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5 Podcasts for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals


These podcasts bring the latest news and thought leadership in the supply chain and logistics industries right to your earbuds. I used to think that podcasts were a hip form of new media that millennials used to further their iPhone addictions. Fast forward a few years, and the benefits of having news and entertainment in your earbuds has converted me to a podcast fan. Podcasts are a series of digital audio files that listeners can subscribe to. Think of it as the DVR of your smartphone.

4 unstoppable forces that WILL change your end-to-end supply chain


by Alexa Cheater If there’s one thing you can count on in supply chain, it’s that things will change. Often. It could be as relatively small as a last minute order or engineering change, or as big as an industry-wide shift that sends your end-to-end supply chain spinning in an entirely new direction. At the recent Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, there was a lot of talk about the latter.

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Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption


Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today. But while the market has changed, network optimization hasn’t actually advanced much since the 1990s. Yes, there are lots more features and a big increase in computing power. Yet, network optimization is still just a richer version of the 90’s experience. Analyzing the software market.

Gartner's Six Levels of Supply Chain Planning Autonomy


Source: Andrew Downard, Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, May 2017. Business is moving fast and there is so much new data now speeding through the pipes that Gartner says it’s not possible to plan a supply chain without some level of automation. So they now offer a scale (a maturity curve) to measure the level of automation in your supply chain planning.

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.

The Customer-Focused Supply Chain: Why an Omni-Channel Supply Chain Approach Keeps the Customer Happy


The role of the customer experience in growing your business cannot be overstated. Amazon and other retail giants have managed to create unique, customer-focused supply chains , ensuring customers have real-time status updates and options in case of returns. Meanwhile, managing customer-focused supply chains can be complicated, eroding profit margins. However, an omnichannel supply chain approach can help your business create a customer-focused supply chain.

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Predictability vs. Agility: You no longer have to choose

DELMIA Quintiq

While I was preparing for an executive meeting at a very large, very complex and dynamic food & beverage company, I was told of an internal conflict between Sales and Operations. From the viewpoint of the team in charge of outbound logistics, this conflict – fortunately collaborative – emanated from two conflicting demands – both in the S&OP process as well as in day-to-day fulfilment.

The Talent Gap


What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap. Rising Demand. At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain. This is an urgent issue for corporations to address, since the gap stymies growth, dampens innovative ideas and programs, and limits problem solving on a day-to-day level. Supply chain talent shortages plague organizations from the executive level to the shop floor and right into the customer’s home.

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Supply Chains to Admire – Technology Computer Hardware Calculation Example

Supply Chain Insights

After doing a deep dive into the Household Products (Nondurable) industry segment to show why Proctor & Gamble did not make the Supply Chains to Admire TM winner list, I wanted to show an example calculation for a company that made the winner list. Cisco Systems has actually made the Supply Chains to Admire list for 4 years in a row ! That’s amazing! They are the only company to do this.

Can Your Supply Chain Avoid Extinction?

SCM Research

“Slicing and dicing the supply chain to service ever more diverse and demanding customers has become the core challenge for Chief Supply Chain Officers. But simply expanding the number of supply chain configurations and maintaining separate organizations to manage them—the approach followed by most organizations—is driving too much complexity and wasting potential synergies.” ” This is how a new report by Accenture starts. It is titled: Can Your Supply Chain Avoid Extinction?

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!

LeanCor in Inbound Logistics Magazine - The Cosmetic Supply Chain


"Countless SKUs, fickle consumers, and multi-channel distribution drive cosmetics companies to take on a supply chain makeover." - Inbound Logistics. supply chain insights consumer products

Kinaxis RapidResponse selected by Santen for supply chain planning


by Melissa Clow Santen Pharmaceuticals has begun a significant transformation of its global supply chain environment. Santen is headquartered in Osaka, Japan and the company sells ophthalmic pharmaceutical products in approximately 60 countries. The company was looking for a single end-to-end planning platform that would reduce global planning cycle times and raise efficiency. I’m thrilled to share that Santen Pharmaceuticals has selected Kinaxis RapidResponse for supply chain planning.

Supply Chains to Admire Household Nondurables Calculation Example

Supply Chain Insights

If you’re like me, you might see a long report online and skip past the details to get to the good stuff – the results. When the Supply Chains to Admire TM report came out last week, I scrolled right to the winners. To try to wrap my head around the way the winners were determined, I dug in to the data. I wanted to take one particular company and calculate their results myself to understand the methodology fully. As you can see from Figure 1, the Supply Chains to Admire methodology has 3 steps.

4 Ways to Maximize Your Logistics Professionals

PLS Logistics

With the continuous evolvement of global supply chains, there is a greater emphasis on investing in experienced logistics and supply chain managers. This industry movement has caused 4 key trends in logistics and supply chain education and career development for managers to look out for. Logistics Supply Chain Trends Professional Millennials

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.

Gartner Announces the Top 25 Supply Chains

River Logic

The past decade has seen a sea change in the way supply chains are organized and instituted in the best companies. While most companies recognize the need to improve their supply chain infrastructure, the best ones realize that optimizing this portion of their business is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase the bottom line. Here is a quick rundown on how the best companies that truly “get” the message properly manage their supply chains. Gartner Supply Chain Market Research

Are Your Yards Connected to the Supply Chain Ecosystem?


By definition, an ecosystem is a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. The same concept applies in the supply chain, where networks of organizations—including manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, customers, and carriers—are all involved in the hands-on delivery of a specific product or service. digital supply chain digital yard

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Digital Ship Announces The Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam With A Special Focus On The Digital Supply Chain And Logistics Market

The Logistics of Logistics

PRESS RELEASE 15.06.2017. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Digitalisation is re-shaping the world and creating increased opportunity for development and innovation. Revolutionary concepts plus the evolution and advancement of existing platforms are providing unparalleled growth opportunities for shipping and related transport and supply chain infrastructure.

Seeing the Bigger Picture: How a Global Trade Network Can Create More Accurate KPIs

Talking Logistics

Your supply chain’s key performance indicators support tactical, day-to-day business decisions, so ensuring you are reading them correctly is imperative. The question becomes, “how are you comparing your transportation metrics to what’s happening around you?” If you only focus on the data in your own supply chain, you could be missing the bigger picture, and ultimately, misreading your KPIs.

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.

How Can IoT Help Make Supply Chains More Sustainable?

All Things Supply Chain

In a 2016 report, the global consulting firm Ernst & Young proclaimed that “supply chain sustainability can no longer be ignored.” The report, titled “The state of sustainable supply chains,”… Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability carbon footprint supply chain management supply chain sustainability sustainability

Stopping Shipping Shenanigans – The Value of Good Reporting in Your TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

How well does your TMS drive process improvement and efficiency in transportation logistics? Any decent TMS solution helps shippers standardize workflows and automate things like rating, routing, tendering and carrier management functions. Yet, to really juice savings and operational efficiency using a TMS, a shipper has to be able to view and analyze the data a TMS collects.

Disruption and Supply Chain Management

Enterra Insights

The term “disruption” has been used so often over the past couple of decades many pundits are now calling for … Continued. The post Disruption and Supply Chain Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Big Data Business Cognitive Computing Digital Supply Chain Internet of Things Supply Chain Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.


Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies, and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls, and even faxes.

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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.

The Growing Focus on Last-Mile Delivery

Talking Logistics

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of activity related to last-mile delivery — from startups providing last-mile delivery services to advancements in transportation management systems and mobile technologies to more effectively plan, execute, and track last-mile deliveries, as well as several acquisitions in this space. What’s driving this focus on last-mile delivery?

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Key steps for Measuring, Monitoring, and Improving S&OP Performance


You cannot improve the performance of something that is unpredictable. S&OP processes allow businesses to create a predictable approach to managing the supply chain. In this week’s ‘Supply Chain Talk,’ Arkieva CEO Harpal Singh discusses some of the key steps for measuring, monitoring, and improving S&OP performance. Key steps for Measuring, Monitoring, and Improving S&OP Performance was first posted on June 23, 2017 at 8:10 am. ©2017

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Smart Farming will Help Feed the World

Enterra Insights

It’s no secret that world’s population continues to grow and isn’t predicted to top out for several decades. All of … Continued. The post Smart Farming will Help Feed the World appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Agriculture Big Data Cognitive Computing Connectivity Food and Drink Internet of Things Supply Chain Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

New Trucking Regulations: What Can Shippers Anticipate and Prepare For?


This year opened with a list of regulatory changes in the over-the-road trucking sector, with new policies set to impact driver capacity and productivity. The new rules were set, generally speaking, to address the perennial issue of driver and road safety in the trucking industry. In fact, many stakeholders, including trucking and shipping associations, have lauded what is perceived as a right move by the government.

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.