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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.

This is the world’s largest container ship….and it’s massive

The Network Effect

David Hecker/Getty Images. Last month the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar , set sail from a South Korean shipyard. It’s hard to comprehend just how large the ship is… here are some examples of what it can carry: 19,000 shipping containers. 39,000 cars.

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Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

‘Chin Music’ Definition: Idle Chatter, Idle Talk or Vague Explanations. Urban Dictionary. In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences.

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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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.

The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog

Freightos

Logistics is the prime example of a changing industry – colossal, ripe for disruption and utterly opaque. And it’s about to get hit by a freight train of innovation. How much do we love freight innovation?

2016 Trends in Logistics

PLS Logistics

As the New Year approaches, the logistics industry can look forward to advances. New technology continues to develop, supply chains will be even more influenced by consumers, and shipping costs will increase.

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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.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

ToolsGroup

Inventory configuration is usually the predominant issue in most manufacturing environments. Inventory policy is usually the predominant issue in most distribution environments. Here are five types of inventory optimization that you should be aware of if you are considering an optimization solution.

Five reasons why our supply chains aren’t demand driven

The Network Effect

It is difficult to come across many supply chain leaders today who do not subscribe to the principle of Demand-Driven Supply Chains.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle.

What Your Mom Can Teach You About Effective Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Happy Mother’s Day to all those hardworking moms out there! Have you ever marveled at how some women just seem to have it all together? They manage to turn a hectic household into a well-oiled machine, while I can barely manage to keep my household of two up and running!

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

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.

The Future of Logistics: Are 3PL Companies Ready to Adopt these 4 Emerging Technologies?

Cerasis

This first post is part one of a two-part series on the future of logistics. In today’s post, we will cover the four emerging technologies which 3PLs must consider as a part of their service offerings.

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How Do Key Market Trends Impact Your Demand Planning?

Demand Solutions

You’ve probably read a lot lately about how to squeeze every bit of value out of your supply chain. The key principles, best practices, and insider’s secrets are all around us.

5 Reasons Cross-docking is Changing Retail Warehousing

Ryder Exchange

As retailers see increased store traffic on nights and weekends, smaller on-site inventory storage capacity, and greater competition from e-commerce and online retailers, more are viewing cross-docking as a strategic imperative. Cross-docking has been around for generations.

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Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

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.

Nine Killer Digital Tools for Logistics Professionals

Freightos

Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. Steve Jobs. As supply chains expands, they become harder and harder to control.

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Top 12 logistics influencers on Twitter

Quintiq

Finding logistics people to follow on Twitter is easy. Simply key in “logistics” and voila: You’re given a long list of individuals whose profiles contain these words. Finding the right logistics people worth following however is a daunting exercise, especially if you don’t know who to look for.

Gartner’s 2016 Supply Chain Planning Predictions - This Time its Different

ToolsGroup

Usually Gartner’s year-end predictions for the upcoming year consist of extrapolation of recent trends and gradual changes that are already happening, so they don’t make for particularly exciting reading. Not this year. For the first time in many years, Gartner is predicting big near-term changes in supply chain planning. In Predicts 2016: Reimagine SCP Capabilities to Survive , Gartner starts by laying down the gauntlet.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

The Biggest Mistake You’ll Ever Make (Supply Chain Change Management Tips)

The Network Effect

dusk-photography/Flickr. You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly make them all yourself. – Sam Levenson. How does it work today?’. It’s the first question any self respecting project leader or consultant asks on day 1 of a new initiative.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle.

Technology and the Supply Chain: What Does the Future Hold?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Meet the Jetsons! Like any well-rounded child of the 80s, I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons.

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.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean.

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How IoT Will Completely Change Supply Chain

PLS Logistics

You might not realize it, but we live in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution , where the internet integrates with physical objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly becoming the reality; millions of smart devices connect to the internet and communicate with one another seamlessly.

Sports or Logistics, Supply Chain Scorecards Define Winners

Ryder Exchange

In almost any sporting event, more points win. In supply chain, less cost wins. But just as the scoreboard reflects a game’s winner, and the total logistics cost disclosed in the annual report might identify supply chain winners, neither tells the entire story.

The New ABCs of Supplier Segmentation

Directworks

From the moment that manufacturers began outsourcing the making of parts and components that go into their products, supplier segmentation took on extreme importance. Suppliers were quickly categorized in many ways… by quality, performance, price, riskiness, and so on.

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.