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Blockchain & Supply Chain Visibility: Will Blockchain Finally Eliminate Supply Chain Black Swans?


Supply chain risk is at the forefront of supply chain executives’ minds. Proper risk management can help supply chains navigate the complexities of post-hurricane recovery and increase productivity. Home Depot’s work in risk management served to increase profitability in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season. Unfortunately, not all supply chain leaders take the time to consider what may happen and how it will adversely affect productivity and the flow of products.

How Supply Chain Lost Its Mojo

Supply Chain Shaman

mo·jo: noun. A magic charm, talisman, or spell. “someone must have their mojo working over at the record company” In the 1990s supply chain had MOJO. Then it was sexy. Today, it is not. 90% of public manufacturing companies are treading wate r. There is struggle.

The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics


Our notion of convenience is evolving. Being able to offer options, from product variety to flexible delivery schemes, is essential for every business. That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. We explore what’s behind this new trend, and what it means for supply chain.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization


Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Managing Supply Chain SLAs Through Blockchain: Is Blockchain the New Incoterm?


Service level agreements (SLAs) can vary in scope, complexity, duration, and value. Managing supply chain SLAs have the added complication of geographic and cultural barriers. Contract details may vary by region, and individual locations may be subject to unique contractual stipulations that other locations never see. In response, supply chains have relied on a series on defined terms for use in international SLAs, Incoterms.

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FMCG Supply Chains – The most important roles?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I am often asked which job in the extended Supply Chain is the most important. For FMCG producers this may be the demand planner while for retail partners the key role could be innovation planning. I do have a view on this so park the question for now and read on. FMCG Dave Jordan Supply Chain

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization


Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization.

Using Warehouse Automation to Combat Tariff Spikes


The Trump administration recently levied significant tariffs against primary U.S. trading partners, including the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Additional tariffs have been enacted against China and Russia as well.

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Fighting Fake Drugs in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

The Network Effect

With the lucrative profits to be made from fake pharmaceutical drugs, even more than in the narcotics trade, fake drugs. The post Fighting Fake Drugs in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect. Pharmaceutical counterfeits drugs fake pharmaceuticals supply chain

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

How to Minimize Customs Issues with an Accurate Labeling System


Customs can be a problem for companies with inadequate labeling. Supply Chain Labeling Track & Traceability

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Increase Lead Times, Decrease Costs

PLS Logistics

The concept of lead time when booking loads is a commonly overlooked factor when delivering freight efficiently and economically. You may have heard your logistics partner say that providing more notice days or lead time for a shipment could help lower costs. Supply Chain Visibility strategy economy Industry Shipment Trucking Third Party Logistics Transporation Truck Drivers Truckers supply chain management freight visibility shipping mistakes Lead Times

[PODCAST] Blockchain and The Digital Supply Chain’s Role in Creating a Competitive Advantage & Reducing Operational Costs


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode we welcome Chris Kirchner, CEO & Founder of Slync a supply chain automation platform revolutionizing the ways partners collaborate using Artificial Intelligence, Workflow, and Blockchain. We hope you enjoy “The Freight Project Podcast.” ” You can subscribe and find this podcast on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Soundcloud , YouTube , and iHeartRadio!

The Beginning of the End of the “Extended Workbench”?

SCM Research

Exports can be decomposed into a foreign value added (FVA) and a domestic value added (DVA) component. FVA is a key measure of the importance of global supply chains. It refers to the imported goods and services incorporated in a country’s exports. DVA relates to the contribution of a country’s own (i.e. domestic) factors of production.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Mike McAllister By APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. This article was originally published on, and is republished with permission. With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0,

Trending Transportation Updates: July 2018

PLS Logistics

July was full of many newsworthy transportation, shipping and logistic developments. Here are some of July's top trending transportation updates: Supply Chain News transportation news Drivers Uber Industry truck Trucking 2018 Transporation Trucker Trending transportation topics NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement Politics Truck Drivers Truckers supply chain management truck driver DHL Boeing Recall

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Supply Chain Management With Blockchain: How the Blockchain Enables Supply Chains to Focus on Customer Experience


Customer experiences have a vital bearing on the success or failure of today’s supply chains. In recent months, sustainability and ethical business practices have become cornerstones of the ongoing conversation about how to govern people and manage a business effectively. Without political diversion, today’s companies must take an active role in increasing positive customer experiences and meeting stringent ethics and sustainable practices.

BluJay Acquires UK Customs Solution Provider, Grosvenor Systems

BluJay Solutions

Grosvenor International Systems is a leading provider of customs management solutions in the UK and European markets. Manchester, UK – August 7, 2018 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network , today announced an agreement to purchase Grosvenor International Systems, a leading provider of customs and compliance solutions to the UK and European markets.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

12 of the world’s biggest companies, including Walmart and Nestlé, are building a blockchain to remake how the industry tracks food worldwide. The group is focused on solving the traceability problem is known as Food Trust. There are many initiatives using Blockchain. This initiative is further along than any other. The post Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Food & Beverage Industry Track and Trace blockchain supply chain traceability

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Forecast Accuracy: Why It Matters and How to Improve It


Demand forecasts underpin essentially every major business decision, but discussions about forecast accuracy rarely get visibility outside of supply chain organizations, let alone at the board level. In this white paper, learn why forecast accuracy matters and how it drives key financial metrics.

Gaining Supply Chain Efficiency By Implementing Artificial Intelligence


Artificial intelligence will change the way you think about your supply chain and supply chain efficiency. Today’s supply chain complexities demand additional support. You cannot afford to pass up on automating at least some of the processes. And no, you don’t have to have robots replacing all your human workers at your facility. AI goes beyond just robots to include automated processes in computers and more.

Separation Pangs: What Does The Post-Brexit Supply Chain Really Look Like?


With England’s legal separation from the EU going into effect next March , companies with supply chains spanning the two regions have had their eyes and ears glued to ongoing trade talks. Their focus?

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations

Logistics Viewpoints

Devon Energy generates huge volumes of data. The company’s real-time data system monitors 6.5 million data points from multiple sites, with more than 10,000 updates per second. Devon Energy has worked to change real-time visibility into actionable insights for better truck scheduling. The post Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Visibility Transportation real-time visibility supply chain

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Survey Results: Strategies for Inventory Optimization


Inventory management is a key contributor to the bottom line for every company with a supply chain. Clear visibility to all inventory in all locations eludes many companies, leading to inaccurate inventory forecasting and costly expedites, among other problems.

Announcing Enterra Solutions 2nd Annual Cognitive Computing Summit

Enterra Insights

You are invited to join Enterra Solutions® for in-depth conversations on the rise of the Intelligent Enterprise with a focus on Supply Chain Optimization. Cognitive Computing, defined by Enterra as Artificial Intelligence in the form of Semantic Reasoning + Sophisticated Mathematics, addresses the complex, multi-faceted problems faced by leading organizations today by creating an autonomous decision sciences platform that enables game changing applications.

Three Real-World Motives for Greening the Supply Chain

Supply Chain @ MIT

Enterprises have devoted – and continue to devote – resources to green supply chain initiatives. Officially, companies often champion their environmental credentials in glossy reports, speeches and media interviews.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.