2014

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

At the beginning of each year, many supply chain blogs/sites publish the articles about their most popular contents of the year or make the predictions for things that might happen in the coming year.

6 maps that explain global supply chains

The Network Effect

We all know that supply chains are becoming more and more global, but how often can we actually see them becoming more global? The site vox.com has compiled 38 maps that explain the global economy. We’ve selected 6 that are especially relevant to supply chains. #1:

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Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has The Best Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Since the Holiday season is upon us, what better way to celebrate than with a top 10 list, which I hope will put everyone in a festive mood! Here is the ‘Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has the Best Supply Chain. #1 1 No ERP system, just a list.

Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

“We will see $300 a barrel — or roughly $250 in today’s dollars — because oil supply will be so short. If you want that oil, that’s what you will have to pay for it. That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].”.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. It is needed.

Keeping products fresh during the driver shortage

Ryder Exchange

“Recruit, train and retain” plan key for food companies. In an industry where on-time deliveries are crucial, the on-going truck driver shortage is causing even more challenges for food manufacturers, distributors, grocers and other companies playing a role in the food supply chain.

3 ways supplier diversity in supply chain can positively impact your business

Quintiq

More than just charity. We often hear of companies participating in supplier diversity programs, and the standard reasons for their participation.

The Supply Chain Benefits of Postponement

OPS Rules

We have been taught from early on that postponing things is a bad idea and are told not to delay things until the last minute. In the supply chain world however, postponement can turn out to be a good thing.

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.

The Noob Guide to Supply Chain Definition

Supply Chain Opz

What is the definition of supply chain management? Despite the popularity of this concept, there are considerable confusions among the practitioners. Because, each professional organization has its own version of the definition.

A shift in philosophy: basketball and your demand forecast

The Network Effect

In January 1971, Fordham University Rams played an NCAA basketball game against the then mighty University of Massachusetts Redmen team. The game was played in Amherst, at the legendary arena known as the Cage.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? I’ve heard some common themes, such as weather, political changes, even war. Those are potential, and somewhat out of our control.

HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

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.

Freight Classification Errors, Re-Weighs, & Other Common Freight Adjustments Are Eating Your Bottom Line’s Lunch

Cerasis

Keeping the supply chain operation at peak efficiency requires efficient and economic transportation of goods. This all starts with an eye to detail towards the most effective transportation management practices.

26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. Many organizations see logistics functions as a way to gain competitive advantage and bring value to the customer.

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Three Questions People are Afraid to Ask….

Supply Chain Shaman

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which there is a desire for harmony within the group, but the result is an irrational or dysfunctional outcome. Wikipedia. You know the drill. The meeting is on everyone’s calendar.

My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

Supply Chain Insights

Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously. A bead of sweat sat precipitously on his forehead, as he turned to me while drinking a cup of coffee before the meeting started. He blurted with great energy, “How do you become an analyst?” I smiled.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Improving Cross Border Security

Ryder Exchange

When it comes to commerce safely crossing borders – and keeping borders safe for trade and traffic – pursuit of partnerships between industry and governments could be the best practice. Creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) can deliver the best attributes both sectors have to offer.

A big “tack” (thank you!) from the Stockholm World Tour

Quintiq

Sweden has always encouraged innovation. It has produced 31 Nobel laureates, holds the highest number of patents per capita and is where 20 elements in the periodic table were discovered. In other words, it’s the perfect place for one of Quintiq’s two offices in the Nordics region.

Four Levels of Analytics in Supply Chain Risk Management

OPS Rules

Whether Big Data or traditional data, analytics empowers companies to utilize their data to drive decisions and actions. These decisions can be strategic, tactical and also provide the capability to improve real time performance.

Recruiters Reveal How to Land Dream Supply Chain Jobs

Supply Chain Opz

According to O*NET OnLine, a supply chain manager earns $103,530 per year in average. Are you already on top of your game or there are something holding you back from reaching your fullest potential? This article will show you the best career advice from top supply chain recruiters.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Over the next several weeks, I’ll outline these issues and discuss some ideas around how to avoid these practices.

From Hurricanes to Overthrown Governments to Potholes: Transportation and Supply Chain Resilience

Talking Logistics

When referring to supply chain resilience, the causes of disruption vary widely in scale and emphasize the unpredictability and severity of the events. We know transportation plays an important role in the supply chain – it’s the line in a flow diagram between the little buildings and smoke stacks – and transportation disruptions happen on a daily basis.

How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike

Logistics Viewpoints

This past June, the largest overnight delivery carriers (FedEx and UPS) announced that they would apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 2015. It is expected that shipping costs will increase 20 to 30 percent and affect over 70 percent of all shipments.

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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.

3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

LeanCor

Before our recent webinar, “Transportation Management: Driving improvements in cost, quality, sales, and delivery,” we conducted a transportation bench-marking assessment to discover industry trends and areas of opportunity in transportation management.

Was Integrated Planning a Hoax?

Supply Chain Shaman

Hoax: An act intended to deceive or trick. Integrated Planning: Tight Coupling of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to Supply Chain Planning (SCP). Was it intentional? Or accidental? We will never know.

C’est FINI!

Supply Chain Insights

Fini is the French word for finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Savings & Successes

Ryder Exchange

The secret to paying associates more while reducing costs. What if you could pay associates and employees more while saving money with a system that pays for itself? For example, with every dollar you save, you reinvest 25 cents back into the program).

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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.