Sat.Mar 18, 2017 - Fri.Mar 24, 2017

A New Mission For A Female Supply Chain Pioneer

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I have been working with the Supply Chain Insights team to analyze and write our annual supply chain talent report. With over 400 respondents in the study, cross-tabbing/data analysis was fun. We had many options. High-Level Findings.

The Rise of Supply Chain Control Towers

The Network Effect

Supply chain control towers fulfill a real need. But there are many variations. Which is best? Why the interest. The post The Rise of Supply Chain Control Towers appeared first on The Network Effect. The Network Effect control towers supply chain management

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Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. It has become a competitive weapon that could help you win the consumerism war.

Playing a Stradivarius Without Lessons: Thoughts on MercuryGate’s Logistics Integrator Program

Talking Logistics

One of my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 was that software vendors and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) would embrace Simplicity-as-a-Service as a new value proposition for customers.

Tech -Driven Supply Chains: How Innovations Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

Trucking may be notoriously conservative and slow to change, but all signs point to a major technological shift. This report explores this transformation, with an eye on what's coming down the pike in the near and long term.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 20-24, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London following this week’s terrorist attack. So sad, so senseless. May the days ahead be filled with peace and healing, for all the injured and mourning, and for all of us.

Digital Transformation: An Imperative for Industrial Manufacturing in 2017


Are industrial manufacturers seizing all the opportunities of a more digital world? Possibly not. A recent article suggests that, by 2018, only 30 percent of manufacturers investing in digital transformation will be able to maximize the outcome. The remaining 70 percent are hindered by outdated business models and technology. This is concerning.

Delhaize America Selects RELEX Solutions’ Supply Chain Planning to Help Sharpen Fresh Produce Retail

RELEX Solutions

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Supply and demand production challenges with new products

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Iman Niroomand Supply chain performance depends on the matching of product features with supply chain features. When a new product hits the market, the existing supply chain that is optimal for a given set of product lines will not stay optimal.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

If You Spend a Week with a Carrier’s Driver

Talking Logistics

But before you come to any conclusions. Try walking in my shoes. Try walking in my shoes. You’ll stumble in my footsteps. Keep the same appointments i kept. If you try walking in my shoes. If you try walking in my shoes. — Lyrics from “ Walking in My Shoes ” by Depeche Mode.

Manufacturing Not Prepared for Cyber Breaches

Material Handling & Logistics

One-third of all manufacturers sampled in new survey admitted to not having performed any cyber risk assessments of the industrial connected devices operating on factory floors. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Zara Unveils a Strategy to Embrace and Integrate Physical and Online Presence

Supply Chain Matters

Many analysts and academics in our supply chain world often point to Inditex SA and its fashion and apparel retail brand Zara as the iconic benchmark in retail supply chain agility. It seems that despite the many iteration of retail apparel industry challenges, this fast fashion focused retailer continues to demonstrate a resiliency to changing […].

Is Your Supply Chain Skating to Where the Puck Is Going to Be?

Supply Chain Nation

The famous saying, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been” has become hallmark business advice in certain circles.

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.

Editor’s Pick: NAFTA and Mexican Free Trade – Aiding Our Neighbor to the South

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. Today’s post is by Troy Ryley at Transplace where he recommends that we keep developing a North America that supports trade and builds a strong infrastructure and economy for Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

Improving Logistics Efficiency: How Cities Can Join Forces to Combat Traffic Congestion


Many big cities around the world have implemented environmentally sustainable programs to reduce the traffic snarls that add cost to urban supply chains. Can the expertise they have gained in introducing these solutions be transferred to other traffic-choked cities?

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Oracle Positioned as Leader in "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Sales and Operations Planning"

Oracle SCM

IDC recently evaluated prominent vendor software applications in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) marketplace.

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Five Steps to Seamless Omni-Channel

Supply Chain Nation

Over the past few years, the retail market has evolved into a customer-centric model that is reshaping all areas of the industry. Customers are now relying on digital channels in ways that we’ve never seen before, completely changing the consumer shopping journey and making retailers rethink their plans for fulfillment and customer demands. The “always-on” consumer, who can shop 24/7, has come to expect a seamless blend between the store and digital experience.

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.

Will US Supply Chain Gain if China’s Shrinks with Potential Tariff?

Material Handling & Logistics

Bloomberg. Thousands of small- and medium-sized factories in China, makers of clothes, toys and household goods that fuel the $462.8 billion annual flow of exports to the U.S., aren’t cash-rich, making it harder for them to take the proposed tariff punch. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Advanced Supply Chains wins Decathlon contract

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Logistics operator, Advanced Supply Chain Group (ASCG), has won a £1 million a year distribution services contract with sports retailer Decathlon

DSCSA is in effect, and supply chains must keep up


Given the great risk if anything goes wrong, every element of the pharmaceutical supply chain must be held to extremely high standards.

New Study: Bridging the Expectation Gap on Innovation Between 3PLs & Shippers

Supply Chain Nation

Everybody in supply chain talks about innovation. It’s almost perceived as a professional weakness or disadvantage if you don’t use the word ‘innovation’ when talking about your company or vision for the future. But what exactly is innovation and is there a real business case for it?

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Supply Chain News on Getting Buy In for Procurement Strategies

Supply Chain Digest

Consultant Dap Wijeyeratne Says Push Hard for Equal Seat at the Table, but Assess Real and Perceived Business Risk from Strategy and Process Changes

Gain Insight from a Panel of 3PL Experts at SCLF2017!

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

By Tompkins International Staff On May 8th to May 10th, join us at the 2017 Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum (SCLF) in Durham, NC! We have a great line up of speakers in addition to our three keynote speakers, Jim Tompkins, Tim Lowe, and Ernie Keith. Learn from all of our speakers about the. The post Gain Insight from a Panel of 3PL Experts at SCLF2017! appeared first on Tompkins International. Blog Leadership Forum sclf2017 speakers Supply Chain

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Scaling Your Fulfillment Operations for the Busy Season

Oracle SCM

Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group recently published an article in on how businesses should consider getting the jump on this year’s seasonal warehouse surges by focusing on upgrading and modernizing their supply chains.

The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability Through Strategic Supplier Inclusion

Supply Chain 24/7

This white paper discusses the competitive advantages of supplier diversity programs, the evolution of supplier diversity, statistics on the growth of woman & minority owned businesses in the U.S.,

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Keep up with Chemical labeling regulations


While it's essential that chemical manufacturers keep up with all relevant labeling laws, the process isn't easy. After all, the regulations in this field are always changing.

Picking the Right Supply Chain Design for a Growing Food Business

Supply Chain @ MIT

Designing supply routes during periods of rapid growth when market conditions can change rapidly can be a major challenge for retailers.

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Tips For Evaluating Shipping Overseas

Supply Chain Link

Guest Post: Robert Garrison, President of Global at NFI When importers are booking their freight, two main concerns come to mind: cost and timeliness. With the new alliance route updates, it is a great time for shippers to reassess cost and time requirements.

SAP Ariba & ConnXus to Drive Supply Chain Diversity

Supply Chain 24/7

Finding diverse suppliers can be a challenge for buyers, and unlocking opportunities with large companies can be equally tough for small, minority-owned sellers, SAP Ariba and ConnXus are teaming up to change this

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.