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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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Public-Private Partnerships Key to Improving Cross Border Security

Ryder Exchange

When it comes to commerce safely crossing borders – and keeping borders safe for trade and traffic – pursuit of partnerships between industry and governments could be the best practice. Creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) can deliver the best attributes both sectors have to offer.

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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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.

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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?

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.

Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits


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.

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.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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.

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.

What is demand sensing?

The Network Effect

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.