Sat.Dec 20, 2014 - Fri.Dec 26, 2014

Is the Package Under your Tree?

Supply Chain Shaman

Details matter. Execution is essential. …it might make a difference on what is under your tree. In 2014, ecommerce strategies grew in importance. In the last decade, ecommerce was a permissible and desirable channel only for retailers.

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014


We pick up where we left off yesterday from posting the Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014 by page views from the Cerasis blog by featuring the Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts in 2014.

12 tips to recharge your supply chain


Ready to supercharge your supply chain for 2015? There’s no better time than the present. Here are 12 actionable tips to revitalize various aspects of your supply chain. Supply chain visibility: Not for your eyes only. Tip 1: Make sure you can see what’s happening – always.

Top 10 Talking Logistics Videos and Posts in 2014

Talking Logistics

As we head off for the holidays, a quick thank you to all of our readers, followers, and sponsors for another great year of learning and conversation on Talking Logistics. The numbers speak for themselves: 42 video episodes produced in 2014, totaling more than 47,600 views and 1,260+ minutes of conversations with thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry.

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Discover 4 Use Cases for Applying AI to Your Recruiting Processes

Recruitment AI technology uncovers the most qualified candidates. This technology automates recruiting routines and facilitates natural conversations, resulting in higher productivity and a better candidate experience. Download the eBook to learn more!

Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters

Just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog share our annual ten predictions concerning industry and global supply chains for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of this blog in 2008 and it continues to be quite popular with our readers and clients.

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3 fun games to teach your families about 3PLs


For those of us in the 3PL industry, there is nothing more fulfilling than managing a successful business relationship. When a company decides to outsource its logistical needs to a 3PL, the success or failure of the venture will be determined by how well the two companies work together.

Best of the Best Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow. As you take time over the holidays to sit back and reflect, here are the top ten excerpts from the best of the best posts on the Kinaxis supply chain blog. They touch on hot topics and industry trends discussed over the past year, so grab a coffee (or a spiked eggnog) and enjoy!

The Time is Right to Focus on Yard Management

Talking Logistics

Live Episode: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:00 ET. Yard Management Systems (YMS) have been misunderstood in the marketplace for a long time– is it part of a TMS, WMS, or a standalone application? As a result, many companies have a limited perspective of its role and value proposition, and so they’re missing out on big opportunities to improve visibility, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

Our 5 best posts from 2014

The Network Effect

woodlywonderworks/Flickr. Ok, by “best” we mean the most read. Anyway, here are the 5 posts from 2014 that our readers were especially interested in: 1. 6 MAPS THAT EXPLAIN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

The secret to distance selling success


Distance selling has seen double digit growth in Germany for the past few years, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In 2013, the German E-Commerce and Direct Selling Trade Association (BEVH) reports a growth of 22 percent, with a turnover of €48.4

FMCG Company Board : Santa delivers their Christmas gifts

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and you might want to put a penny or even a Euro in an old man’s hat. Once again it is nearly time for a cynical Supply Chain Santa to distribute presents to the FMCG/Brewing/Pharmaceutical Board directors. Have they all been good this year? What does cynical Santa have on his sleigh for each of you? After dashing through the snow, cynical Santa arrives at the first house in a very trendy part of town. Who lives here?

What Kind of Shipper Are You? The Path to Building an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

Live Episode: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:00 ET. In the first episode of this educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer from LeanLogistics outlined the attributes of a strong transportation management foundation and how to build it. An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy, which is the focus of this episode led by Eric Meister, COO at LeanLogistics.

Two FedEx Acquisitions Point to Changing Needs and Market Dynamics for Third Party Logistics Services

Supply Chain Matters

FedEx recently announced two acquisitions related to third-party logistics (3PL) and information technology services, an indication of the impact of today’s Omni-channel commerce implications on customer and consumer fulfillment requirements. This news is significant because in our Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry Supply Chains, we predict other acquisitions surrounding the 3PL sector in the year to come.

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits

BluJay Solutions

What if I told you I could help your company save thousands of dollars in parcel shipping costs? Would that get your attention? How much time do you spend looking for ways to save money? I have a few tips to share from a recent webcast I did with Rob Martinez, President & CEO of Shipware, LLC.

The Future of Food: Will Bugs be Labeled Organic?

Enterra Insights

This time of year people think a lot about treats — candy canes hung on Christmas trees, visions of sugarplums, … Continued The post The Future of Food: Will Bugs be Labeled Organic? appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Food and Drink Supply Chain

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Do You Know How Much Your Company is Spending? A Spend Analytics Checklist

Supply Chain View from the Field

The leading IT magazine, CIO Review, today published a special issue on supply chain transformation, and included an article I wrote on spend management as a core capability. Rather than striving for “perfect data” in all supply chain systems, my research suggests that primary efforts should be focused on the most fundamental yet most critical form of supply chain systems output: the spend analysis.

Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters

On behalf of myself and Supply Chain Matters, I would like to extend sincere best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and happy and rewarding New Year. As was been our tradition, we share a 2012 holiday commentary from U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) that reports on what supply chain resources Santa Claus would need to deliver his holiday presents. It’s a great recording to share with children and prospective students of supply chain management.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

Driver Digest: 10 Winter Driving Tips

Supply Chain Link

For a large part of the United States and Canada, winter weather causes undesirable driving conditions. Snow, rain, and ice are the worst nightmares of most drivers. Read more. 12/23/2014. Driver Digest. Supply Chain. Transportation. Driver Digest, Supply Chain, Transportation.

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Christmas 2014

Enterra Insights

Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE, a British journalist, writer, and columnist, once wrote, “From a commercial point of view, if Christmas … Continued The post Christmas 2014 appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Miscellaneous Supply Chain Christmas

Noor Bank holds supply chain financing seminar

Logistics Middle East

First of a Series Examined Challenges SMEs Face in Securing Funding

Airbus Does Indeed Deliver the First A350 Aircraft

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters provides an update to a previous posting noting the previously reported delayed delivery of the first Airbus A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. Ten days ago, Qatar suddenly announced that it was delaying delivery of the launch A350 XWB aircraft just days before scheduled delivery without citing a specific reason for the postponement. Today, a published Reuters report now indicates that the aircraft was delivered today, 10 days later than original planned.

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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.

The rush before Christmas…the UPS elves are crazy busy!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Today’s Wall Street Journal documented the new, upgraded UPS service that is running full tilt to bring packages in before Christmas. This is an on-going concern, after the debacle last year when UPS’s systems shut down in the face of massive capacity constraints driven by etailers promising delivery by Christmas.

What are “Analytics”?

Supply Chain Action Blog

“Analytics” is one of those business buzz words formed by transforming an adjective into a noun. . So forceful and habitual is such misuse of language that one might call it a compulsion among business analysts and writers. The term “analytics” commonly refers to software tools that can be used to organize, report, and sometimes visualize data in attempt to lend meaning for decision-makers.

Supply Chain Asia Hall of Fame award for Essa Al-Saleh

Logistics Middle East

Award recognises individuals'' entrepreneurial & innovative thinking

An Unexpected Senior Leadership Change at Kraft Foods

Supply Chain Matters

In our recently published Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, Prediction Five identified specific industry supply chain challenges. One of the industries we cited was consumer products industry (CPG) where a shifting market and multiple years of stagnated growth have precipitated added emphasis on increased efficiencies and further cost reductions across specific brand owner supply chains.

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Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.