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The importance of customer service for end-to-end supply chains

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Supply chain rigidity could be costing you billions. Getting the right product to the right people at the right time – that’s at the heart of what demand and supply planning is all about. But as anyone who works in supply chain knows, it’s a lot easier said than done.

The Trends Shaping Supply Chain and Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

Talking Logistics

What is the #1 technology topic Descartes CEO Ed Ryan gets asked about? Drones and its future in supply chain and logistics processes.

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Cross-border e-commerce a launchpad for retailers: Q&A with Charles Brewer


To say cross-border e-commerce is taking off like a rocket would be an understatement. With a growth rate of about 25% per annum and a market size expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020, the opportunities are tremendous.

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Value Added Services Bring Supply Chain Flexibility

Ryder Exchange

Evolving consumer behaviors dramatically impact the way retailers deliver products. From clothing, to cars, to computers, consumers want customized products, as quickly as possibly. This means more unique orders, tighter delivery windows, and an increased focus on retail vendor compliance.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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The Importance of Building Successful Relationships in Emerging Markets

PLS Logistics

Analyzation of countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, prove that emerging markets are popular again, as suppliers are increasingly flocking to these new manufacturing hubs.

Business vs. Economic Perspectives on the Supply Chain

SCM Research

I recently discovered an interesting overview, Supply Chain Perspectives and Issues: A Literature Review by Park, Nayyar & Low (2013), which has been published by the World Trade Organization. It explicitly distinguishes between the economic and business perspectives on supply chains.

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[Video] Long-term supply chain planning system vision and strategy

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews.

This Week in Logistics News (April 10-14, 2017)

Talking Logistics

With many folks on vacation today for the holiday weekend, we’ll go straight to this week’s supply chain and logistics news without commentary. Truckers Swift and Knight to Merge (WSJ – sub. req’d). Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its electric semi truck in September (The Verge).

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.

All I Want in My Easter Basket is a Supply Chain Planning System of Record


Supply chain professionals are asked on a daily basis for what can seem like miracles: improve customer service and reduce costs, do more with less. There are only so many hours in a day and only so many days in a week!

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Using Logistics Technology to Execute a Winning Inbound Freight Strategy & Have Compliant Vendors


Most shippers have existing vendor compliance programs in place within their vendor inbound logistics guide. Unfortunately, the traditional logistics of sending out paper guides and even keeping updated online versions has grown complex and difficult to control. Meanwhile, the importance of vendor compliance has grown more than ever as supply chains expand, explains Lisa Terry of Inbound Logistics, and companies look to trim the fat and optimize workflows to gain a competitive advantage.

Blockchain and the Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Blockchain technology has stirred a lot of interest over the past year and a new study from eft indicates that … Continued. The post Blockchain and the Supply Chain appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

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How Supply Chain Inventory Optimization Minimizes Costs


Many companies struggle with supply chain inventory optimization. They need to overcome distributed data and inventory, navigate complex networks of locations, and manage configurations of thousands of parts.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Innovate or Die: How’s Your eCommerce Strategy?


eCommerce is fast-paced and competitive. Your logistics could mean the difference between life and death. Can you remember your first online purchase? Seems like forever ago. Today, for many of us, shopping online happens more frequently than in-store purchases.

Cloud-Based TMS: 7 Reasons Why Transportation Management Systems Have Their Heads in the Cloud


Transportation management systems ( TMSs ) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. The cloud offers unique benefits to shippers, vendors, customers and logistics providers. Traditional challenges, like managing updates, integration between different systems and multi-location deployment, can be overcome through cloud-based TMS , reports Merrill Douglas of Inbound Logistics.

3D Printing is Coming of Age

Enterra Insights

For over half a decade, pundits have predicted 3D printing (also called additive manufacturing) would revolutionize industries and supply chains. … Continued. The post 3D Printing is Coming of Age appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Supply Chain Technology

Transparent Tuesday: Getting Creative with Supply Chain Transparency

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Vital Link in the Global Apparel Supply Chain- Third-Party Refurbishers

Supply Chain Matters

The following is a contributed Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution from Jeff Glassman, CEO of Darn It! Inc, a third-party refurbisher specializing in apparel and general merchandise inspection, repair, cleaning, kitting, and warehousing. The apparel industry’s supply chain crisscrosses the globe. In concept, that’s pretty exciting. In reality, it’s fraught with complications. Glitches can […]. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply chain Matters blog

7 Easy Steps to Create an Inbound Vendor Routing Guide


An inbound vendor routing guide is comparable the beating heart of your operation. It manages inbound freight, not unlike the incoming blood supply from the lungs, and pumps it out to the remainder of your supply chain. Unlike the heart, however, your routing guide needs to be continually updated to reflect the most relevant changes in carrier preferences, stipulations for compliance violations and detailed instructions on how to handle different shipping circumstances.

Data-Driven Culture Creates Advantages for Global Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

Smart Mobility Projects: Shaping the Future of Logistics


Groundbreaking approaches to logistics management are being developed in urban centers around the world.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Two Interrelated Events: United Airlines and Jeff Bezos Tenet’s of Business

Supply Chain Matters

This week, general media headlines and social media commentary was totally dominated by the United Airlines incident of a passenger being forcibly removed from an aircraft. Business media has also been echoing the latest Amazon shareholder letter authored by Jeff Bezos. Whether by design or by chance, the two events are very much linked and serve as timely reminders, but in different degrees.

New White Paper - The Rise Of The Digital Yard


Thanks to advancements in technology including cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), drones, and mobile, yard visibility and management are now reaching new heights as the picture of the “Digital Yard” comes into very clear focus.

Retail Supply Chain Resilience

Supply Chain Link

Businesses and their supply chains have evolved as trends and consumer behavior has also changed.

Half of Suppliers Have Lost Revenue Due to Cross-Channel Challenges

Material Handling & Logistics

Forty-five percent of retailers and suppliers have lost more than $1 million in revenue due to cross-channel commerce challenges, and more than one in ten (13%) have lost more than $3 million. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.