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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.

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.

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Supply Chain: Anything But Timeless

Supply Chain Shaman

Timeless: not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean. I moved on island time. It is a slower, more relaxed pace. In the process, I thought a lot about the concept of time and how it affects our daily lives.

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!

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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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.

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.

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.

[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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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Workforce Issues Still Top Material Handling, Logistics Sector Concern

Material Handling & Logistics

Hiring and retaining a skilled workforce continues to be the biggest obstacle facing supply chain professionals according to 63% of respondents to 2017 MHI Annual Industry report. This is up 58% in 2016. read more. Global Supply Chain Labor Management Technology & Automation News

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.

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.

Forecasting 101

Blue Ridge

Tracy Coon. Supply Chain Education Consultant. What is a Forecast? A forecast is everything you’ve known, thought, or seen in the past, plus everything you believe will drive demand in the future. Knowing when to get involved is key! Understanding the Role of the Trending Signal.

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.

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.

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Meets Industry 4.0 Adoption

Supply Chain Matters

The apparel and footwear industry, one of the earliest adopters of global based, low-cost manufacturing outsourcing is now on the verge of adopting Industry 4.0 supply chain practices. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Internet of Things Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Addidas Futurecraft MFG supply chain Addidas supply chain supply chain advancements in footwear manufacturing Supply chain Matters blog

The S&OP Pulse Check 2017 results

Supply Chain Trend

The S&OP pulse check is a unique survey that provides new and different types of insights for S&OP practitioners. The S&OP pulse check started in 2010 and is this year in its 6th edition. Thanks to everybody who has made the 2017 S&OP survey possible. Key insights this year are: People & Culture. Effective S&OP processes see more positive cultural change. Mental Toughness supports effective S&OP. Behaviours are not addressed enough in S&OP implementations.

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.

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.

Why the Proper Management of Inventory Control is Critical to a Healthy Supply Chain

Value Unchained

In order to maintain a healthy and successful supply chain, proper inventory control must be the main component of your business operations. As many companies experience ebbs and flow with material suppliers and customer demands, maintaining control of your product inventory in real time will ultimately ensure that the business decisions that your company is […].

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.

Norway’s fastest growing online supermarket,, chooses RELEX to support further growth

RELEX Solutions

Read PDF. RELEX to help to handle the increasing complexity of their supply chain. has experienced rapid growth.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Leading Change in Your Supply Chain

Blue Ridge

Victor Chen. Vice President, Customer Success. Advancing your next generation supply chain can yield cost savings, increased productivity, top and bottom line improvement, and increased customer satisfaction across an organization. These rewards can be substantial, but are far from guaranteed.

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

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.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Risk. Reward. Rebound. Relay.

Blue Ridge

Fahim Akbar. Manager - Implementation Services. The audience is a blur because of the grand spotlights shining on your face. It’s the 2017 Oscars and you are presenting the award for Best Picture.

Structuring Your Demand Planning Group to Make its Greatest Contribution

Supply Chain Nation

Whether you are contemplating creating a demand planning group within your company, or questioning whether your current demand planning is as functional as possible, Part 2 of this 4-part series is aimed to help you navigate the hurdles of structuring your organization and its supported processes, so as to ensure your demand planning group is established and organized for its greatest chance of success.

3 Tips for Navigating the Changing Landscape of Healthcare Procurement Management


With the current climate in Washington regarding the healthcare debate, inevitable changes in the U.S. system will affect every department across all healthcare organizations, including supply chain management.

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package


E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package. alyssa. Monday 3 April 2017. Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open. Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window, and has upped its required compliance rate from 90% to 95% (Source: Walmart’s new on-time delivery standards may create supply chain challenges for its suppliers ).

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.