Sat.Apr 25, 2015 - Fri.May 01, 2015

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?

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.

Data 187

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?

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.

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.

More Trending

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.

Lean 141

Supplier Risk Management: 4 Things To Look Out for During On-Site Evaluations


Editor’s Note: We continue our collaborative blog series with Ben Goldwasser of Spendrix, a company who helps shippers determine which carriers operate best in certain regions, and conditions, allowing you to be more thorough.

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.

Iran 135

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

Video 137

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.

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.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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 […].

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.

Why was Kewill Named a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider?


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.

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.

Global 130

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.

UPS Q1 Operating Results Imply Renewed Focus on Profitability- Implications for Online Fulfillment

Supply Chain Matters

Earlier this week, global package delivery provider UPS reported its first quarter operating results and provided a succinct message to online e-commerce customer fulfillment providers that the provider will protect its profitability in servicing this segment. The results were far different than the disappointing news delivered for the end-of-year quarter and an indication that last-mile […].

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.

Proven Paths to Creating New Value Quickly

Supply Chain Nation

Transforming an area of your business can yield great returns for your company, but it can also be complex, time-consuming, and costly.

Supply Chain Analytics – 3-5 June 2015

Supply Chain Movement

Supply Chain Analytics. Date: 3-5 June 2015. Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam. Organization: Marcus Evans. URL: [link]. Thrive for Supply Chain Integration and Achieve Additional Revenue Growth by Implementing Data Analytics into your Supply Chain Operations.

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.