2018

L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

François-Régis Le Tourneau leads the efforts at L’Oreal for Standards & Prospective Process Improvement. At the Supply Chain Global Summit 2018 , Francois discussed the impact of digitalization, Industry 4.0, and L’Oréal’s approach to business that has allowed the company to continuously rank as a Supply Chains to Admire winner for four consecutive years.

5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Talking Logistics

Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994. It has been further spurred by the trend of nearshoring over the last decade, as American companies have relocated their manufacturing facilities to Mexico to take advantage of a skilled workforce, improving infrastructure, and proximity to the United States.

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Harmonizing product, nature and life with sustainable supply chains

DELMIA Quintiq

Recently, Dassault Systèmes was recognized as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights in the 2018 Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index. The index is recognized globally as the gold standard for corporate sustainability analysis, with rankings based on various key performance indicators – including environmental, social, financial and innovation capacity – but also, as of this year, on the sustainability value of a company’s products.

Decoding the Language of Demand

ToolsGroup

If you’ve been in supply chain for any length time, you might be wondering what caused demand forecasting to develop so many different ‘personalities’ over the years. Demand forecasting, planning, sensing, shaping…what’s going on? It’s easy to ignore all these as buzzwords, but that would be overlooking the genuine progress that has taken place over the past several decades. The days of simply using statistical methods to forecast future demand using past sales history are fading.

What Happens When Machine Learning Meets Ocean Shipping?

Read how Unilever developed a first-of-its-kind digital Control Tower with ClearMetal that provides extremely accurate real-time visibility across their sea freight operations.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

It was not my goal; but by accident, it became my mission. At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.”

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Five Ways to Fix Statistics in Supply Chain Research

SCM Research

The p value debate has revealed that hypothesis testing is in crisis – also in our discipline! But what should we do now? Nature recently asked influential statisticians to recommend one change to improve science. Here are five answers: (1) Adjust for human cognition : Data analysis is not purely computational – it is a human behavior. So, we need to prevent cognitive mistakes. (2)

An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Faster, smarter, more profitable supply chain decisions. Transitioning from hype to reality, artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining momentum across industries thanks to an explosion in computing power and storage, the emergence of IoT (Internet of Things) and big data, and algorithmic advances.

Why Do Supply Chains Need an Effective Communication Plan?

River Logic

Effective communication is a vital component to successful supply chain management , yet an alarming amount of businesses have no official communication plan in place to guide their employees. On top of this, supply chain managers are rarely trained in communications and end up taking a very laissez faire attitude towards the entire process. To understand why this is a problem, stop and consider the effects of bad communication.

Prices Set To Ramp Up For Chinese New Year: Freight Rate Update W2

Freightos

Prices Set To Ramp Up For Chinese New Year: Freight Rate Update Wk 2. By John Edmonds, Research & Marketing, Freightos. Weekly update article on the Freightos International Freight Index exploring rate trends and their driving forces. 2018 started with China-US ocean freight prices increasing by 27% as supply chains came back into full swing. Following brief dips last week, ocean and air freight prices will likely rise in the run-up to the Chinese New Year closedown.

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The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.

2018: What Will It Look Like?

Supply Chain Insights

I hate prediction articles. However, this morning over coffee, my fingers hunger to write this post. I am not sure why. It may be that I am growing tired of hubris and market hype. I writhe in my seat at most conferences and count the number of times the word “digital” is used in presentations. I am often uncomfortable. Consultants and technology leaders are rebranding under a “digital umbrella” without clear definition.

Halloween Candy – A Scary Supply Chain Planning Problem

Logility

I admit, I love to eat Halloween candy as much as most grade school children (maybe more). My favorite: candy corn of course! What’s not to like about candy that is sugar mixed with more sugar! I am not the only one with a sweet tooth, according to CandyStore.com, this year Americans will spend more than $2.6B on trick-or-treat candy. I have to believe dentists see this number as both scary and job security.

Are You Using Too Many Labeling Solutions?

Loftware

How many labeling systems do global companies have in operation? Labeling Logistics Standardization Supply Chain Manufacturing

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What’s shaping the steel industry today?

DELMIA Quintiq

In recent years, the steel industry has seen creative solutions to long-standing challenges, emerging technologies, and niche market explorations – all of which are changing this traditionally conservative industry. We spoke with Henri Isojärvi, Product Manager at Quintiq with over 10 years of experience working with steel producers. Here, he talked about key trends and challenges that are shaping the industry today. What are some of the current economic trends in the global steel industry?

Demystifying Control Towers: What Drives Effectiveness?

Speaker: Mauro Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Alkimius Group & Andrew MacMillen, Principal Analyst at Nucleus Research

There are several competing definitions of supply chain control towers. Here to demystify their meaning and what it takes to have a successful implementation is Principal Nucleus Research Analyst, Andrew MacMillen in conversation with Alkimius founder & CEO, Mauro Gonzalez.

How Procter & Gamble is thriving on supply chain complexity

ToolsGroup

Source: Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Procter & Gamble (P&G) is known for best-in-class supply chain planning. Now, speaking at September's Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in London , P&G’s product supply director Onofrio Caradonna reveals how the company is applying planning capabilities to its distributor network. A sustainable growth opportunity. P&G operates one of the most vast, complex distribution networks on earth.

Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

90, then 80, followed by 76. The highway rolls ahead of me. There are endless mile markers. It is a long day. Today, I am cruising major freeways traveling from Chicago to my new home in Pennsylvania. Against my friends’ advice, I decided to drive to speak to 120 business leaders at the Gains Systems event. The rain delays through the summer soured me on air travel. The sun is shining. The fall harvest—on either side of the road—bountiful.

Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains

GlobalTranz

Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers. On top of all that, billions if not trillions of dollars worth of potential working capital are tied up in illiquid assets such as 90-day invoice payouts or even the real estate value of, say, a warehouse or factory building.

Supply Chain Coordination with Contracts

SCM Research

Today I would like to talk about Supply Chain Coordination with Contracts , a chapter written by Cachon (2003). It has become the standard reference when it comes to teaching some key supply chain models. Coordination between the members of a supply chain is certainly very relevant but also challenging. Because the members of a supply chain are typically concerned with optimizing their own objectives, their actions might not lead to optimal supply chain performance.

Webinar On-Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

Space: The final logistics and supply chain management frontier

Kinaxis

by Ilyas Kucukcay Recent advancements in the space launch market may indicate an increased need for logistics and supply chain management in outer space operations. Humankind’s ongoing curiosity about space has countries competing to prove they have not only the technology, but also the resources and collective knowledge to go beyond our imagination. Accessing what’s beyond our globe has become an accepted source of socio-political promotion.

Modernizing the Exchange of Supply Chain Data

Kane is Able

About 15 years ago, I changed industries from healthcare to logistics. As I am an IT professional, you might think it was a jump from an antiquated, paper-based world to a high-speed, technologically advanced one. Actually, I’ve been surprised at the extent to which the exchange of supply chain data in the logistics world remains old-school or simply manual. Logistics Systems

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Deploying Effective Inbound Supply Chain Visibility

Descartes

In the inbound supply chain, effective collaboration is a must to speed the physical movement of goods, and the flow of information. Lack of real-time visibility may result in higher stock levels, longer cycle time, delayed border crossings, and more. Read how Descartes can help to unlock ‘silos’ of information trapped in supplier, broker, and customer systems to enable end-to-end communicate across the inbound supply chain

Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

OneSCM

If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections. When you think about supplier relationship management, do you think about how many phone calls, emails or other “communications” it takes to coordinate every last transaction to a tee? Or, do you consider the deeper scope of supplier management: the behind-the-scenes coordination it takes to onboard and collaborate with a single supplier?

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

The Influence of Social Sentiment on Supply Chain Planning

Logility

Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube dominate the way people share information and communicate today. Considering just how influential these sites can be, it is amazing to think most weren’t introduced until the mid-2000’s. In fact, the first social networking website, SixDegrees, which let people make profiles and connect with friends, wasn’t introduced until 1997.

How to Avoid Recalls Due to Product Packaging Errors

Loftware

What's the key to saving money in labeling-related processes? Logistics Regulatory FDA Supply Chain Manufacturing Artwork Management

How a digital transformation can maximize the value of your meat supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

While advanced innovations and developments like the Internet of Things (IoT) reach each industry and change the way we work together, the requirement for business transformation is rising. Meat producers, in any case, are questioning where to begin. The meat supply chain is long and complex, starting from farm to processing to packaging and logistics, right up to retail and catering. Sharing of data across the chain is minimal, if non-existent. Different departments work in silos.

Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning at SKF

ToolsGroup

Jörg Schlager describing SKF's Integrated Planning (Source: Optilon). Digital transformation ” is tough for any firm, but when you are $9 billion industrial manufacturer, it is a sizable undertaking. At last week’s TG18 ToolsGroup user event , global bearing manufacturer SKF laid out an impressive review of their transformation to “ Integrated Planning ”.

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.