2017

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.

Supply Chain Technology Integration: Making the New Technology & Legacy Systems’ Marriage Last

Cerasis

The decision to bring new technology into your existing warehouse operation should not be taken lightly. Modern technology enables a whole new level of collaboration , efficiency and better operations.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

OneSCM

Technology research firm Gartner, Inc. recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins.

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?”

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

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

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Three Critical Supply Chain Capabilities for Private Label Industry Success

Logility

I generally do not like the shopping experience. I prefer to develop a list of carefully researched products so I can get into and out of a store as fast as possible.

Traditional Statistics versus Machine Learning. What’s the Difference?

ToolsGroup

Since machine learning is a hot topic, we thought it useful to clarify the difference between machine learning and traditional statistics as applied to supply chain planning (SCP).

Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption

AIMMS

Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today.

Predictability vs. Agility: You no longer have to choose

Quintiq

While I was preparing for an executive meeting at a very large, very complex and dynamic food & beverage company, I was told of an internal conflict between Sales and Operations.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

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

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.

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

Cerasis

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.

The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

OneSCM

Some say intuition has no place in business. Yet, you need to be able to sense market trends if you want to proactively move from a reactive operating model into a more opportunistic stance.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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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!

5 Supply Chain Projects That Could Drive Millions to Your Bottom Line

LeanCor

Every budget cycle I hear supply chain professionals asked to squeeze more from the already dry towel laying on their desk. International competition and customer pressures are driving prices down, and shareholders are still expecting the same returns.

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.

What Supply Chains Really are and Why it Matters

The Network Effect

Companies re-assessing the nature of their supply chains are shifting priorities and realizing new value What is a Supply Chain? The post What Supply Chains Really are and Why it Matters appeared first on The Network Effect.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

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.

The next frontier: supply chain data architecture for your needs, not to feed the needs of numerous supply chain tech vendors

AIMMS

Data overload and quality issues are common problems faced by all organizations. This makes it really difficult to start getting value out of data with analytics.

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Tips for a Successful Supply Chain Planning Technology Implementation Part 2: Project Management and Staffing

CHAINalytics

By Steve Thrift | Principal, Integrated Demand and Supply Planning | Chainalytics Supply chain planning technology projects are somewhat in a league of their own.

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

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

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.

Terrorism and Supply Chain: A Growing Threat of Supply Chain Terrorism

Cerasis

Terrorism is a reality that, unfortunately, requires our growing attention in the supply chain world. The British Standards Institution Supply Chain Services and Solutions publishes an annual report that analyzes global trouble spots for supply chain operations.

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.

The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

Talking Logistics

It’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.