Sat.May 09, 2015 - Fri.May 15, 2015

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Forty years ago as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design. It was a world of heat exchangers , distillation columns, reactors, tanks, pumps, valves and dryers.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

Cerasis

When someone hears the company name “Walmart” several things come to mind from a pop culture standpoint. From the bullying of getting small town business out of business, to the famous “People of Walmart,” to the genearl low approval rating by consumers.

What can the SCOR model do for my supply chain?

The Network Effect

The Supply Chain Operations Reference model (“SCOR”) can be useful for measurement and benchmarking purposes.

10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read

Freightos

There are tens of thousands of books about logistics and supply chains. Literally. Amazon has 31,817 books about supply chain and 24,934 about logistics. That’s 56,751 supply chain and logistics books.

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.

A Supply Chain Evangelist can help your mid-size company get on board with strategic supply chain improvements

Take Supply Chain

I recently participated in a Supply & Demand Chain Executive panel webinar on the procurement challenges of small and mid-size companies.

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What role should logistics providers play in supply chain performance and benchmarking?

The Network Effect

Visibility of the potential value locked in the current environment is a key driver in a supply network transformation and is being provided by today through cloud-based network platforms.

On-Demand Webcast – Supply Chain Transformation: Avaya’s Journey

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Did you miss our recent live webcast on Avaya’s supply chain transformation? No problem. The complete webcast is now available on-demand.

The Smart Factory, Industrie 4.0, and Supply Chain Optimization

Logistics Viewpoints

In North America, the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a great deal of attention. In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Digital Disruption: Closing the Connectivity Gap in Manufacturing with Digital Operations

Cerasis

A global marketplace is emerging that represents a huge opportunity for manufacturing. But the market is segmented, demanding specialization that will be tough for traditional manufacturers to handle.

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.

This Week in Logistics News (May 11-15, 2015)

Talking Logistics

According to a survey of 2,000 office workers conducted by management software developer AtTask and market research firm Harris Interactive, people spend 45 percent of their time at work doing this. Can you guess? Answer at the end of the post.

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Kinaxis Introduces SAP APO Customers an Upgrade Path

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Doug Colbeth Based on the conversations we’ve had with prospects, analysts and others in the field, we believe that most, if not all, are seeing SAP’s plans to discontinue standard support for their APO suite as the equivalent of an end-of-life plan without a directly replaceable product from SAP.

FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this affects your Customer Service

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

FMCG SKUs sneak onto price lists when nobody is looking! Sales & Marketing colleagues prefer new launches to have lengthy lists of SKUs; different flavours, different sizes, different colours, different shapes. How many shelf facings do they want and how many do they really need?

Gamifying Logistics

Logistics Viewpoints

Our supply chain applications have made giant strides forward in usability in the last several years. There are improved user interfaces, real time alerts and analytics, social media capabilities, and better supply chain visibility (with Google maps, telematics).

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.

A planning guide for beverage manufacturers in Asia

Quintiq

Last week I explained how individual tastes, compounded by geography, climate and less developed distribution and logistics infrastructure challenge beverage manufacturers in Asia. This week I look at how to tackle those challenges. Let’s start with a scenario.

Columbia Sportswear: Peeling Back the Onion on Your Supply Chain Processes

Talking Logistics

Over the years, I’ve come across many large, brand-name companies that have been successful by many measures, such as revenue growth and profitably, but when you peeled back the onion on their supply chain processes and capabilities, they were far from best-in-class.

Gartner: Recognize and Embrace Change - 2015 Keynote Address

Logility

The digital business is here. It is now. This was the opening statement of the 2015 Gartner Supply Chain Executive keynote address delivered by Peter Sondergaard, SVP of Research for Gartner.

When you think QAD, do you think SCM?

Logistics Viewpoints

QAD is far better known for their manufacturing than supply chain solutions.

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Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

2014 NOFOMA Special Issue

SCM Research

I am very happy to present the 2014 NOFOMA Special Issue , which I have recently co-edited for the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. It contains some of the best research that has been presented at the 26 th NOFOMA Conference, which took place at Copenhagen Business School last year. First, the article by da Mota Pedrosa et al.

Are You Prepared for the Shortage in Supply Chain Talent?

4 Way Logistics

The area that has been affected the most has been middle-management, and the depth of the crisis has been illuminated by recent research. For example, 60 per cent of companies have vacancies they’re having trouble filling.

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Elementum

Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain. Over the last several months, Walmart— the world's largest retailer— has slowly been increasing the share of products it imports through Mexico, a move that many other retailers have been reluctant to make for decades.

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Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning Technology Continues to Make a Presence

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, Supply Chain Matters shared our initial impressions of PTC’s LiveWorx 2015 conference, which had a sole focus on the emergence of Internet of Things technology. For us, one of the more interesting notions of PTC’s IoT strategic portfolio was the announced acquisition of ColdLight. According to PTC’s briefing with press and analysts, the […].

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.

Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 1

Enterra Insights

If you are like me, you have probably never heard of “Infrastructure Week”; but, unlike many other causes celebrated with … Continued. The post Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 1 appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain

Simplifying Complex Loads in Transportation

Talking Logistics

Live Episode: Thursday, May 14 at 12:00 ET. As supply chains become more global and distributed, transporting goods from origin to final destination, in a timely and cost-efficient manner, is becoming more challenging and complex. Many shipments today involve multiple modes and legs, utilize pool points, or include multi-stop route plans. How are leading shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) addressing this complexity?

Business boundaries in supply chains

Supply Chain Movement

The European economy is finally growing again, albeit only slightly and still very tentatively. Since consumer spending remains stable, the majority of the economic growth is coming from exports. Hence, export markets are of strategic importance to companies who are seeking growth.

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Supply Chain Matters Initial Perceptions of the Gartner 2015 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings

Supply Chain Matters

Industry analyst firm Gartner has been conducting is annual SCM Executive Conference this week. Besides educating its clients on supply chain business and technology topics, this conference serves as the platform for announcing Gartner’s annual Top 25 Supply Chain rankings. This Supply Chain Matters commentary provides our initial impressions of this year’s rankings based on […].

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.