Sat.Sep 13, 2014 - Fri.Sep 19, 2014

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. As an ex-AMR Research analyst, this was my favorite venue. Great memories here, as so much has changed in the supply chain research world these past 5+ years.

What is ‘integrated business planning’ and what does it mean for my supply chain?

The Network Effect

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. It was great to see old faces at the kick-off. 110 supply chain leaders attended. I smiled on the week following the conference as the accolades piled up in my inbox.

Next generation supply chains: the inside story


According to PWC’s Global Supply Chain Survey (2013), the next generation of supply chains will be ‘efficient, fast and tailored’. What the survey failed to mention was that these supply chains are also going to seem chaotic – at least from the inside.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

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4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain


Logistics is a necessary function for all companies. No business can live without it. Companies that do not do it well, in fact, threaten their very survival.

FMCG Humour: Supply Chain Communication Clarity

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

The United States of America, the US of A, Uncle Sam and the land of the three. No, not a typo but three visits to USA by yours truly, that is.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Watch the following video, which highlights this approach from the perspective of Unilever, a buyer of Symrise’s aromatic compounds.

This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference next week? If so, let’s connect.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Value Stream Thinking at Apple


“The behavior of the system doesn’t depend on what each part is doing but on how each part is interacting with the rest.” Peter Seng. I recently returned from a wonderful beach vacation full of memories and new experiences.

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Shopping for a smarter retail transportation solution?

Ryder Exchange

3 reasons why an integrated retail transportation approach is the perfect ensemble. There’s no doubt about it, today’s multi-source, multi-channel world, no supply chain is as complex as the retail supply chain. It’s one of the longest, most dynamic and seasonal in the world.

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Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 2

Enterra Insights

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I focused on the opinions of three experts in the field of 3-D … Continued The post Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 2 appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Supply Chain Technology

How to Use Big Data to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

According to a July 2014 supply chain research study from Accenture focused on Big Data and supply chain risk management, most organizations have high hopes for using big data analytics in their supply chain but many have had challenges in deploying it.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System


When we hear “transportation management system” at LeanCor, we don’t just think of software. We think of the people, processes, and technology that work as a whole to move materials and information.

A Time for Broader Technology Vision Across Supply Chain Execution Partner Ecosystems

Supply Chain Matters

This author has been writing and speaking on the significant impacts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have on industry supply chains in the next five years. Physical devices such as sensors, production equipment, transport vehicles and other supply chain focused devices connected to the Internet, transmitting valuable data and insights, literally bring the notions of connecting the physical and digital supply chain closer to reality.

Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 1

Enterra Insights

Almost every day a new article about 3-D printing (or additive manufacturing) is published. Some pundits believe that 3-D printing … Continued The post Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 1 appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Supply Chain Technology

The Role of the Internet of Things in Managing Supply Chain Risk


According to Gartner , The Internet of Things (IoT) is moving firmly from hype to reality, now being dubbed the Internet of Everything (IoE) and forecast to reach 26 billion installed units by 2020. Gartner believes it will “impact the information available to supply chain leaders and how the supply chain operates, depending on industry.” .

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Supply Chain Planning Systems: Why Integration Matters

Demand Solutions

Where will your business be in 30 years? That’s a tough question for any manufacturer or distributor. So, I’ll make it a little easier on you: Where will your business be in 10 years? Still not sure? Fair enough. Can you peg where you’ll be in five years? In three? No matter how carefully you’re planning your company’s future, you can’t possibly anticipate every change in your marketplace, your industry, your country, and the global economy.

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The All-Important Apple Product Availability Weekend- Supply Chain Fulfillment Put to the Test

Supply Chain Matters

Today marks simultaneous but select global-wide product availability release of Apple’s latest announced iPhone 6 models, and as noted in our previous Supply Chain Matters commentary, the supply chain is again being again put to the test in assuring customer fulfillment expectations. Consumers from Hong Kong, select European countries and the U.S. now have the opportunity to get their hands on the new models.

Digital Path to Purchase Dominates Early Stages of Retail

Enterra Insights

“Consumer packaged goods companies are at a tipping point,” writes Karlene Lukovitz. “Those that implement effective digital game plans now … Continued The post Digital Path to Purchase Dominates Early Stages of Retail appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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4 Features of an Improving Supply Chain

Supply Chain @ MIT

Technology could improve New York’s taxi system. How does a supply chain keep on improving in a changing competitive environment? There is no single answer, but two key elements in the quest for continuous improvement are technology and talent.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Global Logistics—August 2014

Inbound Logistics

Plan now to avoid supply chain disruptions from the latest Icelandic volcano eruption; Australia struggles with home delivery challenges; EU and China sign landmark customs agreement

A Month of Noteworthy Enterprise, Supply Chain and B2B Business Network Technology Announcements

Supply Chain Matters

September is a unique month. Folks return from summer vacations, outings and getting closer to family, and then, the marketing juices ramp-up. These past two week alone have featured non-stop significant announcements concerning enterprise, B2B and supply chain management focused technology which we will capsule.

Q & A – Julie Thomas, VP, Priority Dispatch


Pharma – Delivering Peace of Mind. CLDA Board Member Julie Thomas spends her days looking past the horizon for the next trend. As a life-long student of strategic planning, she understands the importance of strategy development and execution.

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Merchandise Planning vs. Pricing and Markdowns: A Discussion with Paula Rosenblum on Retail Blind Spots

Supply Chain Nation

In recent “Blind Spot” research on softlines, hardlines and grocery retailers, Paula Rosenblum, managing partner of Retail Systems Research (RSR), found that retailers are struggling with underperforming inventory and people issues.

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.