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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. But cloud-based supply chain planning has not proliferated nearly as fast as many have predicted and "public cloud" (versus "private cloud") i mplementations are still a small minority, leaving a lot of head scratching about why cloud hasn't been as widely adopted as some expected.

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is a blog post about remembering the fundamentals in order to achieve success. Of course, we live in a high technology powered supply chain world, but often, as we noted in our 5 Upfront LTL Tips post, if you don’t remember the basics and best practices, no technology is going to fix those issues, but only make them more apparent. We hope you enjoy this great story about supply chain without technology. . Is your supply chain running as effectively as it should be?

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Talent and Leadership Development: Competitive Differentiators for 3PLs

Talking Logistics

Earlier this year at the JDA FOCUS 2015 conference , I led a panel discussion on the third-party logistics (3PL) industry that featured Rick Jordon , SVP Regional Head of Logistics – Americas at Panalpina , and other 3PL executives. I caught up with Rick again on a recent episode of Talking Logistics , where we discussed a variety of topics related to the 3PL industry.

Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi

DELMIA 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? Here’s what they don’t do: Assign different parts of their planning challenge to different departments. This rarely works.

Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020

Our recent supply chain planning survey showed that only 17% of organizations place considerable effort on innovation. For most, firefighting is the norm. But to succeed in today’s business landscape and recover quickly from disruptions, you need to carefully balance operational excellence with innovation for long-term growth. Get insights in this Gartner report to find out where to invest and what you should adopt as standard business practices.

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

Kinaxis

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. The salesperson was busy, so I did not have the chance to find out exactly what those plastic components were, but I thought, wow, they can make parts for sale right there in the store. Retail is changing for sure.

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Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Lora Cecere is the founder and CEO of the research firm Supply Chain Insights. She is the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman , which attracts 5,000 readers weekly. She also writes a blog for Forbes and is a LinkedIn Influencer. Currently, Lora’s research focuses on supply chain sensing and revenue management.

Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

As pressure to improve supply chain cost performance increases for many companies, the evaluation and selection of competent suppliers becomes a key concern. In this article, Professor Burcu Keskin from University of Alabama will share 7 trends that procurement and supply chain management professionals should watch. Typically, total cost, quality, and delivery performance appear as critical factors in the supplier selection process.

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Sustainable Supply Chains: A Country Comparison

SCM Research

The global not-for-profit organization CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) has published a report: Supply Chain Sustainability Revealed: A Country Comparison. The report was written by Accenture Strategy. “While climate and water risks are apparent, the implications for businesses and economies reliant on complex supply chain models are less understood”, says Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP.

Are Supply Chain Orchestration Services Still Science Fiction?

The Network Effect

Sogol/Flickr. Note: This is the latest installment in a series of posts where I discuss the current landscape for logistics service providers (LSPs). In the first post, I discussed some of the top challenges that they face. In the next two, I discussed a broad set of opportunities that I am calling “ Coordination Services and Harmonization services “ . The third category of opportunities for LSPs that come with the cloud network model can be thought of as “orchestration” services.

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!

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. Newbies such as myself realize how much opportunity is out there because supply chain is just SO BIG, and we start down a new career path bewildered and full of questions. What should I do? How does that work? What does this mean?”

Supply Chain Priorities: Seven Things That Matter Most

ToolsGroup

A recent Gartner study, conducted annually, sheds some light on what matters most to top executives in supply chain technology. I attended the Supply Chain Technology User Wants and Needs Study delivered by Dwight Klappich at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference two weeks ago in London, where he laid out Gartner’s latest findings about the things that matter most in supply chain performance. Fundamentals matter.

Supply Chain Big Data: Why Supply Chain Leaders Are Using Big Data Analytics

Cerasis

Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history. Thanks to data gathering programs, supply chain software , and data entry applications, this represents a mountain of data, which has the potential to provide ground-breaking insight into how to improve business-model efficiency. As a result, business leaders can reap a significant return on investment by thoroughly analyzing this data.

5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

Talking Logistics

Is the current performance of your supply chain network optimal? How do you gauge network performance, which numbers are important to you and what do they mean? You don’t have to be a data scientist to answer questions like these. And you do not need to know high-level math or the intricacies of building complex models to get a sense of when a consultant’s expertise is needed.

The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?

DELMIA 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. The recent West Coast ports cargo-handling disruption is an example of the butterfly effect. The labor dispute caused freight bottlenecks. Companies using West Coast ports had to spend additional millions to cover extra inventory costs and shipping delays.

Top Five Pieces of Career Advice for Supply Chain Students

Kinaxis

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. Some, like toy maker Mattel , have devised strategies aimed at hiring fresh-faced grads and molding them into exactly what they need.

Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Yesterday, I presented to 700 global attendees on an APICS webinar. In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. The results confound me. They are not consistent with market perception. Let me share the story.

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 ….". Inventory Management Michael Thompson Integrated Planning supply chain analytics

How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

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. However, the majority of Lenovo''s supply chain case studies focus on the use of information system and the benefits of the acquisition of IBM’s PC business in 2005. In this article, we will show you 7 elements of Lenovo''s supply chain operations from the book " The Lenovo Way: Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance ". (1)

Ranking SCM Journals: VHB-JOURQUAL 3

SCM Research

The German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) is about to publish JOURQUAL 3 , a journal ranking based on the ratings of more than 1,100 VHB members. A-graded SCM journals are: Production and Operations Management and Journal of Operations Management.

Why a customer-driven supply chain strategy is important

The Network Effect

Customer expectations are not consistent with what companies offer. Therefore, the companies supply chains are not allowing the fulfillment of the customers’ expectations. Wow, what an opening to this message! Are these first two sentences true? Am I just trying to get your attention? How could these first two sentences be true, as it appears I am saying that no company has set customer satisfaction standards that meet customer expectations.

Finally – A breakthrough alternative to spreadsheets for managing your Supply Chain

AIMMS

For most enterprise companies, ERP has become a foundational infrastructure technology and a cost of doing business. However, many are finding that it is not the optimal technology for Supply Chain Planning and Optimization. This has led to usage of spreadsheets to help fill in the gaps. But spreadsheets come with new challenges. Leading companies are overcoming these obstacles and finding success with an alternative that is quickly gaining adoption.

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 Innovation: The Latest Gartner Supply Chain Predictions

ToolsGroup

Gartner analysts presented their latest supply chain findings throughout the two-day Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference last month in London. This is a compilation of predictions and recommendations from various presentations. Business technology spend is moving outside IT – In the keynote presentation, Gartner analyst Mike Burkett said that 38% of business technology spending is now outside IT, which Gartner sees climbing to 50+% in 2017.

7 Characteristics of A Best In Class Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today’s supply chains function as a result of extensive research into how a supply chain behaves, its chief concerns, successful risk management , diverse markets, widespread collaboration, and technological advances. However, current supply chains fall victim to the problems of inefficiencies, inexcusable rigidity, and failure to recognize the growing demands of consumers.

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. I’m fairly conservative when it comes to banking (for example, I’m still not comfortable “depositing” checks using my smartphone ), so using a new digital currency, or “fake money” as my wife calls it, to buy stuff isn’t something that appeals to me, especially since bitcoin’s developer remains a mystery.

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The Branded Supply Chain

DELMIA 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? It is that world-class supply chains embody world-class brands by delivering to the customers the promises made and stories told by their marketing departments. And that only happens when marketing and supply chain teams collaborate, which is probably not often enough.

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.