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Coming soon to a supply chain near you: 8 big digital disruptors

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Every day it seems as if one company or another is touting they’ve just released the next big thing—that new device that will change your life.

A New Red Wagon?

Supply Chain Shaman

I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. In my youth, my mom would frequently exclaim, “Be careful where you hook your red wagon.” ” The mountain expression is a warning. My mom wanted me to make smart choices and be careful on placing my bets for the future.

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Demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business


A question we hear often is “How can I have demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business? Demand-driven seems more appropriate to a pull strategy, the opposite of a push strategy. How can they coexist?”. To answer the question we propose looking at the supply chain of two seemingly unrelated businesses, fashion companies and poultry producers.

Before You Hire a Logistics Data Scientist

Talking Logistics

The digital transformation of supply chains — it’s a phrase you hear a lot these days, but what is different today compared to the late 1990s and early 2000s when the internet, Web, and dotcoms triggered their own business transformations?

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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.

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A Recipe for Success: Best Practices for Supply Chain Integration

Talking Logistics

No two supply chain integrations are ever the same. But after many years of onboarding new customers, I have learned that there are three basic components to most integrations. And I like to think of it in cooking terms.

The 2017 State of Logistics Report: Uncertainty, Unsustainabiltiy Usurp Logistics  


It is that time of year again. The 28th Annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals ( CSCMP ) 2017 State of Logistics Report, published by A.T. Kearney , is out.

Which Carriers Should You Use?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Trucking companies are rated on a general scorecard, which allows them to benchmark, and gives shippers some guidance on performance levels when developing their routing guides.

Common Sense Warehouse Performance Metrics for Supply Chain Benchmarking

Logistics Bureau

If you’ve heard about the opportunities and benefits that warehouse performance benchmarking can put within reach of your supply chain organisation, you might understandably be keen to get a benchmarking project under way.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Companies Must Get Better at Monitoring Ethics in their Supply Chains

Material Handling & Logistics

"Child labor, hazardous working conditions, excessive working hours and poor wages plague many workplaces in the developing world, creating embarrassment for the global companies that source from these factories and farms," explains Richard M Locke of Brown University in a new report. read more.

10 Skills You Should Have To Be Successful Logistics Manager


While a logistics manager has responsibilities that can vary from one company to another, we can agree that it’s not an easy task. Logistics managers have the crucial role of ensuring things go smoothly no matter what. To establish a good career in logistics, we rounded up ten skills that you must work on and keep in mind at all times. Forward Thinking.

How Five Digital Experts at Top Logistics Providers Are Preparing For The Future


How Five Digital Experts at Top Logistics Providers Are Preparing For The Future. By Eytan Buchman, VP Marketing, Freightos. I’ve been writing about freight digitization for years.

Are You Sure You’re Out of Warehouse Space?

Logistics Bureau

There’s no doubt at all that a lack of warehouse space will impact your supply chain performance. Indeed, if any of your company’s warehouses are running at more than 85% to 90% of their total capacity, you’re probably finding it hard to operate them efficiently.

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.

Supply Chain Asked to Help as Food Waste Hits Historic Highs

Material Handling & Logistics

The USDA has funded project to figure out how to reduce the food waste, which accounts for 18% of landfills. They will test online marketplaces and mobile apps.

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Slow and Terrible Deliveries Can Tank Your Business: Here’s An Order Fulfillment Solution to Nip that Risk in the Bud


Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Red Stag Fulfillment who show us how an Order Fulfillment Solution can help reduce risk. Want to lose customers and sink your business into the ground? All you must do is make late deliveries with busted boxes, and the wrong products. It couldn’t be simpler.

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Podcast: Findings from the 2017 JDA Consumer Survey

Supply Chain Nation

Results from JDA’s third annual Consumer Survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers show that shopping in-store is preferred over online, though only by a slim margin. To remain competitive against online marketplaces, retailers must embrace convenient fulfillment options – like buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) and buy online return in store (BORIS) – to boost foot traffic in their stores.

MGI Research Recognizes RELEX Solutions’ Momentum and Commitment to 100% Customer Referenceability

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. MGI 360™ Ratings report for the Core SCM market places RELEX above peers in product, strategy and financial health. RELEX Solutions announced today that it achieved a top ranking in the MGI 360 Rating report for the Core SCM market. MGI Research’s outlook on RELEX is POSITIVE. The firm scored RELEX above its peer group in product, strategy and financial health.

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.

Digitalization Boosts Demand for Supply Chain Software

Material Handling & Logistics

The market for supply chain software has risen to $13 billion, thanks in part to a rising demand for agility. read more. Global Supply Chain Technology & Automation News

What is Blockchain Technology Worth to Your Supply Chain?


With the advent of Bitcoin in 2009, cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm. The use of digital assets as an alternative to conventional currencies has garnered praise and recognition for its secure and speedy protocols. While the infrastructural flexibility of crypto currencies is yet to stand the test of time, block chains, the underlying technology for crypto currencies is truly a revolutionary step in the field of technology.

Building an Interesting Workforce

Supply Chain Nation

Talking about workforce diversity – or a lack of it – can be tricky stuff. It makes some people squirm. Others feel like they need to “take a side” or mask how they really feel for fear of offending someone. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and have decided that maybe it’s the word diversity that’s the problem. Instead of talking about creating a more diverse workforce, maybe we should be talking about creating a more interesting one (and no, I’m not saying you’re boring!).

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Most popular items on Supply Chain Movement – first 6 months 2017

Supply Chain Movement

In Case You Missed It. A recap of the most popular articles on in 2017 so far. By far the most read article on Supply Chain Movement is Carlos Cordon’s blog: Supply Chain 4.0: Adidas and Amazon re-write the rules. In an amazing twist, technology is rendering the old fundamentals of supply chain management obsolete. In Russia, Adidas increased sales in Moscow by double digits in 24 hours, thanks to a supply chain initiative.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Federal Maritime Commission Pushing Further on Improving Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

The FMC project aims to provide the U.S. ocean transportation supply system with accurate, actionable information delivered in a reliable and timely way. read more. Global Supply Chain Transportation & Distribution News

Everything you Thought about Pool Distribution is Wrong


Pool distribution – routing freight through pool points – isn’t new. But it’s rarely cost effective. Determining which pool points make the most sense based on the mix of freight is extremely complex, and one small change to an order can suddenly make your entire plan go out the window.

JDA TV – Returns: The Looming Margin Eroder for Multi-Channel Retailers

Supply Chain Nation

In this JDA TV video, Steve Davis, Vice President of Consulting Services at JDA, and Vinay Sharma, Product Director for JDA’s Product Management Group, discuss how retailers can transform returns into a profitable policy. Steve and Vinay also make recommendations on how retailers can manage their returns policies. For more interesting, educational, and insightful videos, browse through the JDA TV library. Retail Supply Chain JDA TV

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Flatbed Rates Hold Steady at 2-Year Highs

DAT Solutions

Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July. Instead, there were almost 50% more loads last week than the week before, and rates are holding up at the highest levels in two years.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

The Digital Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain 24/7

Digitizing global trade management processes can be more closely aligned to business policies and objectives – unlike traditional methods of outsourcing processes and/or managing disparate systems

What Defines a Successful TMS Implementation?

Talking Logistics

Transportation Management Systems (TMS) have been around for a long time, but not all implementations go smoothly or deliver the expected results. What are some of the keys to a successful TMS implementation?

Much More than Money Can Go Up in Smoke When Industrial Fires Blaze


This is the second of a multi-part series on factory fire risk in the supply chain. In these articles, we will examine the causes, costs (dollars and human), consequences and potential mitigation and response strategies when a fire impacts a node of the global supply network

2-Year ELD Delay Proposed in Congress

DAT Solutions

Truckers will have until 2019 to install electronic logging devices (ELD) if newly proposed legislation becomes law. The ELD Extension Act was submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by Rep. Brian Babin (R, Texas) who announced the bill today. "If

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Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.