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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.

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.

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.

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.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

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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The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014


As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection. Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight.

Best of the Best Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014


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.

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

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

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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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.

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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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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?

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

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

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 is demand sensing?

The Network Effect

tanka v/Flickr. Demand sensing” has become increasingly important over the past few years.

4 Ways Sustainability Experience and Skills Can Boost Procurement Careers


Increased competition, higher customer expectations and shifting attitudes and awareness towards the environment and sustainability are a few of the pressures impacting the ever-changing world of procurement. Expected lifetime of a product is becoming ever shorter. Additionally supply chains are growing longer and are getting more complex. Companies have new exposures in new geographic regions, and the interconnected nature of the global economy makes problems more, not less, likely to arise.

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

Logistics Middle East

Award recognises individuals'' entrepreneurial & innovative thinking

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

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.

The Most Popular Supply Chain Cowboy Articles of 2014

Supply Chain Cowboy

We’ve seen significant growth this year – online traffic and subscribers have more than tripled from 2013. It’s great to know there’s so many people working together to tame the wild west of supply chain management. Below is a list of our five most popular articles from the past year: Number 5 – How Skullcandy Rocked S&OP. For Supply Chain Cowboy’s first podcast, I had a great interview with Mark Kosiba, former VP of Operations at Skullcandy.

Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

Logistics Viewpoints

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time.

Enhanced Shopping Experiences and the Digital Path to Purchase

Enterra Insights

“Retailers, reliant on a traditional bricks-and-mortar heritage,” writes Trisha Nichols, Managing Partner at MediaCom US, “face a complex task of … Continued The post Enhanced Shopping Experiences and the Digital Path to Purchase appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.