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

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

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 Future of Freight and How Brokers Fit In


Cerasis is by legal definition a freight broker.

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.

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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: During the year, I go to a lot of conferences. In the process, I get to hear the views of many thought leaders.

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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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.

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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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.

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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.

Supply Chain Big Data: Why Supply Chain Leaders Are Using Big Data Analytics


Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history. Thanks to data gathering programs, supply chain software , and data entry applications, this represents a mountain of data, which has the potential to provide ground-breaking insight into how to improve business-model efficiency. As a result, business leaders can reap a significant return on investment by thoroughly analyzing this data.

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.

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

Talking Logistics

The Pope addressed the U.S.

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.

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


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.

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


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?

Is Collaborative Commerce Part of Your Business’ Future?


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.

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

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Empowering Responsible Value Chains

SCM Research

The Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 has opened the eyes of many supply chain managers: Implementing a socially responsible supply chain has, indeed, become an imperative for global corporations and the supply chain management discipline might be in the middle of a paradigm shift.

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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Taking Advantage of Collaborative Commerce through a Collaboration Network


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.

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 […].

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.

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


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.

Mapping the Road to the Digital Enterprise

Enterra Insights

“A digital enterprise,” according to one widely accepted definition, “is an organization that uses technology as a competitive advantage in … Continued. The post Mapping the Road to the Digital Enterprise appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Warm Up to the Iceberg Principle When Buying a TMS


When it comes to shipping [of the high seas variety], it’s always best to not approach icebergs. But when buying a TMS for shipping, the iceberg approach can be a good thing. Let me explain. Whenever shopping for a big-ticket item it’s human nature to get distracted by the bells and whistles.

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 […].

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.