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What could you do with a faster, more effective supply chain?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater How concurrent planning can help you take back your time. Stop being a slave to your supply chain and take back your time! Don’t wait around for your supply chain to catch up to the speed of life.

What Is Last Mile Logistics & Why Are More Shippers Looking at This Transportation Function?


Last mile logistics is among the most misunderstood parts of transportation networks. On the surface, last mile may not seem very important, but it can make up 28 percent of a shipments total cost. In addition, growth in e-commerce is radicalizing how shippers view last mile logistics.

Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management.

Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier?

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters features a guest contribution from Mike Russo- Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier? Prescriptive or Predictive Analytics Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply chain Matters blog

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.

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Traditional Statistics versus Machine Learning. What’s the Difference?


Since machine learning is a hot topic, we thought it useful to clarify the difference between machine learning and traditional statistics as applied to supply chain planning (SCP).

Supply chain impact before, during, and after Hurricane Irma

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois What are your supply chain thoughts when you see this picture? As pictures start to emerge showing the damage caused by the recent string of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, immediate thoughts go to the safety of the people caught in the path of these storms.

The 5 Vital Supply Chain Lessons for Food and Drug Retailers

RELEX Solutions

The recently released State of the Retail Supply Chain report is based on Martec International’s annual survey of some of the largest retailers across Europe. While the overall report covers a wide spectrum of retailers, here are the main findings based on the 29 food and drug retailers interviewed.

Videos & Visions: Of Electrifying the Last Mile for E-Commerce Delivery

Supply Chain Network

As both consumers and governments (with at least one major exception) push hard for carbon reduction, the continued rise of e-commerce and the associated growing need for Last Mile delivery represents a significant problem.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Procurement Must Contribute to Competitiveness to Become Relevant!


Procurement is always thinking about cost savings, year over year. But is this really a true measure of competitiveness? What if, for example, procurement has a budgeted amount for 4.5 cents per unit for a product, when the current price is 4 cents.

The Power of Flowcasting: Live Supply Planning Collaboration & Analytics – Part 1

Supply Chain Nation

It’s been a few months since I shared the learnings we’ve garnered from our Collaborative Flow Planning workshop – AKA – The Beer Game. Most supply chain professionals are familiar with this game and the supply chain planning pitfalls it exposes.

Supply Chain Lessons from Younger Generations

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

In a previous blog post by Rebecca Radford, it was argued that more people need to be educated about the supply chain industry, particularly the youth of today. This is… Supply Chain Management generations supply chain

The Peak Season Surcharge That Wasn’t


The Peak Season Surcharge That Wasn’t. September’s Flagging Ocean Freight Rates. By Zvi Schreiber, CEO, Freightos. . This article originally appeared on Zvi’s LinkedIn page. I spent last week traveling around Asia (6 cities in 6 days!)

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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.

Planning the Future Supply Chain


By Erik Diks, Managing Director | and | Bas Daver, Principal | Chainalytics Europe Designing valuable supply chains would be easy if we could predict the future effectively. However, history has shown the opposite.

MicroMaster’s Team to Compete in Final of Global Simulation Game

Supply Chain @ MIT

Four MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management Learners who have never met in person but only online, will compete in the Global Professional Final of The Fresh Connection supply chain simulation on September 28, 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. The learners competed against thousands of students to qualify for the contest. They will compete against nine other teams from around […].

Companies Collect Faster, Pay Slower and Hold a lot Less Inventory

Material Handling & Logistics

A new study finds that in 2016 public companies had more than $1 trillion unnecessarily tied up in working capital. Companies are improving in the are of working capital.

Winning the Inventory Battle in the Consumer Products Industry


The Consumer Products Industry experienced a 32% growth in active items in 2015 and that trend has accelerated over the last 18 months. 1 As product life cycles shorten, product portfolios expand and the channels through which products are sold continue to increase.

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.

Warehouse Automation: Why Warehouse Workers Need Not Fear Automation or Robotics


The notion of the “Robot Apocalypse” has become an archetype in modern economics and retail.

Supply Chain Planning Basics: Implications

Supply Chain Nation

“ For every complex problem … there’s a simple solution … and it’s wrong. ” (H.L. Menken).

When Retailers Face Recalls, Visibility Matters


The complex, high-pressure nature of recalls demands unparalleled retail visibility. Supply Chain Retail Transportation & Logistics Track & Traceability

As Retail Needs Change – So Must the Supply Chains that Support Them

ModusLink Corporation

Few can have missed the changes happening in the retail sector. Brick and mortar retail brands are reinventing themselves and their business models to survive in an e-enabled retail world. It should not be a surprise that as retailers innovate with new store concepts, footprint and promotional models, the supply chains that support them must […]. The post As Retail Needs Change – So Must the Supply Chains that Support Them appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Checklist for Transport Spend Management

Supply Chain Movement

If there’s one thing all manufacturers have in common, it’s the pressure they’re under to drive down the costs involved in producing and supplying goods. For many companies, transportation spending is a perennial target of budget-cutting exercises and a large, multi-faceted cost centre; some may spend three to six percent of their materials costs on transportation. So transportation spend and payment handling are contributors to the overall performance of a company.

Five Common Customs Pitfalls — and How to Avoid Them

Talking Logistics

Technology has come a long way in digitizing customs procedures, however, in today’s global trade environment, risks still remain if electronic declarations aren’t filled out completely, accurately, and plausibly.

Yone Dewberry: Engineering the Supply Chain

Inbound Logistics

Profile of Yone Dewberry, chief supply chain officer, Land O’Lakes

Survey Sheds Light On Delivery Promise Gap: Supply Chain DIVE Insights


FLEXE recently conducted the 2017 eCommerce Business Fulfillment and Logistics Survey to 100+ eCommerce companies. We wanted to understand how delivery promise impacts sales.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Driving Kenco’s Innovation Initiative

Supply Chain Nation

Kristi Montgomery has built an impressive career in supply chain technology over the past 27 years at Kenco Logistics , the largest woman-owned third party logistics company in the United States. Kristi has built her career from the ground up during her time at Kenco, and currently leads the company’s innovation initiative as VP of Innovation at Kenco Logistics. Kristi Montgomery, VP of Innovation at Kenco.

Editor’s Pick: Are Reducing Cost and Enhancing Customer Value Mutually Exclusive in the Supply Chain?

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. In this post, Chris Brablc from MP Objects shares insights and advice on how supply chain leaders can achieve a challenging objective: reducing costs associated with fulfilling customer orders while also driving customer growth and retention.

Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them


Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them | Transportfolio. First come, first served is a familiar statement to most of us. Maybe the phrase reminds you of a free tchotchke given out at the local baseball game. Or maybe you’re reminded of events that serve free food.

Differentiating Your Way Out of the Bumps and Grinds


Every marketing consultant worth his or her salt will tell you that the key to success is to differentiate your business and your product offering in the marketplace. They will tell you to choose a specific customer segment and build a product or service that uniquely addresses their needs.

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.