2017

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

GlobalTranz

It is easy to make analytics the cornerstone of warehouse and distribution center management. While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes.

How Can I Drive Lights-Out Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

Inquiry is increasing. Company dissatisfaction with supply chain planning is growing. The goal is to improve insights while decreasing the number of planners. The growing dissatisfaction is on the inadequacies of today’s technologies. Yesterday, I facilitated a group of business leaders attempting to drive innovation in supply chain practices. The last five years were tough for the group.

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What could you do with a faster, more effective supply chain?

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater How concurrent planning can help you take back your time. Stop being a slave to your supply chain and take back your time! Don’t wait around for your supply chain to catch up to the speed of life. Why spend hours, days or even weeks waiting for data transfers, analyses or simulations when you can accomplish all of those things in a fraction of the time it takes you today. All you need is the right supply chain management software – one that enables concurrent planning.

Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

Enterra Insights

Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued. The post Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Automating Freight Forwarding Processes with CargoWise Workflow

This training guide helps freight forwarders utilize the productivity capabilities of CargoWise. It covers 5 key CargoWise Workflow features, the importance of auditing your operation’s processes, and using automation for maximum productivity.

How Blockchain Can Transform Your Supply Chain Ecosystem

Oracle SCM

Oracle has recently introduced "Blockchain as a Service" in the cloud, a distributed ledger technology that enables secure transactions such that no single third-party controls the action. Blockchain can disrupt the complex and time-consuming process of business-to-business (B2B) transactions with an alternative that is transparent, verifiable, and tamper-proof, via distributed computing resources in tandem with global public cloud infrastructure.

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Transform Your Supply Chain or Lose Out to Competitors

River Logic

The business world is in a state of flux as new technologies continually change the way companies operate. The pace of innovation is fast. Those in the lead respond to changing market demands quickly and efficiently, leaving behind those who rely on inflexible and dated supply chains. Prescriptive Analytics Supply Chain Advanced Analytics

Industrie 4.0: Its Impact on Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Industrie 4.0 is an initiative for digitizing the industrial economy. The “4” refers to a fourth industrial revolution, following steam power, mass production, and then IT and robotic automation. The German government kicked off the initiative with a focus on advanced manufacturing, but businesses are also linking Industrie 4.0 to supply chains. The clearest impact on supply chain planning involves demand. Industrie 4.0

Behind the $5 billion dollars in logistics technology investments

Freightos

Behind the $5 billion dollars in logistics technology investments. By Eytan Buchman, Head of Marketing, Freightos. Today Freightos announced a $25 million dollar funding round , led by GE Ventures. In the five years since Freightos launched, logistics and technology have increasingly converged. At JOC ’s TPM in Long Beach last month, no less than fifteen sessions featured technology, digitalization, and freight future-proofing.

Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

Logistics Viewpoints

There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018. Omnichannel Revenue Management The retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other ecommerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.

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5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

GlobalTranz

Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. This is the only way shippers can safeguard their position in the market and continue to provide products to their consumer basis. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points.

Why Is Blockchain Not Hotter?

Supply Chain Shaman

I was sitting with a representative from the United Nations on my way back from Colombia. As we took off from Bogota, we discussed the potential of blockchain to help her with feeding children in the highlands of the Colombian-Venezuelan border. I was surprised that she knew enough about blockchain to have a discussion, and I think that she was surprised to find someone who could help her to have a deeper discussion. Today I connected her to some technology providers to start a pilot.

10 must ask supply chain data security questions

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater When it comes to cyber safety, your supply chain could be your biggest weakness. Approximately 80% of data breaches originate from within the supply chain, and the financial impact of a breach could do more than destroy your bottom line. It could ruin your credibility with your customers.

Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

Enterra Insights

We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued. The post Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

The Avocado Supply Chain

SCM Research

Among the best ways to teach supply chain management is by discussing different types of real-world supply chains. In their interesting report, Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action , the World Economic Forum (in collaboration with Bain & Company) present several supply chains that could be discussed. The introdution makes one point clear: “The overall benefits to nations, producers and consumers are clear.

What is A Day in the Life of Supply Chain Manager Like?

Supply Chain Opz

What is it like to be a supply chain manager? In this article, we will show you some typical tasks that many supply chain managers do on day-to-day basis. Supply chain management is a relatively new field with lots of opportunity for people who are willing to learn and work hard. However, many people ask questions about supply chain jobs like, "What does a supply chain manager do?" "Do Do I have to be very good at math to become successful in supply chain management?"

Untangling the Complexities of Demand Forecasting

ModusLink Corporation

Whether facing a major product launch or compiling standard monthly forecasts, the accuracy of demand forecasts is crucial. No one understands this as intimately as Apple, who is fresh off of its much-anticipated iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus product announcements. Apple, despite its affinity for releasing limited amounts of its highly demanded new devices […]. The post Untangling the Complexities of Demand Forecasting appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.

One Way to Start Your Digital Transformation

ToolsGroup

Editor's note: Due to the holidays, there will be no blog post next week. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Many companies are taking a serious look at “digital transformation” and it’s possible to think that it requires a big leap or a daunting hurdle to transform your business. But there is also an easy and accessible digitalization step available to nearly all companies, and it involves leveraging the data assets y ou already have.

The Logistics Trend Behind The Latest Trend

Freightos

The Logistics Trend Behind The Latest Trend. Contributed Article. About the Author: Founder of ShipStarter, Kenneth is a 25+ year professional of the supply chain industry. He writes content for many of the world’s largest logistics companies, as well as on his own blog site. Are You Up With The Trends? Drinking matcha tea yet? Wearing wood sunglasses or bamboo hooded baby towels? If that’s not you, consider this. That shirt you need to buy for the summer may not have been designed yet.

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Consumer Goods Supply Chains: In a State of Evolution

Loftware

Supply chains in the consumer goods sector are about to crest a hill of innovation - they just have to make some changes. Consumer Products Supply Chain Manufacturing Track & Traceability Logistics

Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

Supply Chain Insights

This past month I attended our Supply Chain Insights Bootcamp training led by Lora Cecere in Philadelphia and facilitated the first course of a Cross-Company Academy training, End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration. Throughout the great discussions within these courses, I couldn’t help but notice a general theme – people are forgetting to define (or ask) what supply chain excellence looks like for their companies!

Easily Build an Optimization App and Empower Your Data

Speaker: Gertjan de Lange

Solving complex business problems requires optimization modeling techniques and data to compare scenarios and make the best decisions. With AIMMS you can rapidly build an optimization app on top of your data and deploy it to the end-user in just a few clicks.

Why OEMs Partnering With Reputable Suppliers Deliver a Desired Product

GlobalTranz

Getting a compatible LED lighting product, such as a power supply, is essential in order to extend the life expectancy and the quality of LED light strips. Unfortunately, the market has now become saturated with sub-par manufacturers and fly-by-night suppliers. OEMs, therefore, need to know why partnering with reputable suppliers delivers the right, desired product. LED Lighting Is Becoming Part of the Internet of Things.

Three Cool Technologies

Supply Chain Shaman

Oh my! The blog post, What About Them Apples , raised a lot of heated discussion on LinkedIn. Quite the dust-up… Why? While I am advocating rethinking supply chain planning, for some consultants, the only path forward is the adoption of DDRMP. The recommendation is a broad-brush approach. No matter what I write on demand planning, the response is to blindly deploy DDMRP. To address the topic, let me digress. There were two great blog posts on the topic of DDMRP on Linkedin last week.

Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

Kinaxis

by Mike McAllister Courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota/Netflix. As a teenager in the 80s, it probably comes as no surprise I relate heavily to every cultural reference in Stranger Things. From the hair (I coveted to Steve’s A-Ha inspired coif) to the arcade (DigDug not so much – I would spend my allowance quarter by quarter on Star Castle and Defender, instead) and everything in between, the binge-watch worthy Netflix series contains pop culture Easter eggs in virtually every scene.

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

Enterra Insights

As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued. The post Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Current Affairs Quantum Computing Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Risk Management Stephen DeAngelis

New Research: The State of Supply Chain Network Design in 2022

This report explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

Future-Proof Parcel Technology

Talking Logistics

Keeping up with consumer-driven demand can be exhausting. As consumers, we’re accustomed to being able to order almost anything we need or want, get it faster than ever, and track its every move. Great for us! But as supply chain professionals, the Amazon effect — with its omni-channel, next-day, full visibility pressures — puts a strain on the operation.

The Transformation of Supply Chain Management – IoT, AI, & Blockchain

Oracle SCM

With the holiday season in full force, businesses that rely on supply chain are experiencing a transformation – either voluntarily or involuntarily. What is driving this transformation now? The holiday season is a constant reminder that the transformation is driven by the “digital native” customer experience, and a digital transformation is the change agent needed to make this happen. What might this digital transformation look like for supply chain management?

Physical Fulfillment in a Digital World

ModusLink Corporation

In today’s increasingly digital world, even physical supply chain processes are being disrupted. Fulfillment, specifically, has become an area with increased responsibility in the digital age. For years, the main role of a brand’s warehouse was to accept inventory from suppliers, store the inventory until it was needed and then ship it to brick and […]. The post Physical Fulfillment in a Digital World appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.