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Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi


Image credit: Moviepilot. Overwhelmed by the dark forces of supply chain planning? The best supply chain planners share a common trait with Jedi knights: No matter how tough things get, they never give up. So how do they overcome a supply chain’s darkest force: complexity?

Supply Chain Visibility Not Just a Requirement for the C-Suite, But a Responsibility in Management


Transparent supply chain management and effective supply chain visibility is a critical tool in a company’s continued growth and successful brand image.

How Mid-Market companies can get the most from Supply Chain BI without a hefty price tag (pt 2)

Take Supply Chain

My goal with this series is to help with the careful planning and discipline necessary to ensure that BI efforts do not end up as another failed technology tool that never delivers on its promise.

Implementation in the Lean Supply Chain


By: David Sherman – Manager, Lean Supply Chain Operations. Many companies today are working to begin or have already began their learn journey. Before companies can begin their lean journey, they must first have a plan in place that gives them guidance toward their goals.

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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!

Non-Traditional Supply Chain Pt 1: Data as a Commodity

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater An interesting topic came up the other day at the office, the idea of non-traditional supply chain. Not non-traditional in the sense of a company that thinks and acts a little outside of what’s considered to be ‘normal’ supply chain operating processes.

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Predictive Analytics becoming a Mainstream Business Tool

Enterra Insights

Predictive analytics is a topic you are likely to hear a lot more about in the years ahead. Predictive analytics … Continued. The post Predictive Analytics becoming a Mainstream Business Tool appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

FMCG Distribution: Route Planning & IKEA Shopping Chaos

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Ok, I know I should not have gone there. It was Sunday and well before the live Premier League football on the TV. The weather was cold, the air was full of drizzle and as I turned off the overgrown roundabout the scale of my folly dawned; the IKEA car park was bursting at the seams.

Video Blog: Moving from Manual to Automated P2P Processes

Take Supply Chain

Many mid-market companies are interested in supply chain improvements, realizing that the supply chain is crucial to success of the business, but have concerns about the potential cost or disruption of implementing an automated P2P process.

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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. But what are some of the unintended consequences retailers are experiencing by jumping in without a plan?

How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The traditional paper-based approach to supply chain operations presents serious challenges and perils. Digitization, in turn, offers a bounty of benefits – up to and including six-figure cost savings and significant efficiency and revenue gains. Here’s how.

What if… you really could “what-if” in your supply chain?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by John Westerveld We’ve all asked ourselves the question… what-if ? What if I bought that new car? What if I took that job? What if I won a million dollars? It’s fun to dream. But sometimes the what-ifs are slightly more mundane yet still important….

Why a customer-driven supply chain strategy is important

The Network Effect

Customer expectations are not consistent with what companies offer. Therefore, the companies supply chains are not allowing the fulfillment of the customers’ expectations. Wow, what an opening to this message! Are these first two sentences true? Am I just trying to get your attention?

Recent Port Shutdowns Highlight the Advantage of Modeling for Supply Chain Risk Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Recent massive strikes among dockworkers on the California coast brought the reality of supply chain continuity planning to the forefront once again for global businesses.

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

In the first episode of this educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer of LeanLogistics (a Talking Logistics sponsor) 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 – a topic that I discussed with Eric Meister, LeanLogistics’ former COO, in a follow-up episode.

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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly at the High Tech Supply & Demand Summit

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by CJ Wehlage The first words foretold the upcoming days.

Big Data and Technology Poised to Help Agriculture

Enterra Insights

Everyone is aware of how significant California’s drought has become. If you are thinking, “Thank God I don’t live in … Continued. The post Big Data and Technology Poised to Help Agriculture appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Walmart Has One of The World’s Most Sustainable Supply Chains? Really?

Logistics Viewpoints

There are various lists that include the world’s most sustainable companies: Corporate Knights, the Climate Performance Leadership Index, and others. Walmart does not make those lists. None of them. Walmart is doing more in sustainability, particularly in the supply chain area, than they are given credit for. In contrast, there seems to be some sort […]. Just for Fun supply chain Sustainability

This Week in Logistics News (April 27 – May 1, 2015)

Talking Logistics

My wife and I visited my fourth grade son’s class this morning to see the work they’ve done the past few weeks.

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.

Lora Cecere: ‘All the metrics must be in balance’

Supply Chain Movement

“Some companies are under the impression that they can first ‘milk’ one performance indicator before moving on to the next one. But in fact, all the metrics must be in balance,” says Lora Cecere from Supply Chain Insights.

Globalization is Moving Along Some New Roads

Enterra Insights

“A huge shift in trade and relations could be underway across Eurasia,” writes Douglas Bulloch (@douglasbulloch), “and China’s New Silk … Continued. The post Globalization is Moving Along Some New Roads appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter


Allocation processes and their supporting technology are getting a fresh look by retailers of late. So, why are Allocations so important? Spotting the big product trends is critical for the retailer’s brand. But just as important is ensuring merchandise gets to the right channels and store locations in the appropriate quantities to gain happy customers and higher revenues. Allocations Today are Dynamic—Not Static.

A Highly Visible Week for Apple and its Product Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

This has been a highly visible week for Apple and its supply chain ecosystem. Included was Apple’s announcement of obscene earnings for its latest fiscal quarter and perhaps too much visibility to supply chain related information related to the newly introduced Apple Watch. On Monday, Apple reported operating results for the March-ending quarter reporting a […].

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.

Checklist responsive supply chain planning

Supply Chain Movement

The flexibility of the plan. Within many companies, the Supply Chain department is repeatedly required to adapt to the ever-changing customer demand. This often results in ‘jittery’ planning with lots of ad hoc adjustments.

Why was Kewill Named a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider?

BluJay Solutions

We are happy to announce that Kewill has been selected as an InBound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for the seventh consecutive year. Every year, InBound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence.

The Myth of a Single Market Truckload Rate: Part 1

Supply Chain @ MIT

Many supply chain executives believe in, and hope for, a single generally accepted truckload (TL) rate for any given lane. This is typically referred to as the market rate for a lane, and is found by taking the average or median of a sample of TL rates from a common origin and destination.

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of ISM

Supply Chain Matters

This executive editor conducted a recent interview with Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Our interview was in conjunction with next week’s ISM 2015 Conference, which this year celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the organization. That is quite a noteworthy achievement offering a time to reflect on the past […].

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.