2014

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

“Lora in your own way, you are helping. You tell it straight. You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. I find it refreshing.” ” Quote from a reporter this morning. The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. It permeates corporate strategy, but it lacks definition. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. For some strange reason, it is a passion.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI in Transportation: Breaking Down What it is and How It Works

Cerasis

Today begins our series about electronic data interchange or EDI in transportation. We take pride at Cerasis, as a third party logistics company who has developed a proprietary web-based transportation management system , to offer technology solutions to our shippers so they may remain as efficient as possible and have access to information at their fingertips.

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End-to-End Supply Chain

LeanCor

5 Secrets of End-to-End Supply Chain Improvement. Every successful business in today’s world understands the value of a well-oiled supply chain – this determines whether a company will lead the competition or gets left behind. Our ability to successfully implement and sustain a supply chain that delivers the highest possible value to the customer at the lowest possible total cost of fulfillment is of utmost importance. What is the challenge?

12 tips to recharge your supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

Ready to supercharge your supply chain for 2015? There’s no better time than the present. Here are 12 actionable tips to revitalize various aspects of your supply chain. Supply chain visibility: Not for your eyes only. Tip 1: Make sure you can see what’s happening – always. How certain are you that the due date you are about to quote is accurate?

Facebook Causes Continue to Show Little Promise as Fundraising Tools

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. As an ex-AMR Research analyst, this was my favorite venue. Great memories here, as so much has changed in the supply chain research world these past 5+ years. Reliving the old days was made even more rich, as there was a panel session at the conference with Lora Cecere, Roddy Martin, Mickey North-Rizza and myself.

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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: 1: How Sugar Circulates Globally. Even seemingly simple commodities have complex supply chains. What’s interesting about this map is that all regions are both importing and exporting sugar… #2 World Export Map.

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Facebook for Supply Chain Communication and Collaboration?

Talking Logistics

“Communicate, Collaborate, Innovate” — I’ve been using that line as the subtitle of my keynote presentations this year. My first question to the audience: Why communicate, collaborate, and innovate in that order? Why not innovate first? The short answer is that communication and collaboration — especially, and most importantly, between people — is the foundation of supply chain management, and you can’t effectively innovate without that strong foundation.

The Mechanisms of Supply Chain Resilience

SCM Research

Two ingredients are needed to create supply chain resilience: robustness, which is proactive, and agility, which is reactive.

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

The Logistics of Logistics

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014. Order fulfillment has seen a rise in technology in 2014 and there is now a large offering of advanced products to help make your warehouse function more efficient. With software plugged into your warehouse management system, picking and shipping orders has become a lot more accurate. The result is a better operation that will save you both time and money.

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.

Multi-Sector Integrated Business Planning/S&OP Summit: Going?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

How many times do you find this happening? Someone asks you if you saw that blockbuster film last week or if you saw the new comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson or even if you saw the football match last night where Manchester United finally played like Champions and won a game? You are right; the last one really is fiction in the context of 2013/14 and Mr. Moyes.

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Learning to Speak the Language of Demand

Supply Chain Shaman

New shoes feel awkward. Blisters appear. Feet hurt. The shoes are worn for short periods. Often we shelve them to allow our feet to recover. However, over time, they slowly feel comfortable. They become a part of our wardrobe. Learning to speak a new language is similar. Conversations are strained. Mistakes are made. Pauses are awkward. Confusion reigns. Communication is stilted. It takes time. Slowly the words take definition in everyday speech. Nine out of ten supply chains are stuck.

5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay off Big Time

Cerasis

Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control. This chaotic environment (usually due to those companies who are still using manual process in the warehouse) will directly affect the profits and reputation to customers of your company.

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. The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain.

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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 consumer priorities impact your supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

Happy customers are the key to success. It’s the first and more persistent rule of business. In the world of supply chains that used to mean making sure you had supplies to make and deliver a product, in full and on time. But that’s not enough anymore. Customer expectations have changed. They’ve been helped along by major missteps and enabled by technology. The 21st century has seen more than its fair share of supply chain related scandals.

Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has The Best Supply Chain

Kinaxis

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. Now, he does do some risk assessment… using patented approved simulation. For example, what if Johnny is good this year? #2 2 Air freight without the fuel costs. And a big zero on the carbon footprint. #3

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Introducing Supply Chain Power Influencers on Twitter

Supply Chain Opz

Social media has been adopted by supply chain management professionals as a mechanism to express opinions and disseminate knowledge. Since there is too much information floating around, many people rely on "influencers" who exhibit expertise, enthusiasm or credibility. Then, this article will show how the influencers in supply chain management can be identified. Background In January 2012, Forbes published the article named " Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? "

Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about some of the processes and management strategies that can be used to help a supply chain on the journey from ‘good’ to ‘great’ To read more about this subject and related themes, I suggest you read the new whitepaper, Supply Chain’s New World Order” , Visibility and Measurement.

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!

Your 3PL as Supply Chain Risk Management Partner?

Talking Logistics

As I discussed last Friday, Accenture published a report recently on supply chain risk management. Seventy-six percent of the companies that participated in the study described supply chain risk management as important or very important, and “of the more than 1000 companies represented across 10 industries, 25 percent plan increased investments of at least 20 percent in supply chain risk management in the next two years.”. Are you paying attention 3PLs?

Climate Extremes Will Challenge Our Supply Chains (Guest Post by Anders Levermann, PIK)

SCM Research

In his recent Nature article, Climate Economics: Make Supply Chains Climate-smart , Anders Levermann argues that supply chains need to adapt to extreme weather. He discusses this topic in the following guest post. Extreme weather events are likely to intensify the more greenhouse-gases we emit – and these extremes are more than just a local risk. Links in global economic chains and world markets mean that flooding or heat-waves in one place can have repercussions elsewhere.

Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends of 2014

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation and Logistics Industry Trends. These trends stand to impact the transportation and logistics industry, with some already taking hold and others unfolding gradually. Each trend has the potential to transform the logistics industry. Trend #1: Cloud Computing Becomes the New Way of Doing Business. Cloud computing shows promise for further growth and transformation in 2014. Cloud computing offers newer, better, and more flexible ERP solutions.

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Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 730 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving. Given that the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 16 pounds, that is about 45 million […]. Inventory Management Just for Fun Retail Supply Chain Planning This Week in News

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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!

Have you Given your Supply Chain Planner Some Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is a week away. We are currently tabulating the results to publish the report, “Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire.” In this report, we track the progress on balance sheet performance of companies by peer group and chart the relative improvement for the period of 2006-2013. This work has taken us two years to finish.

4 Benefits Shippers Realize when Transportation EDI is Utilized in a TMS

Cerasis

According to a research study from Forrester, EDI continues to prove its worth as an electronic message data format. This research states that “the annual volume of global EDI transactions exceeds 20 billion per year and is still growing.”. As a shipper in today’s growing market, there are many advantages to shifting to the use of transportation EDI with your transportation providers or 3PLs.

Supply Chain Design

LeanCor

What is Supply Chain Design? Written by: David Sherman, CTL. What is supply chain design? For many in the field of supply chain and logistics, supply chain design is the rudimentary step in understanding how a product or service is altered from raw materials into a finished product in the hands of the final customer. Supply chain design refers to the development of the framework that information and products travel from supplier to customer and back to the supplier again. But what does that mean?

The challenge of planning across multiple time horizons

DELMIA Quintiq

Fully optimized planning across the strategic, tactical and operational horizons is something many manufacturers only dream of. They’re busy spinning plates and fighting fires, often losing focus on the bigger picture as they struggle to keep things moving in the right direction. So why do some organizations seem better equipped to achieve their goals than others?

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.