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The future of the supply chain planning profession

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha It is a great time to be a supply chain planning professional. Advances in processing power, networking, and storage aided by the enduring power of Moore’s law have opened doors for some exciting new developments in supply chain planning.

Digital Transformation: It Takes a Village

Supply Chain Shaman

As I participate in technology briefings with vendors, I am trying to piece together the future of supply chain management. For me it is not clear. I believe that supply chain leaders are in the middle of step change in process innovation driven by not one, but a confluence of technologies.

6 Trends Shaking the Pharmaceutical Market

The Network Effect

In this post I’ll examine some of the top trends and challenges that are impacting the pharmaceutical industry. The post 6 Trends Shaking the Pharmaceutical Market appeared first on The Network Effect.

Has Your Company Made TMS an Enterprise Priority?

Talking Logistics

Transportation management systems (TMS) have been around for a long time, but TMS has, historically, been down the priority list for many companies compared to other enterprise applications, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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Global FMCG Supply Chain Transformed by Analytics

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

The Challenge A leading global FMCG company undertook an aggressive supply chain improvement programme across 150 markets. The objective was 100% alignment of worldwide operational activities with company strategy and objectives. Not an insignificant task!

This Week in Logistics News (April 3-7, 2017)

Talking Logistics

My garage door is crumpled. How did it happen? Rapid temperature cycling due to crazy Boston weather. Mini-earthquake right underneath garage door. Rammed by car driven by my teenage daughter (who is taking her driving test tomorrow). Aliens.

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[Video] Ford Motor Company: Creating global data standards with SCM software

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews.

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80% of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Executives Say the Digital Supply Chain Will Be the Predominant Model within Five Years


MHI announced during ProMat 2017 the release of the fourth in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports developed in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting.

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.

6 Trends Shaking the Pharmaceutical Market

The Network Effect

In this post I’ll examine some of the top trends and challenges that are impacting the pharmaceutical industry. The post 6 Trends Shaking the Pharmaceutical Market appeared first on The Network Effect.

On-Demand Webinar with CSCMP: Creating the Connected Enterprise


Creating a connected enterprise is a challenge business leaders have attempted to overcome for years.

Opinions on Outsourcing: Whose WMS Should Be Utilized When Outsourcing to a 3PL?

PLS Logistics

An efficient warehouse management system (WMS) is an invaluable part of a company’s distribution strategy. As omnichannel fulfillment becomes increasingly more popular and complex, WMS systems are too. Companies need to be able to plan and optimize orders quickly and accurately.

Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task

Enterra Insights

There is a general consensus among analysts that businesses organized around industrial age principles need to transform into digital enterprises … Continued. The post Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The Top 6 Reasons to Have a Good Inbound Logistics Program


Most transportation costs in a company arise from inbound logistics cost. If other words, the costs associated with transportation of items from vendors make up the biggest portion of will transportation costs, reports Amy Roach Partridge of Inbound Logistics. Part of the problem lies in misconceptions around inbound logistics, including manual, data-intense processes and added stress.

Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Talking Logistics

Shippers looking to make structural improvements within their logistics operations often immediately turn to more significant changes such as implementing new technology solutions or redesigning their distribution network in order to see the best return. While these approaches can certainly deliver a significant return on investment (ROI), other strategies that can positively impact their transportation network are often overlooked – for example, thinking more strategically about capacity.

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory


Have you ever had something break only to realize the fix is an obscure part? Recently, I found myself in this very situation. My 17-year old refrigerator stopped dispensing cubed ice which required me to go through the extra effort of opening the door to grab ice from the bucket.

Cash Flow Strategies for Freight Brokers

DAT Solutions

(This is a guest blog post by Steve Hausman (right), president and CEO of Triumph Business Capital, DAT's exclusive provider of factoring services for carriers and brokers.

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.

Customer Experience in Logistics: 4 Key Areas to Lay the Foundation


Across a wide number of industries, the way companies interact with customers has changed dramatically. There is no shortage of claims that we have now entered the age of the customer. A golden age, where customer desires dictate the actions of companies. Through the hype, there is a lot of truth to these pronouncements. Companies are now, more than ever, responsive to the needs of customers.

Editor’s Pick: The Basics of Organizing Effectively for e-Business

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 by Jerry Turner from Elemica , the first in a 4-part series, provides insights and advice on how to organize your B2B function for success.

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Tesla Reports Q1 2017 Vehicle Production and Delivery Performance

Supply Chain Matters

Tesla reported Q1-2017 vehicle production and delivery performance but the numbers present good, or concerning news, depending on the supply chain perspective. Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Operations management Supply Chain Transformation Supply chain Matters blog Tesla Model S supply chain Tesla Model X supply chain

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Podcast: Innovation – The Autonomous Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

Welcome to the JDA Supply Chain Nation Podcast; today’s episode is focused on Innovation. Our host, Kevin Sterneckert, is responsible for the innovation strategy across all of the industries and geographies that JDA serves. Joining Kevin is Suresh Acharya, head of JDA Labs, Glen Ceniza, Group Vice President of JDA Product Management, and Prashant Bhatia, JDA’s Vice President of Product Marketing. This innovative panel will embark on the journey to the autonomous supply chain.

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.

Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management


Modern shippers must oversee thousands of individual processes and activities. With the added pressure to lower costs to end-users, your customers, it’s no surprise that the need for increased scrutiny and cost reductions among inbound logistics partners, your vendors, has gone rogue.

Beyond Speculation: How to Handle the Increasing Type & Frequency of Supply Chain Events


It is one thing to read the news to keep up with current events, but how do you know which events are relevant risks to operational performance? Are you hearing about events from other coworkers, suppliers, or even customers days after they have happened?

Reinforcing Data on Ocean Container Rate Hikes and Capacity Shifts

Supply Chain Matters

This week's World Container Index from Drewry Advisors is further reinforcing data on double-digit ocean container rate hikes and shifting capacity strategies. Industry supply chains are likely feeling the pressure and so are global regulators. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics

What Is a Bimodal Supply Chain and Why Does It Matter?


The elephant in the room is “innovation.” ” Is “bimodal supply chain” the tightrope that gets your business to the other side? It seems like every week in tech there’s a new buzzword—or macro trend that has the potential to change… everything. The cloud. Big data.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.