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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.

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.

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.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial Reengineering is the radical redesign of business processes and organizational structure in order to achieve significant improvements in performance, such as productivity, cost reduction, cycle time, and quality. It is the basis for many recent developments in management. Sounds good?

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.

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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.

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.

[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. .

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

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.

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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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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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Quantifying Your Carbon Footprint through a Supply Chain Design Project

CHAINalytics

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).

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.

What’s Your eCommerce Strategy? Is Fulfillment On It?

FLEXE

Within the world of retailers, 2017 was anything but quiet. Cyber Monday topped the sales charts—beating out Black Friday for the first year to date and making it the largest U.S. online shopping day in history. Amazon continued to expand and innovate its reach.

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.

ModusLink Receives Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award

ModusLink Corporation

ModusLink is proud to announce that is has been recognized by Intel as a recipient of the 2017 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award. The PQS award recognizes companies like ModusLink that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism.

UltraShipTMS named a “Notable TMS Vendor” in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant Report on Transportation Management Systems

Supply Chain Collaborator

For the Second Consecutive Year, UltraShipTMS Recognized in Highly-Regarded industry Report.

Claire’s Becomes Latest Retailer to Go Bankrupt

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: Claire’s Stores Inc., known for their tween jewelry and ear piercing, has become the latest victim of the retail apocalypse, FedEx follows Amazon into the Robotic future, Grubhub Inc.

5 Supply Chain Priorities for U.S. Infrastructure Investments

TMC

Through our work to optimize supply chains, we have a unique view of how goods and commerce flow through our nation’s infrastructure and what impacts on time delivery and cost. In addition to weather and capacity disruptions, supply chains are also challenged by congestion on U.S.

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. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.