reducing the Risk of Electronics Counterfeiting

Loftware

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.

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?

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.

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

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.”

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.,

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.

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.

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.

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

E2open

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.

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

NC State SCRC

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

Cerasis

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

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Supply Chain Lessons from Disney: A Supply Chain Rookie Report

Arkieva

Supply Chain Lessons from Disney: What if we looked at supply chain management through the lens of Walt Disney? Discovering Another Side of Disney. I remember the first time I went to Disney World. I was 10 years old.

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.

Procurement Leaders Blog Post: Cross-Functional Teaming is Easier Said Then Done

NC State SCRC

Continuing my reporting of the Procurement Leaders meeting in Miami, I sat in on a very interesting session that included three professionals from very different walks of life: Captain Harry Thetford – Defense Logistics Agency. Robin Shahani – CPO, TD Ameritreade.

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Is The Freight Capacity Crunch in Trucking a Myth?

Cerasis

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.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Subscription Box Retail: Match Supply with Growing Demand

FLEXE

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.

Deep Space – Retail’s Next Frontier

RELEX Solutions

I want to take you into deep space. That’s where brick-and-mortar retailers are headed if they want to survive and thrive in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

What are You Waiting For? Low Cost of Capital Means You Should Be Investing in Supply Chain Analytics

NC State SCRC

Many executives I speak with express reluctance at wanting to invest people, time, and money into projects that have a dubious return on investment. Supply chain analytics projects, particularly those involving “big data”, “Internet of Things”, and real-time data are all being talked up in the popular press, but most companies are loath to dive in.

[Video] Changing Landscape of Barcode Labeling: Part 1

Loftware

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.

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.