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The future of the supply chain planning profession

Kinaxis

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. Specifically for planners, the advent of real time planning , ability to process massive amounts of data, and the rise of machine intelligence are all opening up newer challenges and opportunities.

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

Cerasis

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.

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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. In each briefing, presenters bandy about the word “digital” like I throw Parmesan cheese on a pizza. The more the better.) However, when I peel back the messaging in the briefings, it is not new.

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. Digital Supply Chain Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management The Network Effect healthcare pharmaceuticals supply chain

New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. To do this, teams are finding that they need to perform network assessments more regularly and in-house. Scenario modeling is emerging as a key capability. To help you start 2021 strong, we updated our popular Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings.

The lighter side of supply chain: 10 more supply chain jokes

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois Much has changed in the world of supply chain since we published our last batch of supply chain jokes. Supply chain disruptions continue to be the norm. Cognitive computing, IoT and big data are changing the technology landscape. Shifting demographics and supply chain talent questions leave many of us in the field scratching our heads. However, it’s not all depressing.

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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. Supply chains are anything but timeless. At a company, individuals define supply chain excellence based upon their own purview of time. It is usually very different.

On-Demand Webinar with CSCMP: Creating the Connected Enterprise

LeanCor

Creating a connected enterprise is a challenge business leaders have attempted to overcome for years. In this free, 1-hour webinar, start seeing your business in a new light as CSCMP and LeanCor discuss how today’s companies are advancing supply chain performance to create the connected enterprise and discover hidden profit. supply chain advancement supply chain insights discovering hidden profit business transformation

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory

Logility

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. The fix was an obscure part (mainly due to the age of the refrigerator). I imagine you are asking yourself, why would I bother with a 17-year old refrigerator?

Top 5 Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

Cerasis

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.

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!

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

Kinaxis

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. To successfully work with cross-functional groups around the world, you must be able to share data of every description, says David G. Thomas, director of global capacity planning for Ford Motor Co. In a general sense, customers worldwide want many of the same things in the cars and other vehicles they buy.

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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! Customer service FMCG KPI Supply Chain Inventory Management & Stock Control Supply Chain Analytics

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

PINC

MHI announced during ProMat 2017 the release of the fourth in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports developed in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting. The 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report, titled “Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On,” provides new insights into trends and technologies that are having a dramatic impact on supply chains and the people who run them. innovation digital supply chain

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. Digital Supply Chain Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management The Network Effect healthcare pharmaceuticals supply chain

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.

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. 3PL Supply Chain Visibility Customer Experience Omni-Channel WMS Warehouse Management Systems

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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. Artificial Intelligence Big Data Business Cognitive Computing digital enterprise Supply Chain Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

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

ModusLink Corporation

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 […].

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). Today, however, companies are making TMS a priority. What factors are driving this trend?

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.

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

Resilinc

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? Some events receive an immense amount of news coverage that later reveal little-to-no business impact. However, the most troubling are events with little to no coverage that end up causing industry-wide shut downs.

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.

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Better Customer Service (and More) Through Exception Management

ModusLink Corporation

In the supply chain and logistics industry, exception management is often defined as a process that’s set up to capture information that sets outside the normal parameters of doing business – exceptions to the normal flow of your supply chain, from consumer purchase to packing and shipping to delivery on a customer’s doorstep. Any interruption, […]. The post Better Customer Service (and More) Through Exception Management appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

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.

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.

Create a Carbon Neutral Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network

As consumers become increasingly environmentally selective, companies are recognising that they need to optimize their supply chains not only in terms of the traditional levers of cost and service level, but also in terms of carbon emissions. Aggressive carbon targets are being set at board level and logistics managers need to ensure that their supply chains are able to achieve them.

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

E2open

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 ).

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

ModusLink Corporation

In order to maintain a healthy and successful supply chain, proper inventory control must be a main component of your business operations. As many companies experience ebbs and flows 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 […].

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. You can probably guess the answer, but if you need a little hint, check out the Song of the Week below. sigh*. In this week’s supply chain and logistics news… BluJay Solutions Acquires Leading Mobility Solutions Provider Blackbay.

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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.

Why Demand-Driven Manufacturing is Focused on Metrics for Action

synchrono

Driving Continuous Improvement. In Demand-Driven Manufacturing, there is only one measurement that is important to drive performance: Throughput. There are two subordinate measurements: Inventory and Operating Expense.