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? I am embarrassed to ask, but we were discussing the topic at our board meeting yesterday, and I must admit that we have more confusion than clarity.”. I smiled. For me, this type discussion is the norm.

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Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning

ToolsGroup

Anyone who has done demand planning knows it is extremely complex, with forecasting challenges and rapidly shifting consumer demand, often exacerbated by seasonality, new product introductions, promotions, and myriad causal factors (e.g. weather, social media). The good news is that these characteristics make demand planning a perfect fit for artificial intelligence solutions.

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The Amazon Effect is the New Walmart Effect

Cerasis

In 1994, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos read a statistic that the Internet had been growing at 2300 percent annually. He fashioned that changing tide into a business plan that has been breaking barriers across supply chain and e-commerce that has left an indelible mark. But, is Amazon worried about the new “Walmart effect?” ” Beginning with.read More. The post The Amazon Effect is the New Walmart Effect appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

The Future of Food: 6 Ways IoT is Impacting Food Supply Chains

The Network Effect

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way the world thinks about food. Consumers now have the option of. The post The Future of Food: 6 Ways IoT is Impacting Food Supply Chains appeared first on The Network Effect. Automated Future Big Data Digital Supply Chain Foodservice Internet of Things Supply Chain Management Technology food IoT

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The Most Important Skills for Supply Chain Young Professionals

Talking Logistics

What skills and attributes will be the most important for supply chain young professionals to succeed moving forward? We asked members of our Indago research community that question back in April. Our community was relatively small at the time (18 supply chain and logistics executives), but they are all high-level leaders (more than a third. The post The Most Important Skills for Supply Chain Young Professionals appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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5 Impacts of Autonomous Trucking on Supply Chains

Cerasis

The flying car of the future might still be out of reach, but autonomous trucking is moving quickly into view for many businesses. Trucks manned by technology, with no human drivers, are currently being tested around the globe. Companies have a vested interest in exploring how an autonomous fleet can help their business in the.read More. The post 5 Impacts of Autonomous Trucking on Supply Chains appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Intelligence…Sometimes Artificial

AIMMS

When it comes to intelligence in decision making, it’s our differences in experiences and attitudes that make our businesses evolve in a diverse manner. There are often many ways to solve a problem. The path we take can be an expression of our human creativity. This ingenuity is precisely why Artificial Intelligence alone is unlikely to help us break out and take supply chain decision making to the next level.

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8 Risks to Avoid in Supply Chain Optimization

River Logic

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How Does a Digital Transformation Apply to Supply Chain Planning?

Logistics Viewpoints

What is Digital Transformation? A digital transformation requires that companies transform their decision-making processes with technology to enhance customer experience and employee productivity and ultimately improve business performance. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, and virtual reality can aid in this transformation.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Supply Chain Wars: Episode V – The Corporation Strikes Back

Logility

The next episode in the Supply Chain Wars saga, Episode V – The Corporation Strikes Back is the second in a series of articles that follow a supply chain team’s efforts to improve their supply chain capabilities. The Star Wars movies have influenced generations of movie goers for the last 40 years, I being one of them. You could make the case that Supply Chain Management has grown up in the same 40 year period.

Why Today is the Day to Prepare Your Supply Chain for Recession

OneSCM

Highs and lows are an unfortunate part of both life and business and a new study shows 3 out of 4 economists predicting a U.S. recession by 2021. The good news for companies is that recessions are also generally short, with 9 of the U.S.’s ’s last 13 recessions lasting a year or less. But the implications of a recession can be long-lasting. As there is no crystal ball as to what will happen with the impending election nor U.S.

Why Amazon Prime Day Is More Important than Ever for Small Businesses

Freightos

Over the past 15 years Amazon has paved the way for SMBs to grow , frequently at the expense of other Big Box retailers, like Toys R’ Us, Sears, and A&F, that saw a ten year peak in square footage closings in 2018. With the Amazon marketplace, over one million US SMBs gain on-demand access to a global market.

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Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – show me the data

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois The life sciences supply chain starts with a miracle. Is there a more challenging industry than life sciences? In a recent Forbes interview on why it’s so hard to bring tech into pharma, Vas Narasimhan, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG pointed out that only one in twenty drugs make it out of clinical trials. One in twenty. A rate that hasn’t increased in over a decade. The only thing that has increased are the costs.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

How Barcode Printing Software Maximizes Supply Chain Efficiency

Loftware

Barcodes matter in today's supply chain. and tomorrow's. Logistics Supply Chain Track & Traceability Labeling

Out-of-Stocks: Why do they Matter?

C3 Solutions

If you are in the business of selling physical products to customers, not being able to fulfill demand means your business is failing. It's a stark reality and one that is particularly frightening in today's omnichannel e-commerce environment. Part 1 and Part 2 of this series discussed the successful rise of omnichannel shopping in food and grocery - now see how it can affect the success of your brick and mortar.

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10 Things About Omni Channel Supply Chain You May Not Have Known

River Logic

The supply chains of omni channel retailers operating brick-and-mortar and online stores need to simultaneously fulfill multiple, sometimes conflicting, requirements. Here are nine things you may not have known about an omni channel supply chain. Supply Chain Management Integrated Delivery Systems Supply Chain Supply Planning Supply Chain Optimization Omni Channel

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. Amazon sells more than 3 billion products through 11 different country marketplaces globally. In the U.S. alone, Amazon introduced 208 million new products in 2018 — most of which are slow movers, or ‘long-tail’ items.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Not All Digital Twins are Created Equal

DELMIA Quintiq

The concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, first introduced by Dr. Michael Grieves as part of his research agenda at the University of Michigan. He had a vision that a Digital Twin could be created as a virtual representation of a physical product. Today’s technology, including the Internet of Things, advanced simulation, and highly sophisticated laser scanners, can now create a digital representation of almost any physical object. But, are all Digital Twins created equal?

Breaking Down the Silos for Transportation Management and Route Planning and Execution

Descartes

One of the biggest opportunities to dramatically improve supply chain performance occurs when traditional supply chain functions are decomposed and reinvented as integrated business processes. Few supply chain practitioners would dispute that notion. However, when it comes to their technology strategy, too many practitioners end up deploying their transportation management system (TMS) or multiple systems in silos: outbound TL/LTL, parcel, inbound, international, etc.

Understanding Your Safety Stock Calculations

Demand Solutions

If you manufacture or distribute products, it's safe to assume that you have a specified safety stock level— or at least we certainly hope you do. If you're on the fence about whether or not to hold safety stock, we recommend reading up on why it's critical to overcoming variability in your supply chain. At this point, you may be saying to yourself, "but carrying excess inventory is expensive!" and you would be right.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

I watch the news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates. When the nonsensical banter reaches a crescendo, I shake my head and ask myself the question of “Why?” I wonder why people are listening. Fondly I remember the days of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather with eye-witness accounts and on-the-ground reporting. Phenomenal photography brought the stories to life. In my lifetime, the 24-hour news cycle eroded the essence of TV news. News is the first write of history.

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

Automation in the Supply Chain and Its Impact on Scalability

Cerasis

Automation is coming of age in the supply chain. Where supply chain leaders once viewed automation capabilities as science fiction fantasy, automation’s real-world applications are becoming evident. As explained by David Welch of Supply Chain 24/7, part of the reason for interest in automation in the supply chain derives from the continuous threats of Amazon.read More.

Unlocking the Value in Your Supply Chain Network

The Network Effect

Combine artificial intelligence with business network technology for optimal results Many companies pursuing artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, are doing so. The post Unlocking the Value in Your Supply Chain Network appeared first on The Network Effect. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Supply Chain Management artificial intelligence multi-party networks supply chain

Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology

AIMMS

Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel producers. In fact, it’s very likely that Tata Steel plays a role in your life today, by providing raw material for the car you drive, the house you live in and the roads you drive through. The company was established in India as Asia’s first integrated private steel company in 1907. Today, the steel manufacturing leader has an ambitious digital transformation agenda and is leveraging AIMMS technology to optimize operations in its home country.

Supply chain gender gap the topic of focus at MIT event

Kinaxis

by Leah McGuire Leah McGuire, Kerry Currier and Francini Ortiz at the 2019 MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Women in Supply Chain Summit, where the gender gap in supply chain was the topic of focus.

Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Speaker: Aanand Pandey, Supply Chain Analyst & Consultant, AIMMS

This short video explains how scenario modeling can help you improve supply chain resilience and your ability to respond and recover quickly from disruptions. Looking at scenarios side by side provides valuable insights that makes it easier to evaluate impact on your operations, ability to service customers and margin, and the best options to restart supply when supply lanes reopen.