Sat.Mar 02, 2019 - Fri.Mar 08, 2019

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips. As we waited for coffee, silence hung heavy in the air. My client writhed in her seat and hung her head as she asked, “I read your article on control towers, but I am confused. What is an easy definition?

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New Technologies Changing the Supply Chain

Clear Spider

Over the past couple weeks, we have found that both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), are assets throughout the supply chain. With new developments, increased availability, and reduced costs, they are becoming the technologies to key an eye out for.

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Should the State DOT Be the One to Mandate Commercial Vehicle Bans During Weather Events?

Consumer Goods Logistics

On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day.

The Growing Importance of Utilizing Analytics in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Supply Chain executives can no longer dismiss the importance of using analytics in the supply chain.

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.

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

ToolsGroup

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. And while each market can be unique, we found a few repeating themes in our own experience and from sources including Gartner and our customers Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Cipla Medpro. Here’s what we found: 1.

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This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

We didn’t think he would visit us this year, but then came the snow storm early Monday morning, and with schools closed, Billy Bob Joe V finally showed up. My kids, with the help of neighborhood friends, used their muscles and brains (and ladders and shovels) to build the 13 ft. snowman (over 15 ft.

The final countdown to Brexit has begun

ivalua

In less than a month, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, meaning the end of the freedom of movement and goods, and many of the regulations UK and European businesses have come to benefit from over the decades.

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How Brexit Will Impact Supply Chain Labeling?

Loftware

The U.K. and Europe are redefining their trade relationship. The process has been unpredictable. Logistics Supply Chain

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Omnichannel Grocery: The Current Climate (Part 1)

C3 Solutions

Grocery shopping is the new frontier in e-commerce. When Amazon bought Whole Foods in June 2017, grocery retailers took notice, and the race to omnichannel grocery fulfillment was on.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

How to Combat the Uncertainty and Risks in Today’s Global Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Whether it’s the escalating tariffs between the U.S. and China, what’s happening (or not happening) with Brexit in Europe, or the status of “New NAFTA” and other trade agreements, one thing is clear: there is growing risk and uncertainty in global supply chain management. How are leading companies navigating these risks and uncertainties? That was the focus of a recent global study conducted by LLamasoft.

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More than an Event

BluJay Solutions

Tips for procurement, opportunities for continuous improvement. Sometime in the last half of 2018, the transportation market began to soften. In what felt almost like overnight, finding capacity wasn’t as much trouble as it had been for so many long, challenging months.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part three)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one and part two of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices”, we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory.

Justice as Fairness in the Supply Chain

SCM Research

Among the most interesting SCM articles I have recently read is Jack et al.’s ’s (2018) recent study, titled Accounting, Performance Measurement and Fairness in UK Fresh Produce Supply Networks. Why I highlight this study here is because this is one of the rare interpretive studies related to SCM and it could therefore serve as a blueprint for those of us who struggle with the dominance of positivist studies in our discipline.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Editor’s Pick: 5 Real-Time Visibility Features Required for Predictive Analytics

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. This post from project44’s blog highlights five real-time visibility features companies should consider when evaluating solutions. Necessities begin as luxuries.

How to Grow Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Brain

The push is rapidly expanding across industries. Here's how to keep up

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Supply Chain Movement

Which strategic choices does a company face? This question was covered in depth during a recent – and extremely interesting – workshop for supply chain managers and directors at Nyenrode. Just a couple of the 40 participating executives had a say in their corporate strategy.

The Most Impactful Woman in My Life

JDA software

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, Terry Turner, president of North American Retail at JDA, writes about the most impactful woman in his life and what that has meant for his own career and journey. The best example I have on women in leadership is my wife, Sharon.

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.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with a Look at Women in Supply Chain

Kuebix

In recent years, women have become increasingly integral in all things supply chain, an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated. A survey published by Gartner in 2018, however, shows “sustained strong representation of women in the senior-most ranks of supply chain organizations relative to other functions.” This study was conducted in partnership with an executive […]. The post Celebrating International Women’s Day with a Look at Women in Supply Chain appeared first on Kuebix.

Enhance Cross-Functional Collaboration With Communities of Practice

Supply Chain Brain

Supply-chain leaders know the importance of collaboration better than most

How Machine Learning Helps Supply Chain Forecasting

AFFLINK

When paired with the Internet of Things, machine learning can create a truly powerful system for supply chain forecasting. Machine learning is able to improve supply chain management in a multitude of ways , primarily through analysis and pattern recognition.

OTIF Updates And Requirements In 2019

SupplyPike

Walmart recently announced new OTIF updates for 2019. A significant change is that OTIF performance will be measured at the PO level. A 3% COGS penalty will also be assessed on each noncompliant case.

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.

Five Ways 3D Printing Will Impact The Global Supply Chain

Maine Pointe

Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, explains why 3D printing’s impact on supply chain is not as far away as you may think. He outlines five potential benefits of the technology and five ways it will impact the supply chain. global supply chain supply chain transformation 3D printing Industry 4.

All The Supply Chain News You Need To Know 3.4-3.8

Aborn and Co.

Winter storms slow shipments, $40 billion lost in trade war exports, US-China truce?, Walmart's sustainable supplier standards, "Where's my freight?!", and more in this week's ATSCNYNTK

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An Open Letter to all Women

DynaSys

Today, March 8, is not only International Women’s Day, but a day of reflection. Think back 5, 10, 15 years ago; are you the same person you were back then? My guess is probably not based on my personal experience.

Omnichannel Operations and the Retail Apocalypse

Enterra Insights

Nearly every week it seems another brick-and-mortar retailer declares bankruptcy and closes stores. The press has dubbed this the Retail Apocalypse and some pundits are openly wondering whether we are seeing the death of brick-and-mortar retail. Ken Cottrill, a Global Communications Consultant at MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, believes the pessimists are wrong. He writes, “High street retailing is far from down and out.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.