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When Is the Right Time for RPA?


The first time I heard the term RPA (Robotic Process Automation) , I thought it was talking about actual robots moving actual things on a manufacturing line or warehouse.

Establishing Minimum Order Quantities Adds Up to Big Supply Chain Savings

Zipline Logistics

There is plenty to consider when analyzing a transportation operation. Among the seemingly endless details that go into making a logistics decision, there is an important and often under-analyzed detail — how a carrier’s minimum charge can work in concert with retail minimum orders to maximize supply chain savings. Though minimum order quantity and minimum […]. The post Establishing Minimum Order Quantities Adds Up to Big Supply Chain Savings appeared first on Zipline Logistics.

Improving Warehouse Productivity Part 1: Achieving Scalability to 1 M+ Order Throughput With Data & Technology

Veridian Solutions

The e-commerce revolution, omnichannel, personalized services and products, SKU proliferation, the Amazon Effect, and many other factors influence throughput in your warehouse. Throughput inefficiencies lead to decreased customer service and reduced profitability. Thus, the best way to avoid these risks and grow your company lies within increased throughput.

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The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

How More Effective Inbound Logistics Management Improves Procurement in the Supply Chain


Making changes that promote effective inbound logistics management can have a significant impact on your organization’s procurement department and team members.

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Supply chain gender gap the topic of focus at MIT event


by Leah McGuire Leah McGuire, Kerry Currier and Francini Ortiz at the 2019 MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Women in Supply Chain Summit, where the gender gap in supply chain was the topic of focus.

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Health Check Your Supply Chain for Inefficiencies

Talking Logistics

Even in 2019 many companies still underestimate the importance of their global supply chain and above all, how their logistics and supply chain performance can beneficially impact their marketing, ultimately leading to healthier financial results.

What Is Demand Sensing and Why Supply Chain Executives Need to Know More


Understanding more about the needs and wants of customers can help supply chain leaders make informed decisions, improve inventory management, and increase profitability. In recent months, conversations about how to improve forecasting in the supply chain have focused on a subject: demand sensing.

Ten Pillars of an Effective Network Platform

The Network Effect

Laying the foundations for longer term value, innovation and agility In previous posts, we’ve looked at what multi-enterprise/multi-party networks are, The post Ten Pillars of an Effective Network Platform appeared first on The Network Effect.

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.

A Look at Direct v. Indirect Supplier Management in Three Industries


Doug Keeley, Product Marketing Manager, Ivalua. The most fundamental spend categorization in Procurement is the line between direct and indirect spend, but one effort that transcends this split is supplier management.

Have You Missed the Most Valuable Aspect of Your Transportation Management System (TMS)?

Talking Logistics

Transportation cost savings is usually cited as the number one reason companies invest in a transportation management system (TMS), but does the value go beyond that? When it comes to getting the most value from a TMS, what can we learn from leaders in the industry? Those are the main questions I discussed with Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Services at Descartes Systems Group , during a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

The Digital Supply Chain Transformation

SCM Research

“Accelerating technology and automation are resulting in wholesale transformation of the supply chain profession.” ” This is the key message of EY’s new report, titled Supply Chain: Skills for the Digital Era. It is not long, but definitely a good read.

Blockchain and the Future of Business

Enterra Insights

Blockchain is an enigma. The technology can simplify business transactions but it can also be difficult to use. “There’s no question that blockchain technology has enormous potential,” writes Preethi Kasireddy ( @iam_preethi ), Founder and CEO of TruStory. “Decentralized exchanges, prediction markets, and asset management platforms are just a few of the exciting applications being explored by blockchain developers.”[1]

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Ivalua Paints a Great Procurement Picture at Ivalua NOW Chicago 2019


“We have this long-term strategy of building a very big company with a fantastic product that we can offer to the market. And this is our vision,” . Ivalua CEO David Khuat-Duy on Tuesday kicked off Ivalua NOW 2019 Chicago, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel and welcomed hundreds of customers, prospects and partners.

Why is Blockchain the Next Big Thing in Supply Chain Innovation?


For the past few years, blockchain technology has been hitting the news regularly, being implemented in everything from real estate transactions to the financial sector. Blockchain technology has evolved since making technological roots in cryptocurrency.

Food Recalls: What Makes Romaine Lettuce So Special?


If you’re like me, you have probably wondered why the same foods keep getting tangled up in the major recalls. For example, what is it about romaine lettuce that makes it so susceptible to bacterial contamination?

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Welcome to the Supply Chain where the Risks Never Stop Coming

Enterra Insights

In professional football, a quarterback can “take a knee” while holding the ball to end a play and down the ball. Once the quarterback’s knee touches the ground and referees blow their whistles, onrushing opponents must stop their onslaught. There are undoubtedly moments when risk managers would like to “take a knee” in order to find respite from the risks their supply chains face. Unfortunately, taking a knee is not an option.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Your Guide to Complying with the Safe Food For Canadians Regulations (SFCR)


What is SFCR? The Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) requires that most food companies in Canada — and companies that export to Canada — comply with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

Dropshipping Is Helping to Meet eCommerce Demands

Material Handling & Logistics

A new study from the Center for Supply Chain Research at Lehigh University shows that retailers are expanding their virtual inventory without incurring additional carrying and fulfillment costs by utilizing dropship programs

Is Your Supply Chain Customer-Centric?


Successful salespeople tend to sign contracts without worrying about the logistical aspects affected by the conditions of the contract, which is a thorn in the foot for logistics who must comply with the terms of the contract. You have probably had a similar experience to this in your company.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. Supply Chain Planning supply chain

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.

Working On Vs. In Your Business! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Creating a High Performance Organization and Culture (Infographic). Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Simon Pleass at

Improving Warehouse Productivity Part 2: How to Scale Throughput Per Day in Your Warehouse with Strategic Management Styles

Veridian Solutions

The road to more than 1 million orders shipped is much more complicated than meets the eye. In part ones of our two-part series on improving warehouse productivity, we listed best practices to increase throughput using automated systems and data.

4 Key Differences Between B2B and B2C Supply Chains You Need to Know


Business relationships for the sale of goods and services can be split up into two broad categories: business to business (B2B), and business to consumer (B2C). B2B products and services are sold from one business to another business, and in B2C, the products are sold from a business to the end user. As a result, the supply chains of these two types of business relationships have several important differences and therefore understanding the implications of each can foster growth and improvement.

How Banks Can Improve Transparency in Procurement for Better Compliance


Banking is a unique industry in many respects. It’s one of the most profitable, but also one of the most competitive. Procurement in Banking also faces unique challenges due to the tough regulatory compliance environment that sets limits on how Banks can achieve goals like cutting costs. But there’s another aspect, often overlooked, that sets the banking industry apart. A bank’s suppliers are, in most cases, also its customers.

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.