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Five Insights on Effective S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

An effective S&OP plan is the goal of many, but there is no clear industry definition of an effectiveness. While there are many maturity models, most are not research based.

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The Future of Freight and How Brokers Fit In

Cerasis

Cerasis is by legal definition a freight broker.

How Safety Stock Absorbs Demand Volatility

ToolsGroup

Demand volatility is cited by Gartner, IDC and other analyst firms as the number one obstacle identified by corporate executives to achieving their supply chain goals. But companies can overcome this obstacle by positioning the right inventory across the supply chain to absorb such volatility.

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Is Collaborative Commerce Part of Your Business’ Future?

Descartes

Is c-commerce already a part of your business? It should be because it provides you with innovative ways to work with your business partners together. It makes your communication efforts faster and easier.

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.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Platitude: a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound. Source: Dictionary.com. During the year, I go to a lot of conferences. In the process, I get to hear the views of many thought leaders.

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The Best Way to Drive Consistency in Freight Transportation

PLS Logistics

The supply chain is always moving and prone to disruptions, which can make consistent delivery difficult. You want customers to trust that you’ll meet their expectations , but disruptions are often out of a company’s control.

Taking Advantage of Collaborative Commerce through a Collaboration Network

Descartes

The world has become so competitive that businesses have become dependent on their suppliers, customers, and other external partners. This increases the need for you to embrace Collaborative Commerce rather than escape the trend.

FMCG: S&OP morphing into Integrated Business Planning (IBP)?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I speak to many FMCG companies who tell me they do not need Sales & Operational Planning in their businesses. As a formal process they may not be operating to S&OP norms but if they are getting their products onto shelves then some form of S&OP must be in place.

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5 Areas & 3 Tactics to Create an Effective End to End Supply Chain Presence

Cerasis

The ability to optimally integrate all areas of the supply chain is key to meeting customer and shareholder needs. A strategy that encompasses all allows decision-makers the visibility to see concerns early on and respond promptly. This builds a leaner, faster process while also increasing profit. Do you find the idea a bit unwieldy and difficult to implement?

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.

Do I Need Logistics Help for Mining, Oil & Gas Operations?

PLS Logistics

The mining, oil and gas industries have the most complex supply chain challenges. Exploration tends to be in remote locations with no transportation infrastructure, and typically requires bulk equipment and an extensive safety policy.

The Implications of FedEx’s Proposed 2016 Rate Hikes

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, FedEx formally reported its financial results that essentially missed Wall Street expectations. However, what is of more importance for supply chain teams anchored in online commerce is FedEx’s intention to raise rates on oversized packages related to B2B/B2C online commerce. For the August-ending quarter, FedEx posted an operating profit of $692 million compared […].

High-steaks business planning: Are you meating your forecast?

Quintiq

There’s nothing better and more delicious than a cold beer and plate of sizzling meat, don’t you agree? With Oktoberfest having started on Saturday and Christmas around the corner, the rising demand for meat will mean one of the busiest times for the industry.

Are Universities Training Students for Obsolete Jobs? And Where Does Supply Chain Fit in?

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. For a few years, economists and technology analysts have been closely watching the increasing automation of the workforce.

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.

Boosting Supply Chain Productivity (What CEOs should be striving for)

The Network Effect

Nguyen Hung Vu/Flickr. Traditionally, when a CEO paid attention to their supply chain, it meant something had gone wrong. Strategically, compared to other areas of the business, the supply chain was a relative backwater.

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The Challenges Surrounding Volkswagen

Supply Chain Matters

There is an expression that is often cited in business and military situations: “We are so, so screwed” That expression likely describes current conversations among the halls and facilities of Volkswagen. The U.S. Justice Department has begun a wide ranging investigation into alleged use of software installed in nearly a half-million diesel powered cars that […].

How to Recruit and Organize Supply Chain Talent to Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Potential

Talking Logistics

Recently it seems that more and more organizations are recognizing that their supply chains are a key component to the organization’s success. From the increasing adoption of a chief supply chain officer at major organizations to discussions of legislative changes , the influence of the supply chain on competitive advantage is more recognized than ever.

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Is Your Supply Chain a Growth Engine?

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater We recently had the chance to sit down with Gary Hanifan, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, to discuss all things supply chain. And one of the biggest topics coming out of that discussion was how you can determine if your supply chain is a growth engine.

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.

How Much Can We Learn from the Last Super El Niño?

Elementum

This year’s El Niño might be the biggest one yet. Here’s what can we learn from the most extreme to date, which impacted supply chains from 1997 to 1998. During El Niño, warm water travels further east and disrupts trade winds. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. El Niño Explained.

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Alcoa’s Proactive Acquisition and Product Innovation Efforts Are Paying Off

Supply Chain Matters

In September of 2014, Supply Chain Matters began calling reader attention to aluminum producer Alcoa and its efforts to collaborate and introduce newer, high-strength and corrosion resistant aluminum alloys for the commercial aerospace industry. At the time, Alcoa struck a multiyear aluminum supply agreement with Boeing’s Commercial Airplane unit to make this producer the sole […].

Final Delivery Q&A

The Network Effect

erikleenaars/Flickr. Many people regard choices as a good thing. However, one must realize that few choices can beget discomfort or unhappiness and too many choices leads to confusion, regret of alternatives not taken, and second guessing.

This Week in Logistics News (September 21-25, 2015)

Talking Logistics

The Pope addressed the U.S.

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.

What Could Stop Lithium from Revolutionizing Transportation?

Elementum

The answer is… transportation. The lithium boom signals a shift in manufacturing and energy in the United States—but the popular mineral is facing some obstacles when it comes to heavy air and rail regulation. The energy industry loves the lithium boom.

Updated Information Related to the Infor Acquisition of GT Nexus

Supply Chain Matters

In August, ERP provider Infor announced that he had entered into an agreement to acquire supply chain logistics and commerce network provider GT Nexus for $675 million. This Supply Chain Matters posting provides updated information regarding the acquisition as a result of an analyst briefing held earlier this week. At the time of the acquisition […].

Supply Chains are Adversely Affected by Global Complexity

Enterra Insights

“A study of cross-industry supply chain executives by Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS), found 83 per cent of respondents … Continued. The post Supply Chains are Adversely Affected by Global Complexity appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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Learn from the Supply Chain Masters – Q&A with Ken Poe

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater For our final interview in our ‘Learn from the Masters’ series, we sat down with business consultant Ken Poe. Coming up on his two year anniversary with Kinaxis, Ken provides some great insight into the supply chain management field. How did you come to find yourself in a supply chain software business consultant role – what was your path to here? I studied advanced planning and scheduling in University, back when it was a new and cutting edge concept.

Real time analytics for 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.