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Loading the supplier dice in the procurement process


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Contents. Introduction. Eliminating or reducing competition. Biased supplier selection. Biased contract negotiation. Low bid with knowledge that over or false payments can be extracted. Does that capture the problem? Introduction.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories


Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories.

Why You Absolutely Need Real-Time Views of Your Labeling Activity


In today's supply chain, the more data the better. Supply Chain Retail Manufacturing Labeling

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Supply Chain Facilities Management: It’s More Than Just Facilities


Supply Chain Facilities Management includes unique challenges and requires out-of-the-box thinking to be successful.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Go Boldly Together: Takeaways from Nulogy xChange 2018

Talking Logistics

From May 2016 through the end of August 2017, “17 CEOs of public Big Food manufacturers and retailers had departed, or announced their intention to,” according to an article published last September in Fortune.

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Planned Obsolescence in the Durable Goods Industry


Durable goods , also referred to as hard goods, are items that are not supposed to quickly wear out, or more specifically, goods that yield utility over time.

[PODCAST] Why Digital Tools to Optimize Inventory Management Allows Supply Chain Execs to Stay More Strategic at Every Link in the Supply Chain


Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!” On today’s episode, we welcome Margaret Bendis, US Marketing Specialist for a company called EazyStock a cloud-based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that optimizes inventory management.

Finding a Warehouse in Today’s High-Demand Market

Talking Logistics

Finding the right warehouse is arguably one of the most important decisions your company will make. It has the potential to be not only be a powerful, industry-leading storage and shipping center, but also the literal hub of your logistics — including returns, reshipments, and other nuanced supply chain tasks.

The First Steps of Necessary Federal Maritime Commission Changes


This article originally appeared on . Long before there were trucks, trains, and planes, there were ships. Ships transformed travel and warfare, enabling humans to see beyond their villages and into the world. Most importantly, they unlocked global trade.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Planned Obsolescence in the Durable Goods Industry


Durable goods , also referred to as hard goods, are items that are not supposed to quickly wear out, or more specifically, goods that yield utility over time.

7 Reasons ERP Systems Can Increase the Productivity of Your Manufacturing Industry


ERP systems are a raging trend in the corporate arena these days – these miraculous platforms are a sure shot way to infuse productivity into your routine operations!

Research: What Leading Shippers Do to Obtain Better Truckload Rates and Performance

Talking Logistics

No doubt about it: this trucking environment is sending plenty of truckload budgets into the red. What can shippers do to navigate this market? Take your cue from the latest findings of MIT researchers. Using data from TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson , the researchers examined the best practices that separate Leaders from Laggards in getting better truckload rates and performance. The researchers used TMC data for 40 shippers and looked at over a million loads.

Drafting the Ultimate Fantasy Team: Supply Chain Edition


| By Jacqueline Quirk | Senior Consultant, Supply Chain Operations | Chainalytics | Nothing quite compares to the sensation of winning: watching your carefully chosen players perform well, game after game, racking up points and moving your team up in the rankings.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Kinaxis once again positioned in Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record


by Mike McAllister It’s important to feel validated, in life, and in business. That’s why we’re particularly excited to share the news of Gartner’s most recent research, the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record.

Blockchain and Reverse Logistics: Recapturing Costs and More


The costs of reverse logistics amount to more than $750 billion per year, and the demand for reverse logistics has risen in recent years with the rise of e-commerce.

Closing the Gaps in Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

Not having adequate visibility to your shipments, orders, or products is an ongoing challenge for many companies. You may have very good visibility in some areas of your supply chain, but have poor visibility or blind spots in other areas such as transportation. How do you go about identifying and closing those visibility gaps? How are new technology capabilities helping in this effort? What are the benefits?

4 Ways, the Internet of Things, is (one of) your Hardest Working Employees

C3 Solutions

In a world where relatively everything - or at the very least, almost everything - can be considered part of the Internet of Things, supply chain management still reigns supreme.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Business Planning Intelligent Application Suite Profile


Confidently take the next step forward to better plan your business. Wherever you are in your supply chain journey, E2open’s strategic platform has the breadth to meet your immediate needs and the depth to grow with you — all the way through digital transformation.

Tips for Maximizing Warehouse Space


The 2018 State of Logistics Report , sponsored by 3PL Central , indicates warehousing models are evolving at a phenomenal rate. Online and mobile innovations are at the heart of increased traceability and visibility, and products must be delivered at break-neck speeds.

This Week in Logistics News (August 27-31, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I’m on borrowed time this morning, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week, which was dominated by M&A, new startups, and investments news. MercuryGate International Acquired by Growth Equity Investor Summit Partners. Trump Reaches Revised Trade Deal With Mexico, Threatening to Leave Out Canada (New York Times). Trump Seeks Changes in the International Postal Rate System (Bloomberg).

HIROTEC Experiments with Next Generation Robots

Logistics Viewpoints

Historically, companies looking at a technology solution would put together a detailed business plan, and then only implement the technology if the forecasted financial returns exceeded their return on investment (ROI) target. But more companies are experimenting with next generation robots and other digital technologies, regardless of whether the ROI is there or not. HIROTEC AMERICA, part of the HIROTEC Group, is one such company.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (to Buy a TMS Solution)

Supply Chain Collaborator

Selecting a TMS solution is a lot like having a baby. Particularly for those organizations that have not yet dipped their toes into the waters of logistics automation. Not only must one think about the near term needs of infancy, but also how things will change as the fledgling solution grows and matures. .

Infographic: 5 Steps for a Successful Global TMS Implementation


How can global shippers most efficiently distribute products to an extremely diverse, multinational customer base? Delivering exceptional service levels, regardless of where products are sourced and manufactured, or how buyers choose to purchase products is a constant challenge.

Supply Chain Transparency Increases with IoT Adoption

All Things Supply Chain

When it comes to overall visibility and transparency in the supply chain, there’s a perfect storm brewing. On the one hand, customers now demand to know more about the businesses… Supply Chain Management Internet of Things IoT logistics

The Ecommerce Revolution: How Alibaba, JD.Com and Jumia are Changing How People Shop


With $1 trillion in revenue in 2017 alone, China’s ecommerce market is now the largest in the world, propelling Asia-Pacific’s ascent as a digital powerhouse. Meanwhile, India has the fastest-growing internet consumer base, expanding at an average of 40 million users each year. With millions of potential consumers and limited access to brick-and-mortar stores in many regions, developing economies are fertile ground for the next ecommerce boom. Challenges to the Spread of Ecommerce.

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.