2015

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Joe Cannata I recently took a trip to my local big box electronics store, and saw a 3D printer on display. I asked what they were printing, and the response was “plastic components”, which were being sold in the store.

3 reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Last week I had another chat with a client about inventory.The essence of the client's problem was - "Why can't we get our stock right? We either have too much …. or run out … and we have just spent a fortune on a new IT system ….".

Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi

Quintiq

Image credit: Moviepilot. Overwhelmed by the dark forces of supply chain planning? The best supply chain planners share a common trait with Jedi knights: No matter how tough things get, they never give up. So how do they overcome a supply chain’s darkest force: complexity?

Why the Forecast for Supply Chain Planning has been Only Partly Cloudy

ToolsGroup

Cloud-based supply chain planning is gaining traction. Each year more users opt for cloud-based systems and there is a lot of support in the analyst community.

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.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Well, my big audacious prediction for 2015 did not come true. Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. And business relationships did not become more Vested this year — if anything, they reverted back to being “win-lose” arrangements (see Walmart’s Message to Suppliers: Talk to the Hand and The High Cost of Poor Supplier Relationships ). But some of my other predictions did hit the mark or came close.

Supply Chain Preparedness for Hurricane Season

Ryder Exchange

It’s a common sight in coastal communities under a hurricane alert – convoys of utility, power, refrigerated and supply chain trucks heading toward areas under threat of harm, even as residents and others stream away.

SCM Case Study with Adidas

SCM Research

Today, John McNamara, SVP Sourcing, Adidas Group, visited me and my SCM students at Copenhagen Business School. He presented a case study about the supply chain processes for t-shirts. It was very insightful and also a lot of fun for my students (and me).

A New Career in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Insights

There are lots of folks in the supply chain community that have years of experience. Then there are folks like me who are just cutting their teeth.

Offer 2-Day Shipping to Your Customers by Distributing Your Inventory

ShipBob isn’t a traditional 3PL. They offer 2-day shipping using integrated technology and by splitting inventory across fulfillment centers in the largest US cities to ship orders from locations closer to customers, reducing costs and time in transit.

arviem's CEO Talks About Becoming the "Google of Trade"

Supply Chains Rock

I first met Stefan Reidy, CEO and founder, of arviem several years ago when he was in NY City to speak with Forbes magazine for an article on his ideas for tracking freight containers using a variety of wireless technologies.

Top Five Pieces of Career Advice for Supply Chain Students

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater It’s an industry that’s seen as anything but sexy, and that lack of appeal is presenting a major problem. A growing global shortage of talented supply chain professionals has companies scrambling to find ways to attract and retain that next generation of leaders.

FMCG: ERP’s – how will you cope when yours fails?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Yes I know, the recent blog posts have been a little Blog Gold meets Classic Blog with a touch of All Our Yesterdays and the History Channel but here is a fresh new offering. The last few months have been very busy both on the business and domestic fronts.

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How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?

Quintiq

The butterfly effect. The “butterfly effect” was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around 1960. It refers to how one small incident can have a huge impact later on down the line.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Why is Logistics Management Important?

PLS Logistics

Logistics Supply Chain Visibility TMS

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.”

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Lenovo

Supply Chain Opz

Lenovo has been consistently ranked on the list of supply chain top 25 by research and advisory firm Gartner Inc for more than 4 years in a row.

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

I have to admit, I’ve paid very little attention to all the buzz surrounding bitcoin these past few years.

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Technology can Help Streamline your Oil and Gas Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

In the oil and gas industry , the workday of a Frac sand coordinator is fraught with logistical challenges.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing.

Walmart – Vision for Supply Chain Drones Beyond Delivery

PINC YMS

In the past two weeks, two industry heavy-weights articulated supply chain drone use cases that went largely unnoticed. Because the world is fascinated with having delivery drones, ever since Bezos brought Charlie Rose into his ‘secret’ lab and showed the world Amazon Prime Air.

The Value of Lean Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Lean Supply Chain Management. Companies are beginning to understand the volatility and risk associated changes within the supply chain. Lean supply chain looks to reduce waste and inventory levels so that the volatility and risk is minimized with shorter lead time(s).

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Why Having a Green Supply Chain Has Become a Necessity

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater In honor of Earth Day I thought I’d take the opportunity to outline in my humble opinion why having a green supply chain is no longer a nice-to-have – it’s a necessity.

FMCG Supply Chain Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

In a related post I took a look at the use of Balanced Scorecards in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses but in fact they are entirely appropriate for any business. Whatever your business size or offering you will benefit from knowing exactly what is going on and where you need to improve.

The Branded Supply Chain

Quintiq

Discover the highest level of branding where others are least likely to look. What do H&M and Whirlpool know about supply chains that many of their competitors don’t?

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

Supply Chain Insights

There’s an old song lyric “ wherever I lay my hat that’s my home” (…attribution to Marvin Gaye). Aside from a short stint living in Europe, I’ve always lived in Boston, MA. First it was because my friends and family all lived here.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.