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How Walmart Just Bested Amazon in the E-Commerce Channel Utilizing an Omnichannel Return Strategy

Cerasis

Amazon has reigned supreme in e-commerce for years, but Walmart is well on its way to making the e-commerce giant a little nervous. Amazon acquired Whole Foods and dropped the price of Prime Pantry through Prime Perks.

Space: The final logistics and supply chain management frontier

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Ilyas Kucukcay Recent advancements in the space launch market may indicate an increased need for logistics and supply chain management in outer space operations.

Three Key Themes in the New Inventory Optimization Vendor Ranking

ToolsGroup

The 2018 Nucleus Research Inventory Optimization (IO) Value Matrix Report has just been released, and analyst Seth Lippincott identifies the latest technology trends, top inventory optimization solution providers, and the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor.

Solving Final Mile Logistics and Earning Customer Loyalty

Talking Logistics

Understanding customer expectations is a priority for businesses in all verticals and meeting (or, ideally, exceeding) those expectations is crucial to winning customer loyalty. This is true of your customers and your customers’ customers.

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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[Infographic] How the IoT is Changing the Future of the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today, we have a guest blog from the good folks at ALBA who came up with this awesome infographic about the future of supply chain and IoTs role in it. .

Digitizing the Global Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Ty Bordner, SVP of Marketing & Business Development at Amber Road , addresses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: What exactly does “digitizing the supply chain” mean? Where does the journey or process begin? What’s required to get started?

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Five Capabilities to Take the Food and Beverage Supply Chain to the Next Level

Logility

Food and beverage supply chains face mounting pressure to reduce costs, add more value and do more with fewer resources. All while the pace of new product introductions increases, customers become more demanding and the need to serve multiple channels grows.

The Amazing Supply Chain of Chocolate Easter Eggs

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

At the end of this month, the festival of Easter will begin. Aside from the religious connotations, many people automatically associate Easter with the legend of the Easter bunny delivering… Amazing Supply Chain Supply Chain Management amazing supply chain chocolate easter

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.

Can Demand Segmentation Improve Your Statistical Forecast?

Arkieva

Imagine a demand planner working with 10,000 unique combinations. One of the not so envious tasks for this person would be to generate statistical forecast for all these combinations. These days, the statistical forecasting tools available on the market can forecast these combinations using a list of forecasting methods and figure out which method works best for a particular combination. Can Demand Segmentation Improve Your Statistical Forecast? was first posted on March 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm. ©2017

Logistics as a Competitive Weapon: 4 Recommendations to Get Started

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Part 2 an Executive Brief series co-written by Adrian Gonzalez, President of Adelante SCM, and Mike Glodziak President & CEO of LEGACY Supply Chain Services. You can download the full brief at LEGACY’s website. The rules for success in e-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment are still being written, and they will likely be different tomorrow than today.

A brilliant mind: 5 Stephen Hawking quotes

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois On March 14, 2018, the world lost an unbelievable talent in Stephen Hawking. Tributes continue to pour in around the globe for a man who gave so much to science, all while fighting motor neuron disease since the age of 21.

Eliminate Supply Chain Waste with New Technologies: Our Top Picks

AFFLINK

If you had to make a list of all the concepts that supply chain managers absolutely hate, "waste" would undoubtedly be right at the top.

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.

Study Reveals 50% Adoption Rate for Supply Chain Planning Solutions

Arkieva

In a recent study, Gartner estimates that 50% of Supply Chain Planning Solutions are not fully utilized1. How can organizations ensure that they have the user adoption needed to attain the full benefits from their existing or new supply chain solution? Study Reveals 50% Adoption Rate for Supply Chain Planning Solutions was first posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:43 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

Blockchain Will Solve, Save, Cure Everything

Talking Logistics

Remember the old-time medicine shows , when showmen and storytellers posed as doctors and peddled miracle elixirs for all sorts of ailments? If they existed today, these showman would be peddling blockchain, the miracle cure and solution to just about everything. Check out these headlines: 7 Ways The Blockchain Can Save The Environment and Stop Climate Change. How Blockchain Will Save Freedom Of Speech. How blockchain could save lives by getting medicine where it’s needed.

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Supply Chain Technology Roundup: IoT and 3D Printing

Elementum

Digital transformation involves the strategic overhaul of business activities, processes, competencies, and models to fully leverage the opportunities made available by new technologies. Two cutting-edge technologies being implemented today are the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing. Now beyond the point of being mere buzzwords, these technologies are actively transforming the landscape of logistics and manufacturing networks across the globe. State of the Industries.

Will 2018 be the Year of Digital Disruption?

Enterra Insights

More and more headlines address the topic of digital disruption. The dictionary defines a disruption as “a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process.” ” Digital disruption is about interrupting business models or entire economic sectors and enterprises are worried about it.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

SAP Infographic: On Road to S/4HANA, Optimize Labeling Now

Loftware

If you’re running SAP to help drive your business, it only makes sense to pull data directly from this system of record for all of your key supply chain processes—including labeling. And yet, many companies still rely on disparate labeling software that isn't integrated with SAP. They’ll use a separate database or worse—spreadsheets—to manage labeling information, which leads to costly errors and delays. Supply Chain Labeling SAP

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Talking Logistics

International transportation is dealing with ongoing challenges of tighter capacity. From import space and export space tightening up and a hot drayage market causing capacity constraints to volatile air freight rates – international transportation has had its share of challenges the last 10-12 months. Carrier Consolidation, Heavy Holiday Season & Chinese New Year Impacting Import Space.

It’s Time: Manufacturers Need to Cut Ties with MRP and Spreadsheets

synchrono

A few years ago, Aberdeen Group did a study that showed that 63% of “best in class” manufacturers still used spreadsheets for planning. With percentages this high, it’s probably safe to say that there is a lack of trust in planning tools like ERP and MRP even in the best-run companies.

Olympics 2018: Supply Chain Gold

Inbound Logistics

Every two years, the Olympics bring together some of the best athletes in the world. But in between the games, supply chain professionals, logistics experts, and manufacturers work to bring the event itself together

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.

Six Ways You Can Benefit Now From ‘Augmented Fulfillment’

Supply Chain Network

Sure that all of you have heard of, and are at least somewhat familiar with, Augmented Reality (AR).

Top 3 Questions About Blockchain Within Supply Chain

Supply Chain Link

“Blockchain” has been heralded as the next big thing to revolutionize the logistics industry by thought leaders and publications over the past year. While many have heard and perhaps discussed the latest buzzword, few know the actual history and definition behind it.

What Type of Strategic Thinker Are You?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Supply chain and operations executives are increasingly involved in making decisions about the company’s supply chain strategy that have long-term implications. But how do these executives, whose job responsibilities involve mainly short-term decision-making, think about the long-term?

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Podcast: The Challenges of Retail Pricing

Supply Chain Nation

Pricing would be so much easier if you had a crystal ball or a magic lamp to show you what to do. But here in the real world, technology is making it easier for retailers to get deep customer insights to guide pricing and promotions strategies. I had the opportunity to talk to three retail industry experts about those challenges and how retailers are facing them: Kevin Sterneckert, JoAnn Martin and John Marron.

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.