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Freight Customer Experience: 5 Reasons Why 3PLs & Shippers Are Improving the Customer Experience


The customer experience is more important than ever. Each aspect of the supply chain is subject to the scrutiny of customer service levels. Poor customer service experiences will naturally result in decreased profitability, increase trouble for the brand, and problems maintaining competitive advantage. Furthermore, in the age of social media any negative experience — regardless […].

How the Virtual Twin Experience Can Help Manufacturers Ramp Up Production While Implementing Social Distancing in Factories

DELMIA Quintiq

Manufacturers are reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their operations and supply chains. Production plans have been disrupted due to changes in demand, raw material supply and workforce availability. Many automotive plants have had to temporarily shut down production or repurpose their assembly lines to produce medical devices such as respirators.

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How Technology Can Make Supply Chains Resilient in a Post-Pandemic World

All Things Supply Chain

The need for real-time tracking, accurate and timely delivery systems makes supply chain management ripe for technological innovation. The pandemic has caused a significant change in how consumers and businesses… General Supply Chain Management coronavirus supply chain management supply chain technology

Sustainable Packaging is Here to Stay!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy. Sustainable Packaging article and permission to publish here provided by Erich Lawson. Do you know what all big brands have in common? Eco-friendly packaging! Well-known brands all over the globe have made slight modifications to their packaging to cater to conscious and educated consumer needs.

Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020

Our recent supply chain planning survey showed that only 17% of organizations place considerable effort on innovation. For most, firefighting is the norm. But to succeed in today’s business landscape and recover quickly from disruptions, you need to carefully balance operational excellence with innovation for long-term growth. Get insights in this Gartner report to find out where to invest and what you should adopt as standard business practices.

Adopting Digital Payments: 3 Reasons For Supply Chain Companies


Editor’s Note: Today’s article is from Sydney Wess with Clutch who gives us 3 reasons supply chain companies should be adopting digital payment options. Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, more and more consumers are seeking out methods of contactless, cashless payment. This isn’t surprising, especially given the recent suggestion from the World Health Organization (WHO).read read More.

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24 supply chain experts & business leaders reveal the #1 challenge of supply chain management (and how to solve it)

6 River Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that effective supply chain management is crucial to the success of a business. Moreover, it’s vital to the health of the global economy. The pandemic crisis had global ramifications felt throughout the entire supply chain, from raw materials to finished products, and for many companies, building the resiliency needed to weather such storms has become the #1 challenge of supply chain management.

Supply Chain Management – Autonomous is Far Away and Resiliency is Needed Now


Over the past few years, the chatter about the role of AI to “optimize” supply chain has been almost endless. Some of the material is great, other is hype, some conjecture, and in most cases, we will not know the impact. Supply Chain Management – Autonomous is Far Away and Resiliency is Needed Now was first posted on June 24, 2020 at 9:35 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

The missing puzzle piece in your supply chain tech stack


Until now, digital supply chain technology has focused on two core needs: planning and execution. Companies can select from a diverse set of planning solutions to drive increasingly complex S&OP processes. Execution-focused software like OMS, WMS and TMS systems are standards in executing on these plans. But supply chain leaders are increasingly dissatisfied with the results of the status quo. Tools & Technology

Predictive vs. Prescriptive vs. Cognitive Supply Chain Analytics

Blue Ridge

Supply chain analytics is a fuzzy area for many. Lora Cecere tells the difference between predictive analytics, prescriptive and cognitive analytics. The post Predictive vs. Prescriptive vs. Cognitive Supply Chain Analytics appeared first on Blue Ridge. Blogs and Articles pricing supply chain analytics

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!

On-Demand Delivery Platforms: The Renewed Focus on Becoming a Shipper-of-Choice


The rise of the consumer and immense power in the hands of buyers represents a significant change to standard supply chain management. It’s not enough to simply offer a fantastic product. Instead, companies need the most affordable rates possible to stay competitive, and in today’s world, any unnecessary expense pushes your customers closer to More.

AI This. Not So Fast.

Supply Chain Shaman

Grounded during this pandemic, and unable to interact with clients in person, I try to write 3,000 words a day. Morning after morning, fueled by good black coffee, I type away. I share insights, based on research, for the supply chain leader. I write for this blog, craft reports from research for our newsletters, create blogs for Linkedin, and build articles for Forbes. I am also developing a framework for my new book. Stay tuned.

Held Hostage by Minimum Order Quantity

Talking Logistics

“It’s hot in here, isn’t it?” I asked my wife. I walked over to the thermostat and although the air conditioning was running, the house temp was over 80 degrees. “I I think something’s wrong with the AC,” I said. I called our service contractor, the same company that installed our system less than four years. Read more Held Hostage by Minimum Order Quantity. The post Held Hostage by Minimum Order Quantity appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Supply Chain Resilience – Four measures get supply chains into shape

All Things Supply Chain

The coronavirus pandemic has damaged many supply chains and, in some cases, even caused them to collapse altogether. Fewer incoming orders and delivery bottlenecks are forcing companies to critically review… General Supply Chain Management coronavirus supply chain management supply chain resilience

The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

A Big Picture Approach to Optimizing Packaging Costs


Your packaging material suppliers can be useful resources to lean on when optimizing your material spend. But a more holistic perspective on your packaging needs and supply chain network can yield more significant savings. Editor’s Note: This post explains how a common approach to cutting packaging costs should be part of a broader package optimization … The post A Big Picture Approach to Optimizing Packaging Costs appeared first on Chainalytics.

Digital Transformation in Post-pandemic Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives and businesses in a multitude of ways. Almost every major media outlet, at some point during the crisis, has published a story about why or how supply chains are going to change in a post-pandemic world. Dave Evans ( @makrdave ), co-founder and CEO of Fictiv, agrees supply chains are going to change. He even suggests how supply chains will transform.

Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Border Trade

Logistics Viewpoints

companies that conduct significant volumes of cross-border manufacturing and trade with Mexico have had to contend with a variety of challenges since 2019, including tariff threats, the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain and the subsequent challenges of restarting idled manufacturing, and the forthcoming implementation of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The post Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Border Trade appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

The next generation of freight analytics is coming soon

DAT Solutions

DAT has acquired the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium, allowing us to give our customers unrivaled logistical insight and a stunning 360-degree view of the entire supply chain from both the contract and spot side of the market. DAT Product News

How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

Bringing It All Back Home – OTR TMS Supports Reversion to Regional Manufacturing

Supply Chain Collaborator

Will the trend toward a return to “regional manufacturing” boost volumes in over the road transportation in North America as manufacturers move away from Asian overseas operations? American manufacturers are adapting to significant modulation in the nature of their supply chains as market forces and current global events promote operating “closer to home”. Transportation logistics software solutions play a key role in effectuating this change.

The Retail Apocalypse Deepens

Enterra Insights

Years before the novel coronavirus pandemic shut down economies, analysts were writing about the retail apocalypse and what it would take for brick-and-mortar retailers to survive. Analysts generally cite three contributing factors for the retail apocalypse: overbuilding, too much debt, and e-commerce (aka the Amazon Effect). Suzanne Kapner and Sarah Nassauer ( @SarahNassauer ) insist the pandemic is finishing what Amazon started.[1]

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Supply Chain in High School

Talking Logistics

In March 2011, I wrote a post making the case that, like in baseball, the supply chain and logistics industry needed a farm system to attract and develop the next generation of leaders. As I wrote at the time: Sure, there are a number of universities (but certainly not enough) with supply chain and logistics. Read more Supply Chain in High School. The post Supply Chain in High School appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

E-commerce and the Cold Grocery Supply Chain


Business as usual. COVID-19 put this cliché on ice and has introduced us to unprecedented times and new normals, rocking business models to their core and forcing change where none was wanted. As retail, healthcare, education, travel, banking, and other sectors struggle to adapt, we’re seeing new trends, new challenges, and new opportunities emerge. Internet of Things eCommerce IoT COVID-19 supply chain temperature-controlled supply chain Grocery Grocery Store Retail

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

McKinsey, Not Quite!


In a recent report by McKinsey & Company titled: Launching the journey to autonomous supply chain planning , it is recommended that first you build a Control Tower and put a high level executive in charge of it. This will then become the foundation of “autonomous planning.” Needless to say, that any advanced S&OP function gives the kind of visibility that a so-called control tower offers.

Hurricane Season Brings New Risks to Pandemic-stressed Supply Chain Chains

Enterra Insights

Still entangled in the throes of the pandemic, U.S. supply chains face seasonal risks as the hurricane season begins — and it could be a tough season. Chris Dolce ( @chrisdolcewx ) reports, “The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a fast start with three named storms by early June.”[1] ”[1] He notes, “There have been several unusual aspects about this early-season activity.”

5 Tips to Improve Omnichannel Inventory Management


The world of commerce is an ever-changing one. Tech developments such as 5G and the Internet of Things are reshaping everyday life. And that includes how we all shop. Customer support is evolving with social media, artificial intelligence and unified communications. That’s a lot for any eCommerce business to keep up with. Some things, though, will never change. That includes the importance of robust inventory management to retail.

This Week in Logistics News (June 20 -26)

Logistics Viewpoints

Baseball is back! Well, sort of. After a long series of negotiations, Major League Baseball and its players have finally agreed on a format to begin the 2020 season. The season is set to begin in late July and will be condensed to a 60-game schedule with a number of changes from a normal season. Unlike a normal season where every team plays every other team, this year, teams will only play teams from their […].

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.